Friday, November 11, 2011

I've Moved!

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Looking for handmade ideas for this Holiday Season? Check out our series of 101 Handmade Holiday Thingies! I'm sure you'll find something there that you'll find interesting...

Friday, July 29, 2011

Meal Plan - Week of July 31 - August 6

So, I have started a "Home Management Binder". Inside, I have (so far) the monthly calendars to the end of this year (with birthdays and community events marked down), contact numbers (including family, doctors, insurance providers, and the people we pay every month), cleaning (with one checklist in it so far...the declutter list), and finally, a tab for meal planning.

I plan to put my (otherwise scribbed onto a scrap of paper and stuck to the fridge) organized meal plan in the binder, with printouts of the recipes.

So here is what we have on the plate (see what I did there?) for dinner this coming week:

Sunday: Roasted Salmon Salad
Monday: Sirloin Burgers with Roasted Garlic and Rosemary
Tuesday: Grilled Chicken & Peach Salad
Wednesday: Grilled BLT on an everything bagel (with cream cheese, made like this), cottage cheese (to boost the protein) and sweet peppers
Thursday: Baked Falafel and Couscous with tomato and cuke

And for snacks...Energy Bites (thanks to my friend Sherri for bringing it to my attention)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Granola Bites

Quinn and I decided to make some granola bites this morning. I got the recipe out of the latest issue of Today's Parent magazine.

I think it's obvious that I have a pretty good relationship with food, and I really hope to pass that along to Quinn. One of the ways I can get him to appreciate food is to let him have a part in making it.

Making Granola Bites

1 egg
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tblsp vegetable oil
1 cup large flake oats
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup dried blueberries
2 1/2 tblsp sesame seeds
pinch cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 12 muffin tin with oil (I have one of those mister things).

In a large bowl, whisk egg, maple syrup and oil. Add oats, seeds, blueberries and cinnamon. We tasted everything (but the egg) as it was going into the bowl.

Divide evenly amongst the 12 wells. It was about a heaping tablespoon per well. Press mixture into tin with the back of the spoon.

Bake in oven for about 12 minutes. Remove from oven and run a knife around the edges to loosen them. Cool for about 10 minutes in the pan and gently (using the spoon if needed) remove them and place them on a plate.

If you take them out too soon, they will fall apart. If you wait too long, they might stick.

Granola Bites

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Menu Plan!

I try to get organized on Saturday nights...I sit and look at my Pinterest, stare and drool at all the lovely morsels I've pinned. Then I snap into reality and check the flyers to see what might be on sale.

Here's what we've got going on this week (days may change):

Sunday: Tacos and Diana's Mom's Rice

Monday: Scrambled Egg Cupcakes, Baked Potato/Homefries, Apple Nachos

Tuesday: Apple Chicken Quesadillas, Green Salad

Wednesday: Tomato Grilled Cheese Bagel, Onion Soup

Thursday: Tuna Casserole

Friday: Bento for Movie Night

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Greek Dip

We had a bunch of fresh, locally grown veggies, and at the end of the weekend (with all the eating at restaurants) something light was in order.

I saw this recipe and gave it a go. This is how I did it:

1 8oz pkg cream cheese, room temperature
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp dill (or more)
1 tsp herb and garlic seasoning (like Mrs. Dash)
1 tub hummus (or make your own)
Chopped cucumber
Chopped tomato
Chopped green onion
Chopped kalamata olives
Chopped lettuce (dark green...I used some baby lettuce I grew)
Chopped fresh parsley
Feta cheese, crumbled
Fresh cracked pepper
Olive oil

In a medium bowl, mix (with a mixer) the cream cheese, lemon juice, dill and seasoning. Adjust to taste but remember that the flavours will intensify with time.

Smear cream cheese onto bottom of a glass pie plate (or other vessel). Top with hummus (I used about 2/3 of a tub). Put a layer of cucumber, a layer of tomato, a layer of green onion, a layer of chopped olives, and a layer of lettuce on top of the hummus.

Crumble feta on the vegetables, sprinkle on chopped parsley, grind some fresh black pepper on top, and drizzle on some olive oil.

Easy stuff, right?

The original recipe suggested covering and refrigerating for a couple of hours. I chose not to. First, because refrigerating tomatoes is a sin. Second, I wanted to eat.

I toasted up some whole wheat pita triangles to eat with this, but you could use whatever.

We will totally be eating this again, though I'll probably throw in some orange sweet peppers for a little more crunch (and another veggie).

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Cheesy Pull Apart Bread

It's Father's Day. We had all the Dads over here. It was a great time. I made pulled pork, brats (boiled in beer and a vidalia onion, grilled, and popped back into the onion beer), spinach dip...

...and this gem (from the Changeable Table), that will make a repeat appearance in the future. For sure.

Cheesy Pull Apart Bread

1 round loaf of sourdough (though I had to substitute a calebrese loaf because that's all I could find and it was fine)
1 brick monterey jack cheese
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 green onion

Cut bread lengthwise and then crosswise, not going through the loaf completely. It's like a bloomin onion, but, like, bread. If you have trouble with this, put the handles of 2 wooden spoons (or dowels) on either side of the loaf to stop your knife. Oh, and obviously you will want to use a good serrated knife for the cutting.

Put bread onto foil lined cookie sheet. Slice the cheese (yay for not having to grate it!) and tuck the slices into the cuts. Cut the green onion and mix it in with the melted butter. Drizzle over the bread. Cover loosely with foil.

Pop into a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes.

You could mix other stuff with the butter: garlic, chives, whatever you like.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Tilapia Burger

Tilapia Burger

I served this with Scalloped Tomatoes from Smitten Kitchen. The recipe comes from Canadian Family magazine, Summer 2011.

Makes 6 burgers.

1 tblsp chopped garlic
2 inches fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 1/4 lbs tilapia filets
3 tblsp soy sauce
1 egg white
4 green onions
1/2 cup red pepper, seeded and diced

Multigrain buns
Red onion slices
Mango chutney

In a food processor, chop garlic and ginger. Cube fish and add to food processor, pulsing until everything is the consistency of ground meat.

Stir in soy sauce, egg white, green onion and red pepper. The original recipe also had you add 3 tsp sesame oil, but I chose not to. Form into 6 patties and place in fridge for 30 minutes to chill.

Heat a large non-stick skillet on medium high heat and add a bit of olive oil. Pan fry patties for 6-8 minutes each side (until cooked through). If the edges are burning, turn the heat down (duh).

Assemble burger. Mayo on one bun, mango chutney on the other, lettuce, red onion, whatever else you want to add...

The original recipe also suggest eating it with pea shoots and chopped pickled ginger. Also, they suggest it would taste awesome with honey wasabi mustard (which I'm going to have to try.

Honey Wasabi Mustard

1 tblsp honey
1 tsp wasabi
t tblsp Dijon mustard