Monday, June 27, 2011

Grocery Bag

Who doesn't love a good take-out menu?  We won't be eating restaurant take-out this week, we'll be making it at home!  I am continuing my efforts at cleaning out our pantry as our move approaches.  These recipes combine lots of pantry staples and fresh produce to make delicious take-out taste healthy and at home.

Day One
 Our favorite Bourbon chicken with basmati rice 
One of our favorites!  I switch up the veggies depending on what looks good at the grocery store.
This week it will be snow peas and red peppers.

Day Two
Split Pea Risotto from Fake Ginger
with green salad and strawberries
A new recipe that I can't wait to try.

Photo and recipe from Fake Ginger

Day Three
Veggie fried rice from Southern Living Magazine
with peaches and homemade tortillas
Another family favorite!

Photo and recipe from

Day Four
Mongolian shrimp from 
with basmati rice and Sichuan green beans from Sunset Magazine
As the picture suggests, I usually make this recipe with beef, but this week I am going to try shrimp.
I only use a few tablespoons of oil and saute the meat and beans rather than frying them in a pot of oil as the recipe suggests. It turns out great every time.

Photo by T,  Recipes from and

Day Five
Tortellini with pesto
peas, watermelon, and homemade bread
This quick and easy meal will be my end-of-the-week saving grace.  I sometimes dilute the pesto into more of a sauce with a few tablespoons of pasta water.  The kids love it.  Store bought pesto works great, but homemade is also easy and fun now that basil is abundant!

Blessings on your kitchen!

1 comment:

SnoWhite said...

love homemade pesto! unfortunately, our garden {for some reason} isn't suitable for basil this year... our seeds never came up and our transplanted herb plant is dying :( Too wet, I'm sure.

Your menu looks lovely. And it must feel good to keep making progress in the pantry!