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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] 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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[Recipe] Blue Caesar Salad

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Caesar salad. Doesn’t everyone just love it? To me, Caesar salad is a salad for people who don’t really like salad. It’s like the salad exception. You can get a Caesar salad nearly everywhere – it’s the salad that most places have, because people love the stuff. It’s not fussy, has very few ingredients, and you can throw one together in under 5 minutes. Add some protein and you have a complete meal.

The protein in this meal Caesar salad is beef, and this recipe swaps parmesan cheese for blue cheese.

A very special thank you to my very good friend Sarah for sharing her family’s recipe for the Caesar vinaigrette. Sarah, I love the food brainstorming we do on our regular walks. I look forward to many more lovely conversations on the trail. Thank you for sharing your recipe with me.

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[Recipe] Slow-Cooker Beef Dip Sandwiches (French Dip)

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French dip sandwiches.

Before meeting my husband, I’d never tried one. I can’t believe I just said that, but it’s true. I’d never had one. He would order them at most any restaurant that would serve them, and I just didn’t get it.

It’s just a sandwich. What’s the big deal?

Then I tried a bite of his one night at the pub. Yes, I’m one of those wives. I bug my husband for bites sometimes. He always obliges though – he’s pretty fantastic that way. Besides, I did it long before we got married, so he knew what he was getting into.

This is the version of the French dip that I came up with. When we tried these sandwiches, I was met with ‘mmms’ of approval.

These French dip (beef dip) sandwiches come together quickly and easily, and the recipe makes lots. Just throw it in your slow-cooker and forget about it.

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[Recipe] Creamy Chicken and Stuffing Casserole

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There seems to be a new cooking rule fast developing in my house. If it’s good without dressing, it’s exponentially better WITH dressing. Yes, I may be addicted to the stuff.

This recipe is adapted from my friend Taimi’s recipe for slow cooker pork chops, which are amazing. I wanted to make something similar, in casserole form. This is what I came up with.

Hope you enjoy it!

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