Tuesday, October 29, 2013

October 28-Make-Ahead Meal #1: Broccoli Chicken Divan

Kristin's new mission: To become the master of make-ahead meals

Along with my awesome new kitchen, I've also gained a longer commute to work. Although I have less time in the evenings than usual, I am determined not to let this hinder me from dishing up delicious dinners throughout the week.

In a world of Pinterest-enthusiasts, bloggers, and online recipe databases, there exists a surplus of simple recipes that you can prepare in advance, freeze for later, and cook at your convenience.

To kickoff this new endeavor, I turned to a classic favorite. I originally posted this recipe for Broccoli Chicken Divan earlier this year and discovered that it works great as a make-ahead option.

Make-Ahead Meal #1
Sunday night: Prepare recipe as directed and cover. Since I was planning to bake this particular recipe the following evening, I simply sealed the dish and placed it in the refrigerator. If cooking at a later date, you could seal the dish and freeze it for the week.

Tip: Place a sticky note on the prepared recipe to remind yourself (or helpful husbands!) of your next steps, without having to refer to the cookbook.

Monday night: Bake recipe according to directions. If you are using a casserole dish, I recommend placing the entire thing into the oven before preheating so that the dish does not crack. Adjust cooking time if needed. Prepare sides (in this case, brown rice) and enjoy!

Help wanted!
Know of any great make-ahead meals? Let me know some of your favorites! I'd love to try them out!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Big News!

In my last post, I promised that I had a good reason for failing to blog over the last few weeks. In addition to my hectic schedule, my husband and I faced an exciting new endeavor...

We bought a house! 

This little Kitchen-ista has been promoted from a one-bedroom shoebox to countertop heaven! We give thanks for God for providing us with this home, along with the smoothest escrow we could have asked for! I look forward to the laugher, memories, and new recipes that are yet to come from the kitchen. 

Cheers to many new recipes to come!

Tasty Travels

Hello Blogosphere, it's your old friend Kristin! Remember me?
I know it seems like I've abandoned you and I am incredibly sorry. I promise I had a good reason.
(A really good reason...Exciting news to come in my next post!)

Part of my absence was due to job-related travel, which whisks me away each autumn on a series of travel adventures. Although I miss the kitchen at times like these, I sure do enjoy the opportunities it provides to discover tasty eating establishments across the country.

Last year I documented my Top Travel Meals of 2012. I now bring you, the delicious discoveries of 2013.

3. Which Wich
Multiple locations
 Remember when Mom used to send you to school with a made-with-love turkey sammie in a brown paper bag? This place brings you back to those carefree days, except you call the shots. This build-your-own sandwich shop was my favorite lunch shop when I was on the road. When you enter the restaurant, you grab a paper bag and select the meats, toppings, breads, etc. that you want. Next, you hand the bag to the wonderful sandwich-creators and they build your hoagie (with love) right before your eyes. I've been craving this place ever since I got home. Delish.

2. Justin's Organic Peanut Butter Cups
This is definitely not a meal, but it was my favorite late-night snack on the road. It was included in a thank-you basket that I received at a meeting and I found it at the bottom of my purse one evening, just a chocolate craving struck. It was so incredible that I couldn't resist sharing.

3. Beaujo's Pizza
Denver, CO
This place focusses on deep-dish pizza, but I was delighted by the wonderful alternative options that this little gem offers! I met up with an old family friend one afternoon while in Denver, and she suggested that we meet at Beaujo's. I was thrilled to see both gluten-free and dairy-free options on the menu! I built my own pizza with gluten-free crust and dairy-free cheese, topped with grilled chicken and spinach. It was delicious!