Monday, September 24, 2012

Cooking with Pinterest

I will go ahead and say that Pinterest has really changed my life, especially with cooking! Do you ever feel like you are in a rut with dinners? Meaning, I cook the same thing over and over! Now, I try to do a Pinterest recipe at least once a week. We have had some really good ones! Here is a list of our favorites!

Chicken Pesto Bake

I made this last night - Ryals and I usually are craving something easy on Sunday nights when we return from our weekend travels and it usually turns out to be spaghetti, which is bad because I can eat about two platefuls of that stuff! This was so easy and quick to put together and was DELICIOUS! I did not make the "skinny pesto" - I used a little bit of store-bought pesto and it was great. Do not skip the parmesan - that makes the meal!

***Side note - Skinny Taste is an excellent blog. I follow her blog and Pinterest boards.

Beef Tenderloin with Shallot Mustard Sauce

Soooo....I was GOING to make this, but then I found out a beef tenderloin costs about $42 at the grocery, so I bought sirloin instead (because it looked really good). BAD idea - it was not the same. The meat was really overcooked (probably my fault) and sirloin is supposedly not a great cut of meat. HOWEVER, the sauce for this dish was really good - it had a nice flavor. If you can afford beef tenderloin for a week night dinner, I would highly recommend it!

Italian Chicken

This was amazing! I made it last week and Ryals loved it. Very easy to put together as well. I think the key to this dish is using artichokes from a jar that are marinated to give it a nice flavor.

Pork Tenderloin marinated in...

This has become one of the Stone family staple meals. I have made it a lot and it never disappoints. It is expensive to buy all the marinade ingredients at first, but once you have them all you can make it over and over for very cheap. Pork is very lean, but can be tough to cook. Make sure you don't overcook it - searing it in a pan before you bake it is key to keeping the moisture in. Yummy!

Cheeseburger Wraps

I have made these twice. The first time I followed the recipe to a T and Ryals was not super crazy about them. The next time, I scaled back the minced onion and added more ketchup to the ground beef and he LOVED it. This is an easy meal to make - I served mine with a salad and baked beans.

Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

This was REALLY good, but did not seem healthy (lots of rice, cheese and "cream of" soups). It takes a long time to cook since you have to wait on two different types of rice to finish before you add it to the casserole. I really liked it though - it serves a lot of people, so it would be good to serve for a party!

White Chicken Enchiladas with Green Chile Sour Cream Sauce

I will have to say, this is probably the holy grail of all recipes I have tried on Pinterest. Ryals said these were restaurant quality enchiladas. I have made them many times now and he always loves them! I am having some high school friends over tomorrow night and am planning on serving these! There are lots of recipes for enchiladas, but I think this one is the best!

Have you tried any of these recipes? Try them and let me know what you think!!


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