Spaghetti Carbonara

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.

Our first Spaghetti Carbonara

Sweet ‘n Spicy Asian Glazed Grilled Drumsticks

The Skinnytaste.com website is one of my favourites for meal ideas. Gina’s recipes are always relatively easy to make, are healthy, and super tasty. She also offers great pointers such as her video on this recipe for how to remove the skin from chicken drumsticks; her paper towel method helps you save so much time! Here’s a pic of our Sweet ‘n Spicy Asian Glazed Grilled Drumsticks from Skinnytaste with broccoli and rice:

Mushroom Lasagna with Bechamel Sauce

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!

Mushroom Lasagna with Bechamel Sauce

Zucchini Frittata and Jill’s Hash Brown Casserole

There’s nothing quite like the smell of a delicious breakfast on a morning that you get to sleep in. This weekend I prepared a baked zucchini frittata and Jill’s Hash Brown Casserole from Campbell’s Kitchen. While I wasn’t a fan of the frittata much (it probably needed more salt and/or cheese), the hash brown casserole was fantastic. I’ve had a similar casserole a couple of times at work breakfast potlucks and was excited to make it for Lenny to see what he thought. Luckily for me, he liked it too!

Here are a couple pictures from my special-a.m.-effort breakfast!

Zucchini frittata and Jill’s Hash Brown Casserole from Campbell’s Kitchen

Baked and browned to perfection!

Week 11 Meal Plan

Ahhhh a long weekend — My favourite part of the summer! I feel so on the ball after a big day of chores on Saturday: we cleaned the first floor windows outside, vacuumed and cleaned the glass & dash stuff inside the car, did a couple loads of laundry, mowed and trimmed the front lawn, went to our favourite lunchtime spot (The Black Walnut Bakery), vacuumed the whole house (thanks Lenny!), cleaned the upstairs bathroom (thanks Lenny!), and did the weekly grocery shopping. Oh, and I went for a 4km run and pooped Sally right out! Hopefully the weather holds out for being able to do some gardening over the next two days, otherwise, we’re still in excellent shape for our spring cleaning.

Here’s what we’re planning on eating over the next few days:

Sunday: Artichoke Mushroom Lasagna with Bechamel Sauce from Green Healthy Cooking…  I plan on substituting asparagus for the artichokes though

Monday: Sweet ‘n Spicy Asian Glazed Grilled Drumsticks from Skinnytaste with broccoli and rice

Tuesday: Grilled sausages and corn on the cob

Wednesday: Spaghetti Carbonara from Budget Savvy Diva

Thursday: Frozen pizza and a side salad

Friday: The Best Homemade Burgers from The Prairie Homestead and homemade french fries

I also hope to make some homemade apple muffins, from a written out recipe, to snack on throughout the week.

Have a fantastic long weekend everyone!

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!

Week Ten Meal Plan

This weekend and the next weekend are all quite up in the air in terms of what we’re doing and where we’ll be, so I’m only planning on meal planning for Monday-Friday today.

Monday: Zucchini frittata and Jill’s Hash Brown Casserole from Campbell’s Kitchen

Tuesday: Turkey casserole from an old recipe

Wednesday: Slow-Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos from Gimme Some Oven

Thursday: Pizza on the Grill, using a tutorial from Amanda’s Cookin’… if I’m feeling adventurous enough!

Friday: Dinner out

Ham and Penne Skillet

Tonight I made the Ham and Penne Skillet from Julie’s Eats and Treats. In hindsight, it would have been a great meal to photograph and make in one of our Le Creuset dishes, so if you have one and end up making this recipe, you should totally do that! Aside from accidentally letting the dish boil over and managing to get milky chicken stock on and in ALL FOUR BURNERS, it was a pretty easy dish to make. Finding ham steaks for meals like this have been a real game changer; The estimated 30 minute time from start to table, was pretty accurate.

Here’s a picture from my dinner!

Fusilli, ham, veggies, and parmesan for the win!

Week Nine Meal Plan

Well after a week and half’s worth of emergency foundation repairs, we’re starting to resemble a bit of normalcy again in our household. I’m hoping that this will feel like a week where we feel “back on track” and so I am looking forward to sharing this week’s meal plan with all of you! It’s kind of an anomaly for me to only try one new recipe in a week, but hopefully having some of our more standard meals contributes to a stress-reduced week.

Snacks for the Week: Hard boiled eggs, tortilla chips & salsa, crackers & cheese, apples, bananas, baby carrots

Sunday: Leftover chili; still eating some things out of the freezer and this will be one of those “Gosh, I hope it’s actually chili” meals…

Monday: Pre-made ravioli and the Jamie Oliver 7-Veg Tomato Sauce

Tuesday: Pizza bagels

Wednesday: Dinner out

Thursday: Ham and Penne Skillet from Julie’s Eats and Treats

Friday: Burgers and Roasted Vegetables

One Pot Ham & Penne Skillet Recipe ~ Delicious Pasta Perfect for a Quick Dinner! Loaded with Ham, Penne and Peas!

Ham and Penne Skillet from Julie’s Eats and Treats