Friday, October 17, 2014

Weekly Eats: Reliable Recipes and Curve-balls

Each week when I'm planning my menu, I try to find recipes I know we will like (or recipes that we already know we like) and then throw in at least one curve-ball recipe. This week my curve-ball was butternut squash soup, but even if that one wasn't a hit (which it was, at least for Aaron) I knew my boys would be happy with things like roasted chicken with mashed potatoes and buffalo chicken pizza. 

Clockwise from top right: 

1. Parmesan Garlic Chicken from Iowa Girl Eats with mashed potatoes and roasted asparagus. Aaron actually made the chicken, and it turned out perfectly! It's coated in an olive oil-garlic-parmesan paste and roasted in the oven. I used bone-in chicken breasts, and cooked them for a little longer than the recipe (which uses boneless chicken) suggests.  No gamble here, I knew it would be a winner.

2. Smoked Gruyere Butternut Soup with Spicy Chickpeas from How Sweet it is. I've been wanting to try this recipe since I came across it a few weeks ago. I'm always looking for new ways to prepare vegetables, since they're not always a household favorite. Putting butternut squash into a soup and adding cheese (I used aged cheddar instead) and crispy chickpeas, well, how can you go wrong with that? 

3. Buffalo Chicken Flat-bread Pizza from Tasty Kitchen. For this recipe, I shredded leftover roasted chicken from earlier in the week. This was so easy to throw together--just melt butter and hot sauce for the "pizza sauce" and top with chicken and monterey jack cheese. Chicken wings meet pizza...yum.

Not pictured, but worth mentioning: Tex Mex Meatballs in a Chipotle-Tomato Sauce from Homesick Texan. What is it with me and not remembering to photograph meatballs? Maybe I just love them so much I can't wait to dive in. Anyway, these were delicious, and they even have some sneaky zucchini in there! Jona didn't even try to feed this one to Ellie, which is saying something nowadays. (We've entered the picky/stubborn/I'd-rather-play-with-my-food-than-eat-it stage, I'm afraid.)

What's for dinner for you tonight? 


  1. I want to try that soup! It sounds delicious!!!

  2. It was really good! Let me know if you try it :)

  3. Smart - gotta throw 'em a bone, right? I made a butternut squash and dried cranberry quinoa last night and just added a BBQ sandwich (handy party leftovers!) to Peter's plate :) Your week's recipes sound great - meatballs are often a hit around here so I'm bookmarking that. And we're totally up and down with the 1-year-old eating too. Sometimes it all goes to the floor, sometimes he scarfs down an entire egg followed by half a banana followed by a request for more... the pediatrician said that's totally normal, so we're just rolling with it!

  4. Mmm, that quinoa sounds really good! And we're trying to just roll with the eating too. I just thought we got lucky with a kid who would eat anything, but now I'm starting to realize that's not quite the case. I know these phases are normal though!

  5. Ha, same here. I guess all we can do is keep trying to give them a huge variety and hope they turn out adventurous in the end, even if a lot of it ends up getting eaten by the dog right now :)

  6. I think you're right. And I'm thankful we have a dog, or there would be a lot more food on the floor!!

  7. i like the idea of a curve-ball recipe :) i always surprise jon with dinner, and he likes to guess before he sees what i made. usually i make classics, but it'd be fun to whip-up something he'll nevva evva guess :)

  8. I like that guessing game idea--I might have to try that sometime to make dinner more fun!


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