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what’s for dinner? aug 6-10

What’s For Dinner is a weekly post that highlights the best & worst recipes I made for dinner over the last week.

 

Best things I made:

Sautéed Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Vinegar Pan Sauce

I was desperate for some sort of sauce to serve over chicken breasts last night and was trying to avoid my standby of creamy lemon sauce. I found this one online and it was super simple and very good. I will definitely make it again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World’s Best Grilled Steak

I’ve made this twice and it is definitely the best steak I have ever made. We are far from steak connoisseurs, but we love this. It makes a cheap sirloin taste like a much more expensive steak. I highly recommend trying it. Don’t be weirded out by the ketchup in it…seems odd to me, but trust me, it’s good.

 

 

Worst thing I made:

Vanilla Oatmeal No Bake Cookies

Let me say, these were not gross. They were good, but were pretty gooey for no bake cookies and sooooooo sweet. Like eating pure sugar with a few oats sprinkled in. I would cut back on the sugar next time and cook them on the stove for at least double the time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roasted Frozen Veggies

We love roasted veggies, but we tried roasting carrots straight from the freezer and they just got soggy and blah. Stick to raw, defrosted carrots – they are much better.

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What’s for Dinner?

What’s For Dinner is a weekly post that highlights the best & worst recipes I made for dinner over the last week.

 

Best things I made:

photo courtesy of perrysplate.com

Stacked Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas – We are definitely meat eaters in this house, but the pictures of these enchiladas looked good enough for me to give it a try. And they were delicious. I didn’t have any fresh spinach on hand, so mine were just the tortillas, salsa, roasted veggies and cheese. Even my meat-loving hubby loved them and said he didn’t even notice they were meatless. I will definitely make them again – especially when I have lots of veggies to use up. I used sweet potatoes, bell peppers, onions, poblano chiles and serrano chiles. Then I used green tomatillo salsa on each layer.

 

 

Matzo Toffee –

courtesy of MarthaStewart.com

Each year we celebrate the Passover and have a Messianic Seder dinner – we try to be as thorough as possible and serve kosher foods. It is always a really beautiful meal for us and adds to the richness of the Easter holiday. This has been our go to dessert over the past few years. It is delicious…for Passover or any other time.

 

 

Worst thing I made:

Penne with Grilled Chicken and Eggplant – We are newbies to the eggplant world and our first experience with Eggplant Bruschetta was awesome. I decided to try something different this time and grill it outside on the grill. It was not as successful. I did not love the consistency of the eggplant on the grill. I don’t know if we did something wrong, but it turned spongey and not great. I liked it roasted much better. I might make something like this again, but without the grill.

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what’s for dinner?

What’s For Dinner is a weekly post that highlights the best & worst recipes I made for dinner over the last week.

 

Best things I made:

Roasted Cauliflower Soup // photo courtesy of closetcooking.com

Roasted Cauliflower Soup – I had a head (if that’s what it’s called) of cauliflower in my fridge that was just waiting for me to cook. I’m not very cauliflower-savvy…covered in cheese sauce is all I could think of. Then I saw this recipe on Pinterest and thought it looked yummy. I added chicken (so my hubby would be happy) and used regular cheddar because that’s all I had. Pros – delicious flavor, good seasoning and all around yummy. Cons – I did not like the pureed consistency – next time I will not puree it, but will leave it with the chunks of cauliflower. I will make this again.

 

 

Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips –

Fruit Salsa // photo courtesy of the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

I made this for our Housewarming Party and I had to stop myself from eating it all. The chips are delicious on their own, but the salsa is just perfect. I like to put mine into my food processor and give it a quick pulse, so it has more of a salsa consistency. Mine consisted of: apples, strawberries, kiwi and pears. I also didn’t use any sugar, because the fruit and preserves were sweet enough. I definitely recommend this for an appetizer/side.

 

Worst thing I made:

Well, I can honestly say this was a pretty good week! I didn’t cook at home as much as usual, so I didn’t have as much of a chance to make something gross! I think last week’s orange chicken debaucle was enough grotty-ness for a few weeks! I’m sure I’ll be back next week with something!

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“what’s for dinner?” is back!

What’s For Dinner is a weekly post that highlights the best & worst recipes I made for dinner over the last week.

Yes, I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus from “What’s for dinner?” During the move, I wasn’t always making dinner and when we were living with family, I never knew what I would be making and little of it was worth sharing. However, now we are in our new home and settled and I am starting to try new recipes again.

I’m hoping to get back to posting weekly. I know I can always use a new recipe for my reportoire…especially if someone else has already tested it to see if its good. 🙂

 

Best things I made:

Stir FryWe’ve been ordering a Bountiful Basket the last few weeks and this week we purchased the Asian pack. We had tons of sugar snap peas, bokchoy, peppers and onions to use up. I have a history of turning stir fry into sludge, so I was not too confident. I found this website that explained how to make a great stir fry and I realized I was breaking all of this guy’s rules. I was crowding the pan, I was constantly stirring. I was cooking everything together…not having a hot enough pan. No wonder it turned into stir fry soup. After following these guidelines (and used a wok), we had an absolutely delicious meal.

Greek Grilled Cheese Sandwich – If you need a quick, yummy lunch meal, this sandwich was delish. Simple enough to make for lunch, but tastes like you stopped at a restaurant. We made it on sourdough…make sure you load up on the feta! (click here for the recipe)

 

Worst thing I made:

Crockpot Orange Chicken – I got my first crockpot for Christmas and have been excited to find good recipes. Thanks to Pinterest, I found something I thought we would love – Crockpot Orange Chicken. We love Panda and orange chicken, so I thought it would be great. Sadly, I could barely eat this. My husband said it’s on my top 5 worst cooked meals list ( I would put it in the top 3). The sauce turned out like na orange flavored gravy instead of a glaze-y orange sauce. I would never make this again…I’ll stick to the stove and a wok for a my Chinese instead of the crock pot. That’s my first Pinterest recipe fail. Hopefully, the rest of them are fabulous!

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What’s for Dinner?

What’s For Dinner is a weekly post that highlights the best & worst recipes I made for dinner over the last week.

 


Best things I made:

Beer-battered Fish Tacos with Tomato & Avocado Salsa – I don’t like fish. Never have. But, we are trying to eat healthier, so I thought maybe in taco form I could handle it. These were delicious. I used White Asian Bass because they didn’t have tilapia at the fish market. I will definitely be making this again.

Rice Krispy Treats – Nothing special…just good ol’ Rice Krispy Treats! I haven’t seen regular Jet-Puffed Marshmallows here in the 8 months we’ve lived here (they have these weird tasting pink ones). I was walking down the aisle the other day and there they were! I decided to stock up so I could make s’mores, Rice Krispy treats and other marshmallow yummies, but they were $4/bag! That’s a lotta money for a bag of marshmallows, so I bought 1 and made a delicious pan of Rice Krispy Treats that we gobbled up quickly.

 

Worst thing I made:

Salad – I’ve mentioned that we are eating healthier…I mean trying to eat healthier. (the Rice Krispy Treats were us falling off the wagon). So, I’ve been trying to make salad one night a week for dinner. Problem is, I stink at making salads. I have no creativity. I end up with spinach leaves, tomatoes and some dressing. Pretty impressive, right? I’ve got to figure out how to diversify my salad arsenal without making them unhealthy. Got any good salad ideas? Let me know, I’ll try them and maybe your recipe will make it to the week’s best!

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What’s for Dinner?

What’s For Dinner is a weekly post that highlights the best & worst recipes I made for dinner over the last week.

Best things I made:

braised chicken in sun-dried tomato cream sauce

Braised Chicken in Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce – yummy! I served it over a little bit of pasta and it was super good. I was looking for ways to use up my jar of sun-dried tomatoes.

Grandma’s Mushroom Soup – This is from my family cookbook – it’s my grandmother’s recipe for mushroom soup and it is yummy. For the recipe, check out my guest post over at A Turtle’s Life for Me.

Italian Chicken Soup – One word – YUM. This soup is incredible. I didn’t have celery, so I threw in some squash, mushrooms and carrots. It was delish. I can’t wait to eat the leftovers.

Roasted Banana and Blueberry babyfood – ok, I know most people don’t taste babyfood, but this stuff smelled so good. It’s from the Tyler Florence book I reference in my babyfood post…I wanted to eat it. Yes, I wanted to eat babyfood and the baby gobbled it up.

 

Worst thing I made:

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Thingies – Ok, so these are not gross…they are amazing, but I could eat 1,000 of them and they are not the healthiest thing (bacon & cream cheese…yum)…that’s why they are the worst thing I made this week.

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What’s For Dinner?

What’s For Dinner is a weekly post that highlights the best & worst recipes I made for dinner over the last week.

 

Best things I made:

Tortilla Soup – so, I know all of my Arizona friends are not quite ready for soup yet (since it’s blazing there), but here in Puebla, it has been cold…and our concrete house with no heater has been freezing, so this soup was perfect. It’s a nice amount of spicy (from the chipotle chiles) and zing (from the limes). I loved it served with some warm tortillas.

 

Worst thing I made:

Oriental Chicken Salad Dressing – So this was supposed to be a knock-off of the delicious Applebee’s dressing…but it didn’t really taste like it. It had too much of a honey flavor. It was an ok dressing on its own, but it doesn’t hold a candle to that yummy deliciousness from Applebees.

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what’s for dinner?

What’s For Dinner is a weekly post that highlights the best & worst recipes I made for dinner over the last week.

Best things I made:

Chicken, Feta & Sundried Tomato Wraps – these were surprising good. It’s not normally something I would make (sounds way too healthy), but since we’re trying to be healthier I thought I’d give it a try. It’s like a salad in a tortilla…I’d make it again.

Dulce de Leche Apple Pie – Did I mention we are trying to eat healthy? Ha. This does have apples in it, so I consider a healthier, healthy-ish dessert. Not really, it was packed full of dulce de leche and brown sugar and lots of calories. But my, oh my, was it delicious. However, I did retain some discipline and I only ate a sliver.

Worst thing I made:

Rosemary Garlic Chicken – boring, bland, probably won’t make it again.

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What’s For Dinner?

What’s For Dinner is a weekly post that highlights the best & worst recipes I made for dinner over the last week.

Best things I made:

Korean Barbecue Flank Steak from Rachael Ray – It was super yummy – we had a lot of flank steak and I wasn’t sure what else to do with it besides fajitas or Steak Sandwiches. This was a really good marinade! A bit too spicy for my toddler, but just right for my husband and I.

Grilled Chicken with Lemon Basil Pasta from The Pioneer Woman – I was so excited to find basil at the store after 6 months of living here in Mexico. I jumped on the Pioneer Woman’s website and searched for anything with basil. Oh my goodness. This was so incredibly good. I didn’t make a whole lot because my husband and I are dieting and we are trying to control our portions. My husband said he had to leave the room or he was going to finish off the pan and lick it clean. It was that good.

Warm Chicken Ginger Salad – I got this off of the Slim Fast website, so my expectations were not very high. I have to say, it was actually really good. The salad itself wasn’t too exciting, but the dressing was delicious. I’d definitely make the dressing again and throw it on my own salad. I rarely make salads for dinner and my husband’s comment was, “If this didn’t have chicken in it, I’d probably die.” Can you tell we are not good dieters?

Worst thing I made:

Steamed Asparagus…I usually don’t mind frozen asparagus, but I also usually throw parmesan cheese and olive oil on it. I was try to be healtheir so I steamed it. Bleh. It was tough and bland and plain ol’ gross.