What’s for dinner?
This is the question that can drive me nuts more than anything because so often what I want, Anthony doesn’t. My tastes are very different from his and so the age old question that I can’t get away from is somewhere along the lines of What’s for dinner?/What do you want for dinner?/What should we have for dinner?
Some nights the answer is so simple and sometimes it’s a back and forth of I dunno, what do you want? and this ensues back and forth and back and forth, until I am too hungry to care or too hungry to even want to make an effort anymore.
I have tried to make weekly meal plans but it doesn’t seem to work in this household. I have tried grabbing items for several meals at a time while at the grocery but I hate when it goes to waste. So recently, I subscribed to Plated and gave that a try for the two of us. So far the results have actually been quite positive, but still want to try it out for a few more weeks before I give you my verdict. I will say one thing, over the past 4 weeks I have only completely ruined one meal so there is definitely that on the plus side. Dinner has been so much easier to decide on because 3 nights of the week, I don’t even have to think about it. And, I let Anthony pick the meals so that there is no way he can argue over choices.
I will let you know soon what I think, but for now, I will leave you with this simple Orange + Almond Broccoli Stir-Fry. It’s a quick weeknight dinner that requires little effort. Fresh or frozen broccoli can be used and you can also add in chicken, beef, tofu, you name it, whatever protein you desire.
I used to make a peanut stir-fry that had a hint of orange in it as well, but Anthony found the peanut flavor to be a bit strong. When I use almond butter, the flavor is more mild and he likes it a lot better. And he never has to know how little effort I put into a meal–he will always know that I put lots of work and time into what I put on the dinner table, so don’t let him know!
- 1/3 c almond butter
- Juice of 1/2 navel orange
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 T soy sauce liquid aminos or tamari
- 1 tsp pure maple syrup or raw honey
- 2 T water
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
- Dash of cayenne pepper optional
- 4-5 c broccoli florets fresh or frozen
- 1/3 c sliced almonds
In a mixing bowl, whisk stir-fry sauce together until smooth. Add more water if desired.
In a skillet, heat 1 T sesame oil over medium high heat.
Add broccoli, and stir-fry until tender and cooked through. (time for this will vary)
Once broccoli is cooked, add sliced almonds and stir to toast about (2 minutes).
Lower heat to low and add in sauce. Stir to coat broccoli evenly and heat on low for about 3-4 minutes.
Serve over rice or other grain and garnish with more sliced almonds and some orange zest as well if desired.