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lentil soup

budget friendly lentil soupThe other day it was chilly outside (read: freezing!) and Mr. S wanted to know what was for dinner.  After spending 20 years together, there are some things we do in unison without ever thinking about it.  We both said at the same time we wanted soup for dinner.  A bag of lentils in the pantry along with Italian plum tomatoes and a need to use the Parmesan rind all screamed soup.   Lentil soup is an easy meal to make and their meaty texture will leave one feeling quite satiated. Continue Reading →

Roasted Vegetables & Sausage

 vegetable sausage roastLooking for a Sunday-style roast but without the fuss?  As much as I adore a Sunday roast, it’s an all day thing or close to it.  Sure, you can leave the roast in the oven and putter around the house or go out for a quick lunch, but realistically, you need to be nearby to make sure all is going well.  And, perhaps that’s the whole purpose of a Sunday roast – to keep everyone at home.  It lends for more family time; chatting while the dinner is in prep mode.  For me, though, my kids are too far away for them to pop over for the afternoon.  Unless we have our friends over, it’s just the two of us so a chunk of meat has to be given careful consideration to make sure there’s no waste.  Continue Reading →

Yaki Udon

Yaki UdonDeciding on what to make for dinner, day in and day out, can sometimes seem monotonous.  Even for a foodie like me, I get stuck from time to time and lose the desire.  The other day, as I looked into the pantry to see what would jump out – I stood there for what seemed eternity.  I just couldn’t get into the mood to cook.  Continue Reading →

Chicken Shawarma -easy to make

chicken shawarmaThis chicken shawarma dish isn’t as time consuming as the real MacCoy.  A traditional shawarma, originating in southern Turkey, is cooked with stacked, spice-marinated lamb on an upright spit. The shawarma turns and cooks on the spit for hours, basting in its own juices. When ready to eat, the meat is shaved off the stack with a large, sharp knife.  The word shawarma refers to rotation or turning.  Typically, shawarma is eaten as a fast food, rolled into a pita bread together with vegetables and a garlicky dressing.  Continue Reading →

Roasted Haddock and Bacon

roasted haddock & baconI really try to incorporate fish into our diet (read: lay off the meat for a while).  Sometimes that can be a challenge for me as my childhood memories of fish and tiny bones play havoc with my mind.  I can’t tell you how many times I choked on fish bones!  Yuck!  The only way I’ll eat fish is if it’s been filleted and even then I’m checking to make sure none were left behind.  Haddock is a family favorite and is perfect in this recipe.  I like to buy my fish from our local fishmonger, Afishionado.  Continue Reading →

Crab Pasta with Lemon

budget friendly crab pastaPasta is one of my go-to dishes when I am either pressed for time or not in the mood to cook. There are oodles of dried pasta varieties available, including a good selection of gluten-free, making it a versatile staple most cooks have in their cupboards.  I had a package of cooked imitation crab meat which kept staring me in the face each time I opened the freezer drawer.  I kept thinking I’ll make something with it…someday.  Crab pasta is a cinch to make and you can whip it up in the time it takes to cook the pasta.  Continue Reading →