Life Without An Oven + Food Highlights

Hey guys! How’s it going? We have been dealing with oven issues this week among other things…ugh! It was just the broiler that wasn’t working but when maintenance came last Friday and realized they would have to order a new part, it turned into the whole oven not working, fortunately the stove top was. On Monday maintenance came with the new part, but it wasn’t fixing the problem and we were left with no oven or stove top! And that’s where we’ve been the rest of the week. In the long run, I know a few days without an oven or stove isn’t a big deal, but it’s been a rough week over here aside from that, and it’s just another thing adding to the stress. On a more positive note, we’ve still enjoyed some delicious meals over here despite our kitchen dilemma, and I will never take for granted a working oven in the future!

Do mine and Josiah’s plates even look like the same meal?? I was experimenting with different plating techniques, which one do you like better? I combined three different recipes to create this dish which sounds super complicated but it really wasn’t. Thank you Ambitious Kitchen for providing the recipes to create this super delicious meal. It was coconut rice (oh my gosh amazing), topped with chili maple lime salmon, and mango salsa. The perfect summer meal!

Blueberries fresh from the field! The best kind of blueberries of course ;). I haven’t made anything fancy with these blueberries yet, hence our oven malfunction, but I did make blueberry almond flour pancakes one morning and those are always a hit with me and James.

I made this rotisserie chicken salad on Thursday night and we liked it but didn’t love it. I think this is a really good salad, the truth is I am just in a salad rut lately. No salad sounds good to me. I might have overdone it with salads the past couple of weeks, and now it’s time for a salad break. Does anyone else relate to this? I feel like I become obsessed with certain meals and I eat them over and over but then there comes a day when I’m just over it.

Buffalo chicken wing dip, now that’s a meal I’ll never get sick of! Just kidding, I probably would if I ate too much of it, but an occasional batch is always happily devoured!

Vegan egg roll in a bowl served over ramen. I made our version with chickpeas because I wasn’t sure how our family would do with the tofu version. I’m not a huge fan of Asian cuisine, but I don’t mind eating a meal like this once in a while. Italian food on the other hand, all day every day!

Saturday morning donuts! I want these back in my life ASAP. I can’t handle looking at the picture.

Sunday was rainy and cold which meant a mid-summer grilled cheese and tomato soup kind of night. My go-to comfort meal when the weather is gross.

French toast with strawberries and cinnamon whipped cream because it was our two year wedding anniversary and I love any excuse to celebrate with an extra special breakfast <3.

Can’t resist an ice cream sundae…especially one that is super reasonably priced. Thank you Dad’s Ice Cream for this mouthwatering (and affordable) treat!

And that’s pretty much all I’ve got for this week’s food highlights. Between not having an oven and also forgetting to take food pictures, it feels like I don’t have a whole lot to share. Oh well. We’ll see what next week brings!

I hope that the week is going well for you! We’ll talk soon πŸ™‚

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins and Pizza

What a combination, right?! Happy Tuesday friends! I hope everyone’s week is off to a good start. James and I have had a busy day so far, starting with breakfast and grocery shopping. I’ve been loving the Tuesday morning scene at Wegmans, it’s not too busy and no one seems to be in a rush like the afternoon crowd often is. James gets lots of attention (and a bakery treat) which always makes the experience 10x better as well.

After quickly unloading our groceries we headed back out the door to the downtown farmers market which is held every Tuesday. Now that my mom is back in the office 3 days a week, we’ve been trying to meet up with her, and the farmers market is an added bonus! We snagged lots of fresh produce, in fact, the stroller couldn’t have held any more! Post farmers market early lunch was courtesy of Water Street Bagel, my favorite bagels around! I feel like the bagel sandwich I ordered needed a big slice of fresh tomato, but other than that I my belly was happy.

You’re probably wondering when I’m going to explain the title of today’s post, I thought it would be a fun idea to highlight a food blogger and this week it’s Sally from Sally’s Baking Addiction. The title comes from two delicious recipes I’ve made from her website this week and figured I would share my love for her site as well as these delicious recipes with all of you!

First up, chocolate zucchini muffins! I was *so close* to making healthy zucchini muffins on Sunday afternoon, but decided to do a quick search Sally’s website just in case she had a chocolate zucchini recipe that caught my eye. Sure enough, she did and it is out of this world amazing! I used her chocolate zucchini bread recipe to make 12 muffins. I did not use any espresso or coffee powder and they still taste great. Her recipe says not to use dutch process cocoa, but I did anyway because I think the chocolate flavor cannot be beat, and I would definitely do it again! I replaced the yogurt with sour cream because the more fat the better. And I used dark chocolate chips in the batter, with a sprinkle of milk chocolate chips on top of each muffin.

The shredded zucchini totally disappeared in these muffins and they taste like a decadent chocolate cupcake, no frosting needed! We have been thoroughly enjoying them for dessert every night πŸ™‚

Next up is Sally’s homemade pizza recipe. I’m mostly referring to her dough recipe here, because we tend to make all kinds of pizza creations using whatever ingredients we have on hand. I will say, I made her caramelized apple and gorgonzola pizza many years ago, and still enjoy coming back to that topping combo when we’re in the mood for something different. Apples, gorgonzola, rosemary, and honey left me feeling skeptical at first, but it is a must try if you’re a fan of unique pizza flavors!

I was feeling extra lazy and overwhelmed with the thought of making homemade pizza dough, so I almost bought dough from the grocery store instead. I am so glad I didn’t because I forgot how easy it is to make pizza dough. Only 5 ingredients, and very minimal hands on time needed. It is so worth it.

Our flavor combinations this week were cheese and pepperoni, I bought a log of pepperoni because for some reason a fresh slice of pepperoni from the log is a game changer. For the second flavor I used some of our leftover Bob’s BBQ chicken, shredded it and tossed it with some ranch and Frank’s red hot topped with mozzarella to create a buffalo chicken pizza of sorts. I’m realizing now that I meant to put some crumbled gorgonzola on this one, oh well! The third flavor consisted of sauteed broccoli, peppers and onions seasoned with TJ’s everyday seasoning, pizza sauce and mozzarella. All of the pizzas have a hefty sprinkle of parmesan cheese on them as well.

These two recipes from Sally’s Baking Addiction have my mouth watering still. I have been a big fan of her blog for many years now, and she never disappoints! Sally has a huge assortment of sweet treats on her blog, with plenty of savory mixed in. Our family loves it all. If you haven’t already, give her blog a visit. I promise you won’t regret it πŸ™‚

Have a great day everyone!