Sunday, January 22, 2012

BBQ and Meatloaf, Giada-Style

The BBQ Chicken. It would have been a little tastier had the breasts been larger.
The ones we used were numerous, but pretty small, which made them a
little dry when following the cook times in the recipe.

Except for a night or two, I have cooked a real dinner for John and me every night since my mom left in December. I don't think John's ever had so many vegetables!

On Saturday night I made Giada DeLaurentiis' Chicken with Balsamic BBQ Sauce. Since it was a whopping 20 degrees, we baked our chicken instead of grilling it, and I just used boneless and skinless chicken breasts -- I refuse to cook anything with a bone in it because it reminds me that it was an actual animal and grosses me out. The recipe was pretty good - it was the first time we had tried it - but we may make some tweaks next time we make it, such as decreasing the amount of balsamic vinegar in the sauce. The balsamic flavor really dominated the sauce, and it might have been better had there not have been so much vinegar.

Tonight I made another Giada recipe: Turkey Meatloaf with Feta and Sun-dried Tomatoes. This is the first time I have tried making this recipe, but not the first time we've eaten it. A sweet friend brought a loaf over a couple of weeks ago when she stopped by the meet Henry. We thought it was one of the most delicious things we had ever tasted, so we decided to make it ourselves. This recipe is definitely a keeper! The sun-dried tomatoes really make the recipe, which is a unique take on the classic meatloaf. The recipe as listed only makes one loaf, but you can always double or triple the recipe to have additional loaves to freeze and eat later.

I will continue to share good recipes we've tried as I cook my way through my maternity leave. We are learning that it's really easy to have a healthy meal at home. Not only are home-cooked meals so much better for you, but they are also cheaper, which definitely helps now that we have this second mortgage otherwise known as Henry's day care. Give these recipes a try - especially the meatloaf - they won't disappoint!

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