The Antidote to Holiday Stress is a Heathy Holiday Dinner!

So, we're not meteorologists, so we've been finding this winter weather pattern a little confusing.  Being from Texas, I certainly don't mind a warm December, but it's hard to know whether to bundle up in wool sweaters or stay cool with t-shirts.  And so it goes with dinner.  Soup?  Salad?  It's so hard to know!  Since we have to plan dinner a few days in advance, this week we decided to do a meal that is a winner either way!  Not to mention that it's super-healthy, which is more than I can say for anything else in my kitchen at this time of year!

Tuesday, December 11th:
Farmer's Market Israeli Couscous with Smoked Chicken or Portobello Mushrooms
Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
Spinach Salad with Basil Balsamic Dressing
Kids Meal:  Orzo with Marinara and Feta (on the side) ($6)
Dessert:  Baklava ($6)
GYTTW #1:  South Congress Chicken or Spinach Lasagna (reg, $25, L, $30)
GYTTW #2:  Crock Pot Dinner:  Singapore Honey Sesame Chicken & Rice (one size, serves 4, $25)
GYTTW #3:  Pasta, Plain & Fancy:  Cheese Ravioli with Superwoman Kale Pesto & Hearty Chicken Sausage Marinara (reg $22, large $30)
GYTTW #4:  Friday Night Pizza Pack (reg, $22, L, $30)

Optional Extras:
Farmer's Market Quinoa with Smoked Chicken or Portobello Mushrooms (GF) (one quart + living lettuce, $10)
Greek Porch Pockets with Pesto Marinara Dipping Sauce (sausage or mushroom, $10)
Camino Rosemary Garlic Bread ($6)
Homemade Hummus & Pita Chips ($6)
Fresh Veggie Bag ($6)
Jalapeno Ranch Dressing ($4)
Salad Pack:  Organic Romaine, Veggies, Jalapeno Ranch & Croutons ($10)
Vantastic Pimento Cheese :  regular or Spicy!! ($5)

Camino Bakery Goodies:
Granola ($4)
Pumpkin Bread ($5)
Cinnamon Raisin Bread ($6)

Farmer's Market Israeli Couscous is a meal that I could eat every day and be happy.  Not to say I wouldn't miss other foods, not to say that it's even my favorite food, but to me, it's the perfect meal and I never get tired of it because each bite is a unique combination of flavors.  It's a delicious mixture of large, pearled couscous, smoked chicken, feta cheese, green olives, and then a million different veggies, like snap peas, mushrooms, carrots, broccoli, peppers, and anything else that strikes our fancy.  Every bite is different, and we're always so happy to hear how so many kids love it!  Maybe it's the little balls of pasta that are so fun to eat, or maybe it's just that the whole thing is so colorful, but it seems to be a hit all around!  It's great to mix up together with the Spinach Salad, or just heat up and enjoy on its own!

Because of the aforementioned weather pattern, we're trying to make sure that if it's a cold winter's night, you've got a lovely bowl of hot soup to start out your meal and warm your bones.  This Roasted Tomato Basil is like a pair of fluffy slippers for your stomach.  It's rich and flavorful, yet mild enough to be appealing to even little people (which always surprises me, considering my hatred of soup as a child).

If you're entertaining, or just looking for a way to make this dinner even more fabulous, start out with our fun Green Porch Pockets!  We're stuffing them with cheese, sausage or mushrooms, spinach, and Italian seasonings.  Dipped in a fresh basil pesto marinara, it will be a dinner appetizer that you'll remember well after the dishes are done!  (Plus, if you have leftovers, they are great in kids' lunches, or even as a quick breakfast if you're running out the door and need something to grab!)

Keeping in mind that every night is busy this time of year, make sure to be prepared for dinner (even if for nothing else!).  We're always having fun thinking up new Get You Through the Week Meals, and this week we've got some really great ones that we think will become DOTP classics!
  • South Congress Chicken or Spinach Lasagna is a Tex-Mex delight!  It's a lasagna with layers of homemade mild or spicy tomato salsa, chicken, cheese, corn & black beans.  It's a drier lasagna, so it's great for adding sour cream or your favorite salsa on top!  
  • This week we're trying a new concept at DOTP:  the Crock Pot dinner!  Okay, so we know it's not 1978, but we also know that it's awesome to throw a bunch of stuff into a pot and then turn out an amazing dinner with almost zero effort!  This Singapore Honey Sesame Chicken is just such a meal:  we've done all of the work of trimming the chicken breasts, making the sauce, cooking the rice, measuring all of the ingredients, chopping the green onions to serve on top, etch, but you get to make your house smell wonderful and share a meal you made with people you love!
  • We're also happy to report the success of our Pasta, Plain & Fancy idea that we introduced last week.  This week we're pairing Cheese Ravioli with two new sauces that we think are great:  Superwoman Kale & Sunflower Seed Pesto (amazingly healthy & delicious) and Hearty Chicken Sausage Marinara (light, healthy & simple).  It's all frozen, so keep it on hand for a busy night when you need a good dinner in 10 minutes.
  • And keep Friday nights fun with our great Pizza Packs.  Let your kids top their own pizzas - you may be surprised what combinations they come up with!  It's a great way to get kids into the kitchen with minimal stress and frustration all around!

In addition to all that, we have lots of Optional Extras & Camino Goodies, so once you have your order all figured out, just email and let us know what to get going for you!

Thanks, and we'll look forward to seeing you on the Porch,

Claire & Alex

the fine print:
  • Delivery of all meals, GYTTWs, Optional Extras & Camino goodies is on Tuesday, between 2-5:30 pm.
  • If you will not be home during our delivery window, just leave out a cooler and we'll drop off your dinner.
  • Make sure to place your order by Sunday evening.
  • You will receive a confirmation & reminder email on Monday night.
  • Please be specific about your order & feel free to include special requests.  If we cannot accomodate a request, we'll let you know, otherwise we will take care of it.
  • If you are sending a meal as a gift, just make sure to include the recipient's address and phone number in your email.
  • Call me with questions or concerns!  745-8300.