I know it can be tough to motivate to cook a new or “fancy” meal! But, I find that once I motivate to buy the groceries and get started on the meal, I usually get into it and am pleased with final product! Last week I tested out an entirely new recipe and it is definitely a recipe that I will use again when entertaining.
I also cooked one of our family favorites, a great hearty winter meal, and kept it simple with a fish and side. The great thing about last week’s meals is that most of them were larger dishes that ended up making several meals and the boys were a fan of most of these as well! I’ve included all of the recipes from this week below. I highly recommend all and would love hear from you if you end up using all or any!
I love braised short ribs but had never tried to cook myself. My husband and I decided to be bold and try this recipe for our Valentine’s Day dinner and it turned out amazing — so rich and decadent. And even though it sounds complicated, it was actually pretty simple! The biggest watchout for this dish is that it takes at least 2 1/2 hours to braise and 30-40 minutes to prepare – so plan accordingly!
As I shared in a previous blog post, I am trying to be better about using up groceries and not wasting food in the fridge (see my tips on how to accomplish this, here). I knew I was going to have a ton of leftover herbs, carrots, and celery from the short ribs so I also planned on making chicken noodle soup this week as well. This recipe from Rachel Ray was super simple, I was done in 30 minutes, and it was so flavorful. My trick is to use rotisserie chicken instead of grilling or roasting on your own.
This is one of our favorites. I first tried this recipe last year for my New Year’s dinner and since than it has become a staple in our household. So easy to make and I usually mix it up by substituting different kinds of sausage and kale or spinach for the broccolli rabe.
As many of you know, kale is one of my biggest obsessions (see my blog post on my 5 days of kale – my favorite kale recipes). This is one of my favorite ways to prepare kale, the walnuts really make the dish. This entire meal was a great light balance to the heavier, more complicated meals from the week.
We also ended up ordering pizza one night this week, because, let’s face it, cooking every night is exhausting! I hope that you try some of these out, your family will thank you!