Dinners for the Week

I recently purchased a chalk board for the kitchen because I wanted to plan out the dinners for the week, plus it looks pretty damn cute! I would also like to make an effort to post the dinners for the week every week on The Oven Mitt. If a noteworthy dinner is in the works, it will definitely have it’s own post too. 🙂

This week, we’ll be having:
Sunday – Fend for yourself night
Monday – Homemade marinara sauce with penne pasta
Tuesday – Crunchy honey chicken with a salad
Wednesday – Turkey burgers with fries
Thursday – Chicken caesar salad
Friday – Burritos
Saturday – Dinner out with my family


Weekly Dinner Menu

Please don’t mind my terrible handwriting. As you can see, I have the penmanship of a serial killer.

Such lovely penmanship

Tonight, I will definitely be taking photos of the marinara sauce in action. It’s mostly my mum’s recipe, with some of my own tweaks.

Dinners

My parents and little sister will be coming up to visit this weekend, so there won’t be much cooking going on. We’ll be having some amazing pasta at La Strada in downtown Palo Alto on Saturday night. Then on Sunday, we’ll be enjoying an amazing dinner at Fog Harbor Fish House in San Francisco. Yes, we have it all planned out because we want to make sure the parents eat well while they visit.

If you have any amazing dinners that are a staple in your home, please let me know about it! I’m always up for trying new dinners. Have a great week!

A Break From Baking: Crockpot Chicken Alfredo

My favorite season is Autumn, the leaves, the weather, the crisp feeling in the air… and of course, the warm food! A crockpot is the best tool to have in the cooler months. What’s better than quick, easy and delicious meals?
I decided to go with a nice chicken alfredo dish. I’ve made this for dinner a couple times and it has yet to disappoint! Keep in mind that I don’t measure the spices that I toss into the crockpot, I just do what looks right to me. 🙂

Ingredients
• 2 Boneless, skinless chicken boobs
• 1 (8oz) package of cream cheese
• 2 (10oz) cans of cream of chicken soup
• Salt
• Pepper
• Thyme
• Garlic powder
• Basil
• Spaghetti

Make sure you clean your chicken and cut any extra fat if necessary.
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Place all of the above ingredients into the crockpot and cook on low heat for about 7 hours.
All the goodies
When it’s almost ready, cook your spaghetti or pasta of choice as directed on the box.
Remove the chicken from the crockpot and shred with a fork.
Place the desired amount of chicken on top of your warm spaghetti and use the sauce in the crockpot to top it all off.
Eat!
Serve with bread and/or a fresh salad! Enjoy!

A Break From Baking: Chicken and Cucumber Pasta Salad

A picnic at the beach sounded like a nice way to spend the evening with the boyfriend. Sandwiches are too easy, it needed to be something a bit more special. I decided to combine our favorite things, chicken, cucumbers and pasta. You can never really go wrong with pasta salad, it’s super easy to throw together and you can put pretty much anything you want in it.

Ingredients (I didn’t do much measuring of the ingredients, just tossed in what looked right):
• 1/2 (16oz) package of corkscrew pasta
• 2 boneless chicken breasts
• 1/2 cup mayo
• 1/4 cup caesar dressing
• 1/2 of a cucumber (sliced)
• 1/4 of red pepper (chopped)
• Olive oil
• Garlic powder
• Salt
• Pepper
• Paprika
• Grape tomatoes

Prepare the chicken breasts as you see fit, I just marinated them in caesar dressing, salt and pepper, then cooked at 350F for about 30 minutes.
Cook your pasta according to the directions on the box.
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In a large bowl, combine the mayo, dressing, olive oil, garlic powder, salt, pepper and paprika.
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Shred or cut the cooked chicken breast and add to the dressing mixture.
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Add the cooked pasta, cucumber, red pepper and tomatoes.
Gently combine and chill in the fridge.
Put some shredded parmesan on top and enjoy!
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A Break from Baking: Crockpot Chicken with Beer

Rainy day calls for some crockpot action. I never used beer before, but I know my mum uses it with pork… so, it should work with chicken too, right?
Tender Yums
Well, here’s what I tossed in the crockpot (I didn’t measure any of the ingredients, just sort of put what looked right):

• 2 boneless chicken breasts
• 1 bottle of beer (I used Blue Moon)
• pepper
• salt
• paprika
• thyme

Everything in the Crockpot
I cooked everything on low for about 7 hours and the chicken came out nice and tender.
It was quite flavorful, you could really taste the beer. I think if I were to make it again I would put more firey spices, like cayenne pepper or chili powder. The heat would possibly overshadow the bitter beer taste, making it even more enjoyable. 🙂
Complete Meal