Tonights dinner was based off of a Basil Chicken recipe but I changed ingredients a bit. I was looking for a recipe to make with ingredients I already had. The changes ended up working out ok and dinner was a big hit, even with my husband (the pickiest man who has ever walked this earth). The changes I made are as follows:
- Whole Grain Linguine instead of Angel Hair
- No Onions
- 1 can of diced tomatoes instead of fresh tomatoes (I am sure fresh would be awesome). I drained 3/4 of the liquid out as well.
- Dried Basil instead of fresh (again, fresh would be awesome)
- 1/4 tsp Chipotle Hot Pepper Sauce
- 8 Chicken Breast Tenderloin slices, diced
Everything else was pretty much the same. I put all but the tomatoes in the pan to cook. I waited until after the chicken was cooked to add the canned tomatoes and then cooked until the tomatoes were hot. My family seems to have loved it. I have the added benefit of being able to use ingredients that I almost always have on hand. Other than the added salt from canned tomatoes, the meal was very healthy. It was also a very quick, very easy meal to make.
03/01/2011 Dessert tonight was an Apple-Raspberry Crisp. I have to say that it was not quick. It took me a while just to peel, core, and cut the apples. It was a simple recipe but a bit time consuming. The crisp also bakes for 50-55 minutes. I do not recommend tackling this unless you have some time on your hands. I will say, however, that it was amazing! The whole family loved it. This specific recipe only made a 9 x 9 pan. It was definitely not enough. I recommend doubling the recipe and using a 9 x 13 pan.
03/01/2011 Tonight I made Parmesan Tilapia and Mint Sugar Snap Peas for dinner. Very quick and very easy. I did find that I had to broil the fish longer than the amount of time listed in the recipe. My husband said everything was ok. He does not like peas so he passed judgement before eating them. He liked the fish but didn’t love it. I think that if I make it again I will add more cheese. My 6 year old loved the fish (which is very odd for him) but didn’t like the peas. I guess he is trying to take after his dad. My 1 year old sort of pushed the peas around on his tray. I am not sure if he ate any of them. I did not give him fish because of his age. I like both. I would have liked for the peas to be a bit more minty. Both items really only took a few minutes each. This is definitely a menu for a busy night. I spent 3 hours putting together and cooking, but most of that was the dessert (an item for another post).
Easy Mexican Casserole
I chose to make this for dinner 02/26/2011. I got the recipe from Allrecipes. While time consuming, the casserole was fairly simple. I can honestly say that it was fool proof. The directions were easy to follow. I used pink beans instead of chili beans since it was what I had in the cupboard. I think that I liked it better with the pink beans. I also left out the green onions. I think these two changes made the casserole less spicy. I love spicy food but my kids are not fans. Both of my boys, a 1 year old and a 6 year old, loved the food. My oldest actually asked for seconds. He is the pickiest eater I have ever encountered. There is nothing better than for a child who hates everything you make to come up to you and say “mommy, I want more.”