Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Meals Lately

It's been a while since I shared some of my "big wins" in the kitchen. Believe it or not, having a newborn hasn't slowed down my cooking game. I've incorporated some easy recipes into the mix (hello make-ahead freezer meals ... thank you pregnant and uber-nesting Heather!), but I've also been cooking a fair amount. Not that I'm whipping up delicate souffl├ęs or anything... just easy 30 minute meals for average weekday dinners. (This is the part where I pat myself on the back because go, me! It's not always easy cooking dinner with a toddler underfoot and a baby in my arms. Though I have to say, a glass of wine helps).

Here's some of my favorite recipes as of late (whoops, I almost typed a three-letter curse word in place of "as;" which reminds me of a time in the fourth grade when I made the same mistake with "Ash Hollow" on a class project. Everyone laughed as my beautiful picture hung on the window wall, and I'm still embarrassed about it to this day).

Anywho ...

Crusted Honey Mustard Chicken 
This recipe was a big, big hit with Andi and I. The ingredients are simple and it's actually a Weight Watchers recipe so I felt even better about cooking / eating it. As everyone in the world knows by now, Andi has a weird likeness for "crunchy" foods and this one exceeded his expectations. The chicken was crunchy and the honey mustard dipping sauce was delicious.

Smothered Beef Burritos
I am seriously obsessed with this recipe. I've made it a few times now. Throw some beef stew meat into the slow cooker with some enchilada sauce, then roll up the shredded meat into tortillas with cheese and refried beans. EASY. Plus, leftover burritos freeze well for future lunches. I've been wrapping them up in foil and they peel right out.

Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Another Weight Watchers recipe. I'm not officially following the WW program, but I have been making quite a few of their recipes with the intention of eating healthier. I saw the recipe for these Turkey Lettuce Wraps while watching The Chew one day and I thought to myself, "hey, those look pretty easy to make." I liked this recipe a lot, and the only reason I down-graded my score by a + is because I have a weird thing about eating ground turkey. I think it's a texture thing for me, but I keep cooking with it anyway because it's healthier than ground beef. Anyway, these were really tasty and simple to make. Tory and I ate the leftovers the next day in quesadilla form.

Cedar Plank Salmon
I'm not usually a big fan of seafood, but this cedar plank salmon recipe was delicious. Andi soaked a cedar plank in water for a few hours and grilled the fish one weekend night at the cabin. Not only did having something grilled in the heart of winter taste delightful, but the salmon had great flavor and wasn't at all fishy. We joked our cedar-planked dinner would taste like our sauna at the cabin smells, but it didn't (thankfully).

Of course we've eaten plenty of other things, but these were the real winners.


  1. Ooh adding those burritos to my rotation too! My kind of recipe: crock pot, Mexican food, no veggies. ;)

  2. I'm always impressed with your cooking, but I have to say I'm not a freezer / leftover fan...I tried it with a broc cheese soup and couldn't eat it the next day!

  3. Those all sound wonderful - I'll have to stick them on a meal plan!

  4. So ... I went on twitter to let you know I tried beef burritos and I wasn't following you. So I went to follow you and it said I was blocked? Was that intentional?

    I hope I didn't do anything to offend, just wanted to say the burritos were delicious and I also have the salmon on this week. Thanks!