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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.