Friday, January 9, 2015

Weekly Eats: Three Strikes

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). 

18 comments:

  1. I LOVE twice baked potatoes. Jona is crazy because all of these meals look great. Really, all kids go through that stage. Ben and Mimi are still often VERY skeptical of the meals I make. I like the idea of a Thai inspired taco. I will definitely be trying a veggie version! A link up would be super fun, too!

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  2. I think the linkup could be fun! I have a goal to just flat out MAKE more meals... haha so I don't know how good of a participant I would be... :) These meals sound amazing. I LOVE Pioneer Woman, both of her everyday cookbooks are so good. I am really wanting to get my hands on her holiday/celebration one. I don't think we've tried a recipe that was bad! - I guess her mashed potatoes were a bit too dairy-y for my taste, but they weren't bad! :) This week I tried a Ginger Soy Flank Steak that I had been wanting to try for a while with mashed potatoes. The other time we cooked was a veggie ravioli... which is really just cheese ravioli, sauce, Parmesan, mushrooms, artichokes, and olives mixed up and baked. :) Easy peasy. XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  3. these look yummy. i'm always on the lookout for new recipes.

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  4. I think a monthly linkup would be fun, it would encourage me to share more of our recipes too! I say do it! And these meals sound pretty good to me, bummer that Jona was skeptical of them!

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  5. I know--twice baked potatoes are SO good. Silly Jona! I'm glad to hear that all kids go through it, I hope that one day he'll be a little better. Thanks!! :)

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  6. Ooh Ginger Soy Flank Steak sounds really good! This is the only cookbook of hers I have, but I can't imagine any would be bad. I'm with you, pretty much every recipe I've made of hers (and I've made quite a few) has been really good!

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  7. Thanks Elle, they turned out pretty good!!

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  8. Thanks Beth, I'd love to see your recipes too!! And yes, silly little picky boy. I'm going to try a few new supposedly "toddler-friendly" recipes over the weekend that maybe I'll have better luck with. We'll see...

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  9. Thanks Megan! Well, I'm glad I'm not the only one but I don't love the fact that I could be dealing with this for years! I was such a picky eater though as a child, I guess I should know better than to think I wouldn't have one too!! :)

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  10. Oh, Jona. Unless he joins in the picky-eating club when he catches up to Jona's age, I think Hendrik would adore that pasta (as would Peter, for sure). Though to be honest, Hendrik does pick around his less favorite things, so I have to give him just meat on his tray first, and then pasta once he's eaten the meat, because if I give it all at once he's only going to eat pasta. I got Peter to really like some chicken lettuce wraps lately, so I might have to try that recipe! Sounds really good. Though your variation sounds plenty yummy too :)


    And yes to the linkup! My food posts are so lame-looking, but it's still fun to share yummy and do-able recipes, and to see what other people are cooking.

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  11. No, I love your food posts, not lame at all!! And good idea to start with the meat, although I think Jona would be waiting (and whining) for quite a while. Silly little boy. I'm crossing my fingers that Hendrik is better about eating. I think part of it is that Jona eats 2 meals a day at daycare, and he gets used to that food, which is pretty different from what I make at home.

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  12. The thai tacos sound really good to me, though I'd prefer a non-ground meat addition... same with the pasta, haha. I guess Jona and I are on the same page.

    This week I made Roasted Mushroom and white bean soup. It was really good. You throw the beans into the blender to make a thick, creamy base for the soup, and the roasted veggies give the boxed stock an abundance of flavor. It comes together pretty quick too!

    http://shewearsmanyhats.com/roasted-mushroom-soup/

    Chic on the Cheap

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  13. Very cute dress, and great score! Got to love those sales. Plaid is definitely my favorite fall/winter print!

    Chic on the Cheap

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  14. Yum, that all looks so good!!! Potatoes and steak sounds incredible right now!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  15. Thanks Lydia. I know, I'm such a sucker for a good sale :) Plaid's my favorite right now too.

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  16. Mmm, I love the idea of using the beans to make a base for soup to thicken it, yum. That sounds good!

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  17. Thanks Melanie! Every once in a while it's a good indulgence :)

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  18. It was GREAT. In a cookbook I got at my preschool (old job)'s book fair. Slim pickings for a non-parent... haha. But the cookbook is called Mom 100 and it's really really good. Geared toward cooking with your kids and ways to mix things up and get them to eat new things. :) Definitely recommending it! XO

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