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From My Kitchen to Yours: What I Cooked This Month

March 7, 2016

By now you know that every Sunday, I cook. Usually I cook dinner for us and a few meals for the week, but if I’m short on time, I usually will make one meal that I can enjoy for lunches a few times. There’s no buying lunch in our house!

I was on a hiatus from cooking for about a month until we moved. It has been SO nice to get back in the kitchen and start making meals again, as it’s a great way to save money and sometimes eat a little healthier too.

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!

  • Skinnytaste Turkey Meatloaf: I grew up hating meatloaf (sorry mom). Maybe it’s the onions or maybe it’s just because this recipe is ridiculously easy, but I can’t help but make this recipe a lot lately. Served with canned or frozen veggies, and you have yourself an easy meal.
  • Skinnytaste Grilled Cumin Spiced Pork Tenderloin: I bought a huge pork loin on sale at the grocery store, and didn’t know what to do with it. I cut it into 1 lb loins, but didn’t want to make yet another pulled pork. Luckily I found this recipe, and added roasted potatoes and carrots on the side, with applesauce for dipping the pork into it. I thought the recipe was excellent and had a great amount of flavor. If you don’t have spices in your house, I know six spices can be intimidating – it used to kill me in the city to spend $3-$5 each for a can of spices. But they last a long time and once you get over that initial hump, it feels like every recipe becomes less and less expensive.
  • Weight Watchers Blue Cheese Chicken Burgers: I’ve been making these burgers since the first time I did Weight Watchers in 2012. I feel like I sort of follow the recipe but then do my own thing. I never include the blue cheese, but I still find these to be delicious and great to reheat and throw on a roll. Sometimes I make with ground chicken, other times with ground turkey. Since I’m paranoid about them cooking all the way through, I usually cook for 4 minutes on each side like the recipe indicates, and then bake in the oven on 350 for about 15-20 minutes.
  • General Tso’s Chicken: This wasn’t a recipe, but rather a sauce we bought at BJ’s. We haven’t tried any Chinese restaurants by our new house yet, but when we saw this sauce, we decided to give in a try. We cooked in our wok broccoli and chicken, and then added this sauce to it. The broccoli was probably the best part – it really soaked in the flavor of the sauce.
  • Just a Taste Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip: Can you believe the Super Bowl was just last month? It feels like forever ago! I made this dip when we watched the Super Bowl. I liked it but it was a little too much on the cream cheese side for me (I hate cream cheese). Still, it was good right out of the fridge with pretzels for a great sweet/salty combination. Apparently if you search online you can find some cookie dough dip recipes without cream cheese so I will have to try that next time.

Feeling a little inspired? Check out what I made in December and November.

 

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