At Christmastime Instapots were all the rage, but instead I asked my mom for a cast iron skillet. My schedule during the school year results in a rut of suppers, so I figured something new would result in new recipes. For Mother’s Day, Todd and girls bought me two more skillets. My new skillets paired with my 50-4-50 list worked! I’ve tried 10 cast iron skillet recipes and 11 other recipes. Many thanks to my family who have tasted all of them, even if it was a courtesy bite.
Cream Balsamic Mushroom Chicken aka “Stinky Chicken” Ali is hesitant to try new foods and even though it “stinks” and she doesn’t care for mushrooms, she’s asked for this one numerous times since.
Chicken Parmesan Chicken Parmesan is an old favorite in our house, and my family is used to me tweaking recipes, so I felt safe with this one. It is a hit including my individual tweak of using panko instead of bread crumbs.
Chicken Pot Pie Another recipe to repeat. I used a homemade Bisquick mix for crust.
Skillet Garlic Butter Herb Steaks: Using the skillet for steaks was completely new to me. Recipe earned repeat requests.
Lemon-Blueberry Dutch Baby I found this recipe in the Parade section of the Sunday paper. My freezer is empty of hand-picked blueberries so I used frozen blackberries instead. After making this dish, I realized it’s basically Pannukakku (Finnish pancakes).
Cinnamon Apple Dutch Baby A different version but still tasty!
Easy Pan-Fried Chicken I made this w/canola oil and instead of dipping, served the pieces on a salad bed.
Skillet-fried Bratwursts from the Food Co-op: I’m lucky to live just one block away from our local food co-op. Ali requested bratwursts the other day so I stopped at the Co-op deli to purchase individual ones. I chose the Turkey, Basil, Tomato Sausage. Todd enjoyed the Jalapeno-Cheddar while Ali chose the regular over Oberon.
Cheesy Tex-Mex Cauli Rice I prepared some cauli-rice as a side dish recently. Ali refused to try it since I wouldn’t tell her what it was, but both Todd and Amy liked it. For this recipe I used cauli-rice that already had some peas and carrots in the mix. I skipped the tomatoes since I didn’t have any. Amy enjoyed the leftovers for lunch the next day.
Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes Not only is this a new recipe but the cheese (Gruyère) is new too. Though not a favorite of Ali’s, the rest of the family enjoyed this recipe. I figure I’ll use it when she’s off to college next fall. One tweak: I added leftover ham.
Another Scalloped potatoes If you’re interested in keeping it to basic ingredients, here’s one to try. Since Todd was off of work healing, I found the recipe and he made these.
One pot turkey taco skillet I’ve made a similar recipe but usually don’t put the cheese and tomatoes into the skillet as this recipe calls for.
To Die for Crock Pot Roast For the past few years, I’ve made my own Ranch and Italian seasoning mixtures so for this recipe I only purchase the gravy seasoning packet.
Garlic Herb Tuna I made this one for myself and loved it.
Sloppy Joe Bowls I can only ask my family to change their eating habits so much. For this we still used buns instead of the potato.
Lentil Sloppy Joes I make this recipe in smaller batches for myself as my family prefers “real” (meat) Sloppy Joes.
Mini Turkey Meatloaf Ha! Tricked the family on this one. They never even knew they were eating sweet potatoes and loved them.
Honey Mustard Pasta Salad. One of the benefits of being invited to parties is the chance to try out a new recipe. I found this recipe card stuffed in with some of my other recipes. Even though I’m not a big fan of mustard, I enjoyed this one.
Last night I used an all-purpose seasoning mixture as a rub on steak for steak tacos and today I’m using a Mediterranean seasoning mix in the slow cooker with pork tenderloin. Both of these recipes are from Beach Body. I already use a taco seasoning similar to their Smoky Southwestern combination.
Over the summer break, I know I can find more recipes to try. As for the rest of my 50-4-50 list? I’m making progress, especially continuing to write in my gratitude journal, logging 50 miles per month for my 2018 Run the Year team, and scheduling my colonoscopy for early next month.