I haven't had the time, appetite, or opportunity to cook much this past week, but I did try out two fast food network recipes, and I will definitely add them to my repertoire.
Harvest Moon Macaroni and Cheese
I used vegetable stock instead of chicken stock. As much as I like the idea of frozen butternut squash, fresh is definitely better. You can also lighten it up easily. I think I'll make macaroni like this from now on. No need to bake for 45 minutes, when you can just broil it and get a nice crunchy cheese topping. Naturally, it did not take only 16 minutes to make this, but rather 30.
Sole with pesto cream
This was great and easy, but I definitely made a few changes. First, I drained the pesto so that there wasn't much oil left. And second, I used nonfat evaporated milk instead of cream. I also bought a bell pepper and roasted it, which was the hardest part of the meal. Luckily, I have a gas stove, so I could monitor the roasting process, but I felt like this addition was key to adding to the taste of the dish. I managed to find a good deal on sole, which is not nearly as cheap as tilapia, but I would not recommend substituting tilapia for sole. Try swai instead. It is a bit more delicate like sole.