Roasted Carrots with Honey Butter

We hosted my sister, her husband, and her kiddo for Easter dinner this year and made: turkey, roasted potatoes, feta strawberry sunflower seed salad, and Roasted Carrots with Honey Butter from the Eating In The Middle cookbook. The carrots I have made many times before, but if you’ve never had roasted carrots with honey butter, you should definitely try it out the next time you’re cooking something in the oven for an hour so. While it takes a while, they are positively delicious and use relatively few dishes to prepare!

Here is a picture of our dinner:

Tasty, tasty Easter dinner!

Maple-Crusted Salmon

Lenny has been quite busy preparing for his defense April 21, and last week when I asked what traditional Easter foods he might like to have, he was only half listening and heard “what Eastern foods would you like?” This joke has carried on for a few days but today we finally made his requested Easter dish: fish on Good Friday.

The Maple-Crusted Salmon from Foodie Crush proved fairly easy to make, tasted delicious, and required minimal clean up. I will warn you in advance, if you skip putting the fish on tin foil you will be sorely upset with the amount of clean up. Using the recommended tin foil on the other hand, made clean-up a breeze!

Here are a couple photos of our fancy Good Friday dinner!

Finally, some good natural light for a dinner photo! I love that the days are becoming longer. Feta, instead of butter, on steamed vegetables is one of my new favourite things to do.

Fancy dinner to celebrate the end of Lenny’s first week at work!

 

Slow Cooker Jambalaya

This week I made the Slow Cooker Jambalaya from Budget Bytes. I accidentally put in 1 tbsp of cayenne pepper instead of 1 tbsp of paprika (they looked the same at 7am…). It fortunately (?) made a large number of portions, but Lenny loved having something spicier so that worked out well. I tend to find many slow cooker meals mushy, but the cured meat and rice stood up really well so if this is something that also prevents you from using your slow cooker more often, you may want to try out this recipe. I foresee revisiting this recipe in the future with a more appropriate amount of spice!

Can you smell the spice from there?

 

Ham and Scalloped Potatoes

Last weekend I finally made the Ham and Scalloped Potatoes from Just a Pinch. It was a bit of a dudd. I didn’t cook the potatoes for long enough and I didn’t properly follow the recipe in terms of mixing the butter and flour first. I will probably try it again in a bit, but if someone else gets to it first, please let me know how it goes!

“A” for effort. There is nothing quite like cooking something for about an hour only for it to not turn out.

 

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Tonight’s dinner was the Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe from Rachel Cooks. It was super simple to put together, easy on the number of dishes to put it altogether, and tasted pretty good. Next time I might throw some broccoli into it though to make it a smidgen healthier and tastier; I found it a bit bland. Here are a couple pictures:

Toasted to perfection!

A close-up of my lunch for the next few days 😉

Spicy Southwest Chicken Wraps

This recipe turned out pretty well, especially when compared to the coconut chicken from yesterday! The Spicy Southwest Chicken Wraps from Emily Bites were really tasty and quite filling. The only changes we made to the recipe were using a Mrs. Dash seasoning instead (it’s what we had on hand), foregoing the lime (ick), using grape tomatoes instead of a whole one (we needed some for later this week anyways), and using bone-in chicken instead of boneless (because sometimes they look the same at the grocery story…). Here are a couple photos from our dinner:

Fried up in the pan and ready to serve.

Packaged up for lunch tomorrow, without avocado.

Healthy Baked Coconut Chicken

The Healthy Baked Coconut Chicken from Organize Yourself Skinny recipe was probably my biggest fail thus far. Perhaps it was the fact that the coconut milk I used had separated a bit, or perhaps it was using drumsticks instead of chicken breasts, but no matter how I look at it, this recipe was not that tasty for the amount of work that went into it. We won’t be trying it again. Saying that our side salad was tastier than chicken is something Very rarely uttered in this house. Here are a couple photos:

Chicken drumsticks ready to eat.

My “Red, White, and Blue Salad”: Apertivo feta cubes, blueberries, strawberries, salad, and white balsamic raspberry dressing.

Slowcooker Italian Beef Hoagies

So our Slowcooker Italian Beef Hoagies from Skinnytaste were pretty much the best thing we have made in some time. The beef was seasoned so perfectly, there were new-to-me-vegetables that I liked, it was super easy and smelled delicious. I’m not sure there is anything more you could want in a dinner recipe.

Here are a couple photos:

The artisanal buns we got from No Frills were perfect for these sandwiches. They also held up really well for leftovers for the next day.

The deliciousness in better lighting.

Grilled Cheese and Creamy Lentil Soup

Taste: 5/5
Ease of Making: 4/5
Dishes: 3/5

Soup and grilled cheese has always been a comfort food go-to for me so on a night where we’re rushing to get out the door, it is a welcome meal! This week we tried out a new-to-us recipe from Skinnytaste: Creamy Lentil Soup. As we’ve found most recipes on Skinnytaste, this one was delicious, relatively easy to make, and pretty healthy to boot!

Here are a couple photos:

Lentil soup is not a very appetizing thing to photograph, but it tasted delicious and was quite filling.

Ready for noms.

Due to a grocery list miscommunication months ago, we (still) have approximately 4 pounds of lentils, so if anyone else has some fantastic lentil recipes, please send them our way!