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Special of the week is a segment where I share my favorite recipe of the week. There will be a new post every Friday.

Some of the recipes will be my own, and others will be from around the internet and books. Most of the time, I tend to give my twist to the recipes I find. Either way, it will be clear you’ll always know who the creator.

If you are anything like me, you have the meals you tend to always run towards in a pinch. For me, those meals are ground beef, fish or chicken tacos, stir-fried beef and broccoli, chicken enchiladas, and baked pasta. I have a few go-to soups as well. I tend to keep a well-stocked pantry and freezer; this allows me to whip up something on the fly. I must have at least 50 or more cookbooks, yet I still defaulted to the same old things.

Why do Special of the Week?

Yes, there are a million and one food blogs and recipe sites already on the internet.  But, let me share a little secret with you; it is not about recipes.  Yes, cooking is a passion of mine.  The caveat is, I love to cook for others.  To be honest, I could live off fast food and pizza. Of course, it is up to me, but I am trying to treat myself better. It’s a self-care thing!  To have a bit more fun and experiment, I decided to create the segment to “force” myself to try something new.

It Started on Twitter

Over on Twitter, each morning, I post a “smoothie of the day.”  He’s a closely guarded secret: I am in love with Dannon Oikos Triple Zero Greek Yogurt. For some odd reason, they do not have a full list of flavors on their website. In case you are wondering which ones are missing, they are strawberry-banana, blueberry: lemon-tart, pineapple, mango, and more. My mornings would start with one of these yogurts every day.  While they were quite tasty, I was getting quite bored. For a while, I kicked things up with a homemade low carb granola.  Eventually, that became a drag. 

To make sure I make my protein, I have a Premier Protein shake.  They have nine flavors (strawberry, banana, caramel, cafe latte, chocolate, vanilla, pumpkin spice, caramel and cookies, and cream). Except for cookies and cream and pumpkin spice, I love them all.  One day I looked at the yogurt and back to the protein shake, then Protein Smoothie of the Day was born.  Over on  Twitter is where I post Protein Smoothie of the Day. Thus far, I have made Lemon Blueberry, Chocolate Peanut Butter & Banana, and Strawberry Banana.  That is just the first three, head over to Twitter to see the rest. Oikos has even commented on a few of my posts.

I was having some much fun in the Twitterverse; I decided to extend the fun to my blog with this weekly segment.  Five times a week, I make something different for lunch or dinner. From those new adventures, ONE will become my weekly favorite recipe. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do. Make sure you sign up for post notification. You don’t want to miss anything, right?

Below are all the Special of the Week posts created in the last year.

spicy orange beef in white bowl closer

Spicy Orange Beef

Spicy orange beef is a delicious and easy stir-fry dish.  It can be paired with rice or noodles, but personally, I love it by itself.  This dish can be made in a wok or 12-inch skillet.

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Roasted Peking Chicken Breasts

Roasted Peking Chicken breast is a new recipe to help me in my quest to expand my culinary horizons. When I look for easy, delicious recipes, I cracked open my copy of The All New Good Housekeeping Cookbook by Susan Westmoreland. First off, I still love this cookbook. It was first published on December 31, 2001. My copy is falling apart at the spine. Consequently, I bought a slightly used copy from eBay. Oddly enough, I am still using the tattered copy.

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broccoli cheddar soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup

My all-time favorite soul-satisfying first-course dish is Broccoli Cheese Soup! Yep, even above Loaded Potato Soup. 

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marinated green beans

Marinated Green Beens

he Special of the Week is Marinated Green Beans.  My impartation for this dish comes from Whole Foods Market. In the deli, they sell a similar dish which I absolutely have love!  Unfortunately for me, my local Whole Foods isn’t exactly local. Consequently, I decided to give try my hand at making this dish.

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berry spinach salad with poppyseed strawberry balsamic vinaigrette

Berry Mixed Greens Salad with Poppy Seed Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

This week’s Special of the Week is Berry Mixed Greens Salad with Poppy Seed Balsamic Vinaigrette, that is a mouth full. But so it this salad.

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Thai Beef with Basil

Thai Beef with Basil

Thai Beef with Basil, came about on a fluke. One day, I was strolling through the produce section of Walmart. Out of the corner of my eye, there was something so very surprising to me.  Thai Basil.

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Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese in a pan

Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese

Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese is not my creation.  Even though I did not look up a recipe for this, I know this combination exists.  However, the base mac-n-cheese is my recipe, handed down to me by my grandmother.

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