Monday, March 1, 2010

Weekly Recipe Roundup

I have 2 quick entrees and another pancake recipe - I promise we don't eat pancakes every day. Although, would that be a crime?!

I had a half of head of cabbage sitting in my fridge that I knew would go to waste unless I found a recipe to use it. When I came across this recipe for Cabbage Roll Soup, I knew I had to try it. Wes and I both like cabbage rolls but for whatever reason, I never make them. I had actually never heard of them until he told me his grandmother used to make them and I looked for a recipe (this was many years ago when I was trying to win his heart through his belly!). This soup is perfect for a cold winters day. It's hearty, comforting, and has lots of healthy goodness in it. I actually forgot to add the salt and although Wes added some to his, I thought it was just fine without. This is a keeper in our house!

Each week when I make my menu, I try to utilize as much from our freezer, fridge and pantry as possible. I love the feeling of using something up or emptying out the freezer! This next recipe for Combination Fried Rice appeared in Southern Living as an post-Thanksgiving idea to use up leftovers. I guess I wasn't far from the mark in my thought process. I love fried rice but I also know how much fat and sodium is in the typical Chinese version. This recipe definitely lightens it up, yet it still manages to retain it's taste. I used brown rice, added some diced carrots, and topped it with some sweet chili sauce. I paired it with our favorite Bok Choy Salad and it was a very filling meal.

I've been reading the Pioneer Woman for a long time. She amazes me. I would love to know how she cooks, cleans, helps on the farm, home schools her children, photographs, and now travels with her cookbook and her fame. Has she found a way to add hours to a day? No wonder she's developed the cult following that she has! As much as I've read and bookmarked her recipes, I've never actually tried one. That is until I made her Sour Cream Pancakes a couple of weekends ago. They were divine. SO light and fluffy that they almost dissolved the minute they hit my tongue. I was a bit skeptical as I was making them though because the recipe called for 1 cup of sour cream and only 7T. of flour. That's quite a ratio. Don't doubt Ree, she knows what she's doing. I don't often have sour cream in the fridge but the next time I do, these bad boys are getting whipped up again. The only downside to the recipe was that it only yielded 6-7 smallish pancakes. That was probably a good thing though!


  1. I love her recipes!! I've got these pancakes marked but haven't tried them yet.

  2. That fried rice looks awesome (it's one of my guilty pleasures). I've never tried any PW recipes but everyone who blogs loves her and raves about her constantly so I might have to pick up her cookbook.

    So make me jealous...what did you have at Corbett's on Saturday?

    Oh, and I cried at Tenley's exit speech, too. And tell Wes that I love the fact that he scoped out the cover of OK magazine and reported to you the latest Bachelor gossip!

  3. I've made the rice two times this week and it is delicious. I substituted broccoli for the pepper and used brown rice as you mentioned. Thanks so much for posting the recipe, it is such a quick and easy weeknight meal. You've inspired me to give bok choy a try one of these days too!