Do you ever get stuck in food ruts? For the longest time, Marcus and I would try new recipes here and there, but mostly eat the same thing over and over. There’s only so many ways to keep regular baked chicken interesting. So we started making a weekly dinner menu to add variety to our weeknights.
Our plan is to cook three unique meals a week and eating leftovers on the days between. What we cook and how it’s prepared all has to do with our work schedule. He has duty and has to be on the ship at least once a week, in which case I won’t cook that night. And I work a split schedule three days a week, meaning slow cooker meals are the best bet.
Last week’s schedule was:
- Sunday: Turkey, Sweet potato, and Zucchini Casserole with 30-Minute Dinner Rolls
- Monday: Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken
- Tuesday: Leftovers (Marcus on duty)
- Wednesday: Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken
- Thursday: Leftovers
- Friday: Date night / dinner out
- Saturday: Crispy Honey Orange-Glazed Salmon
It felt great to finally step away from the usual and try some new recipes. And for the most part, they were all a huge hit! Below you’ll find the recipes along with what we thought of each and any changes made. Enjoy!
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TURKEY, SWEET POTATO, AND ZUCCHINI CASSEROLE
Taste test: Marcus went for seconds…and if Marcus goes for seconds, it must be good. He also raved about it at work. I thought it tasted like spaghetti and meatballs, but slightly sweeter due to the sweet potatoes instead of noodles. It was great.
Change to the recipe: I had to bake it 20 minutes longer than the recipe stated. The sweet potatoes were still hard after 25 minutes, so I covered it with foil and stuck it back in the oven for 20 more minutes until the potatoes were tender.
30-MINUTE DINNER ROLLS
You read that right- yeast rolls in 30 minutes!! The original plan was to make rolls in our bread maker, but I totally forgot about them until it was too late. Enter the 30 Minute Dinner Rolls.
Taste test: Delicious, but the texture was way too dense. It was probably something having to do on my end, though. I’ll most definitely be making these again.
Change to the recipe: None. I know not to mess with baking recipes!
SLOW COOKER CASHEW CHICKEN
Taste test: A little salty for my taste (using low-sodium soy sauce), but Marcus enjoyed it. Very close to take-out but much healthier.
Changes the to recipe: None, except the cooking time was cut by an hour due to our unusually-hot slow cooker. I also followed her tip to put the cashews in during the cooking to yield a softer texture.
SLOW COOKER TERIYAKI CHCKEN
Taste test: Ok, I don’t know what happened to our meal, but it turned out to be a watery mess. Tasted alright though.
Changes to the recipe: None, but it probably needs cornstarch or some type of thickener. Like I said, the sauce was water-thin and nothing really stuck to the meat.
CRISPY HONEY ORANGE-GLAZED SALMON
via Café Delites
Taste test: Great! Loved this recipe because it was so easy and took less than 30 min start to finish.
Changes to the recipe: I only had half the amount of salmon it called for, so I halved the sauce recipe. I also used a thinner cut of salmon, so it cooked very quickly.
Question: Have you tried a new recipe lately?