Isn't that squash a beaut? It was a gift from a neighbor. We already started in on it, but we'll be finishing it up, this week. It's incredibly sweet. The neighbor grew them near a fence, which turned out to be a great way to do it, because they need room to spread out. These guys just climbed the fence.
I forced myself to go freezer-diving this morning, because it's probably time to use some things up and make room for new. This is never my favorite activity. However, I did unearth some pork roasts, salmon, chicken thighs and breasts, chicken stock, and way too many mixed vegetables. I also found those mini French bread loaves from Costco that I just KNEW were in there, somewhere. That freezer treasure won't do the whole week, but it gets us off on a good start.
It has been rainy on the island -- even in Kona, yesterday. That put me in the mood for heartier food, as you will see, below. Now watch: The sun will come out and we'll be sweating while eating, all week.
Sunday: Chili with tortilla chips and avocado. Note: I cook four bacon strips with the meat here, for additional flavor. I also substitute pinto beans for the "chili beans." This is a very mild chili, so you may want to add more heat. Just need some football to go with.
Monday: Pork sirloin roast, twice-baked potatoes, and steamed broccoli.
Tuesday: Chicken Pot Pie; salad. This recipe, originally from Sunset magazine, is great because it goes together quickly and it's not so heavy.
Wednesday: Furikake Salmon, kabocha squash, and rice with peas and mushrooms. Furikake seasoning is delicious stuff. I have to buy the kind that doesn't have MSG, but it's out there. I liked the spelling in this advertisement ("plane old white rice").
Thursday: Tomato & Basil Chicken (the basil is going nuts in the garden, so this is perfect) and French bread.
Friday: Turkeyburgers and fries. I like the Jennie-O brand of turkeyburgers.
Saturday: Bobby Flay's Baked Spaghetti. This is a favorite of Mr. L's. Just toss a salad to go with.
Aloha, and have a great week, everyone!