Weekly Eats: Dos and a Don't

Here are the highlights (and one low-light) from our dinner table this week: 

1. Vietnamese Caramel Pork Stir Fry from How Sweet it is: We eat quite a bit of "fake out take out" Asian stir-fry type dishes. They're usually quick to make, and it's an easy way to add some veggies to a meal without making a separate side dish. This version is one that's become a recent favorite. I think it's the toppings that make it stand out: it's delicious on it's own, but the lime, cilantro and peanuts make it absolutely drool-worthy. Put this one on the DO list!

2. Skillet Lasagna also from How Sweet it is (love that blog!). You may vehemently disagree, but I think this beats "real" lasagna any day of the week. It's quicker and easier, plus the way the fresh mozzarella on top gets all melty in the oven...mmm, heaven. I've lost count of how many times I've made this dish; it's definitely a keeper in my house! 

3. Baked Honey Chicken Tenders from Six Sisters' Stuff: This chicken was flavorful and easy to throw together (I didn't marinate for as long as they recommended but it still tasted good!). The only downside was that I baked it a little too long and the chicken got a bit dry. I imagine if you replace the super-lean tenders with drumsticks or even thighs in this recipe, the result would be juicy chicken that's packed with flavor. 

4. I'll share a fail that wound up on our DON'T list. Most of the time I ignore the cooking times on slow cooker recipes. (Cook for 6 hours? Well I work an 8+ hour day, so that just isn't happening.) However, I learned my lesson with slow cooker turkey meatballs. I'm positive that if I would have followed the directions, these would have been awesome. But even on low, after a full day of slow cooking, those poor meatballs had all the moisture and flavor sucked right out of them. Luckily Jona didn't seem to mind. Aaron and I were picking at our plates, and meanwhile that kid was practically inhaling the meatballs! At least they didn't completely go to waste. 

What was on your menu this week? 
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