Amazing Flour-Less Brownies

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

So I went through a phase of making this recipe every couple of weeks a couple of years ago but then I guess I’d had enough. Well, after tasting it again today, I’m welcoming Amazing Flour-Less Brownies from Skinnytaste back into a regular rotation! This has half the calories of a Starbuck’s brownie and honestly tastes about 100 times better anyways. Here are a couple of photos:

We substituted mini chocolate chips for the regular-sized ones the recipe called for, but now it looks like it has 1000000 chocolate chips on it.

A close-up of the chocolate-y goodness!

 

 

Single-Skillet Chicken Thighs with Bacon, Brussels Sprouts

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

This recipe, Single-Skillet Chicken Thighs with Bacon, Brussels Sprouts from Christine Byrne at Buzzfeed, was fantastic, but then again how can you go wrong when there are bacon and Brussels sprouts together?! We ended up using chicken drumsticks instead of thighs, as this is what we had on hand, and substituted the apple juice for water as I didn’t feel like keeping a can of apple juice in the fridge for weeks on end (we don’t really drink juice).

This recipe was really easy to put together and luckily for me, Lenny bought pre-chopped Brussel sprouts at the grocery store this week as they were on sale. 😀 I really dislike chopping things in general, although I like it a bit more now that we have ceramic knives — Side shout out to Justin & Kristin for that awesome Christmas gift! Here are some photos from our cooking adventure:

After the stove-top stage, ready for the oven. The recipe might seem like it’s calling for a lot of bacon, but it really isn’t by the time it cooks down.

Ready for serving.

We ate in the living room – it was a long day – but that meant that Sally put on her stealth-level begging skills to “earn” some apple and/or bacon slices…

“What? Who, me?”

Plated perfection.

Mr. Bowjangles

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

This recipe is from a Looneyspoons cookbook that’s no longer available, however, would be worth looking for in a used bookstore (that’s where my copy is from!). It’s Canadian, quirky, and full of tasty recipes! Mr. Bowjangles can be found on pg. 125 of the cookbook. It is a soya sauce and mustard-based chicken, noodle, broccoli, and sun-dried tomato dish. We had to modify it a bit as we didn’t have any butterfly pasta and we also reduced the amount of broccoli as three cups for only four servings sounded like a lot. Here is a picture of the final product:

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Mr. Bowjangles

 

Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken

Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken

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

Tonight’s recipe was inspired by Carl’s Bad Cravings but due to the number of substitutions, both on purpose and by accident, I’m not sure we really made the actual recipe… It still turned out pretty well nevertheless and I might try to make it again sometime.

Here are some photos from our dinner:

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Yay for the crock pot!

Served over delicious rice noodles. Don’t forget to rinse them once you’ve cooked them — this is an important step!

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A dark photo of the food, but check out the cuteness in the background.

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“Mom! Mom! It smells SO good, mom!

 

Beef and Bean Burritos

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

Tonight’s recipe was inspired by The Pioneer Woman. I ended up adding lettuce in the wrap and skipping the extra sauce and cheese on the top. We make soft tacos quasi-regularly, so this was a tasty similar meal that was just enough different to be a little bit more exciting! Here are some photos:

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Would you like some meat with those beans and lettuce? 😉

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All tightly wrapped up.

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Bursting at the seams, and ready for eating!

Special props to Lenny for cooking this dinner so I could go out for run in -18C weather with my running buddy, Steph, before the dark. Props also to Steph for being such a champ and encourager on said run despite the miserable weather!

Breakfast Quiche

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

This recipe was taken from skinnykitchen.com. I often forget about making breakfast for dinner, but doing so is great because it allows for something varied to eat for breakfast for the next few days! Breakfasts also tend to be lower in calories and higher in protein.

Monday’s are often “Meatless Monday’s” in our house, and while this dish does have ham in it, we regularly make frittatas or quiches for dinner that we eat throughout the week; it’s an excellent way to use up odd quantities of left-over vegetables or cheeses!

If you’ve never seen it before, you can find ham steaks in the deli area (it was near the hot dogs in our store). It’s a cheaper and easier way to add the ham in this dish:

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What a ham steak looks like. It was $2.99.

Here are a couple photos from this adventure:

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The cheesey and delicious concoction right out of the oven.

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All plated up and reading for delving into!

I also made decaf soy lattes to go with dinner but they were gobbled up so quickly that they made it into exactly zero photos… #coffeeaddicthousehold.

Anybody else have breakfast for dinner this week? I challenge you to make it at least once this week!

Charcuterie Board Dinner

The Ultimate Appetizer Board

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

Inspired by What’s Gaby Cooking, and a memorable thrown-together dinner on our honeymoon two years ago, Sunday night’s dinner had a charcuterie board theme. While this is not the cheapest dinner I have ever put together, it was incredibly tasty and thoroughly enjoyed. Here are some pictures from our meal!

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The spread!

Irish Guinness Cheddar and black olives

Irish Guinness Cheddar and black olives. Also, olives are a vegetable, right?

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Wagener’s Mexican salami, Sopressata with Prosciutto, Smoked Oka cheese, Mission extra virgin olive oil, Pear balsamic vinegar (it was so sweet, it tasted like jam!).

2015 Fielding Estate Riesling

French bread loaf and a 2015 Fielding Estate Riesling

For the ease of putting it all together, and the taste, I give this a rating of 5/5. Next time though, I have to remember to include a vegetable or fruit… thank goodness we had carrots in those cookies for dessert!

Carrot Oatmeal Cookies

Taste: 5/5
Ease of Making: 3/5
Dishes: 2/5

This recipe is taken from yummyhealthyeasy.com. It appealed to me because:

  • I like to incorporate vegetables into my baking
  • I had an entire bag of quick oats to use
  • COOKIES!

The recipe was fairly straight-forward and the only modification that I made was using slightly less walnuts due to the amount I had on-hand.

Here are some pictures from my time baking these!

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The final product!

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Stackable cooling racks are key for small kitchens!

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All the cookies!

All in all, I give this recipe five out of five stars for taste.