Posts Tagged ‘lunch’

The husband was born in raised in South Carolina. I’m talking lived there his whole life (minus 3ish months in Nashville) until I came along and blew it all to hell. Hashtag whoops.

Not only is he born and raised South Carolina, 99% of his entire family is as well. And that, kids, means I hear a lot about his grandmother’s cooking. Particularly her cornbread and buttermilk biscuits.

As it turns out, my mama didn’t raise no fool so every time he’d wax on about how amazing his grandmother’s cooking was, I’d just smile and nod with absolutely zero intention of ever trying to attempt anything he mentioned. Until now.

Somehow the husband persuaded me to try buttermilk biscuits. I warned him they would probably be nothing like his grandmother’s, but homeboy was desperate.

 

Nailed It/Failed It: Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

Verdict

Clearly we learned why Yankees don’t make buttermilk biscuits. Not that these weren’t tasty – they were just a little tough. And, you know, a lot flat.

I suspect the toughness comes from the folding (which I would skip altogether next time now that I know the husband’s grandmother would make these as drop biscuits). I have no idea where the flatness comes from (although looking at the recipe again, the baking powder seems like brand new information which would maybe explain a lot). But, as we discovered, if you stack 2 on top of each other, they’re exactly the right height.

Alterations

None

 

 

Original recipe from Food.com.

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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.

This past weekend was thisclose to being the perfect football weekend. Gamecocks? Check. Bears? Check. Anything resembling a win? ::crickets::

Not only did both teams lose, they lost in an extremely painful fashion. A little piece of us died at the end of both games, and it’s entirely possible we ate our feelings.

 

Nailed It/Failed It: Double Decker Taco Cupcakes

Verdict

Nailed it. Delicious and adorable. I think these are my new favorite way to eat tacos. I also like that they’re incredibly easy to pull together and would make a great (i.e. less messy/awkward) alternative to nachos or dip at a festive event.

Alterations

I skipped the beans so my layers were: wonton, meat, cheese, wonton, meat, cheese. I then topped mine with salsamole while the husband ate his one layer at a time with guac on the side.

 

 

Original recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything.

The husband and I have officially been homeowners for one year and one day. And that means that one year and three days ago, I had my very first (and only) lobster roll. Sweet lady freedom I would move to Boston for the lobster rolls alone – and I’m basing this off the airport lobster roll (everybody calm down – it was a legit restaurant not some random lobster roll stand) so you know these things are all sorts of magical.

I’ve been dying for another lobster roll since I took the last bite of the one at the airport, yet it’s taken me this long to realize I can make them at home. Of course, being landlocked in Missouri, lobster is out the ass expensive. Thus we subbed shrimp.

Nailed It/Failed It: Shrimp RollsVerdict

Nailed it. This is the perfect summer lunch or light dinner – it takes all of 10 minutes to prep and it pairs quite well with some Woodchuck.

Recipe

Once again, this was something I more or less winged after Googling lobster/shrimp roll recipes.

Thawed shrimp, tails off and chopped (I just cut each shrimp in half)

Spoonful Greek yogurt

Splash lemon juice

2 pinches celery salt

Dash pepper

Hot dog buns

Broil/toast hot dog buns and combine remaining ingredients. Top hot dog buns with shrimp mixture. Devour.

You’ve heard of the 80/20 rule, right? Where you make solid food decisions 80% of the time and questionable ones the other 20%? I’m a pretty big fan of this rule because a) if you tell me I can’t have brownies ever again, I will eat an entire pan in 5 minutes and b) no one is capable of making solid food decisions all day, err day.

But every once in awhile, my 80/20 flips, and as I’m shoveling Andy’s into my face while wearing yoga pants because they’re the only thing that fit me right now, I think to myself, “Self, quit naming your food baby and pull it together.” Enter the Big Ass Salad.

Salmon SaladVerdict

You know how the best salads are always made by someone else? This salad defies that rule. Seriously. I’m kind of a salad snob – as in I really only like “high end” restaurant quality salads. So if I blew my own mind with this beast, I think it’s safe to say this is a keeper.

Recipe

Basically you look around your fridge and randomly throw things on a bunch of greens.

For this one, I used a baby greens mix, olives, feta, roasted broccoli, roasted grape tomatoes, and baked salmon. (The salmon, broccoli, and tomatoes were all roasted together and sprinkled with Mediterranean seasoning and olive oil.) I’ve also been known to throw leftover grilled zucchini in with this.

I didn’t use dressing since there was enough “good stuff” to balance out all the greens, but I think a vinaigrette would be rather amazing.

Here’s the thing about sandwiches for dinner – I’m not a fan. I’ll take a sandwich for lunch all day err’ day, but for some reason, when it comes to dinner, I’m just not down with the sandwich (other than meatball subs and that’s really only because of the husband’s love for them).

However. Sometimes you go grocery shopping after work and when you get home, realize you’re missing a bag. And of course it can’t be the bag holding the zucchini you don’t need until the next night. Oh no. It has to be the bag containing the Clairitin which is a non-negotiable this time of year. So by the time you drive back to the store to claim the missed bag and get back home, it’s 6:30, you’re starving, your husband’s starving, and a sandwich is starting to sound like a pretty stellar idea. As long as it’s warm.

Nailed It/Failed It: Chicken Parmesan Sub

Verdict

Nailed it. This may convert me into a sandwich for dinner person. Seriously. It was delicious, easy, and quick.

Alterations

Turns out that when you’re starving, you don’t want to take the time to scroll through your 2,935,637 pins to find a recipe so much as you want to put food in your face ASAP. Consequently, this ended up being more an idea that I ran with.

Season 2 chicken breasts with Italian seasoning and grill on George until cooked through (it took about 10 minutes with George set at 350). Place 2 buns on a baking sheet and preheat the broiler. Put the cooked chicken breasts on the buns. Top chicken with marinara, cheese (I used provolone), and spinach. Put the baking sheet under the broiler until the buns are browned and the cheese is bubbly.

Sidenote: I topped the sandwiches with non-wilted spinach and put it under the broiler. Next time I’ll wilt the spinach and put it on the sandwich after it comes out of the broiler. If, however, you like crispy spinach, broil away, my friend.

 

 

 

Original recipe from Eating Well.

Sometimes you’re just crusin’ along, living life and then BAM! Holiday. And suddenly you’re looking around bewildered wondering where the where it came from and if perhaps you’d be better prepared if you owned a calendar. Then you laugh because it’s 2013 and your mom and grandfather are the only people still using non-electronic calendars.

As you may have guessed by now, I just realized Cinco De Mayo is this Sunday. Despite the best of intentions, I never properly celebrate it. This is partially because it sneaks up on me and partially because I don’t do drunk crowds. And that, kids, explains why this found its way to my kitchen table last night.

Nailed It/Failed It: Southwest Chicken Pasta Bowls

Verdict

Nailed it. Without a doubt, this will be a repeat performance in my kitchen. It’s healthy, delectable, and crazy fast – what’s not to love?

Alterations

I used frozen corn, this seasoning for the chicken (and a little on the corn and beans)  skipped the red pepper, and skipped the cilantro. And if you think I didn’t top this with guac, you don’t know me at all. Hi, I’m Jenn.

Original recipe from Whit Likes Fit.