Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Slow Cooker Chicken Spinach Pasta #FantasticalFoodFight

Welcome to another Food Fight! Fantastical Food Fight is a group of food bloggers who will get a theme or ingredient each month and make some sort of variation for it. It could be traditional or nontraditional and can be found in a cookbook, on a blog, or be a blogger's own creation! For more details, check out this page.

This month's Fantastical Food Fight theme is PASTA. October is National Pasta Month (American) and it could have not come at a better time. Nick recently went of his keto diet and is counting macros which means he is eating carbs. Which also means, I basically want to eat pasta every single day LOL. If you knew me in real life, you would know I am a pastaholic. Pasta is life (where pesto is my life blood). I'm ridiculously excited to see what my blogging pals have in store for today's Food Fight.

Slow Cooker Chicken Spinach Pasta #recipe #crockpot #chicken #pasta #FantasticalFoodFight

I decided to share this slow cooker chicken pasta recipe for today's Food Fight because it is now one of my new favorite chicken pasta dish. I love that it's slow cooked and you only have to prep the pasta before eating. I am not 100% sure, but I believe this was my first encounter with Creamy Italian dressing. It's now a must-have, stocked dressing in my fridge (along with French, Caesar, Poppyseed, and some kind of apple or onion vinaigrette). I would love to try this with fresh spinach - I'm sure it could be added in right before it's time to eat, so that it just wilts. Also confession time: I don't care for sundried tomatoes. I think they are much too sweet and potent. So I took grape tomatoes and roasted them. If you are good at laying down aluminum foil, you technically won't dirty a baking sheet to roast the tomatoes. And you can do it while you make the pasta.

Slow Cooker Chicken Spinach Pasta #recipe #crockpot #chicken #pasta #FantasticalFoodFight

Overall, this dish is just so wonderful. You can absolutely use any pasta you want, but I'm partial to spaghetti!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Bacon Brown Sugar Pork Loin

The perfect Sunday dinner pork loin made with bacon, brown sugar, and whole grain mustard!

Bacon Brown Sugar Pork Loin #recipe #bacon #pork

When I found this recipe, I didn't even think twice about putting it on my meal plan - bacon-wrapped pork loin! I looked at the ingredients list and was a little taken aback with chutney. I had heard of it, but couldn't really recall what exactly it was. If you are also living under a culinary-noob rock, chutney is an Indian condiment made from fruit and veggies with vinegar and spices. Major Grey's is a specific kind made with mangoes and red peppers. I think the chutney and whole grain mustard (first time trying that too) really classed this dish up. The smoky paprika and spicy cayenne worked so well with everything too.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Menu Plan Monday - October 15, 2018

Menu Plan Monday for Oct 15, 2018 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

We have another super awesome week of food ahead of us. I don't know what I'm most excited for because some of these are old favorites and some are new recipes. And now...I'm hungry :)

Monday - Mediterranean Meatball Gyro Sandwiches
Tuesday - Ree's Burrito Bowls
Wednesday - Cinnamon Roll Donuts // Easy Zuppa Toscana Soup
Thursday - Pork Tenderloin with Shredded Brussels [Food Network magazine]
Friday - Bacon Cheeseburgers with Spicy Mayo [Food Network magazine]
Saturday - Philly Cheesesteak Omelets
Sunday - Breakfast Crunchwraps // Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

What are you having for dinner this week?
Feel free to leave a link to the recipe in the comments!


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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Bacon Beer Cheese Soup with Chicken

This rich beer soup has so much cheese - plus bacon and chicken for heartiness!

Bacon Beer Cheese Soup with Chicken #soup #maindish #bacon #beer #chicken #recipe

I have no idea what happened, but I now love beer cheese soup. I still don't like and won't drink a beer, even the wheat ones that are fine, in my opinion. But I love beer cheese soup. There is just something about a beer that adds such perfect flavor to the soup, a richness and tang. Typically, these soups only have bacon, but this one has chicken plus croutons and chives. It is such a well-rounded, hearty soup. It's perfect for this time of year!

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Carne Asada Melts

Grilled cheese has never been better loaded with carne asada, tomatoes, and avocado!

Carne Asada Melts #recipe #sandwich #beef #carneasada

I have made these melts a couple times. I have prepared them with marinaded carne asada beef and pre-prepared carne asada beef. I tend to prefer marinating it on my own but either way, it turns out fantastically. It just depends on how much time you have for prep. You can go spicy with the cheesy or more mild. Again, it's just up to you. But this is one fabulous grilled cheese that you don't want to miss out on! And I'm saying grilled cheese instead of melts because I mean, they are basically one in the same :)

Carne Asada Melts #recipe #sandwich #beef #carneasada