Recipe Recap {August}

Hi friends! If we are still on schedule today we are lounging on the beaches of Koh Samui (follow along on Instagram or snapchat @courtneyalkek for both). Due to the magic of the inter webs I am bringing you this month’s top recipes we tried without actually setting a finger on a keyboard today. Gotta love scheduling posts- I should really be better at this when I am not on vacation.


Without further ado…

1. Quick and Easy Lentil Quesadillas via A Pinch of Yum

lentil-quesadillas-8I told you last month we were obsessed with lentils. I didn’t realize until after I bought all the ingredients that this is meant to be a slow cooker recipe (which we do not have here). I just cooked the rice and lentils on their own then let them sit in a saucepan with the sauce and marinate for a while before assembling the quesadillas and they tasted amazing! It makes quite a big batch too so we were able to keep the filling in the fridge and whip up some more quesadillas for lunch over the weekend.

2. Ranch Cauliflower Bites via The Gunny Sack


One of the few items I have people send over from the States are Hidden Valley Ranch packets in all sorts of flavors. I usually just use them to mix with greek yogurt but when I saw this recipe on pinterest I knew I had to take advantage of having ranch on hand. Plus cauliflower is my favorite. My only complaint is I didn’t buy enough cauliflower because I just wanted mooooore.

3. Chimichurri Shrimp via Gimme Some Oven 

Chimichurri-Shrimp-31I love chimichurri sauce and I had no idea how simple it is to make! Looks like we will be having it a lot more often from now on. We made these yummy shrimp (or prawns as they say here) and put them in corn tortillas to make a tacos. So good!

This month’s recap is short and sweet since we were only home half of the month, have a great weekend!

Recipe Recap: April

One of the greatest joys in my life is trying out new recipes. In fact, there are very few repeats in our house. No matter how much I love certain recipes, I am always on the lookout for something new to try.

So instead of the regular Friday Favorites, I decided to mix it up a little and share a recap of this month’s favorite recipes.

Easy Healthy RecipesOur guidelines for recipes are pretty much anything that is quick and healthy. So all of these recipes should fall into those categories. Hopefully these will help you in your meal planning for next week, bon appetit!

One Sheet Pan Parmesan Crusted Salmon with Roasted Broccoli from Cooking Classy


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I am a sucker for any “one pan” or “one dish” meal. I loved the parmesan crust on the salmon and baked broccoli is always a favorite over here.

Southwest Chicken Chop Salad  from Lauren’s Latest

Southwest Chicken Salad

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I love anything southwestern. I lightened this one up with greek yogurt instead of mayo/sour cream and left out the tortilla chips.

I confessed about my obsession with mason jar salads here. So I decided to do a little experiment and see if this recipe would work with that technique- and it did! Something about all the flavors marinating together in the jar made it even more scrumptious the next day. I just layered the contents in the jar in this order: dressing, corn, black beans, veggies with lettuce last. My only regret is that I only made two for the week.

Zoodle Pasta with Veggie Maranara and Bacon from Fit Foodie Finds

zoodle pasta bacon marinara

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Hands down the best zoodle (zucchini + noodle) recipe I have tried. We don’t have a spiralizer so I just use a julienne peeler and it works the same.

Greek Lamb Tray Bake by BBC Good Food

Lamb potato zuchinni feta bake

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This one is actually a regular in our rotation. Mostly because we love lamb but also because it is another beloved “one dish” meal. If you aren’t a lamb fan I am sure it would be just as good with ground turkey or chicken.

The last two recipes I shared last week– but obviously they are winners so I wanted to add the links again…

Warm Quinoa Salad with Halloumi 

Panko Crusted Honey Mustard Salmon 

What were your favorite recipes this month? Share them with me!