Thursday, January 12, 2012

January Blahs... time for the "tried & true"

It's now been two weeks since New Year's - and just enough time has passed for resolutions to lose their charm and the dull colors of winter to make me tired.  This is when I lose all motivation in the kitchen to put any effort into a new recipe.  Time for the 'tried and true' - recipes that taste nice & hearty, yet don't require too much effort (or a complicated grocery list).

These are meals my family never complained about.  When they walked in the door, they could recognize the smell and know what would be waiting on the table.  Sometimes knowing what was in the oven made finishing their homework a little more bearable. 

I'm sure you all have a "tried & true" file.  Here are just a few in mine.  
(Yes, they are loaded with carbs, tomatoes, pasta, cheese, etc...  just the thing for the January Blahs)

Nacho Mac 'n Cheese
Unrolled Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake
From-Your-Pantry Taco Soup
Budget Beef-A-Roni
Salsa Chicken (in the crockpot)
Food Storage Fluke 
Bloomin' Onion Bread - goes with anything...


  1. Yes, I'm a carb addict and love all your suggestions for the January blahs!! I believe it's the cold weather and the feeling of something hot, gooey and delicious is just the ticket...

  2. I just clicked on the Beef-a-Roni recipe and I see pictures, but no recipe. It looks delicious and I'm sure my kids would love it. Would you please post the recipe?

    1. Heidi -

      Sorry about the no-show on the recipe. I think it was a font issue, and I think it's working now. Let me know if it's still not working. Thanks! Anne

  3. I see it now- thank you! So excited to try the Beef-a-Roni and I got the ingredients for the Unrolled Chicken Cordon Bleu at the store today for Sunday dinner. I found you through a comment on Mel's Kitchen Cafe. Your blog is a great mix of "regular food" my family will love and more adventurous things I've never tried. Also, I love how you talk about involving your kids in the kitchen. Thanks for a great food blog!