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One Pot Vegetarian Bolognese Pasta

This was  a great recipe.  I adapted from the original in that I used 1lb of tofu and elbow pasta instead of egg noodles.  I really liked it, and the kids were ok with it, they each ate different  parts of it.   The best part was that it really did only take one pot.

I will definitely make this again, and again and again!

One-Pot Creamy BologneseImage from Canadian Living


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup  sliced white mushrooms
  • 1 lb extra firm tofu
  • 1 can  diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup  red wine
  • 4 cups  vegetable stock
  • 350 g elbow pasta
  • 4 oz  cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated  Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup  each chopped fresh parsley


In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook onion and mushrooms, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.
Add tofu, crumble using hands; cook, breaking up with back of wooden spoon, about 1 minutes.
Stir in tomatoes and wine; cook until slightly reduced, about 5 minutes.
Stir in broth; bring to boil. Stir in pasta; cook, stirring occasionally, until pasta is al dente, about 8 minutes.
Stir in cream cheese until melted, about 1 minute. Stir in Parmesan cheese, basil and parsley



Meal Plan December 5-11, 2011

Second week of December and it’s still pouring rain instead of snow, not making it look like Christmas yet.  Well at least I decided what I will be making for the cookie exchange.  Can’t say until the big reveal, but dare I say stay tuned.  This week all the recipes are basically from the lastest issue of Every Day Food from Martha, keeping it simple.

Lunch:  pizza for the phase two of birthday celebrations
Dinner:  Tofu and eggplant stew from Young Thailand’s cookbook – Simply Thai, jasmine rice

Lunch: Montreal Smoked Meat sandwiches on rye bread
Dinner:  chicken and lentil burger from EDF Dec’11 pg 68

Lunch:  grilled cheese sandwiches
Dinner:  halibut with warm bean hash from EDF Dec’11 pg 76

Lunch:  sweet potato and black bean quesadillas
Dinner:  vegetable bean soup from EDF Dec’11 pg 80

Lunch:  out for lunch while celebrating a PD day, yipppeeee!!!
Dinner:   slow cooker chicken mole (requires me to find a store that carries ancho chiles or a good subsitute, would ancho chili powder do???) from EDF Dec’11 pg 43

Lunch:  out for lunch during class (this is one of my favorite parts of taking an all day class)
Dinner:  out for dinner club

Lunch:  leftovers
Dinner:  Sweet and Sour glazed chicken wings from EDF Dec’11 pg 57

Meal Plan August 29-September 5, 2011

As I type this I am sadly noting the end of a great summer.  I was thinking earlier this evening while putting the kids to bed that this summer can simply be summarized as perfect (to this point and hoping this week doesn’t screw things up).  We have had two great weeks of holiday with good friends and lots of amazing times in between with family and friends.  The summer has simply been perfect!

The meal plan for this week is….

Monday:  Meatless Monday
Dinner:  Sundried Tomato, feta, and heirloom black cherry tomato pasta toss

This was a really simple recipe that I put together with fresh ingredients from the garden, this was our first substantial harvest of cherry tomatoes, and well there always is alot of oregano, so that was tossed in there too, and I have been craving sun dried tomatoes, since I stare at a jar of it in my pantry daily.  Toss about 4-6 cups of pasta, with 1/2 cup of feta cheese, 1/4 cup of sun dried tomato, 1 cup quartered black cherry tomatoes, 2 tbsp fresh oregano, one clove of minced garlic.  That’s it, and maybe some olive oil, to prevent the pasta from sticking and mmm mmm enjoy!

Morrocan chicken with couscous and grilled pita (this sounds delicious and fast from epicurious)

Slow-Cooker Tri-Tip Beef Mole (this recipe is a combination of the Chicken Mole recipe from Canadian Living and it’s Food Blog’s beef version, and it sounds like it might not be as fast I as I would like, so I am going to see if I can make the mole the day before and then throw it all in the slowcooker)

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Meal Plan August 1- 8, 2011

This week starts off with a BBQ pool party since it’s the last long weekend of summer, hard to believe that the summer is half over, and the week ends with a camping trip.   The next time we see a long weekend, will signal the most beautiful time of the year – back to school.

out for a BBQ

meatless monday moved over a day, so we had Moroccan Carrot Salad and Caprese Pasta Salad

Dinner:  BBQ salmon with a peach and red pepper chutney on top, steamed broccoli and bok choy, and wild and brown rice

Dinner:  swiss chard and roasted beet salad, corn and turkey burgers

Dinner:  going camping, so dinner on the fire pit (hmm hotdogs anyone?)

Saturday and Sunday Camp Menu
Breakfast:  pancakes, eggs and turkey bacon
Lunch: Crudites and Hummus and Pasta Salad
Dinner:  Roast Potatoes, Burgers and crudites


Meal Plan July 25-31, 2011

Here we are halfway through the week and the meal plan is finally getting up.  It’s been a week of not cooking much, lots of raw food and salads.  Just feeling a bit hot to cook.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Dinner: Quinoa Salad from the Canadian Living Blog (I used the Middle Eastern dressing) and Broccoli Slaw from Chatelaine I liked this recipe alot, it may be a nice use for the stems of broccoli that no one eats at my place, if only I was that organized!

Dinner:  Potato Salad and leftover quinoa salad.  This potato salad was really good, I halved the dressing and still thought it was a bit too much, I weighed the potatoes before peeling and they were close to the amount called for in the recipes, next time I would do at least 2.5lbs of potatoes for half the amount of dressing)

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Meal Plan July 18-24, 2011

Ahh nothing like coming back home to a mountain of laundry, that’s the punishment for going on vacation.  But it was all worth it.

This week’s meal plans begins with the best pantry bean salad ever made, I loved this dish!


Lunch:  leftovers
Dinner:  Meatless Monday Meal – quinoa and black and white bean salad (canadian living)

Lunch:  Mango chicken salad with Thai vinaigrette (Cnd living August 2011)
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Meal Plan July 4-10, 2011

First full week of summer vacation, wish me luck!  I have such grand plans for summer vacation, from a luscious garden, to kids all skipping a grade from all the “bridge” work we will do over the summer, and of course training for another marathon and keeping the house in order.  yeah right!

Here’s this week’s menu, last week did not go to plan, and there are many recipes that I wanted to try that I am putting back into the meal plan for this week, in hopes that I will get to them.  I also picked up the latest issue of Food and Drink from the LCBO, and threw in some “weeknight” recipes from there.  Honestly there are many steps in most of those recipes, I am not easily intimidated in the kitchen, and I think they are too complicated for everyday!

Lunch:  leftovers and watermelon salad (this was so good, and we have tons of blueberries and watermelon in the house)
Dinner:  black bean and cheese tacos (from EDF June’11), swiss chard sauted with mushrooms

Lunch:  Ceasar Salad (this is my go to ceasar salad dressing, it keeps for a long time in the fridge, just take it out about 1/2 hour before you need it, I don’t make the rest of this recipe anymore)
Dinner:  grilled bok choy and grilled skirt steak gyros (also didnt’ get to this last week)

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