Happy Sunday! Here in Vancouver it’s pouring rain (who could have guessed, right?) and it feels like the right time to think about what’s to come next week. Sundays are my favourite time to sit down and plan out the week – I write lists of food to make, lists of groceries to buy, lists of well… anything that needs a list. I’ve always loved lists.
So in the name of Sunday and in the name of lists, here is a list of 10 things you could make this week with links to the recipes.
1. Lemon Roast Chicken
I have made this beauty time and time again. It looks a little like the result of some freak tur-duck-en extreme food video where a few guys get together and drink beer and try to make the most ridiculous meaty food item they can – but look again – it’s just a roast chicken with a few strips of bacon on it. And it’s delicious. Seriously – every person I’ve made this for has said it is the best chicken they’ve ever had. Plus, there’s a lemon up it’s butt. Have fun with that.
2. Moqueca (Brazilian Fish Stew)
My good friend Marlon started a YouTube channel called Bachelor on a Budget where he posts mouth watering recipe videos and this was one of the recipes I couldn’t not make. I also happened to have everything I needed already in my kitchen (I used coconut oil instead of palm oil) – can we all just agree this is the best feeling ever? I love a good trip to the grocery store, but it’s so satisfying already having everything in the house to make a delicious meal.
3. Chicken Enchilada Soup
Who else loves their slow cooker? Put food in. Do other things. Out comes dinner. Okay sometimes it’s not that simple, but this meal takes very little prep work (sauté a few onions first and you’re fine) and you end up with a super filling, healthy and delicious meal. This is perfect for Sunday lunch prep. But you’ll want to have some for dinner too, trust me.
4. Maple Spiced Pecans
Ok, yum. I want these right now. This was the first thing I made when my Whole30 was over last November. I didn’t know about spiced nuts. My whole life, no spiced nuts. My old office used to be next to a Wendy’s and if I forgot a lunch I would give in and grab a salad (emergency recommendation only) that came with spiced pecans. I researched how I could make these at home and found these babies. Cayenne, maple syrup, cinnamon, a little vanilla – whoah.
5. Fish Tacos with Avocado Crema
Tacos are my favourite food. I grew up eating the kind of tacos where you buy the Old El Paso sauce mix and put everything in giant burrito wraps. While there is certainly a warm nostalgia around that meal, in my adult life I’ve fallen in love with the street taco style – small corn tortillas and a small handful of toppings. I usually make pulled chicken tacos because they’re easy, put I had fish and wanted to try something new. Plus, I love fish tacos. This recipe had an avocado crema with it. I love avocado. Perfect. I wish I had purple cabbage so it looked as beautiful as the photos from the recipe, but it tasted the same I’m sure.
6. Home Made Pizza
Serious question: Is there anyone who doesn’t like pizza? This is one of my favourite things to make because it’s easy, relatively quick, and everyone loves it. If I can impress my mom, I know it’s good, because she’s a great cook. I won’t go on and on, because I already do in the recipe post – this recipe is already on my blog.
7. Chicken and Avocado Soup
As mentioned above, I adore avocado. I’m also a lover of soup. So I was delighted to find this recipe and even more delighted to discover that again, I had everything I needed to make it in my kitchen. Triple win.
8. Avocado Pesto Pasta
This is a great meal when you’re in a hurry. Creamy, garlicky, vegan (if that’s your thing – or maybe your guest’s thing) and super quick.
9. Apple Rose Puff Pastries
Okay now that you’re done staring at the beauty that is these little pieces of art – let’s talk taste. These are mildly sweet and super delicious. They’re the most beautiful pastry ever – and I discovered them while scrolling through my Facebook timeline. Thank you, 20 second food videos. Hint: I used a mandolin to slice the apples super thin.
A friend commented on my Instagram post of these saying it looks like slices of ham – I wonder what these would be like as a savoury breakfast pastry!
10. Double Dark Chocolate Coconut Macaroon Tart
Oh, hello there. What a nice way to finish the week. This double chocolate pie is a) insanely delicious and b) super fun to make. Look at those swirls! One caveat: I wouldn’t attempt to make this crust unless you have a good food processor or high power blender – it even made my Vitamix break a sweat. I’m also realizing how much I needed my iPhone 6 – this photo was taken with an iPhone 4 over a year ago. I guess I’ll have to make it again… darn… 😉