Parmesan Spinach Mac and Cheese

So the worst month of the year work-wise for me is finally over. Move-in: my most favourite month of the year! We kicked off this  month with the worst head colds we’ve had since January, but also with some tasty meals. My contribution was this parmesan spinach mac and cheese from Life’s a Strawberry. It was pretty fast to prepare (as far as homemade mac and cheeses go) and definitely helped meet our calorie requirement for the day.

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Parmasan Spinach Mac & Cheese

Sweet Potato Curry

Monday night we made the Sweet Potato Curry from the cookbook Eating in the Middle (page 61). I was really excited because it smelled so delicious, and I’d just had a great curry wrap on the weekend at a festival downtown. Unfortunately, it lacked flavour and needed a lot more spice to bring it up to snuff. Hopefully the leftovers are tasty though because 4 servings = about 12 servings!

It smelled SO good

Chicken Avocado Ranch Burritos

This recipe we made last week and it was probably one of my biggest bombs in quite some time. The Chicken Avocado Ranch Burritos from Damn Delicious was pretty easy to put together, but the nutrition factor was low, and so was the taste factor. I found it not to be very flavourful and it reheated terribly, but I probably shouldn’t have expected leftover avocado would taste very good.

I ended up using our griddler to finish the wraps off. I’m always excited to use this appliance so was really looking forward to this recipe!

About the point I realized it might not be a tasty dish. The insides were super oozy and it just had a weird consistency.

One Pot Nacho Beef Skillet

Ready for serving!

I love nachos. I mean, who doesn’t love nachos? This One Pot Nacho Beef Skillet recipe from Damn Delicious is a perfect approach to dinner-worthy nachos and even has roasted red peppers, tomatoes, and corn to up the health factor. This recipe took about 20-30 minutes to make, and makes enough for about 6 servings. Next time, I think I’ll maybe go with 3/4 cup of basmati rice instead of 1 cup, but otherwise, the ratios for all the other ingredients were spot on.

Three-Mushroom Teriyaki Stir-fry

The Three-Mushroom Teriyaki Stir-fry from The Art of Living Well is somewhat of a staple in our house. It is published in a cookbook of the same name that I received as a gift a couple of years ago but is also conveniently on the author’s website. I’m always a little hesitant to buy so many mushrooms, but they always cook down to a manageable amount for 3-4 servings. The brown sugar, rice vinegar, soya sauce mix is a little bit gnarly to clean, but it smells quite fantastic so it balances out.

Here is a picture from our dinner!

Sesame seeds totally make the dish — do not skimp out on those!

Ham and Scalloped Potatoes

Last weekend I finally made the Ham and Scalloped Potatoes from Just a Pinch. It was a bit of a dudd. I didn’t cook the potatoes for long enough and I didn’t properly follow the recipe in terms of mixing the butter and flour first. I will probably try it again in a bit, but if someone else gets to it first, please let me know how it goes!

“A” for effort. There is nothing quite like cooking something for about an hour only for it to not turn out.

 

Spicy Southwest Chicken Wraps

This recipe turned out pretty well, especially when compared to the coconut chicken from yesterday! The 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.

Healthy Baked Coconut Chicken

The 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.

Blueberry Bran Muffins

This morning I finally made the 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.