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December 16, 2017

So with working full time my dinner mojo is often missing. It seems our weekly menu consist of the same types of items – burger night, pasta night, protein night, taco night, pizza night and more of the same. I wanted to freshen things up and keep my passion for cooking alive, so I found a remedy. I look at my Food Network magazine’s “weeknight dinners” every week to add a new recipe to the mix. I am really enjoying this inspiration. I look forward to a new issue each month. In the past I have struck out with new recipes but lately I have been on a roll. I have made four new dinners, one each week, that have been home runs. It spices up our weeks as it adds something new to the mix. Each of these four recipes were a huge hit with my family. They were all easy to make and quick after a long day. I hope you try them and make your families tummies happy!

Chicken with gnocchi

This recipe was so delectable and using store bought gnocchi on a work night made my life easy. It had the perfect balance of protein and veggies. I made this with the perfect side -homemade Olive Garden breadsticks which were so fluffy and better than the real thing.

Tortellini Stroganoff

All the great flavors of stroganoff were there and this was simple to make. I added some stir fry beef for protein.

Orzo with mushroom

My family was skeptical with the spinach and leeks, but they tore it up, due to the creamy sauce and the chicken breast I added. Campy said: “it was on point!”

Flank and mac

As you can see a theme here, protein, carb, and veggie. I try not to make carb heavy dinners but this trifecta pleases the little people. Flank steak was too pricey so I used another affordable cut. The idea here is the flavors, add your own twists.

That’s what I love about these Food Network recipes, you can add your own ideas. Also if the magazine subscription is too much, get your issues from the library like me, and then google the recipe name and they come up on their website. Also these are all great vegetarian recipes too. Manga!

Taco Tuesdays

September 17, 2015


Now that I am working my weekly dinner repertoire has narrowed quite a bit. I do try to pick a recipe or 2 from my food network magazine every week to mix it up. But I mainly stick to my weekly quick dinner nights such as – taco night, stir fry night, pasta night, burger night. I do try to change up the ingredients on each of these nights but one thing I always go back to is my taco seasoning. Years ago I would just buy taco packs at the store. It was convenient to buy them because they included the sauce, tacos and the seasoning. But then I read the ingredients and I saw there were so many things I could not pronounce. As I started to make more marinades, sauces and seasonings homemade I decided to try that for my tacos too. Of course my go to guru for all things made at home – Alton Brown, had a great taco seasoning recipe. When I whip up a batch of this it usually makes enough to save some for 1 or 2 more batches of tacos. I think the coriander is the key to the taco spice taste you would expect, as that is a spice I don’t work with often, but it really adds a nice flavor. My kids can be picky but they even enjoy these flavors. So next time it is Taco Tuesday at your house try mixing up these spices and making your taco night a bit more natural and a ton more tasty!

2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons hot smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Put all of the ingredients in a small jar and shake to combine. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown, 2010

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