Ham and Scalloped Potatoes

Last weekend I finally made the Ham and Scalloped Potatoes from Just a Pinch. It was a bit of a dudd. I didn’t cook the potatoes for long enough and I didn’t properly follow the recipe in terms of mixing the butter and flour first. I will probably try it again in a bit, but if someone else gets to it first, please let me know how it goes!

“A” for effort. There is nothing quite like cooking something for about an hour only for it to not turn out.

 

Week Five Meal Plan

This week will by the hubster’s first week at his new job so I’ve planned for a few quicker meals ones that I can make on my own in case he’s more tired than normal šŸ˜‰

Here are our plans for this week:

Snack: Iced Oatmeal Cookies from Mother Thyme

Monday: Gnocchi and Jamie Oliver’s 7-Veg Tomato Sauce (thankfully, made weeks ago so from our freezer!)
Tuesday: Slow Cooker Jambalaya from Budget Bytes
Wednesday: Three Mushroom Teriyaki Stir Fry from Art of Living Well
Thursday: Dinner Out
Friday: Maple-Crusted Salmon from Foodie Crush
Saturday: Lemon Roasted Chicken With Moroccan Couscous from Food Republic

Iced Oatmeal Cookies | www.motherthyme.com

Iced Oatmeal Cookies from Mother Thyme

7-veg tomato sauce

Gnocchi and Jamie Oliver’s 7-Veg Tomato Sauce

Slow Cooker Jambalaya has all the big flavor of the classic Louisiana dish with half the effort. BudgetBytes.com

Slow Cooker Jambalaya from Budget Bytes

Maple-Crusted Salmon | foodiecrush.com

Maple-Crusted Salmon from Foodie Crush

Lemon Roasted Chicken With Moroccan Couscous

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Tonight’s dinner was theĀ 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:

Toasted to perfection!

A close-up of my lunch for the next few days šŸ˜‰

Spicy Southwest Chicken Wraps

This recipe turned out pretty well, especially when compared to the coconut chicken from yesterday! TheĀ 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. TheĀ 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!

Healthy Baked Coconut Chicken

TheĀ Healthy Baked Coconut Chicken from Organize Yourself Skinny recipe was probably my biggest fail thus far. Perhaps it was the fact that the coconut milk I used had separated a bit, or perhaps it was using drumsticks instead of chicken breasts, but no matter how I look at it, this recipe was not that tasty for the amount of work that went into it. We won’t be trying it again. Saying that our side salad was tastier than chicken is something Very rarely uttered in this house. Here are a couple photos:

Chicken drumsticks ready to eat.

My “Red, White, and Blue Salad”: Apertivo feta cubes, blueberries, strawberries, salad, and white balsamic raspberry dressing.

Week Four Meal Plan


While I was getting excited that it is nearing barbeque temperatures this week, it is supposed to rain nearly everyday so I will have to put off some grilling recipes until a bit later. Here are our plans for this week:

Snack: Applesauce cake from Dietitians of Canada Great Food Fast cookbook

Monday: Spicy Southwest Chicken Wraps from Emily Bites
Tuesday: Tacos with homemade taco seasoning from Allrecipes
Wednesday: Zucchini Frittata from Living Rich With Coupons
Thursday: Baked Macaroni and Cheese from Rachel Cooks
Friday: Homemade pizza using a modified Wolfgang Puck dough recipe
Saturday: Ham and Scalloped Potatoes from Just a Pinch

Spicy Southwest Chicken Wraps

Spicy Southwest Chicken Wraps from Emily Bites

 

Taco Seasoning I

Tacos with homemade taco seasoning from Allrecipes

 

Zucchini Frittata

Zucchini Frittata from Living Rich With Coupons

 

Baked Macaroni and Cheese from Rachel Cooks

 

Best Ever Scalloped Potatoes (no Dairy) Recipe

Ham and Scalloped Potatoes from Just a Pinch

Blueberry Bran Muffins

This morning I finally made theĀ Blueberry Bran Muffins from Foodess and there’s nothing quite like the smell of fresh muffins in the morning. I ended up substituting half of the oil for applesauce, just to make it a bit healthier, and am happy-ish with the results. They’re not the best muffins I’ve ever made, but they are still really moist, fluffy, and fairly healthy. Here are a couple photos:

Bad habit from my childhood: I am detest eating muffins without butter, no matter how tasty.

 

Cooling on the rack. Baking them straight in the pan instead of baking cups proved to be a good choice; the dough was pretty sticky and definitely would have stuck to the cups.

Chicken Sausage and Squash Foil Pack

Tonight we made theĀ Chicken Sausage and Squash Foil PackĀ recipe from Hungry Girl and it turned out pretty well! The butternut squash that we had wasn’t very flavourful (it’s pretty late in the season) but the tasty turkey sausage that I found helped the dish out a lot. The sage, olive oil, and sea salt helped to bring all the flavours together.

Here are a couple photos:

Roasted butternut squash, apples, and turkey sausage ready to be served.

Plated and ready to eat!