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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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Meal Plan for the Week of October 28, 2018

So, I know I have been a little erratic in my posts recently, and I apologize.  I’ve been having an ongoing health issue that has made posting a little difficult sometimes.  I’m going to be having a surgery soon that will address the issue, but I am trying to stockpile recipes so I can keep posting while I am recovering. Meal Plans will consist of old recipes and new ones so I can have as many links as possible.  And, I know it’s shameful, but I don’t have the energy to deal with Halloween this year.  My youngest stopped going out a few years ago, so we’re sneaking out for dinner.  Sorry, kids!
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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

Meal Plan for the Week of September 22, 2018

This week is a mixed bag of food.  On Sunday I’m supplying a meal for a friend who recently had back surgery, so Saturday night’s dinner is supplying that–big batch baked pasta.  I’m going old school on Sunday, Mexican on Monday, and experimenting on Wednesday.  How could I not when a local International grocery store is advertising goat ribs?  Goat Ribs!  I have to try that!  Wish me luck, though…
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Meal Plan for the Week of July 28, 2018

My younger son is off to camp this week, so I don’t have to take his dislikes into consideration!  Actually, he’s pretty good–there’s not much he won’t eat.  I am going to a potluck networking dinner on Monday night, while the other two men/boys are home, so there are two dinner options: one I’m bringing with me, one the boys are eating at home. Which are you going to choose?  On Wednesday night I am hosting an information session for friends at our home, so some-kind-of-take-out is in the plan.  Preferably something with quick and easy clean up.  There are more links than ever in this week’s plan.  It’s time to revisit old favourites that are usually baked in the oven but will be done on the grill instead.
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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