My darling friend Andrea and I have clocked in quite a few hours in the kitchen this week and I've loved every second of it! It's so nice to be able to prepare food with friends while listening to good music and enjoying a post-work libation. Sometimes a gal just needs a quiet week of cookin up comfort foods, watching movies and rocking sweat pants, ya know?
On Monday we whipped up one of my go-to favorites; Turkey Meatball Soup (SO.FREAKING.GOOD)....
How cute are we with our little European cafe table set up in her kitchen?
Tuesday night was, naturally, Taco Tuesday! (Why can't every day be Taco Tuesday?) We feasted on lightly beer-battered fish tacos with fresh avocado, Trader Joe's mango/papaya salsa (are we on an island?!) and Coronas. Ole!
Wednesday was Caesar Burger night; hand made garlic, parmesan, caesar turkey burgers...
I swear, the smell of browning meat and garlic is my nostrils version of heaven....
Until you add chunks of fresh mozzarella...then my nostrils bail on the previous heaven and jump ship to this version...
Add some caesar salad to your bun (we used 100 calorie bread) and voila! Yum. O.
Have you had Apricot Ale? It's deliciously summery.
There's something to be said for the comfort of a kitchen and laying low to regroup a bit. I know I often preach about seizing the day, being a yes woman and grabbing every adventure that comes your way (you should still always embrace it all!); but I also deeply appreciate the quieter side of life and am thankful for this week of good, easy company and great home cooked meals.
Recipes after the jump!
In "what's cookin' good lookin'?" love,
Turkey Meatball Soup:
Adapted from Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld
3 ounces whole-wheat pasta shapes, such as bowties or wagon wheels
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, with their juice
1/4 cup carrot puree (or 1/2 cup finely chopped carrots)
1/2 cup sweet potato or squash puree (or 1 cup finely chopped)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 cups beef or chicken broth
3 slices whole-wheat bread, cubed
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup sweet potato puree (or 1/2 cup chopped sweet potatoes, microwaved for 5 minutes and mashed with fork)
1/4 cup nonfat milk
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
1/4 teaspoon paprika
--1/2 pound lean ground turkey
....you'll just have to contact me if you want this guy :)