Chopped taco salad

Chopped taco salad
Chopped taco salad

I first made this taco salad for a potluck lunch at work last year — I wanted something that was easy to make and transport. But I liked it so much that it’s become a regular part of our dinner rotation. It’s easy to mix up a large bowlful (I serve the dressing on the side) and have several delicious meals. I vary the protein depending on what I have on hand — it’s also delicious with ground beef or leftover chicken.

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Southwestern-style chicken and bean enchiladas

Southwestern-style chicken and bean enchiladas
Southwestern-style chicken and bean enchiladas (served with lettuce and guacamole)

I don’t usually have a lot of time to cook during the week, so I rely on quick and easy meals (like this chef salad). But on the weekend, I enjoy making — and eating — more “homey” meals. These enchiladas are a great choice, and they make delicious leftovers.

I like to use a variety of veggies along with the chicken in my filling, so it’s colorful and healthy. Also, I make my enchilada sauce from a Carlita brand seasoning packet, but you could substitute 2 cups of your favorite enchilada sauce. The pepperjack cheese adds a hint of spice, but you could amp it up with diced jalapeno peppers, if you like. Either way, they’re delicious!

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Baked catfish po boy sliders with spicy remoulade sauce

Baked catfish po boy sliders with spicy remoulade sauce
Baked catfish po boy sliders with spicy remoulade sauce (served with coleslaw)

For the past several weekends, I’ve been trying new recipes while we’ve been watching the NFL playoffs. This baked catfish recipe isn’t new to me, but I haven’t made it in several years. I made some changes to it yesterday and ended up with these delicious po boy sliders.

Catfish is traditionally used in po boy sandwiches, but I opted to use cod this time because it was on sale at the grocery store — either works great. I also made a quick remoulade sauce, which adds great flavor to the sliders. If you don’t like horseradish, you could add Dijon mustard to the sauce instead, although it won’t be the same.

I stayed with the Southern theme, and made oven-roasted garlic and rosemary sweet potatoes as a side. We also had coleslaw. It was a delicious meal — and the leftovers are waiting for us tomorrow night!

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Chef salad

Chef salad
Chef salad

If you look at our meal plans for the last several months, this tasty chef salad is the dinner you’ll find most often. We’ve gotten into the habit of having salad for dinner at least twice a week — and this is my go-to salad.

If you’re looking for quick meals during the week, you can prep the veggies and hard-boil the eggs on the weekend. Then, all you have to do is combine all the ingredients and you’re ready to eat! Another easy option is to use leftover rotisserie chicken in place of the deli ham. Either way, it’s delicious.

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10-minute teriyaki chicken

10-minute teriyaki chicken
10-minute teriyaki chicken (served with broccoli and rice)

If you live in or have visited the Pacific Northwest, you’ve probably noticed that there are “teriyaki stops” in pretty much every town. Unfortunately, they’re not very common here in the Twin Cities.

Fortunately, it’s easy to make your own teriyaki chicken at home. The first key is to use chicken thighs, so you don’t end up with dry chicken. The second is to brown the chicken for extra flavor, and the third is to use a good teriyaki sauce. Follow those steps and you’ll have delicious teriyaki chicken in under 10 minutes. Enjoy!

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Chilled tofu with kabocha squash

Chilled tofu with kabocha squash
Chilled tofu with kabocha squash

This chilled tofu with kabocha squash is a great, easy Japanese recipe. It can be either a lighter meal on its own (served with rice and miso soup) or served as a side (I like to pair it with sushi). Either way, it’s simple but delicious.

Kabocha squash is a Japanese winter squash that is unique in that you can eat the skin — don’t be afraid, it adds a lot of flavor. This mild, orange squash is one of our favorites.

The chilled tofu (hiyayakko) is topped with bonito flakes, green onions, and soy sauce. Pressing the block of tofu before serving allows it to absorb more of the flavor of the soy sauce. Give it a try — it’s delicious!

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Jambalaya with andouille and chicken

Jambalaya
Jambalaya with andouille and chicken

Happy New Year!

I decided to kick off the year by making a big batch of jambalaya for dinner last night —and I thought it was time to update the recipe and picture, as well.

Jambalaya is an easy meal and it makes leftovers (or feeds a crowd, especially if you double the recipe). I usually use andouille sausage and chicken as my proteins, but you could also add shrimp if you prefer. Either way, it’s a great, hearty meal and I hope you enjoy it!

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Stuffed turkey roulade with roasted red potatoes

Stuffed turkey roulade with roasted red potatoes
Stuffed turkey roulade with roasted red potatoes (served with green bean casserole and Hawaiian rolls)

Happy Thanksgiving! Michael and I enjoyed a relaxing weekend, and one of the highlights was this delicious turkey roulade that I made for Thanksgiving dinner.

Since I was only making dinner for the two of us, I decided to try something different — this turkey roulade, which I stuffed with my family’s traditional stuffing recipe. The preparation is a little more detailed than simply roasting a turkey, but don’t be intimidated by the long instructions — it only takes an hour to roast. I already have another turkey breast in the freezer, so I’ll definitely be making this one again.

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Ground turkey sriracha sliders

Sriracha sliders with rosemary sweet potato fries
Ground turkey sriracha sliders (served with sweet potato fries)

Since we’re watching the Vikings vs. Packers game this afternoon, I thought it would be appropriate to share our go-to football gameday dinner — ground turkey sriracha sliders with sweet potato fries.

These sliders were inspired by one of the new foods at this year’s Minnesota state fair. Although we didn’t try them at the fair, Michael enjoyed a version at work, and we decided they would be good enough to make our own.

I like to bake the sliders in the oven, which works great — they cook evenly, don’t dry out, and it would be easy to scale up for a crowd.  They’re great paired with sweet potato fries, which are one of our Trader Joe’s favorites.

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Honey mustard glazed salmon

Honey mustard glazed salmon
Honey mustard glazed salmon

For the past couple years, my go-to salmon recipe has been teriyaki salmon. But lately, I’ve been making this honey mustard glazed salmon recipe as a delicious alternative.

When I’m making a meal with salmon, I usually stick to the same simple formula: oven-baked salmon, a starch (usually rice), and a veggie (like broccoli, zucchini, or a green salad). It’s balanced, simple, and delicious.

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