Pinterest Favorites and Fails {Series}

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Today is another recipe (but this time, a side dish) and it’s a FAVORITE!!!!  Cheesy Ranch Potatoes, from Mrs. Happy Homemaker

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These are just as good (dare I say better??) than they look.

I had about half a bag of red potatoes left over from something else I had made previously and had no idea what to do with them.  So I hit Pinterest and looked up potato recipes.  This one had me at “cheese” and “ranch”- what more could you want?  I ended up making a simple chicken dish with these as a side, and it was heaven.  Jon thought they were fantastic, too, so it was a hit all around.

One warning- these do take a while to cook… like an hour.  So make sure you factor that into your cooking time (i.e. Don’t wait until 30 minutes before you want to eat to start making these.  I DID check the instructions on these closely, so I knew the cook time and planned in advance, but I can’t say that I’ve always done this.  So, just, FYI).

If you decide to give these a shot, let me know what you think of them!  Happy pinning!

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Pinterest Favorites and Fails {Series}

Welcome to another edition of my series, Pinterest Favorites and Fails!

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Today, unfortunately, is a big fat FAIL. It’s another recipe (can you tell I like to pin food?? LOL)- Loaded Baked Potato Chicken Casserole, from Cook Lisa Cook.

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Sounds and looks delicious, right? I mean, just look at all that cheesy goodness.

The problem with this recipe is that it is INSANELY spicy. It’s not just a little hot…it’s burn your insides and make your stomach turn hot. (For the record, my husband likes spicy food and actually did enjoy this…I have no stomach for spicy so I took about 2 bites before deciding if I continued to eat I would surely die).

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Picture from Cook Lisa Cook

Perhaps these pictures of the chicken being coated in the red death should have tipped me off. But no where in the post or the comments (yes, I nearly always read comments before trying a recipe) did it mention just how blazin’ hot this would be.

I’m sure I could tweak this recipe to cut down on the heat, and I probably will since I like the concept and overall ingredient base. Perhaps I’ll try that and let you all know how it goes.

So, if you love spicy (like, really spicy), you may want to give this recipe a shot. Otherwise, steer clear unless you want your insides to burn out! Happy pinning!

What’s for Dinner?

When I went grocery shopping last week, I went without a list. This is normally pretty risky behavior and leads to extra purchases and sometimes not enough dinners. For these reasons, I try to ALWAYS make a list before hitting the grocery store. But we missed our regular grocery shopping day, and we had exhausted our food supply, and it was a weekday, and I figured I could just grab a few things and then go back a few days later after I had a chance to make a list.

Good theory…but it didn’t exactly happen that way. I got to the store, and it was not very crowded. And I realized I didn’t really want to go back to the store later in the week. So I decided to go ahead and just buy the normal allotment of groceries. But without my list, I hadn’t planned dinners for the week, so I kind of had to wing it. Fortunately, we have some old favorites that are in our regular rotation (such as tacos) that made it a little easier on me. For the other dinners, I selected easy items like brats/hotdogs and versatile things like chicken breast. And then I stumbled upon the Land O’ Lakes Sauté Express flavor cubes…and since I was already shopping on impulse, I bought them. I decided on the teriyaki flavor and bought some rice and beef to go with it.

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Well tonight I finally got around to making this teriyaki meal…and I have to say- it was delicious!  And oh so simple. I wish I had taken a picture of the finished meal, but we gobbled it up (even the toddler) so quickly that by the time I thought of it the plates were empty. But here’s how I made our scrumptious meal.

– I had 1.2 lbs of beef, so I used 3 cubes of the Sauté Express (the package recommends 1 cube per half pound of meat).
– I added the three cubes to my pan and turned the heat to medium-high.
– I waited for the cubes to melt complelety (they turned into a thick, bubbly sauce) and then added my beef (which I had cut into small strips).
– After a few minutes, I added half a package of frozen stir-fry vegetables.
– Then I just stirred constantly to make sure everything was coated and cooked.
– Meanwhile, the rice was cooking. I’m awful at rice (seriously, it’s sad), so I use the boil in a bag variety.

Everything was done cooking at about the same time…and I had a meal on our plates in less than 30 minutes. How can you beat that?!

No, I’m not a Land O’ Lakes employee. Nor is anyone in my family. And I did not get compensated in ANY way for this post. I just thought this product was really neat and wanted to share, in case anyone else has seen these in stores and wondered if they are any good (which, yes, they are).

What have you made for dinner that’s quick and tasty? I’m always on the lookout for new meals!