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Heeeey guys, happy Monday! Fresh week! I feel like we all need a fresh start, huh?
Can you believe that Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK?! I cannot. How did this happen?
I haven’t planned a thing! I have a turkey in my freezer though so I know that’s happening, at least. And I’ll make the dressing that my family always makes because that’s my favorite. And I’m sure there will be pie. There’s always pie.
Another thing I also always make is broccoli salad. But first, that bowl!
1. Red Velvet Oreos! They’re out. Go find them! I gave each of my children 2 and then I ate the rest. To be fair, it’s a much smaller package than the regular Oreos.
2. I’m so bored with The Bachelor. Is it Chris? Is it the girls? I don’t know. I’m not even recording it anymore. I just catch bits and pieces as I go about my business annoying my husband and pinning food that I want to eat.
Unrelated: I made pasta for dinner last night! Bacon Tortellini Bake to be exact.
It’s been a really long time since all 3 of my kids licked their plates clean. No one complained about the broccoli. No one complained that they don’t like pasta “made with water”. No one said that they don’t like bacon today but maybe they will tomorrow.
I thought it was really tasty too and I went into thinking it was be too alfredo-y for me because if there’s one thing I hate in this world, it’s alfredo sauce. Ugggghhhh.
I would like to tell you that I skipped dinner last night to accommodate all the Oreos but the reality is that I grabbed a tortellini each time I walked past the casserole dish. And umm… I walked past it a lot.
This was a super simple, 30 minute meal that I will be making over and over again.
But it’s one that my kids LOVED so I figured I had no choice but to share it with you.
I’ve avoided these hobo pack recipes for years now because I assumed those guys I live with wouldn’t like them. But this one has cheese, ranch dressing, and bacon. All things my guys love! And it even has the only veggie they all agree on.
They’re super simple to make because you just put all the ingredients in an piece of aluminum foil and then bake until the chicken is done. And clean up is a breeze since the mess is contained in the aluminum foil and you can even skip plates when it comes time to serve it up.
Spray 4 large sheets of aluminum foil with oil. Set aside.
Mix stuffing and water together in a mixing bowl. Spoon 1/4 of the mixture onto each aluminum foil sheet and set a chicken breast on top of each. Top each one with 1/2 cup of broccoli. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese, 1/4 of the bacon, and a drizzle of ranch dressing.
Fold the sides of the foil up into a packet.
Place all the packs onto a baking sheet and bake 35-40 minutes depending on the thickness of the chicken.
I cooked with flank steak for the first time a couple months ago and since then I have become obsessed with it. It’s easy, delicious, and so versatile!
I suppose this Orange Beef and Broccoli is a take-off of Chinese food but this is so much tastier than any orange dish I’ve had from a Chinese place. The sauce is exploding with orange flavor without the goopyness that take-out orange sauce has. It coats the beef and broccoli perfectly!
This had been on my “Make When the Husband Leaves” list but I am officially transferring it to the “Make When the Husband Comes Home” list! I absolutely adored it and had no problem eating it for lunch 3 days in a row.
I let out a huge sign of relief when I realized this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe was broccoli. Not only is it easy but how can you go wrong with broccoli? You can’t, it’s just not possible.
For this Garlickly Crumb-Coated Broccoli dish, you’re supposed to steam the broccoli (I roasted just because I only like 1 burner on my stove and it was occupied – worked fine) and then you toast up bread crumbs (I used panko. It’s what I had) in butter with lemon zest and top the broccoli with that mixture. Like I said, you can’t go wrong. I just made a tiny serving because I thought I was be alone in the broccoli eating but my 4 year old ate it up! He loved it and asked for more after it was all gone!