A Chili Bar and Other Food Highlights from the Week

Hello! I am back with another roundup of what we’ve been eating in September. I shared a highlight of our eats earlier in the month, and then took a week or two off. Here we are nearing the end of the month already, yikes! Let’s dig into some favorite fall meals.

What better way to kick off this chillier season than with a chili bar?! Featuring maple turkey chili and homemade cornbread, yum all around.

And a look at the bowl of chili after it took a trip through the toppings station. Never. Enough. Toppings. Who’s with me? Also I’ve declared Fritos > tortilla chips when it comes to a bowl of chili.

Oh you know we’re rolling with it now. Hello, chili dogs! Why did I just find out about this amazing way to eat leftover chili only a year ago?! Super delicious way to spice up leftovers and basically create a whole new meal. Also, this maple turkey chili is my favorite for topping chili dogs, it’s got a hint of sweetness from the maple which I find to be the perfect compliment to the salty hot dog underneath.

Ok we’re finally moving on from chili to BREAKFAST. My favorite meal of the day! I just found out that my husband has been holding out on me and happens to be a professional omelet chef. He’s actually good at making eggs of all kinds, but can we just look at that perfectly folded omelet with perfectly thin layers of egg and melty cheese…way beyond my egg making skills.

This is basically the lighting we’re working with at breakfast these days…ugh to dark mornings. I promise these fluffy whole wheat zucchini bread pancakes topped with greek yogurt and banana slices tasted way better than they look. I also made a variation of this breakfast with strawberry slices and declared it to be dessert worthy, somehow the greek yogurt turned into whipped cream, it tasted like it at least!

And we’re back to dinner. Looks healthy doesn’t it? It tasted great at least! Walking tacos inspired by our friends Kevin and Marie when they made us a walking taco bar for lunch while camping. Great camping food, but also a great weeknight meal! Very little mess, barely any dishes. Just your favorite taco toppings piled into a bag of crushed up chips. Sign me up!

This meal looks beautifully basic. And it is. But James and Josiah really like it, it comes together in one pot, and there are some hidden veggies. An all around win in my book. For those interested, it’s this spinach mushroom beef pasta.

It looks like our lighting at night is getting tricky these days too. What’s a blogger to do?! Another easy weeknight meal of buffalo chicken sandwiches and roasted broccoli. I just marinated thinly sliced chicken breasts in a spiedie marinade, baked them in the oven, coated the baked chicken in buffalo wing sauce and served it on top of toasted buns with blue cheese dressing, lettuce, and tomato.

Not the best photo, but an amazing milkshake that I shared with Josiah while we were out celebrating our friend Lauren’s birthday the other night. Josiah declared it to be the best milkshake he’s ever had! I put in a special request for whipped cream and a cherry on top, no regrets.

Last but not least, you’ve seen it but it’s worth another feature. Homemade apple crisp. I totally forgot to link the recipe in Monday’s post, so here it is! I thought it was a very easy recipe to make, and a very delicious apple crisp to be eaten. We served it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Only the best πŸ™‚

Alright y’all, that’s all I’ve got to share today. I need to get back in the swing of food photography. I’ve been in a bit of a cooking rut lately, and our meals haven’t been all that impressive. Simple meals might be fun to share too though.

I hope that you have a great Thursday friends. Happy Eating!

Pizza, Ice Cream and Other Food Highlights from the Week

Hello to all of my foodies out there! Who else is loving what they’re eating these days? If I don’t have good food in my life, all else is lost. I’m kidding, but seriously, isn’t food just the best!? For those curious what we’ve been eating this week, keep on scrollin’.

Let’s kick things off with some pizza and ice cream from our date night last Thursday! Bonus points for not having to drive anywhere. After a rainy couple of days last week, the weather cleared up just in time for our night out. My sister and mom kindly offered to watch James for the evening so that Josiah and I could have a night free of parenting duties. Since the skies had cleared and the sun was popping out, Josiah suggested walking down to a local bar featuring wood fired pizzas. We were very pleased with the two pizzas and Italian tossed salad we shared. The pepperoni pizza above was called “hot honey pepperoni”, and I’m pretty sure it was just a normal pepperoni pizza with chili pepper flakes and honey drizzled on top. I have recently become a huge fan of honey on pizza (sounds crazy), and this one hit the spot! Of course we couldn’t walk home without making a detour for ice cream. Love a vanilla cone dipped in peanut butter, although it quickly became quite a mess.

Speaking of peanut butter, what better breakfast than PB and pancakes. I discovered this idea when we were down in Texas. The family I worked for insisted that pancakes topped with peanut butter and maple syrup was a combination that couldn’t be beat, and it turns out they were right! I’ve been lacking in the maple syrup drizzle, but often find that pancakes are sweet enough to eat without it…as long as you top them with lots of peanut butter of course πŸ˜‰

We aren’t looking too pretty #reallifemornings. But I had to share this photo fail of the giant box of multigrain cheerios we’ve been trying to tackle this week. The box is literally HUGE, we just couldn’t capture the correct scale in any photos. I think it’s funny that “family size” is so big. Then again our family of three will end up eating this box no problem…

Love love love hummus plates for lunch. I could eat this all day. A meal where you get to enjoy a little bit of everything and every bite is different is perfect in my mind. Sweet, savory, soft, crunchy, you name it! Plus you can’t mess up a hummus plate, anything goes!

My sister was in town this past week so we enjoyed dinner at my parents house on Friday night. Burgers, pasta salad, watermelon and un-pictured corn. Also neglected was the chocolate chip cookies and ice cream we had for dessert. I must have been too anxious to eat the sweets πŸ˜‰

This sandwich combo is so strange but so good. I got the idea from an Instagram story that Ambitious Kitchen posted the other day. She’s got the best recipes so I figured she wouldn’t steer us wrong with a sandwich. Are you ready for it? Ok, lightly toast two pieces of bread, top one slice with dijon mustard and the other slice with jelly. Next layer a few slices of turkey on one slice of bread and top with 1/2 of a sliced avocado, spinach (which I forgot), and a fried egg! Frying the egg is the most time consuming part of this sandwich (not even that long) but so SO worth it. Something about the dijon and jelly compliment each other in the best way. The avocado adds a perfect creaminess. Turkey because it’s got good flavor and protein. And fried eggs make everything better. Let me know if you give it a try!

Because I was skeptical of the sandwich and we had leftover pizza in the fridge, it turned into mix and match lunch. Although the next day I made the same sandwich again and ate the whole thing.

Last minute change to the meal plan resulted in this delicious summer meal! It is Ambitious Kitchen’s (told ya I love her), 30 minute brown butter goat cheese grilled veggie orzo. Y’all I don’t know what else to say other than it tastes as good as it looks and sounds. I felt like we were eating a lot of heavy meals…pizza, burgers, etc. and I was craving something light, fresh, and summery. This meal delivered.

Speaking of meals that are kind of on the heavier side (but taste amazing), this is a copycat chick-fil-a meal I made the other night using Aldi’s Red Bag Chicken. I topped our sesame buns with How Sweet Eat’s house sauce, it tastes very close to chick-fil-a sauce, followed by the chicken, pickles, lettuce and tomato (mostly for color). Paired with waffle fries and one again corn that went un-pictured. Sorry corn, I’ll get you in a photograph one of these days.

And we’ll wrap things up with all things quiche. I wish I had a delicious dessert photo to share, I guess the ice cream was pretty tasty. You know I like to end things on a sweet note, I just haven’t been capturing our sweet treats this week. I found a homemade pie crust in the freezer the other day and it sparked the idea of quiche for dinner, and breakfast, and lunch. I made a broccoli cheddar quiche from America’s Test Kitchen and I loved the fact that I could make it during James’s nap and easily serve it for dinner a few hours later. That’s been my strategy lately since dinner time is usually busy and involves crankiness around here, as much as I can make or prep in the afternoon, the better the evening goes!

Question of the Day: What is one of your go-to summer meals?

Happy Eating πŸ™‚