Two of the recipes I’ve made these week have been near-fails. Firstly, on Sunday I made Turkey Black Bean Chili with Rotini, which I wasn’t wild about. I couldn’t convince myself to eat the leftover chili the next day, as I’d originally planned, so I instead threw together some random things. I heated up some of the leftover rotini, tossed it in EVOO and S&P, and grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese over it. For my protein, I had two Morningstar veggie burgers – one was spicy black bean and the other was Asian veggie. I decided I’d rather have two bun-less burgers than one burger on a bun. I mean, it’s the same amount of calories, more or less so why fill up on carb-y buns? Especially after the big bowl of pasta!
Tuesday night, I tried out a second recipe from my Oct/Nov issue of Healthy Cooking magazine, Chicken Casserole Supreme, and bleh, it just wasn’t good! Full of fat-free sour cream. Two thumbs down. I like fat in my sour cream, please. Thanks.
..So I may have supplemented that meal with some mac ‘n cheese. Judge me all you want.
Sports shapes, of course. The shapes are WAY better than the “original” tubes. Spirals are aight, shapes are the ish.
Tonight was a super-yummy dinner. Since we certainly weren’t going to eat the casserole leftovers, we decided to try the new Red Robin around the corner from us. I have to admit that T and I have been somewhat anti-Red Robin for a while now. The one on the other side of town, on Carpenter in Ypsi is always SO freaking crowded, and my thoughts are that I am NOT going to wait 45 minutes for a Red Robin burger, sorry. My time is more valuable that than. We just think it’s highly overrated.
To make matters worse, we (well, at least I) am slightly resentful of Red Robin, because their newest Ann Arbor location inheritated the old Bennigan’s building. I did enjoy Bennigan’s; in fact, that is where my rehearsal dinner was held (7/25/08!) – not so much because I was in love with their food, but more so because it was right next to the hotel where our rehearsal and wedding were held. But with that said, Bennigan’s did have some tasty food.
So, pushing all that baggage aside, we finally tried the new Red Robins on State Street, and I would say it was a positive dining experience. Granted, it was a random Wednesday evening at 5:30 pm, so I don’t think we really hit their big “dinner rush,” but service was good, and food was great! I felt like this Red Robin felt slightly more “grown up” than the other location across town (and that is a good thing). I ordered the BBQ Chicken Wrap – “A fresh spinach tortilla with juicy chicken breast smothered in our signature Whiskey River® BBQ Sauce, all wrapped together with Cheddar cheese, lettuce, tortilla strips and a touch of ranch dressing,” with a cup of clam chowder.
Here’s to hoping tomorrow night’s dinner recipe – also a newbie for me – is a winner.
PS-Do yourself a favor and go to Google Images and search “mac and cheese,” and prepare for a foodgasmic experience. Or you can click here to check it out.
♪♫ Currently listening: The Final Adventure – Angels & Airwaves.