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. […]

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