Week 7

Wednesday: Skillet Chicken with Peppers and Peanuts

Thursday: Crockpot Brisket Tacos

Friday: Cashew Chicken Chopped Salad with Chili-Dusted Mango

Saturday: Spaghetti Squash

Sunday: Roast Chicken with Veggies

Monday: Drew Magary’s Superbowl Chili


Creamy Cajun Penne Pot

Tonight I made the sinfully delicious Creamy Cajun Penne Pot from How Sweet Eats. I especially liked the chicken in this dish. I think next time I would like to try this same preparation with some gemelli (spiral) noodles to better capture the sauce, and next time I must keep in mind that I can use a little heavier hand seasoning the veggies so that the sauce doesn’t turn out too bland at the end. This was even better as leftovers, once the flavors had time to marinate!

Garlic and Herb Pork Loin and Sweet Potato Fries

Josh and I love buying the pre-marinated pork loins from the grocery store. Our favorite flavors are the Applewood Smoked Bacon and the Garlic and Herb. We just toss these suckers on the grill and turn a couple of times and before you know it, dinner is ready! On the nights we have pork loin we inevitably also have sweet potato fries, which I purchase by the bag, frozen. It makes for an easy meal, and since I throw aluminum foil on my cookie sheet, I only end up with one dish to wash! (The cutting board after slicing the pork loin.)

Jerk Shrimp Tacos with Cantaloupe Salsa

Tonight I made Jerk Shrimp Tacos with Cantaloupe Salsa from How Sweet Eats. This was a really interesting spin on the Baja Shrimp Tacos we have enjoyed a few times so far. The flavors of cinnamon and allspice were really unexpected. They were, unfortunately, far too spicy for Raina and were just really heavily spiced overall. I think next time I would marinate the shrimp in a baking dish with the seasoning sprinkled over them, rather than coating them so heavily.