Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Tonight’s dinner was theĀ 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 šŸ˜‰

Spicy Southwest Chicken Wraps

This recipe turned out pretty well, especially when compared to the coconut chicken from yesterday! TheĀ 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.

Applesauce Cake

This cake smells like my childhood. TheĀ Applesauce Cake from Dietitians of Canada Great Food Fast cookbook was one that my mom made a handful of times, and I gobbled right up, many, many times. It is the perfect light snack or dessert. Here are a couple photos from this heavenly cake!

The icing is clearly one of the best parts.

Cake close-up!

Healthy Baked Coconut Chicken

TheĀ 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.

Blueberry Bran Muffins

This morning I finally made theĀ Blueberry Bran Muffins from Foodess and there’s nothing quite like the smell of fresh muffins in the morning. I ended up substituting half of the oil for applesauce, just to make it a bit healthier, and am happy-ish with the results. They’re not the best muffins I’ve ever made, but they are still really moist, fluffy, and fairly healthy. Here are a couple photos:

Bad habit from my childhood: I am detest eating muffins without butter, no matter how tasty.

 

Cooling on the rack. Baking them straight in the pan instead of baking cups proved to be a good choice; the dough was pretty sticky and definitely would have stuck to the cups.

Slowcooker Italian Beef Hoagies

So ourĀ Slowcooker ItalianĀ 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:Ā 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!

Slow Cooker Balsamic Glazed Roast Beef

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

TheĀ Slow Cooker Balsamic Glazed Roast BeefĀ recipe from Closet Cooking was one of theĀ best meals we have made in some time. The balsamic flavours add a sweet and more unique taste to this dish that we both thought was pretty awesome. Perhaps it was the 35 minutes of running before dinner that contributed to my overwhelmingly positive review of this recipe, but I guess you’ll just have to try it out yourself to find out, right?!

Here are a couple photos:

We added a couple of potatoes to the recipe but otherwise stuck to it.

Nummies!

Smoked Sausage and Cheesy Rice

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

Tonight’sĀ Smoked Sausage and Cheesy Rice from Bake at Midnight was super easy peasy to make! If you need a quick dinner, this should be one that you consider. Purchasing pre-cooked sausage and pre-cut broccoli helped speed it up, but it’d be pretty easy to make even if you had to cook the sausage and/or chop the broccoli. Here are some photos from our dinner:

All heated up and ready to serve.

Plated deliciousness after only about 20 minutes of cooking.