Recipes

Quick & Easy Cream of Tomato Soup

Cream of Tomato Soup is one of those nostalgic kind of meals.  It wraps you up in a warm hug, and soothes your soul.  Most people are used to soup from that red and white can, and there is nothing wrong with that.  But sometimes, for whatever reason, you want more control over what you’re eating or you just want to do it yourself.  I’ve experimented with various recipes over the years, using canned tomatoes and fresh, but I often found problems with texture or the acidity levels of the tomatoes.  My solution?  Garden Cocktail.  For myself, I choose the lowest sodium version I could find, with minimal additives, but commercially produced vegetable juice cocktail is smooth-textured and the acidity from the tomatoes has been balanced.  I personally enjoy the more layered flavours of garden cocktail, but you can always substitute tomato juice.  Best of all, using the garden cocktail as a base means you have just turned this into a 15 minute meal!
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Tequila Citrus Shrimp

This recipe came to me from an old friend, Bert Jager.  We were friends in high school but inevitably lost touch because of school, moves, etc.  We got back in touch a few years ago via Facebook, proving that social media can be a force for good.  He is a fellow foodie and we have been swapping ideas back and forth for years.  When he messaged this to me last week I worked it into the Meal Plan for this week because it just sounded so yummy!  He got the original recipe from a Sammy Hagar recipe book (who knew?), but then modified it a bit. He sent me his modified version.  I modified it some more because I have more people to feed, and I like veggies with my meals.  If you want to see Bert’s original recipe, click here. Continue reading

Baked Cheesy Pasta

This is less of a recipe and more along the lines of food assembly, but it’s super easy, versatile, and it feeds a crowd, no problem.  It is a great potluck dish, it can be kept in the freezer then popped in the oven, and if you have leftovers, they’re yummy too.  Kids love it, and it’s easily adaptable for both vegetarians and meat eaters alike.  I have a friend who is a new mom, so I’m publishing this now because it’s especially suitable for when you have a bad case of baby brain. Continue reading

Fish Tacos

Fish tacos are a regular Monday night meal for us.  Why? Well, because they’re delicious,  healthy, and easy to make.  Why Mondays? That boils down to the fact that our community waste collection is on Tuesdays, so I don’t have to have fishy smelling debris in the compost and garbage for more than one night.  Seriously, keeping that stuff around makes for poor neighbours!
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Low and Slow BBQ Ribs

Pork is one of the best meats, moist and flavourful.  It always benefits from low-and-slow-style cooking. This renders off the fat slowly, basting the meat underneath with its flavour.  It makes for tender, delicious, fall-off-the-bone ribs every time. And the beauty of it is, it requires very little effort from you.  It seems time consuming, but really you spend little time prepping and once they’re on the grill you just walk away and relax. The only thing you need to do is monitor the temperature every now and then (between beverages, perhaps) to make sure it doesn’t get too high or too low.  Do not be tempted to open the cover to check on them. They’re wrapped in foil—nothing to see here, folks!  If you open the cover, all the heat will escape and create an uneven cooking environment. Two racks of ribs with side dishes feeds our family of four comfortably. If you’re feeding more people and your grill can accommodate it, wrap additional racks in groups of two per packet.  Don’t over-cram your foil packets. It increases the chances of uneven cooking or of the foil not being properly sealed to keep in the heat and the juices. It may also create tears in the foil which will allow the juice to drip out and potentially cause flare ups. Do you have a BBQ sauce recipe you swear by?  Please share it in the comments. I’m always looking for something good! Continue reading

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