I love to cook for other people, but when it comes to cooking for moi, I just can’t ever seem to find the motivation. Frozen dinners, cereal and sandwiches are the usual fare when it comes to dinner at the Shiffler abode. In an effort to cook more and ultimately, eat healthier, I’ve added a line up of food blogs to my Google Reader repertoire. This week’s menu includes recipes from and inspired by some of my new favorite recipe blogs!
This Monday it is my turn to host the girls for The Bachelor again. This season each of our hostesses has been really good about offering up healthy fare — a stark contrast to our cupcake and pig in a blanket filled seasons past! With a long day at work and little time for pre-party prep I oped to prepare an easy crockpot meal I’ve posted about before. Black Bean Crockpot Chicken can be served in many healthy ways. I’ll be offering up corn tortillas for those who want to make tacos and fresh greens for the taco salad types.
The appetizer, Creme Cheese Sausage Dip, I admit, is a bit less calorie conscious, although I did choose to use light creme cheese which make it a little better! I made the dip a few weeks ago and froze it, so again, no prep time.
I’m guessing I’ll have leftovers from Monday night’s meal so I planned my next cooking venture for Wednesday. This easy looking vegetarian recipe comes from No Eyeballs Please, a blog by one of my fellow GHS alums, Danielle. She recently launched her blog where she posts recipes that are “always vegetarian and occasionally vegan.”
Danielle’s Lemony Creamy Linguine is one of the many recipes I have slated to try out. I love that there are very few ingredients, making it an easy and affordable meal. (Just the kind I like!) I haven’t tried this recipe before so I’ll report back on how it goes. It sure looks delicious though!
My last recipe of the week was inspired by the Roast Chicken with Balsamic Bell Peppers recipe on Keeping up with the Joneses. I’m not a huge fan of bell peppers and don’t have the time or motivation to make my own mashed potatoes, so I sought out a similar roasted chicken recipe. A quick search and I came up with McCormick’s Rosemary Baked Chicken with Potatoes recipe. I love that it has few fresh ingredients, because who knows if I’ll actually get to this recipe this week!