Thursday, May 26, 2016

MealPlanFamily - Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

We took a 30 minute drive out to the country on Monday to go strawberry picking with some friends! It was muddy and the kids were over it after about 10 minutes but man were those strawberries good!

Anyway, We've been snacking on them all week and decided tonight to make some homemade strawberry ice cream. I love this recipe because it's literally just four ingredients: Heavy cream, milk, strawberries and a little maple syrup.... we sprinkled a little shaved dark chocolate on the top of ours because....well because dark chocolate shavings....but its delicious....and I have to say strawberries you pick yourself just taste better!

Recipe can be found here

MealPlanFamily - Spiralized Mexican and Sweet Potato Casserole

In my attempt to #spiralizeallthethings we tried another spiralized recipe this week.
I don't mind recipes that take a little extra effort, even on weekdays, but this one got like 10 things dirty and the end result was super soupy.... I assume from all the water coming out of the sweet potatoes.... we used a slotted spoon to dish it out for dinner and then drained all the water out before saving the leftovers...  The flavors were great...but because of the soupiness (is that a word?) combined with the amount of effort I'm not sure I would make this particular recipe again....

...but stay tuned as no vegetable is safe in my house from my new toy :)

Recipe Here

Sunday, May 22, 2016

MealPlanFamily - Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Avocado Pesto

I finally joined the trend and got a spiralizer! We've been wanting one for a while but when I saw that the KitchenAid Model was on a great sale on Amazon, I knew I had to pull the trigger....

Check out this thing in action:

I knew the first recipe I wanted to try was Zucchini noodles, so we decided to go for this recipe.
Avocado, good. Basil, good. Garlic, Good....
It was a delicious dish but VERY heavy...seems crazy to say that about a bowl full of vegetables, but it was filling and heavy....perfect if you are in the mood for some hearty comfort food that is secretly ridiculously healthy.

I laid the noodles on paper towels in a 200 degree oven for about 20-30 minutes to dry them out a little bit before topping them with the sauce....


Thursday, May 5, 2016

MealPlanFamily - Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

We love this soup (the texture is really more like a soup than a chili)..
I use all boneless skinless chicken thighs and an extra can of beans.
We garnish it with tortilla chips, cheese & cilantro.
I make it pretty tame on the spice since I feed it to my 3 year old daughter, but my favorite thing to add to it is this "dry hot sauce" that my sister picked up for me in raleigh....adds a ton of spice to it.

Find the recipe here: Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

MealPlanFamily - Herby asparagus and tomato bake with Israeli couscous, thyme and feta

This meal was good! Definitely made me realize I need more feta cheese in my life.
The charred asparagus, crunchy almonds....there was tons of different textures going on.
I would make this one again.

MealPlanFamily - Parmesan-crusted chicken with balsamic potato salad and garlic roasted tomatoes

The sides on this dinner were just ok. The potatoes were basically boiled and then tossed in balsamic vinegar. The tomatoes were roasted with a little garlic... those were both pretty random and I doubt I would make them again. The chicken on the other hand, while also super simple, was good, easy and I could see myself making it again. It was basically brushed with dijon and then coated with a parmesan cheese/panko topping. Baked for 20 minutes it was like a tasty breaded chicken without the flour/egg/bread crumb mess. Hannah was a big fan too.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

MealPlanFamily - Creamy poblano bolognese with parmesan, thyme and linguine

This was another Hello Fresh meal that I got to try for free. They send all the ingredients in a box for you to whip up delicious dinners at home.

This was actually really good. I'm a little confused about the addition of the poblano peppers as I didn't really think it added much to the bolognese, but I would definitely make this again. It would be easy to recreate at home, got minimal pots dirty and came together very quickly.

Hello Fresh Recipe Card below the picture.

MealPlanFamily - Seared cod with Mediterranean bean & tomato salad

A girl from one of the facebook groups I'm in had some free Hello Fresh Meals to send as a sample (she is a customer so had a few samples she could send to friends who are not customers) and Hello Fresh sent us 3 meals to try. I have tried Blue Apron in the past so I was excited to try these too.

For those who don't have any idea what I'm talking about...these are like, subscription meal services. They send you a big refrigerator box filled with the exact amounts of food you need and recipe cards to cook 3-4 meals. Most allow you to choose your dietary restrictions, vegetarian, gluten free, you don't like fish, whatever.... So basically you are still cooking the meals, but not having to find the recipes or shop for the ingredients. They are a fun way to try some new things.

Our first meal was this seared cod with Mediterranean bean and tomato salad.
It was fast and easy to put together. The bean salad was basically a quick pickle of the red onions and beans. It was a really simple but solid meal.

And here is the recipe card that came in the box.