Okay, it is officially spring now, so shouldn’t that mean spring-like weather? Ughhhh…so ready for it! I know I can’t complain because I haven’t had to deal with snow like a lot of you have lately, BUT I am tired of the cold mornings, rain and wind.
Let’s get to our weekly eats, shall we?
Sunday: Crockpot buffalo chicken with roasted potatoes
Oh gosh, these were so good (and easy!), but oh so spicy!!!
(I don’t have a photo because they did not photograph even remotely well. Sorry!)
Here’s what I did-
I added two chicken breasts to the crockpot with a ½ cup of hot sauce, ½ cup chicken broth, and then 1.5-2 tablespoons of ranch seasoning. I set the crockpot on low until the chicken was cooked through, around 5 hours. Once done, I took the chicken out of the crockpot to shred, and set aside.
I then whisked about 2 tablespoons of arrowroot starch with one tablespoon of water to make a slurry, and added it into the crockpot with the sauce. (You could also use 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water for this.) I let it sit in the crockpot for a few minutes to thicken up, and then added the shredded chicken back to the pot, mixing thoroughly to fully coat the chicken. I think this whole starch and water part could easily be left out, but I did like the way the sauce coated the chicken.
I tasted the chicken near the end of the cook time, so when I realized how spicy it was going to be, I decided to make some sort of sauce to drizzle on the top, in hopes of balancing out some of the kick. I dont have the exact recipe, but generally, I mixed about ¼ cup mayo with some dried parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, dried chives , sea salt, pepper and lime juice. It was good, but I definitely want to work more on this sauce.
I also roasted some potato rounds, and topped the potatoes with the buffalo chicken and herbed lime mayo. Despite the spiciness, David and I still liked it and we both got seconds! I’m already brainstorming how I could make this again, but in a way that is a little less spicy. Stay tuned.
Monday: Burgs (aka Burgers), sweet potatoes, and sauteed lemony kale. For some reason, I’ve been abbreviating a lot of words recently, and have been calling burgers, burgs.
We used the cast iron to cook up some burgers (grass-fed beef for him, chicken burger for me). I roasted some potatoes and sauteed kale on the side for a super easy meal.
The recipe has been on my mind every since I made it several weeks ago. It’s super simple, and packs a bunch of nutrients into literally one pan. And it always looks SO pretty coming out of the oven. 🙂
Wednesday: Thai Tuna Patties with Cilantro Cabbage Slaw by Ambitious Kitchen
I bought a big thing of my favorite canned tuna from Costco, so I’ve wanted to do something other than make the typical ol’ tuna fish. Well, this recipe immediately caught my eye. I think it was a combination of the bright colors in the photos and also the unique spices. David and I loved the flavor of these, especially with the slaw. I did overcook the patties a little because they were a little dry, but overall, we enjoyed them and liked this alternative use for the tuna.
It’s been a while since I had made this recipe, but but I love it because it is so customizable. You can use whatever vegetables you have on hand, and it always comes out delicious. The recipe only calls for ½ cup diced tomatoes, but I ended up using the whole can (probably because I added so many vegetables that I needed the extra juice!) For my veggies, I pretty much stuck to the recipe this time, but you can use whatever veggies you prefer.
Friday: MOD pizza and salad
Friday was super busy for me, and David and I didnt get back from our meeting with our real estate agent* until 6, so I was not in the mood to cook. We actually had coupons for a free pizza and salad from a new place that opened up close to us called MOD pizza, so we headed there and ordered our food to-go. David got their seasonal pizza that came with a white sauce, sausage, roasted red tomatoes, roasted mushrooms and a balsamic fig glaze. I got a salad with a bunch of toppings. The way MOD pizza works is similar to Chipotle…all pizzas and salads are one price, and you can add whatever toppings you want for no additional charge. We both enjoyed our food, and said we would try it out again, but it wasn’t an “omg we have got to go back here.” BUT when it’s free, I won’t complain. Oh, and we ate our food while watching Pitch Perfect 3, which definitely made the whole thing even better.
*Yes, we are looking to buy a house! It won’t be until later this year when our lease is over, but we wanted to get the process started. We are super excited, but it’s also overwhelming too!
Saturday: Date night at Cheeky Taqueria
We were in the mood for Mexican, so we headed to a new-to-us place called Cheeky’s. I ordered a cup of chicken tortilla soup and two different tacos in lettuce cups: A Street Style taco with grilled chicken, salsa verde, onions and cilantro and a Hand Pulled Pork taco with shredded pork, caramelized onions, crumbled cheese, cilantro and a smoky salsa. So good! We will definitely be back!
And I HAVE to mention these!
Yall, these were so good! I saw these a couple weeks ago and knew I had to make them! Samoas were my and my sister’s favorite Girl Scout Cookies growing up, so I made a batch and gave half to my sister on her birthday. They really do taste like the Girl Scout Samoas…except way healthier! The other half of the batch didn’t last long between David and I, so I will be making more again soon.
What have you been eating lately?