I'm closing in on all the recipes I cooked, but haven't yet shared. It's been hit or miss, okay miss, when it comes to menu planning recently. I'm pretty much winging it. The only upside to that is I haven't served cereal for dinner yet.
I was craving something creamy, it must have been a cool-ish day so this Cajun Chicken Pasta sounded good. I'm pretty sure (it's been a while) that I doubled this recipe for In-Law Dinner night. I do know itt was good, and creamy. It had just the right amount of spice and a touch of heat. I liked the fresh tomatoes on an otherwise one-pan meal.
I needed a side and was tired of my usual salad. I could handle roasting the sweet potatoes in hell's kitchen for this Sweet Potato Rainbow Salad. I roasted the potatoes earlier and opted to serve this on the cool, rather than warm side. I really liked the dressing, but for us, I'd thin it a bit more. It's a great meat-free lunch the following day. It would also be good in a wrap.
I've done several meat-free dishes over the summer, without really being intentional about it. Nobody in the family has said anything when it's been a meatless meal, so there's that too! These Heavenly Hummus Wraps are a Pioneer Woman recipe. It was a simple enough assemble, even with cooking down the onions - which I could have used more of, because they were great. I diced the artichokes smaller, than just the halves called for. I also used plain tortillas because I always have them on hand. You can make this even faster if you use store-bought hummus. Hummus is so easy to make though, I just whipped it up. I had a bit left over, but with hummus that's not a big deal. Adjust the hummus seasonings to your taste - we like a bit more cumin, and it will likely need a salt adjustment. Make it thinner by adding more water. Simple. Good. This would make a great side to soup when it's cooler.
My son was wanting waffles on morning and looking for a mix. I have this homemade pancake mix, and told him to make a couple adjustments to it for waffles, but told him I'd look for a waffle-specific mix. I found this Homemade Belgium Waffle Mix. It mixed up thinner than I'm used to, but they cooked up light with a thin crispy outside that held up well to syrup and fruit. I found, when I was out of milk, that half-and-half produced a little denser waffle that I really liked.
I've only ever thought of gnocchi as cool evening comfort food. Then I found this Summer Gnocchi with Corn and Smoked Sausage. It was awesome. Those chewy pillows of gnocchi, crisp browned sausage and the lighter "sauce." I opted to leave out the jalapenos - they've been too hot this season.
I just wanted something quick and easy - heat in the kitchen be damned. I had blackberries from our bushes coming out my ears when I picked this Blackberry Bacon Grilled Cheese for dinner one night. I didn't realize it was just blackberry jam. So, I skipped that blackberries, though in hindsight I could have just mashed some fresh ones and added them to the berry sauce I did use.
This Tomato Basil Artichoke Chicken Bake was another Parent-Dinner Night meal. It was easy enough make for a larger crowd. I used chicken thighs instead of breasts. I loved the fresh ingredients - tomatoes and basil from the garden were a bonus. It had good flavor and, well, there's the cheese. You can't go wrong with fresh mozzarella.