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!
The Amazing Flour-Less Brownies from Skinnytaste are indeed, amazing, and have been a regular in our house for a couple of years. They are so chocolate-y, moist, filling, and so easy to make, I’m not sure you could ask for a better dessert option.
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.
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!
Step 2: Chop or shred your cheese, and beat some eggs, salt, and pepper together.
Step 3: Toss the eggs and veggies that don’t take as long to cook into the pan.
Step 4: Add your cheese.
Step 5: Cook on medium-low heat until the eggs aren’t runny anymore.
Step 6: Serve and enjoy!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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:
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.