Monday, October 7, 2013

Great Dinner Experiment :: This Week in Food

The Great Dinner Experiment is alive and hopping. September killed it. October is shaping up quite nicely herself. It takes a bit of work on the front end, but that work pays dividends when I wake my groggy, sleep-deprived self up and already know what's on the docket. I know if I need to thaw meat, do any heavy mixing or chopping, run to the store, or chuck it all because it's one of the nights where we have other plans for dinner. (Going to Cory's parents' house, church, eating out, etc...)

I'm pinning all available GDE recipes right here, where I share any changes I made and give general feedback. I'll be honest, there have been a few duds. But we've also found some newbies that will soon be regulars in the rotation.

This BBQ Chicken Pizza will be made over and over again by yours truly. It was divine and pretty simple to throw together. I added chopped avocado (duh!) and subbed store-bought pizza crush for this homemade crust (my go-to). But now I'm just bragging.

It's strangely enjoyable to force myself to try a bunch of the recipes I've been tearing out of magazines for, oh, a decade or so. Because, you know, once something is written on proper notebook paper, in ink, it's the equivalent of a pinky promise or that Blood Sister thing that I was always too chicken to actually do. It's practically legally binding. I write down "Tilapia Tacos with Roasted Pineapple-Black Bean Salsa" and just like magic, I follow through and cook it, surprising everyone, but mostly myself. (Apparently, I'm the kind of girl who benefits from the occasional kick in the pants, when it comes to things like time management and breaking out of routine. Who knew??)

I'm easing up a bit in October, relying on some of our tried-and-trues. But I'll still be welcoming plenty of newcomers to the party.

This week's Low-Down:
Monday: One Pot Wonder pasta, Garlic Bread
Tuesday: Jenna's Mexican Pizza and Spanish rice
Wednesday: (Eat at church)
Thursday: Stuffed Pepper Soup, Autumn Chopped Salad, biscuits
Friday: $5 Little Caesars!
Saturday: Curried Chicken with Coconut Rice
Sunday: Slow Cooker Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki

Bacon and avocado toasts
Apples and homemade dip

Incidentally, this girl (far right) is my new favorite food pinner. She's a perfect mix of fresh, clean eats and decadent desserts.Could there be a better combo?

While I'm at it: I miss these ladies. All for different reasons. We got swept into a whirlwind together and now it's all a memory and parts of hearts are still far away. I wish we could all go for tea and chocolate croissants every Wednesday at 9.


So, tell me what I need to know about food and dinner and gooey desserts. What am I missing? In what ways does my world need to be rocked?

Happy Brand New Week, Homies.