This week I tried three new recipes. Each one was a winner and has been pinned to my Pinterest Recipes: Tried and Liked board. I will definitely make these again.
I've snagged the photos from the websites mentioned, and you'll find the recipes by clicking the links or visiting my Pinterest board. Note that I made changes to some of the recipes, so you might want to take a moment to see what I did.
Cold Sesame Noodles with Broccoli and Kale (from Bon Appetit): I tried an experiment this week, which was to cook something on Sunday that was specifically meant for our lunches. This cold noodle dish was so good, we both looked forward to noon. I recommend this dish for lunches, but I think it'd also be good for a summer dinner or to take to a potluck.
I did, however, change the recipe to suit our needs and the ingredients I had on hand. Here's what I did:
- I didn't have sambal oelek, so I used hot red pepper flakes, though any hot sauce would have worked too.
- I used spinach instead of kale because we were having kale with a dinner during the week and I wanted a different green.
- I used soba noodles instead of ramen because we like them better.
- I left out the mint because I forgot to buy it. I don't think I'd use it, though; the dish was perfect as it was.
The only thing I changed in this recipe was to use dried thyme. I didn't like the look of the fresh in the grocery store, and I was too lazy to see if there was any still growing in the garden. Oh and I added a handful of chopped grape tomatoes to the skillet just to use them up. Note too that I had to cook my chicken about 8 minutes at the end, instead of the suggested 4 minutes.
Roasted Vegetable Pasta with Walnuts and Sage (from Diabetic Living): Although neither of us is diabetic, I like looking through this magazine for its nutritious recipes, which are perfect for any healthy lifestyle. I almost always find something I'd like to try.
This recipe involves a few pots and pans, but the results were well worth the cleanup. It was so warming and perfect for a winter night. Plus it's vegetarian and surprising low calorie.
I made only a few changes to the recipe:
- First, I served it over brown rice because we had been eating noodles for lunch, and I really wasn't in the mood for more pasta.
- Second, I didn't use the low-fat cream cheese called for in the recipe. I had a little light cream I wanted to use up, so I stirred that into the sauce instead.
- Finally, I had about a quarter cup of white wine to use up, so I threw that in there too. I'm not sure this added very much to the final dish, but I was happy to get that bottle out of the refrigerator!
Hope at least one of these recipes catches your eye!