Thursday, June 21, 2018

Italian Mozzarella Chicken Foil Packets

This fantastic meal is everything you need all in a foil packet - cook it on the grill or in the oven.

Italian Mozzarella Chicken Foil Packets #recipe #grill #maindish #chicken #foilpacket

I'm all about the foil packets right now. I have made one particular foil packet dinner for years and years and years (Hobo Dinner) and branched out recently with different proteins and vegetables in these recipes. This particular foil packet recipe is marinated chicken with zucchini, carrots, onion, and potatoes. I love that there was an option for grilling or baking in the oven. I opted for oven baking personally because I love how easy it is to just open the packets and get nice browned and bubbly cheese on top with the help of my broiler.

The marinade is fabulous with lemon, balsamic vinegar, and a variety of spices. It's a great summertime meal for sure.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Herbed Tuna Steaks #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 SEAFOOD. I was nervous about this one because your girl only eats canned tuna and that's about it. On occasion, I will eat a couple popcorn shrimp, but otherwise, I just don't eat much seafood. June is National Seafood Month (US food holiday) and I've tried to pick a variety of ingredients or dishes to have for the Food Fight, even if it isn't something I particularly like. I stepped outside of my comfort zone here.

Herbed Tuna Steaks #recipe #seafood #tuna #fantasticalfoodfight

Years ago, Nick ordered blackened ahi tuna steak at a local restaurant and it was truly one of the best things either of us have ever eaten. I knew when I chose seafood that I would attempt to do tuna steak at home. I didn't want to do blackened tuna because I wanted to go super simple for my first try, in case I messed it up. I found this recipe for herbed tuna steaks on Food Network and was incredibly nervous. Tuna steak isn't cheap and I didn't want to make it inedible.

I researched and researched to make sure I did it correctly. My tuna steak was a little over an inch and a half thick so I cooked it slightly longer but I should have stuck with the original cook time. I didn't ruin it by any means, but it wasn't medium rare. I was really excited to able to use some herbs from my Aerogarden too. All-in-all, it was way less scary than I made it out to be and I would definitely buy it and make it again. I made pork chops using the same recipe as the tuna and they were just as delicious.

Herbed Tuna Steaks #recipe #seafood #tuna #fantasticalfoodfight

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Fried Pickle Burgers

Add a little crunch to your burger with delicious fried pickles!

Fried Pickle Burgers #maindish #recipe #burger #beef #pickles

Fried pickles have been an obsession of ours for the last few years after having discovered how delicious Zaxby's fried pickles were. Though we also discovered they were "seasonal" and Zaxby's hasn't had them for a while. The reps on Zaxby's Facebook page told me they have no plans to bring them back at this time. WHICH IS GARBAGE. But it's also forced me to try and come up with a copycat (which hasn't been very successful since I cannot compare it directly with Zaxby's because they haven't sold them since 2016).

It hasn't stopped us from trying multiple recipes. This one for the burgers is probably the closest to Zaxby's in that it has a cornmeal breading. Still slightly different, but man, I'll take it. It's a great addition to the burger! Fun change of pace from just regular pickles, plus you end up with a ton of leftover to serve up on the side. They are wonderful to dip in the burger sauce :)

Fried Pickle Burgers #maindish #recipe #burger #beef #pickles

Monday, June 18, 2018

Menu Plan Monday - June 18, 2018

Menu Plan Monday for Jun 18, 2018 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

Apparently, I didn't really look at what was going on because I made the most epic slow cooker meal week without realizing it. Guess this will motivate me to clean that sucker out every evening after the meal is put up!

Monday - Slow Cooker Spicy Chicken and Rice
Tuesday - Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers
Wednesday - Mimi's Cafe Carrot Cake Muffins // Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup
Thursday - Quick & Easy Beef Noodle Stir Fry
Friday - Cheeseburgers on Pretzel Buns
Saturday - Slow Cooker Pork Roast with roasted potatoes and mixed veggies
Sunday - Cinnamon Roll Donuts // Marble Cake

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

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Cherry Delight

This no-bake dessert is so easy to throw together and can feed a crowd! It's truly a delight

Cherry Delight #dessert #cherry #cheesecake #recipe

I love no-bake desserts that mimic cheesecake and I love any time I can get a cherry recipe because I don't have cherries enough. I think on the rare occasion I do, it's atop a sundae or milkshake. I don't think I have ever made anything from fresh cherries, so that's definitely on my foodie bucket list. But for now, I have to share this wonderful dessert that is no-bake and uses canned cherries. You can absolutely bake the crust for more sturdiness, but I actually like it better unbaked. This really reminds me of the Jell-O cherry cheesecake but a littler heartier.

Cherry Delight #dessert #cherry #cheesecake #recipe