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.
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!
My husband Lenny makes the best pizza dough. It is rarely the same process twice, however, it always tastes delicious. He has also introduced me to the balls of mozzarella that you can buy in the deli section, as opposed to the bars of cheese in the dairy area of the grocery store, and they make a world of difference in the quality of your pizza. If you need a recommendation, my personal favourite is the Tre Stelle Mozzarella Ball.
In terms of a dough recipe, here is a Wolfgang Puck-inspired recipe that Lenny has adapted for use in a breadmaker.
You will need:
- 1 1/8 cup water, room temperature
- 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp bread machine yeast
Layer the ingredient according to your manufacturer’s instructions (mine uses wet, dry, then yeast) and set it for Dough. Hit start and come back in 1.5 hours (or delay it till later).
When it’s ready, roll the dough ball out onto a floured work surface, knead briefly for a minute, then place into a lightly oiled bowl to rest for 30 more minutes. Cover with a moist cloth and set in a warm place.
After the dough has increased in size (about 50% larger) punch the dough down and roll back out onto your work surface. Roll out into a pizza-like shape and assemble your pizza. 14-16 minutes in a pre-heated 425-degree oven will give you a nice crispy crust if cooked on either a pizza stone or perforated pizza sheet.
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.
We finally got around to making the One Pot Stuffed Pepper Casserole from Damn Delicious and it turned out pretty well! I think a lot of people would really love this dish. It made a large volume, so be prepared for 6+ servings, unless you’re feeling super hungry. This recipe also didn’t call for very much cheese, but a little cheese went a long way.
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.
The Greek Quesadillas from Damn Delicious were perfect for a hot summer night demanding of little oven-on time. The homemade Greek yogurt tzatziki sauce was particularly tasty and the flavour combo of the quesadilla was reminiscent of high end sandwich / Greek salad combination. And besides, you can’t go wrong with melted cheese.
Here are a couple photos from my attempt at this recipe:
The quiche recipe and the pulled pork one from last week never ended up getting photographed because they were just wolfed right down after long work days. On the weekend though, we took the time to make the Maple Ginger Turkey Breast from Clean Eating and mashed sweet potatoes from Allrecipes.com. The entire home smelled like Thanksgiving and thankfully we thought both the items were really tasty and relatively easy to make. I think I’ll tuck these recipes away for fall, especially the mashed sweet potatoes, because they were just so creamy and delicious!
The Best Homemade Burgers from The Prairie Homestead proved to be quite tasty! From all the things we made from last week’s recipes, this one gets the highest rating for taste by far. We also lucked out that there were family sized trays of 50% ground beef 50% ground pork on sale, so we’ll likely be having these burgers again in the near future after we defrost the remaining portions.
The Skinnytaste.com website is one of my favourites for meal ideas. Gina’s recipes are always relatively easy to make, are healthy, and super tasty. She also offers great pointers such as her video on this recipe for how to remove the skin from chicken drumsticks; her paper towel method helps you save so much time! Here’s a pic of our Sweet ‘n Spicy Asian Glazed Grilled Drumsticks from Skinnytaste with broccoli and rice: