Category Archives: What’s For Dinner?

Quick and tasty dinner: Black bean, corn, and chicken burritos

An adapted Rachael Ray recipe, and so delicious.


  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 15-oz. can black beans, drained
  • 1 10-oz. bag frozen corn kernels
  • 1/2 c. barbecue sauce
  • 4 large flour tortillas (or 8 small ones–I especially recommend the thick handmade ones from Trader Joe’s…mmmm)
  • shredded cheddar cheese (to taste)


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Sprinkle chicken with chili powder and cumin and add to pan.
  3. Cook chicken until no longer pink; approx. 8-10 minutes.
  4. Add black beans, corn, and barbecue sauce, and cook until heated through.
  5. Spread mixture over tortillas, sprinkle with cheese, and roll into burritos.
  6. Serve with chips, salsa, and guacamole.

Quick and tasty dinner: Pesto gnocchi with green beans

This is one of Robby’s favorite dinners, and it’s so easy to make! I usually make enough for this to be a main course, but it could also be a side dish for chicken or steak.

1 lb. gnocchi (aka, potato-filled pasta–it can be hard to find, but Trader Joe’s usually carries it, and I’ve recently found some at Target!)
1 container prepared pesto (I could make it myself, but why?)
2 tbsp. milk or cream
10 oz. frozen green beans


  1. Boil water. :)
  2. Drop in gnocchi.
  3. Microwave the frozen green beans for about 3-4 minutes.
  4. When the gnocchi start to float (after about 2-3 minutes), turn off the heat, drain, and return the gnocchi to the pot.
  5. Pour the pesto and milk/cream over the gnocchi and stir until evenly coated. If the sauce seems runny, turn the burner back on and heat for 2-3 minutes to reduce it.
  6. Stir in the green beans and serve! I like to serve this with french bread or dinner rolls. Mmmmm.

Quick and tasty dinner: Ham and egg panini

This would be a great breakfast recipe, but Robby doesn’t really eat breakfast unless I remind him. So we make this for dinner occasionally. :)

Ingredients (serves 2):

  1. 4 slices of bread (I use ciabatta panini rolls from Trader Joe’s, but brioche or french bread would also be great)
  2. 2 tbsp. mustard (I use whole grain, but dijon would work too)
  3. 2 slices havarti or swiss cheese
  4. 2 oz. ham
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 2 tsp. grated parmesan cheese
  7. 1 tsp. milk
  8. 1 tsp. butter


  1. Spread mustard on 2 pieces of bread.
  2. Place ham and cheese slices on other 2 pieces.
  3. Whisk eggs, parmesan, and milk together.
  4. Melt butter in a small skillet and add egg mixture.
  5. Cook eggs until mostly solid (about 4 minutes) and flip over for another 1 minute.
  6. Cut omelet in half and place one half on each sandwich.
  7. Close sandwiches and brush with olive oil.
  8. Cook sandwiches on a grill (I use a George Foreman grill, it works great!) or a sandwich press.
  9. Enjoy!

These are pretty filling, so I usually just serve them with a light fruit salad.

Menu for the week, 7/12/09

One of the things that helps me stay organized is planning our meals in advance. I take about 30 minutes a week to sit down with the calendar (Robby and I sync our Google Calendars–ah, geek love!), my cookbooks, the grocery list, and my coupons, and plan out about 7-10 days’ worth of meals. Then I list the meals and cookbook pages on a magnetic calendar on the fridge, organize my coupons, and hit the grocery store to shop for all the ingredients.

I love this system because I don’t have to think much when I get home from work–I just look at the menu on the fridge, look up the recipe, pull out the ingredients, and get cooking!

I usually try to plan quick and easy things during the week since we’re so busy, but I use the weekends to try out new or more complicated recipes.

So, without further ado, here are the meals we enjoyed last week:

  • Sunday: Hamburgers and pasta salad
  • Monday: Chicken potstickers and brown rice
  • Tuesday: Kim worked until 8, so we just had sandwiches
  • Wednesday: Lasagna rolls and green beans
  • Thursday: BBQ pork loin with salad and rolls
  • Friday: Steak and mashed potatoes
  • Saturday: Ham, egg, and cheese panini