Hello friends and happy Monday! I hope your weekend was fabulous, and you got to sleep in for me. My sweet 6 month old seemed to be against sleeping for long periods of time this weekend and would rather play at 2 am. Not great for this mama who likes her sleep.
What’s on the menu this week? Well let me tell you some of the recipes were not my family’s favorites. But since I told you I would be blogging about the pinterest recipes I try, I’m giving you my honest opinions on them.
Salmon Burgers & Sweet Potato Fries
This was the only win I had this week with dinner, and it was a total cheat meal. Have you ever tried salmon burgers? Trader Joe’s carries them, and I bought some to try because Brian likes salmon. Gotta say they were delicious! Did I do much to make them? not at all!
Throw those frozen patties on a greased frying pan that you coated with some Cavendar’s and cook until done. Make sure to coat both sides with Cavendar’s for optimal taste. I served with some sweet potato fries from Trader Joe’s as well.
Crock Pot Beef & Broccoli
from Life in the Lofthouse
This recipe had so much potential, but something just wasn’t working out. Granted, I might have made it work if I didn’t have a crying baby hanging on to my leg, but I did. The flavor was great, but the sauce never thickened so then I added more cornstarch and it did not taste like my favorite Chinese take out like the recipe promised. I’d have to give this recipe a fail in my book for that reason.
2 lbs sirloin steak sliced thin
1 cup beef broth
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 brown sugar
1 tbsp sesame oil
3 cloves minced garlic
4 tbsp cornstarch
4 tbsp water
1 (12 oz) bag of frozen broccoli
Whisk together oil, soy sauce, beef broth, brown sugar, and garlic then add your sliced sirloin to the crock pot and pour sauce over the meat.
Cook on low for 5 hours. After cooking, mix cornstarch and water together in a separate bowl and pour into crock pot, stirring til combined. Add frozen broccoli and cover and cook for another 30 minutes.
Serve with brown or white rice.
At this point, your sauce is supposed to thicken and you serve over white rice. Mine never thickened so I had broccoli beef soup for dinner #fail
Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas
adapted from Well Plated by Erin
Here’s the skinny on this one: this was a healthier option, but was destined to fail in my house since there is no meat in this recipe. The men in my life, aka Brian and my brother who was living with us, prefer meat in their meals. I really liked these though and would make them again if it was just me eating.
2 large sweet potatoes
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp cumin
salt to taste
2 tsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves minced garlic
1 (15 oz) can low sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
8- 10 tortillas
1 and 1/2 cup Colby jack cheese
optional toppings: cilantro, sour cream, guacamole, salsa
Wash and pierce your sweet potatoes with a fork. Cook in the microwave for 5-8 minutes until soft.
Saute chopped bell pepper, onion, and garlic in olive oil while potatoes are cooking.
Scoop out cooked sweet potatoes and mash in a bowl. Add chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, and salt to the mashed potatoes. Add rinsed black beans, and sauteed veggies to the sweet potato mash.
Heat a medium sized skillet over low to medium heat. Butter the outside of your base tortilla and place in skillet. Add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of potato mixture and spread evenly over tortilla. Add cheese and top with another butter coated tortilla. Flip when the base tortilla is starting to brown (1-2 minutes) and cook the other side. Repeat until tortillas are gone.
I served the quesadillas with Pace picante sauce that I blended up with some cilantro. I am not a chunky salsa person and adding the cilantro gives your salsa home made taste.
I am finding out that I cook at least 3 times in the work week depending on what extra curricular activities are going on like baseball games, parties, traveling, girls night. You get the idea. We were off to see Brian’s parents on Friday so no cooking for me! I got to enjoy a delicious meal that my mother in law cooked 🙂 I’ll be posting one or two of her recipes again soon.