When New Recipes don't Fly!

Do you ever try a new recipe that just doesn't fly with your family? We take that risk every time we step out and try something new. I will say that usually when I try something new my family loves it. Not last night. They agreed it tasted good but looked "interesting".  It looked nothing like the above picture. Doesn't that just drive you nuts?

What do you do when a recipe just doesn't fly with the family? Depending on how much it "doesn't" fly will depend on what I do or don't do with it... keep it or toss it? Some recipes just aren't meant to be, while others are worth the effort to salvage.

Last nights dish wasn't bad, I actually enjoyed it alot, but will probably make adjustments next time. That's the key. If it seems like a meal wasn't a complete flop, I'll look for ways to alter it to make it one that everyone loves. Since that was the case with this recipe, I'll share it below. It is a very simple stew, not many ingredients and fairly easy to make.

Tuscan Chicken & Bean Stew

1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper
1 pkg (about 2lbs) chicken thighs, boneless/skinless
2 tsp. oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 carrots, cut into 1/2-in chunks
2 garlic cloves, finally chopped
1 can (14.5oz) diced tomatoes, drained
1 can (14.5oz) reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 can (19oz) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

Heat oven to 350. In a bowl, combine flour with salt and pepper. Coat chicken in flour mixture. (I might skip this step as I think the flour is what gave the soup it's unappealing look)
 Heat oil in Dutch oven. Add chicken and brown.
 Remove chicken to a plate.
 Stir onion and carrots into Dutch oven with drippings. Cook, stirring 4 minutes or until onions soften.
 Add garlic and cook 1 minute. 
Stir in diced tomatoes. I forgot to drain the tomatoes...oops...Top with chicken. 
 Pour broth over chicken. Bring liquid to a boil. Cover and cook in oven 20 minutes.
 Mash some of the beans and stir into Dutch oven along with the rest of the beans. Cover and cook for another 10 minutes or until chicken is done.
Serve with crusty bread and yummy salad or other veggie. 

With Joy UNquenchable,


  1. Did the fam say what they didn't like? Perhaps if you knew what it was that turned them off, you could start with correcting that part. I know that Nick hates the textures of some beans, so I just substitute them. That helps in giving a recipe another shot :-)

  2. It was mainly the way it looked funny as it may sound. Hubby is wanting to eat less meat so thought maybe we could put the meat on the side next time. The taste was great. Very simple, with not many ingredients. I probaby would have added more beans too, and maybe another vegetable.

  3. I usually trash a recipe if the fam doesn't like it. I always say there is no sense in suffering through it twice: them to eat it again and me to listen to their complaints. Sometimes I just get too darn emotional over a bad meal to ever attempt it again.


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