Archive for June, 2011

Recipes in Review

We’ve been trying a lot of new eats in our house lately. Here’s a quick recap of what we’ve been eating as well as what we thought. None of these are originals by moi so I’ve posted my photos and reviews with links to the recipe source.

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I can’t believe I’ve never shared this first dish on the blog before! It’s one of our all-time favorites, Spicy Beef Noodles from Laura’s Lean Beef.

My husband doesn’t typically like Asian flavors (doesn’t like soy sauce at all), but the peanut butter masks it enough that he doesn’t notice. He actually requested this for his birthday this year and regularly asks for it to be added to the menu. You can adjust the level of heat by how much or how little red pepper flakes you use. A few of my vegetarian friends have made this and suggest using either soy crumbles or 1/2 can of pinto beans in place of the beef. Genius!

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Next is Nacho-rific Stuffed Chicken from Hungry Girl.

Confession: I have her show set to DVR. To be honest, the show is awful. It’s cheesy and she annoys me a little in her delivery. All that aside, I have seen a few really great ideas and recipes. This is one of them.

We really liked this dish and I’ll definitely be making it again. Assembly is pretty messy, but kinda fun.

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The May 2011 issue of Martha Stewart Living had some fantastic pasta recipes for the summer. I LOVE me some arugula so I was immediately drawn to the Whole-Wheat Shells with Tuna & Arugula. I knew this wasn’t something my husband would love so it was all for me. I made a big batch on Monday and portioned out the leftovers for lunches during the week.


Yum! It was good served immediately, but I actually preferred the leftovers served cold. I did make a few modifications to the original recipe. I used 2 cans of chunk light tuna in water because I couldn’t find jarred fillets. I also skipped drizzling the extra 2 tablespoons of EVOO over the top before serving.

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Then there was one we didn’t love so much…Cheese Ravioli with Pumpkin Sauce.


I don’t think this is a bad dish. I think we’ve just discovered that we’re not fans of pumpkin in savory dishes. Give me a pumpkin muffin, pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin fluff or any other pumpkin sweet any day, though.

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Last, but certainly not least, Triple Layer Cookies & Cream Crunch Bars from Jessica @ How Sweet It Is.  I made them for a church picnic a few weeks ago and people are STILL raving about them. I didn’t cut them until we got to the picnic so check out the photos from her blog as well as the recipe. You’re going to want to make these. Today. Right now, actually. They’re amazing.

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My mission right now is to rely on meals that don’t require turning on the oven. As summer heats up, I do whatever I can to keep the house cool and save our air conditioner from working any harder than it needs to.

What’s your favorite no-bake meal?


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Tank of gas: $60

Season pass: $70

2 Packed lunches: about $5

Stuffed otter: $8

Spending the day at the zoo with Peanut…



I missed you all! We had a great day at the zoo on Tuesday. Come evening, I was exhausted and my eyes couldn’t focus on the computer screen. I’ll be back tomorrow with a brand new post and my PLANKS Challenge update. Stay tuned!

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