Mini M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies I couldn’t resist picking up some mini m&m’s at the bulk food store, and thought that cookies would be the best vehicle for them. I used the chocolate chip cookie recipe from the Joy of Cooking. I replaced half of […]
Aloo Matar In an effort to make some more meat-free, filling dinners, I thought I would try out this Aloo Matar recipe from Vegan Richa. I loved the idea of a thick, potato based curry. It definitely took me longer than 30 minutes. Most recipes […]
Vegan Carrot Coconut Soup
We ended up with a lot of carrots in a farm box we picked up, so I thought a carrot soup was in order. It was a very filling soup that has a lot of room to put a spin on it. I think you could add curry powder, or chili flakes to give it more of an oomph.
Cinnamon Roll Cake
Ethan came home from work one day with a sparkle in his eye and a recipe on his phone that a co-worker texted to him. I wish I knew where the actual recipe was from but it was literally just a screen shot of something. It was delicious and wonderful and it’s going to be in our regular dessert rotation.
I’ve been trying (lol) to eat decently, and start some mornings off with a smoothie. I always use a banana base, and then just add stuff in based on what I have. This week I have been using banana, frozen mango, frozen strawberries, milk, and greek yogurt.
Surf and Turf with a Wedge Salad
On the one warm day we’ve had this month, we turned on the barbecue. We grilled some nice little steaks. Then using aluminium foil boats, I cooked the shrimp and corn (in separate boats.) For the shrimp, I threw in some butter, cajun seasoning, and garlic. For the corn I used frozen corn with some butter and Everything but the Elote Seasoning from Trader Joe’s.
Roasted Pepper and Tomato Soup
My favourite way to use up things in my fridge is to roast them and make a soup. We had ordered a CSA from a local farm, so there was a lot of extra veg kicking around. The soup I made is not too different from this one here, the only difference really is that I added in an orange pepper, used vegetable stock, and topped the soup off with chives.
Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps
We had sweet chili sauce. We had chicken. We had lettuce. Why not try some lettuce wraps. I’ve never had lettuce wraps before, but I was looking forward to this dinner. We made the chicken in the slow cooker, and I pickled some carrots and cucumber (recipe here), and topped all of that with the sauce.
So the pickled veg was great, but I hated the rest of it. I think I should have fried the chicken a little bit after taking it out of the slow cooker for a little more crisp. I just didn’t really like the hot chicken with the cold lettuce and pickles.
Grilled Ham and Scallop Potatoes
We had a ham in the freezer that we thought we should use up. An idea struck me that we should cut it and grill it. It was great!! I can’t have ham without scalloped potatoes so Ethan whipped some up, roux and all.
Homemade Strawberry Milkshake
I have been craving a strawberry milkshake for a while now, and we just happened to have some ice cream on hand. We blended about 5 or 6 scoops of ice cream with about a cup of fresh and frozen strawberries, and just adding milk as we went to blend. I had to top it off with a bit of whipped cream.
Blackened Chicken and Arroz con Frijoles y Maíz
Since we won’t be going on vacation for a while, we thought we would make a dinner that reminded us of it. For the chicken I coated it in a homemade blackening seasoning (similar recipe here), seared it on the stove top, and then finished it in the oven. For the rice, we made it with some water and vegetable stock, and then stirred in a small can of salsa, and added in the beans and corn.
My Mom’s Banana Bread
We had some excess bananas living on the kitchen counter, so I thought it would be the perfect time to finally make my mother’s banana bread. It came out perfectly and can’t wait to make it again with anther set of bananas living on the counter. Get the recipe here.
Souped Up Trader Joe’s Miso Ramen Soup
Whenever I make the trek to Trader Joe’s, I pick up a couple of these soups. I love them for lunch. I was a little hungrier this day, so I add some more ramen noodles, frozen corn, and sauteed shrimp. Really delicious!!
Cavatappi with Homemade Meatballs
We had some meatballs that we had previously made in our freezer. For some reason we had only 5 meatballs in this particular meatball pack, so we each had two and a half meatballs. We just had jarred sauce. That’s just what we do, okay?
Pulled Turkey Tacos
I broke out the trusty slow cooker for the turkey. I threw in two turkey breasts with half a packet of taco seasoning with about a cup of vegetable stock along with a big of onion and garlic. After a couple of hours in there we pulled it and topped the tacos with the usual stuff.
Edible Cookie Dough
I love eating cookie dough. It’s just so good. I like it better than cookies. Ethan always yells at me when I eat it though because it’s ‘unhealthy’. Whatever.
I was craving cookie dough. I found this recipe and made it. I added sprinkles to bring a little bit of joy into our lives. It was delicious. Would recommend. I told some people about it and they all made it and loved it too. It was a great dessert that lasted a couple days.
Chicken Alfredo with Broccoli
This was a great ‘well, what do we have that we can throw together?’ kind of meal. We used a jarred alfredo sauce, we thinned it out a bit with pasta water, and threw in some more garlic and a bit of lemon. The chicken is grilled chicken we bought in bulk from Costco a while ago (it’s really tasty, would buy again), and we steamed some frozen broccoli to mix in. To top it, we grated some parm and added a few chili flakes. For how simple this was, it was really tasty and I can’t wait to have this again.
Caesar Salad (sort of?)
So, we saw this ‘eggless’ Caesar recipe (it uses mayo instead) on an episode of The Kitchen. We were looking forward to it because we had pretty much everything we needed. Except dijon mustard. We substituted it with regular yellow mustard, and it’s possible that this was what threw it all off. Don’t get me wrong, it was a nice salad dressing, it just wasn’t particularly Caesary.
Home-fried Chicken Sandwich
Ethan was very inspired to make fried chicken sandwiches. I’m always afraid of frying things, but Ethan is pretty good with it. To coat the chicken, we did the egg dip thing, and used my favourite coating, fish crisp. You can find fish crisp pretty much anywhere and it’s great for coating everything.
Once again I pulled out my trusty copy of the Joy of Cooking for the tortilla soup. It was a nice easy recipe that made for a delicious lunch. We topped ours with some baked tortilla strips, a dollop of plain greek yogurt, and some lime.
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Shakshuka I love making Shakshuka. I make it for any brunch I’m hosting, and often for dinner when we’re not sure what else to make. It’s easy, tasty, and decently inexpensive. For mine, I used a jar of tomato sauce (but obviously feel free to […]
It’s a great time to be enjoying the bounty that Niagara has to offer. The local farmers markets are stocked up during the summer. It’s a great place to pick up ingredients for an easy summer salad.
I know you know how to make a salad. I’m not performing any David Copperfield-level magic over here. But here’s how I put it together.
Summer Steak Salad
- 2 small peppercorn encrusted steaks
- 1/4 red onion
- 1/2 red pepper
- 1/2 large carrot
- 1 cob of corn
- 1 head of lettuce
- as much blue cheese as you’d like
- Wash and prep veggies
- Sautée onions and peppers
- Grill corn and steak on the barbecue
- Cut corn off cob into the sautée pan
- Throw everything together and then eat it and be happy about eating a salad for the first time. Add a dressing if you want
I love love loooove steak and blue cheese, and I rarely make a meal that doesn’t include sautéed onions and peppers. The sweet Ontario corn is just the perfect element of sweetness to cut the blue cheese tang.