Our weekly dinner menus have been... lacking lately. Busy lives = boring meals, often. In part because we're just so tired - why is planning meals so hard? And often dance/cubs/basketball/SOMETHING is right when I should be cooking dinner.
But Wednesdays I have time to cook. So I try to make a non-pasta/burritos/frozen leftovers/sandwiches kind of dinner. And today I'm pretty proud of myself.
Bear with me, I'm not a food photographer.
SO... first I had my girl help marinate some Satay chicken (using this recipe).
Then we made Ahjaad (various spellings online). It's like Swedish cucumber salad (which I made for Christmas and loved) but substituting a hot pepper for the dill (!). It's awesome.
I had planned on making peanut sauce, but then found some bottled stuff at the store so I just bought it. Then I opened it and ... it didn't smell like what I was going for and was too... gelatinous and bright. SO I made some peanut sauce!
But first I broiled the chicken.
See that yellow? Turmeric. MMmmmm. Man, just mixing the turmeric + coconut milk cream I was all "THAI FOOD!" Yeah.
Okay, so THEN I made peanut sauce (this recipe, omitting fish sauce + tamarind (though we do have it, I thought it was probably overkill, and I stand by that decision)).
The chicken was done and resting and all was set ... for sandwiches. This whole thing was inspired by this post and by the fact that Monkey is much more likely to eat dinner if it's served as a sandwich. Seriously, we make him beef stirfry sandwiches, and Saag (spinach curry) sandwiches - the weirdo.
It might have been better on our artisan bread, but for whatever reason I bought wheat rolls.
Then we dished up! Not pictured: a generous helping (and then seconds) of cucumbers on the side and more peanut sauce to dip in.
End result - YUM!
Aaron said 'You added to our staple dishes!' which was a big compliment. Usually he's the one finding awesome recipes. And nothing about this dinner was hard or complicated. We even had all the spices and stuff on hand.
Staple dinners - now that's a post for another time, but I was kinda trying to find a good Thai one to add to our regular menus. We have tried and true Korean, Chinese, and Indian, so I'm glad this was good! Now to find a good way to make it meatless...