Wednesday, April 29, 2015

2015 Recipe Reviews #1

I haven't done one of these posts in a while and we have tried a lot of new meals this year.  I can't remember them all, as some were not good and I just deleted them from my computer, but these are the ones I can remember.

  1. Loaded Baked Potato and Chicken Casserole - this was way too fatty for me, but hubby and the kids liked it.  We decided not to make this again though because of high fat content and there is another recipe we make that is similiar but lower in fat.
  2. Southwest Chicken & Potato Bake - this is the recipe we like better than the above one and that is not as high in fat.  We loved this recipe and I add extra BBQ sauce (we use Stubb's Sticky Sweet BBQ) and I make homemade onion soup mix.
  3. Crockpot No-Boil Manicotti - SO GOOD!!  We loved this and it is going to be a regular now in our favorites.  I used a jar sauce instead of making my own and the sauce was more sweeter than salty and that isn't the kind of marinara we prefer, so next time I'm making my own.  This was so easy and fast and delicious!
  4. Chicken Tikka Masala with Homemade Garam Masala - LOVE!!  This is a favorite in our house now and we put it on brown basmati rice.  I saute the onions and garlic in olive oil first and added in the ginger, tomato paste and spices.  We also use fire-roasted diced tomatoes and we use 2T of garam masala.
  5. Cheesy Stuffed Pepper Casserole - Another favorite now!  I loved this and the rest liked it enough to have it 1-2 times a month.  My husband hates stuffed pepper dishes but he liked this since the peppers are cut up.  I added 2T taco seasoning.
  6. Rice & Bean Casserole - this was good but my son just refused to eat it the next day.  Not sure if I will make this again but I liked it and may try it with pinto beans instead of kidney beans next time.
  7. Homemade Cheeseburger Helper - we all liked this and it is in our favorites but something we would only have 1-2 times a month.
  8. Chana Saag - we all love this one and have made it a lot the past few months.  We have it over rice and it gives a lot of leftovers for us.
  9. Crockpot Beef & Broccoli - OH MY THIS IS GOOD!! But it is so expensive to make as the beef for this dish cost us $11.  This is a luxury sort of meal for us and way healthier than take-out!  We serve over rice.
  10. Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti - good but on the dry side, just not enough sauce for us, we actually prefer the next recipe without chicken.
  11. Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo - good but not a favorite but we prefer over the chicken one above.  I use more liquid to make it creamier.
  12. Crockpot Enchiladas with Homemae Red Enchilada Sauce - FAVORITE!!  My husband could eat this every week and so could I!  There are no leftovers of this meal.  I don't use the Ranch style beans, I simply use pintos and add in spices (you can find many recipes online for the ranch style beans but I just use extra cumin, garlic/onion powder).
  13. Lasagna Casserole - favorite and I use my own homemade sauce and rotini noodles.  This is what I usually make for others/fellowship as it is always a winner with garlic bread!
  14. One-Pot Mac n' Cheese - I add in peas and 2 cans of tuna to make this stretch.
  15. Crockpot Cheesy Beef & Potato Casserole - good but not something we would make a lot.
  16. Crockpot Sweet & Sour Chicken - we couldn't stomach it but we did eat, burned our insides for a day or so and made us sick.  I'm pretty sure it was all the apple cider vinegar!  We threw away the leftovers.
  17. One-Pot Pasta - we liked it for a while but know we don't want it anymore.

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Mrs. Chrissy T said...

I love this review! How fun! I think the cheesy stuffed peppers sounds great!

Christian Homekeeper said...

Thanks Chrissy! ;-)

Anonymous said...

thank you for posting these recipes along with your reviews. Many of them look delicious.

Christian Homekeeper said...

Your welcome anonymous, thanks for the comment! ;-) I hope to try more new meals in the future but we got a lot in our family favorites now to enjoy and I'm loving them!!

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