One of the things we strive for when planning our menus is making everything fit together into one nice, neat little package. We look to use ingredients in different ways throughout the week so that we’re benefiting from the ability of do-aheads and being able to buy in bulk. We also benefit from a well-stocked pantry.
And breathe. Valentine’s Day was a bit of a whirlwind here, what with a sick child at home and swimming lessons right in the middle of it. Here we are on the other side, ready to head towards another weekend. (Is Tuesday too early to be looking at Friday?)
In the haze of recovery, I’m feeling like easy meals that don’t take much to get them on the table. A quick-cooking shrimp, leftover hash, a simple soup and an oven-baked egg tortilla. That should get me to Friday soon enough.
Monday – The Valentine’s Day Menu with Filet Mignon
Tuesday – Shrimp and Pasta in Tomato-Chile Cream Sauce
Wednesday – Leftover Steak and Potato Hash with Poached Eggs
Thursday – Roasted Garlic and Cauliflower Soup with Wilted Watercress
Friday – Potato, Parsnip and Watercress Tortilla
The Preparation Shortcuts:
1. Keep leftover steak from Monday for Wednesday’s steak and eggs. Use up potatoes in both the hash on Wednesday and the tortilla on Friday. Buy a few parsnips and add them into the hash on Wednesday, keeping the leftover for Friday.
2. Make all the potatoes at once and store some for Friday’s meal.
3. I usually find watercress in a large clamshell or bunch. To avoid waste, use it Monday, Thursday and Friday.
4. But a pint of cream and thin it half with milk to make the half and half for the soup, but also use the cream itself for the pasta.
The Shopping List:
2 pounds beef tenderloin
1/2 pound bacon
1 pound large shrimp
3 pounds potatoes
1 head celery
1 whole head cauliflower
3 bunches watercress around 16 ounces
10 ounces portobello mushrooms
3 small shallots
2 cups heavy cream
4 ounces Parmesan
8 ounces pepper jack
extra virgin olive oil
apple cider vinegar
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