It’s way past time to update my November 30 Day Challenge which was to cook my family ten new meals.
I wrote up my attempt at the first three recipes and this is my final roundup.
Searching for, shopping and cooking ten new dishes turned out to be quite a feat, for me at least, the reluctant chef. But I managed it.
With some help from a man with rippling muscles.
With zero days to spare.
I made some meals that were simply fantastic.
And some that were good.
And a couple that won’t be gracing our dinner table again.
Below are the results:
1. Chickpea and Spinach Curry. I liked it, no-one else did.
2. Carrot & Walnut Tagliatelle. The trash liked that one. A lot.
3. Mexican Bean Casserole. Easy, peasy. Love it.
4. Turkey Shepherds Pie. We are big on minced turkey in our house. Which is good. Because it’s dirt cheap.
5. Mexican Lasagne* The name of this dish had my kids howling -‘How can a lasagne be Mexican?’ To which I had no good answer. Bit too spicy for the family – I made my own taco seasoning and sauce which was probably a mistake because I was rather proud of myself for making it and scattered it willy-nilly. But with less chilli, it’s a keeper. (Perhaps we should call it Willy-Nilly Chilli.)
6. Baked Scallops With Mushrooms. As long as I lighten up on the heavy cream.
8. Roasted Veggies with Cheese** Feta worked well for me, not so well for the kids who preferred cheddar cheese and vegetables they recognized. Perfect dish for me – so, so easy.
Thumbs Way Up:
9. Garlic Prawns. Easy. Simple. Perfect.
And the pièce de résistance as taught to me by the man with the muscles, Mark Sisson, over at primal site, Marks Daily Apple…
10. Beef Burgundy!!!!
Quite simply the best stew/casserole (what’s the diff?) in the history of the universe! The leftovers were yummier than the original.
I don’t own a slow cooker or a crockpot (are those different or the same thing? I have no clue) but I can imagine this recipe would work well in one of those. I just cooked in a casserole dish in the oven. It was divine!
So there we have it, all ten recipes including four vegetarian dishes complete. Ta-da!
My December Thirty Day Challenge is underway. Which is pretty good as we are already halfway through it.
Because of the craziness of the holiday season, I haven’t given myself too hard a task as I am a big believer in rest and low stress.
Lots of it.
I’m also mindful that the hedonistic haul of the holiday season can derail all my healthful habits.
** Thanks to internet marketing and business strategist, Cathy Presland for this recipe.
What’s your plan for the holidays? Do you set yourself limits? Or do you let it all hang out? Let me know in the comments!
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