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!

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

 

Beef and Bean Burritos

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

Tonight’s recipe was inspired by The Pioneer Woman. I ended up adding lettuce in the wrap and skipping the extra sauce and cheese on the top. We make soft tacos quasi-regularly, so this was a tasty similar meal that was just enough different to be a little bit more exciting! Here are some photos:

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Would you like some meat with those beans and lettuce? 😉

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All tightly wrapped up.

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Bursting at the seams, and ready for eating!

Special props to Lenny for cooking this dinner so I could go out for run in -18C weather with my running buddy, Steph, before the dark. Props also to Steph for being such a champ and encourager on said run despite the miserable weather!

Breakfast Quiche

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

This recipe was taken from skinnykitchen.com. I often forget about making breakfast for dinner, but doing so is great because it allows for something varied to eat for breakfast for the next few days! Breakfasts also tend to be lower in calories and higher in protein.

Monday’s are often “Meatless Monday’s” in our house, and while this dish does have ham in it, we regularly make frittatas or quiches for dinner that we eat throughout the week; it’s an excellent way to use up odd quantities of left-over vegetables or cheeses!

If you’ve never seen it before, you can find ham steaks in the deli area (it was near the hot dogs in our store). It’s a cheaper and easier way to add the ham in this dish:

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What a ham steak looks like. It was $2.99.

Here are a couple photos from this adventure:

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The cheesey and delicious concoction right out of the oven.

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All plated up and reading for delving into!

I also made decaf soy lattes to go with dinner but they were gobbled up so quickly that they made it into exactly zero photos… #coffeeaddicthousehold.

Anybody else have breakfast for dinner this week? I challenge you to make it at least once this week!

Charcuterie Board Dinner

The Ultimate Appetizer Board

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

Inspired by What’s Gaby Cooking, and a memorable thrown-together dinner on our honeymoon two years ago, Sunday night’s dinner had a charcuterie board theme. While this is not the cheapest dinner I have ever put together, it was incredibly tasty and thoroughly enjoyed. Here are some pictures from our meal!

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The spread!

Irish Guinness Cheddar and black olives

Irish Guinness Cheddar and black olives. Also, olives are a vegetable, right?

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Wagener’s Mexican salami, Sopressata with Prosciutto, Smoked Oka cheese, Mission extra virgin olive oil, Pear balsamic vinegar (it was so sweet, it tasted like jam!).

2015 Fielding Estate Riesling

French bread loaf and a 2015 Fielding Estate Riesling

For the ease of putting it all together, and the taste, I give this a rating of 5/5. Next time though, I have to remember to include a vegetable or fruit… thank goodness we had carrots in those cookies for dessert!