Marinated Steak and Salad

On Wednesday this week we had to get up early to take our puppers Sally to doggy daycare. While Lenny made the trek out to their place, I marinated some steaks for us to have for dinner. This Marinated Steak recipe from Big Oven was a delicious complement to a salad with berries, feta, and strawberry vinaigrette. It was super simple and one we’ll probably have again sometime in the future. There is often a lot of garlic and onion seasonings that I can’t have in steak sauce so finding a different way to flavour the meat is always welcome!

Quite the summer meal, finally!

The Best Homemade Burgers

The Best Homemade Burgers from The Prairie Homestead proved to be quite tasty! From all the things we made from last week’s recipes, this one gets the highest rating for taste by far. We also lucked out that there were family sized trays of 50% ground beef 50% ground pork on sale, so we’ll likely be having these burgers again in the near future after we defrost the remaining portions.

Sorry for the shadow-filled photo, but we were eating outside and there was just no good angle for a quick photo without it.

Summer Grilled Vegetables

This was a self-made recipe that turned out really well and would be perfect for a long weekend meal. I’ve never been one to spice things easily on my own, by thankfully my husband Lenny is a superstar at this. For the roasted vegetables, we mixed all of the following together and then tossed them in a grill basket like this one:

  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • baby portobello mushrooms
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

It’s a welcome alternative to our standard side of sweet potato fries and is helpful to use up random amounts of vegetables left over in the fridge.

Summer grilled vegetables

Slow-Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

This week I made the Slow-Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos from Gimme Some Oven. It was a tasty and easy variation on something we have pretty regularly. We’ve been making our own taco seasoning for some time (it’s hard to find one without garlic or onion in it), but this recipe offered a slightly different spicing that was still fantastic. If you are looking not to turn your stove-top on in the hot days to come,  you may want to consider some slow-cooker beef tacos!

Shredded beef tacos all ready for the rest of the toppings!

Italian Ricotta Cookies

These cookies smell divine, and their taste is not too far from that either. The Italian Ricotta Cookies from Love Bakes Good Cakes were relatively easy to make although I did end up cooking them for twice as long as was recommended, and they didn’t taste overcooked either. I made 47 of them so co-workers, hope you are ready for some fluffy and delicious snacks!

Here are a couple photos:

That moment when you realize you’ll need to vacuum the counter clean before wiping it clean…

 

Sprinkle cookies!

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!

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?

 

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.

Applesauce Cake

This cake smells like my childhood. The 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!