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Best Dinners Ever | Early September Meals | Meal Planning is a Homemaker Must

This was the best week of meals ever. It was just one of those magical weeks where each meal was delicious and hit the spot.

Join me as I make Houston's French Dip au jus, a delicious vegetable tart, Moroccan fish with fruit salsa, and Marry Me Chicken. I believe meal planning is a homemaking MUST. I can confidently say that meal planning makes my life easier, keeps us within our budget, and produces better meals for our family. This is the meal planning notebook I use.

I hope you enjoy today's video.

My version of Houston's French Dip Au Jus

Ben and I love dining at Houston's restaurant. Whenever we go I always get the French Dip Au Jus. We haven't been since the lockdown and I have been craving this dish.

Slow Cooker French Dip Au Jus
2-3 lb chuck roast
Medium onion
1 10z can beef consommé
1 cup beef broth
1 Tbs soy sauce
2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
French sandwich rolls (enough to feed your family)
smoked provolone cheese
salt and pepper

I take a chuck roast (usually they are around 2 to 3 lbs), season it with salt and pepper, and sear it in my cast iron skillet with oil... just a few minutes on each side. Then place it in the slow cooker with one sliced onion, one tablespoon of soy sauce and two tablespoons Worcestershire sauce. Pour in one can of beef consommé and one cup of beef broth. Cook in the slow cooker on low for 8 hours.

When the roast is cooked, heat the French sandwich rolls in the oven until they are toasted. I like to spread butter on the inside of the rolls. Place the shredded roast and onions on the rolls. Place smoked provolone cheese on top of the meat and return the sandwich to the oven for another minute until the cheese is melted. Serve with a nice bowl of the au jus (the sauce from the slow cooker). I like to use these au jus bowls. We also serve with French fries (see the recipe for that below).

Air-Fryer French Fries

2 - 3 medium to large potatoes
2 Tbs oil
1 Tbs paprika
1 Tbs garlic powder
salt and pepper

Use a French Fry chopper to chop your potatoes. Allow them to soak in water for 15 minutes. Then drain the water and pat the potatoes dry. Mix the oil, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper with your potatoes.

Please follow the instructions on your Air Fryer for cooking French Fries. Every one is different. For my Cosori model, here is what I did. I pre-heat the Air Fryer to 280 degrees F for 5 minutes. Then I place the fries in the basket and press the French Fry icon. The machine lets you know when to shake the fries half way through cooking. These fries are DELICIOUS. I like them with ketchup, but ranch dip would be good too.

Vegetarian Vegetable Tart
1 9- inch pie crust
3 to 4 cups of sautéed vegetables
1 Tbs minced garlic
(I use mushrooms and broccoli, but you can use any combination of vegetables you like)
One sliced tomato
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2 teaspoons dried sage
3/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Sauté your vegetables and garlic in olive oil until cooked through. (I steamed my broccoli.) Place a prepared pie crust in the bottom of a deep dish pie pan and add the cooked vegetables. Whisk together the eggs, milk, dried sage, salt and pepper. Pour over the vegetables. Crumble the goat cheese on top. Brush the pie crust with egg wash. Place in the oven and cook for 40 to 50 minutes or until cooked through. I like to use a pie crust shield to protect the crust from burning and will keep this on the crust the second half of cooking (or the first half). Serve with a side salad.

Moroccan Tilapia with Fruit Salsa
This meal is inspired by Robin Miller's recipe in Quick Fix Meals. I have altered the recipe somewhat and will leave my version here as well.

Coconut oil for frying
4- 6 6oz tilapia fillets
1 Tbs ground cumin
1 Tbs ground coriander
Fruit for the salsa of your choice (I use mango, white peach and fig)
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 lemon squeezed
a small handful of chopped cilantro

Heat the coconut oil in your skillet (I use my cast iron skillet) over medium heat. Season both sides of the fish with salt and pepper and rub in the spices. Fry about 3 to 5 minutes per side or until cooked through. Chop your fruit and place in a bowl with the raisins. Squeeze the lemon juice over the salsa (I like my new lemon squeezer), and add the chopped cilantro. Serve the fish with the fruit salsa on top. I like this with brown rice, steamed broccoli, and chopped tomato.

Marry Me Chicken
This is a very popular dish that I have seen several times on YouTube and Pinterest. I am linking the recipe I used here from Modern Honey. I will also write it out here for your reference with the adaptations I made.

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 1/2 lb chicken breast tenders (or 3 to 4 large chicken breasts)
2 cloves Garlic (minced)
1 tsp Thyme
1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
3/4 cup Chicken Broth
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
1/2 cup Sundried Tomatoes (chopped)
1/4 - 1/2 cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
Italian Herbs

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large oven-safe skillet (I use my cast iron skillet) heat oil over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper and sear until golden, about 4-5 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a plate.
Return skillet to medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in thyme, red pepper flakes, chicken broth, and heavy cream. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Stir in sundried tomatoes and parmesan cheese.
Return chicken to skillet and spoon sauce all over the chicken breasts. Bake until chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes. Garnish with Italian herbs and grated parmesan cheese, if desired.

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Lindsey said...

I made the French Dip with Au Jus last night for our dinner, and it was delicious! My mom also follows your blog, and she plans to make the Marry Me Chicken. We always let each other know if we've tried one of your recipes. Thank you for giving us positive, inspiring content to discuss!

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Hi Lindsey, Thank you for letting me know! I always love when people report back to say the recipe was a hit. Nothing better. Thank you and say hi to your mom from me! :) ~Jennifer

Jennifer said...

I made the French Dip sandwiches with venison from our freezer. It was delicious!! Even my somewhat picky 5 year old loved it. Thank you for sharing!!
PS- I wrapped leftover sandwiches in foil and reheated them in 350 degree oven a few days later. They were still fabulous!

PaigeBLex said...

No kids here, but always looking for meal planning inspiration. I made the French Dip and the instant pot rice and beans. Both were a huge hit! The sandwiches were as delicious leftover if not better, as the first night. The rice and beans were also super easy and very flavorful. Both are keepers in my book. I so enjoy your books, blog and You Tube channel. Please keep the meal planning videos coming.