Potato and Leek Soup

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Pros:
Very simple and affordable to make. I personally had to you tube how to prepare leeks since i have never cooked with them before. So I learnt something new and discovered that I absolutely love the smell of cutting and cooking leeks!

Cons:
The yogurt and chives are pointless to me. Save your money and skip them. I’m not sure how you are supposed to puree just the potatoes. I just took a couple of scoops with a strainer, pureed what was in it, and left the rest.

Substitutions:
I tried topping the soup the recipe way, with just some pepper, and even once with some chopped bacon. I also added some garlic bread to the side a few times. It changes up the same meal!

Verdict:
Recipe Box It forsure!

Photo:
By me.

Source:
From Women’s Health Magazine March 2016 issue page 106.

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Broccoli Meatballs with Garlic Tomato Sauce

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Pros:
Good source of veggies and protein.

Cons:
When re heated, they fall apart a bit. Costly to make.

Substitutions:
Used a pre-made marinara sauce.

Verdict:
This recipe will not be going in the box! I tried to be a vegetarian twice in my lifetime and I just can’t seem to find enough foods that I like to stay healthy doing it. This recipe wasn’t the worse but it also wasn’t good enough to get through a meal of it and actually enjoy it. 

Photo:
By me.

Source:
Vegetarian Times Magazine. January/February 2015. Page 48-49.

Cinnamon French Toast with Berry Sauce

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Pros:
*super easy

Cons:
*I can’t even think of any

Substitutions:
*I used the agave nectar as apposed to the honey. Keep in mind it’s sweeter than honey so you don’t need as much. It also has a lower glycemic index and if you’re vegan; it’s from a plant.
*I made a lot more than the 1/3 a cup that the recipe calls for so that I could just reheat later to make breakfast even faster
*I used almond milk instead of whole milk
*I used 2 eggs instead of one

Verdict:
*I will recipe box the berry sauce as a reminder not to ever buy store bought jam again because this is way better!! I’ll skip the French toast part as it’s pretty standard in how to make French toast.

Photo:
*by me

Recipe:
http://weelicious.com/2008/08/14/cinnamon-french-toast-with-berry-sauce/

Pizza Chicken

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Pros:
*This dish is quick and easy to make

Cons:
*Expensive for all ingredients needed
*Hard to roll the chicken around the mixture and have it all stay in

Substitutions:
*Instead of pasta I did a side cesar salad

Verdict:
Recipe Box It!  Overall, it was tasty and the chicken was nice and moist.

Photo:
By me!

Recipe from:

Pizza Chicken

No Bake Monster Cookie Granola Bar Bites

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I’ll admit it. I have a sweet tooth. After every meal I have this need to have something sweet. I try to fulfill that need in the most possible healthy way that I can. Thought these would be fun!

Pros:

These are a healthier version to cookies with just the perfect amount of chocolate for that sweet tooth.

The peanut butter also gives a little protein if you need a quick snack to keep you going between meals!

Cons:

Make sure you actually rinse your hands frequently like the recipe says…it will make rolling them into balls much easier. I found after every 3 balls was good. Also don’t over roll…just kinda smush into a ball shape. The more you play with it, the less they seem to stick together.

Verdict:

Recipe Box It!

 

Photo and recipe from:

http://lmld.org/2015/08/31/no-bake-monster-cookie-granola-bar-bites/

 

Portable Western Omelettes

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Almost every week I try out a new recipe (or a few) I find online, in a magazine, or a cookbook. I then either decide if I want to put it in my recipe box or not (thus for the blogs title). I would like to start my first post with these muffin tin breakfasts! This isn’t the first time I have made something like these. A while back I fell in love with a breakfast I tried at a friends. His mom told me to line a muffin tin with some turkey bacon, fill the bottoms with some chopped onion and peppers, crack an egg on top of that, and then to sprinkle some salt and pepper on them. You cook them for about 20-30 min in the oven at about 350-400 degrees. I have been making them ever since. I figured this recipe would therefore be a hit too!

Pros:

They taste great! I was a little hesitant about the spinach as I normally don’t like spinach in my omelettes but I did in these!

They reheat nicely. Sometimes I find pre made meals with eggs to be too moist when reheated but these kept their freshly made composition.

You can get 6 meals out of it for one person if your have 2 per meal aka a work week worth of pre made breakfast

Cons:

It can be a little difficult to get the ham into the muffin holes without them tearing or folding too much. Tearing causes the egg to spill out and folding too much can make it difficult to get enough mixture into each hole.

The verdict:

Recipe Box It!

Substitutions:

I left out the olives (don’t like them)

I used green pepper instead of red (just because I had some left over in the fridge already)

 

 

Recipe and photo from:

http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?s=portable+western