Cooking with What We Know

Have I told… you lately… that I love you… (TOH Comfort Food Diet cookbook)…

That’s right. Our love affair has continued. And our most recent fave is the Baked Tilapia (found in the new 2012 version).

Baked Tilapia

We also tried the Savory Baked Chicken (from the 2011 edition)–forgot to take a picture of this one–and the Chicken with Rosemary-Onion Sauce. Both of these were deemed good. Not in the top five, but decent enough to be repeated.

Chicken with Rosemary-Onion Sauce

Then, on Friday night, we tried Hungry Girl’s Sweet Apple & Chicken Stir Fry. Mmm, mmm, mmm! The combination of flavors in this one–garlic, oregano, balsamic vinegar, onion, and apple–was so different than anything we normally have. The picture is proof that it’s not exactly the prettiest recipe, but it will definitely be repeated.

Hungry-Girl Sweet Apple & Chicken Stir-Fry

The theme of all four of these recipes is that they contained ingredients that we had around the kitchen already. One of the hard things about this resolution to stretch my dinnertime imagination is that it runs the risk of being especially strenuous on our grocery envelope. So, besides looking for and trying out new recipes, I’ve been trying to take note of ingredients already in our kitchen. Besides saving money, this approach helps us try recipes that we’re more likely to repeat, because they’re easily accessible.

You’ll notice we do a lot of tilapia, because 1) it’s the only fish B really eats, and 2) we buy them frozen at Sam’s. We also do a lot of chicken because… well, we’re American. Who doesn’t eat a lot of chicken? The rut we’re trying to get out of now is… Hmm. What’s another way we can bread chicken?

What’s on tap for this week? A new Lemon-Garlic Tilapia recipe, Applesauce-Glazed Porkchops, and, for Super Bowl Sunday, a lightened-up lasagna recipe. (All are Taste of Home diet recipes!)