In an effort to eat healthier, I declared January the month of Cooking Light. For the entire month, any time we eat a dinner at home, it has to be out of Cooking Light magazine. On a given week, we normally have one or two CL recipes, but we also have one or two nights of lazy cooking that usually ends up in a tasty but not super healthy meal.
Admittedly, I was a little slow with this resolution (as I was with my other goals), so I didn't get started until last week. For that reason, I'll keep this going through the Super Bowl to round out a full month. Here's a recap of our first week's recipes, along with my reviews and notes.
I'd give this recipe a solid "A." Lots of flavor, and the bell peppers are super yummy (though a little messy to make). The only drawback is that I can't seem to make this dish without leaving a mountain of dirty pots and pans in my wake.
I loved this pasta. It tastes kind of like a rich cream-based sauce but is so much healthier. Plus, I even substituted the whole milk for skim milk, mostly because I have never purchased whole milk and never have it around. It reheated the next day really well, too!
Of this week's recipes, this is the one I'd be least likely to make again. For as yummy as maple syrup and orange juice are, they didn't seem to make the chicken very strongly flavored. I was also missing the dark sesame oil, so I substituted some olive oil and toasted sesame seeds. I don't know how large of an impact that had on the flavor, but it definitely resulted in the chicken being a lighter color than in the picture above. I honestly think this tasted better as a reheated dish than it did as a fresh one. If I were super organized, I'd probably use this marinade for grilled chicken to be added to a salad; I'm just not convinced this chicken has enough flavor to stand on its own as a main entree.
That covers all of the dinners we had at home that week! Which of the recipes appeal the most to you? Any Cooking Light recipe recommendations you care to send my way?