Call me old fashioned but I love a good Sunday dinner. Especially right now, because Downton Abbey is on Sunday nights! If you follow me on Twitter (sorry Amy) you know I am obsessed with that show and engage in some very excessive live tweeting. They’re not particularly good or funny tweets… but I did get a couple retweets on one particularly snappy tweet haha. VICTORY! Anyways, this Sunday I wanted to make a yummy, comfort food dinner to enjoy before the two hour event at 9. My intention was to make SkinnyTaste turkey meatloaf. I even got all the ingredients out and mixed up the ingredients.
However, my over was preheating during this time and I turned around to see THIS. Smoke was billowing out of the stove! Initially, I panicked. Nobody wants to be THAT girl that sets off the fire alarm in the building. But then I remembered that the night before, in a completely misguided attempt at domesticity, I had sprayed over cleaner all over the place inside the oven. I was supposed to wipe it out with a wet sponge in the morning. Clearly… I forgot. Moral of this story… don’t clean your oven.
So the oven was out of commission for dinner. I had to let it cool down completely and wipe it out before we could use it. I was also getting really hungry. Even letting a meatloaf cook for an hour was looking daunting. So I changed gears and turned my meatloaf mixture into turkey burgers. Thankfully my awesome brother bought me this super sweet Cuisinart 5 in 1 griddler for Christmas this year. I intended to use it mostly as a griddle for pancakes but it can also function as a grill(something I have always missed about apartment living)!
We closed the top for quicker cooking and look at those grill marks! I probably used more onion than I needed some pieces started jumping ship, but that was ok.
Topped it with some shredded cheese (because burgers without cheese are un-American) and served it with a side of sauteed zucchini and steamed kale with garlic salt. I normally HATE frozen greens like spinach. I think they just do not taste good. But Trader Joe’s Frozen Kale is the jam. If you haven’t tried it… please do. I always keep a bag in the freezer just to have on hand. The greens are still crunchy and full of flavor.
In addition to believing in Sunday dinner, I also believe in a Downton Abbey treat. This week Mike used our Vitamix to make banana soft serve. If you haven’t made this before, seriously stop what you are doing right now and make it. I am a total ice cream nut. I could eat such massive quantities of it, it’s embarrassing. This recipe is just two frozen bananas processed in the Vitamix (food processors are also apparently great, but we don’t have one). It was just like soft serve ice cream!! Amazingly creamy and delicious. I can’t recommend it enough. I added a scoop of Trader Joe’s Speculoos Crunchy Cookie Butter, because it is a treat after all 🙂
Ugh I’m having trouble formating my pictures again!! No big deal though… on to the post at hand! So Monday night I went outside for a five mile run only to discover it was raining! But I was there and I was ready to run, so I just ran… in the rain. I came back looking like this:
Needless to say I didn’t want to put a lot of effort into dinner. Thankfully, I precooked a spaghetti squash on Sunday and picked up some pre-marinated salmon filets at Trader Joe’s over the weekend. Perfecto. The salmon went into the over to broil and I got to work preparing the squash.
I wanted to complement the dijon mustard flavor of the salmon, so I went with something light and citrusy. Approximately one tablespoon of coconut oil went into the pan followed by the spaghetti squash to warm it up (I used about 2/3 of an entire spaghetti squash).
I used the juice of one half an orange, one whole lime, and one whole lemon right into the pan and a little bit of sea salt (not much at all).
Complete the meal with a delicious glass of white wine and in less than 15 minutes, we were ready to roll!
DELICIOUS!! A perfectly light and healthy start to the week with very little effort involved 🙂 I intended to put feta cheese in (it’s in the picture up top) but I totally forgot!! Didn’t need it in the end.
Then the kitties wrestled for a little while hehe