Yummy Dinner

Last night’s dinner was really yummy!!  I broke out my new Instapot and worked a little magic.

I made Carrot and Cardamom Soup from Nom Nom Paleo, Cracklin’ Chicken also from Nom Nom Paleo, Roasted Beets (from the garden) with homemade vinaigrette, and sautéed broccoli and cauliflower.

Everyone really enjoyed the meal.  And I got to use my fresh beets – score!!

These are the beets in their sauce!

This is “Magic Mushroom Powder”.  This is the spice combination used on the Cracklin’ Chicken and the recipe is in the Nom Nom Paleo book.  I can tell you this mixture really added to the flavor of the chicken.  This was a super winner, dinner!!

Baked Apple Pie Fries

Doesn’t this sound delicious!!

Baked Apple Pie Fries

Baked Apple Pie Fries

The picture from the recipe.

The picture from the recipe.

Frozen Pie Crusts with Apple Pie Filling.

Frozen Pie Crusts with Apple Pie Filling.

Start of caramel sauce.

Start of caramel sauce.

My carmel sauce.

My carmel sauce.

This really looked icky so we didn’t even try it.

What mine looked like.

What mine looked like.

I was really disappointed.  The filing oozed out while they cooked.

After cleaning them up they looked like this.

After cleaning them up they looked like this.

I pulled them off the cookie sheet and cleaned them up a bit.  They actually tasted really good, but I won’t be making them anytime soon.  Too much work and too much waste.  I wonder how I could make them without having them ooze???

Boy having fun.

Boy having fun.

Why?  When I see a clothespin, I don’t immediately think about putting it on my nose!

One Pan Roast Chicken with Root Vegetables

This was the perfect recipe for this evening.  To prepare this one, the vegetable are cut up and marinated in one zip lock bag, the chicken is marinated in another zip lock bag – the bags are left in the refrigerator for a couple of hours then placed in the pan to cook.

Recipe from The Make Ahead Cook Book.

Recipe from The Make Ahead Cook Book.

We had a really busy afternoon so being able to prepare ahead of time was great.

Picture from the book

Picture from the book

Mine looks like this.

Mine looks like this.

This is the closest in appearance to the book as I have come thus far.

Two thumbs up!

Two thumbs up!

Everyone liked this one – we will be making this one again when we have a busy afternoon!

Chicken Baked in Foil

I am totally enjoying trying out all of these new recipes!!  I’ve been trying to make one each week.  This week I tried this one…

From The Make-Ahead Cook Book.

From The Make-Ahead Cook Book.

Photo from the book.

Photo from the book.

Fresh veges.

Fresh veges.

These are my veges – I substituted regular potatoes for the sweet potatoes because I didn’t have sweet potatoes on hand.

Before cooking.

Before cooking.

I forgot to take a picture after it was all wrapped up and ready to bake.  The foil packets were fun to make!

After cooking.

After cooking.

Boy did it smell so good right after we opened up those foil packets.  Everyone LOVED this meal – WooHoo!!

Chocolate and Raspberries

My 15 year old son saw this recipe in the latest issue of the Family Fun Magazine and had to give it a go.

I helped wash.

I helped wash.

Gathering the chocolate!

Gathering the chocolate!

Working away.

Working away.

This is actually the 2nd bowl of raspberries!

This is actually the 2nd bowl of raspberries!

I just barely had time to take this one last photo.

I just barely had time to take this one last photo.

Both bowls disappeared in less than 30 minutes!!  A win!

Chicken Pot Pie with Crumble Topping

Well…I gave this a good try…

Chick Pot Pie from The Make Ahead Cook Book.

Chick Pot Pie from The Make Ahead Cook Book.

Image from the book.

Image from the book.

Awww!

Awww!

Aren’t these guys cute?!  These are from the last batch that we picked out of the garden.

These are the last of my home grown carrots.

These are the last of my home grown carrots.

I cut up all of the ones in the refrigerator for this recipe.  I still have more in the garden that are almost ready.  I need to plant more carrots as the kids love them fresh, and they take so long to grow.

How mine turned out.

How mine turned out.

It doesn’t quite look like the picture in the book, but it looks pretty good, right?

Looks yummy, right?

Looks yummy, right?

Lovely night to eat dinner by the fire.

Lovely night to eat dinner by the fire.

We have a fire pit outside on our patio and this night was particularly nice so we decided to have dinner out there.  We loaded our plates at the kitchen table and went outside to enjoy ourselves.

He agreed to try it!

He agreed to try it!

All of the kids tried this dish and you can see how they felt in the following photos :o)

Ooops!

Ooops!

I really didn't like it, but I don't want to hurt your feelings.

I really didn’t like it, but I don’t want to hurt your feelings.

Hmmm...this one's not worried about my feelings.

Hmmm…this one’s not worried about my feelings.

It tasted so bad it gave her the shivers.

It tasted so bad it gave her the shivers.

The results are in and this recipe got a unanimous thumbs down – even from my husband and I.  Well… you win some and you lose some!  Back to the drawing board.