June Recipe Review




One of my goals as a newlywed is to keep it fresh and exciting...in the kitchen! For the last few years, I've lived alone and would flip flop from always eating out to eating really weird stuff at home. I never have been a consistent grocery shopper, so I knew that would become a top priority for me as wife with a very hungry husband.

I've thought it would be exciting to try at least one new Pinterest recipe each month to hopefully add some go-to meals to our repertoire. This month, I tried two new recipes: Sweet Potato & Crab Chowder, and Buffalo Chicken Jalapeno Popper Casserole. Both were easy recipes, but only one is being added to my recipe box!

via The Chef Next Door Blog

Sweet Potato & Crab Chowder is a definite yes! The combination seemed a little odd at first: sweet potatoes? I love them, but had never had them in a soup. But the Jekyll Island Club has their own version of it that I've heard is delicious, so I thought I would try this Pinterest version to get a taste of the combo before trying their recipe next! It was so delicious, and super easy to make. We used canned crab, which I'd never tried before, but I was surprisingly pleased! Besides having a hard time picking out all of the shells, it was the best bang for my buck and tasted great, not at all like what I thought canned crab would taste like. 

I followed the recipe until the very end, where I felt like adding some spice with a little red pepper to a semi-sweet soup. It ended up being the perfect addition: a little bit of heat at the very end of  each bite. This soup warmed up well throughout the week, and was extra comforting served with some biscuits and peach butter!

via ruled.me
Buffalo Chicken Jalapeno Popper Casserole is unfortunately a no, but it may just be a no for me. I forgot until after I made it that I have some weird aversion to baked chicken and buffalo sauce. I love buffalo sauce, and chicken wings, but something about the two together and made at home kind of makes my skin crawl. This recipe also called for chicken thighs which get a resounding "never again!" commentary from me. Overall, it felt like putting this together was a lot harder than it should have been, and I was just not pleased with the taste/texture/or time it took to make something that I didn't enjoy.

I love the idea of a savory low carb casserole though, as both the hubs and I try to eat as low carb as we can! I'll definitely be trying some more LC dishes in the future.

What are your favorite recipes for me to try? And follow my food boards on Pinterest to see what I might be trying next!

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