Recipe: Sweet Potato Fries. And a meal for your week!

Photo & Recipe from JamieOliver.com

Any time I cook, I try to be efficient AF. If we’re baking something in the oven, we’re also going to bake a side dish… because that’s less work. Since sweet potatoes were on sale for $.79 (holla!) at the grocery this week, I decided to try Jamie Oliver’s recipe for Sweet Potato Fries. I’ve never tried to make them before but it was crazy easy. You slice ’em, season ’em, and pop those bitches in the oven for a total of 3 whole minutes of preparation.

> > Shoutout to Sandy Webster for the Spanish Style Smoked Paprika (she sent us a bunch of Penzey’s spices as a wedding gift)!

Since our salmon (we use this recipe) needed to be baked at 375 degrees (fahrenheit) for 35-45 minutes and the potatoes needed to baked at 400 degrees for 35 minutes, I’d planned on having to leave the potatoes in for 10 extra minutes to soften up, but they were good to go at the 35 minute mark too. Double score! We cut up an avocado to round it out and BAM: Dinner.

The salmon cost me $18 (depending on where you live, this might be cheaper for you), the potato was $.79, and avocado was $2. So the hubs and I ate dinner for just over $10 per person (This is in Canadian currency, which would equal under $16 for U.S.). And since it made enough food for 4 people, we could have fed the kids on this too.

Real food (and easy cooking) for the win!

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New Recipes in The Rotation (Kid Approved Too)

I’ve been experimenting with new recipes on Sundays (because it’s the most chill day of the week) to try new stuff and take my time. Here are few that I’ve tried lately that have made it into the regular rotation, with approval from Tristen and Robin. My bonus sons, ages 8 and 6, even gave this first one another two thumbs up the next day for lunch. Total score.

{Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Spaghetti Squash Bowls}

 (longest name ever, but worth it)

recipe & photo from Danae at the RecipeRunner.com

The boys love this spaghetti squash bowl. And to be honest, I do too. I was originally drawn to it one evening simply because we already had all the ingredients needed to make it. I love that the filling takes less than 20 minutes to prepare, it doesn’t require 1,000 ingredients, and let’s be honest: anything Mexican-inspired is a win in my book.

What I did differently:

  • The recipe calls for shredded chicken, but my man-friend grilled it and then cut it up in small pieces. This helped saved me time.
  • I added black beans. Because… yum.
  • I used salsa verde the first time, but have used 1/2 verde and 1/2 red salsa (when we were running out) and it was delicious as well.

 Anyway, try this one out. You’ll love it. Try this one too.

{White Bean Chicken Chili}

Recipe from Sam the Cooking Guy

This recipe is perfect for cooler weather and also doesn’t take very long to make. I will warn you that if you’ve got a sensitive pallet, it’s a little spicy as is. Neither Robin nor I can handle like dishes that are incredibly spicy so we had a lot of ice water with this the first time (I hadn’t made it in years and forgot). But everybody still liked the taste. Next time, we’ll be armed with a few more crackers. It also makes enough for lunch the next day… Always a plus!

What I did differently:

  • I added a little more chicken because there are 3 boys in this house.
  • A little less cayenne pepper to cool it down.
  • Have substituted chili powder in the past.
  • Added cheese when serving. Because duh.

This recipe is good for just one serving! It’s also the source of the photo above.

 

{Caramelized Onion Apple Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash}

(another mouthful, but a tasty one at least. <– Hey-o!)

Recipe & Photo from PaleoRunningMama.com

I searched for any acorn squash recipe after seeing them for $1 at the grocery story. I’ve actually never cooked acorn squash before this recipe and realized that was dumb. They’re delish and super cheap when they’re in-season (like most produce). Stuffed gourds are always fun anyway. Cooking the garlic and onions made the kitchen smell sooooo good. The filling makes quite a bit too!

What I did differently:

  • Used ground beef once because we forgot to thaw the sausage. Still yummy.
  • Used 2 more cloves of garlic than it called for.
  • Couldn’t find ghee at the store so just used butter.
  • Used an additional half an apple.
  • Was out of rosemary. It was still good.

 

Try ’em out and let me know what you think.

Happy cooking!

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