It's the first Weekly Eats of 2015, woohoo! (Can you tell I get a little excited about starting a new year?) When I was trying to think of what these recipes have in common, the only thing I could think of is that Jona found all three to be equally offensive. Hooray for the picky stage! Aaron and I, on the other hand, thought these three meals were winners.
1. Thai Turkey Tacos (adapted from Thai Chicken Peanut Lettuce Tacos from Skinnytaste). We usually love Thai-inspired anything for dinner, and tacos are always a hit as well. Combining the two was a success. I used ground turkey instead of chicken, and flour tortillas instead of lettuce (Aaron is willing to compromise on many things, but he draws the line at lettuce as a bread replacement.) I unsuccessfully tried to sneak the filling into a quesadilla for Jona; he picked up one piece, made a face, and looked at me like "Really, mom?". No go.
2. Christmas Pasta from Rachael Ray. This is essentially meat-lover's pasta, loaded with beef (I omitted the pork and veal), sausage, and bacon. A husband-pleaser for sure. I like it because the sauce is hearty and rich, with a mix of tomatoes, beef broth and red wine. Jona's reaction: "Why is there MEAT (aka Satan) in my pasta?!?"
3. Ribeye Steak with Whiskey Butter Sauce with Twice Baked Potatoes from The Pioneer Woman. One of my favorite Christmas gifts this year was The Pioneer Woman's first cookbook (The Pioneer Woman Cooks), and these were two recipes I tried from that cookbook. Aaron grilled the steaks, which were delicious, and the sauce was more "butter" than "whiskey" which, as a lover of the former and a hater of the latter, I appreciated. Twice-baked potatoes, while I don't make them often, are always worth the extra effort. Jona remains skeptical of their texture.
Have you made anything good lately?
I've been thinking about turning Weekly Eats into a monthly linkup, what are your thoughts? At the end of the month you could link up any food-related post you've written that month. Sometimes I think it can be intimidating to share food posts in a world of such talented food bloggers, so my hope is that such a link-up would inspire food-lovers to share their kitchen creations with other amateurs (like me).