June 15 Menu

It is great to be back and scouring for delicious meals again. Boy, the past two weeks were tough - just being away from my wife and daughter was a hardship. I just hope I pass and don't have to start all over again. It is bad enough that there are three parts to the exam. At any rate, my wife is off to Abu Dhabi once again and she has requested that I be more focused on Sydney's food since she hasn't been too happy about my prior meals ("who feeds babies black bean soup? chili?"). So here are some toddler recipes that I hope Sydney loves.

Monday - Rotisserie Chicken and Rice
  • If you give her a drumstick, my daughter could spend hours gnawing on it.
  • So, this isn't really a menu as it is more of a pick-up take-out kind of thing.
  • Prepare some rice with peas the night before in a rice cooker then pick up a rotisserie from whole foods on the way back from daycare.
  • If you bought fresh fish on Sunday and want to use it up ASAP, move the Thursday miso cod recipe to Monday and move this recipe out to Thursday. That'll give you a chance of making a second mid-week grocery list as well since you have to pick up the rotisserie - and, if you have left over fish, you can use it for tomorrow's Yang Chow Fried Rice.
Tuesday - Yang Chow Fried Rice
Wednesday - Cold Soba Nooldes
  • My daughter's always had a thing for noodles, so this should be right up her alley.
  • http://weelicious.com/tag/asian-recipes/ and prep the sauce the night before.
  • I believe my wife made this once, as an impromptu thing, when we found out how much our daughter loved soba noodles. I guess mothers do have this magical way of just mixing things up to make dinner.
Thursday - Miso Cod and Miso Soup
  • Every time we go to a sushi restaurant, our daughter wants soup.
  • Again, prep the rice (add peas for fun).
  • http://weelicious.com/tag/japanese-recipes/
  • Note, move this recipe to Monday if you bought fresh fish on Sunday.
Friday - Pizza!
  • Or bon chon chicken? Geez, it's hard to decide these days.
Grocery List for me:
  • Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs - red bell pepper, shitake mushrooms, carrots, seasonal fruits
  • Meat, Poultry, Seafood - shrimp (medium), cod (1 1/2 lbs), tofu
  • Dairy, Cheese - american slice for daughter, mozzarella sticks
  • Frozen - peas, edamame
  • Premade - rotisserie chicken
  • Condiments - agave (or maple syrup)
  • Other - dryer sheets, ice cream
Grocery List Addtl:
  • Vegetables, Herbs - ginger
  • Bread, grains, baking - rice
  • Specialty - red miso paste, bonito flakes, kelp
Notes of the Week:
1. It was a good idea to move the miso cod to Monday and use the leftovers for Yang Chow Fried Rice. Both dishes were thoroughly enjoyed by my daughter. Also, go easy on the rice wine for the miso cod. Finally, the miso cod recipe isn't anything near nobu fare, but it was still good. Is it the recipe or the chef?
2. Nix the cold soba noodle recipe from my memory bank. I should have been skeptical when the recipe called for peanut or almond butter.
3. Yang Chow Fried rice is really a great recipe, go easy on the ginger. And I also haven't figured out a good way to cut the chinese sausage so that my daughter can really eat it. She's 15 months old and all her teeth haven't set in yet.

1 comment:

johanna said...

i have a cold soba noodle recipe to share with you. any kind of veggie you'd like -- i typically use carrots, radishes, red, yellow, and orange peppers, and snap or sugar peas. all but the radishes can be blanched. break 8oz soba noodles into thirds. cook as directed on the package. sesame oil dressing: 3T brown rice vinegar, 2T soy sauce, 2T toasted sesame oil, 1/4t chili flavored seasme oil, 1/4t sea salt, 1 clove garlic (finely minced).

I typically cook an entire package of soba, chop a lot of veggies, and double the dressing. The amount made will last us for at least 4 meals ... easy to take to lunch.