You that have been around a while know how this works.
I am addicted to FoodGawker and I try to make our weekly menu plans from it. This way we don’t get bored with the same old same old. Cause let’s face it, grilled cheese is good and so is chili, but maybe you shouldn’t eat it twice in a week. Here, I list the names of the recipe’s I tried with link’s to the webpage of who created it; if I made any tweeks to it and how everyone (the almost 12-year-old boy, the 2-year-old girl, me and the hubby) likes it. It’s been a while so – here goes – all 17 recipes. Some of the best (Besides the Orange Frothy and homemade oreos) are towards the end.
Homemade Oreos – I did everything except the 4 cups of powdered sugar. I stopped at 3. Otherwise, we couldn’t have eaten it. I did have strawberry jam that I used but I also had some strawberry extract! I added maybe a half a teaspoon and tested it out and added just a splash more. These kept for a good while. I stored them in air tight containers in the fridge and we’d either eat them cold or let them thaw out for a few minutes. SO YUMMY. You have to make these!
Ranch Bread – First – you must LOVE ranch and cream cheese equally. My hubby apparently doesn’t. :) I LOVED this and ate it for two days. The littles & Jeremy – not so much. The hubby suggested not using so much ranch at first, then he said he just didn’t like the texture of it. Creamy spread with crispy bread I guess? Like I said though, I loved this!
Light Sloppy Joes – If you don’t like the canned stuff (and to be honest, sometimes I love the canned stuff) and you’d like to try your hand at making your own sauce; here you go. Easy & simple and good! I’ve fixed this a few times and it’s by far one of the better liked sauces I’ve made for sloppy joe’s. Try it! I’m sure your family will like it too!
Orange Frothy – O.M.Gosh! Are you looking for something to totally make you feel like summer is fast approaching? Make this and you’ll feel like those 30 degree days are soon to be gone! I fixed this thinking I’d have one and Jeremy would have one and Keira would share mine. Seth wasn’t interested. Turns out I had to make TWO batches of this cause Jeremy had his and I gave mine to Keira to let her try it and she wouldn’t let me have it back!!! She drank the whole glass plus half another one! It’s seriously the best thing ever. Like orange sherbet or those orange sickles!!! YES! THOSE! I think I will have to make these when I get home tonight. Oh, one note. I put the honey in second, put it in last if you are using a NutriBullet or something similar cause all my honey got stuck in the top when I flipped it onto the blender. Second time around I didn’t make that mistake. :)
Cheeseburger Bake – It was good, not great. It could have used something else, I just couldn’t tell what. It was all eaten so that’s a plus! I don’t think this will be in my “Keep” section (unlike that Orange Frothy) but it’s worth trying again at some point.
Chips & Chili Cheese Casserole – Or cheese chili casserole….whatevs. Either way you call it, this didn’t work out for me. I don’t know why, I have no idea what happened. I fixed it. It wasn’t the best. We ate it anyway. No one complained, but I probably won’t be fixing this again.
Asian Flank Steak Marinade – It says to let it sit 10 hours or overnight. I did mine that morning and so they sat for 8 hours. They were good….but they could be better. I probably should have let them to for the overnight soak. I won’t count this out just yet…..so we will see.
Homemade Hamburger Helper – It was good! Better than the boxed stuff Jeremy said. Keira, the little sometimes picky one, wouldn’t eat the turkey in it so I had to pick all the turkey out of her bowl and she ate the rest. Seth didn’t say anything about it…..but he ate it without making faces, so – point for me! I did not put one tablespoon of chili powder in ours, I put maybe 1/4 teaspoon. We don’t like it hot people….not that hot anyway. It’s a must try for your family – swear.
Apple Pie Overnight Oats - I made this with Keira in mind. She loves oatmeal (I wish I was on that wagon with her but sometimes I just can’t). However, I did not put the dates in or the apples BUT I did put in my apple pie spice and seasonings. The next morning I just cut up apples and she scooped it in her oatmeal and ate it that way. It was pretty good. I did taste it. I wouldn’t give her anything I wouldn’t eat….what mom would? Try it for your kiddos! Oh, we had this when it was snowing and it was a nice way to warm her up from playing outside.
Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas – If they had this dish at our local Mexican restaurant – I’d be in there ALL. THE. TIME. So good & so easy!! I loved the honey and the lime in it and the hubs did to. Seth actually spoke while eating and said they were good! Keira, well….she just ate the chicken out of the enchiladas. At least she was eating! :) A must try!
Monte Cristo Sandwich – I’ve posted several (as far as I can remember) different variations on the Monte Cristo sandwich here. The last one I made required refrigeration and this one does not. Quick, easy….and YUMY as always!
Chicken Quesadillas – I did not make this the same week I made the Honey Lime Chicken ones….just so you know. :) These were just as yummy! We had probably five left over (I had made other stuff that we ended up eating more of). Turns out my in-laws came over for us to do their taxes and my FIL ended up eating two of them and said he’d eat more but he didn’t want to stuff himself! Keira just thought they were like cheese quesadillas so she was good eating them. May just make these again soon!
Strawberry Blonde Smoothie – I don’t know if it’s because of the omission of sugar or the lemon juice or the apple cider but Jeremy said it was bitter. Seth wouldn’t even try it and Keira got a pieces of strawberry in her straw and refused to drink any more. I thought it was pretty good. This probably won’t get made any more at our house cause I ended up finding the Orange Frothy….everyone loved it more than this smoothie.
Cider Glazed Chicken Bites – I must say, mine didn’t turn into a glaze. Maybe I didn’t cook it long enough? It didn’t matter, everyone liked it! Even Keira! I forget what else I fixed with this but we had maybe another serving left over that the hubs took to work the next day. It was a great new thing and although I don’t always have cider in my fridge, when I do, I’ll be making this!
One Pot Sausage Skillet Pasta – Kind of like hamburger helper but more delish!! We had leftovers and they were still good the next day! A great dish to make if you’re looking for something quick and tasty and don’t want to pile the kitchen sink full of dishes! A for sure remake at our house!
Lasagna Soup – Hmmm….I apparently love Damn Delicious and didn’t even notice it till just now! I may just hang out on her page after finishing this post! Anyway, about this soup. I made it twice in two weeks. Yup. Once for us and Jeremy LOVED it. Once for a church dinner and we had maybe two bowls left once everything was said and done. We took it to Jeremy’s dad’s house and they ate it later in the afternoon and loved it as well! I don’t know what it is but it’s addicting. LOVE it!!! A for sure “Keep” and one of the top two recipes on this here list.
Almond Poppy Seed Muffins – I have never had to make my kids leave me alone in the kitchen so much!! Once they caught wind of the almond and vanilla extracts and I told Keira we were putting cheese (ricotta cheese) in the muffins, she immediately wanted it. No matter if they were cooked or not! As for the orange bakery emulsion…I had orange extract and used that. Of course, it may be the exact same thing and I am just clueless. None the less, it worked and was SOOOOOO GOOOOOD!!!! A keeper for us and the other top recipe on this list!
ENJOY! If you try any of these, come back here and let me know! I need food now…..