Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Recipe Recommendations

      This week we have continued to have a house that is Project Central.  John completed the playhouse, and now, we are working on tricking out the rest of the deck.  It will have an explorer/adventure theme.  In the meantime, I have been making dinner and working on the craft room and, of course, caring for my two little friends who need a lot of time and attention.  (Note: it currently takes about 2  hours a day to feed Bella, because she is taking in a ton of baby food as well as nursing.  That is a lot of time, and I have to remind myself how thankful I really am that she is healthy and a great eater.)  And, look who can sit all by themselves now.  What a big girl.


And, I really do have a very sweet cat that will let a two-year-old lay on her.  The second picture is the look on Lily's face as she was seeing the fun stuff John put on the playhouse for her.  Priceless.

Picnik collage

      So, I decided to do a post about recipes that are not mine, but are really good.  They are all from All Recipes (one of my favorite things in life), and I will just put links here with my notes.  I always like getting new ideas for things I might not try otherwise.  So, if you have some all time favorite recipes to send my way - please do.  Here goes:

Mediterranean Puff Pastry Chicken - I made this for community group last week and was reminded of how yummy it really is.  I follow the recipe pretty much exactly, but I use canned diced tomatoes instead of sun-dried, because I like them more.  And I cut my chicken into strips to insure that it cooks all the way through easily.  People will think you are fancy if you make this, and it really is very easy.

Blue Cheese Burgers - I was just talking about this with Kristin today.  It is a great summer recipe that is easy, especially if you love blue cheese.  And we ♥ blue cheese at my house.  I think it would work well with any kind of cheese that you love really.

Breakfast Wellington - I made this last night, because breakfast for dinner sounded good.  It says you can substitute cream cheese for the cheddar cheese, but I opted to put them both in.  (again, I ♥ cheese.)  When I do this one again, I will chop the broccoli into smaller pieces, because John does not like to eat the stems.  I also read the reviews and baked the bottom crust for about 7 minutes before I put the filling onto it so that it would not be soggy.  I think this could be made very pretty, which I did not have time for last night but may attempt in the future.

Baked Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce - One of my all-time favorite sides to made.  So easy and tasty and even healthful.  Delish.

Roasted Garlic Lemon Broccoli - Clearly, I need to dress up vegetables for me to want to eat them.  But, this is another stand-by in my house.

      I hope these are some fun ideas of tried and true recipes that may work for you.  Enjoy!


lesli said...

Those sound delicious! Thanks for sharing. Here are two recipes that we've tried recently and we LOVE them!

Thai Basil Fried Rice ~

(we adapted it to make it healthier, but we LOVE it! have already made it twice in two weeks!)

Mediterranean Turkey Burgers ~

(I made homemade pesto and it gave these burgers a delicious flavor!)

Kristin Murdock said...

Lesli those turkey burgers sound delish.

Thanks for sharing these recipes, Carol! I am determined to spend a teensy tinsy amount of money on groceries this week, and somehow still eat fresh, healthy food. A couple of these ideas may fit the bill well!!