Busy week, but I still took time to try a few new recipes. I'm so glad I did. Sometimes I want to skip it and be lazy, but I never regret cooking. Well, unless the recipe is bad, but that kind of thing just happens sometimes.
Oh, and I also baked a cake. It's in the oven right now, but I'm excited for when it comes out. Perhaps I'll share it later. :)
Comments: I split this in half and made Mr. Smith's with ground turkey, mine with Quorn faux meat crumbles. I liked it. Made great leftovers. Easy. Highly recommend.
Tomatillo Shrimp Fajitas, Publix brand saffron rice and Awesome Black Beans
Comments: These were good, but they weren't great. I just didn't find the recipe all that impressive. I'm glad I tried them, because they've been on my Pinterest boards for months, but I won't make them again. The black beans though... they were fabulous again. :)
Papa John's pizza and Homemade Carabba's-style Salad
Comments: I love pizza, but without salad I eat way too much. So I added a salad with homemade dressing to give us a little semi-homemade dinner. Recipe for the Carrabba's house dressing below!
Thai Fire-Pot Soup
Comments: I'm torn on this recipe. On the one hand, it was really good. Surprisingly so. On the other hand, it left a really weird feeling after the fact. Almost too intense. I recommended this recipe (I think), but only in small portions. I made quite a few edits: tofu for me and chicken for Mr. Smith (it's easy to split at the end), used regular basil instead of Thai, veg broth instead of chicken broth, 1 tsp lemongrass paste instead of the stalk, 1 tsp sriracha instead of the thai chiles removed at end and I skipped the cilantro because I felt like it. Rebel.
Carrabba's House Dressing (Creamy Parmesan)
1/2 c. mayonnaise (reduced fat is fine)
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese (must be fresh)
1/4 c. buttermilk
2 cloves minced garlic
2 t minced fresh parsley
1 t lemon juice
Whisk together ingredients and toss over salad just before serving. Add salt and pepper to the salad, if you'd like.
For the salad, I use chopped romaine, homemade croutons, and slices of carrots and celery.