Let the Baking Begin posted this amazing-looking recipe for Acorn Squash with Walnuts and Cranberry and I was sold; we really like squash in this house so finding a new way to eat it that included more protein seemed like a win! I’m sad to report that it didn’t really taste quite as expected. I think it would make an amazing side dish that you split with like 3 other people, but as a larger portion for a main dish, it didn’t quite work. It does get top marks though in ease of preparation for how fancy it looks!
The chickpea noodle soup recipe on page 63 of the Thug Kitchen 101 Cookbook was really popular with Lenny but not so much with me. This recipe calls for Bragg’s, an amino acid supplement, which tastes very similar to soy sauce but is a little fishier. For a somewhat filling, homemade, vegan version of chicken noodle soup though, it was pretty good.
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.
In our 2011 trip to Italy, Lenny’s nonna cooked us the best bechamel sauce lasagna on the planet. Since then, I’ve been inspired by like 100 Pinterest posts to give it a try.
The recipe I settled on following (mostly) was the Artichoke Mushroom Lasagna with Bechamel Sauce from Green Healthy Cooking. I ended up using more mushrooms in lieu of the artichokes because I’ve never really liked them unless they are deep-fried…
The lasagna turned out pretty well but it was a far cry from anything as delicious as nonna made. Given the number of dishes required to make this meal, this will be the only bechamel lasagna that I will ever make, so I guess we just have to go back to Italy sometime soon to experience the real thing again!
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: