Slowcooker Italian Beef Hoagies

So our Slowcooker Italian 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. This week, our meal plan consists of meals inspired by:

Snack: Blueberry Bran Muffins from Foodess

Monday: Halved recipe of Slowcooker Italian 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

Grilled Cheese and Creamy Lentil Soup

Taste: 5/5
Ease of Making: 4/5
Dishes: 3/5

Soup and grilled cheese has always been a comfort food go-to for me so on a night where we’re rushing to get out the door, it is a welcome meal! This week we tried out a new-to-us recipe from Skinnytaste: Creamy Lentil Soup. As we’ve found most recipes on Skinnytaste, this one was delicious, relatively easy to make, and pretty healthy to boot!

Here are a couple photos:

Lentil soup is not a very appetizing thing to photograph, but it tasted delicious and was quite filling.

Ready for noms.

Due to a grocery list miscommunication months ago, we (still) have approximately 4 pounds of lentils, so if anyone else has some fantastic lentil recipes, please send them our way!

Slow Cooker Balsamic Glazed Roast Beef

Taste: 5/5
Ease of Making: 5/5
Dishes: 5/5

The Slow Cooker Balsamic Glazed Roast Beef recipe from Closet Cooking was one of the best meals we have made in some time. The balsamic flavours add a sweet and more unique taste to this dish that we both thought was pretty awesome. Perhaps it was the 35 minutes of running before dinner that contributed to my overwhelmingly positive review of this recipe, but I guess you’ll just have to try it out yourself to find out, right?!

Here are a couple photos:

We added a couple of potatoes to the recipe but otherwise stuck to it.

Nummies!

Smoked Sausage and Cheesy Rice

Taste: 4/5
Ease of Making: 5/5
Dishes: 4/5

Tonight’s Smoked Sausage and Cheesy Rice from Bake at Midnight was super easy peasy to make! If you need a quick dinner, this should be one that you consider. Purchasing pre-cooked sausage and pre-cut broccoli helped speed it up, but it’d be pretty easy to make even if you had to cook the sausage and/or chop the broccoli. Here are some photos from our dinner:

All heated up and ready to serve.

Plated deliciousness after only about 20 minutes of cooking.

 

Amazing Flour-Less Brownies

Taste: 5/5
Ease of Making: 5/5
Dishes: 4/5

So I went through a phase of making this recipe every couple of weeks a couple of years ago but then I guess I’d had enough. Well, after tasting it again today, I’m welcoming Amazing Flour-Less Brownies from Skinnytaste back into a regular rotation! This has half the calories of a Starbuck’s brownie and honestly tastes about 100 times better anyways. Here are a couple of photos:

We substituted mini chocolate chips for the regular-sized ones the recipe called for, but now it looks like it has 1000000 chocolate chips on it.

A close-up of the chocolate-y goodness!

 

 

Single-Skillet Chicken Thighs with Bacon, Brussels Sprouts

Taste: 4/5
Ease of Making: 4/5
Dishes: 4/5

This recipe, Single-Skillet Chicken Thighs with Bacon, Brussels Sprouts from Christine Byrne at Buzzfeed, was fantastic, but then again how can you go wrong when there are bacon and Brussels sprouts together?! We ended up using chicken drumsticks instead of thighs, as this is what we had on hand, and substituted the apple juice for water as I didn’t feel like keeping a can of apple juice in the fridge for weeks on end (we don’t really drink juice).

This recipe was really easy to put together and luckily for me, Lenny bought pre-chopped Brussel sprouts at the grocery store this week as they were on sale. 😀 I really dislike chopping things in general, although I like it a bit more now that we have ceramic knives — Side shout out to Justin & Kristin for that awesome Christmas gift! Here are some photos from our cooking adventure:

After the stove-top stage, ready for the oven. The recipe might seem like it’s calling for a lot of bacon, but it really isn’t by the time it cooks down.

Ready for serving.

We ate in the living room – it was a long day – but that meant that Sally put on her stealth-level begging skills to “earn” some apple and/or bacon slices…

“What? Who, me?”

Plated perfection.

Week Two Meal Plan

 

This week, our meal plan consists of meals inspired by:

Snack: Amazing Flour-Less Brownies from Skinnytaste

Sunday: Single-Skillet Chicken Thighs with Bacon, Brussels Sprouts from Christine Byrne at Buzzfeed
Monday: Smoked Sausage and Cheesy Rice from Bake at Midnight
Tuesday: Halved recipe of Slow Cooker Balsamic Glazed Roast Beef from Closet Cooking
Wednesday: Grilled cheese and Creamy Lentil Soup from Skinnytaste
Thursday: Dinner out
Friday: Side salad and Baked Stromboli from Moms Need to Know

Amazing Flour-Less Brownies from Skinnytaste

 

Single-Skillet Chicken Thighs with Bacon, Brussels Sprouts from Christine Byrne at Buzzfeed

 

Smoked Sausage & Cheesy Rice | bakeatmidnite.com | #kielbasa #cheese #rice #recipe

Smoked Sausage and Cheesy Rice from Bake at Midnight

 

Slow Cooker Balsamic Glazed Roast Beef

Slow Cooker Balsamic Glazed Roast Beef from Closet Cooking

 

Creamy Lentil Soup from Skinnytaste

 

Ham and Salami Stromboli sq

Baked Stromboli from Moms Need to Know

Mr. Bowjangles

Taste: 4/5
Ease of Making: 3/5
Dishes: 3/5

This recipe is from a Looneyspoons cookbook that’s no longer available, however, would be worth looking for in a used bookstore (that’s where my copy is from!). It’s Canadian, quirky, and full of tasty recipes! Mr. Bowjangles can be found on pg. 125 of the cookbook. It is a soya sauce and mustard-based chicken, noodle, broccoli, and sun-dried tomato dish. We had to modify it a bit as we didn’t have any butterfly pasta and we also reduced the amount of broccoli as three cups for only four servings sounded like a lot. Here is a picture of the final product:

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Mr. Bowjangles