Potato Puffs + Chipotle Chicken and Rice Stuffed Peppers + Quinoa Salad +Beet and Chickpea Salad + Blueberry Pie Bars

http://www.kraftedkoch.com/light-chipotle-chicken-rice-stuffed-peppers/

comments: I didn’t use chilli or cumin powder, I thought it had lots of flavour as is. I also used chicken thighs for the meat that I chopped up small and only about 1/2 cup of salsa

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/guy-fieri/roasted-beet-salad-with-chickpeas-and-red-onion.html

comments: I did too many beets and it lost a bit of flavour. I also used goat cheese as my cheese

http://www.canadianliving.com/food/creamy_cucumber_salad.php

comments: I used a spiralizer to slice my cucumber thin then i chopped it up. I put salt on the cucumbers but also squeezed all the water out.

http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/leftover-mashed-potato-puffs/

comments: I don’t think I did anything different, these got good reviews. Mine looked like potato muffins because I used a muffin pan

http://www.averiecooks.com/2014/06/blueberry-pie-bars.html

comments:  I halved the recipe when I made these because I only had a cup of blueberries

http://www.sugarfreemom.com/recipes/vegetable-quinoa-salad-with-balsamic-dressing-gluten-free/

comments: I thought this was really good. But a cup of uncooked quinoa is a lot I think you only need about a cup cooked.

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Greek Feta Tomato Olive Pasta + Anaheim Crab Scampi + Italian Turkey Sweet Potato Casserole + Baked Spring Rolls + Chick Pea Tomato Feta Salad + Ice Cream Sandwich Cake + Pizza Quinoa Cups

Greek Feta Tomato Olive Pasta
Ingredients
1 clove elephant garlic
1/2 cup of chopped green olives
3 Roma Tomatoes
1/2 bag of feta cheese
Your pasta of choice
Directions
Cook your pasta
Cook the garlic in olive oil then add the olives and tomatoes cook for a bit and add the feta cheese, stir in the pasta.
Serve warm
ght a spiralizer same one suggested in this recipe Italian Turkey Sweet Potato Casserole
I have also been using the spiralizer to make curly fries 😀
I used imitation crab instead of shrimp and Parmesan instead of Asiago.
I used Reese’s pieces instead of M&M’s and made my own Hot Fudge
I had broccoli that wasn’t being used so I made a salad:
Pizza Quinoa Cups
Cook 1/2 a cup of Quinoa
Add your favourite toppings for pizza:
1/2 green pepper
1/2 red pepper
1/2 onion
2 pieces of bacon
10 pepperoni pieces
1/2 cup diced grape tomato
teaspoon oregano
teaspoon basil
garlic salt
1.5 cups shredded mozzarella
1/4 cup tomato sauce
2 eggs
I cooked the bacon and the veggies first then mixed it all together.
spray a muffin pan and fill each cup with the mixture.
Bake for 15-20 minutes on 350
 
 
 
 
 
 
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New Potato Salad + Roasted golden beet, Quinoa and Goat Cheese Salad + Lazy Cabbage Casserole + Chicken Pot Stickers + Flourless Oatmeal Cookies

I think I followed this recipe exactly. I made sure to cut out the core to the cucumber so it wouldn’t get watery and I cut some of the bigger potatoes in half. But other than that this is it:

New Potato Salad

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I enjoyed it, I like dill 🙂

So I bought golden beets last week because they looked awesome. I decided to make a salad with them. The measurements below are enough for 2 big salads and then some.

Ingredients

3 Golden Beets chopped into 1 inch cubes

1/4 of a red onion chopped into slices

1 cup of cooked quinoa (I cooked it in chicken broth)

Small brick of goat cheese

Leaf lettuce

Dressing

1 Tablespoon of Dijon Mustard

1 Tablespoon of Honey

1 Tablespoon of white wine vinegar

4 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

Whisk together

Keep adjusting till it tastes good to you!

So I roasted the onion + beets in a baking dish in the oven with olive oil coating it for about 45 minutes at 375. I let them cook.

I filled a bowl with Green leaf lettuce from my parents garden that had been washed and ripped into bite size pieces. Then I added half of the quinoa. Then I added 1/3 of the beet and onion mixture then I topped it with goat cheese and drizzled on the dressing.

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Hungarian Inspired Lazy Cabbage Roll Casserole

The paprika, bacon (smoked meat), garlic and high ratio of meat to rice makes this dish Hungarian inspired. I can never make cabbage rolls the way Grandma made but this does come in second place.

Ingredients

1 good sized onion

8 strips of bacon chopped into 1 inch strips

1 elephant clove of garlic (or normal size equivalent)

2/3 pound of ground pork

1/3 pound of ground beef

1 cabbage (minus the core, really just the leaves that come off)

1 cup of uncooked rice

1 can of tomato soup

1 jar of pasta sauce

garlic salt

pepper

paprika

moztarella cheese

Directions:

I chopped the onion and the bacon (well I cut the bacon with scissors), and used the pampered chef garlic tool on the garlic which mashes it, and cooked it in a large deep frying pan until the onion was soft. Then I transferred it to a bowl.

Then I cooked the meat mixture on high and drained most of the fat. I then added the onion mixture back in and seasoned with garlic salt, pepper and paprika and cooked it for a few more minutes

Meanwhile I cooked the cup of white rice and chopped the cabbage into 1 inch pieces. Then I added the cabbage to a pot of water and boiled it till tender.

Next I added the rice to the meat mixture, then the cabbage, the tomato soup and the tomato sauce (I didn’t use the entire jar) and mixed it. I added sauce just so that it was nicely moist but not soupy.

I then transferred it to a large greased casserole dish and flattened it out. It then cooked for 30 minutes in the oven at 350. After 30 minutes I topped it with shredded mozzarella cheese and baked it for 10 minutes more.  I let it stand 5 minutes before serving. Some of us ate it with sour cream, others with siracha sauce to kick it up a notch.Brant-20140629-03019

For the Pot Stickers I only had a little bit of green onion so I added some garlic and garlic powder. My wonton noodle sheet things were square and not round.

Chicken Pot Stickers

I have made these before, I liked them more than I usually like a dish so I made them again.

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I was looking for a low carb cookie to make and found this recipe:

Flourless Oatmeal Cookies

I made the first batch which made 8 sized Jewlee cookies, with coconut flakes and a spoon of blackberry vanilla jam. The second batch I made with all of the same as the first batch plus dark chocolate chips.

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Samosa Casserole + Phyllo Pizza

I bought phyllo again.. and decided to make:

Samosa Pie

I made a phyllo crust on the bottom and on the top. I will add a better picture once its cut

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Of course I had enough phyllo to make pizza again this time with feta, tomatoes, red pepper, red onion and olives.

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Cous cous & Roasted Veggies + Phyllo Chicken Pot Pie + Phyllo Pizza + Quinoa Mac & Cheese Stuffed Tomatoes + Greek Vermicelli Salad

So most of the time I just use recipes as inspiration because I know what I like. For example I decided to make:

Cous Cous and Roasted Vegetables

Except I didn’t look at their veggie list. I just used: Sweet Potato, Turnip, Red Pepper, Red Onion, Carrots and Basil. It was good 🙂

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I wanted to make Chicken Pot Pie and I found this recipe using phyllo dough:

Slimmed Down Chicken Pot Pie

I didn’t want to make individual though, so I made it like spankopita a full dish with phyllo on the bottom and the top.

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I didn’t use much of the package of phyllo for the chicken pot pie so I decided to make a phyllo pizza with the leftover.

I just layered pieces of phyllo on a cookie sheet and brushed them with vegetable oil between each sheet. Then I added sauce, cheese and toppings.

Prior to the oven:

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Sorry after the oven didn’t last long:

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The Quinoa Mac and Cheese Stuffed Tomatoes came from a book. I let my older sister borrow it but it was pretty simple: Cook 1/3 cup of quinoa. Cook 2 cloves of garlic and add spinach and cheese and the quinoa to it. I used frozen spinach and added 1/4 brick of cream cheese. I also added some left over cous cous. You cut the top of each tomato and scoop/cut out the pulp (not too much!) Broil the tomatoes till softened then stuff with the mixture.

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My sister bought spinach vermicelli and kept asking me to make something with it so I got some ideas online and just made basically a greek salad with it. (Cut up grape tomatoes, cut up cucumber, red pepper, kamalta olives, feta cheese and greek dressing. I made sure to scrape out all the seeds from the tomatoes and cucumber as well. I couldn’t crush up the vermicelli pre cooking so I had to cut it up with scissors after.

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Drumstick Dessert + Nacho Dip + Green Grape Tart Pie

So it’s Father’s Day and we are having a BBQ. So I decided to make an appetizer and a dessert.

I have made this dessert before, I got it from one of the lunch ladies at work 4 years ago or more..

In this recipe its called Drumstick Squares

It says you can eat it cold or frozen, I’ve always had it frozen.

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Next was the nacho dip. The recipe came from my school cookbook back in grade school. I tried looking it up but didn’t find it after a few clicks and thought, I should know this.

Ingredients:
1 Brick of cream cheese
2 Tablespoons Mayonnaise (Big tablespoons)
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
1 Jar of Salsa
3-4 Green onions chopped small
1/2 a Red (or green if you prefer) Pepper chopped small
2 Roma tomatoes chopped into small squares
1 Cup Shredded Lettuce (Enough to cover the dip)
250g of Shredded Cheddar Cheese (Enough to cover the dip)

Directions:
Soften the cream cheese a bit (I put it in the microwave 10 seconds on each side)
Beat till smooth, I used my Kitchenaid. Add the Mayonnaise and the Lemon juice and beat till smooth again.
Using a 9×13 glass dish, spread the mixture on the bottom.
Now add the salsa, should be enough to cover without any cream cheese showing through
Now sprinkle the green onion over the dish evenly. Repeat with the remaining ingredient in order.
Refrigerate for at least an hour and enjoy with nachos:)

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So I bought grapes for a salad a few weeks ago and had so many leftover that I decided to make a pie! I consider this more of a tart than a pie sort of but its called the

Green Grape Pie

I added quick cooking tapioca along with the ingredients to make sure it was super thick.

I also added a shot of St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur.

This is it before the topping:

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And this is the end result:

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I guess dates don’t matter.. Turkey Pinwheels + Cold Cherry Soup

I think I will just post the food in the title starting next post. I can’t blog the same day things are made lol.

I decided to make pinwheels for my work potluck, so I used this recipe:

Chicken Pinwheels

Except I used Ground Turkey, added Green and Red Pepper and didn’t add any of the spices.

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I had some cherries that were going bad so I decided to make a soup from my childhood that my Grandma used to make.

Hungarian Sour Cherry  Soup

I used regular cherries and some cherry juice too.

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Monday June 9th- Tuesday June 10th 2014: Roasted Sweet Potato Spinach Salad + Turkey Vegetable Bake + White Bean Tuna Salad

So I missed entering yesterdays cooking.. not that it matters..

So yesterday I made (today I ate) Roasted Sweet Potato Spinach Salad

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

I made some changes though of course.. I baked the sweet potato, red onion and red peppers together.

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Then tossed it with a whole bag of spinach and drizzled the dressing on top and mixed it.

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Then when we ate it I warmed it up for a minute in the microwave. It tasted good like that.

Turkey Vegetable Bake is what I would call the next dish. They called it:

Baked Turkey Cutlets With Vegetables

I changed it up for course. I added onions, green peppers, tomatoes, basil and oregano and a bit of garlic powder and some cheese on top near the end.

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And lastly for tomorrows lunch:

White Bean Tuna Salad

I could only find white kidney beans, I used black olives instead of capers and I added some chopped green pepper.

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Sunday, June 8, 2014 – Stuffed Peppers + Chicken Bacon Asparagus Skillet

I tried to find a recipe for stuffed peppers that I liked but I couldn’t so I mostly winged it. It was loosely based on this recipe:

Quinoa and Vegetable Stuffed Peppers

I used onions, carrots, garlic, zucchini, tomato, basil and oregano with red quinoa then added cheese to the top.

Pre -cheese:

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And the end result

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And for dinner I made a Chicken Asparagus and Bacon Skillet

For some reason mine looked nothing like theirs. Not too sure why. The only change I made is that I added garlic to it 🙂 It was enjoyed by all!

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014 – Cheesy Chicken & Salsa Skillet + Spinach & Red Pepper Pinwheels

My sister was home for dinner tonight so I made a Kraft recipe called Cheese Chicken & Salsa Skillet. Here is the recipe:

Cheesy Chicken & Salsa Skillet

I used a whole jar of salsa and I added an onion and red pepper as well. I used Jalapeno and Cheddar cheese and mixed a bit of sour cream in when I served it. Here is the end result:

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I had a lot of spinach to use so I chose to make some spinach pinwheels.  I guess its my cheat recipe for the week…

Here is the recipe: Spinach and Red Pepper Pinwheels

I changed it a bit. I didn’t add garlic I added cooked bacon instead. I also used fresh spinach and steamed it along with my pepper. Much better than broiling a pepper and setting the smoke alarm off.

And here is the end result:

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We ended up buying Luxardo’s Maraschino Liquor a little while ago (It was on sale for $10) so I looked up what can be done with it. There is a drink called the Last Word that I want to try but I need some Green Chartreuse. So I decided to make this instead:

Georgetown Cocktail

I didn’t have orange bitters so I added a dash of triple sec.. and well it tasted like toilet bowl cleaner, or how I would imagine that would taste. I happened to have some coke in my beer fridge so I added that and it tamed it down but still tasted ehhh so I added some amaretto.

I think it safe to say I’m not cut out for strong drinks.

 

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