This week it's all about those cold weather comfort foods as we start thinking about Spring!
National pancake day is February 21 - think about having some fluffy buttermilk pancakes for breakfast! Or, if you don't have time in the morning, what about breakfast for dinner?
📅 Food Holidays
February 19 is National Chocolate Mint Day and I can't think of a better way to celebrate than with this chocolaty minty cocktail.
February 20 is National Muffin Day and may I suggest these amazing blueberry white chocolate muffins.
February 21 is National Pancake Day so fry up a stack of fluffy buttermilk pancakes.
February 23 National Banana Bread Day and I have a ton of recipes for it but this classic banana bread is always a favorite.
💭 Things to know
Here are tips for getting it all done this week!
- Keep canned and frozen foods around for when you are strapped for time. Canned diced potatoes, frozen onions and green peppers mix, canned carrots - these are all convenience foods that make dinner prep quicker and easier in a pinch.
- Get in the habit of batch cooking. Buy a big bag of chicken breast at Costco and cook it all in the slow cooker at once. Separate the chicken into meal sized portions and freeze to use as needed. You'll save time and money.
- Stuffed peppers freeze well. Make a double batch and freeze half of it for another day.
- Leftover beef and noodles? Put it in a pot with beef stock, a can of carrots drained, and some frozen peas - it makes a great soup.
- Leftover cornbread? Serve it for breakfast with sausage gravy.
Cocktail of the Week
This bright blue cocktail is usually considered a summer drink but it's tangy and refreshing any time of the year!
Creamy Beef & Potato Skillet
Old fashioned comfort food all done in one skillet! The creamy beef and potato dinner is hearty and budget friendly. Pickled beets on the side would be amazing.
Broccoli salad adds the perfect crunch to compliment this creamy dinner.
Double Decker Brownies
Get gooey brownies and chewy blondies in the same bar with these double decker brownies!
Tequila Lime Chicken Tacos
The chicken breast cooks to mouthwatering perfection in the slow cooker with ALL the yummy south of the border flavor. Make chicken tacos tonight and save the rest for chicken enchiladas later in the week.
Copycat Chipotle Cilantro Rice
Why have plain rice when you can have the cilantro lime rice like you get at Chipotle? Make double and save some for Wednesday. (This link goes to Bowl Me Over, a blog I just LOVE).
Grapefruit Tequila Sour
Enjoy this hibiscus grapefruit tequila sour - the perfect accompaniment to this meal!
Air Fryer Donuts
These easy donuts take about 5 minutes start to finish!
Hearty, comforting soup that's almost a stew. Cowboy soup is a mild, brothy chili and it's absolutely delish!
This southern style cornbread is easy to make and all ready for you to sop up every bit of the soup with it.
Key Lime Chile Gelato
I know it sounds weird but you're going to have to trust me on this one, ok? Key lime gelato is amazing with a little kick from Hatch chiles!
Beef Round Roast
This beef roast is marinated in beer and brown sugar overnight then roasted. It's a deliciously old fashioned dinner. Serve with buttered broccoli. Save some roast for open faced sandwiches later in the week.
Sweet Potato Fries
These oven baked sweet potato fries are crispy and pair up with the roast just right for an unexpected side dish to celebrate Cook a Sweet Potato Day!
Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes
Spicy, dark chocolate cupcakes have a creamy hot chocolate and marshmallow frosting. They freeze well unfrosted so save part of them for dessert another time.
Old Fashioned Stuffed Peppers
Old Fashioned stuffed peppers the way my mom used to make them! Rice, ground beef, and tomatoes cooked to yummy perfection!
Cucumbers in Sour Cream
Ok, so cucumbers are not in season but they are still available and sometimes I just need to have this creamy cucumber salad. I make sure to save some for the next day and make a sandwich with it. I know - I'm weird.
Cookies & Cream Banana Bread
Bananas, Oreos... what's not to like? This cookies and cream banana bread is yummy for brunch or a light dessert.
Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
These chicken enchiladas are SO good. Use leftover chicken from the tacos and save the step of cooking the chicken. Serve with leftover cilantro rice.
Green Bean Salad
Green bean salad is healthy and delicious with sweet tomatoes, salty olives, and a tangy dressing.
Lime White Chocolate Tres Leches Cake
This make ahead Tres Leches cake is so easy and SO good! It's made and served right in the same pan.
Crockpot Beef & Noodles
Beef and noodles is one of my favorites. Beef is slow cooked in its own gravy until it's falling apart and then it's spooned over buttery noodles. I like to make double the meat I'll need and freeze half for an easy dinner another time.
Crunchy nuts, citrus, and winter greens like arugula all come together in this citrus salad from Bowl Me Over!
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Old fashioned pineapple upside down cake is so quick and easy you'll be surprised it's from scratch!