A couple of months ago, I sent out a survey to my e-mail subscribers asking what they wanted to see more of on the blog and from me in general. It was so helpful to hear all the responses and I got a lot of new ideas just by asking a couple of simple questions. One thing that came up a few times is that readers wanted to see more recipes from me, which I think is pretty cool. I haven't been much of a recipe developer lately (you can find a couple of them, such as here and here), but I would love to start getting back into it so I'm making that a new goal of mine, possibly posting at least 2-3 recipes per month. Let me know if you have special requests!
I figured something I can do right away is continue to share recipes from other bloggers and food sites that I'm currently making and/or really liking. So in an effort to share more easy and tasty meal and snack ideas, here are a few snapshots of my eats from the weekend and what I have coming up on the meal plan for the rest of this week.
On the Meal Plan
Hot Sausage and Crispy Chard Pizza (via Bon Appetit)
Jacob and I almost always make a pizza to start off the weekend and it's one of my favorite rituals. While we have a few combos we make over and again (pepperoni, mushroom, jalapeno is our go-to), every once in a while we get more adventurous and this last Friday was one of those nights. Jacob texted me the recipe earlier in the day and I loved the idea of putting swiss chard on a pizza (he loved the sausage part - marriage is all about compromise people), so we gave it a try. I think I went a little too heavy with the rosemary, but other than that it was really good. I cut down on the amount of sausage because it seemed like a lot, and the fontina cheese because it's pricey. The combination of flavors was really interesting and we both liked it a alot!
Sheet Pan Honey Mustard Chicken (via Street Smart Nutrition)
I knew I wanted to make this as soon as I saw Cara's beautiful photos. Sheet pan dinners are pretty amazing because the clean-up is so simple, and I loved the thought of the honey mustard glaze. I decided to make this our Sunday night dinner (just seemed like a Sunday kind of meal) and it did not disappoint. Even better, I had some time on Saturday to chop up the veggies and make the sauce, so when it was time to cook, all I really had to do was throw everything on a pan and call it good. Much appreciated after a day of Broncos tailgating and football watching. I'm thinking it will reheat really well for leftovers but I might just try throwing it on some arugula and calling it a salad. Two tips: chop your veggies small and don't skip the broil at the end - it makes all the difference!
Perfect Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (via ImmaEatThat)
Um, hello perfect cookie (note the missing one in the photo above). I'm a sucker for anything peanut butter and chocolate so when I saw Kylie's blog post go live earlier in the week I immediately bookmarked it. I usually like to make some sort of baked good on the weekend that we can eat all week long for snacks and this was just an all-around solid choice. It's not a "healthified" cookie or anything, so I'll pair them with something that has a little bit of protein and call it good. Also this recipe doesn't make a million cookies like some recipes do, which I liked. It makes about two dozen so we froze half for later.
And here are a few things I have coming up...
Blacked Salmon Tacos (via Karman Meyer)
Salmon makes a regular appearance in our house and using it for tacos felt like a fun variation compared to the traditional way we cook with it (usually baked or grilled). Plus, you just can't go wrong with a good taco. Whole Foods makes this great corn avocado salsa (below) that I've been loving on lately and it was on sale this week, so I plan on using that in place of the roasted corn + avocado that the original recipe calls for. I'm using feta instead of cojita cheese since I already have some on hand and it's similar. And we like flour tortillas over corn, so we'll be making that sub too. Looking forward to this one!
Peanut Veggie Noodle Bowls (via Hummusapien)
Last but not least... Peanut noodles are one of my all-time favorite week-night meals. I haven't tried this variation by Alexis of the Hummusapien blog but I have everything I need for the sauce on hand already, so I just bought some noodles plus a red bell pepper, frozen shelled edamame and purple cabbage to use for the protein/veggies. Since the salmon tacos call for cilantro, I'll already have some of that for a garnish and you know I'll be adding Sriracha, because it's awesome. My favorite thing about peanut noodles is eating them for lunch cold the next day. Anybody else? So good.