I am all about the new recipes the last few weeks. I finally realized that many of the things I would like to eat, but my husband doesn't like can be made and taken to work for my lunches. It only took me about 4 years of marriage to realize that, but now that I have I am on a roll.
Before we get to Aunt Liz's Chicken Spaghetti Casserole. I have a quick tip to share (I apologize if I already shared this.) Shredding chicken in the KitchenAid mixer is super fast and simple. Just toss the cooked chicken (hot or cold) in the bowl and using the paddle attachment - perfectly shredded chicken in less than a minute. No mess.
I few days later I took a portion to work for lunch. It was even better. The last portion is in the freezer at work for another day. The recipe makes 8 servings, but I had only made half the recipe this time. Next time I am sure it will be full batch. Even though the ziti didn't cook quite as evenly I would use it again.
And because the chicken was so easy to shred in the KitchenAid mixer I had overshredded and had plenty leftover to make a yummy chicken salad. I love grapes in my chicken salad and as you might notice I don't have a problem with raw celery :)
Yesterday, I had my lunch all packed and took it to work. Then this cutie called and invited me to lunch...how could I resist?? I couldn't. The lunch waits for me in the work fridge,
I had thought about taking Millie with me, but I ended up being very glad I didn't. It seems every dog and their crazy cousin were out and about. I think these guys were "behind" and electric fence. I could still hear them barking a block away.
I wish I had a picture of my third encounter, but it happened so fast and then the people swooped in to rescue me. A tiny Yorkie came dashing out after me, then another one and then another one. Three crazed, but adorable Yorkies yapping their fool heads off. They have no idea how small they are. Thankfully, their people were hot on their heels and called them off before I was mauled..
I was in a hot hurry to get home and grill this delicious pork tenderloin that I had marinading all day in garlic, rosemary, basil and my new white balsamic vinegar. We love tenderloin and it is such a lean meat - a nice break from chicken breast.
Today is day 10 of the challenge. I didn't get up at 5am but still wanted to get my walk in before work. It was nice to watch day break for a change. Looks like the cheerleaders were out painting the football players vehicles last night. My nephew's truck was hit :)
This car made me laugh a little. It reminded me of cartoon cars taking off and the front wheels come up off the ground. I didn't see the jack at first.
Every day is an adventure!
My husband has two trips this weekend (tonight and tomorrow) so I am going to have a little free time. Maybe I will try another new recipe. Tomorrow I want to hit the farmers' market and I get to hang out with my niece :)
What are your weekend plans?