1. Loaded Baked Potato & Chicken Casserole: from Blabbering Thoughts. The hubby and I really enjoyed this. Because I lack most spices right now (can't wait until they arrive), I used fresh garlic with the potatoes instead of using garlic powder, and I used cayenne red pepper instead of paprika. I also used white onions in addition to the green onions which gave it a little extra something. I will be making this again very soon.
2. Southwestern Black Bean Salad: from Snack The Planet. I made this to go with tortilla chips the night we had hamburgers. It was delicious, especially as leftovers. I used can corn, white onion, and subbed the chili powder for cayenne red pepper. I don't think the spice was necessarily needed. It would have been just as good with more lime. So yummy and so easy to make.
3. Shredded Brussels Sprouts: from allrecipes.com. I didn't shred the sprouts, just halved them. I skipped the pine nuts because I lacked them and because of personal preference. This dish was so delicious. It has to be my favorite Brussels sprouts recipe of all time. I originally picked it because of the ingredients I happened to have on hand and because it doesn't call for the use of balsamic vinegar, which many Brussels sprouts recipes do. So glad I gave it a try. I didn't miss the balsamic vinegar at all, in fact, I preferred its absence. And no, I did not make all 2 lbs of the dish, though I did have that many sprouts on hand. I thought it would be too much for just one person but this dish did make great leftovers so I probably should have just gone ahead with the full recipe.
I think I am finally understanding the bacon obsession people have. BACON!!!