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Homemade Perogies

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My girlfriend Lise and I had been all talk and no walk for months when we kept saying we wanted to make homemade cabbage rolls and perogies. Both recipes were easy, however they were both monotonous and time-consuming so we knew it would only be fun if we did it together. So finally one night we Continue reading


Vegetarian Pad Thai

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Happy Tuesday everyone! I would have posted this recipe last night but the thunderstorm knocked out our power. I don’t know what it is about a power outage that excites me but it gets me every time. Maybe it’s a combination of having to temporarily resort back to a Amish lifestyle or the fact that storms are a rare occurrence where we live (when they do happen, they usually last all of 10 minutes.) My hubby and I were organizing our filing cabinet and all of a sudden we found ourselves in the dark…… not what you’re thinking. Continue reading


Healthy Beef Stroganoff

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I hope you are all having a great week! One more work day and it’s the long weekend!! I really hope the sun continues to shine so we can head out for at least one day of camping! Nothing is more relaxing to me then a weekend spent lounging by a lake with a good book. No traffic, no driving, no errands, no cleaning, just the sounds of nature and fresh air. There’s something about getting out of the city that seems to bring me back to a more relaxed, humble and happy state of mind. Less to do, no stress and some good ol’ fashioned camping food. Speaking of old-fashioned meals, this beef dish is a typical meat and potatoes kind of meal… Continue reading


Warm Pasta Salad with Shrimp

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Happy Saturday!! Oh how my Saturday’s have changed. It’s interesting how your life changes when you don’t drink anymore. By no means did I really drink much before, but our usual Friday or Saturday nights would consist of a restaurant patio, a glass of wine and appies. But with an alcohol-free lifestyle now, in combination with our home renovations starting up again, we are too beat by the end of the night to want to go out. So we’ve traded in the overpriced drink menus and greasy appies for our own patio, a cold beverage and some homemade grub. And I gotta admit, I don’t miss going out one bit. I’m more than excited to take my bike out for a ride tonight followed by some relaxing on our patio. I’m starting a new trend I think…. Girls gone Mild.

So if your staying in for the night as well and want a tasty and easy dinner, this pasta salad is a must! Continue reading


Chicken Sausage Salad with Lentils and Green Apple

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I hope everyone had a great weekend! I must say that between sun tanning, reading and yoga I had a very relaxing weekend, but who is ever ready to go back to work?! But the sun has been shining non stop and it’s been HOT so I’m happy where ever I am.

This recipe was another good page ripper from the gym but I have no idea what magazine it was out of. I altered a few things and I served it atop a large bed of fresh spinach kudos’ to my garden! I’ve been throwing those leafy greens in everything lately and I feel great. For all the great benefits of adding spinach to your diet, check out this linkThis salad is nothing like any other salad I’ve tried. It has a very distinctive taste and I loved it! Not to mention all the nutrients and vitamins especially from the lentils. To read all the great benefits of these tiny little beans, check out this link. I will definitely be making this salad again. It’s super filling and between the beans, veggies, fruit and lean protein I am sold on this full meal deal salad! Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup French lentils
  • 2 cloves garlic, lightly smashed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp kosher salt plus pinch
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 3 Tbsp plus 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp plus 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • Black pepper
  • 4 low-fat chicken sausages
  • 1 bunch watercress, coarse stems removed
  • 1 small Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced thinly

Directions

1. Bring the water to a boil. Add the lentils, garlic, bay leaf and salt to the boiling water and simmer (partially covered) for 15 minutes. Stir, cover and cook until lentils are tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl; discard garlic and bay leaf.

2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, toss 2 tablespoons of the diced onion with 2 teaspoons each of the vinegar and oil. Season with a pinch of salt and set aside.

3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining onion and the carrot and celery to skillet. Saute the vegetables about 6 to 8 minutes. Add vegetables to lentils; toss with 3 tablespoons vinegar, 2 teaspoons oil and the mustard. Season with salt and the black pepper to taste.

4. In skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. Add the sausages and cook, turning, until browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and slice on the diagonal.

5. Add the watercress and apple to the dressed red onion and toss well. To serve, make a bed of lentils on each plate. Top with watercress-apple salad and sausage.

If you have a complete set of salad bowls and they all say Kool Whip on the  side, you might be a redneck. ~ Jeff Foxworthy


Spicy Peanut Soba with Chicken

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Okay so is it just me or did the alarm clock come way to quick for some of you?! I gotta admit…. I’m a big time snoozer in the morning. I hit that darn button at least 4 times, and logically speaking…. it’s probably the worst sleep pattern you can get into. You’re better off to set the alarm for the correct time you wish to get up and actually get continuous sleep until then. But no…. for some reason I’d rather set my alarm earlier than necessary, sleep in pathetic 5 minute increments for half an hour and be jolted awake not once but multiple times by that nagging alarm sound. It’s nonsense I know, but somehow it’s my way of being defiant to my alarm as if to say “you think you’re gonna wake me up now….NOPE. I’m going back to sleep.” This is a habit I am trying to break. But none the less it’s Monday afternoon and I made it through the day.

I thought I’d share this recipe that I tried last week. Continue reading


Kale and Vegetable Soup

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For those of you that work a regular Monday to Friday schedule…. it’s officially half way through the week and only a couple of days till the weekend! This week I have been feeling extra domesticated in the kitchen. I have been on a creative spree and have managed to try a new recipe every night for the past five days and so far each one has been successful! My cooking creativity was partially inspired by a boredom of dinner ideas and partially because I’m paying closer attention to the quality of food I take in. This soup is a combination of several different soup recipes that I felt should all be united into one slow cooker. Continue reading


Indian Coconut Curry Chicken

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The past week or so, I have been getting my house/routine back in order after reno’s, spring cleaning, yard work, crafting (new diy’s to come!) and just the transition from being back from vacation. So with all the organization and order comes more time for cooking quality meals. I have been determined to try at least two new recipes a week to expand my personal recipe collection. So this week was ethnic dishes. Continue reading