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Thursday, July 25, 2013

See What's Cookin'

I felt pried back into blogging to share some of the great recipes I have made this week. I have been making 1-2 new recipes a week to switch things up a bit (and so I don't have to think of what to make, just pick a recipe, the ingredients, and follow instructions). This week I did more!

On Sunday William was at my moms for the first half of the day so I made a different lunch for Brad and I. I had a $5 roasted chicken from Costco, which I love, and I went to Pinterest to find this recipe I pinned for Chicken Salad lettuce wraps. Not traditional chicken salad by any means. Chicken, grapes, apples, honey, almond butter. Next time I will use less almond butter, but it was pretty good! I refrigerated it for a bit before rolling in lettuce to try and make it easier. Have toothpicks on hand to close up the wraps! Will definitely make it again.

(Not my photo)

Sunday evening we had friends over and the husband helped Brad install our new electric fence for our cows. So I made Chicken Taco Chili because I tossed it in the slow cooker at lunchtime and had it ready for dinner without having to "slave" with company here. It fed five adults, two toddlers and I had 1-2 servings leftover. Next time I will add some additional hot sauce to mine. I also used the jalapenos as a topping since the kids were eating it…didn't want my "easy dinner" plan to backfire and have to cook something different for them! The same night I also cooked cornbread from scratch thanks to the Chesapeake Bay Cookbook but it was too salty and I didn't like it much so I'm not even going to bother ya'll with that recipe.

Monday was BOGO pizza night from our favorite place so that's what we had!

Tuesday night we had porkchops seasoned with a rib rub from Penzey's and portabello mushroom tortellini and some sort of vegetable. Yummy!

On Wednesday I made Pioneer Woman's Sour Cream Noodle Bake. Yes it does contain sour cream. And cottage cheese. And that seemed weird to me but it was actually pretty good. The noodles tossed with the two aforementioned dairy items were good plain believe it or not.

Photo from Pioneer Woman. 
You didn't think I'd manage to cook and take pictures did you?

Thursday morning William and I whipped up Watermelon Pico de Gallo, also thanks to Pioneer Woman. Best recipe of the week by far! I wish I started making this in June when watermelon started popping up. Skip the chips and eat it with a spoon, not kidding. Doesn't even taste like watermelon somehow. I made a few tweaks based on our taste and what we had. I bought a 1/4 watermelon and used it all. Also used two peppers, not three. And I didn't use as much cilantro because my husband isn't a big fan of it and I know it can quickly overpower a dish.

You guessed it -- not mine either!

For Friday night I will be making chicken pot pie, using a recipe passed along by a friend who brought it to us right after baby #2 was born. I am using the rest of the Costco chicken (which I picked earlier in the week and froze) so it was definitely worth the $5 I paid! Plus, a nice comfort food way to end the week.

Try at least one of these recipes…they are yummy!