My meal planning desire is low right now. I feel like I’m on hold until the baby arrives, so we are taking things day by day. David is officially calling it ‘screw it’ week (because that sounds nicer than eff it, right?), meaning screw it, if we need to grab more meals out than not, who cares! I’m game with that. Still, we’ve managed some pretty tasty meals over the past week.
Last Sunday we grilled out and took advantage of the gorgeous spring weather. Local, grass-fed steaks, veggie kabobs and roasted potatoes. I could only use the grill from now on and be a pretty happy camper!
On one low-energy night, I grabbed a Greek salad from out local Brooklyn Boys Pizza. It’s so simple, but man, it’s good!
Crockpot black bean soup served for two dinners last week, paired with a weak attempt at a salad and leftover chip crumbles.
I lucked out and was invited to a behind-the-scenes peek at Papa Murphy’s last week where I scored a thin crust pizza for a tasty dinner. More on the experience to come!
Finally, a local gem to share with you! We went wild for our anniversary and actually got a sitter so we could grab a nice dinner out to celebrate 5 years. David said to pick whatever struck my fancy and I knew exactly where I wanted to go.
I’ve been wanting to try Fork, a local farm to fork restaurant in Cornelius, since it opened. I’m a sucker for good food, especially when it is sourced locally. Plus, how cute is this place??
Looking back, I should have requested a window seat or outside dining so I could better show off the food, but even with lackluster photos, I’m sure you can see the caliber of the dishes they serve. I also loved that they had all the local farms they use listed on the menu.
Roasted Purple Asparagus Bruschetta, leek goat cheese fondue, arugula
We decided to split everything in an effort to taste as much as possible and had a great time working our way through the menu.
Beer Battered Soft Shell Crab, chile aioli, green papaya slaw
Roasted NC Monkfish with Tarragon & Shallot Beurre Blanc
Our favorite of the night, with possibly the worst photo (sorry!) was the lamb shank, which was slow roasted and braised. It fell right off the bone and tasted incredible.
with Roasted Bratwurst Cheesy Bost Mist Mill Grits
My second favorite was the turnip side dish.
Chianti Roasted Turnips, Escarole & Endive
It makes me want to get more creative with cooking greens in the kitchen… you know, once the desire to cook anything returns!
Thanks for hosting WIAW, Jenn!
What are your favorite dinners to make on weeks where time or desire really don’t lend themselves to cooking?