What’s for Dinner | Chipotle at Home

[a late Cinco de Mayo post]

A couple of nights ago we were having friends over for dinner and we were racking our brains trying to figure out what to make. One couple that was coming was vegetarian and one person we were having over was allergic to gluten, so we decided on burritos/taco salad. The guy that couldn’t have the tortillas could just make a naked burrito or have taco salad. We decided that would be the easiest, so we set off for the store. On our way we realized we had been craving Chipotle lately, so I started scouring the web for a copy-cat Chipotle rice recipe. I stumbled on this recipe from Skinny Taste that seemed simple enough, so we picked up the ingredients we needed and put everything together at home. This meal –complete with two kinds of beans, optional chicken or steak, cheese, sour cream, salsa, homemade guacamole, tomatoes, and lettuce, and sauteed peppers & onions– took around an hour and a half to prepare. The Cilantro Lime Rice really hit the spot!

cilantro lime rice

Here’s how you do it (we doubled this recipe):

  • 1 cup extra long grain rice or basmati rice
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
  • 3 tsp vegetable oil

Add rice, water, 1 tsp oil and salt to a small pot and bring it all to a boil. Turn down to low and cook until the water evaporates for about 15 mins. It should look fairly dry throughout. Turn off the heat and keep the pot covered for an additional 5 minutes.

In a medium bowl, combine chopped cilantro, lime juice, rice and remaining oil and toss until completely mixed. Then spoon the rice onto your tortilla, top with your favorite burrito toppings, and enjoy!

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Wednesday Roundup | Goin’ Fresh

My mouth’s been watering over these salads recently since the weather’s been getting warmer … and I just can’t wait for the veggies in grocery stores to get fresher! Enjoy these yummy tomato, avocado, etc. salad ideas!

What’s for Dinner | Sometimes I just want a salad…

After a week of work, it’s hard to want to cook a healthy meal on a weekend night…. it’s so much easier to grab pizza or get take out since it saves dishes and time. That’s really nice when I can be pretty lazy on the weekend :). However, it’s nice to eat something fresh and healthy, and this salad was really easy to throw together (10-15 mins. tops!). We got the idea from a family friend.

What you’ll need:

  • Mixed lettuce
  • 1 can artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 1 can sliced black olives
  • Chopped salami
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese, as much as you want
  • Vinaigrette dressing
Combine together and enjoy!

Salami, olive, artichoke salad

Wednesday Round-up: This week’s good eats

This week so far has been a lot of cooking. All new recipes, too!  I decided today I’d dedicate my Wednesday post to the great recipes I’ve found in the past couple days.

Monday: I already posted about the pork chops we made Monday night, but I’m sharing again, just because:)

 

Tuesday: We had a nice big hunk of salmon in our fridge so I found this delicious recipe: Real Simple‘s Salmon with Dijon Dill Sauce. YUM! This was surprisingly quick and easy, so this one I highly recommend!

 

Wednesday: Decided to go simple last night since I was having friends over and my husband made a spaghetti casserole I found on Taste of Home. We used this recipe, modified it a bit based on what we had in the cupboard, added a little extra cheese on top, and loved it! Prep time was basically cooking the noodles and mixing everything in the pan and bake time was 30-45 mins.  My friends hadn’t even heard of spaghetti casserole and thought it was good–something they will try themselves.

 

Any other good recipes that are easy enough to do on weekday nights? I’d love your ideas! I’m really into “30mins or less” recipes as you can tell.

What’s for Dinner | Stovetop Pork Chops with Apples

Normally on Sunday nights we do a pretty simple dinner. We usually have our biggest meal for lunch right after church. Today, however, we were way too tired to cook something in the afternoon. After getting home we headed straight for the bed and took a nap. It was a long weekend so we wanted to catch up on some sleep.

3 hours later we woke–groggy, surprised it was already 5:00… and pretty hungry.

I flipped open my laptop and looked for pork chop recipes. I couldn’t find this apple pork chop recipe that I had done last time which turned out awesome, but I found a few others and decided since we had all the ingredients I’d just go for it.

I found this recipe at Taste of Home: Stovetop Pork Chops with Apples. I went for it based on the prep time. This one said 30 minutes and it was also only for two servings.

Definitely a good one you should try! We didn’t have any onion, but this turned out really well with apples, potatoes, a nice crispy but still tender chop, and a beautiful sauce to drizzle over everything.

Stovetop Apple Pork Chops

What’s for Dinner | Stir-Fry

I went grocery shopping today and decided to venture down the freezer aisle for some reason. I don’t like buy too many frozen items because I always end up finding a tub of all-too-tempting ice cream, and it somehow finds its way into my cart. Today however, I dodged the ice cream section and browsed the stir-fry options.

I grew up on stir-fry. I had it probably once a week–always fresh vegetables and nice basmatti rice–not the minute kind. Since I’ve gotten married for some reason, though, I haven’t had or made stir fry. Today for some reason I had a craving for it and picked up a bag of Green Giant “just-add-chicken” sweet & sour stir fry! 🙂

You can’t beat meals that take this little prep time!

green giant stir fry

Yes, maybe you may say this is cheating…. because it is, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a bag of frozen vegetables every now and then. 🙂 And since the husband isn’t home, I have enough left over for lunch tomorrow and dinner tomorrow night!

What are some of your easy go-to meals that you might feel are cheating?