23 March 2019

Weekend Cooking: Recipes, Links, & (Yes) More SkinnyTaste

11 great recipes to make right nowHelp! I've fallen down the SkinnyTaste rabbit hole and I can't get out! Seriously. I have some new cookbooks to review for you, but the bulk of my meals this week have once again come from SkinnyTaste One & Done, which I reviewed last week.

Everything was delicious, but I'm going to recommend two dinners. For my meat-eating friends, try the Garlic Dijon Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Potatoes and Green Beans, which is a sheet pan dinner. If you don't want to make a whole tenderloin, you could (like I did) use pork chops instead (I used center-cut boneless chops). This was so gooood.

For a vegetarian meal, make the Mexican Pinto Beans with Queso in your pressure cooker. The only change I made was to reduce the cooking time by almost half. I cook my soaked beans for 23 minutes, let the pressure release for 10 minutes naturally, and then hit the valve and let the pressure escape. The cookbook has you cook the soaked pintos for 45 minutes. I think that's a little too long.

When I crawled out of the SkinnyTaste vortex, I found the following recipes and articles to bookmark this week. Check them out and get cooking and eating!

  • 11 good recipes to make right nowLast year I reviewed the cookbook What's Gaby Cooking, and since then, I've become a big fan. This week, I pinned her recipe for cheesy vegetarian Calabacitas -- oh this looks so good for now and into the summer. We eat salmon quite often and her Greek Salad with Salmon totally says spring! I think I'll have to make this over the weekend.
  • I really like Melissa Clark's recipes and have been following her for a long time now. She's currently a food writer for the New York Times, and this week she wrote about polenta, a dish that I have a weakness for. Her Baked Polenta with Crispy Leeks and Gorgonzola is absolutely appearing on my table this spring.
  • The Washington Post food section was also a hit this week. First up was an article all about bok choy (a vegetable I make often) including six recipes. A couple of these caught my eye, especially the grilled version. I was also thrilled to see a recipe for Nanaimo bars, no-bake bars popular in Canada. I remember having this dessert when I was growing up (in the USA but not far from the Canada border). I'm so happy to have the chance to try them again.
  • Next time I'm in Chicago, I know what I'm going drink. Urban Matter published a list of the best places to get boozy milk shakes in the Windy City. Oh man, I think I need to start planning a trip!
  • Who isn't a fan of Deb from The Smitten Kitchen? If you're not, then you will be soon. I'm a pretty good cook and baker, but pie crust is one of my banes. That, my friends, may be about to change: Check out this recipe for Extra-Flaky Pie Crust . . . and then get ready to make your first strawberry pie of the season.
  • I wrote about Budget Bytes a couple of years ago when Beth's cookbook came out. I still haunt the website and always find something yummy to try. This week, I found Scallion Herb Chickpea Salad, which can be eaten in bowl or as a sandwich. This looks like a great quick dinner or healthful lunch. It's still plenty cold out, so I was happy to also discover a recipe for Vegan Lentil Stew, which makes enough for a meal now with extras for the freezer. This too is going on a meal plan soon.
Weekend Cooking hosted by www.BethFishReads.comWeekend Cooking is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book reviews (novel, nonfiction), cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, quotations, photographs, restaurant reviews, travel information, or fun food facts. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. You do not have to post on the weekend. Please link to your specific post, not your blog's home page.

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bermudaonion 3/23/19, 7:25 AM  

There's a place near us that makes boozy milk shakes that's pretty popular. We also have a place that sells slushies made with beer.

Mae Travels 3/23/19, 7:48 AM  

Your meals this week must have been great -- imaginative and delicious. Invite me!

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

jama 3/23/19, 7:58 AM  

Wow, thanks for all the great suggestions. Definitely trying the pork tenderlion sheet pan supper. You've got me craving a strawberry pie with Deb's extra-flaky pie crust too. And your mention of nanaimo bars reminds me of when I first heard of them via CakeSpy. Must investigate!

rhapsodyinbooks 3/23/19, 8:11 AM  

I was thinking "boozy milkshakes" sounded gross until I realized that when I mix up ice cream and chocolate and Kahlua (almost every night!) I am indeed making a "boozy milkshake" LOL (and yes, they are delicious! LOL)

Tina 3/23/19, 8:16 AM  

Welcome to the dark side, or should I say the SkinnyTaste side! I have been making so many of her recipes that I’m going to put in a label just for those, on the blog. Every thing we’ve made from her books has been great.

Jackie McGuinness 3/23/19, 9:38 AM  

You can remove my first link up I had been over to look at What Gaby Cooks and entered her blog link instead!

Hate Nanaimo bars, too sweet. Love salmon but John's not so keen. Will check out that garlic Dijon pork recipe, I would probably use pork chops too.

Claudia 3/23/19, 10:48 AM  

Wow! So many fabulous sounding recipes to try. The pork tenderloin sheet pan dinner and the pressure cooked beans for sure. And, I'm always looking for a better flaky pie crust, so that one too.

RealLifeReading 3/23/19, 11:36 AM  

I've used Smitten Kitchen's pie crust recipe before and didn't know she updated it!

Unknown 3/23/19, 11:39 AM  

Great suggestions! Happy eating

Sue Jackson 3/23/19, 11:46 AM  

I must be out of the loop! I hadn't heard of Skinny Taste (other than from you :) ). The recipes sound delicious!

And you found so many other great recipes, too - yum! I realized a couple of weeks ago that I was in a real cooking rut - just making the same old things over and over, so I've been trying lots of new recipes the past couple of weeks - mostly ones that I ripped out of magazines (and normally just forget about it!). Now there are about 6 new ones that have been tried and enjoyed and added to my cookbook binder.

I love that you're thinking of spring food already - the weather (plus our CSA hauls) still has me thinking in terms of root veggies. We got SO MANY carrots and potatoes this past month! ha ha In fact, those inspired me to make a pot roast tomorrow - a crockpot recipe that I think I got from you one weekend! So, thanks for Sunday dinner!

Enjoy your weekend -

Book By Book

Deb in Hawaii 3/23/19, 12:33 PM  

Thanks for sharing your recipe finds. I'm pinning several--that polenta, the salmon salad, the pinto beans, the vegan lentil stew...it all looks delicious. ;-)

Literature and Limes 3/24/19, 1:07 AM  

All of these seem like great recipe choices!

gluten Free A_Z Blog 3/24/19, 2:24 PM  

Thanks for the reviews and recipe shares- the chickpea sandwich looks amazing

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