Okay so this is another post that's a little bit different than what I usually put up here on my blog. But I was inspired by all of my foodie friends. I have lots of friends who post what they're cooking on Snapchap every night, and it inspires me to try new recipes and not just keep cooking the same old thing every week. I'm also really fortunate to have the time to cook better meals right now, rather than being in a rush to get something to eat after work. So I thought I might try this out, and see what you guys think. Let me know if you want to see more!
MONDAY: Balsamic Glazed Steak Rolls
Okay so Monday night I made a recipe that I'd been planning to make since last Thursday. We had some steak that we had to cook, but I was honestly getting tired of having steak and veggies. So I was looking for a recipe to use up the steak in a different way. I came across this recipe and it looked so good! I followed the recipe exactly, but we played around a little bit with what was inside. I tried 3 different fillings, but kept carrots and green onions in every one. With the first, I added zucchini, like the recipe calls for, but didn't add the peppers because I'm not a big fan. For the second, I switched it and did the peppers for Killian but not the zucchini, because he's not a fan. Then for the third, I did red onion since Killian likes red onion a lot. That one was a little bit trickier to make because you can't get pieces that are as long. But it turned out really good! I tried out the pepper ones, and actually didn't mind them at all. The pepper was hardly noticeable.
TUESDAY: Quinoa Kale Apple Avocado Salad
On Tuesday I wanted to try out a healthier recipe. I loaded it up with tons of apples and cranberries, then added in a little bit of avocado, sunflower seeds, and bacon. However, we didn't have fancy health foods available here. So instead of quinoa, we used cous cous. And instead of kale, I went for a red-tipped lettuce. I stuck to the same recipe for the dressing, and it turned out pretty good. I would've preferred this as side, all in all, and I'll be keeping it around for future nights when we're entertaining.
WEDNESDAY: Roasted Tomato Risoto
This one was SO good! Oh my gosh! I've never made risotto before, so I was anxious to try it out. But the recipe actually ended up being super simple, and was only time consuming because it takes the rice a long time to cook. But it was almost zero effort other than the stirring! And the flavour came out to perfection. Bonus: it's good re-heated the next day! Will definitely be making this again!
THURSDAY: Salmon & Veggies
My number one favourite go-to healthy meal is salmon and vegetables. Killian really doesn't like salmon, but since he was away tonight, I got to treat myself! And my fave way to make salmon is SO crazy simple. Salt, pepper, and honey! Wrap that baby up in foil, bake it at 375 for 20 minutes, and you're good to go! It's so super simple and so super YUM! This time I had zucchini and broccoli, both topped with salt and pepper.
FRIDAY: Borboun Dogs
Friday was another new on my cooking front: lighting the food on fire! On purpose. This recipe also turned out to be really super quick and easy. We had a couple of whiskeys around the house, but none that were specifically bourbon whiskeys. So rather than going out and buying a whole new bottle, I used some of the Jameson we had. I know, I know. How Irish. But these hot dogs were wham bam and we're done! The flavour came out nicely, and the extra time to make the sauce was minimal. I topped mine with spinach, onions, cheese, and ketchup.
SATURDAY: Alfredo Gnocchi Bake
I wanted to try out this recipe even though nothing about it is healthy. Since Alfredo sauce isn't really a thing here, I had to make my own. Which is healthier anyway! But we were out of parmesan. So I substituted and just made a cheesy sauce with milk, chicken stock, seasonings, flour, and cheddar cheese. I still topped it all off with mozzarella. It turned out pretty good. The only thing I'd change if I made it again would be to get smaller gnocchi, so that there aren't big lumps of potato with no flavour. That's about it!
SUNDAY: Orzo veggie soup
The last recipe of the week was soup. I wanted to try this yummy looking orzo soup. I made only two changes: I used the remaining rice from the risotto earlier on in the week, and I used coconut oil to cook the veggies rather than olive oil. It was super simple! 30 minutes from start to finish and you're good to go and cleaned up.