What we ate: Turkey Teriyaki, Cheeseburger Chili Mac, Spaghetti Carbonara

Elisabeth’s Turkey Teriyaki

I’ve been making this for a long time – probably since around the time she posted it in 2009. It’s a favorite of ours and I get excited when it’s on the meal plan. You can easily reduce the amount of mayo if you’d like.

Rachael Ray’s Cheeseburger Chili Mac & Cheese

Likewise, I drastically reduced the amount of cheese in this. I know you all say there can never been enough cheese on anything, but I like to taste the other parts of the dish, TOO. I’m sorry. You can have my extra cheese.

Anyway, I made this recipe up to the point where you’re supposed to pour it into a casserole dish, cover it with cheese, and bake. Instead, I just served it as is with a sprinkling of cheese. Everyone liked it very much.

(I did use less liquid since I wasn’t going to bake it. Also, we ran out of cheddar cheese, so used mozzarella.)

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Lightened Up Spaghetti Carbonara

I realize the concept of lightening up spaghetti carbonara might be disturbing to some. Turkey bacon instead of pancetta? No cream?

I know. But. It was delicious. It didn’t taste light, probably because: bacon. Thomas added peas to his and I followed suit, then decided it was even better that way.

I went back and forth and around in circles a LOT on whether to use regular eggs or buy some sort of pasturized egg liquid. Ultimately, cheapness won out (that pasturized stuff is expensive) and I’m cautiously optimistic we won’t all die. I’ll keep you updated.

Comments

  1. I might just copy all three of these onto next week’s meal plan. Thanks!

  2. So, I totally love your comments on the cheeseburger chili mac & cheese, because that’s exactly how I cook. Okay, we’re making this! Only I’m leaving this out because I don’t like it, and I’m cutting the amount of this in half, and I’m subbing this for this because we don’t have the first. Recipes are really just guidelines, right?

    • Jessica says:

      Exactly. I cut steps out of recipes all the time – sometimes I feel bad recommending something because I have no idea how it would come out if you followed all the instructions!