Summer Grilled Vegetables

This was a self-made recipe that turned out really well and would be perfect for a long weekend meal. I’ve never been one to spice things easily on my own, by thankfully my husband Lenny is a superstar at this. For the roasted vegetables, we mixed all of the following together and then tossed them in a grill basket like this one:

  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • baby portobello mushrooms
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

It’s a welcome alternative to our standard side of sweet potato fries and is helpful to use up random amounts of vegetables left over in the fridge.

Summer grilled vegetables

Slow-Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

This week I made the Slow-Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos from Gimme Some Oven. It was a tasty and easy variation on something we have pretty regularly. We’ve been making our own taco seasoning for some time (it’s hard to find one without garlic or onion in it), but this recipe offered a slightly different spicing that was still fantastic. If you are looking not to turn your stove-top on in the hot days to come,  you may want to consider some slow-cooker beef tacos!

Shredded beef tacos all ready for the rest of the toppings!

Ham and Penne Skillet

Tonight I made the Ham and Penne Skillet from Julie’s Eats and Treats. In hindsight, it would have been a great meal to photograph and make in one of our Le Creuset dishes, so if you have one and end up making this recipe, you should totally do that! Aside from accidentally letting the dish boil over and managing to get milky chicken stock on and in ALL FOUR BURNERS, it was a pretty easy dish to make. Finding ham steaks for meals like this have been a real game changer; The estimated 30 minute time from start to table, was pretty accurate.

Here’s a picture from my dinner!

Fusilli, ham, veggies, and parmesan for the win!

Applesauce Cake

This cake smells like my childhood. The 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!

Chicken Sausage and Squash Foil Pack

Tonight we made the Chicken Sausage and Squash Foil Pack 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!

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.

Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken

Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken

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

Tonight’s recipe was inspired by Carl’s Bad Cravings but due to the number of substitutions, both on purpose and by accident, I’m not sure we really made the actual recipe… It still turned out pretty well nevertheless and I might try to make it again sometime.

Here are some photos from our dinner:

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Nummy num nums

Yay for the crock pot!

Served over delicious rice noodles. Don’t forget to rinse them once you’ve cooked them — this is an important step!

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A dark photo of the food, but check out the cuteness in the background.

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“Mom! Mom! It smells SO good, mom!