Another week of experimenting in the kitchen. This time it was a bit more than just desserts, I promise.
I’ve been craving comfort food this week, it must be the weather here. It’s been rainy & really cold (minus the one 60 degree sunny day) here in CT. When the weather is crappy like this, I want all the cozy food that’s going to keep me warm. So I got busy in the kitchen, making all the healthy & not so healthy comfort foods my little heart desired.
I’ve also cracked open my cookbook- Skinnytaste Fast and Slow. It’s a great cookbook full of healthy-ish recipes you can make in your crockpot. I honestly love cooking with my crock pot. There’s nothing like throwing everything in there in the morning & having dinner completely done for you later on. This book focuses on healthy ingredients but in a relatable, approachable manner.
Again, I don’t take photos of everything. I think Alex would eventually get sick & tired of me staging a photoshoot every time we ate! If you want to see more of the recipes/food we make throughout the week, follow me on Instagram. I almost always show a little behind the scenes of what I’m making in the kitchen in my Instagram stories.
Here is what we made this week:
Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Chili (from Skinnytaste: Fast and Slow, page 62)- SOOOO good and filling. We are both fans of chili & the flavoring was so spot on! You make your own taco seasoning in this recipe which I always used later on in the week when I made ground turkey tacos! Highly recommend serving this over rice as well.
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps (from Skinnytaste: Fast and Slow, page 172)- a really healthy spin on a classic “bar” food. I didn’t have any hot sauce on hand so I improvised with Garlic Parmesan buffalo sauce. So good & felt super healthy eating this in a lettuce wrap!
Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookie Squares (from What’s Gaby Cooking, page 243)- this dessert is supposed to be super underbaked & VERY sweet. Honestly, wasn’t my favorite. If I make it again, I’m definitely keeping it in the oven longer & cutting the vanilla extract measurement in half & less brown sugar. Recipe only in book, couldn’t find it online to link.
Stovetop Mac & Cheese (from What’s Gaby Cooking’s blog)- SOOOOOO good!! It’s a grown up version of Kraft Mac & Cheese that takes about 20 minutes to make. Super cheesy, creamy….everything you want in a Mac & Cheese. I couldn’t find the fancy cheeses she had in her recipe so I improvised with a variety of cheddar cheeses- still delicious. FOLD IN THE CHEESE (if you don’t get that reference, then we can’t be friends…watch Schitt’s Creek if you don’t get it).
No Knead Bread (from NY Times Cooking)- So easy & can’t get enough. I made it with a bit or cornmeal this time, loved it. I’m going to attempt pretzel bread at some point next week!
Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookies (from AnotherTablespoon blog)- ok so probably like the 4th batch of these I made since quarantine. SO good. They’re Alex’s favorite so we always like to keep a batch on hand.
From my blog:
Healthy Homemade Sandwich Bread– if you missed the recipe from earlier this week, here it is again. Really good sandwich bread that mimics Dave’s Killer Bread. I made grilled cheese with it & it was awesome!!
Energy Balls– a great healthy snack when you are craving a sweet treat. I didn’t have pumpkin puree on hand & used almond butter instead of peanut butter. I think these came out better than the original recipe!
I have some ripe bananas so look out for more banana based recipes next week (and of course I will be making some banana bread because I’m a basic bitch).
If you make any of these recipes, don’t forget to post about it on Instagram & tag me!