What’s for Dinner? Week of 8/13/17

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.

SundayLime Grilled Chicken & Avocado Burritos (we had them as tacos this time)
Stars: 4.5-5

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!

Pros:

  • Fast
  • Easy
  • Delicious

Cons:

  • 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
Stars: 5

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.

Pros:

  • Looks like it’s more work that it is
  • Great flavors
  • One pan meal

Cons:

  • Can get a little messy browning the chicken

Tuesday– Leftovers

WednesdayBuffalo 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.

Pros:

  • Delicious
  • Enough for dinner and plenty of leftovers

Cons:

  • 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
Stars: 3

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.

Pros:

  • Good flavor
  • Easy to make

Cons:

  • Not a thick sauce
  • Wasn’t memorable

Let me know what you’re having for dinner this week!

 

For the Win,

Meg

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