29 February 2020

Weekend Cooking: It Was a SkinnyTaste Kind of Week

Weekend Cooking at Beth Fish ReadsToday's Weekend Cooking is all about enjoying being in my own kitchen and having control over my own cooking. I love being with my family, and I really like cooking in my mother's kitchen (especially knowing that those days are soon to end), but there's something to be said about being in your own space and cooking your own way.

Last week my meal plan focused on SkinnyTaste recipes. I know I was slow to get on the SkinnyTaste bandwagon, but once I found a seat, I was there for good. I swear everything I've ever made from the SkinnyTaste website or cookbooks has been a success, and I'm now a die-hard fan for life.

Here are three recipes we made and loved this week. The photos come from the SkinnyTaste website and the links will take you right to the recipes.

Weekend Cooking at Beth Fish ReadsChickpea Salad with Cucumbers and Tomatoes. I made this easy and tasty salad to have on hand for lunches and to supplement dinners. Instead of a diced tomato (which I would have used in the summer), I went with a mix of heirloom cherry tomatoes I found at the grocery. The colors were pretty, and cherry and grape tomatoes generally taste pretty good all year long. For the cukes, I used the little Persian cucumbers, because I like the flavor. I also added an orange bell pepper--both for flavor and color. I'd absolutely make this again, especially because it held up well for several days, even with the dressing. Next time I might add feta or avocado.

Weekend Cooking at Beth Fish ReadsThe Best Chicken Enchilada Recipe, was--if not the best--really, really good and super easy to make. I poached two large chicken breasts and used 8-inch whole grain tortillas. I surprised myself and followed this recipe to the tee. We both really loved the homemade enchilada sauce, the flavor of the shredded chicken and the completed dish. We used chopped heirloom cherry tomatoes, diced avocado, jarred jalapeno pepper slices, and scallions for our toppings. The recipe says eight servings, but for us, it made two dinners and a lunch, so I'd say more like six servings. I was surprised at how quickly this dish came together, and it was stress free, even on a weeknight.

Weekend Cooking at Beth Fish ReadsThe third SkinnyTaste recipe was Spinach Tortellini en Brodo, which was another winner. We had a cold snap this week and a hearty soup was just the ticket. I know this calls for chicken broth (which I used), but I still think of this as a vegetarian dinner. I couldn't find spinach and cheese tortellinis, so I used spinach and cheese raviolis instead. I had a red bell pepper to use up, so I threw that into the soup, and I added more fresh baby spinach than was called for. I seasoned the soup as directed, but added a few good shakes of hot pepper flakes just because I could. Again, the recipe said eight servings but I would count only six. We got two dinners and a lunch, which is perfect for our needs.

We rounded out the week with two big favorites: spice-rubbed grilled salmon with a roasted vegetable (I used broccoli this week) and red beans and rice (healthy, hearty, and yummy).

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rhapsodyinbooks 2/29/20, 6:57 AM  

These recipes sound so good! I love chickpea salads and spinach and cheese raviolis (I think they are actually better than the tortellinis because they hold more stuff - great decision for the substitution!) With respect to the enchiladas, I think chipotle always adds oomph. Well I guess I have to try making all three of these myself due to the unfortunate fact that I do not live close enough to you to volunteer as a "taster"....

Mae Travels 2/29/20, 7:21 AM  

Your chopped salad with chick peas, chicken enchiladas, and ravioli in soup sound like wonderful versions of very classic favorites. They remind me of the style of the Sunset cookbooks and magazine columns, which have been around for ages. There's a reason for that:flavor!

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

GypsyPlate 2/29/20, 7:43 AM  

All of those look good. I especially like the soup.

I'll post a "skinny" recipe to go along with the theme. Besides, I have been meaning to share a vegetarian one for Judee!

gluten Free A_Z Blog 2/29/20, 8:20 AM  

Beth, I love the looks of that salad, and thanks Alpana for posting sharing a vegetarian recipe for me!!

bermudaonion 2/29/20, 8:21 AM  

They all look good to me. I need to check Skinnytaste out!

Claudia 2/29/20, 9:39 AM  

Some good recipe ideas there. I was planning chicken enchiladas for this weekend, so will try that version.

Deb in Hawaii 2/29/20, 12:13 PM  

Everything looks delicious. I love soups with ravioli or tortellini in it-so easy and hearty. The salad looks perfect for lunches too.

Jackie McGuinness 2/29/20, 12:21 PM  

There is nothing like working in your own space!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea 2/29/20, 12:51 PM  

Each of these sounds great to me, perhaps with a few minor tweaks). Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous,  2/29/20, 2:04 PM  

The Chicken Enchilada recipe looks incredible! Thanks for sharing.

Anika | chaptersofmay.com

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 2/29/20, 3:00 PM  

All three of these sound wonderful, but I think I'm most likely to try the spinach tortellini recipe.

Tina 2/29/20, 4:12 PM  

Yea! I made it late to the party but I was determined. I LOVE Skinny Taste and have made many of her recipes. The Chicken Fajita Pasta is very good, we have made that a few times.

Vicki 2/29/20, 4:22 PM  

All these recipes sound good.

Laurie C 3/1/20, 11:48 AM  

We used Skinnytaste cookbooks for Cookbook Club at the library last January and the recipes were a hit with everyone! These three recipes all sound delicious.

Audra 3/1/20, 3:53 PM  

Enchiladas! YUM. I'm in the mood to bake tonight but have no idea what I'll make. It'll be a fun surprise!

Claire @ Book Lovers Pizza 3/2/20, 7:38 AM  

Weeknight enchiladas! Gonna have to try...I feel like the secret is in the sauce and I am not sure I have ever found a good sauce recipe that is also easy.

(Diane) bookchickdi 3/7/20, 7:45 AM  

I'm always looking for new enchilada recipes and that spinach soup one looks good too.

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