Monthly Archives: January 2016

Week in Review: Paprika everywhere

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Last week we were coming back from a great weekend in Strasbourg, France and I was really feeling having meals with a European flare.  Enter paprika.  Paprika is one of my favorite spices.  I love it sweet or smoked.  Apparently our big kids love paprika as confetti and clothes dye.  Hubby bubby came home in the midst of them sprinkling it everywhere.  I had just gotten it out of our spice rack.  How could those little ninjas stealthily sneak it away from me so fast?!  Hubby has not mastered the art of capturing moments on camera so I do not have any pics of the kids covered in paprika, but I’m sure you can use your imaginations.  🙂  I hope our weekly meal plan helps give you some dinner inspiration!

A French pastry for the drive home from Strasbourg...heavenly!

A French pastry for the drive home from Strasbourg…heavenly!

Saturday-Sunday: Strasbourg!  It is an awesome city just a few hours from us.  We ate lots of Alsatian food which is essentially German influenced French food.  Yum!

Monday: Spanish Beef StewAfter our drive back from Strasbourg we hit the grocery store and made it home in time to have the first of our paprika-y meals.  This one is served over yellow rice which made it taste like perfection.  This was one we all liked and we will definitely be making it again.

A Euro-style chicken and dumplings.  So good and definitely worth trying...on a day you have extra time for prep.

A Euro-style chicken and dumplings. So good and definitely worth trying…on a day you have extra time for prep.

Tuesday: Chicken Goulash with Biscuit Dumplings.  This was the second of our paprika-heavy meals.  When hubby came home he said, “You’re actually making biscuits?!”  Pff, you bet I was!  they are the easiest biscuits to make ever.  All of the ingredients are pulsed in the food processor and then dolloped on top of the chickeny goodness.  So easy.  This one did take more hands-on prep so it is probably better for a weekend or a night when you have extra time.  We all loved it…even after hubby cleaned up the paprika crime scene in the kids kitchen.

Wednesday: Tango Joes and Salad Oranges.  Did I mention I like paprika?  I do.  I love it.  This one called for paprika, too, but we didn’t love this.  I love sloppy Joes and {almost} all riffs on them.  I also am a little obsessed with Chimichurri which is the topping for these.  This chimichurri had too much oil and rosemary, not my idea of a refreshing and light chimichurri.  The chimichurri also didn’t seem to really go with the flavors in the sloppy joe mix.  We ate this one but will not be making it again.  I have included the link in case you want to check it out.  At least I warned you!

Tango Joes with mandarin oranges since the 3 year old froze all of our salad greens.

Tango Joes with mandarin oranges since the 3 year old froze all of our salad greens.

Thursday: Pasta with parmesan sauce and fruit.  We were all a little under the weather and didn’t really feel like having much so hubby winged a parmesany sauce for some pasta and we had it with some fruit.

Friday: Leftovers.  Not an exciting way to kick off the weekend, but we were still not feeling well so having leftovers was perfect.  Except that I ate the Tango Joes.  I took one for the team.

Saturday: Leftovers again.  Still not very exciting, but made for a super easy day.

What did you have for dinner this week?  I’d love to know!  Just leave a comment below!  Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great week!

Minestrone soup the kids and I had for lunch.  I added a little turmeric to help us kick our colds...gotta love functional foods!

Minestrone soup the kids and I had for lunch. I added a little turmeric to help us kick our colds…gotta love functional foods!

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Week in review: Thumbs down, thumbs up

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This past week we had some interesting meals.  Interesting.  Not always a good word, right?  When I dyed my hair back to red some people said it was “interesting”…not good, yet maybe not bad?  That was how our week started out.  It got better quickly, luckily!  I guess this is what happens with my obsession with always trying new recipes.  It is times like this when I am reminded it really is necessary to try recipes before making them for guests.  Here is our week in review:

Sunday: Peruvian-Style Pasta Bolognese and salad. This one sounded so good. The spices, the ginger, the tomatoes! Pasta! What could go wrong?! Well, a lot apparently. To be fair, this recipe was not bad, but it was just not what we expected. Kinda like when you order a mocha at the coffee shop and they make you a latte. The latte isn’t bad, just not what you had wrapped your mind around and prepared your palate for. We won’t be making this one again. On a positive note, making a weirdish pasta was a great way to get the kiddos to eat second helpings of salad!

It smelled amazing and looked great but this Peruvian Bolognese just didn't quite work.

It smelled amazing and looked great but this Peruvian Bolognese just didn’t quite work.

Monday: Red Beans and Rice.  This is an oldie and a goody. We love “RBR”!  I am still trying to find the source for the original recipe so I can share it with you. Yum!

Red Beans and Rice never, ever lets me down.

Red Beans and Rice never, ever lets me down.

Tuesday: Authentic Bangladeshi Beef Curry, Asian Cucumber Salad, Basmati rice.  This meal was the antithesis of the Peruvian bolognese. I wanted something different, something out of our ordinary. This was even better than I hoped. We were supposed to save some for leftovers but we ate every last morsel. We left out the cayenne so it would be a little more kid-friendly. The sauce was still a tad spicy, but we tried to just fish the beef out for the kids and hoarded the sauce for ourselves. If you love beef stew and are looking for a more exotic version this is it. This is a must-try. 

This beef curry was my redemption after the Bolognese. This one is a keeper! I have since had dreams of this curry. It is that good.

This beef curry was my redemption after the Bolognese. This one is a keeper! I have since had dreams of this curry. It is that good.

Wednesday: Turkey Sausage-Gnocchi Soup.  We always have the ingredients on-hand to make this. A few freezer and pantry staples, no chopping, dinner in twenty minutes. Perfect option for the end of a long day. 

Thursday: Leftovers.  Easiest day of the week. I had the rest of the Peruvian pasta. It was still perplexing. Hubby bubby had the RBR. That gives me wife bonus points, right?

Friday:  Latin baked chicken, Rice, Roasted Broccoli.  We love this recipe and hadn’t had it in forever. There are five ingredients. Super easy and really flavorful. We set aside some of the sauce to use on the chicken for the kiddos before adding the chipotles. This chicken would be great sliced and served in tacos, too. 

What was the best thing you ate this week?  I’d love to know in the comment section below.  I hope you like the links to the recipes.  Thanks for reading!  I hope you come back soon!

Saturday we headed to Strasbourg, France for some yummy Alsacian food!

Saturday we headed to Strasbourg, France for some yummy Alsatian food!

 

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Best Ever Weeknight Chicken Recipes

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Welcome to 2016, Radishes Are Pink style!  :)I was just reflecting a little bit {don’t we all at this time of year?!} and was thinking about my goals for this here blog this year. I started the blog at the very end of 2014/beginning of 2015 when I was 7 months pregnant. Pregnant brains are weird and some days I think my lactating brain is even weirder! Needless to say it was not easy to keep up with the blog in 2015 and I am committed to doing better at it this year. Right after our sweet Chloe was born we learned we were moving to Germany and then the steamroller of an overseas move took hold of our life for most of the year. We found an awesome house but were without internet and television for five months! That seems insane thinking about it now. I guess my lack of sleep made it seem like it wasn’t quite so long.

My littlest sous chef has grown so much this year!

My littlest sous chef has grown so much this year!

Now that I am back to blogging I figured the best way to kick of the blogs in 2016 is with our favorite chicken recipes. Everyone {okay, maybe not everyone, but LOTS of people} love chicken. I think it is fair to say it is a weekly staple in most households. We are always trying out new recipes and I promise to give you my real take on them so you know which to try and which are just not worth your time. Here is a list (with links to the recipes) of five of the best weeknight chicken recipes we have ever tried. Cheers to puttin’ a little pizzazz in your chicken game in 2016!

Arroz Con Pollo: This is a Food and Wine recipe and is one of our favorites. It is from their Best From Scratch Chicken Cook Book. We love this one because you can really use whatever chicken you have on hand to make it and it comes together really quickly. This recipe is almost a formula for a chicken and rice and not just a recipe. You can riff with whatever peppers you have on hand and can add extra veggies (we usually do). The best part is that as long as you are willing to wait 45 minutes for dinner to be ready you can prep for twenty minutes then sit back and relax for the 25 minutes while it simmers…soaking in all of the delicious aromas.

Chicken Tikka Pizzas: It may sound a little odd at first, but trust me, this one just works! The chicken quickly broils in a yogurt mixture while you make an Indian-spiced tomato sauce. You mix this all together then spread on a pita with some onion and cheese and you are left with one of the best fusion recipes of all time. All in under thirty minutes!

Korean-Style Chicken Wraps: Every Asian chain seems to have a version of lettuce wraps and I had never found one to make at home to do them justice until we made these. These are sweet and salty (but not too salty) and with a squeeze of lime and some cool cucumber they are the perfect homemade lettuce wrap. I love the ones with some grated daikon which would be super good in these, but the daikons at our store are always enormous so the cucumber is a nice substitute. This is probably the best “take out, fake out” you’ll ever make. Trust me.

Our move to Germany moved us far away from some family and much closer to others! We are so happy to be able to see Auntie Anouk and Auntie Nienke more often!

Our move to Germany moved us far away from some family and much closer to others! We are so happy to be able to see Auntie Anouk and Auntie Nienke more often!

Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken Breasts with Thyme Gremolata: This one sounds fancy but don’t let that fool you. This recipe has six ingredients. Six! It takes a wee bit over thirty minutes, but that is because you marinate it for thirty minutes which is the perfect amount of time to settle in after work. The lemon juice makes the chicken tender and juicy. We usually serve this with some microwaveable rice and a tossed salad. This is definitely worth standing on your patio in a parka to grill in the Winter.

My sweet Hannah is always such a great helper and eater. She loves any kind of chicken!

My sweet Hannah is always such a great helper and eater. She loves any kind of chicken!

Cumin-Rubbed Chicken with Guacamole Sauce: We love Chipotle. A lot. The closest Chipotle to where we now live is almost two hours away. The horrors! The guacamole sauce is really what makes this recipe. It is creamy and tangy and takes only a few minutes to make it. Especially if you are lazy like me and roughly chop {ahem, okay so maybe I dared my blender to blend the halved tomatillos and giant chunks of avocado} the ingredients.

Stay tuned for more of our favorite ever recipes and weekly meal plans! Follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook so you never miss our take on a recipe we’ve tried. Happy New Year!

Life with this kiddo is always an adventure. A little Nutella on your face, Ry?

Life with this kiddo is always an adventure. A little Nutella on your face, Ry?

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