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 […]
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Who doesn’t love a breakfast burrito? It’s a great way to try and use up what’s in your fridge. I’m looking at the picture and craving this now. If you want the recipe, you can check it out here.
Fancy Grilled Cheese
We ordered some sourdough bread from our local bakery (I am not brave enough to make my own). With this, we thought it would be fun to go ham (pun absolutely intended) with our grilled cheese. We used provolone AND swiss cheese with a slice of prosciutto and a slick of local blueberry jam. We used the mayo on the bread method. I prefer margarine tbh.
Skillet Roast Beef
We put in an order from a local butcher and with it came a 5 pound roast. We cut it in three so we could pull it out when we wanted. Even though the weather got HOT in the last few weeks, I was craving a classic roast. I heavily salt and peppered the meat before hard-searing on all sides in a cast-iron skillet. I then added garlic, vegetable stock and red wine into the skillet before putting it into a 375 degree oven until it came up to 150 degrees for a medium rare/medium doneness. The potatoes and heirloom carrots were slow-roasted in the oven. The gravy and yorkshire puddings were from packages, so I can’t take too much credit for those.
In the aforementioned bakery order, we also got a couple of pizza doughs that we stuck in the freezer for a rainy day. It was literally raining the day we made this. We made a classic pepperoni, but added a few dollops of ricotta throughout.
Smoky BBQ Bacon Burger
We wanted to put these burgers on the grill, but I guess I didn’t add enough breadcrumbs into them, because they started to fall apart. For the burgers, we used ground beef, with egg, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and some chopped bacon. The bacon was cooked, and the onions and mushrooms were cooked in the bacon fat, and then barbecue sauce was added to the vegetables. You can’t tell under all of the stuff, but there is a nice piece of cheddar on there too.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars
Gaby Dalkin posted these bars in her instagram story this week, and I knew I had to make them. I’ve had one pack of cream cheese in my freezer for a while, and was never sure what to do with it. This recipe was perfect for that. I didn’t have quite enough chocolate chips, so I chopped up some Hershey’s kisses that were in the cupboard. These bars were fantastic, and Ethan has been raving about them all week. Check out the recipe here.
Pasta e Olio with Ricotta and Prosciutto
I have been LOVING ‘no sauce’ pastas lately. I find them so easy and satisfying. Pasta e Olio is incredibly simple. We were guided by this recipe, but made sure to follow our hearts. My heart told me to stir in some ricotta cheese at the very end and top it with prosciutto.
In my world, soup season is never over. Just because the temperatures are getting warmer, it doesn’t mean I’m putting my ladles away.
This carrot coconut soup is a great, filling lunch soup. It’s based off of this Soup Sisters recipe, making adjustments for ingredients I was missing.
Vegan Carrot Coconut Soup
- 2 tsp olive oil or any oil, I’m not picky
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 3 carrots or a bag of baby carrots finely chopped
- 2 potatoes largeish
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 2 tbsp lemon or lime juice
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1 carrot grated
- In a large pot, saute the onions and garlic over medium heat with the cumin, ginger, and turmeric until onions are soft, about 5 mins.
- Add in the potatoes and carrots along with the stock, bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to simmer until the potatoes and carrots are soft, about 30 minutes.
- Blend soup until smooth, or smoothish if you prefer. I like to use an immersion blender, but you do you.
- Add in lemon, coconut milk, and grated carrot. Stir, and bring back up to heat.
- Top with some grated carrot if you’d like, and serve!
It’s not a difficult soup to make at all, and it’s easy to change things up based on what you have. I had some baby carrots to use up, so I used those instead of regular carrots.
The soup itself has a nice flavour to it, but feel free to add more of the spices for a bigger punch, or chili flakes for a little more heat. I love soups featuring coconut milk because it adds a glorious creamy texture without ever feeling too heavy.
There are many benefits to living in Canada. Unfortunately, there isn’t any locations of the much-hyped grocery store, Trader Joe’s, here in the great white north.
But I am a Canadian in a border town. There is a Trader Joe’s location not TOO far from me, so I get to go a couple times a year.
Here is everything I got on my last trip to Trader Joe’s:
Joe-Joe’s Slims Cookies
These are like the opposite of an oreo double-stuff, but they are really tasty! Somtimes I just want a nice crispy cookie!!
I like hummus. I’ve been hearing really good things about chocolate hummus, so I thought I would pick it up and try it.
Brioche French Toast
This was one of Ethan’s picks. But I was eyeing it too. I am very much looking forward to having these for a weekend breakfast.
I think these will go perfectly with the french toast. Ouuuu I can’t wait.
Gnoocci alla Sorrentina
This gnocci comes with sauce and will make a great quick and easy dinner one night.
Butternut Squash Ravioli
I pick these up every time I go to Trader Joe’s. Again, they’re an easy lunch or dinner. I like to do these up with little oil, chili flakes, and parm.
Thai Style Red Curry Sauce
I’m very much looking forward to using this sauce, either with chicken or fish.
Non-Dairy Oat Beverage
I’ve also been hearing a lot about oat milk and thought I would try it out for in my tea and maybe in baking.
Everything but the Elote Seasoning
This is the latest hit to come out of Trader Joe’s so I thought I should jump on the trend. I’m going to try it out on different meats, and on corn for some sort of fun salad.
Banana Bread Mix
We could always for go banana bread in this household. We made this the very next day. I added a banana and chocolate chips and it was great.
This is another one of Ethan’s picks. He looooves American sweet tea.
Miso Ramen Soup
A great and easy lunch!!