Pan Fried Chicken & Mushrooms w/ Cauliflower Mash

Recipe found on The Endless Meal
My Rating:
4 out of 5

My Review

Surprisingly, the cauli mash turned out really well. It was thick and fluffy when I was expecting it to be more runny and bumpy textured. The mushrooms were a hit and the chicken wasn’t bad, either– just not very memorable.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • 1 medium head of cauliflower, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ghee (we used Earth Balance Original)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon neutral-flavored oil (we used EVOO)
  • 8 chicken thighs
  • 2 lbs. mushrooms
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Spaghetti & Meatballs

Recipe found on Slimming Eats
My Rating:
4 out of 5

My Review

Meatballs kind of weird me out sometimes but, these weren’t too smushy at all. They stuck together nicely and had that traditional Italian seasoning flavor. The sauce is what needed a little work; there wasn’t enough of it and the only thing I could taste was tomato. The diced up veggies were awesome, though.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • 260g (9.2oz) of uncooked spaghetti

For the sauce

  • 480ml (2 cups) of crushed tomatoes (or passata)
  • 360ml (1.5 cups) of beef stock
  • 2 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • splash of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 zucchini (courgette), finely chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons of mixed herbs
  •  1 tbs of sukrin (we used regular sugar)
  • salt and black pepper
  • spray oil

For the meatballs

  • 400g (14oz) of extra lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp of Worcestershire sauce
  • fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/2 tsp of onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1 egg beaten, to bind
  • salt and black pepper

Kielbasa Veggie Sheet Pan

Recipe found on 12Tomatoes
My Rating:
5 out of 5

My Review

Another simple kielbasa sheet pan because I am obsessed. There is no way you can go wrong with one of these recipes, they always turn out delicious and there are so many different veggies you can swap in and out.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • 1 pound baby red potatoes, halved or quartered
  • 2 cups petite baby carrots
  • Asparagus, 1 bunch
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 package (13 ounces) pork kielbasa, sliced into rounds
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil separated
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and cracked pepper

*Note: We always use Pink Himalayan Salt and a Black Peppercorn Grinder.

36 thoughts on “Recipe Reviews #85

  1. Oh boy, another sheet pan kielbasa!!! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve made one so perfect timing! And you’re right, you can never go wrong with one.

    Sigh…dare I try AGAIN to make crispy skin chicken? Every time I try and fail I say “Never again!!!” but then I try again. And this chicken/mushroom recipe sounds tasty so, might as well try again. Someday I’m bound to get it right, right?

    I already know I do not like mashed cauliflower, however, so I will do mashed potatoes.

    Thanks again for sharing recipes with us!

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    1. We are almost due for another kielbasa sheet pan again, too, lol. They are always so yummy!! I hope you like this recipe, it was a good one. 🙂

      I think boyfriend turns the oven to broil at the very end of the chicken cooking, every time, even if the recipe doesn’t say so. That’s why our skin always is so crispy. You’ll def get it right one day!! 🙂

      The mashed cauli was actually surprisingly good, really close to mashed potatoes texture.

      Thanks for reading!! 🙂

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      1. Walmart had all the sheet pan ingredients so it’s happening some time this week.

        Thanks for sharing boyfriend’s secret to a crispy skin!

        I bought a bag of baby golds to take the place of the mashed cauli. Walmart did not have any kind of mushrooms except the usual baby bellas so I won’t have any of the cute ones the recipe originator was squealing over in her original post.

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  2. I’ve been meaning to make cauliflower mash to replace mashed potatoes, glad to hear the texture isnt bumpy.
    I’m not really a fan of meatballs. Except the ones my mom makes. Lol. I’ve already forgotten the ingredients for them I’ll have to ask her.
    I STILL HAVE NOT MADE A SHEET PAN MEAL lol. I’m so angry because it doesnt take much time and it’s easy to clean 🤦‍♀️
    anyway, this one looks great! And speaking of kielbasa, I bought a Turkey kielbasa (I’m still unsure on what that even is, lol) and Alex made it baked yesterday and it was delicious. I’ll be sure to try it this way next time.

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    1. The cauliflower mash wasn’t bad at all!! & sometimes meatballs just really freak me out & I have to spit them out lol. 😛 You’ll have to let me know your Mom’s recipe when you ask her! & you’ll be addicted to making sheet pans once you try one!!

      Turkey Kielbasa is the same as regular kielbasa but, made out of turkey stuff instead of pork. I like both a lot!!

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  3. Ooh, I haven’t had cauliflower mashed potatoes, but that sounds really good, especially with the mushrooms! And homemade meatballs, yum!! Meatballs are so good, so that sounds delicious with the fresh ingredients.

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        1. Oh no way?! We never really checked out the frozen meat section before. You gotta try making them yourself! I used to actually enjoy helping my mom roll them when I was younger… not so much anymore though lol!

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