Meal Plan Monday: Pinterest Recipe Reviews

Happy Monday friends!  First of all, I apologize for my unintentional absence last week!  We are in the end-of-the-school-year homestretch, and I am OVERWHELMED with end of year celebrations, teacher appreciation, etc., etc., etc…times three!!  SO, I was bogged down with about three thousand things, but everytime I sat down to write for the blog…NOTHING.  But, I am BACK!

Secondly, I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day yesterday!  We had a lovely day (the weather was GORGEOUS), and I had a day full of sweet gifts, breakfast in bed, church, relaxing, and feasting on yummy, yummy food with my darling family.  I hope yours was just as nice!

And thirdly, I have not yet announced the winner of The Bible Study Box giveaway!!

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Congratulations, Lynda T.!!  Kristi will be contacting you soon with the information on claiming your prize!  And thank you so much to everyone else who entered!!  I hope you will continue to follow Kristi and the Bible Study Box!

And FINALLY, my post for today!  I know I missed my Meal Post Monday last week, but this week isn’t a great one for meal planning.  Scott is going to be gone 2 nights, and I have 2 coupons for free Chick Fil A salads, so, boom, there’s two dinners.  And the other three nights are going to be quick and simple dinners, since we have something going on every single night this week.  BUT, I have not done one of my Pinterest Recipe Reviews in quite a while, so that’s what I’m writing about today!

If you follow my Meal Plan Monday posts, you’ll know that I get a TON of my recipe ideas from Pinterest.  But you never really know if the recipes are going to be hits or misses, so today I am going to go back through a bunch of Pinterest recipes that I have tried to let you know which ones you need to try and which ones you need to pass on!  So let’s get to it!

Copycat CPK Kung Pow Chicken was pretty disappointing!  Some restaurant copycat recipes are right on, and end up being really good, but you’re better off ordering takeout or hitting up your local CPK rather than making this one.

California Chicken Flatbread– Now I loved this recipe!!  I love flatbreads and using creative toppings for pizzas, so this one hit the spot.  It is great for lunch or dinner, and I think you could really go all out with the toppings and create about a thousand different flatbread combinations.  But I really loved this one.

BBQ Chicken Salad– This is a ROCK STAR, tried and true favorite recipe of mine.  One of my very favorite dinner salad recipes.  I like to serve it by having a big bowl of romaine for everyone to grab from, and then all the toppings in smaller bowls so each family member can make their salads however they like!  Perfect for kids, since it’s a little more interactive and not just mom making their plate for them.  But about the salad…the corn, black beans, onion, and cheese all work so well together, and the combination of ranch dressing and bbq sauce is really so, so good!!  I have used grilled chicken, shredded chicken, and also oven-fried breaded chicken, and all were delicious.  This is a homerun.  A must make!!

Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Potatoes– These were great!  Perfect portion size (great for a dinner party!), and the kids loved them.  The little shepherd’s pies are the perfect comfort food entrees, and are very simple to make.

Jalapeno Chicken Burgers– I made these when I did the Whole 30 last year, and they are DELICIOUS.  They would be great on a bun, but it’s really not even necessary!  Topped with avocado and paired with a mexican chopped salad or coleslaw, they are fresh and tasty and spicy without being too much for the kiddos.  Matter of fact, I might add these to the plan next week!  Two thumbs up.

Amish Ground Beef and Cabbage Skillet– This dinner is simple, cheap, and tastes SO much better than it sounds or looks!  You pretty much make your own tomato sauce in the recipe and it’s so much better than any jarred sauce.  It tastes just like spaghetti, just with cabbage instead of noodles.  And surprisingly, you don’t even miss the noodles!!  So good.  Must make.

Albondigas (Mexican Meatball) Soup- PASS.  I wanted this to be good SO BADLY…especially after I rolled about a billion teeny tiny meatballs to go in this soup!  But the meatballs ended up tasting bland and dry, and the soup broth was just so-so.  There are a bunch of other soup recipes I prefer to this one.  It wasn’t horrible, but I won’t make this again.

Roasted Chicken with Carrots and Potatoes– Not to toot my own horn here, but my Roasted Chicken recipe never disappoints!!  I make it every once in a while, and it’s always so good.  The main secret of roasting a chicken is simple: roast at 350 for 20 minutes per pound.  THAT’S IT!  Easy!  Yes, add butter under and on top of the skin, and lemons, onions, and herbs inside the carcass, and loads of salt and pepper, but the main thing- 20 minutes per pound.  It will be perfect, I promise!  The chicken is great on it’s own for dinner, but also good for flavorful shredded chicken for salads, soups, casseroles, etc.  Try it out!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts– Ever since I made these the first time a few months ago, we have made them almost every single week!  If you think you don’t like Brussels Sprouts, PLEASE try these!  My children request them on a weekly basis.  They are crispy and flavorful, and so, so delicious.  We eat them regularly with grilled steaks or pork tenderloins, with potatoes or a beet salad, and clean our plates every single time.  If you are in a vegetable rut, try this recipe!!  You won’t regret it.

Balsamic Chicken and Veggies– Another HOME RUN.  One pot, so easy, inexpensive, healthy, and delicious.  You can sub out the asparagus for green beans if you like (but WHY??!), but this is a really easy meal that is all around good.  Definitely make this one.

Dijon Baked Chicken– I had everything (except the chicken) on hand to make this Dijon Chicken, and I thought they were delicious!!  An easy and different way to make chicken.  I used honey instead of maple syrup, and it was great!

Crockpot Carnitas- This recipe makes the *perfect* shredded pork for tacos, burritos, or burrito bowls.  Very flavorful, and the perfect base for black beans, cheese, guacamole, salsa, cilantro, you name it.  It’s the shredded pork recipe I will use form here on out!

Italian Chopped Salad– Another home run of a dinnertime salad!!  My husband LOVES Italian sub sandwiches, so I wanted to try a salad version for dinner.  It’s BETTER than the sandwich!!  I will be making this again soon.

Fresh Corn Casserole– This is the only way I will make corn for dinner from here on out!  This is delicious and tastes so fresh and just enhances the flavor of the corn.  Perfect right as corn is coming into season!

Taco Torte- Meh.  It’s not bad, but I’ve had better Mexican casseroles and Mexican pizzas before.  I’d pass on this one.

One Pan Chicken Parmesan and Roasted Zucchini– Love this dinner idea!!  Super easy, one pan, fix it and throw it in the oven.  In the recipe you bread your own chicken, but to save even more time, I bought frozen breaded chicken breast filets, and they worked perfectly. The chicken was delicious, and while the zucchini was pretty good, I wouldn’t mind sauteing them on the stove while the chicken bakes, just because I like sauteed zucchini better.  But, this recipe is a great starting place and provides a great idea.  Definitely making thins again!

Crock Pot Lentil Soup– If you’re a vegetarian, and/or if you like lentils, this soup is great!!  I have been trying to do two meatless recipes a week, and this was a pretty good one.  I still struggle a bit with liking lentils, but the other flavors in this soup make it worth it!

Tuscan Pasta– Another REALLY good vegetarian recipe!  This Tuscan pasta is so good with the “homemade” tomato sauce, and the vegetables give substance.  But it would also be delicious with the addition of some sausage if you really need some meat!  Either way, I would make this again.

Mexican Street Corn Nachos– SHUT UP.  I pretty much ate this all myself.  SO GOOD.  Perfect party food or appetizer, or just for yourself, ha!

Chicken Gyro Bowls– Bowls are my new favorite dinners.  Burrito Bowls, Asian Rice Bowls, Quinoa Bowls, you name it, I like it.  It’s pretty much just like a salad, except with a grain as a base instead of the lettuce, and the you get to customize the toppings with whatever you like best.  This Greek one with pickled red onions, and feta, and a yogurt sauce is so delicious.  Perfect lunch or dinner.  Making this again.

Black Bean Burgers- Now, don’t get me wrong, I pretty much think the Pioneer Woman can do no wrong.  But, as much as liked her black bean burgers, I will change a few things about them the next time I make them.  I thought they called for waaaaaaaaay to much in the way of breadcrumbs.  The burgers ended up tasting more like the breadcrumbs than the black beans, which was not very appealing to me.  Next time I’ll use less breadcrumbs, and I think all will br right with the world.  Otherwise, they were good!  Worth trying again.

Boursin Pasta with Spring Peas- I don’t even like peas, but I loved this.  This was a great main dish, but would serve well as a side dish too.  And the lemon is KEY.  You could also add chicken or even salmon to it, to really make it a one pot meal!

Zucchini Chicken Alfredo– This. Was. Amazing!!!  Honestly, Chicken Alfredo is great and all, but this is better than the original.  It’s still rich with cream and butter, but swapping out the zucchini for the noodles makes you feel a little better about devouring a plate full!!  Next time I will make more zucchini noodles, since everyone wanted more!  Also a great option for anyone who is gluten free but still wants the taste of a “pasta” dish.  Totally making this again.  And soon.

Thai Crunch Bowl with Salmon– I love salmon, and this did not disappoint!!  Like I said before, I love “bowl-style” meals, and all the ingredients in this one make for such a delicious dinner.  And the only things you have to cook are the salmon and the quinoa!  You could totally make this a salad by just swapping out the quinoa for romaine, or use rice or couscous instead of quinoa if you’d like.  I think shredded chicken would be good too, if salmon is not your thing.  But the sauce…THE SAUCE.  I wanted to just eat it by the spoonful.  SO good and the perfect topping for this bowl.

Everyday Meatballs– These were a hit with the whole family.  We ate these meatballs with garlic bread and a Caesar salad, and the kids were putting the meatballs on the bread and eating it like a meatball sub (HIGHLY recommended)!!  The only thing I will change when I make them next time is using panko breadcrumbs instead of regular breadcrumbs, but otherwise, these were delicious.  I used ground beef, but I think they’d be great with ground turkey, or a combo of beef, turkey, or pork.  Thumbs up all around!

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I had a lot more hits than misses lately!!  I think I know what works for us better now, and know that if a recipe sounds too good to be true, that it probably is (no baking raw chicken breasts in the oven for 20 minutes ever again!).  But that all comes with experience and trial and error, and I am definitely growing and learning the more and more I cook.

So have you tried any of these?  What did you and your family think?  Any great recipes you’ve found on Pinterest that I need to try?  I love new ideas!

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