Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sunday: Recent Recipes

Last week we enjoyed a few simple meals (frozen Superbowl snacks, rotisserie chicken with salads) and tried several new recipes as well.

Mashed Cauliflower (and fish)

► Breaded Fish with Mashed Cauliflower - I've wanted to try mashed cauliflower for a while, but sadly was not a big fan. Not bad, but I kind of had to force myself to eat it. Definitely willing to try it again though, in case this was just a dud! (The fish was coasted in bread crumbs & herbs & baked)

Chicken Parmesan Bake

Chicken Parmesan Bake with Roasted Kale (2 dinners) - Excuse the terrible pic (casseroles are hard to photo!), but this was delicious! And easy to make. The only problem we had was finding garlic croutons, they were all garlic & cheddar. I ended up finding some in the 'Texas Toast' variety, but they were not ideal because of their extra large size.

The recipe is in a video, so I thought I would type out the directions for you here (ingredients are listed below the video) ~

Preheat your oven to 350 F. In a 9x13 casserole dish spread the olive oil & garlic to coat the bottom, then sprinkle with red pepper flakes (optional). Lay the chicken breasts in the pan, trying not to overlap, and pour the sauce over the top. Sprinkle with basil, then top with 4 oz. Mozzarella & 2 oz. Parmesan. Top with croutons then the other half of the cheese. Bake 30 minutes, uncovered (may need longer for larger breasts).

► Asian Chicken Salad (for lunches) - I made a simpler version of the salad from this week and enjoyed it a lot more. 1.5 cups savoy (shredded), 1.5 cups chicken (cooked & shredded), 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, and 1/4 cup matchstick carrots. One day I tossed some with my Savory Miso Dressing and the rest of the Chow Mein noodles, the next day I used cooked Ramen noodles and a mix of soy sauce, honey, & sesame oil. Both were delicious!

On Saturday we had some friends over for a snack-y board game night. We made ~

Teriyaki Wings

Teriyaki Chicken Wings - We haven't made these in a long time, and I regret it. So good, and simple to make. Definitely line your pan with foil because the sugary sauce will be a mess by the end!

► Parmesan Garlic Wings - For these I used 1 lb. of wings, brushed with melted butter (optional). Then I mixed 3 Tbsp. grated Parmesan, 1 tsp. minced garlic, 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning, and a dash of salt. I sprinkled some over the wings and baked like the recipe above, rotating & sprinkling them with more of the seasoning at the 10 minute intervals.

Sopapilla Cheesecake - This was a new recipe for us, and a big hit with everyone. The blogger said she preferred these room temperature, but they were *way* better heated up in the microwave for a few seconds (too long and the cheese will start to run). We all found the name a little odd, so I'll have to come up with something new in the future.

We also made some veggies & dip and our friends brought cheesy bread with herbed butter and hash brown casserole. We happily munched all night!

Barnes' Hashbrown Casserole

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