Monthly Archives: August 2015

Heat wave!

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We are experiencing a heat wave in Germany these days so I am making menu plans that heat the house as little as possible.  Did I mention that Germany does not have air conditioning…pretty much anywhere other than Hubby bubby’s office? Yep.  No air conditioning.  The dietitian in me thinks that at least I am burning extra calories this way.  The American in me wants to whimper at times.  Here is our menu plan for this week.  I hope you are able to stay cool this week!

Steak is always a hit in our house.

Steak is always a hit in our house.

Sunday: Brats and Broetchen with slaw. We are doing Sunday dinners in mid-afternoon these days since it makes it easier with the little people. This week we went for a German option with fresh brats from my fave German grocery store and some broetchen from the bakery. The Germans shove a delicious brat into the middle of a crusty roll and top with some mustard. It is heavenly!

 
Monday: Tuscan Steak Salad. We are big steak fans. Weird from a former vegetarian, I know. When the weather is steamy we try to lighten up our steak meals with a steak salad rather than heavy, steakhouse-style sides. We save those for Winter. 🙂

Tuesday: Moroccan Lemon-Herb Chicken Skewers, Green Bean and Potato Salad. Even if I never actually get to go to Morocco at least I can close my eyes and pretend every time I have a tagine. It is a little too hot out for a tagine so I figured something grilled would be perfect. The potatoes and green beans are very not Moroccan, but it is one of our fave summer sides. We received the recipe with one of our very first CSA shares, before kids even! It is a keeper!

We are trying to hit the evening Sunday mass these days so are pushing our dinner earlier. Makes for an easy-breezy Sunday!

We are trying to hit the evening Sunday mass these days so are pushing our dinner earlier. Makes for an easy-breezy Sunday!

Wednesday: Leftovers and No-Bake Fresh Strawberry Pie. I signed up to drop off a dessert at a dinner on the base. I’m going to make an extra for us…just the way to jazz up leftover night. At least there is fruit involved!

Thursday: Beer-Braised Turkey Tacos. We love tacos in all their forms and with great German beer there really is no way this one could go wrong, right? I’ll have to make sure to get lots of radishes for Hannah’s tacos. I’m hoping this one will be a good one to keep us from eating chicken or stay ad nauseum.

Friday: Dinner at a friend’s house. Hopefully we can bring something yummy. This may just be he time for me to bust out my ice cream making again. I’m thinking maybe the blackberry chip ice cream by Ree Drummond might be just right for a Friday in August.

Saturday: Chicken Braciole with Spinach and some kind of veggie, fruit and whole grain (the whole MyPlate thing 🙂 ). I have to admit that I was really surprised to see that Ali Larter (remember the whipped cream bikini?!) has some cooking chops and was writing a cookbook. Then I saw this recipe for chicken braciole and thought I must try that ASAP!

What will you be eating this week? What do you to keep your kitchen cool on hot days? Salads? Grilling? I’d love to hear in the comment section below!

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One-Pot Vegetable Chicken Miso Soup

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From the back of the car I could hear this squeaky voice and I knew Hannah still had a scratchy throat. My poor, sweet girl!  Don’t you just hate it when someone you love is not feelin’ good?  Just tears at my heartstrings! So, naturally I told her we could have whatever she wanted for dinner. She replied, “Soup. With vegetables. Miso soup but with vegetables. And chicken.”  Uh. Oops. Maybe I should have given her options. Then I thought about what we had on hand and figured I could just wing something.

Hahnchen (chicken) for our new fave chicken soup.

Hahnchen (chicken) for our new fave chicken soup.

Next thing I know this cold circled through our entire house over the course of a few weeks ending with our sweet Ry-guy. He definitely has it the worst, so sad!  I swear if he asked Daddy for a convertible today he’d probably get it with his sad little voice. I made the same move today asking Ryan what he wanted for dinner and saying it could be whatever he wanted. He promptly grabbed a bag of parcooked rice from the pantry but then said, “I want the miso soup you made for Hannah.”  With the veggies, chicken and noodles, bud? Yep!

I figure if he wanted it, too, it is probably worth sharing. Make this for someone you love, especially when they are under the weather.

One-Pot Vegetable Chicken Miso Soup

Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil
5 green onions, thinly sliced on a bias (pale and dark green parts)
5 stalks celery, thinly sliced on a bias
4 carrots, grated
1 garlic clove, minced
1 quart (32 ounces) fat-free, reduced sodium chicken broth (such as Swanson’s)
1 quart water
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated
1/4 cup white miso*
2 cups thin egg noodles
2 limes, zested and juiced

Directions
1.  Heat oil in a ditch oven (I use my 5ish quart round Le Creuset) over medium heat.  Add the green onions, celery, carrots and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and sauté for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently until almost tender.

2.  Add chicken broth, water, chicken and ginger and stir. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer for about 10 minutes until chicken is cooked through.

3.  Remove chicken to a plate and set aside. Stir in miso and noodles and simmer until noodles are al dente (just under what the package directions suggest). While noodles cook dice or shred chicken, whichever you prefer.

4.  When noodles are cooked remove from heat and stir in chicken, lime zest and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

*White miso is more yellow than white. Ask for help finding it at your friendly local Asian grocer. You can find more recipes that use white miso on my Pinterest page.

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