Acorn Squash with Walnuts and Cranberry

Let the Baking Begin posted this amazing-looking recipe for Acorn Squash with Walnuts and Cranberry and I was sold; we really like squash in this house so finding a new way to eat it that included more protein seemed like a win! I’m sad to report that it didn’t really taste quite as expected. I think it would make an amazing side dish that you split with like 3 other people, but as a larger portion for a main dish, it didn’t quite work. It does get top marks though in ease of preparation for how fancy it looks!

Looks like its going to be amazing, right?!

Bojon Gourmet Quiche

How amazing does this look?

Lenny recently made a delicious quiche inspired by this one on Bojon Gourmet. Quiches are one of our go-to dinner options because you can use them to use up any remaining quantities of vegetables or cheeses in the fridge, are super filling, can be used for leftovers at any meal, and are really inexpensive to put together.

One of our favourite restaurants, the Black Walnut, uses potatoes in their quiches so I wanted to try out a recipe that had them since we don’t normally put those in ours. The result was fantastic and the potatoes really helped bulk up each serving. The gruyere cheese was also just so delicious; if you want to try a new cheese to give a standard recipe a new kick, pick some up from your local supermarket!

You can really see the potato layers in this pic!

Thug Kitchen 101 – Chickpea Noodle Soup

This is one soup that’s loaded with nutrients!

The chickpea noodle soup recipe on page 63 of the Thug Kitchen 101 Cookbook was really popular with Lenny but not so much with me. This recipe calls for Bragg’s, an amino acid supplement, which tastes very similar to soy sauce but is a little fishier. For a somewhat filling, homemade, vegan version of chicken noodle soup though, it was pretty good.

 

 

BLT’s and Berry Salad with Goat Cheese

Our approach to BLT’s and Berry Salad with Goat Cheese from Skinnytaste turned out to be a bit of a fail, but still OK in the end. A miscommunication with the hubster meant no berries in our berry salad, but other than a bit extra bland (thank goodness for local greens making it more flavourful!), it was pretty good. I’m not sure it was worth the time to make the cheese balls though, so don’t think I’ll plan on remaking this particular salad recipe in the future.

The BLT’s were knocked up an extra level with bagels from the Great Canada Bagel, so they were more exciting than planned.

File this one under relatively-fast low-cooking-required summer dinners.

 

Chicken sausage and Grilled Brussels Sprouts

Last week one of the meals that I did make was chicken sausage and Grilled Brussels Sprouts from Skinnytaste. I love grilled vegetables so finding a non-onion-y and non-garlic-y “sauce” that I could use to flavour them was pretty exciting. I ended up making my own balsamic glaze as I didn’t want to buy an entire container of it, and it was pretty simple: just boil 4 tbsp of balsamic with 1 tbsp of honey for a few minutes. It was super tasty and will be something I think I’ll try with other vegetables too!

Not the most appetizing shot, but this dinner was delicious, I swear!

Campfire Series: Cheesy Potatoes & Chicken Sausages

Last summer we really fell in love with the Schneider’s Chicken Sausages. Aside from being delicious at home, they were also great for camping because they were really flavourful and already cooked — no need to worry about raw meat!

We ate them chopped into dishes, but pretty much on their own. To add some additional calories (camping with two dogs involves a LOT of exercise!), we wrapped them in Pillsbury dough hot dog wrappers, wrapped those in tin foil, and then roasted them on the fire for a tasty but healthier version of a Pogo.

Roasting on the fire. Yay for metal shishkabob sticks! They made this dish way easier to cook than had we done it on wood sticks.

One of my favourite sides with this dish was cheesy potatoes. We bought frozen hashbrowns and then parceled those out with some pre-shedded cheese and bacon bits left over from a salad on the first night. What a great creation!

Homemade Pogo on the left and cheesy potatoes on the right.

Campfire Series: Calzones!

We were supposed to go camping this past weekend, but ultimately decided that living in our own home without air conditioning this year has been camping enough for us so far. It didn’t stop me though from thinking about foods we have made in the past while camping though so I thought I would share some with you! Conveniently, last summer we were dog-sitting our pal Digby while camping so I took pictures of pretty much everything, including making some of our most successful meals!

On of our favourite things to eat outside of camping is pizza, so I did my best to create something in that realm suitable for a campfire. Using Pillsbury biscuit dough, we were able to make this happen! Here are the steps to follow:

On aluminum foil, spray some non-stick spray and then spread out some of the dough to make a circular shape.

Add your sauce and toppings. Bonus points if you remember to shred the cheese ahead of time and then put it into portioned containers before leaving for camping, like we did! It made many meals a lot easier to make.

Fold the dough in half and crimp the foil around the calzones. Cook them until you think they are done!

Take a pretty picture before you dig in!

All ready for eating.

Delicious!

One Pot Cheesy Smoked Sausage & Pasta Skillet

The One Pot Cheesy Smoked Sausage & Pasta Skillet from Yellow Bliss Road turned out pretty well! I’d classify this one in the 20-minute-delicious-weekday meal category. I think I’ll tuck it away to try again sometime in the future with the proper Italian-seasoned sausage though; The grocery store that I went to didn’t have a lot of options so I went with a traditional Polish sausage, and it just wasn’t quite right. The combination of milk, canned diced tomatoes, and chicken stock was quite delicious and fragrant. Definitely a meal worth trying!

A “Pre-cheese” shot. I am always SUPER excited (actually) to not have to wash the colander. This recipe has you cook the pasta in the liquid but then to keep it and not strain it. 😀

Post-cheese, and ready for serving!

Marinated Steak and Salad

On Wednesday this week we had to get up early to take our puppers Sally to doggy daycare. While Lenny made the trek out to their place, I marinated some steaks for us to have for dinner. This Marinated Steak recipe from Big Oven was a delicious complement to a salad with berries, feta, and strawberry vinaigrette. It was super simple and one we’ll probably have again sometime in the future. There is often a lot of garlic and onion seasonings that I can’t have in steak sauce so finding a different way to flavour the meat is always welcome!

Quite the summer meal, finally!

Zucchini Frittata and Jill’s Hash Brown Casserole

There’s nothing quite like the smell of a delicious breakfast on a morning that you get to sleep in. This weekend I prepared a baked zucchini frittata and Jill’s Hash Brown Casserole from Campbell’s Kitchen. While I wasn’t a fan of the frittata much (it probably needed more salt and/or cheese), the hash brown casserole was fantastic. I’ve had a similar casserole a couple of times at work breakfast potlucks and was excited to make it for Lenny to see what he thought. Luckily for me, he liked it too!

Here are a couple pictures from my special-a.m.-effort breakfast!

Zucchini frittata and Jill’s Hash Brown Casserole from Campbell’s Kitchen

Baked and browned to perfection!