Cumin Lamb

My friend Missy posted this on her site quite a while ago, and I’ve had it bookmarked to try for quite some time.  I was looking for something a bit different to round out the week, and this popped up!  Though it would be delicious over rice, we just had it alone with some bok choy on the side, as I am trying to stay lower carb.  This was awesome – glad we finally tried it!  Even better leftover for lunch today.

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You can check out the recipe on Missy’s site – I made no changes, other we than had probably closer to 1.5-2lb of lamb from a large boneless roast, so I adjusted everything else to match.

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Italian-style Chicken Bake

It’s hard to argue with an easy weeknight chicken dish, especially one that is super cheesy, too!  I saw this on Pinterest (having good luck with ideas there lately) and modified it more to our seasoning tastes.  It was good!  I’m not the best with chicken breast, but this was not even a little bit dry, and this is a very versatile recipe – add any veggies you like.  We threw in spinach.  The only change I’d make is to add more tomatoes next time – maybe a second can.  We had this with some steamed broccoli on the side.  Yes, there IS chicken somewhere under that cheesy goodness!

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Sausage with Peppers and Onions

This was a pretty traditional sausage and veggies in sauce, but we really loved it!  It was excellent on its own, but would be great on a roll or over some pasta.  The sauce was surprisingly good for a quick 20-minute simmer.  Red wine was optional in this recipe (which I found somewhere on Pinterest), but I would say it is not…that’s definitely what lent the nice, rich flavor.  We had this with some brussels sprouts on the side.

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Meat Pies

It seems like only yesterday that we went to London and Brussels, but it has been three years!  Time really flies.  To celebrate, we had a weekend of food we enjoyed there, from pubs around here with lovely Belgian and English beers on tap, to mussels and frites, baked beans (Shawn loves a full English breakfast 🙂 ), and finally meat pies.  I won’t lie, I actually got the idea to make them to go with Shawn’s awesome beans when I picked up our Harry Potter cookbook and saw, “Molly Weasley’s meat pies.”  How could I resist that?  Coupled with the fact that Shawn had been wanting to make them for a while made it a no-brainer to give them a shot.   We made two hand pies, a traditional beef and onion British pie, and a Tourtiere, which is a French-Canadian pork meat pie. We preferred the beef, but the pork was good too and with some adjustment (more gravy – it was a bit dry) would be excellent.   These were a lot of fun, and if you make hand pies, you will have plenty to freeze for later!

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Shawn’s Baked Beans

I’m not gonna lie, I’ve never been a huge fan of baked beans.  And then I had this.  In a hats off to a Full English Breakfast (since it’s been 3 years since our trip to London), Shawn decided to make these today, and they were *awesome.*  The first time I’ve ever really liked baked beans.  They would be good for breakfast, and they also made a great side dish.  Can’t wait until he makes them again!

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Chicken Pot Pie Soup

You have to love a recipe that combines two comfort foods – pot pie and soup! And if you’re a huge fan of all things comfort food like Shawn is, this is totally a winner in our house.  I confess that I’ve never really had actual pot pie, but I liked this a lot, and Shawn said it tastes like the real thing…in soup form, anyway.  This was great with some crusty bread (yeah yeah, this was not a low carb weekend, not even a little 😉 ).  A nice winter soup to have again on a pending snow-day.

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Indian Spiced Lamb

First week back after vacation is always sort of a shock to the system…especially after a vacation as awesome as that one! We highly recommend Riviera Maya, Mexico, that’s for sure.  But it was nice to get back to some home cooking (though I won’t lie, I already miss the copious amounts of Mexican food and Corona ;)).  This was a great back to reality weeknight dinner – took all of 45 minutes to cook and you could do this with any bony cut of lamb.  We used a lamb shoulder roast that had been sliced into thick chops.   Just a tossed bunch of roasted veggies (also generically Indian spiced) as a side, and it made for a great, low carb dinner.

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