So last week I followed the February Family Friendly Week 3 plan and here’s what we thought:
Ground Beef Stroganoff: This was easy to make, but we felt it should have been saucier. I will be fixing this recipe to reflect this.
Mexican Meatloaf: While we had the ground beef out for making the stroganoff, it was a snap to mix up this meatloaf at the same time. We made it in a bowl, formed it into a round right in the bowl, covered it and saved it in the fridge for a busy day when we needed an easy meal. I had never made meatloaf in a crock pot before, and was pleasantly surprised to see that it turned out to be really good! My 12 year old is not normally a fan of meatloaf, but he said that this is the one type of meatloaf he’d be happy to have again. The flavor was good. The only change I plan to make it to remove the crushed corn chips. I felt that they made it smell a little weird, added some odd bits of texture every here and there, and didn’t add anything to the recipe itself. To me, an unnecessary addition to an otherwise very good recipe. Ours served 6 pieces that satisfied teenage boys.
Tarragon Chicken Casserole: This was the day that we learned that we do not like tarragon. It smells weird and adds nothing to the recipe. Tarragon, be banned forever! This recipe made a very full 9×13 pan, and was easy to prepare. Honestly, I felt it needed a lot more flavor and I can think of many ways to improve it. This recipe will be replaced with something else.
Broccoli Quiche: This was easy to whip up. I actually made two, one with added mushrooms and one just the way the recipe was. My pie shells were not big enough to handle all of the liquid that was made, so I think that part of the recipe needs to be tweaked so nothing goes to waste. I liked how full of broccoli this quiche was, and was kind of amazed that it only needed 4 eggs. It took longer to cook than the recipe called for, but it came out good and I enjoyed it very much. My guys aren’t big on quiche, but they ate it and felt it was pretty good. I think I’d like to keep this one, with some adjustments.
Overall we are enjoying trying out the recipes and having some new variety for our dinners. I still plan to make the Pork with Mustard Sauce and Lemon Broccoli Pasta. Maybe tomorrow.