Weekly Eats: Food for Dark, Chilly Nights

This week's earlier sunsets were joined by cool temperatures, which meant two things for me. One, soup. Two, I wanted to go to bed at about 7pm. I'm not a night-owl anyway, but these early sunsets make me want to come home from work, eat dinner, and then crawl in the crib with Jona when I put him to bed. I'm sure that would go over real well. Anyway, here's what we ate this chilly, dark week.


Clockwise from top left: 

1. French toast with strawberries. I love having breakfast for dinner! I rarely cook a big breakfast on weekends, but I love breakfast food. When we go out for breakfast, French Toast is what I order most often. It made for a pretty easy weeknight dinner too. (With a little bacon to go along side of course.)

2. Classic Slow Cooker Chili from Mel's Kitchen Cafe. This was my first time making chili in the slow cooker, and honestly, it wasn't my favorite. I think I should have drained the fat from the meat before putting it in the slow-cooker (which the recipe said to do, but it really didn't look like much in the pan). Also, I think (once again) I cooked it for too long, the texture was a little off. (Quick note: I try to be honest when I share our weekly meals, but I don't want to give the impression that any recipe is a "bad" recipe. While I do try random "Pinterest" recipes from time to time, I mostly choose recipes from my favorite food blogs and websites, and 9 times out of 10 I like what I try. I'm far from a cooking expert, so take my reviews with a grain of salt! I just love trying new recipes and posting what we eat every week helps motivate me to cook more.)

3. Parmesan Turkey Meatballs from C.Jane Create. This is my go-to recipe for turkey meatballs, they're a winner every time! I baked mine in the oven (400 degrees for 20 minutes) rather than cooking them on the stove, just because I was already using the stove to cook the pasta and the sauce. Too many pans on the stove and I start to go a little batty. 

4. Tomato Basil Soup with Cheese Tortellini from Iowa Girl Eats. This soup was exactly what this week called for: delicious, warm, comforting soup that is ready in a flash. Even for my meat-and-potatoes-loving husband, this soup (plus some bread of course) was plenty filling. However, if you're looking to make it even heartier, I imagine adding meatballs or sliced smoked sausage to this soup would be wonderful!  

What are you having for dinner tonight? 

12 comments:

  1. I totally feel you on that! I was falling asleep on the couch at 8:00 one night this week! I usually can go up to 10:00 or even 10:30 pretty easily! Darn dark nights! Anyway, I love having breakfast for dinner too, we haven't done so in awhile and now I totally want to! Yum!

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  2. I know it--last night my eyelids started drooping once I finally sat down to relax and I looked at the clock and it was only 8:15!
    Mmm, I love having breakfast for dinner, and breakfast for breakfast...really any time :)

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  3. oh goodness, i know what you mean about wanting to crawl into bed by 7pm the week we 'fall back.' i think the constant of summer/fall business hits me all at once, and before ya know it, i'm snugged in my pjs with cocoa. i do, however, love your idea of french toast for dinner. we sometimes to do breakfast for dinner, but then it's almost always bacon & eggs :)

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  4. Oh my gosh I need to come eat at your house!

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  5. Yes, I hear you...I see hot cocoa in my future too. And mmm, bacon and eggs are always a good option too. Although my husband and I don't agree on how they should be cooked, so it's usually a two pan ordeal :)

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  6. I can relate, I was in my PJs by 5:30 this evening. Granted it's nearly midnight and I'm still up, but I feel like the second the sunsets, I should get to change into pjs.

    Love brinner. I could really go for some belgum waffles...

    Chic on the Cheap

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  7. it will be cold this weekend (71 today!) so i'm looking forward to these goodies soon.

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  8. Mmm, waffles sound good too! Yeah, I'm ready for PJs by dinner time too!

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  9. It's nice here today too--in the 60s--but tomorrow cold weather is headed our way. More soup for me! :)

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  10. Now I want pancakes for dinner! And definitely a reminder that I need to do a big pot of chili again soon - perfect for cold, dark nights, and perfect for feeding us for DAYS. You'll have to update if you try again in the crock pot and have more success - I've never done one in the crock pot but like the idea of the time savings of course.

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  11. I definitely will. I've pinned a couple of other crock pot chili recipes, so I'm sure at some point I'll give them a try. Chili season is upon us after all, whether we're ready or not! :)

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