Now that the kids are back to school and the after school activities have started up again, weeknights are busier than ever. With a little planning and preparation, a delicious and quick dinner can make it to the table in 20 minutes - beginning to end.
Grab a bunch of kale and an inexpensive flank steak on your next trip to the market. Create a deliciously simple flank steak with kale pesto that everyone in your family will love.
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 garlic clove, minces
1/2 inch ginger, grated
1/4 tsp ground pepper
bunch of kale
2 garlic cloves
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup slivered almonds (or pine nuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, or nut of choice)
1/2 cup to 1 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Halloween is all about costumes and candy - lots of candy. Perhaps a bit too much candy? The candy struggle can be especially difficult when you have little ones. They want to get in on all the Halloween fun, but you might not want them to indulge in that much sugar. Here is the answer - Homemade Halloween cheesy crackers.
Kids love cheesy crackers - goldfish, bunnies and penguins. I've come up with a simple recipe for making your own crispy cheesy crackers that can be made into any shape you like. Grab the Halloween cookie cutters - we chose a bat and a black cat - and bake up a batch with the kids. These crackers puff up and have a deliciously deep cheese flavour. Kids will have fun dipping them in soup or eating them as a snack on their own.
Homemade Halloween cheesy crackers make a fun, healthy alternative to Halloween treats.
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
3-4 tbsp cold water
These crackers would make a great healthy addition to a school Halloween party, or package a few in a little bag and hand them out to trick-or-treaters. Store them in an air tight container and they should last 5-7 days. After a few days they might start to lose their crunch - but they are still delicious. What healthy Halloween treats do you kids like?
Watch out turkeys; we are heading into turkey eating seasos! It is time to brush off those basters and get roasting. The best part about making a huge roasted turkey for a big family gathering has got to be the leftovers. Do not throw those turkey leftovers away. Turkey leftovers are so versatile and can be stretched for many meals to come. Do you remember the episode of Friends (am I dating myself) when someone in the office ate Ross' turkey leftover sandwich and he lost his mind?! Turkey leftovers are gold.
Now, what to do with those bits of turkey meat you ask? Bring together all the flavours of the holidays in a delicious turkey pot pie. To make things a little bit easier we skipped the homemade pie crust and used a sheet of store bought puff pastry instead. The puff pastry give this traditional recipe a light, crispy and golden topping.
2 cups of cooked turkey meat, chopped
2 pieces of bacon, sliced into 1/4 inch pieces
2 cups potatoes, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
1 parsnip, chopped
1 garlic clove
2 cups chicken or turkey stock
2 tbsp all purpose flour and more for dusting
1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed
2 tsp chiffonaded sage
2 tsp chopped thyme
In the meantime, roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface. Mix 1 tsp of sage and 1 tsp of thyme into the flour. As you roll the puff pastry the herbs will be pressed in.
Scoop turkey filling into a deep dish pie plate, or a shallow baking dish.