Well after eating and cooking all things bad, but soooo good for the better part of three weeks… I’m back. Decided on the recipes for the week, shopped and started yesterday. Had this meatloaf last night, truly can’t remember the last time I had meatloaf, seems so retro. But this one is delicious, and super low cal. Which considering my calorie intake over the holidays will be much appreciated by my body (although I may be the only one in the family enjoying the return of “light” cooking, those little ones, and some big, really enjoyed those hearty carb filled meals, not to mention the Christmas baking – all of which I very simply justified by saying “but I only make it once a year”), yet another side effect, came up with some delicious new treats which may just make it into the regular rotation…….enough already!!! Back to the meatloaf, yummy, easy, paired it with a nice salad, and managed to serve it 2 separate times throughout the evening as everyone’s schedule’s just didn’t work for a “everyone together family dinner”. Enjoy this one, we did.
Steak Soft Tacos with Caramelized Onions, Peppers and Cilantro Cream December 16, 2011
I know this is getting redundant, but these were amazing (and slightly Mexican, didn’t quite realize how much I like Mexican food, but I am noticing a bit of a theme). I know caramelized onions make everything amazing, but I think this time it was the seasoning on the steak, so yummy, and doing the onions and then adding the peppers just for the last couple of minutes so they stayed crisp-ish (not really a word but you know what I mean), was delish!! The Cilantro cream was total yummyness, they wouldn’t taste the same without it.
Apologies for not updating many recipes lately, life seems to have gotten in the way of my quest to try new and different things nightly. However, after essentially not repeating a meal for almost 3 months, amazing side effect. I had tried so many good new recipes, it was time to revisit some favorites. Good thing, we actually liked them the second time around too!! Had the shrimp scampi, chicken burger with spicy avocado spread (oh so good), apricot glazed chicken, italian turkey sauce with polenta, hot and sweet glazed salmon, just to name a few. So I haven’t truly fallen off the wagon, still cooking, same rules, just revisiting some old favorites. While new recipes may be sparse over the holidays, I look forward to trying some exciting new recipes in the new year!!
Butterscotch Cream Cheese Bars December 6, 2011
These were fabulous…. you had me at Butterscotch (not to mention cream cheese). Even won rave reviews from my non – butterscotch loving family members…. no names mentioned. They keep really well too and make a huge tray, would probably freeze well too.
What with like 5 ingredients and about 10 minutes, I really didn’t think this would be a winner. I have often made this type of recipe, with way more ingredients, and much less success. The whole family just went on about how tasty and light it was and what great flavor (don’t get me wrong, I thought it was good too) it had. Nice for a cold winter night with a good loaf of french bread ( and enough garlic to kick any cold or flu bug in the butt).
Chipotle Taco Salad November 23, 2011
After a really long day cleaning up after a nasty windstorm, so nice to know what I was making for dinner. Typically if I was this busy all day I would resort to some kind of lame meal involving partially pre made food, using little to no ” real ingredients”. However, now that I have my meals planned, not leaving it up to my imagination (of which some days I have very little), is such a blessing. Also noticing a big difference in the grocery shopping these days, only ingredients, rarely something pre made, yet oddly, not spending that much time in the kitchen (although more time planning meals for the week, but that seems to be the fun part). This was quick and easy, made with ingredients we all usually have on hand. Enjoyed using the broken chips (something I always seem to have) and not as fussy as an actual taco shell. Using the salsa in with the beef just added a great taste and texture, would keep this tip alone for the the future.
Halibut with Bacon and Balsamic Tomatoes, Roasted Asparagus with Shallot Dijon Vinaigrette November 22, 2011
OK Running out of nice things to say about food today. These were both great, pretty easy, and enjoyed by all of us. Mac even asked “is halibut some type of salmon, because I love salmon”. Don’t worry, he doesn’t get out much, and the only halibut he has seen me cook is the battered and deep fried variety served with tartar sauce (which I should revisit soon, sooo yummy). Needed a starchy side dish to go with this meal, and just fish and veggies is apparently not quite enough for the menfolk in the house. I did some diced potatoes, drizzled with olive oil and some Italian seasoning, the real thrill (I also need to get out more, as cooking is now my idea of thrilling) was that I took a head of peeled garlic and just mixed up amongst the potatoes… awesome~