First, I'd like to send BIG love to my hubby for making the BEST dinner last night. Seriously, it was fan-fricken-tastic. After a long and tiring week, he made us:
Beef Tenderloin (grilled to a PERFECT medium rare)
Scallops pan-seared in a garlic infused olive oil
Garlic mashed potatoes
Alaskan King Crab Legs
Seriously, I just about died. My tombstone would have read:
~She ate too d@mn much.~
I would have taken pictures, but there was just NO time. I was shoveling it into my swollen preggo face faster than he could say "dinner's ready!"
TIP: Have you ever wanted to buy crab legs but weren't sure how to
cook reheat them if they are pre-steamed? Our favorite way is to simply wrap them in damp paper towels, place them in a glass casserole dish and microwave them (yes, microwave) for a couple of minutes. The damp paper towels create steam and what you get is delicious crab meat that isn't rubbery or watery. Just be careful not to overcook.
The real purpose of telling you about our meal is to tell you how we incorporated the little bit of leftovers into our meal tonight. Knowing I'd have to fix SOMETHING for dinner tonight and realizing we had a little baggie of yummy crab meat I headed on over to Pinterest. It didn't take long to decide to continue our weekend of indulgence and make some Fettuccine Alfredo and a big garden salad with our favorite homemade dressing.
I'll start by saying that we rarely eat Alfredo sauce. It's heavy and hardly healthy. BUT, with everything in moderation and pairing it with a salad makes it a very enjoyable treat. Now, if you've never made the sauce homemade and insist that it's easier to just pick up a jar at the store, listen up because I'm talking to YOU. Put down the mediocre white stuff and promise me you'll make it homemade ONCE. It's not hard, it doesn't take long, and it tastes so, so much better. I promise.
The Curvy Carrot
has one of my favorite recipes
. It's easy, tasty, and inexpensive. Check out her recipe
and give it a try! I will say that it does get a bit of a kick from the red pepper flakes. Our family LOVES spice so it wasn't a problem. I would definitely modify the amount based on your taste. Once the dish was complete I put our leftover crab meat on top and dug in! Delish! This would also be fantastic with grilled chicken, shrimp, or whatever else you have on hand.
Our salad was simple and had our favorites: romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, black olives, purple onion, red pepper, and croutons. We made our favorite homemade dressing, which is a version of Olive Garden's recipe. In my opinion, CopyKat Recipes
nailed it! So, so, so good!
I really hope you'll give these two recipes a try and let me know what you think!
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