5 Meals We've Loved Lately [v.1]

I mentioned here about how I've recently resurrected my love for cooking. This has been in large part due to us trying to get our food budget under control (post to come on that), but I have genuinely been having the best time trying out new recipes. So today I thought I would share a few we've loved these last few weeks:

Chicken Gnocchi Soup
We had some leftover gnocchi in our fridge from a Blue Apron meal that we never made, so I randomly searched for a recipe that I could make with items I already had in our kitchen. This is what I ended up making and holy cow was it delicious! I added a bunch of cornstarch because I like my soups to be really thick, but other than that- no tweaking needed!

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CrockPot Philly Chicken Sandwiches
This recipe was kind of vague, so I followed the basic directions, but then wound up adding my own seasoning. It was so yummy and easy to make. If you make it yourself, I would recommend adding black pepper, garlic powder, oregano and just a sprinkle of thyme!

Chicken Pot Pie Soup from Cravings by Chrissy Teigen
I checked this cookbook out from my local library because I wanted to see what all the fuss was about and let me tell you- I loved it! I have since added it to my Christmas list because every recipe I've tried has turned out amazing! I substituted her "crust crackers" for some basic, Pillsbury biscuits I already had in our refrigerator, but otherwise this recipe was phenomenal as is. It was more time-consuming than I anticipated (but this also could have been because I burned my butter and set our smoke alarms off for a solid 20 minutes).

Spicy Italian Sausage Meatloaf from Cravings by Chrissy Teigen
Chuck is a full-on caveman when it comes to meat, while I'm a more reluctant carnivore. This meatloaf recipe wowed the pants off of both of us. It had a ton of meat (which Chuck obviously loved), but also a good helping of veggies (which I loved) and we both loved the spiciness of it. This ain't yo Mama's meatloaf, but it's going to be this Mama's meatloaf from now on! It was a little under-cooked when I made it, so I would recommend adding another 10-15 minutes of cook time if you make it for yourself.

Crockpot Split Pea Soup with Turkey Bacon
This was actually the second or third time I've made this soup, so by this point, I've figured out what tweaks to make. I added a cup less water than it called for to make it thicker and I threw the turkey bacon on our skillet for just a couple minutes before I added it to the Crockpot so it didn't feel like eating raw bacon. Otherwise, this recipe is equal parts healthy and yummy. Even Charlie liked it!

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Have you had any recipe wins lately? Please do share!
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