we're taking a hiatus from the crockpot meals this week to focus on some meat-tastic dinners that satisfy nick's tastebuds and appeal to my cravings for protein, protein, protein! they're not diet friendly, but balanced with lighter meals throughout the week, i think they're worth the splurge. as always, remember that these photos are linked directly back to the blogs from whence they came. i'm also linking up to Taste and Tell's weekly round up!
from taste of home
image credit from taste of home
comfort food at its finest. the original recipe makes enough to fill two 9x13 pans, so i usually cut it in half (and if i'm doing all my shopping at my fave bottom dollar, which doesn't stock chorizo, i just use italian sausage). however, with sweet pea on the way, i'm sure i'll be making the full batch and freezing one pan for later! when i'm in the midst of stuffing each shell one by one, i sometimes wonder whether it's worth it. and the answer is, yes.
cuban style pulled pork sliders
image credit from confections of a foodie bride
the best cuban sandwich i ever had was in the little port of St. Martin in the US Virgin Islands. the spicy sweetness of crispy ham dancing with the bright tang of a pickle and a squeeze of lime juice and washed down with a frosty local beer after a long day of sun-worshiping just sums up the bliss of vacation. so these are a welcome treat during the long winter months. as cute as the sliders are, i usually just serve them on regular-size buns (more husband-friendly).
image credit from tastespotting.com
image credit from the peaceful mom
now that i've made myself hungry by looking at all these photos, it's time to head off to pure barre for some much needed toning!