Frittata

In Week 17’s Meal Plan, I had a frittata on the menu. I’ve had a few people write about how I usually make one of those, so I took some pictures to share with you. Frittatas are super easy to make, can use up whatever vegetables you have on hand, be made vegetarian very easily, are very inexpensive to make, can be used for any meal of the day, and introduce you to new cheeses! What more could you ask for in a quick meal?!

Step 1: Chop and start cooking the veggies that will take the longest!

Red peppers are chopped and cooking.

Step 2: Chop or shred your cheese, and beat some eggs, salt, and pepper together.

I used the last of the Emmental cheese from our Farmer’s Market visit and about 6 eggs for this dish.

Step 3: Toss the eggs and veggies that don’t take as long to cook into the pan.

I added some chopped tomatoes that we had left over from a previous recipe.

Step 4: Add your cheese.

Now cooking with cheese!

Step 5: Cook on medium-low heat until the eggs aren’t runny anymore.

Ready for serving!

Step 6: Serve and enjoy!

Ready to eat!

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 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.

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!

Spaghetti Carbonara

The Spaghetti Carbonara from Budget Savvy Diva was great on the budget but was sort of bland in taste. I also didn’t really realize I was making a dinner without any vegetables at all so it ended up not being very filling. I might try this recipe again in the future with ham bacon (we used turkey bacon like the recipe called for) and throw some peas or some other vegetable in it, for added taste and nutritional value.

Our first Spaghetti Carbonara

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!