Monday, June 12, 2006

Menu Mondays! (6-12)

6/11 -6/17

Lunch: Porto's - If you haven't been to Porto's and you live anywhere in the area of a Porto's (Burbank or Glendale) you need to go to Porto's. And get the Cubano, the tuna melt and /or the turkey melt.

Dinner: Pot Roast and Potatoes w/Vegis - The pot roast was delicious as always from Trader Joe's. Usually I have a problem with it being a little too dry, but for some unknown reason it wasn't dry last night and I didn't feel the need to add any sauce. And the potatoes and vegis (stir fried for about 8 minutes) are so delicious that I need to remember to get them more often. Don't worry I will devote a whole post to their deliciousness.

Pad Thai with tofu - ah one of my favorite TJs frozen dinners. I wish I had remembered to pick up the frozen jasmine rice, that always makes a nice compliment to the heaviness of pad thai, but this frozen pad thai is good on its own. Actually typing about it is reminding me that I'm hungry. Hold on a second. Okay I'm back to finish posting while the microwave does all the cooking for me. Thank you Mr. Microwave. Although I do need to put a little effort into the assembly of the spinach salad.

Stuffed Bell Peppers - perennial TJs powerhouse. I haven't had it in a while so it was time to bring it back. Along with a spinach salad.

Penne with meatballs - cheap penne and cheap but tasty meatballs. Although I do need to pick up more spaghetti sauce.

Tri-Tip in Korean BBQ sauce - I haven't had this one yet, but I found it in my favorite category, "pre-packaged ready to eat after only a few minutes of microwaving meats" (see Pot Roast and Carnitas in that category). I'll cross my fingers that it tastes as delicious as I'm hoping it will. But I've never been let down before in the "pre-packaged ready to eat after only a few minutes of microwaving meats."

Out? My favorite item on the menu, going out to eat. Why cook when someone else can do it for me and do it so much better? Ah, spoken like a true Jewish American Princess.

Lunch: Lasagna - one of my favorites that I haven't had in a while.
Dinner: Salmon in a bag - another one of my favorites that I haven't had in a while. Boy that two month break from cooking was good because now I get to eat all of my favorites again. Delicious pad thai is beckoning me from the microwave so that's all for now.


Kartik said...

I don't shop at TJs hardly ever, but the one item I have had on 2 separate occasions is the Pad Thai. It is pretty good, but I found both times that it became a little mushy. Like kind of scooping up noodles, instead of having nice, separated noodles. It just wasn't restaurant quality at all. Any tips or suggestions are welcome. Though, seriously, since I apparently can't prepare pasta out of a package, there probably isn't a whole lot you can do.

ilana said...

sadly I don't have any tips because I actually like the mushy quality of the TJs Pad Thai. Most Pad Thai is really dry, so that's why I like the mushy. I guess that's what separates me from the real asians such as yourself. And yes I do find that amusing that Indians are also known as East Asians. Because is India really East of Asia? No. I just double checked on Google maps. It is in fact west of Asia.

Anonymous said...

I love the Carnitas and Pot Roast. I love to make Mexican style tacos with the Carnitas, shredded and warmed in the microwave with a drop of coca-cola, served with spicy salsa (the fresh packed roasted tomatillo is amazing) and diced cilantro and onion.

The Pad Thai in the box is great too, especially with peanuts and sauteed shrimp from the freezer section (go with the frozen uncooked jumbo shrimp)!

Anonymous said...

The boxed pad thai is fab, you can control the mushiness and prepare it al dente. Try it!

Anonymous said...

so I can't believe I didn't mention this earlier -
the 3 (or maybe 4?) cheese vegetable may be the biggest hidden treasure at trader joes right now.
everyone that has tried it absolutely raves about it. it is hidden among the hummus, etc.
It won't look like anything special, but trust me. buy it and you will be amazed....