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Beer Braised Brisket

Beer braised brisket

Date: April 4th, 2015

Recipe: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/beer-braised-brisket

Coleslaw recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/creamy-cole-slaw-recipe.html

Modifications:  Didn’t have dijon mustard, so I used some stone ground stuff we had. Missed the broiling step, which would have added a nice crust to it, I’ll do that next time. I had to cut the brisket in half to fit in the dutch oven, I want to get this roasting pan so I don’t need to cut it next time.

Time to table: 30 minutes to prep the brisket with the sauce the day before, then six hours in the oven the day of cooking. Coleslaw took 45 minutes or so.

Servings: Tons. We had our friends and their three kids over for dinner and we’re going to have at least three dinners worth of left overs.

Erin: Like

Ben: Love

Luke: Like

Annie: Like

Notes: I love making big cuts of meat, so fun. Braising the meat is incredibly easy, compared to using the smoker. We were at Erin’s parents’ house the whole time it was cooking, just got home and shredded it. Making coleslaw was kind of fun too, got to use an attachment for the food processor that we hadn’t even opened in five years. Cheaper than buying it at the store and you get a ton of it.

Chicken Power Bowls

Power bowl

Date: March 30, 2015

Recipe: http://iowagirleats.com/2014/02/19/chicken-power-bowls-with-crispy-baked-garbanzo-beans/

Modifications:  Subbed feta for the goat cheese, pumpkin seeds for pistachios, and the dressing got kind of chunky after being in the fridge for a few days so I ended up using store-bought balsamic which was just as good!

Time to table: Took about 45 minutes to prepare, and then maybe 5-10 minutes to assemble the salads

Servings: 4 lunches

Erin: Love

Notes: These TRULY did keep me full until dinner! This is an intense salad. I was wishing I had bigger bowls because I wanted more greens to go with all the toppings. Really loved the roasted chickpeas, will definitely be making those again! The weeks when I actually take the time to prepare something good for lunches all week make me so happy, like maybe I should just… always do that. (Note, there is a lunch category on this blog, so check that out if you need ideas too)

Crock Pot Ranchero Chicken

Crockpot chicken tostadas

Date: February 9th, 2015

Recipe: http://iowagirleats.com/2014/12/08/crock-pot-ranchero-chicken/

Time to table: 45 minutes for the sauce, prepared one day earlier. 30 minutes prep time after the chicken cooked in the crock pot all day.

Servings: About two dinners worth

Modifications: Used chicken thighs instead of breasts

Ben: Love

Erin: Love

Annie: Like

Luke: Like

Notes: The chicken turned out excellent by cooking it in the sauce, it ended up too thin though, so the chicken was messy to eat in a tortilla. We strained the liquid out so the leftovers were not as wet. Nice to have shredded chicken leftovers, they work in all sorts of dishes.

Crockpot chicken tostadas

Beer, Cheese, & Brat Soup

Beer cheese and brat soup

Date: December 21st, 2014

Recipe: http://lizscookingblog.blogspot.com/2008/12/milwaukee-in-bowl-brat-beer-and-cheese.html

Time to table: 45 minutes

Servings: About two dinners worth

Modifications: I used more vegetables than it called for, added one more brat, and ~1/2 pound of chipotle bacon.

Ben: Love

Erin: Like

Annie: Love

Luke: Like

Notes: We made this a few years ago, but not apparently since we started this blog, big mistake! This soup was awesome, and closely resembles the other vegetable soups we make. Love having leftovers for lunches too.

Beer cheese and brat soup

Chicken Apple Salad

Apple chicken salad

Date: December 7th, 2014

Recipe: http://www.annies-eats.com/2014/10/02/harvest-apple-salad-with-grilled-chicken-and-candied-pecans/

Time to table: 30 minutes

Servings: Dinner for all of us, lunch for me for 2 more days (depends on the amount of greens you have I guess)

Modifications: Feeling lazy tonight after getting our Christmas tree, so we just got a rotisserie chicken.

Ben: Like

Erin: Love

Annie: Like

Luke: Like (did not like the nuts, weirdly)

Notes: I’m always surprised how well the kids eat chicken salads. The candied pecans made the salad for me – loved them! I basically love all salads with fruit, candied nuts of some sort, and feta cheese. We had a huge heavy lunch out today so needed a lighter dinner! Although I was still a bit hungry and had some crackers and cheese later – I think serving this with a baguette would accomplish the same thing. Basically I need carbs.

Apple chicken salad

Turkey Cranchiladas

Turkey Cranchiladas

Date: December 1st, 2014

Recipe: http://www.pink-parsley.com/2010/11/turkey-cranchiladas.html

Time to table: 1 hour

Servings: 9 enchiladas. Dinner and several lunches

Modifications: Skipped the hot sauce, because kids.

Ben: Love

Erin: Love

Annie: Like

Luke: Like

Notes: We were both shocked that the kids ate these as they are non-standard enchilada fare. They both tried and actually liked them without too much prodding from us. Definitely make these again as Thanksgiving leftovers.

Turkey Cranchiladas

Turkey Cranchiladas

Salsa Verde Chicken and Rice Casserole

Salsa Verde Rice and Chickn

Date: November 17th, 2014

Recipe: http://iowagirleats.com/2014/11/03/salsa-verde-chicken-and-rice-casserole/

Time to table: 1 hour

Servings: Dinner + lunch leftovers

Modifications: I used two cups of dry rice, the recipe didn’t specify if you should start with two cups, or end up with two cups, but I had way more than we needed. Other than that, I stuck to the recipe.

Ben: Like

Erin: Like

Annie: Dislike

Luke: Dislike

Notes: Not sure why the kids didn’t like cheesy rice with chicken, but who knows what goes on in their heads. This was good, but I’d be hesitant to make it again because of their reaction to it.

Dinner

Dinner

Tomato Meatball Soup

Chicken Meatball Tomato Soup

Date: October 30, 2014

Recipe: http://ellysaysopa.com/2014/09/24/tomato-soup-with-chicken-pesto-meatballs-and-pasta/

Time to table: 1 hour

Servings: 6 adults

Modifications: I used a very large onion, 2 carrots, and 3 stalks celery, and I think we also had more meatballs because I just used some pesto from the freezer and the package of ground chicken was .8lbs. Oh, also used crushed tomatoes instead of diced.

Ben: Love

Erin: Love

Annie: Love

Luke: Love

Notes: Everyone was really happy with this meal! It was almost like spaghetti and meatballs because I think our soup wasn’t as brothy with the added veggies. We made bread on the side but didn’t even really need it. Definitely a satisfying meal on it’s own! (I said love for the kids, while they did not RAVE over this meal, I’d still say it was a solid hit with them and they were happy to eat it, so that counts as a love in my book). I was a bit skeptical about the meatballs and pasta cooking in the soup itself but hey, it worked.

Mac and Cheese with Chicken and Broccoli

Mac and Cheese
Not exactly the most appealing picture, forgot to take one before dinner was completely over.

Date: October 9, 2014

Recipe: http://www.pink-parsley.com/2014/09/cheesy-baked-shells-with-broccoli-and.html

Time to table: 30 minutes prep, 30 minutes baking

Servings: 8-10 adults

Modifications: None

Ben: Love

Erin: Love

Annie: Like

Luke: Like

Notes: Definitely loved this dish, had our new-ish neighbors over for dinner and it served our 2 families easily with leftovers! The amount of cheese in this is borderline absurd but it does make a HUGE amount and the pasta finishes cooking in the oven. I’ll definitely make this again but split the recipe and bake half and the freeze the rest prior to baking. Also love that this is a complete meal! I’m going to call this “triple love” because I THINK the kids would love this if they weren’t so distracted with new friends around.

BBQ Turkey Meatballs with Cheddar Corn Quinoa Salad

BBQ Turkey Meatballs with Quinoa Corn Salad

Date: October 2, 2014

Recipe: http://www.pink-parsley.com/2014/08/bbq-turkey-meatballs-over-cheddar-corn.html

Time to table: 45 minutes, some is baking time

Servings: One dinner and an adult lunch

Modifications: None

Ben: Love

Erin: Love

Annie: Love meatballs, did not like quinoa

Luke: Love meatballs, so-so on quinoa

Notes: This was a delicious meal – the quinoa salad has a bit of a kick from the garlic in the dressing and some red pepper flakes, but it was a good level of flavor for adults – Annie couldn’t handle it but LOVED the meatballs and had them for a lunch at school too. Both kids mostly just ate the meatballs and broccoli. Pretty quick dinner too. This is a new favorite food blog, lots of great recipes and I saw this recipe recommended by several other food bloggers I follow!

Luke wanted the OTHER cup
Luke, quite upset about the color of his cup. Rough life.