Saturday, January 19, 2013

Recipes You Need to Try

I really lucked out this week and found several amazing recipes on Pinterest that I just have to share with you. These are definitely keepers!

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, Broccoli and Rice from Kevin and Amanda.

left out the chicken because I didn’t have any, so I added more turkey
bacon instead. It tasted great and was faster to put together that way
too. I love one-pot meals that you can make entirely on the stove-top,
and this is a great one! It was quick and delicious. The boys found it a
little spicy, so next time I may use regular diced tomatoes without
green chilies and just add a little chili powder and cumin to it
instead. I’m not sure what Tony thought of it because he ate dinner
later than us, but it looked like he ate a lot of it! I liked it and I
plan on making it again. You can’t go wrong with cheese, bacon and

Skinny Broccoli and Chicken Alfredo from Celebrations.

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I think the roasted broccoli is what makes this dish special. It gives the broccoli such a rich flavour. I just tossed them with olive oil and a little salt, then spread them onto a baking pan and put them in the oven a 425F for about 10-15 minutes. I put the chicken in the oven too to cook while I was preparing the sauce and pasta. I used bow-tie pasta instead of fettuccine (at Bennett’s request) and that worked really well. You can use whatever kind of pasta you want. I actually finished this meal a little earlier than I expected, so I put it in a baking dish and sprinkled it with more mozzarella and baked it at 350F for about 15 minutes until Tony was home from work. It was a big hit with all of us, besides Cole. Bennett ate two helpings, and I lost track how many helpings Tony had. Cole wasn’t as enthusiastic as the rest of us, but he did eat most of it, just not the pasta. Apparently the bow-tie shape was unacceptable to him. Next time I’ll try a different shape and see how that goes over.

Spinach Artichoke Chicken from Add a Pinch

Oh my! This was hands-down my favourite recipe out of the ones I tried this week. It’s chicken smothered with what is basically a spinach and artichoke dip. Why have I not thought of this before?? Best of all, it’s so easy to make. Tony mentioned several times that it was really good. We both couldn’t get enough of the stuff. The boys weren’t as thrilled as we were. Bennett was reluctant to try it because he was suspicious of the artichokes, but once he actually took a bite, he ate it all up. Cole just ate the chicken but not the rest of it. I think he’s crazy because that’s the best part!