This soup is great for when cold weather hits – hearty and filling. All that’s needed are some crusty buns.
1 onion, chopped
1 T. oil
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
1 pepper, chopped
15 small fresh tomatoes (the ones I used were called “blushers” – bigger than a cherry tomato but smaller than a Roma), halved
1 liter carton beef or chicken broth
1/2 farmer’s (or Mennonite) sausage ring, cooked and chopped
handful each fresh baby spinach and kale
1 can lentils, drained and rinsed
1 T. each dried parsley, basil, oregano and rosemary
1 tsp. (or to taste) white pepper
Saute onion in oil until brown. Add the next five ingredients (celery through broth) and cook over medium heat until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. Add sausage, spinach, kale and lentils and heat until spinach and kale are wilted. Stir in herbs and white pepper. Serves 4-6.
Studies out last year seem to indicate that higher calorie breakfasts (including chocolate cake!) help your health. These studies have shown that skipping breakfast is associated with higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/health-headlines/skipping-breakfast-may-lead-to-higher-risk-of-heart-attack-heart-disease-study-1.1378307. Also, eating a higher calorie breakfast can be useful in managing obesity and metabolic syndrome. By switching to a higher calorie breakfast and a lower calorie dinner, participants in the study were able to change their weight and improve their health: http://www.aftau.org/site/News2?id=18956
My personal opinion is that a higher calorie breakfast will naturally result in consuming slightly lower calorie lunches and dinners just as a lower calorie intake throughout the day will result in being ravenous by dinner (usually how I roll –not too much during the day resulting in starvation by dinner — so this will take an adjustment on my part). Fortunately, breakfast items are usually my favorite items to eat, any time of day.
Too time-crunched on weekday mornings to grab breakfast? Here are ten of my easy, fast breakfast recipes:
http://chronicinthekitchen.com/2010/10/18/breakfast-wrap/ (tip: hard boil the egg the night before)
For more great breakfast recipes follow this tag.
Dinner — it’s what’s for breakfast!
I don’t do omelets, but I make a mean frittata.
8 large eggs
3/4 c. milk
3/4 c. cheese, shredded
salt, pepper, spice mix (to taste)
2 c. chopped broccoli
1/2 c. chopped pepper
3/4 c. chopped mushrooms
Grease large frying pan. Place broccoli and pepper in it with 1/4 c. water and simmer on medium-low heat for 5 minutes or until tender-crisp. Meantime, mix eggs, milk, cheese, mushrooms, salt, pepper and spices in a large bowl. Add to vegetables in frying pan. Cook over medium heat until eggs are almost set, about 8 minutes. Turn off heat and leave on burner another 8 minutes until eggs are completely set. Serves 4 – 6. Good with a crusty bread and some fruit and perfect for any meal.
This is so easy to make, there is no need to spend money on pre-made Chocolate Peppermint bark at expensive specialty stores.
2 cups chocolate wafers (available in Canada at http://www.bulkbarn.ca/en-ca/index.html)
2 large candy canes, crushed
Few drops of peppermint flavoring
Temper chocolate by placing wafers in the top of a double boiler. Fill the bottom half of the boiler one-third to one-half full with water. Heat chocolate over medium heat, stirring, until melted and glossy:
Remove from heat, stir in crushed candy canes and peppermint flavoring.
Freeze until firm, 2 – 3 hours, in a pan lined with wax paper. Remove from freezer. Using wax paper, so the bark doesn’t melt onto your hands, break it apart into pieces.
For gift-giving, place in a pretty container, and wrap with seasonal cellophane paper.
- peppermint hot chocolate. (sparklesenseblog.com)
2 cooked chicken breasts, cut up
1/2 c. pesto
1 cup frozen peas, thawed (you could add to the pasta while it’s cooking during the last few minutes, or rinse the peas under hot water)
4 cups cooked pasta (rotini or broken up spaghetti) (regular pasta or gluten free pasta)
1/4 c. olive oil
Toss all ingredients together in a large pasta bowl. Add Parmesan cheese if desired. Serves four.
- Pesto Orecchiette with Chicken Sausage (splendidrecipes.wordpress.com)
- Quick and Easy Whole wheat pasta with fresh garden vegetables in a basil pesto. (cookeryandcocktails.wordpress.com)
- Pistachio Pesto Pasta (bobbyandlily.com)
Two chicken breasts, skinned and deboned
2 – 3 large carrots, peeled and chopped
1/2 head cauliflower, separated into florets
1 onion, chopped
3 T. oil, divided
2 tsps each (divided then mixed into a small bowl): cumin, nutmeg, allspice, coriander, curry powder, tumeric and salt and pepper
Place prepared vegetables in a 9 x 13 glass baking dish. Add 1 – 2 tablespoons of oil. Combine one teaspoon each of the spices in a small bowl. Sprinkle over vegetables and toss to combine. Place chicken breasts on top of vegetable mixture. Combine 1 T. oil with one teaspoon each of the spices in a small bowl and brush onto chicken breasts. Bake at 375 uncovered for 25 minutes. Remove from oven, cover with foil, and bake an additional 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Cut breasts in half. Serves four. Good with couscous, rice or quinoa.
2 onions, coarsely chopped
3 English cucumbers, thickly sliced, then cut in half lengthwise
Dried dillweed (I used lots, use it to taste)
2 c. vinegar
2 c. sugar
1/4 c. salt
1/2 T. picking spices
Place cut up vegetables and dill in a bowl that has a cover or in an old ice cream pail. Mix the brine ingredients together in a medium sauce pan and heat until sugar is dissolved. Allow brine to cool a bit before pouring over vegetables. Cover and refrigerate. The pickles will be ready in 2 – 3 weeks and keep for a long time.
- Save a Little Summer for Later! (dorothyhayneschhc.wordpress.com)
- Dill-Mustard Pickles from Baking by Hand (bakingbyhand.wordpress.com)
- Sweet Honey in the Brine (myrubyshoes.com)
Painlessly Delicious’ first restaurant review.
On Saturday August 24, 2013 husband and I went to this restaurant, located in Canmore, Alberta for dinner. We’d previously been to Aroma Café earlier this year and had really enjoyed our meal at that time. Well, something must have changed in the intervening months – new ownership perhaps? The food was substantially different, and not in a good way. While the salsa and guacamole that accompanied our taco chips was flavorful and tasty, the main dishes were neither. I ordered the salmon and was extremely disappointed. The salmon was cooked in a Mexican sauce and served with vegetables. Rice was served on the side. The salmon/vegetable dish was presented wrapped in a banana leaf. Well, other than the banana leaf, I could have made this at home. Upon opening the banana leaf, I discovered the salmon was topped with frozen mixed vegetables (are you serious?) and a small handful of spinach. The sauce was basically a very mild enchilada sauce. My husband’s meal was chicken mole and the mole sauce had very little flavor or spice. We were both very disappointed. This was our anniversary celebration and the meal fell seriously short of our expectations, expectations which were based on our previous trip to this restaurant. I used to recommend this restaurant to friends but can no longer do so.
- John Gilchrist: Find a little taste of Mexico just south of the city (calgaryherald.com)
This was part of my lunch today.
Combine in a small bowl:
2 T. fresh cilantro leaves, chopped (or minced if you can)
1/3 c. canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 c. frozen corn, thawed
1/2 red pepper, chopped
1 green onion chopped
1 tsp. each chili powder and cumin
1/4 c. each olive oil and lemon juice (lime juice may also be used)
1 T. mustard
Salt and Pepper
Combine dressing ingredients in a small jar. Pour over salad. May be eaten immediately or refrigerated. Serves 1 – 2. This recipe easily doubles or triples.
Take one large piece of salmon that has been filleted and deboned. Spread an equal amount of cream cheese and jalapeno jelly down the middle. Bake in oven at 350 for 15 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork and loses its bright pink color. Can also be BBQ’d.