Friday, March 13, 2015

Weekly Eats: Adaptable Dinners

When I bake, I'm a recipe-follower all the way. Baking is such a science; you can't just throw in a little of this and a little of that and hope for the best. However, when I'm cooking dinner, I like recipes that are flexible and let me change them up to suit our tastes and needs. Our meals this week thankfully proved to be both adaptable and delicious.


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1. Baked ravioli from Martha Stewart with roasted asparagus. This has become a household favorite, and it's a great meal for busy nights when you don't want to spend much time on dinner. (There's wait time while it bakes, but not a lot of hands-on time.) It's plenty hearty without meat, but this week I used meat sauce rather than just tomato sauce. I needed some meat sauce for the lasagna-stuffed spaghetti squash, so I just made a double batch. Baked pasta is always comforting. 

2. Spicy Thai Curry Noodle Soup from Heather Christo. I love making (and ordering) Thai food, but I've never made a Thai soup before. However, this was a bit different from the original. For one, Aaron went to the store and couldn't find red curry paste, so he bought red chili paste instead. I added a little curry powder, but I imagine it was a little less curry-y than it should have been. I also used angel hair pasta for the rice noodles, and I added some cooked chicken as well. Regardless of the changes, it turned out really good! The coconut milk-chicken broth combination made for a flavorful soup base. 

3. Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Bowls from Sweet Remedy. We've had these before, and YUM. I never thought I would like a meal that took out the pasta and added a vegetable, but this is delicious. The recipe calls for ground turkey, which is delicious I'm sure, but I used ground beef since that's what I had. I love my pasta and can't live without it, but from time to time spaghetti squash is a nice change-up. 

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18 comments:

  1. Adaptable meals are good ones to be able to make! I know we'll change things up if we're missing an ingredient or something! Our dinner tonight is boring, heating up leftover pizza. But at least we're using up leftovers right?

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  2. I'm so bad about being adaptable in the kitchen - it always gets me a bit worked up when recipes don't go just as planned or I don't have quite what I need (maybe a little personality reflection in general, ha!). These all sound good though - Hendrik has never met ravioli yet but I think he'd be in heaven. And I love roasted asparagus.

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  3. Oh yum, these all look delicious. I'm always scared to be adaptable, but my husband is more adventurous. Most times it works out. Sometimes it doesn't. That soup looks so good and I love a good coconut curry recipe.

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  4. Good for you for using up those leftovers! We're usually pretty good during the week, but on weekends it's pulling teeth to get Aaron to eat leftovers... (not that I'm usually thrilled about it, but I'll do it).

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  5. I don't usually get too crazy or steer too far away from the original, but Aaron has always been a little pickier than me (although he's really getting better!) so I try to adapt to his tastes if I've done too many new things lately.
    Jona was, as usual, not impressed with the ravioli. Or the asparagus. I know he'll turn around eventually...

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  6. Thanks Megan! My adventures don't always work out, but most of the time I don't stray too far from the original recipe so they turn out okay. (It's usually when I go too crazy that they aren't a hit.) And the soup was really good--the coconut milk gave it such good flavor!

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  7. Yum! These all look amazing!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  8. I've made the thai soup and it was so good. I then made it a second time and accidentally bought super sweetened coconut milk and it was inedible.

    Chic on the Cheap

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  9. Oh no! Yeah, the sweet/spicy balance is good, but that's too sweet. It's so good though, right!?

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  10. You should, they're so good! And surprisingly so filling!

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  11. that spaghetti squash bowl looks delicious!

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  12. These all look amazing!!!!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  13. Thanks! They were so good, you should try them!

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  14. Thanks Melanie, they were good! :)

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  15. These dinner choices all sound yum! I adore spaghetti squash! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  16. Thanks Tina! Isn't spaghetti squash so good?!

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