Thursday, October 20, 2011

3 New Recipes This Week

So my family took on big challenge this week -- trying 3 new recipes for dinner!  So let me tell you about each one.
Monday night --Kielbasa Stew
This was a healthy meal all-in-all.  It consisted of carrot, onion, cabbage, potatoes, chicken broth, and kielbasa sausage.  I cooked it in the crockpot (my favorite kitchen appliance) and I actually thought it was pretty good.  My family, on the other hand, did not.  My husband ate his way through it because he knew there was nothing else in the refrigerator.  My daughter found a Mac-N-Cheese Microwavable Bowl and found herself an alternative to the prepared dinner.  All-in-all we survived dinner -- it was edible!
Tuesday night -- Easy Mexican Pizza
This was a recipe shared here a while back by my friend, Brandy.  This was super easy, which is one reason I loved it.  It consisted of crescent rolls (as base for the pizza) and ground meat, sour cream, lettuce, and salsa.  The usual Mexican fare.  Everyone loved it.  The only complaint from my daughter was it was too spicy.  I had accidently used the "medium" salsa instead of the "mild."  So lesson learned there but it was a great, easy meal!
Wednesday night --- Rob's Veggie Soup
This was a another recipe from a friend (named Rob, of course), and it was actually the winner of the Recipe Contest I had about a month ago.  It won because it sounded easy, was something I thought my family would eat and consisted of things I already stocked in my kitchen.  So the recipe called for me to cook it on the stove, but I had no time for that.  So I threw in my crockpot.  The recipe consists of your typical veggie soup but also includes ground meat and bow tie pasta!  My picky 6 year old didn't really care for it, but really, did I think she would?  There were too many vegetables and tomatoes for her to see as she placed it in her mouth!  My husband and I loved it.  My one lesson here is go easy on the tomatoes.  I didn't use all that the recipe called for and my husband and I both commented that it seemed heavy on tomatoes.  Next time I will cut back again.
So all in all it has been a successful week in the kitchen.  My memory, fortunately, is short so I will not remember any shortcomings come Friday!  Thanks to Brandy and Rob for sharing your recipes!

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