day 9 – fabulous friday


Friday night is usually a time when my husband and I will go out for dinner to regroup after our week and kick off our weekend. I was worried that staying in wouldn’t feel the same, but in the midst of a rigorous work travel schedule, I think he was more than happy to just have a night at home, spent with a couple glasses of wine and some time in the kitchen together. Perfect indeed.

Notes from today:
• To see original recipes from Bon Appétit, click on the link for the recipe in the titles below. Any changes I’ve made are reflected in the recipes below.
• The sauce on the mussels was delicious – like pick it up and drink it delicious. It would have been great to have some crusty bread to sop it all up but not exactly on the cleans.
• The salads on this whole cleanse have been amazing and this one follows suit. I see lots more salads in my future!

BREAKFAST

Orange-Date Muesli with Coconut & Cacao Nibs

Orange-Date Museli with Coconut and Cacao Nibs
This is a repeat from week one. You can find my post on it here.

LUNCH 

Bulgur , Tofu and Kale Salad

Bulgur , Tofu and Kale Salad
Serves 1

1 cup leftover Bulgur Salad with Cauliflower, Herbs, and Pistachios
1 slice leftover Roasted Tofu, cut into cubes
2 cups Tuscan kale, thinly sliced
1/4 cup  pear, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp Whole Grain Mustard Dressing
Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper

Ingredient Info: Tuscan kale, also called black kale, dinosaur kale, Lacinato kale, and cavolo nero, has long, narrow, very dark green bumpy leaves; it is available at farmers’ markets and some supermarkets.

Toss bulgur salad, tofu, kale, and pear with dressing in a medium bowl; season with salt and pepper.

DINNER

Curried Mussels

Curried Mussels
Serves 4

2 Tbsp olive oil
3 large leeks, whites and light greens only, thinly sliced, rinsed, drained
Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper
2 garlic cloves, sliced
1 4″ piece of lemongrass, crushed
1 1/2 tsp curry powder
2 1/2 lbs mussels, beards removed
1/2 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk
2 Tbsp cilantro leaves (for serving)

Ingredient Info: Canned unsweetened coconut milk is available at Indian, Latin, and Southeast Asian markets and many supermarkets.

Heat oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add leeks, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring often, until softened, 8–10 minutes. Add garlic, lemongrass and curry powder and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add mussels, coconut milk, and 1½ cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until mussels have opened, about 5 minutes (discard any mussels that have not opened).

Serve topped with cilantro.

Mustard Roasted Potatoes
Serves 4

1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into ½” pieces
Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp whole grain mustard

Place potatoes and 1 Tbsp. salt in a medium saucepan and cover with 2″ cold water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and cook until potatoes are tender, 8–10 minutes. Drain, shaking off excess water.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add potatoes and cook, turning occasionally, until golden brown. Remove from heat and add mustard; season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Reserve ½ cup potatoes for Frisee, Potato, and Apple Salad.

Simply Sautéed Spinach
Serves 4

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
2 bunches spinach, tough ends trimmed
Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp finely grated lemon zest

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add spinach, season with salt and pepper, and cook, tossing, until beginning to wilt. Add 2 Tbsp. water and cook, tossing, until tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in lemon zest and season with salt and pepper.

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About bistroonesix

I have an interest in all things food and am lucky enough to be surrounded by people that share this same passion. There’s never a shortage of inspiration or partners in collaboration. Some of my happiest memories involve big tables covered with food, plenty of wine, and extra chairs pulled up to accommodate all the friends and family. If I can help facilitate these kinds of evenings, well then I’d say this is a great hobby to have. I live in Boise, Idaho with my husband and 2 adorable cats.

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