This week the weather has been unseasonably warm.  As a fan of winter, it’s a bit of a bummer.  But I’m trying to make the best of it, and I even barbecued!  And it’s also been great to have mild, and mess-free dog walking!

For the Superbowl, I made this delicious homemade restaurant-style salsa from the Pioneer Woman.  As she says, there’s nothing like perfect salsa and this one is the best I’ve made so far!  Don’t forget the fresh cilantro, it is such an asset to this recipe.

Next on the menu was Cooking Light’s Enchilada Casserole.  Use lean ground beef and whole wheat tortillas for this dish.  When I prepared this, I found that 1 pound of ground beef only allowed for 3 layers (or 3 tortillas).   Flexibility is always a great idea when you are cooking, because you never know when you need to make some modifications!!  On the side, we had black beans with sautéed red peppers and jalapeño.

Foil-packed Fish with Black Beans and Corn from Pink Parsley.  My mom e-mailed this recipe to me, and it’s wonderful!  The flavours of the chiles in adobo, the corn and cilantro make me dream of warmer days…  And since this is cooked all-in-one in a foil pack, that means less dishes!!  (tilapia was our fish of choice)

Cooking Light Pan-grilled Ginger-Honey Pork Tenderloin with snow peas and basmati rice.  The recipe suggests a grill pan, but like I said the weather allowed me to BBQ the pork.   I also find, high heat and honey can cause the smoke alarm to go off!  And our beloved pup Roy can’t stand when the smoke alarm goes off, so I try to avoid it at all costs!

Next up will be Chicken Piccata with roasted root vegetables and smashed potatoes from Cooking Light.  Capers are an important component of this recipe.  Capers are like pickles, in that they are stored in brine and keep well in your fridge!  Although they appear small and you make think unnecessary in a recipe, they pack a flavourful punch in dishes so make sure to include them in this meal.  We all look for new takes on chicken, so give this one a try!

How have you been making the most of this crazy warm weather??