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Pesto

Pesto is great.  Its so flexible.  You can add different herbs for different flavours. It’s traditionally made with pine nuts, but they’re pretty expensive, so I substituted toasted walnuts. You can add whatever kind of nuts you like. You can serve it on pasta, meat, chicken or fish. Use it as a base sauce for pizza. Add it to rice to punch up a side dish. Add lots of garlic, or just a little.  It’s all about your preference. Continue reading

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

Spaghetti with Summer Sauce

This is a no-cook pasta sauce that is so quick and easy for those hot summer days.  My Dad made this for us when we were kids.  I have no idea how closely this mirrors what he used to make for us, but it’s how I make it and we all like it.  The longer you allow it to sit and have the flavours mingle the better, but allow a minimum of at least 1 hour.  We will have this with some grilled Italian sausage on the side to get some protein in, but you can easily use chicken too.  Or, if you want to keep it vegan or vegetarian, add some chickpeas to the sauce when you first mix it up to allow them to absorb the garlicky-herby flavours of the ingredients. 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 May 12, 2018

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms following the blog!  This weekend I am celebrating on Saturday and Sunday with two things I love that just don’t go on sale very often but are this week: rack of lamb and lobster.  I’m not bothered about being taken out for dinner.  We can eat well at home and enjoy the nice weather in the backyard.  Wednesday night I’m babysitting for friends so they can go out and enjoy a birthday dinner and a movie, so as has become traditional, the boys have pizza when I’m out.  Finally, Friday is my husband’s birthday, so he gets to choose dinner.  Since every time I ask him what he wants for dinner he says “Burritos”, it’s no surprise to me that we are having burritos.
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