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!

Slow Cooker Balsamic Glazed Roast Beef

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

The Slow Cooker Balsamic Glazed Roast Beef recipe from Closet Cooking was one of the 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!

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!

 

 

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.