A Week of Pinterest-Inspired Menus!

I’ve said it before (here & here), I love Pinterest! Last week, I got a lot of our dinner ideas from there. And everything I chose was a success and will be on the rotation for awhile.

I don’t know about you, but coming up with seven different meals to cook during the week gets annoying. Every night can’t be about pasta–although I could come up with seven meals involving noodles in a heart beat! Now that I have Pinterest, that chore is getting easier!

We started out with this soup. I doubled it for us, and that was a good thing. The only changes to the recipe were using chive and onion cream cheese instead of plain (I think I had bought it to use for something else, because I ran right out the next day to get more. Now it’s sitting in the refrigerator waiting to be used.) and omitting the spices because I don’t have cumin and onion powder.¬†You could add more veggies–shredded carrots, green beans?–or maybe some rice to make it heartier.

Everyone loved this soup and I won’t change a thing about it. There was just a little bit left and it was gone before I got up the next morning. Jeremy said it reminded him of my enchilada casserole, which is a similar filling layered between tortillas and baked.

Then I made the Chicken Cordon Bleu casserole. Jim isn’t a fan of Swiss cheese, but I made this anyway. I doubled the recipe and used a 10×14″ pan. For the sauce I used two small cans of cream of chicken soup and a big can of cream of mushroom soup. Because I had more soup that the recipe called for, I omitted the milk but used the sour cream. Instead of saltines, I used bread crumbs for the top.

Again, this was a big hit. Even Aaron–the picky eater–loved it. I think I would add some diced onions to it. Just because it smelled like it needed some!

Finally, I made the Cheesy Chicken Ranch lasagna (here’s the direct link, otherwise use the Pinterest one and scroll down). This was, by far, my favorite of the three! I followed the directions, with the exception of using more lasagna noodles. I had so many I doubled the second layer. I think it needs more sauce; so I would use three cans of evaporated milk instead of two and add another package of ranch dressing mix.

This dish reminded me of something I’ve had before, but I can’t remember where. I keep thinking it’s from Olive Garden, but I’m not sure!

I hope you’ll give these dishes a try. Have you found anything on Pinterest that’s worth cooking? I’d love to hear about it!

One thought on “A Week of Pinterest-Inspired Menus!

  1. I see so many yummy looking recipes on Pinterest, but I have yet to try cooking any of them. It probably has something to do with the fact that I hardly cook anything…but I digress. Cheesy Chicken Ranch Lasagna sounds particularly wonderful.

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