From My Kitchen to Yours: My Favorite Recipes from March

April 6, 2016

This March was busy for us – my husband not only is taking two classes for his Master’s, but has resumed coaching softball, and I had a few late nights at the office and business trips. Still, I was excited to try some new and old favorite recipes – and this time even managed to snap a photo of the finished product!

Here’s what I cooked this month in our kitchen.  If you are on Pinterest, make sure to check out my I Cooked This board!

  • Weight Watchers Roasted Sirloin Beef:  London Broil was on sale at our grocery store, so I happened to pick it up and make this easy dish. My husband refers to this dish as “twigs”, because the beef has a crust of garlic, rosemary and oregano (yet he gobbles it up). It’s much better on the first night, right out of the oven, so something to keep in mind before you purchase a 3lb slab of meat. It got a little tough after being microwaved for leftovers, so next time I’m going to heat it up in the oven. Pairs well with a salad!
  • Willow Bird Baking Cookie Dough Dip: Last month I mentioned I made my first cookie dough dip, but felt it was a little too much on the cream cheese side. A search for “cookie dough dip no cream cheese” allowed me to stumble on this recipe, and it was fantastic – even when I realized I left the vanilla out (oops). It was perfect to bring to a last minute St. Patrick’s Day party and takes only a few minutes to make. Pairs perfectly with pretzels for the ultimate sweet/salty combination, but make sure to allow some time for it to get to room temperature before serving.
  • Skinnytaste Crustless Zucchini Pie: If I came near you this month, I most likely told you about this fantastic zucchini pie I made. I had planned to spiralize a zucchini, but just wasn’t feeling it. It just so happened a zucchini recipe popped up on my Facebook newsfeed, and I couldn’t help but make it. I didn’t have all the ingredients, but swapped out chives and shallots for onions, and even eliminated the baking powder since I didn’t have any. It still came out fantastic and was delicious. I’m  looking forward to making it again, and am planning on reading all the comments on the recipe to learn some other variations.
  • AllRecipes Easy Pizza Sauce III: I made my own pizza this month – and I’m not talking English muffin pizzas. We got a pizza stone for our wedding, and when I saw 99 cents pizza dough at the grocery store, thought it would be fun to make. I was wrong. I ended up being halfway through a sauce recipe and realized it needed to sit for 3 hours (this was 9pm at night and a good reminder to always read the whole recipe first). Then I burned my hand in the oven and spent the next 45 minutes whining to my husband. But – I did make this pizza sauce. It was super easy because I had a case of tomato paste and sauce on hand in our storage closet, and used our Vitamix to quickly blend everything together. I added a tiny bit of sugar too since that was what a lot of the comments had suggested. While the pizza may have stuck to the pizza stone (and I still have a huge scab on my hand one week later), definitely would make this sauce again for my next pizza recipe!

I also revisited an old favorite I shared back in November – Ginger Soy Pork with Pineapple and Sweet Potato!

There were a few times that I relied on some helpers to get dinner or dessert on the table last month. If you are at the grocery store and looking for an easy pasta dinner, consider picking up Cooked Perfect Turkey Meatballs in the frozen aisle. Late nights caused us to need some quick dinners last month, and I felt like I was getting a great meal when quickly preparing pasta and meatballs – and sometimes spiced it up with tortellini.

Another time my in-laws were coming over, and I wanted to prepare some dessert. I had a box of Krusteaz Meyer Lemon Pound Cake on hand, and it was super easy to bake – just make sure you have butter. I definitely recommend always having a box or two of a mix in the closet in case someone in on their way over or there is a last minute party to go to and you need to bring a baked good.

If you are feeling inspired, check out what else I made in December and February.

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