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Pork Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Pulled pork stuffed peppers

Date: June 19th, 2014

Recipe: http://addapinch.com/cooking/2013/08/20/pulled-pork-stuffed-poblano-peppers-recipe/

Time to table: 45 minutes

Servings: three stuffed poblano peppers, halved

Modifications: I wanted the stuffing to be a little creamier, so I mashed up a can of cannellini beans and then added the remaining ingredients. After mixing everything, I sautéed the whole mixture a bit to heat it up. Then I stuffed the peppers and cooked them on the grill.

Ben: Like

Erin: Like

Annie: Like

Luke: Dislike

Notes: Another recipe to use up some pork from last weekend (I froze the remaining pork, which amounted to 10 cups of pork). These were pretty good and I’d make them again if I was looking to get rid of some pork, but they were nothing special.

Pulled Pork Egg Muffins

Pulled pork egg muffins

Date: June 18th, 2014

Recipe: http://adventurepaleo.blogspot.com/2013/08/whole-30-day-2.html

Time to table: 30 minutes

Servings: 7 muffins

Modifications: I only used one bell pepper, and added onions, spinach, and cheese to ours.

Ben: Love

Erin: Love

Annie: Like

Luke: Like

Notes: I smoked two pork shoulders when my family came over for Father’s Day and so we had a TON of leftover pulled pork, so I was looking for creative recipes to use it up. This recipe is effectively mini frittatas, but I tricked my children by calling them “pork cupcakes”. Neither of them has eaten that many eggs in years, so I felt rather smug. I’ll tell them the truth later on.

Erin and I both thought they were excellent, and they reheated well as Erin took them for lunch the next day.

Pulled pork egg muffins

Barbecued Chicken

Barbequed chicken

Date: June 8th, 2014

Recipe: http://www.annies-eats.com/2013/08/07/barbecued-chicken/

Time to table: 90 minutes

Servings: two adults, two toddlers + left over chicken

Modifications: I used a package of thighs and a package of  drum sticks, since they didn’t have a whole cut up chicken. Both skin-on and with bones. I didn’t use the water in the grill, cause that seemed unnecessary to me and the chicken cooked faster than the recipe indicated, but I might have had a hotter grill.

Ben: Love

Erin: Love

Annie: Love

Luke: Love

Notes: Both kids crushed the chicken, which is always satisfying to see. They must have been hungry because the got after the green beans and potatoes too. The chicken was really, really, good. We usually either roast a whole chicken, or I cook chicken wings, we don’t usually grill thighs and drum sticks, but these have made me a convert.

Barbequed Chicken

Barbequed Chicken

Barbequed Chicken

Beef Stir Fry with Snow Peas

Beef stir fry

Date: June 2nd, 2014

Recipe: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/10/beef-with-snow-peas/

Time to table: 45 minutes

Servings: two adults, two toddlers + 1 lunch

Modifications: Left out the red pepper, cause yeah. I had a large enough skillet and we cut the recipe back a bit, so I cooked the meat all at the same time. Instead of rice we made cauliflower rice, which Erin and I both liked a lot, and the kids didn’t seem to notice. The cauliflower rice is definitely more work and more expensive.

Ben: Love

Erin: Like+

Annie: Like

Luke: Like

Notes: This was excellent and we’re not even a big stir-fry family. I think we’ll do stir fry more often, especially in the summer. The sauce for this was particularly good.

 

Beef stir fry

Key West Grilled Chicken with Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice

Key West Grilled Chicken with Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice

Date: May 27th, 2014

Recipe: http://iowagirleats.com/2012/06/25/key-west-grilled-chicken-with-cilantro-lime-cauliflower-rice/

Time to table: 60 minutes

Servings: two adults, two toddlers

Modifications: None, actually

Ben: Love

Erin: Like

Annie: Like

Luke: Like

Notes: A little time consuming for a weeknight meal, but I made the mango salsa a little earlier, so that saved some time. Would definitely make it again as it ended up being a rather healthy meal and the kids liked it.

Luke at dinner

Chicken Taco Salad

Chicken Salad

Date: May 5th, 2014

Recipe: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2013/07/chicken-taco-salad/

Time to table: 30 minutes

Servings: 4 salads

Modifications: Lots – I knew the kids wouldn’t eat plain avocado and tomatoes, so I made guacamole instead (just avocado, red onion, tomatoes, cilantro). We used chicken thighs. Just sauteed some frozen corn instead of ears. Didn’t use cheese (very odd for us!). Kids salads were very deconstructed.

Ben: Love

Erin: Love

Annie: Love

Luke: Love (kept asking for MORE CHIPS though, obviously)

Notes: Oh hey! The elusive QUADRUPLE LOVE!! That really will happen anytime guacamole is involved, especially with Luke. He did really eat most everything else though, except that pesky corn. Even the lettuce though. Annie cleaned her plate! First family meal on the deck, a beautiful spring night!

Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad

Dinner on the deck

Orange Beef and Broccoli

Beef and broccoli

Date: May 1, 2014

Recipe: http://iowagirleats.com/2014/04/21/lighter-orange-beef-and-broccoli/

Time to table: 45 minutes

Servings: Probably 4 adults

Modifications: None intentional, BUT Ben for SOME REASON did not get the orange so there was no orange zest in the sauce so it wasn’t very “orangey” – I was irrationally upset about this.

Ben: Like

Erin: Like

Annie: Like

Luke: Like, but was VERY upset if ANY grain of rice was touching ANYTHING. Which was tough, as it was touching everything. He worked through it by picking off the rice.

Notes: This is not the type of meal I would normally gravitate toward, but it looked very appetizing so I decided to give it a whirl. We’ve always loved any of the IGE’s meals we have tried!  It’s possible I’m the only moron that would do this, BUT – I totally forgot to start the rice until the end since it’s not VERY clearly spelled out in the recipe (as in Step 1: make rice) – so…… don’t do what I did.

Beef and broccoli

Brie and Blackberry Grilled Chicken Sandwiches

Chicken Sandwiches with Blackerries and Brie

Recipe: http://www.annies-eats.com/2014/03/17/brie-blackberry-grilled-chicken-sandwiches/

Time to table: 30 mintues

Servings: However many you want to make :)

Modifications: Yeah didn’t really follow the directions here :) Used pretzel buns from whole foods (were too tough, but delicious), didn’t butterfly the chicken. The brie we got was delicious, but was more of a spread so didn’t really melt.

Ben: Dislike (was surprised he agreed to this, not a fan of fruit really…. any time)

Erin: Like

Luke & Annie: We didn’t serve this to them as sandwiches, but they seemed fine with the combination although neither seems to like blackberries that much, maybe it’s the seeds.

Notes: This was good and I’d like to try again with a softer bun and different brie that melts (as in, as the recipe is written :)

Chicken Sandwiches with Blackerries and Brie

Salmon Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Honey mustard salmon salad

Date: April 9th 2014

Recipe: http://www.annies-eats.com/2014/03/24/salmon-salad-with-honey-mustard-vinaigrette/

Time to table: 1 hour (give or take – it’s mostly just chopping and assembling but the eggs have to be made, and salmon cooked)

Servings: We just did 2 salads

Modifications: We broiled the salmon but then it started on fire :) So probably should have just done as we were told as usual. Didn’t have red onions so didn’t add them.

Ben: Love

Erin: Love

Notes: This was a date night meal in the sunroom after the kids went to bed. Salmon is too expensive for them ;) SUCH a good salad! I love warm salmon on a cold salad. We will definitely be having this again. I had another salad without the salmon today and it was still quite filling.

Honey mustard salmon salad
Before salmon

Honey mustard salmon salad

Honey mustard salmon salad

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Date: April 8th 2014

Recipe: http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2014/04/01/tuna-noodle-casserole-recipe/

Time to table: 1 hour

Servings: A full 13×9 pan, so we’ll have plenty for lunches/leftovers, which is nice.

Modifications: Didn’t use mushrooms (don’t like them) or the potato chips (didn’t want to buy a whole bag just for this).

Ben: Love

Erin: Love

Annie: Like

Luke: Like

Notes: The instructions are written very sequentially so the dish takes awhile to assemble. If you cook the pasta while using the food processor you can save some time, this made for a later weeknight meal that we usually have.

Tuna Noodle Casserole