On this week’s menu I have a few new recipes as well as an old favorite to celebrate my FIL’s birthday. This is his number one request when they come for dinner and it is a fan favorite. Enjoy!
I’ll update the post throughout the week to let you know what we thought.
Sunday– Lime Grilled Chicken & Avocado Burritos (we had them as tacos this time)
I love this meal because it’s easy and really delicious. I let the chicken marinade as long as possible because it really soaks up the flavor. This week it was about 15 minutes because I was in a hurry but it was still amazing. I also pound out the chicken to shorten the grilling time. A family favorite that you will see on another menu!
- Chopping a jalapeno pepper- careful what you touch after!
- If using an indoor grill- I hate cleaning that pan.
Monday– NEW RECIPE- Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken
This was my first time making this meal and it was a hit! I served it over cavatappi pasta and doubled the sauce so there would be plenty to cover the noodles.
- Looks like it’s more work that it is
- Great flavors
- One pan meal
- Can get a little messy browning the chicken
Wednesday– Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese
This meal is definitely an indulgent treat. It is one of the most popular dishes I’ve ever made and has become a request at big family gatherings and holidays. I bake it right in my dutch oven so I’m not sure how the taste differs if you transfer everything to a baking pan. I also omit the onions and celery. I’m not an onion lover so I leave them out of most meals, but especially mac and cheese- they have no business there. The celery just didn’t seem to add much to the dish either so I saved myself a step.
The more I make this meal the more I experiment with the perfect recipe. Here is what I changed this week- no onions or celery, I only baked the dish for 10 minutes and broiled it for 3. I found that the baking of the dish actually broke the sauce and it became really oily a few times. I shortened the baking time and broiled fort just a few minutes to get the panko topping nice and brown- it was perfect.
- Enough for dinner and plenty of leftovers
- It is a labor of love and requires a time commitment- although prepping and pre measuring everything on Sunday helped a lot. I was able to make the entire meal while babywearing. Win!
Thursday- Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken
This meal was good but not one of our favorites. The sauce was a little thin so it didn’t cover pasta well and was not creamy in the way I expected. If I make it again, I’ll play around with the ratios to see if I can get a creamier sauce, the flavors were good but the consistency was lacking.
- Good flavor
- Easy to make
- Not a thick sauce
- Wasn’t memorable
Let me know what you’re having for dinner this week!
For the Win,