Quick & Easy

IMMUNE BOOSTING SMOOTHIE

If you are looking to getting into a healthier lifestyle regime, this immune boosting smoothie is a great way to start. Believe it or not, this smoothie contains red cabbage, and you would never know it to taste it.  If you want to check out the many many health benefits of red cabbage, here is […]

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DAMN DELICIOUS YUM WITH BACON (AKA) SPAGHETTI SQUASH TOMATOES AND BACON

Okay...  There is a story behind this name and recipe.  I was texting with my sister the other day - she lives in Wild Rose Country, Alberta, Canada.  Yup as beautiful as those Wild Roses are, and they are a plenty, the miles are too far between us and I miss her. Thankfully, we do […]

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BRAISED CHICKEN AND RICE ONE POT MEAL

  This one pot braised chicken and rice came together very easily, and was packed full of flavor.  In terms of chicken, we used skinless boneless chicken breasts, but really any cut of chicken or thighs skinless or not can easily work here.  In terms of seasonings, you could go with Italian, Curry, or even […]

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LEFTOVER TACO BOWL

Each night I ask...what to cook tonight??  We had tacos the night before, with this recipe here.  There was about 1 cups worth of taco meat sauce left in the fridge.  With the high costs of groceries, well truthfully inflation overall everywhere, I refuse to throw away good food.  With a few pantry/fridge staples this […]

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AIR FRYER SPAGHETTI SQUASH

Air Fryer spaghetti squash could not get any easier.  We love to have spaghetti squash with Meatballs and Marinara sauce, or under a serving of chili.  Spaghetti squash is a nutritious and filling squash any way you decide to serve it. Cut the stem end off of the spaghetti squash, then place on cut end […]

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AIR FRYER ITALIAN SAUSAGES

A super quick easy method for Air Fryer Italian Sausages, and mighty tasty, plus dinner is ready in less than half an hour!   Preheat your Air Fryer at 365 degrees for 5 minutes.  No need to add any oil as they will brown up nicely cooking.  Cook for 23-25 minutes until the internal temperature […]

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AIR FRYER CHICKEN LEGS

Well, I am happy to say this chicken method might be the best yet!  We used chicken thighs/drumstick attached style of chicken with this simple dry rub - so just a method here.   Lightly drizzle Extra Virgin Olive oil onto the chicken and rub onto the chicken to coat well then add your dry rub.  […]

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OVEN ROASTED TURKEY SALAD AND TURKEY MELT

  Leftover oven roasted turkey is such a versatile delicious poultry.  And much much better than store bought when roasted in your own oven!  This salad would also be good with a Tblsp. of pesto for added flavor. 1 rounded cup of cubed leftover roast turkey breast 1 inch thick slice of peeled red pepper, […]

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ONE POT BEEF CURRY RICE VEGGIE BOWL

Another quick and easy dinner that came together in one pot - love the convenience and yet you can still serve a healthy hearty meal. 1 lb. Extra lean ground beef 3/4 cup well rinsed and drained Basmati rice 1/2 a large onion roughly chopped 1 large garlic clove, minced 2/3 cup roughly chopped and […]

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TUNA MACARONI AND CHEESE

Such an old school recipe but one that never gets old and it is mighty tasty too.  Any gluten free pasta style of macaroni or small pasta shape will work in this recipe.  A quick and easy lunch or dinner. 8 oz. Gluten Free Pasta Shells 1  184 gram canned chunky white tuna 1 1/4 […]

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BLACK BEAN CHILI & RICE AND BLACK BEAN CHILI WRAPS

With this easy dish we originally had the black bean chili over rice for dinner one nite.  Then the next day we turned it into a wrap style or quesadilla - even tastier!  The chili recipe with rice made plenty with leftovers to have wraps or quesadilla's for a few lunches - a quick easy […]

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LENTIL RAGOUT

This was a simple easy meal to make.  In this recipe I used canned lentils (which also freeze very nicely) and some extra vegetables in the fridge that needed using up.  An easy Vegetarian week nite meal. 2 Tblsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/2 of a large onion, diced 2 minced garlic cloves 1 medium […]

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BEEF TACOS AND A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE

Wow was this ever a walk down memory lane.  Years ago...too many to count, we had a drive-in restaurant.  You would literally pull into a spot under their covered roof, then your server would roller blade over to your window and take your order.  Yes on actual roller blades!  Now, while this was technically a […]

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CHEESE AND BEEF PASTA - ONE POT MEAL GLUTEN FREE

  This dish was inspired by a few different recipes, but mostly for comfort food made easy...and gluten free.  Here the pasta was Tinkyada Pasta shells - something I have not seen in a very long long time, so we scooped up a couple of packages as it really is a nice pasta for many […]

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OMELETTE - PIZZA STYLE & OTHER PIZZA STYLE FIXIN'S

Like most people, after almost a year of staying home and cooking each nite it has started to get boring. In looking at long forgotten recipes on this blog it was time to re-visit some of them which then created a whole new idea.   What originally happened as a happy accident, has now given […]

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ONE POT POTATO RICE VEGETABLE CURRY

Here we have another quick easy one pot meal.  Seem to be heading in that direction these days - along with anything curry! On that note, here is some info.  We used a Madras Curry Powder blend in this recipe which certainly carries a bit of heat.  If you like heat, then by all means […]

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MARINARA TOMATO SOUP - QUICK AND EASY

If you read my blog, you know I am a lover of all kinds of soups!  I could eat soup every day for sure.  This soup was so quick and easy, great for lunch or dinner served with grilled cheese, gluten free buns, or a simple salad.  When in a rush, or you don't feel […]

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ONE POT CHILI MAC AND CHEESE

What is not to love about Mac N Cheese?  Add in some extra lean ground beef, some tasty seasonings, and best of all....everything goes into 1 pot.  A quick and easy meal in one go.  With this dish, I used a 3 1/2 quart dutch oven so you will want something at least that size. […]

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SALMON POTATO CAKES

This is another salmon dish but had to share as it was such a super easy lunch/dinner to make, I can't believe not having made it before now.  Plus, it was tasty and very economical.  At some point during the week we always end up with leftover potatoes in the fridge - such a great […]

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CHICKEN SHNITZEL

For some reason we rarely ever see fresh Veal in our grocery stores, however, using chicken in this dish was wonderful.  This would also be lovely with boneless pork chops too. This was such a quick easy meal to prepare - great for those busy days.  Just steam up some veggies, potatoes, toss together a […]

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VEGETARIAN PAELLA

As mentioned in previous posts, I have been cooking Vegetarian meals about twice sometimes three times a week.  Recently, we found this at our local grocery store: No paid advertisement here....just wanting to share something yummy - a lovely basmati rice/quiona blend vegetarian meal. Next to dried pasta, this is the only thing in my […]

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THIRTY MINUTES OR LESS PASTA

This is the easiest, fastest, pasta dish I know how to make.  It is for those days when you have been busy all day, too tired to cook, and just need some quick comfort food.  It is also very versatile....add different fresh herbs - in the summer I use fresh tomatoes and fresh basil from […]

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CHICKEN AVOCADO SALAD

Having leftover cooked chicken in the fridge can be a godsend on busy days.  This salad makes such an easy delicious lunch, or dinner for that matter.  With fresh spring greens, ripe avocados and fresh lime juice - a perfect match of ingredients. 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken - cut into cubes 1 large avocado […]

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A SIMPLE SOUP

This was a simple soup we had, just using ingredients on hand. I love having fresh homemade Chicken Stock in the freezer....makes life so much easier.  From start to finish, 30-35 minutes cooking time?  I had put in a 12 hour day, was too tired to think much, and on those days, soup fits the […]

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PIZZA SLOPPY JOES

When we were kids (my brothers and sisters), we used to love eating Sloppy Joe's.  We always used leftover chili for this dinner - a quick, easy, tasty meal.  For these Sloppy Joe's I decided to make them pizza flavored - served on a gluten free bun.  I know there is a lot of cheese […]

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CREAMY CHICKEN TOMATO PASTA

This was super quick, easy and tasty.  This is one of those meals to make when you don't feel like cooking.  It does help to have some leftover roasted chicken, and SCD cream made  (I always make a big batch, some for sweet whipped cream, and some for savory dishes like this one).  I am […]

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CHICKEN GINGER VEGETABLE STIR FRY

This was such a quick and easy meal to put together.  It helps if you have leftover roasted chicken, and leftover cooked rice.  Why do I never have this kind of meal on hand when I have my busiest days??  I must keep reminding myself to plan ahead and get more organized.  Maybe one day […]

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LEFTOVER'S EASY FRITATTA

Another egg dish but without the pastry - fritatta.  Basically, this was just made with leftovers.  Thank the heavens I had leftovers - it has been crazy busy in my neck of the woods.  I can't believe Christmas is just around the corner! Even if you did not have these leftovers they could easily be […]

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CHEEZY HERB FRITTATA ON A CRISPY POTATO ZUCCHINI CRUST

Whenever we have busy work days, we always gravitate to quiche, frittata, soups, simple pastas - quick and easy.  We have now just had our 2nd zucchini from the garden - yeahhhh!  There is still lots of basil growing as well - a perfect combination.  And guess what?  We so scored!  Check this out: This […]

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REFRESHING PASTA SALAD

With warmer weather finally touching our shores, these past two weeks we have been using the BBQ more frequently and eating all kinds of salads. This was such a simple tasty pasta salad.   What makes this dish is the fresh herbs and the light lime dressing.  Then with the added black beans for protein, a […]

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BACON MUSHROOM CHEESE SCRAMBLE

This tasty breakfast is just down right fattening.  But once in a while…..I just need to indulge!  This post is not really about a recipe but more about the combo, and the way of layering this recipe that makes it stand out over regular bacon and egg breakfasts.  And I just had to share some […]

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GARLIC PRAWNS WITH PESTO PASTA

This was such a quick, simple delicious meal, great for when you have had a busy long day.  Plus, any leftovers would make a wonderful salad for lunch the next day. One dozen prawns, de-veined, peeled, tail off (I used frozen, that I thawed in the refrigerator) butter 1 sliced garlic clove Pasta: 2 cups […]

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MEATBALLS WITH CHEATER PASTA SAUCE /JAMIES FOOD REVOLUTION AND WISDOM FROM AND ELEVEN YEAR OLD

Hello?....Hello?.... run.... run for your lives!  Warning...read at your own peril. Cranky person in the kitchen today - Lord have mercy! There are three things I would like to share today. Okay, confession time. I am mad at myself, and this was my own *!#% fault!  This post is not about a recipe, but about […]

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A YUMMY HAM SALAD

Here is one more lunch salad we have had in doing the low carb, less grain meals.  So far, we have had A Refreshing Tuna Salad, A Delightful Salmon Salad, Chicken Curry Salad, Shrimp Asparagus Salad.  They were all yummy, and we have really been enjoying these lunches, which are all quick and easy to […]

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POACHED EGGS IN A BALSAMIC ROSEMARY TOMATO SAUCE

This was a recipe I came up with this morning - I was not even sure if it would work, but it did!  A yummy different way to have poached eggs.  This would also make a great lunch or dinner when you are too busy to cook a full meal.  And this recipe could easily […]

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A SIMPLE VEGETABLE BEEF SOUP

We are still doing our weekly homemade soup for cold winter nights.  But, dang!  We were all starving and before I remembered, we grabbed the bowls, and ladled in this soup before I could take a picture, so this is it. I could not believe my eyes, it was gone, all gone!  For a quick […]

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ROSEMARY PINTO BEAN HUMMUS AND A RECIPE INSPIRATION

I LOVE Hummus.  I have discovered though, my body is not happy when I eat garbonzo bean/chickpeas – just can’t do them.  So I thought why not try Pinto Beans?  Ohhh and was it good!  Served with fresh veggies, gluten free crackers, or even as a spread on gluten free bread – so healthy and […]

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REFRESHING TUNA SALAD

This is the second of a few posts - some days ago I did a post about wanting to eat less carbs - less bread, pasta, rice throughout the day.  Well, the first day was a disaster.  I got called into work at the last moment, and quickly threw together a sandwich for lunch, plus […]

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TAMARI CHIPOTLE ROASTED ALMONDS AND CHOCOLATE DIPPED PEANUT BUTTER BALLS

We love love Tamari roasted Almonds. These are a great snack anytime, but are also a nice treat around Christmas too. These will be part of the Christmas Foodie Goodies I have been putting together all week for our kids. There are tons of different recipes out there, lots of different seasonings you can choose […]

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MARINATED BACON WRAPPED PRAWNS

Oh my goodness.  Yes, oh my goodness. Bacon, marinade, prawns, what is not to love? Unless you do not like prawns, DH does not...I usually make these babies when I know my kids might be around for a visit, DH is happy with tortilla chips and salsa. So quick and easy too. These are fabulous […]

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RED THAI COCONUT CURRY PRAWNS

Wow.  Remember that cartoon character Speedy Gonzales?  Well I think he visited my kitchen last night. Seriously. Only this was a Thai influenced dish, not Mexican, but super yummy, and flavorful!  Any veggie would work here - broccoli, peppers, tomatoes, I was also going to include frozen peas, but forgot as this meal came together […]

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PRAWN SESAME STIR FRY

This meal was quick, easy, and healthy.  I always tend to gravitate towards some kind of seafood when DH is away and I am the only one to cook for. He and our son Jarrod have headed over to my favorite Gulf Island, where they will be playing music, and doing what they both love.  […]

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TWO QUICK, EASY MEALS IN ONE

Here is another quick easy meal, great for 1 or 2, that is fast and simple.  The next two days for me are busy!  So, in thinking ahead....what could we eat that was quick, tasty, and serve as two meals?  Chicken Pesto Pasta.  You don't even need a recipe for this one! (just make extra […]

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REFRESHING BERRY SMOOTHIE

Each summer I stock pile my freezer with berries…..strawberries, blueberries and blackberries.  They are wonderful to have for pies, crisps, cakes, coulis…and smoothies throughout the year.  And by using frozen berries in a smoothie - you do not need ice - so you end up with a more concentrated berry taste. There are no measurements […]

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COOKING FOR ONE, AND A FANTASTIC GARDENING BOOK!

Just look at that plate of goodness!  For those of you that are not shellfish lovers, just pretend they are not there and only look at the gorgeous organic veggies.  This was soooo good.  I think from start to finish, it took maybe 20 minutes?  And clean up was a snap.  My DH is away […]

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