monday night: the crockpot lasagna was great - not much different than regular lasagna actually which is a good thing in my opinion. the great thing about regular lasagna is that you CAN make it early and keep in the fridge until you put it in the oven at dinner time so it doesn't really NEED to be a crockpot dinner. so while this recipe was good, it only fed 4 adults and a couple of kids who barely ate anything so i think next time, i'll just make a larger lasagna in the oven.
tuesday night: i made honey sesame chicken in the crockpot. i used chicken thighs which i don't normally use which are always yummy but because i'd originally planned to make honey garlic chicken, i had it in my mind that this was a low 6-8 hour crockpot meal. umm...it's actually a low 3 hour meal - that's a big time difference. i noticed that it was smelling a burnt around the 5 hour mark so i opened the crockpot, thought, "what the heck is wrong with this crockpot?" and then checked the recipe again. augh! i scraped the burnt parts out, added the cornstarch, re-added the chicken and turned it down to warm since there was still 3 hours til dinner. i added rice at dinner and it tasted good despite the overcooking - i liked it a lot better than the other saucy chicken that i make in the crockpot but this DOES call for a lot of honey - 1 cup. i used 2/3cup and that tasted great. am definitely adding this meal to my meal list.
wednesday night: we had friends over for dinner so i'd bought 8 little boneless porkchops (they came in packs of 4) and made a recipe from my friend, laura. a can of cranberry sauce mixed with a packet of onion soup mix, poured over the porkchops and baked for 40 min. i served it with rice which worked well because there was a lot of sauce (though it was very liquidy - i was thinking that i should have added cornstarch to thicken it up but it tasted great so probably no need). i don't know if it's just the cheap pork that i buy or if i over cooked them but i always think that pork chops are so tough and chewy. does anyone know the answer to this? anyways, it was a great and very easy recipe but i don't think i'm a big fan of the pork. i might try it next time with chicken.
|so proud of my fresh basil!|
|okay - not the BEST looking...needed more pesto.|
so there you have it - probably the first time in my entire life that i made 5 new meals IN A ROW. i was more willing to make them because i didn't know what they were going to taste like instead of thinking, "ahh, i don't want that for dinner". also, by having all the ingredients at the beginning of the week, it was less daunting to come up with what to make. AND i didn't have the weight of "what am i going to make for dinner?" on my shoulders all day...which sounds ridiculous but honestly, is how it feels to me sometimes as a girl who doesn't like to cook.
now, other meats that i bought on monday that i now have to use this week are 3 lbs of ground turkey and some more chicken thighs. we'll see what i can find for next week. and no, don't worry - i won't post in this much detail every week. haha.