Thursday, February 05, 2009

Typical weeknight meal

Tonight's Menu

  • spiced pork tenderloin
  • whole-wheat couscous
  • sweet and sour red cabbage
I'm feeling MUCH better today so tonight I made what is pretty much a typical meal for us.

The pork tenderloin recipe is here. It's pretty easy and a nice "bridge" entree between cold-weather oven meals and warm-weather grilling meals.

The couscous was just made according to the package directions. The final vote is in for our family on the couscous: the boys prefer it to quinoa, while the girls have the opposite preference. Go figure!

The sweet and sour cabbage is a favorite of mine, but it's been ages since I've made it. It's really pretty easy, though it does require some babysitting while it cooks.

Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage

1 small onion, halved lengthwise then sliced cross-wise
1 Tbs canola or other vegetable oil
1/2 head red cabbage, shredded (ours was from the CSA)
1/2 cup water
2 Tbs sugar
2 Tbs red wine vinegar
1 Tbs fresh thyme (or 1 tsp dried)
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

In a large skillet, saute onion in oil until soft, about 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients, cover pan and simmer, stirring occasionally, until cabbage is tender. Uncover pan, turn heat up to high until all liquid has evaporated.


BabelBabe said...

dude, i made your cabbage wedges sauteed in butter for dinner last night and they were a huge hit (at least with the grownups).

so that's 2 veggies I have learned to cook properly this winter: sugar snap peas and cabbage.

next you'll convert me to this crazy quinoa.

MsCellania said...

Hey, I am going to make this CSA red cabbage tonight. In fact, I even have a pork tenderloin lurking in the refridge. Thanks for the recipes.
I keep getting celery root (one butt-ugly vegetable, if there ever was one) and don't have a good use for it. Stew? I dunno. I guess I could check on food network or my new favorite, cooks illustrated.
It is drop-dead gorgeous here today. Brisk, clear and clean.

MsCellania said...

Wow this was truly fabulous!
The kids licked not only the serving spoon, they were licking their plates.
I'm cooking the other half tomorrow. I think the fresh thyme is Key. Oh, I used rice wine vinegar v. red wine vinegar.
HA ! wv is dinentu

Badger said...

Woo! I'm glad it worked out for you!

reader said...

Quinoa is a pain to prepare. You have to rinse and clean well. Do you make Israeli couscous? That's my fave of the group and I just cook it in broth.