October 14-20 2012

This page should be a constant update on what we’re eating This Week (that was a total plot twist, right?!)

Sunday was a little crazy.  But when we got home, hubby mentioned maybe having some lasagna.  And it sounded brilliant!  So we made lasagna from “scratch”.  After a long day, I wasn’t really up for making the pasta and tomato sauce from scratch (like I normally do) so we used pre-made noodles and marinara sauce.  It still came out pretty good, though.  Lasagna isn’t complicated so I’m not going to make a recipe page for it.  Just brown equal parts beef and sausage (I use breakfast sausage like Tennessee Pride or Jimmy Dean.  Toss some tomato sauce on it and mix it all together.  Boil the noodles till desired doneness (you want them a LITTLE undercooked so they don’t overcook in the oven or fall apart while you try to make your layers.  Put a little sauce on the bottom just to keep the noodles from sliding apart.  Then alternate cheese mix (I mix ricotta, kraft italian cheese mix, salt, and a little bit of Garlic&Herb) and meat putting noodles between each layer.  For the middle layer, I like to put slices or chunks of “real Mozzarella” as we call it (the stuff that comes from the “expensive cheese” section of a grocery store (as in not the shredded kind you get in bags).  If you can find a place that makes their Mozz in house, you’re in for a real treat!  Finish your layering and top with shredded Mozzarella then any left over fresh Mozz if you have any left.  Toss it in the oven to melt down the cheeses and let everything come together.  You’re just looking for the right consistency on the topping.  If you like a Lasagna a little more cooked with crispy cheese on top, cook it longer.  If you’re like me and just like cheese melted but not cooked till hard, leave it in for a shorter amount of time.  I typically start at 20 minutes and check it every five minutes after that.  For me, “done” is when the edges just barely begin to brown (hubby eats the brown parts, I get the gooey stuff in the middle.  lol

Monday Gold Star Coneys -Tonight, I think I’m going to surprise hubby with some Cincinnati Chili we brought home when we went for a visit in August.  I bought it in a can.  So far, the only thing I can find in TX is up in Dallas (because they have Kroger which is an Ohio company).  They had Skyline Chili (which you can look up and buy online if you like).  Which is the most famous Cincinnati Chili.  But the BEST Cincinnati Chili comes from a place called Gold Star.  You can buy it in Cincinnati and other parts of Ohio.  But out of state you can only find Skyline.  Skyline is a totally acceptable substitute if you’re in a pinch.
So, for coneys, I’m just going to boil some hotdogs (the ONLY thing I’ll boil hot dogs for.  Otherwise they’re cooked of panfried or something).  Top with mustard, heated chili, and thinly shredded cheddar cheese.  Serve with fries and enjoy!

Tuesday Popped over to SweetTooth’s Donut Shop for breakfast.  Wally’s used to be my fave in town (and they’re still top two).  But I really love the slight lemony brightness in the glaze at SweetTooth.  Lunch will probably be left over Lasagna.  And for dinner we’re having Garlic Honey Chicken Now, what I do is by a big pack of chicken breasts (it’s usually about 7 bucks for 6-8 breasts at the Commissary).  And I split it up making some Chicken Salad for hubby to take to lunch, Garlic Honey chicken (just toss everything into a freezer bag and save it for when you wanna eat it) and the Hawaiian Chicken (again in a freezer bag).  By the time all is said and done, I’ve got three meals prepped and ready to be cooked for around $10 (most of the ingredients for these things are on hand in our house.  Sometimes it’s the celery for the chicken salad I need to buy.  That’s about it.

Wednesday I tried to post a poll to see what people might wanna learn about.  But nobody voted.  So I made what I wanted for dinner which was a lime basil tilapia in cedar papers.  Mmmmmm!  Every time I make this, I forget just how good it is!  Click the link to see the recipe.  I think you’ll like it!  We always eat it over rice.  And I like to top it with a dash of soy sauce.

Thursday Made Lemon Cilantro Chicken Skewers.  Mmmmmm!  Served it up with some roasted broccoli, oven fries, and finished with Grilled Pineapple!

Friday  Gyros from Gyro Nook.  I’ve been wanting to try this place for a while (I just can’t resist a good gyro) but it was forever stuck in the “Coming Soon” phase.  And eventually I forgot because I’m NEVER in that part of town!  So friday, after a whole lot of “wanna eat here?/no…too this/wanna eat here/no….too that/”  and on and on till Hubby felt like squeezing my neck till my head popped off, this place suddenly popped into my head for no apparent reason.  Well, I’m glad it did!  The meat was fresh shaved off a spit (first spit I’ve seen in this town).  The Tzatziki Sauce was KILLER.  Nice and fresh, thick instead of runny.  The cool cucumber played fantastically against the hot fresh meat right off the spit.  I ordered mine (traditional lamb) with no onions (cause I just don’t like raw onions).  The shredded cheese was an unexpected touch.  But the traditionalist in me didn’t mind.  It worked well with their set up.  I was also surprised to see them using pocket pitas instead of the traditional thick “greek” style pita.  But that, too, worked out alright.  They claim to be Hungarian based instead of Greek.  So that may explain the differences.

The fries were tasty and hot out of the oil.  Lightly salted and seasoned.  A perfect compliment to the delicious sandwiches.  Hubby tried “The Villager” which was chicken and roast pork.  It was delicious.  I wouldn’t necessarily order it myself.  But I would TOTALLY get a chicken Gyro (something I have only ever found ONE restaurant that I like them at…till now).  And I think it’d be great to grab their pork and toss some BBQ on it for a quickie pulled pork sandwich.  If you’re in Killeen and haven’t given this place a shot (provided you like gyros or would want to give them a shot, obviously) try Gyro Nook.  It’s worth the time/energy/money.  I wasn’t feeling so hot so I only ate half my sandwich.  Hubby happily gobbled his down then ate a sizeable chunk of what I had left.  lol.  A sure sign that we’ll be back to the Nook for another round.

One more little perk (that I hope to note at places when we eat out) the do use filtered water in their soda fountain.  Some places in town I can really taste the “killeen water” and I avoid getting drinks (we take it to go and buy drinks on the way home or use whatever we have in the house).  So I will try to make a point of mentioning if a place filters their water or not… there’s nothing like taking a big sip of cold soda on a hot day and realizing it tastes like sweat socks!  YUCK!`
Oh!  and if you go in uniform, it’s 10% off 🙂

-Gyro Nook 921 W Veterans Memorial Blvd

Saturday Went to pick up our Bountiful Basket.  Had a delicious lunch at The Noble Pig in Round Rock (waiting on hubby to write his review of this AWESOME sandwich shop).  For dinner, we had some trout we picked up at Quality Seafood Market.  I was feeling pretty exhausted by then, so I just made a quickie dish of it.  We’ll call it Garlic Lemon and Herb fish.