Creamy Beet Crunch

BEETS ARE FULL OF FLAVOUR   We often joke about making a casserole on the Canadian Budget Binder Facebook page and in some ways today’s recipe is just that and we’re using delicious beets. The best part about beets is that this time of year you can buy them at the grocery store for a great price. If you fancy growing your own beets there are many varieties that you can consider. Beets can be grown as your standard red or deep purple colour or even a golden-yellow or white beet. The varieties of beets differ around the world but some of the most popular beets are “Albino, Early Wonder, Red Ace and Ruby Queen just to name a few.   Beets 101   We love beets in our family any way we can get them but the tough part is coming up with beet recipes that provide variety for my family. When using beets be warned that you will need to wear gloves because the red colour from the beets will soak into your skin. It takes a bit of scrubbing but eventually will come out. You just don’t want to have red fingers when you go to work […]

Herbed sliced baked potatoes

CRISPY POTATOES FULL OF FLAVOUR   I love potatoes and if you’ve tried my twice-baked potatoes loaded with delicious flavours you must try these herbed sliced baked potatoes. These sliced baked potatoes make the perfect vegetarian or meatless side-dish to any meal. In the Don household I have been busy getting the kids back to school stuff sorted and ready for my family. I know it’s early but this is when all the great sales are on and I can bulk buy for the next year or so. Yes, I said year! Who wants to miss out on getting books and crayons for 25c and 10c a pack? We are also busy painting the deck which we have put off for the last year. We finally decided that if it’s not done now we will need to replace the deck at a much heftier cost to our budget. After looking around we decided on one from Home Depot which was on sale and had a rebate on it. Bonus!   Herbed sliced baked potatoes   The best part of the herbed sliced baked potatoes is the time it takes to prepare them. Being a mom I don’t always have lots […]

Meatless Stuffed Parsleyed Onions

SPICE UP YOUR DINNER TABLE AND GET STUFFED With the holidays around the corner and party invitations on the rise these meatless stuffed parsleyed onions are a perfect side dish or appetizer. If you are going to a potluck or need to bring a dish to a gathering this may be the talk of the table so gather up the simple ingredients and get cooking! The great thing about these stuffed onions is that they are unique as you don’t see them often on the menu so it will be a lovely treat for your guests. So as part of our girlie night that I talked about last week with you we were asked to bring two dishes along with us, a sweet one which was my Lemon Citrus Syrup Yoghurt Cake and a savory dish which I chose meatless stuffed parsleyed onions. When us ladies have gotten together before we have been left to our own devices and brought more than two dishes and then had more than we could eat so this time we put a limit on what we could bring to combat so many leftovers and potential food waste. Deciding what to take was between a […]

The best seasoned crispy sweet potato fries

  BAKED AND CRISPY LIKE FRENCH FRIES   Sweet potato fries are more than just a healthy alternative to the traditional potato french fry. These orange fleshed beauties are packed with nutrients and won’t give you that heavy full feeling that you get with a white or yellow fleshed potato. When my wife started on her low gi diet she introduced the sweet potato into her meals rather than a bog standard potato. All we read about was how the sweet potato was a “super food” in the nutritional world or the bees knees of root vegetables. Now if you asked me a few months ago if I would have eaten her fried sweet potato fries I would have instantly told you no way. I was not a fan of the sweet potato or yam as they both seem the same to me and I’m still not today unless they are baked sweet potato fries in the oven. I’ve been toying with this sweet potato fry recipe for a while now trying to get it just right. I think I have finally mastered the sweet potato and know how to bake a sweet potato so I can actually enjoy them. […]

Baked Loaded Cauliflower Pizza

  Cauliflower Just Got A Whole Lot Better If you are in the mood for an easy pizza recipe or if you aren’t good at making pizza dough than this is the pizza for you. I know you are thinking cauliflower pizza sounds disgusting but trust me it’s far from what you think.The best part is that you don’t need any flour and it’s not going to cost you lots of money to make this frugal pizza in a flash. When I am on Facebook, particularly my Canadian Budget Binder and The Free Recipe Depot pages I see recipes in  my news feed all the time and many of my fans like and share recipes as well. The other day one of my fans and I can’t remember who mentioned or liked this cauliflower pizza recipe and I knew I just had to make it. I thought it was a brilliant idea since we had a great big bowl of cauliflower mash in the refrigerator that my wife and I made the previous day instead of mashed potatoes. Her sister came around with a head of cauliflower that they weren’t going to use up on time and asked if we […]

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