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