One-Pot Meal: Courgette and Tomato Goulash

FILL THOSE HUNGRY BELLIES WITH THIS INEXPENSIVE ONE-POT MEAL.   It has been surprisingly cold and white (Yes that means snow) here in Manitoba,Canada the last couple of days. I think Mother Nature forgot to switch to Spring but that’s fine because it gives me more opportunity in the kitchen to create new recipes. Having said that it was time for me to make a pot of stick to your ribs goulash. Originally this was to be a soup recipe but I wanted it to be bulkier to fill everyone up easily. This is a great way to stretch a meal or to add any leftovers looming in your refrigerator that look like they could use some love.   What are Courgettes?   I knew you would ask! Don’t worry they aren’t something you have to source as they are found in every grocery store.   Photo Source: Rik Schuiling / TropCrop-TCS – Own work I love courgettes (a.k.a zucchini) and they generally go on sale quite often or you may find them on the reduced rack. Keep an eye out for green and yellow zucchini as most people tend to know more about the green then they do the […]

Cauliflower Cheese Soup with Italian Meatballs

HOMEMADE SOUP NEVER TASTED SO GOOD   Move over chicken noodle soup I have a cauliflower cheese soup that will hit the spot and it’s topped with Italian meatballs. Cauliflower is one of those vegetables that are underrated and most people use it for veggies and dip but you can make so many gorgeous recipes with cauliflower. Cauliflower heads resemble those in broccoli, which differs in having flower buds. Brassica oleracea also includes broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, and kale, though they are of different cultivar groups.- Wikipedia You can buy cauliflower that is white, orange, green or purple but you’ll pay more for the unusual coloured varieties. Cauliflower can be eaten raw, roasted, mashed, boiled, fried, steamed and baked and is low in carbohydrates which makes it perfect for low-carb diets such as the Atikins diet and is used as a substitute for potatoes and rice. I can hardly tell the difference when we make cheesy mashed cauliflower compared to mashed cheesy potatoes. Come October my soup radar starts going off especially as the nights get colder and we start to crave meals that are comforting. I happened to buy a massive cauliflower for $0.99 and needed something […]

Fire-Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Tomato and Fennel

40-MINUTES AND SOUP IS ON THE TABLE   I’ve always been a huge fan of roasted red peppers especially with hot homemade bread slathered with butter. I’m also a huge lover of soup so I thought why not combine the two with tomatoes and fennel to create this hearty Roasted Red Pepper soup with tomato and fennel. It’s after the snow starts to fall that we get into that ‘warm me up mode’ and have soup on the brain. My favourite soup is a bean-filled tomato minestrone but I also love simple broth soups or quick and easy soup like this roasted red pepper soup. Two summers ago we used to grow peppers in our back yard but we have since gotten away from growing vegetables in the garden for now because baby and renovations have taken too much of our time. Our garden is however filled with herbs which we love to grow especially basil to pair with all the fresh vegetables that our relatives with massive gardens give us. I also make fresh basil pesto cubes and freeze them for times like today when I’m making a pot of soup and I want to jazz up the flavour. […]

Hot ‘n’ Spicy Sausage and Bacon Tomato Soup

A BOWL OF SOUP FOR YOU   It’s that time of year again when you start to dream about soup the minute you walk out the door and your skin starts to freeze and you can see your breathe in the air. Here in Manitoba you know when you have arrived in Winnipeg and its rural areas when it snows from October right through until April. There’s no getting around the cold weather so we have to make the best of it. That means I’m in the kitchen working on new recipes for my family while they are out shovelling and making snow angels. This year has been pretty cold with temperatures reaching a cool and steady -31 with the windchill. I think we have had a few days with it being above seasonal then it snowed again and went back to the bone chilling temperatures again. Soup   It’s hard to forget about the cold so the only way to warm up besides turning on the fireplace or raising the indoor heating is me in the kitchen creating a hot soup for these cold winter nights. You can add just about anything to a pot of soup when you […]

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. […]

Roasted Pumpkin and Red Lentil Soup

Create Pumpkin Recipes As Easy as 1 2 3 …..   I hope you are ready for my Roasted pumpkin and Red Lentil Soup because I can guarantee you that if you make this budget-friendly recipe you will want to make it every year. Although I’m biased it’s one of the best pumpkin soup recipes that I’ve ever tried before.   Easy soup recipe   You carve your pumpkin for Halloween or have a few sitting on your front porch for decoration and then what do you do with it? Most people throw their pumpkin away and waste all the beautiful flesh inside when you can easily turn that pumpkin into some amazing pumpkin recipes keeping your pumpkin in the kitchen and out of the compost heap. I know many people that buy soup in a can or a box but making soup is a fairly painless process especially a fresh pumpkin soup that will be bursting with flavour. Take a look all over the internet and you will find an easy soup recipe just like this one that you can test in your kitchen. Once you get used to making soup you will see how creative you start to […]

Sweet potato kale soup

Quick Healthy Soup For Lunch Or Dinner Ever since my wife went on a low gi diet she’s wanted sweet potatoes so we’ve eaten loads of this vegetable any way we can get them although she has slowed down with them the last month of so. We’ve had mashed sweet potatoes and baked sweet potato fries which are out of this world sweet and I struggle to stop eating them. This year we grew Swiss chard in our garden and quickly fell in love with the taste that we have bought it numerous times since along with Kale and collard greens. If it were me I would have added in sausage to this recipe which you can easily do to switch it up and make a kale sausage sweet potato soup which would eat like a meal. This soup is packed full of nutrients and is light but perfect for a Fall afternoon lunch of part of a dinner service in the evening along with your main meal of the night. Best soup recipes As soon as the weather starts to get a bit chilly we start to crave hot bowls of soup and are always on a mission to […]

Mr.CBB’s Cheesy Ricotta Ball Soup

Cheesy Ricotta ball soup is one of our favourite go to recipes when we want something easy and filling. It’s so different that even your friends will think you are stepping it up a notch in the kitchen. We’ve actually been using ricotta quite a bit lately as it seems to fit into our weekly menu planning so well especially since we enjoy lighter meals. Homemade Ricotta It’s also been on sale at the shops $1.00 for a 300 g tub but you will pay more to get the freshest of the fresh ricotta which comes in big white pails. Alternatively you can make homemade ricotta yourself if you know how to. In the past few weeks I’ve managed to include ricotta in an Orange Ricotta Pound Cake and simply tossing ricotta with spinach and fettuccine for an easy week-night meal. How To Make Ricotta Ball Soup The best thing about this ricotta soup is not only the ease in making it but the versatility of the mixture and the fresh ingredients. It’s also very healthy and not heavy on the calories. The mixture is made the night before and chilled in the refrigerator. I then roll the mix into small balls (approx […]