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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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Pot Roast : Recipe

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You know, I absolutely love using my crockpot for meals when my day is busy and chaotic.  It is my favorite cooking tool in my kitchen and in the summers I use it most often since I don’t use my oven.  Something about dumping everything in the crockpot and setting it and then walking away is simply gratifying.  I love having someone else, or something else, cook for me.

I stole this recipe from Pinterest.  She makes this simple pot roast that I made for the first time yesterday.  My husband has been begging me since March to make him pot roast for dinner.  I have never made it before so I was hesitant.  But I finally gave it a go and he gave this recipe a 10!  Here’s the recipe.

Easy Pot Roast

Ingredients:

3 lbs. chuck roast

5 potatoes, cut into chunks

1 onion, cut into chunks

4 carrots, cut into chunks

2 cups of beef stock

2 cups of water

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning

1/4 tsp. real salt (I added more for more flavor)

1/4 tsp. pepper

Directions:

Cut up the potatoes, onions, and carrots in chunks.  Add roast in the bottom of the crockpot and then add the vegetables.  Add the seasonings on top of everything.  Pour the beef stock on top and make sure your roast is covered.  If the beef stock doesn’t cover up your roast, add water until it is covered.  Cover the lid and cook on high for five hours or on low for ten hours.  You’ll know when it’s done when you stick your fork in and it just slides off.

Enjoy!

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