This week is going to be challenging when it comes to getting dinner on the table–lots of busy evenings ahead. I’m employing my slowcooker twice this week so hopefully that will help.
Last week I introduced you to the New Recipe Challenge. I got a lot of great feedback and hope you all have already started looking through your recipe collection to start making some of those new recipes! Considering that I found two more sources for recipes (my computer files of saved recipes into Word documents and my recipe box and clipped recipes stored in a kitchen cabinet) I have self-diagnosed myself as having an official case of Recipe-itis! I forgot You know, where you just can’t stop collecting recipes?! I started my challenge last week with some Sweet Potato Pancakes that I saw in Family Fun magazine last month (for some reason it’s not letting me link to the recipe–urgh! I will update if I can get it to work). They were SO easy but unfortunately, I was the only one that really liked them. I think the notion of “sweet potato” and “pancake” and them not looking like traditional pancakes really threw my family off so maybe next time I’ll call them something different! The only thing I’d change is to make them a little flatter than I did because they were not as crispy on the outside as I had hoped. My daughter also tried her hand at baking some strawberry cupcakes. They tasted pretty good but were a little denser than expected. Still, they were happily gobbled up! She got her inspiration from a book that she’s reading where the main character likes to bake!
Now on to this week’s menu plan:
Monday: Grilled Teriyaki Sliders (from freezer-recipe is from 30 Day Gourmet’s BIG Book of Freezer Cooking cookbook) and carrot sticks
Tuesday: Slowcooker Fajita Chicken Chili, Trader Joe’s cornbread (super-yum!) and garden salad
Wednesday: Slowcooker Rotisserie chicken noodle soup
Thursday: Goof-proof chicken cutlets, roasted rosemary potatoes & garden salad
Sunday: TBA (soup or salad & sandwiches)
Tuesday and Thursday’s recipes are new to me for this week so go along with the challenge. And since I also said I wanted to do a Pantry Challenge along with the New Recipe Challenge, I’m using up several items already in my freezer or pantry like the Teriyaki Sliders, a pepper & onion blend and cannenlini beans for the chili and rotisserie chicken carcasses from the freezer and carrots and onions already on hand. I also already have some chicken in the freezer that I bought on sale a few weeks ago at Whole Foods that I will use in the Goof-proof Chicken Cutlets. Actually, I happen to have on hand ALL the ingredients for that recipe–bonus!
So what’s on your menu this week? Any new recipes your trying out? Share with us in the comments below!