Monday, November 21, 2011

Recipes Without Pictures

Here are just a few things that we've made recently but didn't take pictures of.

First up: Real Simple Lemony Tuna and Olive Oil Pasta
This was pretty easy to make. Instead of lemon zest, I just used lemon juice. I'd use less black pepper or no pepper at all. Too hot for us.

Next: Bacon-Stuffed Chicken with Mashed Potatoes
Feta cheese, sour cream, pepper, and oregano get stuffed into chicken breasts. This was the first time I'd cut into chicken breasts for stuffing. (Be careful when cutting the hole into the chicken. Don't cut off a finger. I think the proper way to do it is to hold the chicken with your non-dominant hand, palm-down. Then with your cutting hand, slice into the chicken. Does that make sense? Google it. Maybe there will be pictures.) I think it turned out well. We both liked this one. Even though I didn't have the entire chicken breasts stuffed, the flavor of the stuffing really got into the chicken during the baking process. I made instant mashed potatoes instead of homemade. I mean, really? Homemade mashed potatoes? Please. I added some onion powder at the same time that I added the potatoes to the boiling water. This is a REALLY filling meal. It's heavy. Drink with water. Maybe even leave out the mashed potatoes. Or take one big chicken breast and somehow cut it into two so that your chicken isn't so big. Ours were HUGE. We also used a brand called Tender-N-Juicy because it was on sale. Best. Chicken. Ever. I don't know if other stores carry it. I'd never heard of it before this. But the chicken was so juicy! It was awesome.

Third: Real Simple Slow-Cooker Beef Stew
I followed the hints in the comments posted on this recipe and didn't brown the meat beforehand. Just roll it in flour (to help thicken the sauce) and put it in the slow cooker along with everything else. I cooked nothing in the skillet as the original recipe suggested. I also didn't use dry red wine. Instead, I added more beef broth. This was really easy to make gluten-free and really easy to make period. I cut the recipe in half, which meant that the cooking time got cut in half, so keep that in mind if you don't want 8-10 servings. I can't wait to have this for leftovers! (Also, I didn't use thyme or bay leaves.)

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