Friday, January 28, 2011

Menu Time 1.28.11

Week #3 of menu planning!  I'm on a streak!

For this coming week:
*Broiled Parmesan Tilapia (still remaining from last week's menu)
*Spinach-Ricotta Skillet Lasagna (also remaining from last week's menu)
*Beef Stroganoff (new recipe from a slow cooker book)
*Homemade chicken nuggets (recipe selected from the book Deceptively Delicious) with a side of mac n' cheese and a veggie

As for my thoughts on last week's meals, we actually only tried two of them plus the Samoas.  Qdoba had a B1G1 deal on Tuesday, so we did that instead of cooking, then last night Dan (Dave's brother) decided to grill for us (knocking out the need for another recipe).  But here is my rating of the two recipes we did try and my thoughts on the homemade Samoas:

*Spinach and Rice Casserole - it was ok, but would have worked better as a side item than a main dish
*Red Bean Jambalaya - again, it was ok, but I think I'm going to try a new jambalaya recipe next time
*Homemade Samoas - possibly the most exhausting recipe ever.  I wanted to give up halfway through, but Kristin was over and encouraged me to press on.  The end result?  Yummy, messy cookies that tasted nothing like actual Samoas, a lot of leftover bland cookie dough (it goes in the middle of all the caramel/coconut/chocolate gooey goodness), and about 500 dishes caked in rock-hard caramel.  My recommendation?  Just splurge and buy the real thing.  The few bucks is worth your sanity.  As for me, I'm going to spend half of today attempting to use a butcher knife to chip away at the caramel that has chosen my dishes as its new BFF.

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