Pinterest Recipe Week 4 Review

Monday, February 11, 2013

Last Monday I announced that I was going to cook dinner for the whole week based only on recipes that I’ve pinned on Pinterest - aka Pinterest Recipe Week.  Everything turned out pretty good, but not all earned a spot in my recipe binder. Before I crap on any recipes I want to say that these are just our opinions. You might like something we didn’t like or vice versa. That’s what makes food fun; everyone is different.

Monday


I cooked a pork roast last week (using the recipe listed in this recipe’s ingredients list) for pulled pork sandwiches, so this ended up being a really quick and easy dish to throw together. I love Mexican food – I could eat it every day, so I might be a little biased on this recipe. I thought these tostadas were yummy and simple to make. I ended up eating 3 of the 6 tostadas, so that’s probably a good indication of how much I like them/I like Mexican food in general. I like the idea of cooking up a pork roast and using it for multiple dishes throughout the week. This is a great “leftovers recipe” and I definitely think I’ll make these again.
Cooking Note: I topped my tostadas with: refried beans, pulled pork, salsa verde, shredded iceberg lettuce, sour cream, reduced-fat shredded Mexican cheese blend, and sliced avocado. Next time I would also dice up some onion.

Tuesday


I liked these sliders, but I’m not sure if they were worth all the effort/dirty pots and pans it took to make them. I would recommend skipping the queso and just using regular cheese or buying pre-made queso. The queso took the most time to make and the pot was a bitch to clean afterwards, plus I don’t think it was that special. I will say that I used reduced-fat shredded Colby/Monterey jack cheese instead of white American cheese (because I couldn’t find white American without getting it sliced at the deli counter), so maybe that was the problem. Regardless, next time I make sliders I’m just going to grill them up and top them with a slice of cheese, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, and avocado…and maybe some bacon =)

Wednesday
White Chipotle Chicken Chili


This chili was pretty good. I liked that it had a little kick from the chipotle powder without being too spicy. Plus it was easy to make and didn’t have to simmer for hours like some chili recipes. I topped the chili with cheese and cilantro like the recipe said, but I also served it with a side of sour cream and a tortilla. I’d probably make this again.
Cooking Note: I halved the recipe and we still have leftovers, so don’t make the full recipe if there are only 2 of you eating. Also, the recipe calls for 3 onions, but when I halved the recipe I only used 1 and it was more than plenty.

Thursday
I was running late making dinner and forgot all about taking any pictures, so just pretend there’s a picture of chicken and veggie kebabs right here.

Anyway, I loved the orange teriyaki sauce from this recipe. It was soooo good! I’m definitely making the sauce again. If you don’t want to mess with skewers it would also be good on a rice bowl with chicken and veggies.

Cooking Note: I also grilled onion, zucchini and cherry tomatoes with the chicken. I served the skewers with rice.


Sunday

I didn’t realize this recipe was missing the cooking instructions until I started making dinner last night. It’s missing the step between wrapping the shrimp in foil and serving the shrimp. I think you are supposed to cook on the barbeque, but I’m not sure at what heat and for how long. So, my review is really only on the butter mixture – which was delicious. It’s hard to go wrong with butter, garlic and shrimp! I accidently burned the garlic, but it still turned out great. I served the shrimp with rice and French bread to soak up the garlic butter…yum!

Dessert
Chocolate Chip Clouds


I was a little nervous about making these after reading some of the comments on the recipe. Some people said their batter was too runny or they just couldn't get peaks to form, but I didn't have any problems. You just have to beat the egg whites on high-speed and give it a few minutes. Anyway, I liked them right out of the oven, but I think they were even better the day after. I stored them in tupperware overnight and the next day they were soft and chewy. The airy texture was different, but we ate the whole batch in less than 2 days, so I'd say they were pretty good =)

So, the recipes that earned a spot in my infamous binder are:
Pulled Pork Tostadas
White Chipotle Chicken Chili
Orange Teriyaki Chicken Kebabs
Spicy Garlic Shrimp
Chocolate Chip Clouds



Has anyone else tried a recipe they've pinned? Leave any recommendations in the comments section - I'm always looking for new dishes!
You can see these pins and other food related pins here
You can read previous Pinterest Recipe Week reviews here
Lil\'Luna

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the recipes. I like to cook but lack variety.....

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  2. I'm so impressed with your ambition! Something new every night. The chili looks delicious! I might have to try that sometime :)

    Brie @ Breezy Pink Daisies

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  3. I get all my dinner ideas from Pinterest! Your week looks so tasty! Would love it if you'd share this at Saturday Share With Us!

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