Monday, June 11, 2012

Monday Meal Plan

Last week, I started using Pinterest to plan my meals.  You can check out last week's menu here.
We didn't make it through all of the menu items as we went on a road trip one day, which facilitated eating out, and Ryan brought home fresh fish another day.
Nonetheless, here is my critique of last week's menu items.

Cheesy Wild Rice Casserole
This recipe is definitely a do-over.  For the chicken, I sautéed two chicken breasts in butter along with generous amounts of garlic powder.  I then finely chopped it into the casserole.  This recipe says that it makes 8-10 servings, however, Ryan and I ate half of the recipe between the two of us, and ended up freezing the other half for another time.

Sweet Potato Fries

This is finally the sweet potato fry recipe that I have been searching for.  The cornstarch definitely makes the outside extra crispy.  We opted to deep fry them, but I would like to try them in the oven next time.  I served these with chipotle mayo made of mayonnaise and Chipotle Mrs. Dash.

Beef & Broccoli
I was unable to find oyster sauce at my local grocery store to make this recipe, so I chose this recipe instead.  In one word: FAIL!  In fairness to the author of the recipe, I have a really hard time following directions.  I didn't think that 3-4 minutes for the broccoli and 4-5 minutes for the meat was arequate cooking time, so I threw everything into my wok together, thinking that I would just cook it until it was done.  Unfortunately the meat never lost it's red colour, and the broccoli turned to mush, so we ended up throwing it out.  I am not sure whether the baking soda in the marinade would have caused the meat to keep its redness, despite thorough cooking.  Anyways, we will not use this recipe again.

Chicken Ranch Tacos

\Instead of rotisserie chicken, I used cubed chicken breast for this recipe.  I also added some avocado along with the other veggies.  This recipe is super easy, and turned out delicious, so we will definitely do it again.

For the Turkey Ranch Burgers, I was unable to get ground turkey for a decent price, so we will be making those this week instead.  I will be making the Slow Cooker Jambalaya tonight, so will let you know how it goes next week.

And for this week's recipes:

Slow Cooker Chicken

Cajun Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

Bacon Mushroom Swiss Meatloaf
Butter Pecan Sweet Potatoes
Caramel Apple Pork Chops

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