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Recipes I’m Really Raving About Recently

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If you know me in person or follow me on Instagram, you know I’m going through a months-long recipe kick.

Yes, I am one of those annoying posters of food pictures. #sorrynotsorry. At least all of mine are homemade.

In the spirit of sharing, I’m starting a recipe series on my blog! This is the second post of recipes I’m cooking up.

You can read the first post of this series here.

IMG_8319Southwestern Beef Chili

Another easy, delicious recipe. I cooked this up for lunch on a snow day and it was a great, warm meal. This is an easy one to throw together after a day at work because it isn’t too complicated and doesn’t take long to cook.

Light King Ranch Chicken Casserole (pictured at top of post)

Super easy recipe to pull together and oh so delicious. Leftovers were perfect, too. Can’t wait to make this one again!

IMG_8423Cheesy Lasagna Rolls with Spinach and Ricotta

This is basically lasagna with fewer steps and ingredients. It tastes heavenly and warms up well for leftovers. I suggest trying to gently drape the lasagna noodles over the side of your colander to cool. Two rolls is good for a single serving.

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NOT A FAN:

Chicken, Leek and Spinach Pasta

This recipe was easy to make but it was just too bland for me. I had one serving and tossed the rest.

 

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Recipes I’m Really Raving About Recently

Published by:

If you know me in person or follow me on Instagram, you know I’m currently going through a months-long recipe kick.

Yes, I am now one of those annoying posters of food pictures. #sorrynotsorry. At least all of mine are homemade.

In the spirit of sharing, I’m starting a recipe series on my blog! I’m not sure yet whether it will be weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. I’ll figure out what makes sense along the way.

I make most of my meals on the weekend and eat leftovers during the week. Sometimes I make an extra recipe when I know there won’t be enough to last 5-6 days, including work lunches.

Chicken Curry in a Hurry

Tuesday night’s recipe: Chicken Curry in a Hurry

There’s a stack of printed recipes and seven cookbooks sitting on my kitchen island — yes, seven. Count them above. Four of those books are newer and while I’ve marked recipes to try, I haven’t dived in yet. I’ve focused on getting through the printed ones from online for some reason.

This recipe kick began in December when I was recovering from my tonsillectomy. My food options were limited at the time — let’s just I have no cravings for vanilla ice cream, mac and cheese, pancakes, french toast, mashed potatoes or chocolate pudding anymore — and I knew I wanted to overhaul my weekly routine when I could eat normally again. I went online and printed a ton of recipes out.

I’ve lost track of how many I’ve been through. They’re pretty much all dinner recipes that can also be used for lunch. I’m not a big breakfast person — my usual cereal and toast does just fine. I’m also not a baker and stay away from sweets most of the time.

Here’s what I cooked up this week:

Chicken Curry in a Hurry

I made this on a worknight. I’d been doing a little sing-songy “chicken curry in a hurry” in my head for about a week. It was quick and easy to throw together with some leftover chicken I stole from my parents. And it made the apartment smell so good. I used heavy whipping cream and curry powder for the first time.

Creamy Mac and Cheese Alfredo

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It was delayed gratification on this one. I made it Monday afternoon with the idea it would be lunch most of the week. I looooove cheese, and mozzarella is one of my favorites. Spinach is also great, so when this came out of the oven smelling delicious it was hard not to even take a taste. But I was planning to make the soup for dinner and didn’t want to ruin my appetite.

Chile Relleno Chicken Soup

This recipe was total cheesy goodness — melty, cheesy goodness that stuck to my spoon and created those cheese lines when you pull your utensil away from the bowl. I couldn’t finish my entire serving. There’s enough leftovers to feed an army. I may need to freeze some to avoid letting this delicious dish go bad.

Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings

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It was Super Bowl Sunday, so clearly I needed to make wings for the first time. These did not disappoint and were a great introduction into how easy wings are to make. Seriously. Some vegetable oil, salt and pepper — stick it in the oven for 40-50 minutes then mix with melted butter and barbecue sauce once cooked. Done. Easy pea-sy. Sold.

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OTHER RECIPES I’ve loved in the past month or two

Quinoa Burrito Bowl

Quick and easy recipe to throw together any night. I used it for my lunches during the week.

Weeknight Chicken Lemon Skillet

This was an easy, delicious recipe that also looked pretty in the skillet (and on Instagram — priorities, folks).

Pasta with Ground Turkey Beef and Broccoli

This was another easy, delicious recipe that carried my lunches through the entire week.

Chicken Fajitas

I made these chicken fajitas once before — a couple years ago — but with yogurt. This time around I used light sour cream in the recipe and added on a bit of sour cream to the burrito as well. The result was go-back-for-seconds goodness.

One Pot Cheesy Taco Skillet

My friend Mary recommended this and it was absolutely fabulous. This and a couple other recipes got me through the Blizzard of 2016 without any cooking. I had to freeze a few servings to avoid throwing them away. You can toss this in a burrito or hard taco. And you can add some sour cream if you like. I highly recommend it.

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SOME RECIPES that haven’t turned out as planned:

Poached Halibut with Potatoes and Green Beans

This did not turn out well. Maybe cod is just such a different type of fish, I’m not sure. But the fish went into the trash and I saved the potatoes and green beans for leftovers to go with my lunches.

Red Pepper and Lentil Bake

This recipe ended up rather mushy and I just wasn’t a fan. I ate one serving because I needed to eat something before my swim lap class, then ditched the rest.

Burrito Bowl

The sour cream made this dish edible, but I wasn’t really feeling it.