Meal Plans 61 & 62
Video: How to BBQ halibut!
The past two weeks have been filled with milestones, parties, appointments and technical difficulties(ugh)!!! I turned 30 last week! I do not feel mature enough to be 30!!! I always felt that 30 was the official age of being a grown-up! I would not consider myself a grown-up! Do you ever get to the point that you officially feel like a grown-up?!!!
In addition to celebrating my 30th birthday I also had an appointment with my cardiologist this week. My heart has been doing really well, which is encouraging, but there are still plans for surgery. Either way I am encouraged!
This blog post would have been out so much earlier, but for the past week I have been running into one computer issue after another!!!! Ugh! So frustrating! I have wasted so much time this week just trying to correct like 1000 little technical problems! I think I am finally sailing smooth (fingers crossed)!
I tried something new this week, which I am really excited about! I did a video blog explaining how I prepared one of my recipes! I show you how to BBQ halibut. I apologize it is very clear I am an amateur with video and editing, but let me know if you like it. If you enjoy this weeks video I promise I will get better at filming and not using the word amazing 30 times in 1 sentence!!! ?
With the events of the past two weeks the meal planning has been up in the air. I hope you enjoy these recipes!
Ham & Egg cup
Thoughts: This was super fast to make and really yummy. I would definitely make this again. I have made something similar to this in the past and also really enjoyed it. 5/5
- 3 thin slice of black forest ham
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp of shredded cheddar cheese
- drizzle of sriracha
- 1 cup strawberries and cantaloupe
- Warm oven to 375 degrees F.
- Place ham in a small oven-safe ramekin so that it forms a cup. Crack two eggs into ham cup, sprinkle with cheese and place in oven.
- Let ham and egg cup cook for approximately 15 minutes, or until the egg white has fully cooked and is no longer glossy.
- Drizzle with sriracha and sprinkle with some fresh parsley. Serve with fruit and enjoy!
The Classic Crumpet
Thoughts: I haven’t had a crumpet in forever! I always enjoyed them as a kid. They remind me of my Grandma Osborne! I saw them in the grocery store the other day and read the nutrition information out of curiosity, they were not as bad as I would have expected. So I picked up a package to try this week. They provided instant fond memories of breakfasts at my grandma’s! I am curious to try and make a crumpet from scratch to see how hard it is. I enjoyed the convenience of this dish 5/5
- 2 crumpets
- 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
- 1 cup watermelon
- Toast crumpets for 2-3 minutes, or until soft.
- Evenly spread peanut butter on flat side and serve with fruit.
Thoughts: UMMMMM……………YES!!!!! Definitely not one of my healthiest breakfast options, but I have seen some version or another of this recipe, a few times on Pinterest and I finally just had to try it! It definitely did not disappoint. I kept the whole process really simple by just using the pre-made pancake mix from Costco. I would definitely make this again as a treat on Saturday morning! 5/5
- Costco pancake mix
- 1 tbsp butter, melted
- 1 tsp cinnamon (I love silk road spice merchant and they deliver!!! They have every random spice you have ever looked for and more!!!)
- 1 tbsp vanilla sugar
- Prepare pancake mix as directed, then add enough additional water to make the mix the consistency of a frappuccino (I blanked! I have no idea what to compare the consistency to! Frappuccino is all I could think of. Anyways you want the consistency for a waffle mix to be slightly runnier than a pancake mix, I hope this is helpful??)
- In a large shallow bowl mix together cinnamon and sugar. Evenly spread the cinnamon and sugar so it coats the entire bottom of the bowl. Set aside.
- Cook waffle in waffle maker according to manufactures recommendations.
- When waffle has finished cooking brush with melted butter and place in cinnamon sugar bowl.
- Coat both sides of the waffle with butter and cinnamon and sugar. Serve immediately while still warm.
Thoughts: this is another simple concept that I have seen numerous times. I have never tried it only because it seems overly simple, but I was short on time so I gave it a try. It was fun and required no cutlery! One fewer dish to clean is my type of meal! ? Anyways I would make this again, it was simple, tasty and satisfying! 5/5
- 1 slice of whole grain bread
- 1 tsp butter
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup watermelon and raspberries
- Warm a frying pan over medium heat.
- Using the back of a spoon press a down the bread in the middle of the slice to form a small bowl.
- Butter the opposite side of the bread and place in frying pan so it is butter side down.
- Crack egg into ‘bread bowl,’ sprinkle with shredded cheese, and cover pan to allow egg to cook. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until egg white fully cooks and yolk is at your preferred doneness.
- Serve with fruit.
Thoughts: I have been doing a bit of shopping lately at Bulk Barn. They have an amazing selection of unique ingredients. I have been having fun experimenting over the past few weeks! I tried their spinach fettuccine on this day. This pasta is high in iron and fibre, but flavour wise I was not a huge fan. I wouldn’t mind eating it again, but I would not go out of my way to get it. I served it with a pre-made spicy tomato sauce. 3/5
Simple turkey wrap
Thoughts: Sometimes I just want a simple sandwich. This wrap had turkey breast, havarti cheese, tomatoes, pickles, lettuce, mustard and mayo on a white tortilla. I would normally use whole grain, but I had some white ones that had to be used up in the freezer. 4/5
Ham & Cheese Panini
Thoughts: Again another simple panini. Instead of packing my sandwich full of veggies I just served them on the side and kept the sandwich simple. Sometimes I don’t enjoy the texture and temperature of veggies in a panini. I don’t like how tomatoes go squishy or how spinach is warm and wilts ?! This was tasty and I would definitely make this again. 4/5
- 20g cheddar cheese
- 3 thin slices smoked black forest ham
- 2 slices whole grain bread
- 1 tsp butter/margarine
- Warm cast iron grill over medium-high heat. Add cast iron panini press to skillet to warm up as well. (or if you have an actual panini press machine you can use that instead).
- Evenly spread cheese and ham inside sandwich. Butter the top of the sandwich and when panini press is hot enough place sandwich butter side down on skillet. Butter the other side of the sandwich and place panini press on top.
- Brown sandwich for 2-3 minutes, until cheese has melted and bread in golden brown.
- Serve with veggies.
Red Lentil Pasta
Thoughts: This organic red lentil penne was another item I picked up from bulk barn. I really enjoyed this pasta!!! I definitely preferred this pasta over the spinach fettuccine. I would make this again! I served this pasta with the same spicy pre-made tomato sauce. 5/5
Thoughts: I got these portion sized ramen noodles from Costco. They are great for homemade instant noodles. As usual I kept it simple. I just added 1 tsp vegetable bouillon, 1/2 tsp life house salad freeze dried herb mix, and 1 1/2 cups hot water. I covered the bowl for 4 minutes and had delicious instant noodles! 5/5
High tea with some very distinguished party guests
Thoughts: Sometimes when the food is simple all that matters is presentation. Charley and I had the most wonderful high tea together. I made simple mini cheese pizzas, tiny cucumber and Boursin sandwiches and little ham and cheese sandwiches. I also served fruit and veggies. We had peach tea in my grandmother’s and great grandmothers china. We invited some very important guests bunny, baby bear (ironically the bear on the left is baby bear, named by Charley), big bear, Olaf, Ellie the elephant, Sven, Moo and Mini Mouse. Charlotte loved it and who am I kidding so did I. My inner 3 year old came out! ? I would definitely love to make this lunch again! 10/5
Maple Mustard Pork
Thoughts: I have fun experimenting with different slow cooker recipes to see what will turn out. I made this slow cooker pork and really enjoyed it. The next time I make it I think I might add some soy sauce though. It needed just one more element and I am not quite sure what that is. But anyways here is what I came up with this week: 4/5
- 1 pork tenderloin
- 2 tbsp whole grain mustard
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp garlic, minced
- In a small bowl mix together maple syrup, whole grain mustard, and garlic. Set aside.
- Brown each side of the tenderloin for 1-2 minutes until golden brown.
- Brush tenderloin with mustard mixture. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
- When done use an electric knife to cut tenderloin into 1/2 inch pieces. Serve with salad and drizzle with some extra sauce.
Buffalo Chicken Wrap
Thoughts: this is a favourite in our house! We love buffalo chicken wraps Jord is always so excited when he finds out this is what I am making. . I use the Pinty’s chicken, and I serve the wraps with kale slaw, cherry tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, and ranch dressing on a tortilla. SO YUMMY!!! 10/5
To watch video on how to prepare this dish click picture above or link below:
Thoughts: I apologize for how obviously amateur this is, but I hope you enjoy my video! I had fun making it. Also a note from the video when the BBQ is 900 degrees I would obviously not touch it!
This dish turned out amazing! Jordan hates fish, but ate this entire dish with NO complaints! I will definitely be BBQing fish on the BBQ again using the cast iron skillet, it worked amazingly! I always love the concept of cooking fish on a cedar plank, but you have to be so organized for that. It requires you to soak the cedar for 24 hours before cooking! I always forget to soak the plank! I will definitely use this technique again! 5/5
- 1 fresh wild halibut filet
- 3 tbsp butter (this is a bit more than I used originally)
- 1 shallot thinly sliced
- 2 tsp garlic minced
- Melt butter in skillet as you warm the BBQ.
- Once BBQ has reach desired heat, between 300 and 350, add shallots and garlic.
- Cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Carefully add halibut to pan.
- Cook for 8-10 minutes (will depend on the thickness of the filet).
- Flip fish and cook for an additional 8-10 minutes, until fully cooked. It will be opaque and flaky.
- Baste fish with butter at the end and serve with green beans and fresh lemon. Squeeze lemon over filet. Enjoy!