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Sabor: What’s on the Menu this Week?

Submitted by on July 11, 2009 – 6:49 am12 Comments

mango-avocado-arugula-saladMy husband writes long, organized grocery shopping lists. He asks me what I want for dinner for the week as he fills in his sections (produce, cans, dairy) and I usually just stare blankly and shrug a “no idea.”

Sometimes, I have time to thumb through my cookbooks before he heads out to the store  – How to Eat, Sabor, the South Beach Diet,Vegetarian Planet — or my beloved magazine, Bon Appetit. But, often I just tell him to bring a whole chicken, salmon and a top loin. I can manage the week with those things, plus the vegetables I know he’ll bring home.

But, meal planning like that leads to boredom, no?

I know I am not alone in my “ay, que cocinar hoy?” thing. So, what if we share some menu ideas here on the Tiki Tiki this week?

They can be your recipes, or just the names of dishes you’ve got planned, maybe a link to a recipe online, or even just the name of a dish you wish you could make.

We have such variety of Latins here, with a wide variety of traditional dishes, and how great would it be to learn from each other? Kind of like this great blog’s Menu Plan Monday, but with Latin sabor.

In the comments section, tell me what you think of making this a regular feature on the Tiki Tiki…or send an e-mail if you like. I hope plenty of you say yes, I neeeed this. 

I have many food blogs bookmarked, including all the ones we’ve written about here on Tiki Tiki. Marta and her Big Fat Cuban Family recipes always gives fun ideas, as does Laylita’s blog, where I discovered an arugula, mango, avocado and red chili pepper salad that marries my most favorite tastes on the planet in one dish. The delicious and summery salad is on the menu this week, as is Laylita’s brother’s ceviche recipe.

Later this week, my Cuban parents and three other relatives will be here for a few days, so I’ll roast a couple of chickens inspired by British cook Nigella Lawson. (Glossed with olive oil and roasted at 400 with unpeeled garlic and and lemons. Sea salt sprinkled on the skin to deliciously crisp it).

OK, amigas and amigos, that’s all I’ve got.
What have you got?
Bring on the inspiration.


Share, por favor!


  • Violeta says:

    I am totally like your husband with the list making (and you, like mine, with the shrug…he’ll try/eat anything, without discrimination). Our recipes this time of year depend a lot on what we get from our farm share.
    This week I’m cooking these dinners: 1) Spicy-Sweet Onion Chicken with Smashed Potatoes/Cauliflower (adaptation of a Rachael Ray recipe); 2) Chicken Tikka with Rice; 3)Marta’s Cuban Pizza, 4) Eggplant and Chicken Moussaka casserole (adaptation of a Tyler Florence recipe), and 5) Macarrones con Chorizo. I may also make some Gazpacho and/or Tomate Frito, depending on how many tomatoes I have. I’m also baking up some Chocolate Banana Bread and Lemon Raspberry Pound Cake.
    Oh, and thank you for shouting out Laylita’s site…I’d somehow missed it and I love it!

  • BellaVida says:

    Last week I made pollo guisado w/roasted peppers and garlic. I made sure to make lots of caldo so the next day I used it to make rice and lentil beans. It was very flavorful.

  • marielle says:

    I’m actually google window browsing for a good cuban picadillo like I used to get at church down in Miami growing up. But what I cook at home is fusion between all the latin stuff I ate growing up and my dominican cuisine.

    I have a mean craving for dominican pastelitos so I’ll likely make those. Maybe some bistec guisado. I learned to make a delicious sicilian lasagna from my mom who learned that from our upstairs sicilian neighbor in Jersey. At some point we’ll make beans and cornbread since my hubby is from the south and loves a batch of that (to which I add homemade sofrito).

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  • Trina says:

    Thank you for introducing me to Laylita’s Recipes–amazing recipes and beautiful photos. I too am a list maker. I don’t cook every day because I don’t have time, even though I really love cooking. So the Saturday (in my case) list helps me figure out what to shop for on the weekend. I do most of my cooking on the weekend or early in the week. And I love food, so I like the idea of having more food/recipe writing and sharing!

  • Marcela says:

    I think it sounds delicioso to start a weekly menu plan post! You will get some Salvadorean recetas from me!!!

  • Migdalia says:

    Your plan sounds very easy. This week is been a little hard for me, we are in a repair, remodeled old house project and it is really draining me out! Is a hard job to choose materials and make the right decision, driving more than 200 miles to pick and choose, spending hours in a store, and then comparing prices, etc, etc, hufffff! So this week are are eating outside more because we are on the road more than in the house. Yesterday we visit a small restaurant for lunch, we ordered fish, vegetable of the day,supposedly green beans and a baked potato, plus salad bar. A nice young girl took care of us, and bring us the news that they were out of baked potato, so we changed to hash browns. We went for our salad, the plates were all dirty and greesy, I checked them all, so my brain started working, and I couldn’t imagine how I was going enjoyed my food thinking about nasty kitchens. Well, we didn’t want to hurt nobody, so we sit and wait for our food. The girl brought us the fish, a little undone for my taste, they were out of green beans, so she brought us corn (tasted awful and looked very old), the hash wasn’t too bad, so I ate a little of everything and asked for a doggy bag and dumped the rest of the food. I know for sure that the best place to eat is at home, because at least you know what are you putting into your body, and that my friends is all what it matters!!! My Plan for next week is stay at home and cook clean, healthy food for me and my husband, and give my old body a rest!!!! :)

  • Martin A. says:

    Im basically like your husband too. I make a list on what’ll be the mennu for the week since I think it can save more money and time when going to groceries! I always want to have noodles and steaks on my weekly menu so pretty much I know what to buy already!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Keep it up! Good job!
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  • Oh man, Nigella Lawson’s food is beyond spectacular! Good call. :)
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