Thursday, June 27, 2013
We all really liked this chicken. It had a lot of yummy flavors. After reading Leslee's review I cut down on the curry a tiny bit. Other than that I followed the recipe. I ended up having to use canned pineapple, which was still good but I can imagine fresh would be really really good! And I didn't get a chance to grill the chicken, which would add a different flavor as well. I liked how colorful this dish was and it tasted very summer-y!
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
I made these recipes last week – they were good! I like curry flavor and these hit the spot. I used chicken tenders instead of thighs and also used some tofu. I marinated it all for 24 hours and the flavor was excellent in both the chicken and tofu. I cooked it on a grill pan which was a little messy (marinate was thick) but oh, so flavorful. The Indian rice was easy to prepare and was tasty as well.
It looks like we don’t have a recipe(s) picked for this week yet so let’s just use it as a catch-up week and we will get something new posted for next week. I still need to make the fish sticks.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Monday, June 10, 2013
Here is our Sweet and Sour Chicken Stir-Fry. We really enjoyed this and I don't believe that I made any changes to the recipe.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
I have made this chicken before, several months ago, and we decided it was good but had too many different flavors in it. This time when I made it I left out the curry powder from the marinade but left everything else the same. We all thought it was really tasty! It is a pretty easy way to dress up grilled chicken!
I also made the beef enchiladas last week. We all enjoyed them but I do think I prefer their cheesy chicken enchiladas to these. I only used one can of enchilada sauce and it wasn't too spicy but did have a nice little zip to it:)
Jenny so nicely brought us some of her Peanut Butter Bars to try out. The kids loved these and they looked pretty! I agree with her that the oreos kind of ended up a mess as you tried to eat them.
Friday, June 7, 2013
I loved this recipe. I like flavorful food and this dish didn’t disappoint! The flavors were all spot on. I marinated the chicken for a couple of hours and cooked it on a grill pan. For the salsa I used canned pineapple because the fresh ones at the store didn’t look quite ripe. The canned was good (and much easier) but I think the fresh would be even better. I also omitted the cilantro because the store didn’t have any and again, it was very good without it but I like cilantro so it would be even better with it. I diced up my red onion instead of slicing it – just sounded better that way for a salsa. For the sauce – I heated it up before drizzling it over the chicken and salsa. I served it over brown rice and it was perfect. I was sad today when I polished off the last of the leftovers at lunch – yum! The peanut butter bars look so good and I really want to make them but a whole batch of those alone with me in the house is just too risky:) I will make them soon when I need to take a treat to a gathering or something.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
The enchiladas went together pretty quickly. I always think they are going to take forever and then don't make them very often, but then it's never that bad :) I decided to do some with flour tortillas and some with corn tortillas. I also decided to use cheddar instead of pepper jack to cut down on the spice. And...actually I was a little short on some of the other spices too. I need to pay more attention to their recipes when I am getting ready to grocery shop! They are generous with a lot of their seasonings and I just always assume I have all of the spices I need. Anyway, I was a little short on the chili powder and the cumin.
It made a ton of filling and I had lots left over. We really liked the enchiladas! Even Avery scarfed one down, which shocked me because she is so picky. She said they were a little spicy (they weren't IMO with the changes I made) but that she 'loved' them. Who knew?! My husband and I both liked the corn tortillas better than the flour tortillas. The flour ones got a little soggy with the sauce and filling, but that could have just been that type of tortilla I was using.
The peanut butter bars, pictured in between the enchiladas, were good. As I said, I have made them before using their blog version. I actually prefer the blog version more. In the blog they are the exact same except they don't have the oreo layer. I didn't think the oreo layer really added anything to the dessert. It was just crumbly and messy and I didn't like the texture. Without the oreo layer it tastes much more like a Reeses peanut butter cup. That being said, they were still yummy and nobody turned them away :)
I'm hoping to get to the chicken this week before my fresh pineapple goes bad!
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Sunday, June 2, 2013
For this week I picked 2 recipes:
Sweet Chili Chicken with Pineapple Salsa-- pg. 96
No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Bars-- pg. 187
I hope the chicken is as delish as it looks in the picture! I have made the peanut butter bars from their website a few times, but they have tweaked the recipe a bit for this cookbook, so I'm interested to see what I think about this version.
Saturday, June 1, 2013
I thought these enchiladas were really good. Unfortunately the store I was shopping at didn’t have any tapioca flour and I forgot to stop at another store so I didn’t have a chance to make the cheese rolls – another time. But, back to the enchiladas – easy enough to make with good flavor. After reading Tarin’s review I just used a Mexican cheese blend for all of the cheese needed and omitted the pepper Jack cheese. I also used mild enchilada sauce (one can was plenty). I used flour tortillas but I think corn would be good also.
I made both of these recipes last week and thought they were delicious. First the lettuce wraps – I was hankering for something similar to PF Changs lettuce wraps and these didn’t disappoint. I followed the recipe as directed but omitted the water chestnuts and lemon zest. My husband thought it was too strange to wrap the mixture in lettuce so he put his in a tortilla. There was plenty of leftover chicken mixture which I enjoyed for leftovers and also used for tacos.
The Quick and Easy Noodle Stir-Fry wasn’t exactly quick with all the prep work involved but was really tasty. I used thin spaghetti because that is what I had and I grilled up some chicken to toss in. I used peanut oil which added a nice flavor and aroma. Yum!