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French Canadian Style Split Pea & Ham Soup: Easy Recipe

Whenever I have a leftover ham or ham left over, I love to make pea soup .

I am Canadian and perhaps that’s why I love the French Canadian style , as it’s what is common here.

This recipe is easy and very forgiving. A use what you have kinda thing.

If you can though , use a ham bone as it gives so much flavour.

French Canadian Style Split Pea Soup with Ham

Ingredients

1 large ham bone if you have it

4-6 cups broth veggie or chicken

2 cups dried yellow split peas

I medium sweet onion diced

2 medium carrots , diced

1/2 cup diced ham ( work with what you have . If you don’t have a ham bone use more diced ham )

1 clove garlic minced

1-2 cups water

In a deep pot sauté onion until almost soft Add garlic and carrots . Sauté until garlic is cooked.

.Add peas , hambone , ham, broth .

Cover the peas but go about 2 inches higher with liquid . Add 1-2 cups water Cover for 25 mins medium heat on burner .

Reduce heat to low simmer , half cover , stirring often until thick and peas have split and cooked, liquid reduced .

Takes awhile but it’s worth it. 2 -3 hours or do in crockpot on low 6 hours

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This is a great and filling meal for the cold nights coming. I have made it in the crockpot and stove top many times with success and the Crockpot version is great for busy nights .

Pair with some rolls and fresh bread or a grilled cheese and it’s dinner !

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Easy Meatball & Tomato Sauce Recipe

Today I realized I still had a large bowl of garden tomatoes to use up before they rotted. I don’t know about you, but I am sick of dealing with the garden’s summer bounty.

It was one more bowl tho so today I trudged on.

Today I’ve also included a recipe for super easy baked meatballs that you can make with ground beef or turkey , probably even chicken but I have never tried. They freeze wonderfully which is what I did with most of today’s meatballs.

Meatballs:

2 lbs ground beef ( use what you have )

2 eggs beaten

1 cup seasoned Italian bread crumbs

1/2 cup shredded cheese ( I used Cracker Barrel herb and garlic cheddar )

1/4 cup minced onion ( used sweet)

1 tsp garlic powder

Combine together. Form balls. Put on parchment paper on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 20-25 mins.

Tomato Sauce:

About 2-3 cups chopped and cored tomatoes

1/4 cup minced onion

3 cloves garlic chopped

3 tbsp tomato paste

2 tbsp oil

Sauté onion with oil until soft . Add garlic . Cook two mins . Add tomatoes

Simmer until tomatoes start to break down . Add the tomato paste.

Simmer low heat about an hour until tomato has cooked down and water is cooked out .

Hope you and your family enjoys these easy recipes as much as mine.

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Easy 1 Pot Chicken & Noodles : Recipe

Been awhile since I have been able to get a post up . Sometimes life and kids just get in the way . Even of the things we enjoy doing.

This recipe is perfect for those days where life gets in the way.

It’s a great dish for those days you get home from work late and want a quick but home cooked meal .

You could use egg noodles or different pasta shapes if you prefer but I think flat and wide is best . I think some peas would be a good addition as well.

Chicken & Noodles

Ingredients :

2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts ( I’m

Sure you could use thighs or something tho ) – I put mrs dash on them

1/2 onion diced

2 medium carrots diced

1 cup broth ( I used one of those concentrated knorr chicken broth things and added a cup of hot water )

1 1/2 cup milk ( I used homo because my kids drink it and I have on hand )

1 tsp thyme

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 package noodles broken in half . I don’t even know what mine are called but they look like lasagna noodle pieces . Egg noodles would work. Or fettuccine

Medium heat brown the chicken with some

Oil butter

Add the onions and carrots

When the onions are cooked , add the broth spices milk and noodles .

Cover and simmer for 10 mins

Uncover stir lower heat and cook until sauce has reduced and noodles are tender

Remove from heat . Let stand 5 mins

Enjoy

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Lemon Garlic Chicken

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Last night for dinner I made lemon garlic chicken.  I usually make Ashley’s version of this meal, but I decided I would try a version I found on Pinterest again.

This meal, while somewhat savory, was a slight bust.  Maybe I cooked it for too long, maybe I didn’t add enough spices, but whatever the case it wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for.  My husband loved it though.. my daughter only liked the rice and broccoli.

I don’t know if I will make this version again.  Somewhat of an epic fail.  I’m contemplating if I should post the recipe or not.

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Meal planning for three-ish

I used to meal plan.. but then having another kid and the first one going to school took over and I didn’t exactly have the time to sit and start thinking of meals for the week.  But now that I have two kids going to school full time, I can start meal planning again.

I used to meal plan and I would send my husband off with the grocery list for the week.  The problem with that is my husband doesn’t exactly buy the specific thing I ask for.  Like if I say buy the supreme frozen pizza, he will buy the pepperoni pizza.  Not to mention, when he goes grocery shopping, I have to wait for him to come home to start dinner for all of us and sometimes it’s not easy when you have one kid constantly asking you a question and the other kid is trying to push you out of the kitchen to play.

I decided I would start grocery shopping every week instead.  I mean, why not.. I will have the time to do so since the kids will be in school and I can meal plan as well.  Win win!

Last week my husband gave me $40 for the following week’s worth of food.  A little back story of my husband.  He is a very frugal man.  Well, I wouldn’t exactly say very anymore, but he is frugal.  We argued that $40 wasn’t enough for the week but I would make it work.

I managed to find four recipes this week and wrote down the stuff I would need.  The way I meal plan is I find meals I know my husband would like to eat and that doesn’t have a lot of ingredients that I would need to buy that  I know we have at home.

Next week’s meal is four meals plus three leftovers since there’s always leftovers.  I went shopping last week and I actually spent $40.17!  Score!

Today’s meal will be lemon garlic chicken.  I will be posting that recipe tomorrow so stay tuned!

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Easy Banana Bread: Recipe

Most weeks I end up with a few battered and rejected bananas from my husband’s lunch box or half bananas the children haven’t eaten.

More often than not a quick bread or muffins are my go to . This banana bread recipe is a great one to have at hand as it’s versatile and easy.

Use whatever fat you are comfortable with . I’ve had great results with both butter and coconut oil but surprisingly I prefer the coconut oil in this recipe.

Add in whatever fruit you need to get rid of . I’ve done banana and blueberry or even apple cinnamon instead of banana.

Banana bread

3 large bananas mashed

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg beaten

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup milk ( whole )

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

1/2 tbsp cinnamon

1 1/2 cup flour ( used tastes like white flour )

Combine egg , banana and vanilla, milk . Cream together sugar and oil in separate bowl.

Sift together flour , salt , baking soda and powder , cinnamon. Combine with remaining ingredients

Bake 350 25-30 mins .

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School has begun..

It is rather bittersweet that school has commenced three weeks ago.  I am happy to send my kids off, but at the same time I am a little sad.  I won’t lie, after the first day of school after I dropped them off, I came straight home and I went in my son’s room and I cried.

It’s sweet that they’re going to school because now I have the house to myself with my dog.  But I miss the chattering sounds.  It’s easier to get things done around the house but it’s still quiet.  I’m happy I’m finally catching up on my shows on my DVR and I am able to craft uninterrupted.

Another thing that has begun is football season.  We are huge football fans here.  It is going to be a great season.. even though our team will lose.

I am making something with chicken tonight.  Not sure what yet.

So, I do apologize for the lengthy delay in posting a blog but I will do better.  More recipes and pictures to follow soon.

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Monday Easy Meal: Roast Chicken & Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Easy Roast Chicken w/ Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

Such an easy and comforting meal that comes together pretty quickly. A great idea for weeknight dinners as the weather gets colder.

I started with a couple chicken pieces . Whatever you have is find . Some chopped onion , celery , garlic and some sprigs of fresh thyme from my herb garden.

In the oven it went with a splash of water at 350 for about an hour

While the chicken cooked , I peeled and scrubbed some potatoes and boiled them until they were soft when poked with a fork .

In a piece of aluminum foil I roasted some garlic with the chicken about 25 minutes .

Drained the potatoes and squeezed a couple cloves of the roasted garlic into the potatoes . Added some butter , whole milk , spoonful or two of cream cheese and salt and pepper .

Heaven !

When the chicken was done I made a quick gravy with a bit of broth and bisto and flour .

Easy and yummy dinner in about an hour with very little actual cooking !

Enjoy !

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Tortellini Pasta Salad: Easy Recipe

It's been awhile since I've had the chance to make a blog post . Life gets in the way sometimes .

I'm sure you all can relate so I thought I would post a quick and easy recipe that would make a great side for dinner or to take to your next BBQ.

Ingredients
1/2 package fresh cheese tortellini ( you could use frozen this was just what I had ), cooked and cooled
1 large tomato finely chopped
1/2 cup sweet onion chopped thinly
1 tbsp oregano
1 clove garlic minced
1/2 cup shredded cheese ( I used mozz )
Salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan on top

With a tbsp or 2 of olive oil cook down onions and tomato until tomato bursts add garlic .
Let it cool

Combine veggie mixture with pasta . Add a drizzle of olive oil if it looks dry
Add cheese and salt and pepper and mix
Top with Parmesan and chill until ready to serve .
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Such a great and easy dish for summer. My husband enjoys it so much he's having the leftovers as lunch today.

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Tri Tip Steak

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This is what I had for dinner the other night.  My husband smoked a tri-tip steak for dinner and it was so amazing.

I bought him a smoker for Father’s Day a few years ago and everything he makes in it turns out amazing!  I will never eat regular turkey the same way again.  Every year for Thanksgiving he smokes the turkey and I make all of the side dishes.

This tri tip steak is so amazing.  Here it is when we added the rub on it that we got at the butcher as well.

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I think he smoked it on the smoker for like thirty minutes per side.. but I could be mistaken.  But it turned out in absolute perfection!

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