Posts Tagged ‘easy recipe’

I’ve seen snow twice and it’s barely the middle of November. It’s entirely possible I did not think this move to Indianapolis through.

The upside, of course, is that it’s soup season! I could easily eat soup for every meal (the husband will tell you it’s related to the fact that I’m constantly freezing). When I was living by myself, I would heat up a can of soup for dinner on the regular because it was crazy stupid easy. Now, however, I prefer to make soup from scratch. It still tends to be crazy stupid easy, but it drastically cuts down on the amount of sodium. And, as well all know, for someone who’s paranoid about her cholesterol and blood pressure at the age of 30, that’s a huge win in my book.

 

Nailed It/Failed It: Stuffed Pepper Soup

Verdict

Nailed it. Both the husband and I thought this was really really good – and that’s saying something considering he wasn’t a huge fan of stuffed peppers the one time I  made them (I try not to torture him). I made this for dinner last night, brought leftovers for lunch, and since it’s yoga night, it’s entirely possible I’ll have this for dinner again tonight (I don’t cook on yoga night).

Send help.

Alterations

Remember how I said soup tends to be crazy stupid easy? It’s even easier when you make it in the Crock Pot. I browned the turkey, tossed everything in the Crock Pot, and cooked it on low for 5 hours.

Also, as we were eating dinner last night, the husband suggested maybe using turkey sausage next time. I’d say there’s about a 239534% chance of that happening.

 

 

Original recipe from Skinnytaste.

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I give the husband a lot of crap about being a nightmare when it comes to food. But when it comes to chili, I really have no room to talk.

For years, I refused to eat any chili that wasn’t my mom’s or my grandma’s (it was the same). The recipe is: ground beef (or turkey), a can of chili beans, a can of water, 2 cans of tomato sauce, 2 cans of water, and elbow noodles. As you can imagine, this creates more of a soup than a chili. And despite being told by several people that I could call it “goulash” or “chili soup” but under no circumstances was it “chili”, I maintained it was in fact chili. I also refused to eat the beans because ew.

Now, however, I’ve branched out in the chili I’ll consume. It started last Christmasish when my mom forced her new chili recipe on us. I was hungry, so I relented (but you better believe I set a stellar example for the nieces by picking out the beans). Turns out her new chili was even better than her old chili (hearsay!), and it was kind of easier to make since you just browned some meat, threw everything in the Crock Pot, and called it a day.

That experience was what some would call life altering – it led to me collecting chili recipes. But it was really only slightly life altering since I never actually took the plunge and tried a new recipe. Until now.

 

Nailed It/Failed It: Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili

Verdict

Nailed it. Remember how easy I said my mom’s new chili recipe is? This one’s even easier. There’s no browning of anything – just throw it all in the Crock Pot and 6 hours later dinner is served. And yes, I was a grown up and ate the beans.

Alterations

I halved the quinoa and chicken broth since my Crock Pot was getting a little full. But I think next time I’ll do the full cup of quinoa and leave the broth halved – it was a little soupy. I also used frozen corn instead of canned.

 

 

Original recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything.

Typically I feel no apprehension while writing this blog. I find a picture that makes my stomach growl, add it to the weekly menu, make the husband antsy while I take a few photos (can I call Instagram pics “photos”?), slap it up on the blog, and call it a day. But this time, I’m feeling a bit of apprehension.

I don’t know if it’s because I follow The Mom Chef so her blog seems super legit, or if it’s because she actually follows the recipe whereas I cook like my grandma (applesauce in all the things!). Maybe it’s because I really like her blog and didn’t want to have to face the possibility of a “failed it”. Or maybe it’s because she has the word “mom” in her name which strikes an inherent fear of disappointing her.

Whatever the reason, just know that there was apprehension abound last night as I cooked dinner. And it’s carrying over to the moment I hit “publish”.

 

Nailed It/Failed It: Fat Spaghetti with Bacon & Cherry Tomato Sauce

Verdict

Nailed it. ::phew:: You guys. You guys. This was so much better than I dared hope it would be. Even the husband went back for seconds which, as you know, is HUGE in and of itself, but when tomatoes are involved???

Make this. Immediately.

Alterations

I used tacon (duh), angel hair because pasta is pasta is pasta (shhhhh, Italy, it’s okay), white onion because it was sitting in my fridge begging to be used, roasted broccoli because it couldn’t stand to leave its BFF onion (they came home from the hospital grocery store together), and topped it with Parmesan rather than mix it in. Oh, and I never used a lid because I’m a rebel.

 

 

 

Original recipe from Taking On Magazines.

This coming Monday is my first dentist appointment since 2006. I’m not proud. I’m not completely ashamed, but I’m not proud. See, I’m one of those people who gets anxiety about going to the dentist, the doctor, and the eye doctor. It was fine when I was a kid because my mom would force me to go, but once I hit adulthood and was on my own? Hell no.

So what made me act like a grown up and make an appointment? The husband. He’s been giving me crap about it foreeeevvvvvvvverrrrr, and I finally got tired of it. So I’m now dreading this coming Monday more than any other Monday in the history of Mondays. Especially after the husband’s dentist experience yesterday. He had 3 fillings and couldn’t feel half his face for half the day. Obviously soft food was in order.

 

Nailed It/Failed It: Mexican Quinoa

Verdict

Nailed it. You guys, this may be the easiest thing I’ve ever made (other than microwaving a hotdog). Add in that it was tasty and filling, and we have ourselves a keeper.

Alterations

I skipped the peppers and used chicken broth instead of vegetable broth.

 

 

 

 

Original recipe from Runs With Spatulas

My husband left me this past weekend for Rocklahoma so I left him for my parents. He spent the weekend in a field with drunk trashy people, I spent the weekend looking at old people homes (and by that I  mean they take care of mowing and snow shoveling and everything else is business as usual). While he subsisted on mediocre VIP tent food and frozen pizza, I feasted at Bakers Square and Portillo’s (without a doubt, I won that round). Needless to say, by the time I got back, we were both ready for a bit of a detox.

 

Nailed It/Failed It: Easy Mediterranean Chicken Packets

Verdict

Nailed it. These were everything I hoped they would be – delicious and easy. Because let’s be real – after a day of traveling, the last thing I really want to do is cook.

Alterations

I skipped the capers and used Mediterranean seasoning instead of salt and pepper and again instead of Italian seasoning. These also spent a few minutes in the microwave because 25 minutes = undercooked chicken in my house.

 

 

 

 

 

Original recipe from Reservation for Two.

The amount of tacos consumed in my house is ridiculous. We should probably feel mass amounts of shame over it, but we don’t. Ground turkey, chicken, crock pot – we don’t really care how they’re made as long as we can feast upon them at least once a week. So when I stumbled upon this taco skillet, there was no question it would become a part of our lives. The only question was, could I make this for dinner when we just had Qdoba for lunch? (The answer is yes by the way. Seriously. No shame.)

 

Nailed It/Failed It: Easy Taco Skillet

Verdict

Nailed it. And since this is a taco skillet, I’m pretty sure that means we can have this and tacos all in the same week. No? Too much? Whatever. You don’t know my life.

Alterations

None other than I obviously got a little carried away on the cheese.

 

 

 

Original recipe from My Food and Fitness Diaries.