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Ginger Steak Salad

Today is another meal I tested out from my Pioneer Woman Cookbook. And this meal did not disappoint. I would serve this to guests, for a dinner party, for an at home date night or just for a regular night of the week when you wanted to eat and amazing meal. The best part about this meal is it’s not complicated but definitely tastes like something that should be serve an upscale restaurant. The ginger, the white wine vinegar, the brown sugar, the garlic in the marinate make this steak so flavourful and tender. Then you throw in the mixed greens with the green onions and cherry tomatoes it’s a winning combo for sure.

Now don’t you worry if you don’t have the cookbook I was luckily able to find a link to a very similar recipe, but I highly recommend you do purchase the cookbooks.

So what are you waiting for run to your kitchen and make this tonight 🙂

Date Night-Slow cooker Hamburger Potato Casserole

Another at home date night. I wanted to make this meal in the slow cooker because it was so hot and humid I knew if we didn’t throw out dinner together we would end up grabbing some take out. I’m so glad I made this. Simple ingredients all brought together and slow cooked for hours just made all the flavours that much better. This makes a lot of food and I’m sure if you are a larger family you could stretch this meal for not too much extra cash by adding more corn or potatoes. Here’s a link to the recipe I used. I do have to admit I didn’t add the cheese on top and it was still delicious. If you haven’t yet check this blogger out on YouTube you really should. She has lots of creative and budget friendly meal videos.

We are loving our at home date nights. We can listen to music or not and be able to have a nice conversation without the hustle and bustle of a restaurant atmosphere. Don’t get me wrong there’s a time and place for eating out, but it can also be equally special staying in.

Date Night-Middle Eastern Beef and Sweet Potato Bowls

We have the privilege of living in a beautiful town close to the Ocean that isn’t a huge town. Those are just some of the plus sides to where we live. The downside however is in order to get a broad variety of food diversity we need to drive just over an hour. Thankfully as someone that has been thru culinary school and worked as a chef is a challenge I am ready to take on at home. This date night was no exception I was ready to create a fun meal that would delight my tastebuds and be somewhat healthy.

The first thing I had to do was create a spice blend I decided to make this one. Then I set out to make the meal.

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Middle Eastern Beef and Sweet Potato Bowl

Servings 4

Equipment

  • 1 Sheet pan
  • 1 skillet
  • 2 Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups and spoons

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes diced into bite size pieces
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 3 1/2 tsp spice mix Link above
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 small zucchini diced
  • 4 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp vegetable better than bouillon
  • 1/4 cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degree. Place sweet potatoes and 2 tbsp of oil in a large bowl. Sprinkle with with half the spice mixture and toss to coat. Place on parchment lined baking sheet and cook for 20-25 minutes turning once halfway thru.
  • In a small mixing bowl mix sour cream with 1/4-1/2 tsp of the spice blend. Add water 1 tsp at a time till it can be drizzled.
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook till soft about 3 minutes. Then add in ground beef, tomato paste, vegetable bouillon, water and remaining spice blend, salt and pepper. Cook 3 to 4 minutes crumbling the meat as it cooks.
    Add zucchini and continue cooking until beef is cooked thru about 3-4 minutes.
  • To serve divide potatoes among four bowls, top with meat mixture and drizzle with spiced sour cream.

Date Night- Chicken Marsala

When we lived on the west coast we would sometimes go to Olive Garden for a meal as a family. My favourite thing to order was Chicken Marsala. The mushrooms and Marsala sauce and perfectly seared chicken served on creamy mashed potatoes just always hit the spot. So you better believe that I decided I was going to make a homemade version so we could have date night at home.

Here’s the ingredients you’ll need:

4 chicken breast cut in half and pounded thin

2-4 Tbsp flour

salt and pepper

4 Tbsp of Butter

2 cups of mushrooms sliced

3/4 to 1 cup Marsala wine

1/4 cup Water

Parsley to finish

In a shallow dish mix flour, salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in flour and set aside.

In a large skillet melt 2 TBSP butter over medium heat and add mushrooms. Sautee for 10 minutes and then remove from pan.

Add remaining 2 TBSP of butter to the skillet and cook chicken. You might need to do this in batches depending on size of chicken. Cook chicken till no longer pink and at safe cooking temperature. Remove to a plate or serving platter.

Put mushrooms, wine and water back into skillet, heat and reduce slightly. Pour over chicken, sprinkle with fresh or dried parsley and serve over noodles or mashed potatoes.

Welcome to Date night

So as the title suggests I will be talking about date night. I’ll be incorporating this post into a hopefully weekly series of at home date night ideas, to make your significant other feel appreciated and for you to reconnect at home without breaking the bank. An added bonus is you can get into some comfy clothing and just relax instead of getting ready for hours(not that that isn’t fun once in a while as well).

Now I will warn you the plating was definitely not on par when I took the pictures but the taste of this meal was phenominal. I had some mushrooms and Talapia I wanted to use so I went to google to show me all the wonders I could make with these ingredients. And that’s when I came across this recipe. I knew both my husband and I would love this recipe, I had some leftover roasted veggies and some ingredients for a side salad so we were set for date night. I’ve mentioned the recipe for the side salad in a previous post and I tend to switch it up but this night I made it with arugula, walnuts and homemade balsamic dressing.

I am telling you you’ve got to try this mushroom sauce. I don’t know the exact cost of the recipe but it was cheap. I’ll try and cost out some of the meals in future posts 🙂

There is actually a piece of Tilapia hidden under all that sauce lol