Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Worth It or Not? (III)

Need some more dinner ideas that have been tried, posted about, tried and posted about again?  Well, that's what I'm here for (well...when the Spirit and recipes move me, that is).

The first one up today is Spinach and Mushroom Quesadillas by PW.  I even went out and bought fresh mushrooms for this.  I substituted Monterrey Jack cheese for Fontina, but I did use goat cheese.  You MUST use goat cheese.  It makes these quesadillas roll-your-eyes-into-the-back-of-your-head amazing.  They turned out great- straight forward, easy to make and delicious.  My only regret was that I didn't make more.

PW's Spinach and Mushroom Quesadillas: Worth It (over and over)

Next, I tried Jennifer Jo's Creamy Potato Soup with Bacon and Boiled Eggs.  Well, at least I tried to make it.  I ended up butchering it (sorry, dear), but it still came out amazing which says a lot for this recipe.  I didn't realize until I started dinner that most of my white potatoes had sprouted, so I had to use 1/3 sweet potatoes.  This added nice color but I was worried it would add too much sweet.  Thankfully, it didn't.  I also pureed the soup with my hand blender (thinking the kids would like it better this way) and it turned into the most thick and silky soup I think I've ever made.  I had no cream, so I used a combo of skim milk and sour cream which caused no harm.  I also stirred the grated cheese into the soup instead of garnishing with it.  The bacon and hard boiled eggs make the soup exciting but even without them (my kids passed on the garnishes), all three kids ate it right up.

So, as you can see, I hardly adhered to the actual recipe, but the heart of it remained and we all loved it.

My adaptation of JJ's Creamy Potato Soup with Bacon and Boiled Eggs:  Worth It

Lastly, I tried Zoë's Baked Lentils with Cheese.  This could be considered a Simple Meal Idea and since I haven't posted one lately, I'm going to call it that.  I loved how I was able to put all the ingredients into one baking dish, leaving me with no pots and pans to wash up.  This is another straight forward and easy recipe and it has everything you need- lentils, vegetables and cheese- another winner from Zoë.

Zoë's Baked Lentils with Cheese:  Worth It!

And, I'm happy to say that I'm not leaving out the duds- I just haven't tried any duds lately.  That's lucky for me and for you:-). Pin It


  1. Ok the baked lentils with cheese-looks like one for me to try! Yum!


  2. THHP, it's easy to see that everyone eats well at your house! I've followed your blog a long time and you make everything look so GOOD!!

    I'm swimming in spinach - I think I'll try the quesadilla idea today.

  3. Great...now I'm hungry. I LOVE spinach and mushroom quesadillas...tho I've never had them with goat cheese! I'll have to give it a try!

    And potato soup with bacon and eggs...? Who'da thought? I'll have to give that a try as well...next time I get a big ol' bag of potatoes for a dollar!


  4. I am new to your blog and appreciate your sharing these recipes and if they're worth it or not...invaluable information if you ask me :-)

    I have PW's cookbook and follow her blog and have tried many of her recipes but I hadn't seen this one before. It looks delish!

    I look forward to reading more!

  5. These look delicious...thanks for sharing. I will be giving these a try! God bless!

  6. Yum!!! This looks delicious :-)

  7. I love when you do these worth it or not posts. Sometimes it's nice to know a recipe is tried and true before I try it :-)


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