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12 Frilly Days of Christmas, Day 9: [Recipe] Meat Sauce

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Although most people have their mind on the holiday season and all of the bustle surrounding it, one thing never changes. We’ve still gotta eat. People get hungry, no matter how busy they are.

It is because we’ve all still gotta eat that I’m including this recipe in this year’s 12 Frilly Days of Christmas.

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[Recipe] Man Pleasing Chicken (Maple Dijon Baked Chicken) Review

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As you read in my earlier post, this week we’re trying to prep meals ahead we’ll be eating one this week and putting one in the freezer for after the baby arrives.

First on the menu this week is Witty in the City’s Man Pleasing Chicken. Please check out the original recipe if you’re interested. It’s basically chicken in a maple dijon rosemary sauce.

We changed the recipe just a bit. Instead of fresh rosemary, we used dried rosemary. We also added some onions, carrots, and green beans to the mix, making it a more complete meal. We did that mostly to ease in our freezer meal preparation. Instead of baking it for 45 minutes, we baked it for an hour.

The approximate cost of the meal broke down as follows:
chicken thighs (6) – $5.50
onions – $0.50
carrots – $0.35
mustard – $1.25
maple syrup – $1.00
rosemary, pepper – negligible

That’s a total of $8.60 for 2 large servings or 4 smaller servings (3 or 1.5 chicken thighs and veggies per serving), working out to either $4.30 a serving for 2 servings, or $2.15 a serving for 4 servings. That’s pretty good!

We served this with a mashed potato (not included in the cost breakdown).

For us, this worked out to 3 servings. We had two thighs and lots of veggies each, and we have the same portion saved for a lunch in the next couple of days.

We will ABSOLUTELY make this again. It was scrumptious. We’ll also keep the changes we made – the veggies were fantastic with the chicken. The only thing we’ll probably also do next time is make one and a half times the sauce. So for us, here’s how the recipe looked:

6-8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 large onion, chopped
2 cups frozen cut green beans
2 large carrots, chopped
3/4 cup dijon mustard
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 1/2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1/2 Tbsp dried rosemary
black pepper

Mix sauce ingredients together. Coat chicken and veggies with sauce. Bake (uncovered) at 450F for 1 hour.

Thank you, Witty in the City, for such a fantastic recipe! I can’t wait to try more of your recipes.

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[Recipe] Maritime Seafood Chowder

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“This is the best chowder you’ve ever made.” This, from my husband after having a couple of bowls of this chowder. I couldn’t believe it. My husband turns his nose up at soups most of the time, but he justified loving this chowder because “it’s thicker than soup – it’s more like a meal. This is something I’m sure I’ll be asking you to make more often.” When he gives me feedback like this, I know I’ve come up with a good recipe.

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[Recipe] Balsamic Beef and Blue Sandwiches

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Saturday I posted a fantastic recipe for slow cooker balsamic beef. Served it over horseradish mashed potatoes with carrots. Divine.

Being just the two of us eating a roast though, we have lots left over, even from a small roast. I’m not complaining though – I LOVE leftovers. I love finding good ways to use them too.

Let me tell you that this beef roast made for some amazing leftovers. We turned the roast into the best balsamic beef and blue sandwiches. They were amazing. We still have enough roast to this again tonight, and I can’t wait. Seriously, they were really that good.

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[Recipe] Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef


You had me at balsamic. The beef part didn’t hurt either though. Two of my favourite things to eat. Add in the ease of slow cooking, and I couldn’t resist.

This balsamic beef roast, I found on Pinterest. The picture was gorgeous. It comes from a food blog called Shugary Sweets. What a great blog! I’ll definitely be visiting regularly for more amazing food ideas.

As far as the recipe goes, I pretty much stuck to the original exactly, except that I used a smaller roast and added some onion. It is positively delicious. This is a great recipe for a cold fall or winter’s day. It’s comforting and warm. The house smelled divine as this was cooking away in the slow cooker. And it was really good with mashed potatoes. We added some horseradish and sour cream to our mashed potatoes and they really paired well with this beef.

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