month #1 of my make-one-new-dinner-a-week challenge for 2012 is completed! 5 weeks down, 47 to go. =) below is a recap of what i made for the challenge this past month. i’ve only posted 1 of the recipes on my blog thus far, so let me know if you’d like to see any of the other recipes posted soon!
week 1: spicy fried rice with bean sprouts, chicken + peanuts: i had high hopes for this amazing-sounding recipe, especially because it was written by mark bittman. in the end, my husband + i just thought it was so-so — a bit bland, honestly. if i make it again, i’d pump up the seasonings + spices. not bad, but not impressive enough for me to photograph – never a good sign around here!
week 2: italian pasta + cannellini bean soup (pasta e fagioli): if you saw my post on this soup, you already know that it is amazing! savory, complex + utterly delicious. bonus: while the recipe has bacon + chicken stock, this soup is easily adaptable for vegetarians (see post for details).
week 3: baked rigatoni with bechamel, parmesan + tiny meatballs: adapted slightly from this recipe, it turned out delicious! i was a bit nervous, as the rich bechamel + teeny caramelized meatballs were unlike anything i’d made before. let me tell you — i am beyond happy that i made it. it was way easier than i expected, + more importantly, it was incredibly decadent, rich + tasty.
week 4: spicy chicken + caramelized onion quesadillas: these scrumptious quesadillas were very loosely adapted from this recipe. the spicy chicken/caramelized onion mixture is packed full of amazing, savory flavors that work perfectly with the homemade tortillas + tasty monterey jack cheese i used for the quesadillas. between dinner + lunch the next day, every bite was gobbled up.
week 5: chicken, chickpea + roasted red pepper stew: i was really excited to try this recipe, as i love mediterranean flavors but rarely cook with them. thankfully, this stew did not disappoint! it is wonderfully hearty without being heavy + bursting with deep, interesting flavors. i served it with the homemade pita i made a few days earlier (on the blog soon!) + my husband + i both loved it!
so, there you have it — month 1 of my 2012 one-new-dinner-a-week cooking challenge! let me know if you’d like to see any of the above recipes featured on the blog within the next few weeks!