Sunday, August 23, 2015

Getting Out of my Recipe Rut

Hope you had a fabulous weekend, the highlight of ours was meeting our new
 nephew, Cade. Oh my goodness, he couldn't be more adorable! I would have another
one in a second if I could. :)
Back to least favorite time of day is 5:00 if I don't have a plan for dinner,
and now that school is back in swing I feel like I need to up my game and make dinner be
 less casual about dinners. I'm not very good at making a menu for the week, but I do plan
 and prep for dinner early in the day and that works to keep me from being crazy. In no
time it seems like we're in a rut and rotating the same 'ol dinners over and over. I always
love getting recommendations for tried and true recipes, here are a few new ones we've
tried this summer that made it on our 'put it in the rotation' list.

Gyros with Greek Chicken, Tzatziki and Flatbread
Recipe at Cooking Classy

I don't make homemade flatbread, I like both La Brea and Stonefire from Costco.
I mix all the ingredients for Tzatziki Sauce together and don't do any of the extra
steps for the cucumber. I do make sure to make it early enough for the flavors
to meld. My family isn't crazy about feta so we omit it. Great for school lunches
too, just send the sauce separately.  

Creamy Shrimp & Mushroom Pasta
Recipe at Julia's Album

I double the sauce for my boys.

Easy Garlic Parmesan Knots
Recipe at Damn Delicious

I could make dinner out of these little gems!
I tweak the recipe by using pizza dough purchased from a local
Italian restaurant instead of canned biscuits.

Kicked Up Fried Rice with Shrimp and Crabmeat 
Recipe at Food Network Emeril Lagasse

I don't add the crab, just use shrimp and ham.

Caprese Garlic Bread
Recipe at Two Peas and Their Pod

Delish, and perfect for the garden fresh tomatoes and basil this time of year.
I use a LOT of basil. :)

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies (for two)
Recipe at The Baker Chick

Makes six nice sized cookies. I like to refrigerate the dough for just a bit to keep them
 from spreading as much - if you can hold out.

Have you tried anything new to add to your rotation lately?

You can find my favorite recipes I shared last summer here.

If you'd like to check it out my Pinterest Food Board is here.  


Lori Appleton said...

Those all look "damn delicious!" Thanks for sharing. I'm trying to get out of a rut too.

Vel Criste said...

This post made me hungry! Thanks for sharing Pam!

jmac said...

Hi! just found your blog from preppy empty nester. And was just looking for something new to make tonight....funny how somebody's old will become my new! Love your fave recipes and am definitely making your mushroom shrimp pasta tonight!!
Going now to read more!! thanks....

tina said...

I love to cook - provided I have time. With just the two of us, I usually cook 2 or 3 full meals a week and have a couple of nights of leftovers, or left-over items with new additions, etc. We also eat out at least a couple of times a week. I can find all kinds of recipes on Pinterest. I do somewhat plan what we are having for a week, because I only want to shop once a week. (other than the produce market which may be more often, fresh veggies/fruit) The main goal for us is healthy eating. Hubby's parents both had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc. and he is determined not to fall into that. Me too!! So sometimes it is hard (and I think more expensive) to eat healthy. This time of year is great because of all the fresh produce! We do not eat processed food, I cook meals from scratch.

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

I've been looking for some new recipes...I've been a rut too

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Those all look delish! I need some new dinner ideas, too!

Ellen Ross | Ask Away said...

Yes i sooo need some new recipes
XO Ellen from Ask Away Blog

Minha vida de campo said...

Que delicia, adorei as sugestões.
Tenha uma ótima semana.

Calypso In The Country said...

I am in the worst recipe rut lately. I only had one burst of inspiration when we had friends over for dinner one night. Other than that, it's been the same old boring stuff! I will have to try some of your recipes.

Unknown said...

Pam-I've been in a rut lately, so I tried the Chicken Gyros tonight. It was a BIG hit with the family! Very fresh and healthy too. Thank you for sharing. XO Gail

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