10 Things to Make This Week

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

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.

Lemon Roast Chicken Recipe by Jamie Oliver.

2. Moqueca (Brazilian Fish Stew) 

Fish_soup

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.

Moqueca Recipe by Bachelor on a Budget

3. Chicken Enchilada Soup

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.

Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipe by Skinnytaste

4. Maple Spiced Pecans 

Paleo_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.

Spicy Maple Cinnamon Pecans Recipe by The West Coast Mommy

5. Fish Tacos with Avocado Crema

Fish_Tacos

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.

Blackened Fish Tacos with Avocado Cilantro Sauce Recipe by Host the Toast

6. Home Made Pizza 

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.

The Best (+ Easiest) Pizza Ever by ashes + acorns

7. Chicken and Avocado Soup

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.

Chicken and Avocado Soup Recipe by Skinnytaste

8. Avocado Pesto Pasta

Avocado_pesto

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.

15 Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta by oh she glows

9. Apple Rose Puff Pastries 

Rose_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!

Apple Rose Puffed Pastries Recipe by To Simply Inspire

 

10. Double Dark Chocolate Coconut Macaroon Tart 

Vegan Chocolate Pie

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… 😉

Double Dark Chocolate Coconut Macaroon Tart by oh she glows

Enjoy! xo

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8 thoughts on “10 Things to Make This Week

  1. Yum! My food processor would make the crust on the Double Dark Chocolate Coconut Macaroon Tart. I bought a Breville last year! It is well worth it. http://www.breville.ca/sous-chef-food-processor.html.
    Today I made a wheat and sugar-free chocolate tart with a nut crust. It’s actually good for you. However, I’m afraid I can’t remember where I found the two original recipes, which I have adapted.

    CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE TORTE

    6 ounces Lindt 70% cocoa dark chocolate, chopped *
    1/2 cup butter, cut up
    Pinch salt
    1 cup granular Splenda or equivalent liquid Splenda or Xyla
    1 tablespoon cocoa, sifted
    3 eggs
    2/3 cup heavy cream
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    Whipped cream

    In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate and butter on 50% power for 2 minutes or until the butter and chocolate are melted, stirring once or twice. Whisk until completely smooth. Whisk in the salt, sweetener, cocoa, eggs, cream and vanilla. Whisk until well blended. Pour the chocolate mixture into a greased 9-inch pie plate.
    Bake at 350º degrees for 15 minutes or until the torte has puffed around the edges but the center is almost firm to the touch but still slightly jiggly. Cool completely. Chill well before serving. Serve with whipped cream.

    *I didn’t use Lindt. Instead, I used unsweetened chocolate. I also didn’t use the microwave. I melted the chocoate and butter very slowly on the stove. Too fast and it will scorch. Use the lowest setting.

    I made a crust with a different recipe and baked the whole thing in a springform pan:
    1/2 c macadamia nuts *
    1/4 c Medjool dates, pitted *
    1 c blanched almond flour
    1/4 t kosher salt *
    1/4 t baking soda
    2 T coconut oil
    1/2 t vanilla extract

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper.
    Place the macadamia nuts in the bowl of a food processor. Process until they are fine crumbs (don’t process too long or they will become a paste and eventually a butter!). Add the dates, almond flour, salt, baking soda, coconut oil, and vanilla and process again until dates are chopped very finely.
    Scoop out the dough and press out along the bottom of the springform pan evenly.
    Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges brown. Allow to cool.

    *I used half pecans and half walnuts, regular dates and regular salt.

    Lisa

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    1. Awesome, thanks for sharing! That crust sounds delicious, and pretty similar to the one from oh she glows. Splenda/artificial sweeteners are a bit weird to me so I don’t go there, but I imagine it could be replaced with maple syrup or some honey for a similar effect. Yum!

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  2. Mmmmmmmmmmm… it looks so good! I’m definitely going to try some of these recipes. And by that, I mean I’m going to make my boyfriend try some of these recipes.

    Cheers!
    Josie

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