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Meal Plan May 9-15

We are back to the routine of combing through all my food magazines and cook books to test out new recipes.  I am going to try out many of Mark Bittman’s recipes this week, since I have his latest book, and I just discovered that there’s an app for his How to Cook Everything Vegetarian which I think I must invest in.

Monday
Lunch:  leftovers
Dinner:  meatless monday:  Spinach Greek Salad, boreks (my mom’s feta filled goodies)

Tuesday
Lunch:  raw beet salad with ginger  ,pasta with butter and cheese
Dinner:  braised butternut squash, spicy salmon (I just love this recipe)

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Pancakes pancakes pancakes pancakes and pancakes

The perfect time to post this is Shrove Tuesday I am sure everyone is going to be making pancakes!

I have been on a pancake kick lately, and trying different recipes, these are a few that I have been making, and honestly my sometimes picky kids have eaten them, and it makes a great school day lunch!

The beauty of most pancakes are that you can freeze them and then pop them in the toaster to defrost.  The quinoa ones excluded, since they are puffy and sort of like a chicken nugget.  The thing with pancakes are that they use white flour, so I have been trying to add more whole wheat to them, but then you compromise some texture.  That’s why the oat ones appeal to me.

Most times when I make pancakes I use my waffle maker to bake them, I know they are not waffles and it sort of changes how they turn out, but it makes it soooo easy.  The waffle maker has a chime to alert you when the pancakes are cooked, and it has this shallow heart shaped plate, making them fun and I can split one heart into five smaller hearts that each kid and adult can have one to start with, and it does cook them pretty fast.  No need to mind a frying pan!

So the first pancake on this list are quinoa ones.  This is an interesting one, the batter is quite thick, so I use the standard frying pan method to cook these ones, and they sort of turn out like chicken nuggets if you make them small.  It’s  a great way to throw in an wholesome grain, and use up leftovers.

Quinoa Pancakes from Martha’s Everyday Food

The ricotta pancakes I made because apparently Ricotta is a power food.  I haven’t made this one since, because I don’t usually have ricotta sitting in the fridge, but it was good.  The raspberry dressing was good, my daughter liked it, but my sons wouldn’t touch it!

Ricotta oat bran pancakes from Chatelaine’s January issues

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Meal Plan March 7-13, 2011

In honour of Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day/ Fat Tuesday, we have a Cajun inspired week.  So get out your beads and carnival outfits and celebrate with red bean and rice salad, pancakes pancakes and pancakes, and a gumbo!  Did you know that Carnival and Shrove Tuesday mark the last day before Ash Wednesday – the start of Lent, and so historically households used up eggs, milk and sugar  that would not have been consumed while refraining from foods that give you pleasure.  And in English speaking countries it became known as Panacake Day, and in the some cultures Fat Tuesday, due to eating all these “rich food items” as listed above (if they only knew about all the other “Fat” things to eat).  I had to wikipedia this, no I don’t know it all!  So what are you giving up for Lent?

Monday
Lunch: Grilled Cheese
Dinner:  Cajun red beans and rice salad with corn bread using this recipe for the cajun seasoning with half smoked paprika and alot less salt

Tuesday
Lunch:  pancakes, yogurt and Parmesan biscuits
Dinner:  Mulligatawny Soup in the slow cooker with garlic bread!  (this recipe is lovely, I am making it a second time cause we ate it so fast I didn’t have a chance to take a photo of it)

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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Sweet Potato Chili

This was a nice recipe, I used black beans and black eyed peas. So there was a nice contrast of colours and flavours.   I use dry beans, so I had to cook them in the pressure cooker in the morning to get them ready for this recipe, pretty much everytime I make beans I mean to make extra and freeze them, to avoid this step, it added about 20min the recipe in total.  I am not sure I would make this recipe again, but I liked it, I am on a quest to find my “go to” vegetarian chili recipe.  I do like sweet potatoes in chili, so I think that will be in my recipe.  I did really like that it was in the slow cooker too, it made life easier!

This recipe was from Real Simple’s January 2011


An ode to bacon – A Valentine’s Day menu

My husband loves bacon, and for Valentines day I decided to make him a bacon inspired meal, instead of the traditional box of chocolates!

Bacon Jam photo from Everyday Food

The first recipe is Martha’s bacon jam, on an ace bakery ciabatta!

and who doesn’t love a french onion soup, well here’s a bacon-y take on the classic…also by Martha

a main course of double smoked bacon wrapped filet mignon from cookingcloset, I did stick to some traditions!

and the grande finale – bacon chocolate chip cookies.  I have been saving this recipe for just this occasion and I have to give it a try.   I haven’t decided if I am going to use my go to recipe or the NYtimes one that has to sit in the fridge for 24-36 hours.  I am intrigued by the rest period and how it impacts flavour.

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Slow cooked Chickpea and Butternut Squash Curry

I  liked this recipe. I found the sweetness of the butternut squash unexpected with the curry flavours, even though I had not used much of them. The squash broke down quite a bit in the cooking, and it made for a hearty thick stew. I think this one may be made again.

I found the recipe in Canadian Living’s January issue, however I did modify it a bit, I added about 1/2 lb of chicken thighs and I omitted the hot stuff.  I always hold out hope that my kids will actually eat the meal I prepare for them, and I don’t want the spiciness to be the issue.  They ate some of it, the youngest seemed to like it the best.  They ate more of the leftovers.  I served it on brown rice and I topped mine off with a wee bit of cilantro (really can you have too much?!)

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Alien Monster Cupcake


These cupcakes were baked and decorated lovingly by my mom for J1’s 4th birthday party.   They were a big hit.

Alien Monster Cupcakes

  1. Prepare your favorite cupcake and icing recipe.  I think either vanilla or chocolate will work well here.
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