Week six. We've been doing this for six weeks. So, are we either totally awesome...or total dorks. I'm feeling like it might be a little of both. But we (okay, I. I don't want to speak for her, so I will just say I) am having a blast!! And I think Nick is enjoying all this yummy food.
However, I'm starting to feel like my weight loss stall out might be related...
Anyway. This week, we're attempting to knock out Summer Stir Fry (p174), Chicken Parmesan (p130), pan fried spinach (gross) (p 216), Beef and Bean Burritos (p66), and Fried Chicken Tacos (p162).
Oh, and for anyone who stumbled across this post from google and has no idea what's going on, here's the skinny. My bestie Angela and I are cooking our way through the Pioneer Woman: Food From My Frontier cookbook. We're trying EVERY recipe and writing up a quick review of how we liked it.
~Summer Stir Fry~This was ho-hum for me. I don't eat shrimp and I forgot to buy corn. Oh, and I don't eat tomatoes either. So basically, I was eating a hot dog and picking out the zucchini. Which was really good. I don't know that this is anything Nick would ever request, but if I made it, he would eat it. He enjoyed it. I think. Ava liked it, and the boys ate all the shrimp. Truth be told, if I weren't doing this with Angela, I would have just skipped over this entirely. Which is too bad, because it's a great way to use up some veggies!
All right. Here's what Angela has to say about her version of the summer stir fry:
So. I guess she liked it?
My friend Melissa made these with us, and she used salmon instead of shrimp. She really liked it too, so I guess I'm the odd man out.
Mmm, this was good. I've actually made this before, way back when I first 'met' the Pioneer Woman. I made it when we lived off base in Guam. In case you were interested. This time was better, probably because I was cooking in my badass birthday Le Cruset mackdaddy pot. That makes a difference.
And because I'm a better cook now. Duh. Practice makes...better.
Anyway. This is good. Nothing to push the kids out of the way for, and I'd rather get the chicken FRIED fried, if you know what I mean. Olive Garden (I know everyone else on the planet hates Olive Garden, but I happen to love it, and I haven't been in two and a half years and it SUCKS) does their version FRIED fried, and the corner is just this crispy crunch piece of goodness...me and Nick always fight over that little piece.
Anyway. This sauce is better than the Olive Garden sauce that they put theirs in. Isn't that bogus, how they put it in a crap sauce? They have better sauce than that one. Why do they do that?
Oh, and I ommited the sugar. I still have a bad taste in my mouth about how sweet her beef and noodles was, so basically, if she's calling for sugar in a non-sugary recipe, I'm skipping it. For now.
Oh yeah, and I bought a box of thin linguine, just like she says, and then I forgot I bought it and used regular spaghetti. Groan. What am I going to do with this box of thin linguine? It's REALLY thin.
This time, alls Angela said is that she followed the directions, it was the best chicken parm she's ever had, and she'll be making it again. She also seasoned her breadcrumbs with a little Italian seasoning.
-Mix flour, salt, and pepper together on a large plate. Dredge chicken breasts in flour mixture after you season them with salt and pepper first.
~Pan Fried Spinach~Eww. I made this. Nick ate all of it. The kids each tried a bite without a fight, but no one asked for more. I put a bite in my mouth and promptly spit it out. Sorry, I just can't do it. The only way I like spinach is ground up in a smoothie and covered with strawberries and yogurt.
Angela liked this. She said she's not a huge spinach-on-its-own eater, but that this would be good in other dishes.
The recipe is not on the internet. Probably because spinach is gross. Not looking forward to this at ALL. I like spinach one way and one way only: in my smoothie, completely covered by the taste of strawberries. But here we go.
Pan Fried Spinach p 214&216
bunch of spinach (or kale)
3 tbsp olive oil
5 or 6 garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper
Heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the garlic and quickly stir it around to avoid burning.
Throw in the spinach and cook for about forty five seconds. If using kale, I guess it takes about two minutes.
~Beef and Bean Burritos~
I have high hopes for this, because I absolutely love her simple perfect enchiladas. And this basically looks like that, but with beans.
Hmm. While I was cutting and pasting, I just realized that these are microwave burritos. Not sure how I feel about that. We'll see.
WORD. This were REALLY good. They look so simple, and they are, but it's good. What can I say. I made up the burritoes and then stuck them in a dish to bake them for a few minutes. The microwave weirded me out. In hindsight, both ideas are stupid. I had an extra that I couldn't fit in my oven dish, so I ate it over the sink while the other ones cooked. It was hot and gooey and perfect, just made out of the pan like that. So that's what I'll do next time.
Oh, I used taco seasoning because we're out of oregano. And I forgot the cilantro. But I did have leftover salsa (her salsa is from heaven. For reals) and it was AMAZING. Seriously, these are good. Go make them. It takes ten minutes.
~Fried Chicken Tacos~
When I first saw this, I thought it was a taco with fried chicken. Alas, it is not. It is a chicken taco, that is then fried. So like, a taco. The shell is the part that's fried. We might do soft because that's easier for the kids.
I did mine in a fry daddy. I had to wear an oven mitt because I kept getting splattered. I'm not sure if any chicken fell out, but I don't think it did. This was really good, but lots of work. I'll probably make it again, but only on the weekends.
So that's week six. We're taking next week off, but then we'll be back with some more goodies. I bet you can't wait!!!