Friday, December 12, 2014

Weekly Eats: Bold Flavors

This week was all about recipes that packed a punch. I made three completely different dinners, but each one was filled with big, bold flavors.


1. Bold Buffalo: Baked Buffalo Chicken Pasta from How Sweet it is. Hearty, creamy macaroni and cheese with a hint of buffalo flavor is topped with crunchy Panko bread crumbs and baked in the oven... sounds terrible right? This turned out delicious in spite of my ineptitude at making homemade cheesy sauce. For some reason my cheese sauce always, always separates. Any words of wisdom, ye masters of homemade mac and cheese?

2. Bold Garlic: Pork Chops with Garlic and Wine from The Pioneer Woman, with Parmesan Roasted Butternut Squash. This pork chop recipe had me at 1 1/2 cups of red wine. It had Aaron and 18 cloves of garlic. The combination of the two gave the chops so much flavor. We've gotten into a bit of a veggie rut (frozen corn, some sort of potato, repeat) so I'm trying to mix it up a little. This butternut squash was a nice change-up, and the hardest part about it was just peeling the dang thing.

3. Bold Thai: Thai Peanut Chicken Quinoa Bowls from Iowa Girl Eats. I made this one for the first time in September, and it was a surprising hit. Now it's becoming a new household favorite. Well, for two of us. Picky McGee (Jona) ate a few bites of quinoa (only off of his spoon, not my fork) but made a face each time. Last time he gobbled it up. You never know with that kid.

What's on your menu tonight? 

13 comments:

  1. Wow, they all look amazing...but that pasta is making me so hungry right now!!


    Shauna


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  2. i've tried a couple recipes from iowa girl eats and i always love them! that thai peanut chicken quinoa bowl looks delicious :)

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  3. Ooh I think we'll try that pork chop recipe soon, my husband just figured out we have a ton of pork chops in our freezer! On our menu tonight is dinner at a restaurant - date night, woo ho!

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  4. Thanks Shauna! It did turn out good!! :)

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  5. They are SO SO good, you should try them. I love Iowa Girl Eats!

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  6. Yay for date night!! Have fun! And yes, the pork chop recipe is so good--Pioneer Woman is the best.

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  7. Yum to all of this! I have a butternut squash still left from my CSA box that I really need to use, but every night I just can't quite face the peeling... I'm always trying to make dinner while Hendrik is in his high chair (and Peter's still on his way home from work), so it needs to be quick. Maybe this weekend I can finally get around to using it, because that sounds like a yummy way to eat it! Tonight though: Chipotle. :)

    And Hendrik already loves me best (ha) but I think I'd go up even a notch higher if I made that buffalo pasta dish. Not so sure about my cheese sauce skills either though...

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  8. They are terrible to peel, right? Usually I'm doing the same thing--trying to fix something quickly before my hungry boys get too cranky. The butternut squash + pork chop dinner was one I made after Jona's bedtime. Most nights we eat together, but every once in a while I'll feed Jona separately.
    And yum to Chipotle. Always a favorite around here!

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  9. Yeah, we do an occasional post-bedtime dinner too, and it just is a bit more relaxing way to eat, right? Our month is so crazy that we're not able to get in a date night, so I thought we'd try an at-home one after Hendrik is in bed tonight... maybe this will be one of the side dishes :) Have a great weekend!

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  10. the thai with quiona sounds really interesting--i want to make that one!

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  11. You should--it's really good. A nice change-up from rice too I think!

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  12. yummy recipes! that pasta one piques my interest!

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