Friday, October 10, 2014

Weekly Eats: Fall Tastes

Fall is definitely upon us, so I planned this week's meals accordingly. Soup was perfect for the cooler weather, as was yummy roasted pork tenderloin and butternut squash. 


Clockwise from top right: 

1. Salsa Verde Chicken Soup from Bev Cooks. We've had a few days of cool temperatures, so soup was a perfect menu choice. It was a great decision, because this soup is outstanding and full of flavor! It was easy to throw together too, you could even use already cooked, shredded chicken if you have some on hand. 

2. Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin from Mel's Kitchen Cafe, with Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary and Balsamic Vinegar from Kalyn's Kitchen. This pork tenderloin is rubbed with spices then roasted in the oven, and afterwards it's topped with a sweet and spicy sauce. The butternut squash is also roasted in the oven (we should have tossed them around halfway through to prevent over-browning on the bottom) and seasoned with rosemary and balsamic vinegar. This was a warm, comforting fall meal. 

3. Baked Ziti from All Recipes. Have you ever heard of "Engagement Chicken"? (You know the roasted chicken recipe that's supposed to make your man want to marry you?) Anyway, I think for me it was "Engagement Baked Ziti". They say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, and I'm certainly not one to argue with that. Anyway, this casserole layered with pasta, meat sauce, sour cream, and cheese was a hit way back when (Aaron and I started dating in October of 2003!!) and it's still a hit now. 

4. Honey Pork Tacos from Six Sisters' Stuff. What I made was a spin-off of the original recipe. I already had some cooked, shredded pork leftover from a recent crock-pot meal, so I added the recipe's ingredients (a honey-lime mixture) to the cooked pork and pan-fried it a little, carnitas style. Yum! I made some rice as a side and mixed in some of the salsa verde I had leftover from the soup recipe. 

What's for dinner tonight? 

4 comments:

  1. Engagement Baked Ziti - love it. I think it could be the way to Peter's heart too - he loves anything hearty and steaming hot :) And I'm always over-browning my butternut squash. Why is this so hard to figure out?

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  2. Ooh the pork tenderloin and squash sounds super good We have some squash from our CSA so we might have to make that! Yum! I think we're having chili cheese dogs tonight.

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  3. I don't know--and no matter how much olive oil I use they always stick to the pan too. Geez.
    Even though I can now get Aaron to eat things like quinoa and butternut squash, he's still a "baked ziti" and meat and potatoes guy at heart :)

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  4. Mmm, a chili cheese dog does not sound bad either!

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