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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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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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Chicken Fritters : Recipe

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I am beyond obsessed with these chicken fritters!  I wish I could take full credit for these deliciousness, but I found this recipe on Facebook that Ashley posted.  It is from Natasha’s Kitchen and if you go there, you’ll see a video of how she made this little piece of heaven.  Here is the recipe for it.

Chicken Fritters

Ingredients:

  • 3 large (or 1½ lbs) chicken breasts
  • 2 large eggs
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour (or cornstarch or potato starch for gluten free)
  • 4 oz (or 1⅓ cups shredded) mozzarella cheese
  • 1½ Tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • ½ tsp salt and ⅛ tsp black pepper, or to taste
  • Extra light olive oil, or any high heat cooking oil

Garlic Aioli Dip:

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  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • ½ Tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp black pepper

Directions:

Using a sharp knife, dice chicken into ⅓” thick pieces and place them in a large mixing bowl. Tip: If chicken breast is partially frozen, it will be a little bit easier to slice.  Into the mixing bowl, add remaining batter ingredients: 2 eggs, ⅓ cup mayonnaise, ⅓ cup flour, 1⅓ cups shredded mozzarella, 1½ Tbsp dill, ½ tsp salt and ⅛ tsp black pepper, or season to taste.

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Stir the mixture until well combined, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.  Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat and add 2 Tbsp oil. When oil is hot, add the chicken mixture a heaping Tablespoon at a time.

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I used a trigger release ice cream scoop for even portioning). Slightly flatten out the tops with the back of your spoon and sauté uncovered 3-4 minutes on the first side, then flip and saute 3 minutes on the second side or until outsides are golden brown and chicken is fully cooked through.*  To make the aioli (if using), combine all ingredients in a small bowl or measuring cup and stir together until smooth.

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Hope you enjoy this as much as my family did!

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Breaded Parmesan Chicken Pasta

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I love a good breaded chicken, but my absolute favorite is when I make my parmesan breaded chicken.  I decided to add a little twist to it by adding some spiral noodles as well.  My husband loved this meal!  It is a winner!

I just added bread crumbs, egg wash, and flour on some chicken breasts and then cooked it in some butter.  I also seasoned the chicken with salt and pepper.  In a separate pot, I cooked some pasta to go with it.  It’s somewhat simple to make but I don’t like all the dishes I use to make it.  After I finished the plating, I added some parmesan cheese shavings and some parsley on top and called it a day.

Sometimes the simpliest recipes are the best meals.

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