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Quinoa Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

I developed this recipe when I was looking for something to serve as a side dish with grilled fish.  I didn’t feel like eating the traditional starches or a basic salad, but wanted something filling and fresh, which is almost a dichotomy.  Unlike most grains, quinoa serves as both a carb and a protein, which make this an ideal dish for vegans and vegetarians, and the combination of the subtle heat of the Dijon mustard and the unexpected bursts of sweet from the grated apples make this salad a party in your mouth.  It was originally served with grilled fish with mango salsa, and it was the perfect accompaniment. It can be served warm or chilled. Continue reading

Southwest Black Bean and Quinoa Burger

While we like our veggies in this family, it is hard to convince some family members to go meatless for the occasional meal.  So when I decided to go with a Meatless Monday this week it was met with resistance.  Well, guess what?  It was a delicious experiment.   My oldest heard “veggie burger” and went “No way!”, but I sort of shoved it in his face and told him to try it.  His reaction was “You never said it would taste like Mexican Black Beans.  I’m going to have one after my bike ride.”  Can you hear my eyes rolling?  You’d think he’d know by now that I know what I’m doing!  Since there is no tweaking required, I’m posting the recipe right away.  We garnished with avocado, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, and Tomatillo Salsa. Continue reading

Meal Plan for the Week of June 2, 2018

I decided to plan a themed week once again, using a variety of flavours and ingredients.  It’s fun to challenge myself to come up with the themes, but it can get old.  If you have some fun theme days you use in your family, I’d love to hear about them so I can try to incorporate them into the blog.  The fresh local produce is starting to appear as well, so that means salads, salsas, and fruity desserts–Oh my!  Finally, I’m extending the Meal Plan to include a shopping list of meal-specific ingredients you would need to make each dish.  It will not feature what I consider to be pantry staples, because, well, they’re staples so I would expect most kitchens to have them on hand.
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Greek Salad Quinoa Bowl

This is a really fresh, protein-packed recipe for a summer night.  To add extra protein, quinoa is substituted for the lettuce.  The real beauty of a recipe like this, though, is the way you can personalize it, not only to suit your family’s needs, but to suit the individual family member’s needs.  We prepare the basic ingredients and let everyone assemble their own dinner. Because there are a few different preparations happening the recipe format is a little different this week. Continue reading

Meal Plan for the Week of May 5, 2018

Sorry this Plan is a little late this week.  They was a delay in getting my grocery flyers, and then I had needed to figure out whether or not I would have a grill to use this week.  Our old grill died a graceful death (not really, the bottom fell out of it!) after a moderately long but extremely productive life.  Since I make it a rule not to turn use the oven from, roughly, the May long weekend until about October, it is getting pretty critical for meal planning.  And with gorgeous weather in the forecast for the coming week, grilling is definitely in the Plan.  BBQ Achieved!
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Meal Plan for the Week of April 28, 2018

This week Wednesday is McHappy Day at McDonald’s, which we always support because McDonald House Charities is a really worthy cause.  So, in keeping with having a theme for Wednesday, I decided to make every night a Theme Night this week.  In a departure from our normal habits, we will actually be dining out twice this week.  We are big fans of superhero movies in our household, and Avengers: Infinity Wars was just released, so Movie Night Monday will probably be featuring popcorn for dinner! And remember to support #McHappyDay on Wednesday. Continue reading

Meal Plan for the Week of April 7, 2018

I’m getting my mobility back, so this week’s plan includes recipes that can be prepped quickly, and then left alone while they cook.  My oldest son has been enlisted to start cooking a meal a week for the family, so he will be following the recipe of the week for that night’s dinner.  This week it will be Thursday’s Beef Tortellini Minestrone with Garlic Bread and will be posted Monday morning. Continue reading