Saturday, July 21, 2012

Zucchini Fries

Tonight we paired some zucchini fries with our turkey burgers.


Zucchini Fries

2 medium zucchini
2 eggs
1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs (or you can crush up croutons)

Preaheat oven to 425F

Slice zucchini into sticks. Beat eggs in a medium sized bowl. Put breadcrumbs in a shallow dish. Take each piece of zucchini, dip in egg, roll in bread crumbs and place on an ungreased cookie sheet in a single layer.

Bake for 13-15 minutes until cooked.. rotating the cookie sheet halfway through the time to ensure even cooking.

Serve with a dill dip.


These were a hit! EVERYONE devoured them (baby to adults). A great side dish for anything grilled. The dill dip really compliment the flavour of these.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Cherry Berry Ice Cream

It's been hot here, so I haven't been using the oven much, but have been making tasty COLD treats more often.

This is kinda a creation we made, since we had strawberries and cherries that needed to be used ASAP and I didn't want to bake or make jam.

You'll need a good blender for this recipe.. one that will completely blend up ice.


Cherry Berry Ice Cream

3 cups cherries and strawberries - frozen
1 cup cherry yogurt (I used Silhouette 0% M.F.)
1 cup heavy cream
2-3 cups ice
1 cup chopped cherries (for mixing after)

Cut and pit the cherries and strawberries the evening before, and leave them in a bowl in the freezer overnight.

Place frozen berries/cherries in the blender (Vitamix). Add yogurt and heavy cream, and blend til smooth. Start adding ice (and tamping), until mixture gets very thick and is not moving much (2.5 cups of ice for me).

Scrape into a container for storing in the freezer, fold in the 1 cup chopped cherries. You can serve now (as it'll be soft serve consistency), or if you let it set for a couple hours in the freezer, it will harden up a bit more.

*if you have a strong sweet tooth, add about 1/2 cup of sugar in the first mixing in the blender. It's naturally sweet from the fruit, and then the sugar substitutes in the yogurt, but it's not a strong sweet like ice cream normally is. I liked it at this sweetness.



Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Corn on the Cob Trick

I've always microwaved my corn on the cob. Leave a single layer of husk on (after pulling as many silk out as possible).

But this tip I picked up from Pinterest is SOOO MUCH EASIER!!!

All you have to do, it pop the corn (husks, silk, everything) straight in the microwave (4 minutes/ear... so we do 3 ears = 12 minutes).

When it's done.. take your oven glove, grab one.. slice off the bottom/stem to where you can see the corn starting. With your gloved hand, grab the top of the corn, and squeeze... the corn cob slides out easily with no husks and no silks, ready to eat!! No fighting with the stringy silks, perfect corn every time.

We've tried it twice this year, and it works like a charm. I cannot wait for Taber corn to be ready... deliciousness!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Almond Milk Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

This may have been an experiment, but it was pretty tasty!!

We were a little eager to have dessert, so we didn't let it set up the full time in the freezer (plus it was hot out), so please excuse the photo.


Almond Milk Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

1.5 cups of Almond Milk
2 ripe bananas
2-3 Tbsp of cocoa
2 Tbsp of sugar (this probably could be omitted, it was plenty sweet from the bananas and almond milk)

Heat up the almond milk with cocoa and sugar to get it all mixed together nicely (either microwave or stovetop). Don't make it hot, but just warm enough for the ingredients to blend nicely. Once it's mixed evenly, pour into a blender with the bananas, and blend til smooth.

Pour into your ice cream maker and run it for about 20 minutes. Pour in freezer safe bowl to set up for about an hour (or if you're like us, you'll pull it out after about 20 minutes, cause you just can't wait).

*in thinking now... if you cooled the whole thing after blending, in the fridge... it might set up enough to be ready to eat right from the ice cream maker.


This is super tasty. I will probably omit the sugar next time, but best way to test is to take a little spoonful taste test before pouring it in the ice cream maker.

You can tell from the picture it is quite soft, but if you leave it the full hour in the freezer, it should set up nicely.

I might also experiment with different flavours.. I love the nutty taste of the almond milk, plus it gives more dairy-free options.

I see a host of experiments coming from this one.... using both the ice cream maker (mine is an attachment for my KitchenAid Mixer), and using the Vitamix.

If you experiment with this recipe, let me know!! :) We started with chocolate.. since we're chocolate fiends... but I think I may give strawberry a go very soon!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Auntie Sharon's Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are a staple in our house. The go to cookie recipe! We call it Auntie Sharon's, because it was my aunt who gave us this recipe, once upon a time, and it's always been called that in our house. I'm not even sure she realizes that this recipe is such a favourite.

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Auntie Sharon's Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 cup shortening (I substitute margarine usually)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 beaten egg
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups oatmeal
1 1/4 cups chocolate chips

Combine shortening, sugars until smooth. Add egg and water, mix well.
Add all dry ingredients, except oatmeal and chocolate chips. Mix well.

Add oatmeal, and mix.

Add chocolate chips and mix until evenly distributed.

Drop onto greased cookie sheet by the tablespoonful.

Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes.


Enjoy with a cup of milk or hot cocoa, or alone. Watch out though.. it's hard to eat just one or two.

Hot Cocoa


It was a snowy day, in the middle of May, when I made this hot cocoa. I had just received my new Vitamix, and wanted to try a new recipe. Here is the recipe I used:

Hot Cocoa
3 ounces baking cocoa (approx. 3/4 cup)
1.5 cups water
1/3 cup sugar
4.5 cups milk

I put the ingredient in order in my Vitamix (you could just heat these ingredients in a pot on the stovetop, I just wanted to try the heating feature on my Vitamix). I turned it on, and let it go on high until it was steaming and hot.


This cocoa was delicious!! Not too sweet (but sweet enough for the 3 year old), rich chocolate flavour, and nice and frothy! It could easily be adapted to different flavourings too!

Paired in the photo with some of Auntie Sharon's Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

July Meal Plan

The chaos of June has passed and it's on to July.

This month is a little more low key, we should be able to start harvesting some food from the garden, and I am excited to try many new recipes.

1 - Away
2 - Pizza
3 - Hot Dogs, Sweet Potato Fries*
4 - Honey Garlic Sausage, Perogies, Salad
5 - Tortilla and Black Bean Pie*, Salad
6 - Meatloaf Muffins*, Potatoes, Veggies
7 - Beef Burgers, Salad
8 - Waffles, Fruit
9 - Chicken Teriyaki*, Rice, Veggies
10 - Mini Ham and Cheese Frittatas*, Veggies
11 - Coconut Curry*
12 - Breakfast Quesidillas
13 - Easy Piergi Casserole*, Salad
14 - Turkey Burgers, Zucchini Fries*
15 - Muffins, Fruit
16 - Broccoli Quinoa Casserole*, Salad
17 - Shepherd's Pie, Salad
18 - Chicken Enchilada Soup*, Buns
19 - Chicken Black Bean Quesidillas
20 - Honey Sesame Chicken*, Rice, Veggies
21 - Steak, Stuffed Potatos*, Veggies
22 - Frittata, fruit Salad
23 - Salsa Chicken*, Rice, Salad
24 - Tuna Macaroni, Veggies
25 - Dr Pepper Pulled Pork*, Potatoes, Salad
26 - Pork Wraps
27 - Homemade Pizza
28 - Cheesy Salsa Tuna Burgers*, Carrot Fries*
29 - Idaho Sunrise*
30 - Grilled Cheese, Soup
31 - Take out

* - new recipe... will try to blog them

For July:
Wed = Crockpot
Thurs = Quick Meals
Sat = BBQ nights