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How are you all?  Have you been enjoying spring?  Such wild weather it has been…  I have many more supper recipes to share with you.  To remind you again how this website works: I put a link to the recipe in the name of each meal (the orange type).  And then I tell you a bit about why I chose the meal, how I prepared it differently from the instructions, or a way to make the meal healthier!  Let’s go!….

Spinach and Apple Salad from the Curvy Carrot is a good meal to take to a potluck or a group dinner.  In this salad, the candied almond are the winning ingredient.  So yummy – don’t leave them out!  If you are preparing this in advanced, make sure to put some lemon juice on the apple slices (before adding to the salad) to prevent browning.

Sriracha marinara and meatballs from Everyday Food is a delicious new take on spaghetti.  It’s a wonderfully spicy meal that uses the beloved sriracha sauce.  The meatballs are lower in fat since they are made from lean pork.  It does take a bit more time to make and broil your own meatballs, however if you make enough you will have leftovers!  Two meals for the work of one!  I found the recipe to make about 20 meatballs.  Also, if you make sure to thaw the frozen chopped spinach ahead of time, the prep time will be quicker!

We also enjoyed Taco burgers with cucumber salad from Everyday Food.  It’s quite surprising how different burgers taste when chili powder is added to the beef.  What a nice take on a regular dish.  Serve with some pickled banana peppers, mayo and lettuce (and of course a whole wheat bun!).  Mmmm!

Crustless broccoli and cheddar quiche from Everyday Food is one of my favorite quick vegetarian suppers.  If you serve this with a salad and whole grain crusty bread, you have made a complete meal.  The recipe suggests making individual portions, however I like to prepare it in a pie dish.  The frozen broccoli is such a timesaver.  Yes the recipe has a longer cook time, however you can do something else when it’s baking in the oven!

Creamy pesto chicken with roasted tomatoes from BBC Good Food is another spring favorite of ours.  Instead of mascarpone cheese I used cream cheese (potato, potaaato).   I also use regular breadcrumbs, and Pam or other cooking spray to coat the chicken.  The oven temperature of 200C is about 400F.  Pine nuts are ridiculously expensive right now (due to the ongoing shortage of pine nuts), however you can avoid them in this recipe and the taste will still be great!  This supper is soooo good!

What have you been cooking lately??  Have you tried anything new for supper lately?




Hello again!

It’s been 2 weeks since my last post (sorry!) and there have been lots of delicious dinners, just not enough time to write about them!  Hope you’ve been making some of the other recipes that I have shared!  Here’s what we’ve been cooking and eating lately:

Tortellini and Spinach Bake in Creamy Lemon Sauce from Our Best Bites was a great meal when entertaining!  It does require some extra time, so this is likely a weekend supper meal.  If you’ve ever made your own cream sauce, you know that it will take some whisking power – but don’t be discouraged!  Perhaps having a second helper in the kitchen would be of benefit if you’re still perfecting your cooking skills with this recipe.  Another tip for success would be to prepare the bacon on a baking sheet in the oven.  Line bacon up on tinfoil, bake for ~20 minutes at 400F.  This way you can attend to the other ingredients, and the bacon will do it’s own thing.

Everyday Food’s Slow cooker beef and tomato stew was an easy comfort meal.  I loved the strong tomato flavour of this take on a beef stew.  We served this over brown rice, but you could also use quinoa!  Make extras of your starch, and this will give you warm and cozy lunch leftovers for a few days.

On Shrove (Pancake) Tuesday we were able to have breakfast for dinnner!  I love breakfast, and don’t often get to post about it, on this blog that focuses on supper!  For this annual pancake Tuesday, I made a new recipe: Lemon cottage cheese pancakes with strawberries from Two Peas and their Pod.  They were so wonderful!  I loved that the addition of cottage cheese provided us with enough protein so that we didn’t need any other  typical high fat breakfast meat on the side!  The lemon flavour was just enough to taste, but not overpowering.  Making pancakes from scratch doesn’t take much longer than those boxed versions, and it’s way healthier!  Give it a try!!

Southwestern stuffed peppers from Real Simple gave us a taste of the south on a dreary day!  This supper takes a little more time, but most of it is spent baking in the oven.  The prep time is similar to other supper recipes.  Just get going on this as soon as you get home from work, and you won’t notice the longer delay for supper!  The flavours of cumin, green chiles, and corn with the greek yogurt and salsa was top notch!

On one of the warmer nights that we’ve had, I took advantage of the BBQ and grilled some steak.  On the side we had roasted  baby potatoes, and roasted beets with orange and thyme from Everyday Food.  I love beets!!  These were so easy, and helped to add some kick to our vegetable selection for supper.  Beets are rich in wonderful antioxidants!

Tonight our supper plans include Slow cooker bean and spinach enchiladas from Real Simple.  I seem to have found a lot of good recipes in Real Simple magazine this month!!  Crockpots or slow cookers may not be the most trendy of kitchen tools, but they sure do help if you want to save time in the evenings!  And I love finding new exciting slow cooker recipes that are a tad more modern.  Frozen spinach is another easy and nutritious way to add vegetables to many suppers!

Happy Cooking!  Enjoy your suppers this week!  Do you have any new favorites, courtesy of the Supper Club?