Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Tonight’s dinner was theĀ Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe from Rachel Cooks. It was super simple to put together, easy on the number of dishes to put it altogether, and tasted pretty good. Next time I might throw some broccoli into it though to make it a smidgen healthier and tastier; I found it a bit bland. Here are a couple pictures:

Toasted to perfection!

A close-up of my lunch for the next few days šŸ˜‰

Spicy Southwest Chicken Wraps

This recipe turned out pretty well, especially when compared to the coconut chicken from yesterday! TheĀ Spicy Southwest Chicken Wraps from Emily Bites were really tasty and quite filling. The only changes we made to the recipe were using a Mrs. Dash seasoning instead (it’s what we had on hand), foregoing the lime (ick), using grape tomatoes instead of a whole one (we needed some for later this week anyways), and using bone-in chicken instead of boneless (because sometimes they look the same at the grocery story…). Here are a couple photos from our dinner:

Fried up in the pan and ready to serve.

Packaged up for lunch tomorrow, without avocado.

Applesauce Cake

This cake smells like my childhood. TheĀ Applesauce Cake from Dietitians of Canada Great Food Fast cookbook was one that my mom made a handful of times, and I gobbled right up, many, many times. It is the perfect light snack or dessert. Here are a couple photos from this heavenly cake!

The icing is clearly one of the best parts.

Cake close-up!

Healthy Baked Coconut Chicken

TheĀ Healthy Baked Coconut Chicken from Organize Yourself Skinny recipe was probably my biggest fail thus far. Perhaps it was the fact that the coconut milk I used had separated a bit, or perhaps it was using drumsticks instead of chicken breasts, but no matter how I look at it, this recipe was not that tasty for the amount of work that went into it. We won’t be trying it again. Saying that our side salad was tastier than chicken is something Very rarely uttered in this house. Here are a couple photos:

Chicken drumsticks ready to eat.

My “Red, White, and Blue Salad”: Apertivo feta cubes, blueberries, strawberries, salad, and white balsamic raspberry dressing.

Week Four Meal Plan


While I was getting excited that it is nearing barbeque temperatures this week, it is supposed to rain nearly everyday so I will have to put off some grilling recipes until a bit later. Here are our plans for this week:

Snack: Applesauce cake from Dietitians of Canada Great Food Fast cookbook

Monday: Spicy Southwest Chicken Wraps from Emily Bites
Tuesday: Tacos with homemade taco seasoning from Allrecipes
Wednesday: Zucchini Frittata from Living Rich With Coupons
Thursday: Baked Macaroni and Cheese from Rachel Cooks
Friday: Homemade pizza using a modified Wolfgang Puck dough recipe
Saturday: Ham and Scalloped Potatoes from Just a Pinch

Spicy Southwest Chicken Wraps

Spicy Southwest Chicken Wraps from Emily Bites

 

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Tacos with homemade taco seasoning from Allrecipes

 

Zucchini Frittata

Zucchini Frittata from Living Rich With Coupons

 

Baked Macaroni and Cheese from Rachel Cooks

 

Best Ever Scalloped Potatoes (no Dairy) Recipe

Ham and Scalloped Potatoes from Just a Pinch

Blueberry Bran Muffins

This morning I finally made theĀ Blueberry Bran Muffins from Foodess and there’s nothing quite like the smell of fresh muffins in the morning. I ended up substituting half of the oil for applesauce, just to make it a bit healthier, and am happy-ish with the results. They’re not the best muffins I’ve ever made, but they are still really moist, fluffy, and fairly healthy. Here are a couple photos:

Bad habit from my childhood: I am detest eating muffins without butter, no matter how tasty.

 

Cooling on the rack. Baking them straight in the pan instead of baking cups proved to be a good choice; the dough was pretty sticky and definitely would have stuck to the cups.

Chicken Sausage and Squash Foil Pack

Tonight we made theĀ Chicken Sausage and Squash Foil PackĀ recipe from Hungry Girl and it turned out pretty well! The butternut squash that we had wasn’t very flavourful (it’s pretty late in the season) but the tasty turkey sausage that I found helped the dish out a lot. The sage, olive oil, and sea salt helped to bring all the flavours together.

Here are a couple photos:

Roasted butternut squash, apples, and turkey sausage ready to be served.

Plated and ready to eat!

Slowcooker Italian Beef Hoagies

So ourĀ Slowcooker ItalianĀ Beef Hoagies from Skinnytaste were pretty much the best thing we have made in some time. The beef was seasoned so perfectly, there were new-to-me-vegetables that I liked, it was super easy and smelled delicious. I’m not sure there is anything more you could want in a dinner recipe.

Here are a couple photos:

The artisanal buns we got from No Frills were perfect for these sandwiches. They also held up really well for leftovers for the next day.

The deliciousness in better lighting.

Week Three Meal Plan

Some weeks are easier to make healthy eating plans than others; This coming week we have two back-to-back nights of eating out at restaurants so instead of being dinner-centric this week, I’ll be posting about some of my snacks instead.Ā This week, our meal plan consists of meals inspired by:

Snack: Blueberry Bran Muffins from Foodess

Monday: Halved recipe of Slowcooker ItalianĀ Beef Hoagies from Skinnytaste
Tuesday: Birthday dinner out
Wednesday: Also dinner out
Thursday: Homemade pizza bagels
Friday: Healthy Baked Coconut Chicken from Organize Yourself Skinny
Saturday: Chicken Sausage and Squash Foil Pack from Hungry Girl

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Blueberry Bran Muffins from Foodess

 

Set it and forget it with this easy slow cooker sandwich recipe! Made with a beef roast, bell peppers, pepperoncini, garlic and dried herbs, served on whole wheat Italian bread or rolls with melted provolone.

Slowcooker Italian Beef Hoagies from Skinnytaste

 

Healthy Baked Coconut Chicken from Organize Yourself Skinny

 

Chicken Sausage and Squash Foil Pack from Hungry Girl