Friday, January 30, 2015

Weekly Eats: Delicious on a Budget and a Linkup

This year Aaron and I are trying to be very disciplined about sticking to our budget, because we'd like to sell our house and move (not too far, just to a little larger house) in the next year or so. I always shop the sales, but this year I'm trying even harder to shop smarter and use up what we already have. This week's meals were delicious, yet budget-conscious.


Clockwise from top left: 

1. Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowls from How Sweet it is. Any meal that mimics a Chipotle burrito or burrito bowl is always a winner around here. This dish is all about the chicken, which is marinated in spicy adobo sauce, honey, and mustard. I made lime rice rather than lime quinoa, just because I didn't have any quinoa and it can be expensive. I topped my bowl with corn, cilantro, avocado (on sale for 88 cents, score!) and cheese. Yum! 

2. Caprese Shells with Mini Meatballs also from How Sweet it is. (She's the best, right?) My version was definitely the budget edition, so it looks nothing like the original. In fact, it's pretty much just pasta and meatballs, with a little bit of melty cheese mixed in. I used tomato sauce instead of grape tomatoes, and a cubed up brick of mozzarella rather than the fresh mozzarella balls (which I'd recommend...those are so good!). Either way you make this, you won't be disappointed! 

3. Grilled Asian Pork Tenderloin with Peanut Sauce from Fine Cooking. This one had me at peanut sauce...I love peanut sauce with anything. Rather than using the peanut sauce as a dip, I made bowls with rice, the grilled pork tenderloin, grilled red peppers, and a healthy drizzle of peanut sauce on top. This recipe called for butterflying, then grilling the tenderloin, which I've never done before. I did do that, but instead of letting it cook all the way on the grill (I used an indoor grill pan) I finished cooking it in the oven. It was juicy and delicious! (I've been on quite a pork tenderloin kick lately, because our grocery store keeps putting them on sale. It's one of our favorite kinds of meat, so we're taking full advantage.)

4. Sausage and Potato Soup from Tasty Kitchen. It may not feel like January outside, but I'm still in the mood for soup. This one had such great flavor; it was a big bowl of comfort. I love potato soup, and the addition of Italian sausage was an excellent idea. I lightened it up a little by not using a whole stick of butter (!) and by using two percent rather than whole milk. It was still hearty and flavorful; I'll definitely make this again. 



14 comments:

  1. I added a link! We had two fun recipes this week that I thought would be fun to share so I did. All of the recipes you made sound really good! I think I might have to try that soup - sausage, yum!!

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  2. Yay! Thanks so much for linking up!! Yes the soup was so good, you should try it--perfect for a cold wintery day! I can't wait to check out what you made.

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  3. Yum! That burrito bowl sounds delicious. They make a really great fake chicken now and I have been experimenting with different recipes. I want to try this one!

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  4. You should, it's delicious! I don't know how the fake chicken (faux-ltry? hehehe I couldn't help myself there) takes to a marinade but it really gave great flavor!

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  5. Yeah! You're doing a link up! These all look so delicious. I'm looking especially at that chipotle chicken bowl and the butterfly grilling the pork. I'll have to figure out another sauce with the peanut allergy in my house, but I'm sure I can find something.

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  6. Thanks Krysten! It was really good--perfect for winter!

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  7. Thanks Megan! The chipotle chicken bowl was so good! And I think the technique for butterflying the pork was great for quicker cooking--it would work with lots of different sauces I bet. Is it all nuts or just peanut? Maybe almond butter? But really any asian-style sauce would be great I bet!

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  8. Anything Chipotle-like is a winner for me to! Our fish taco bowls are the go-to in that respect but I'm definitely going to have to try out this one.


    p.s. hope it's okay I linked up 2 of my food posts... and hope some more people share some recipes because I love new inspiration!

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  9. I still need to try those fish taco bowls!!
    And yes of course, thanks so much for linking up both posts--both are great. (And both are ones that I pinned!)

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  10. I'd like to try the potato soup, sans sausage for me. This week I fell for this parm and spinach orzo... so good we had it twice! http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/parmesan-and-spinach-orzo/

    Chic on the Cheap

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  11. Yum, that all looks so good!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  12. Even without the sausage, I'm sure it would be good. And that parm and spinach orzo looks delicious!

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