Recipe Reviews #61

Creamy Ham & Potato Soup

Recipe found on The Real Food Dietitians
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5

My Review: Hmm… this was rather interesting! The potatoes were blended to make the soup extra thick and creamy which was absolutely lovely but, I would have really liked to have some chunks of potatoes as well. Maybe some carrots, onions, and celery, too? Just eating ham and kale was a little bland. I was, however, pleasantly surprised the kale tasted so nice.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Tbsp. cooking fat of choice (we used Earth Balance Original)
  • ½ medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 large leek, white and light green part only, thinly sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 3 cups red potatoes, skin-on, ½-inch dice
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 8 oz. cooked ham, ¼-inch dice
  • 2 cups kale, tightly packed, torn into small pieces
  • ½ tsp. sea salt or to taste
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper or to taste
  • Red pepper flakes, optional

Roseanne’s Loose Meat Sandwich

Recipe found on Delish
My Rating: 4 out of 5

My Review: Boyfriend and I both had never tried this style of sandwich before but, I did used to watch a lot of the older episodes of Roseanne when it played on Nick at Nite. I recalled the mentioning of a ‘loose meat sandwich’ many times so when this recipe popped up, I knew we had to try it. Basically, it tasted like a sloppy joe but, without the mess and sweet tomato flavor. The pickles were a definite must, do not skip ’em!

We served it with… sauteed mushrooms and green beans and Daiya Alfredo Cheezy Mac

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 c. yellow mustard
  • dill pickles
  • 4 plain hamburger rolls (we used Orowheat 100% Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns)

Sheet Pan Moroccan Spiced Chicken

Recipe found on Bourbon and Honey
My Rating: 5 out of 5

My Review: I had only ever tried chickpeas mushed up and mixed into, what we all know and love as, hummus. I never knew they’d be so dang lovely seasoned and roasted along with other veggies. The colors were beautiful and the chicken perfectly cooked, thoroughly filled with unique flavors.

We served it with… Minute Organic brown rice, pomegranate seeds, and raw cashews

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 4 carrots, cut into quarters
  • 1/2 medium red onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 lemon, cut into thick slices
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 pounds)
  • 1 cup uncooked couscous
  • Garnish with chopped pistachios, pomegranate seeds, fresh mint, cilantro and fresh lemon slices

31 thoughts on “Recipe Reviews #61

  1. All this looks soooo good, but that mac n’ cheese in particular is jumping off the page!!! I think I could easily recreate the first one to make it vegetarian by just using veggie stock instead of chicken! Sounds warm & cozy for this chilly time of year. Thanks for always sharing your recipe reviews!!

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    1. Ooh the mac n cheeze is really good BUT it has it’s own flavor, lol. It doesn’t actually taste anything like real cheese OR Alfredo but I think you may like it. 🙂

      Is there a faux ham that you would put in that soup or would you eat it as a potato bisque sort of thing?! That would be yummy!!

      Thank you for always reading these!! I’m so happy you like them. ❤

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  2. Oh man, the Moroccan Spiced Chicken meal looks so good! I love how it has roasted veggies with it. Yum! I don’t know if I would like the loose meat sandwich or not. (That name weirds me out for some reason lol). I just don’t like sandwiches like that where the meat could fall out easily. I’m not a big fan of steamers either for that reason. (Steamers are what we call Sloppy Joe’s here). I like the little pickles stuffed in there though. 😛 And the sides look delicious!

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    1. The Moroccan Chicken was really unique & the roasted veggies were so yummy with it. 😀

      LOL okay well I wasn’t gonna say anything about the name of the ‘loose meat’ sandwich but since you mentioned it… I totally thought the same thing hahah.

      Ah! I love when you teach me Marylander things!! I never knew they were called Steamers over there. But yeah, if you don’t like those you prob wouldn’t be a fan of this sandwich either. 😛 The sides were lovely, it was def a hearty meal lol.

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      1. I know, it’s so interesting learning the differences between certain regions. 😛 For one of your recipe reviews you should do a recipe that includes Old Bay seasoning. I’m just curious how you would like it. 😜 Of course I prefer old bay on crabs, but there are many things you can put it on.

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        1. It is so interesting to learn the differences, isn’t it!? 😀 I just asked boyfriend if he can try it on some potatoes for a side dish this week!! We’re going grocery shopping tomorrow so I’m for sure gonna pick some up this time.

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          1. Yay! Surprisingly, I don’t think I’ve eaten it on potatoes before. However, I love crab chips (which are just chips with old bay seasoning on them) and since chips are made from potatoes I’m sure that will be good. 😁

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  3. I have never heard of a loose meat sandwich before reading this post!! That’s so interesting to me. It does indeed look like a sloppy joe though! I wonder why I’ve never heard anyone mention it before haha. Your Moroccan chicken looks amazing! I love all the different colors and textures going on. Looks like a professional plating. 😉

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    1. Yeah! It was like a sauce-less sloppy joe. I liked it. 😀 I’ve only ever heard of it on Roseanne before though lol. The Moroccan chicken was fun with all the textures. Boyfriend is getting pretty good with his plating, isn’t he?!

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  4. I would have liked a little extra of something on that soup too. I’m just so used to having very hearty soups with veggies. They’re the best!
    The spicy Moroccan chicken actually looks really good! I dont think I’ve ever had chickpeas whole like that before but they’re so darn delicious in my hummus lol.

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    1. Yeeeah… it was like the soup thought it didn’t need veggies because the broth was basically made outta potatoes?? Mm-mm. Not cutting it! Lol.

      Oh pop a chickpea in your mouth next time you make hummus!! They’re quite good. 😀

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