August 31, 2018

Recent Eats: Some yummy food I've been cooking lately

This is kind of an odd post for me, because I stopped posting food journals a long time ago. But I just transferred a bunch of photos from my phone onto my computer, and I saw that I had several pictures of food I've cooked recently. (I have a private Instagram account where I post food photos, more for myself than anyone else, so that I can look for ideas when I make my menus. So, I usually take photos of things that cook.)

Some of the things I've made lately have been SO good, so I thought I'd share the recipe links in case anyone is looking for something new to cook!

(As you all know, I am neither a food blogger nor a photographer, so these photos don't make the food look very appetizing. But I promise it was delicious!)

Chicken Fajita Pasta - I made chicken fajita pasta before, and it was good; but this time I made it with my own homemade fajita seasoning, and it was mind-blowing! Here is the recipe for the fajita seasoning, and here is the recipe I followed for the pasta. (Instead of the envelope of fajita seasoning called for in the recipe, used 1/4 cup of the homemade seasoning.)

Sweet Bean Salad with Fritos Scoops - I have no idea what to call this appetizer--it's kind of known as "that good bean dip" in my family. My mom got the recipe from a woman at an Army-moms support group. It's perfect for summertime! It has a sweet taste (oil and sugar make up the "dressing") and it must be served with Fritos Scoops ;)  This is one of those dishes that everyone asks for the recipe. So, here is the recipe for "that good bean dip".

Chicken 'n' Noodles - I used to work at Bob Evans, and they had a dish called Chicken 'n' Noodles--it was basically chicken noodle soup, but with less broth. I had some leftover chicken one day several years ago, so I threw this together and holy smokes it was so good. It looks very plain, but don't let that fool you! If you have chicken that is already cooked, this is a super fast and easy meal. Here is my recipe for Chicken 'n' Noodles.

Chicken Yakisoba - We were going over budget with our grocery money last week, so I was looking for cheap recipes. I came across this recipe that uses ramen noodles (I like the Maruchan brand). You don't use the seasoning packets that come with the noodles; instead, you make a sauce out of some condiments that you probably already have on hand. Here is the recipe I followed for Chicken Yakisoba.

Chickpea Tikka Masala - This recipe was a huge surprise for me; I honestly didn't expect to like it, because I'm not a big fan of chickpeas, but I do like to try new things. Again, I was looking for cheap meals, so I chose this one that uses chickpeas instead of meat. It ended up being not-so-cheap because I had to buy some spices, but the dish was SO GOOD that it was totally worth it.

And now I have the spices on hand to make this several more times. The kids didn't care for this, but Jerry and I loved it! Here is the recipe that I followed for Chickpea Tikka Masala. I made it as-written, except I accidentally only used two cans of chickpeas instead of three. I wondered why it was so saucy!

Meatball Soup - This is Jerry's favorite soup, and a big comfort food to him. I usually make it with ground turkey, but ground sirloin was on sale this week, so I decided to use that instead. I am not usually a big beef fan, but I think the ground beef was really good here. This soup is hearty and full of flavor! Jerry and the kids all insist that it be made with orecchiette pasta. Here is the recipe for my Meatball Soup.

Meatball Stroganoff - I use frozen meatballs for this (and canned mushrooms), so it comes together VERY fast. I hadn't made it in a long time, but when I was organizing my recipes page, I suddenly developed a craving for it, so I decided to cook it last week. I forgot just how good it is! Here is my recipe for Meatball Stroganoff.

Udon Noodle Stir-Fry with General Tso's Sauce - I had some udon noodles in the pantry, and it was just Eli and I for dinner one night. We both love stir-fry and spicy food, so I threw this together--I didn't have any meat, so we just had the veggies and noodles in the sauce. It was so good! Here is the recipe for the General Tso's Sauce. I used one package of udon noodles (these are ones I buy), one bag of frozen Birdseye Asian Medley veggies, and one recipe of the sauce--although next time, I think I would cut the sauce recipe in half. Eli and I both loved this!

Unstuffed Peppers - This was actually based on a stuffed pepper soup recipe, but I added a lot more peppers and it somehow had very little broth by the time I was done. It tastes just like stuffed peppers, so I just call it "Unstuffed Peppers" now. Here is the recipe for my Unstuffed Peppers!

And there you have it! I've been loving spicy food lately, so I'm going to try some new spicy recipes. I think I pin more recipes than I could ever cook in a lifetime! haha


  1. than you for sharing these recipes! I'm always looking for yummy tried and true recipes and can't wait to try some of these.

  2. We are currently in a recipe rut, so I am excited to try these. Thanks for sharing!

    We call the good bean dip "Cowboy Caviar". It is one of my favorites to take to potlucks!

  3. No work today so I made your meatball soup...yum! I liked it; hubby liked it; and the dog wld’ve probably liked it if he’d had some. ;-) Thanks for sharing!! It’s a keeper for us!

  4. An Instagram account for personal photos of meals you've cooked so you can scroll through it to get ideas is a totally genius idea!

  5. tried your fajita seasoning recipe yesterday with plain old ground turkey... we all just loved it! Thanks for posting!


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