Friday, March 27, 2015

Happy Friday! Are you hungry?

Last week I mentioned that I've been cooking a lot more since we moved so I wanted to share some Linky Love, in case you'd like to try some new recipes.  Let me know if you try them! Click on the link below each picture to find the recipe and pin or save from the original source.

Michael (my husband) instantly declared this recipe a keeper. I'll be adding this to the regular rotation, I'm sure! It was super simple, fast and delicious! I plan to try the breading recipe on chicken, as well.

This recipe was also declared a winner by my husband. :) I don't generally have whipping cream on hand, so I used whole milk and it turned out great.

So, this was my first time attempting to cook fish that doesn't come in frozen patties or sticks. ;) And it turned out...okay. I kind of screwed up the flipping part and the filets fell apart, but it still tasted good. And Michael was happy that I was branching out and trying something other than chicken. Ha!

Funny story. We went out to eat a few weeks ago and Michael ordered fish served on a bed of sauteed spinach. Our anniversary was last week and I wanted to make a special dinner I knew he would like, so I searched recipes and decided on the tilapia (above) and this spinach.  Well, I *hated* it. I'm not a fan of cooked spinach, apparently. He ate his and I offered him what was left. He smiled sheepishly and then said he didn't like it either. "But you ate it at the restaurant and you just ate all of it off your plate!" I said. "I know, honey. I was just being nice." Haha!! Lesson learned...we don't like cooked spinach. But you might, so here's the recipe. ;)

And sorry, I can't get the pics from her site to work and I didn't take any of my own, but the Soft Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Baking Chocola Tess were amazing! I used 3 cups of mini chocolate chips (didn't have any regular sized chips or chunks) and they came out great, though maybe too chocolate-y. Is that even possible??

Here's what our menu looked like the last 2 weeks. I try to have a variety of really simple meals mixed in with the more complex so I'm not cooking for over an hour every night. Most of the time I just write "Veggie" as the side dish and choose whatever sounds good that night based on what I bought fresh on sale or what I have frozen. Occasionally we'll eat canned veggies, though not often. We ended up eating out three times (yikes!) due to a migraine that took me out for a couple days. But other than that, I've stayed on track AND on budget. Win-win!

Lemon Garlic Tilapia, Sauteed Spinach
Ham & Cheese Stromboli, Veggie
Chicken Fajitas, Fresh Guacamole, Tortilla Chips
Skillet Chicken, Squash & Pea Risotto
Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Homemade Hot Rolls
Breakfast (Bacon, Biscuits, Eggs)
Chicken Sausage, Potatoes, Veggies
Skillet Pasta with Italian Sausage
Ham Steak and Smashed Potatoes
Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops, One-Pot Pasta Primavera
Breakfast (Pancakes...this is a family night tradition)
Crockpot Salisbury Steak, Veggie

Hope you're weekend is filled with good food, friends, family and fun!


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