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Menu Monday (on a Tuesday)

I forgot to post this yesterday... After an insanely busy week last week I'm looking forward to a little more down time. Things are still crazy at work but it's calmed down significantly from last week.

S: Hockey Game (come on Blues, I know you can beat Vancouver at least once!)
M: Manicotti (My regular recipe using the leftover meat from this appetizer)
T: Grilled Chicken and Roasted Carrots
W: Grilled Pizzas
R: Some kind of chicken dish - not sure what yet
F: Tacos (I keep putting them on the menu and never getting to make them!)
S: We're going to a B&B in Missouri Wine Country for the evening... we had a GC from our wedding (2 years ago) that expires the end of this month - nothing like putting it off to the last minute. We're either going to eat snacks at the wineries, eat dinner at the brewery in town or go to this adorable sounding little restaurant nearby.

Chili Cinnamon Grilled Pineapple

I made this pineapple side dish to go with a spice roasted pork tenderloin. I wanted to replicate a bit of the spice in the pork but also tone it down somewhat so I added a bit of kick to it...

Chili Cinnamon Grilled Pineapple
Ingredients
1 Pint/Pound of pineapple, cubed or sliced
1-2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 - 1 teaspoon chili powder

Directions
- Grill pineapple in a grill basket, turning occasionally (If you use pineapple slices you can grill with direct heat but cubes might go through the grates!)
- mix together spices
- Once pineapple is heated through take off grill and sprinke with spice mixture
- allow to set in a bowl to cool off a little

** I used the juice from the pineapple sitting to mix in to a side of brown rice I made to go along with the meal. The leftovers made a fantastic lunch the next day - just chopped up the pork and made a bed of rice then pineapple then pork to take to work! **

The Most Delicious Pork Tenderloin

For some reason I've never really made a lot of pork dishes (bacon doesn't count) because it can dry up so quickly so I've shied away.... well, for a few weeks I've been wanting to try my hand at a pork tenderloin but there was just the matter of finding a recipe that seemed like it wouldn't dry out too much, was easy to make as it was my first attempt and was overall delicious sounding. So, I searched some of my fave sites and then I happened to be reading Katie's blog and saw this recipe in the "you might also like" section.

For the most part I had everything I needed at home to try this recipe however I didn't have time to marinate it overnight so I had to adapt.

Spice Roasted Pork Loin
Ingredients:
2 lb. pork tenderloin, trimmed
1 c. orange juice (I thought I had juice but it expired so I used fresh juice which did not come to 1 cup)
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper

Dire…

Menu Monday

This spring we'll be pretty busy with weddings and wedding related activities so our weekends will not be spent at home too much. With that being said, I won't have the weekends to recover from the week so therefore my menus will be rather uninspired and relatively boring for the most part. While this week is no exception the one thing I'm excited about it that I'm making something completely new - a pork tenderloin. I've never made pork tenderloin before.

S: Easter (brunch with his family, dinner with mine - I think I gained 5 pounds!)
M: Honey Roasted Peanut Chicken with rice
T: Probably chicken Cordon Blue we have in the freezer
W: Some kind of Pork tenderloin - maybe this one
R: Rob on own - Angie at Rehearsal Dinner taking pictures
F: Tacos or order pizza
S: Wedding #2 of the season

Almond Chicken with Roasted Aspargus

While the husband's away the wife will eat a little more healthy than normal and it felt great! My husband was traveling last week for work which is a pretty rare occurance so I took advantage of that and ate better. Too bad that week was followed by the Blues clinching a playoff spot and Easter - all of that healthy eating went out the window. Anyway, one of the meals I made was absolutely amazing and so simple. I'm adapting it to add to the menu this week too!



Almond Chicken with Roasted Asaparagus
Ingredients - Chicken (for 1)
1 b/s chicken breast, trimmed and pounded to 1/4" thickness and seasoned with S&P as desired
1 egg + 1 teaspoon water
1/4 c. slivered almonds, chopped
1 teaspoon grated parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon ground flax seed
1/2 teaspoon seasame seeds
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/3 c. chicken stock

Directions
- heat skillet over medium heat with a little bit of EVOO
- in a shallow dish combine egg and water, mixing to create an egg wash
- in another shallow …

White Chocolate Amaretto Cream Cake

I, along with the other bridesmaids, hosted a bridal shower for my sister-in-law yesterday afternoon. We split the responsibilities and as always I offered to bake the cake. My mom had made this cake for a birthday party for my dad, husband and I (our birthdays are all close on the calendar) and it was AMAZING. I knew I had to find an excuse to make it. In addition to the cake the rest of the dessert was a chocolate fountain with Strawberries, marshmallows, pretzel sticks and angel food cake.

White Chocolate Amaretto Cream Cake
Source: Dierbergs’ Everybody Cooks
Ingredients
1 ½ cups milk (divided)
3 oz. White chocolate, chopped
2 ¾ cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
1 ½ cups sugar (divided)
4 eggs, separated
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Amaretto Syrup (recipe below)
Almond Buttercream Frosting (recipe below)
White Chocolate Curls (optional)

Directions
- Lightly coat bottom and sides of three 9-inch round cake pans with no-stick cooking…

Menu Plan Monday

My husband is traveling most of the week so I'm on my own. I'm taking this opportunity to thoroughly clean a room a night (or type of room - i.e. I can do all 3 bathrooms in one night!) as well as eat somewhat healthier. I wonder if I'll stick to this plan until Friday?! Anyway - on to the plan...

Monday
Dinner- leftover chili (it's 90% lean beef and chockfull of proteins so it's not horrible, right? I'll just skimp on the crackers and cheese!) Perfect day too as it's 38 degrees in flipping April!?!
Cleaning- living room and master bedroom, complete with my side of the closet - his side is fine.
Tuesday
Dinner - Basic Grilled Chicken and Roasted Aspargus
Cleaning- the bathrooms
Wednesday
Dinner- "Breakfast" Sandwich on Whole Grain and fruit
Cleaning- Rooms with Carpet - guest room and office
Thursday
Dinner- Almond Lemon Chicken with Rice and Asparagus
Cleaning- the Kitchen
Friday
Dinner - Hockey Game... either my husband will make something when I'm …