Sometimes I just get tired of my go-to dinners, which gives my the perfect opportunity to try the delicious sounding recipes piling up on my Pinterest board. Instead of my traditional recipe review format, I want to share the three new recipes I tested this past week (plus a plug for the one go-to dinner I'm not tired of).
First up, Sheet Pan Honey-Chipotle Chicken by Sheela Prakash. I will be the first to admit that chicken gets boring, but this recipe helped get me out of my seasoning rut. With most marinades, the flavors need time to melt together, so I prepped the chicken in the morning and let it hang out in the refrigerator for the day. This particular recipe calls for the addition of onions and sweet potato, but I decided to just stick with the chicken, either way it's delicious!
That same night I experimented with a second recipe, coincidently also found on The Kitchn. I love sweet potatoes, especially sweet potato fries, but making them at home often leads to underwhelming sogginess. This Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries recipe promised a better experience. The only glitch in this plan was assuming potato starch could be easily found in my grocery store. Apparently I was wrong, but luckily I think quickly on my feet (and am Jewish), so knew I could find latke mix in the Jewish food section; essentially potato starch and dried onion bits.
So not the perfect situation, but good enough in my book. Good enough also happened to work out this time around. While I would not deem the fries "crispy" they did have a wonderful flavor and textured coating. Give them a try if you are looking for an alternative to your normal baked sweet potato, just don't expect them to match the crunchiness you get from a deep fryer.
If you are like me, you love any recipe that can actually be thrown together in under 20 minutes. Many recipes claim to achieve this high standard but fail in my kitchen. However, Melissa over at Well Fed keeps her promise with Oven-Fried Salmon Cakes. I make these regularly and have not gotten tired of them yet. Make the mix before work if you have a particularly busy evening and feel free to play around with the flavors once comfortable with the original. Since I choose not to eat tons of bread, my favorite way to serve these is with roasted vegetables or salad greens, and diced avocado.
Last but not least, these Cinnamon Vanilla Paleo Muffins from Healy Eats Real will fill all your french toast cravings. Believe me. I am a creature of habit when it comes to breakfast (two fried eggs over roasted veggies), but sometimes a change is in order. Eat one alongside a banana, a spoonful of nut butter, or a tall glass of milk/almond milk to start your day off right, or melt a little butter on top for an afternoon pick-me-up. If you have great self control and don't devour them all in a weekend, they will keep in the freezer for a few weeks.
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