Here I am sitting in front of my computer and thinking how long it will take me to write my blog because I have to be somewhere else soon. Yep “time” can be an issue in our modern society. Everything… well almost everything is on a timetable and has to be planned; we get up at a specific time just so we won’t be late for work. We have to pick up the kids at a certain time so they don’t miss their scheduled lessons/sports. When we get home, there’s little time left to cook, clean and do other chores around the house. Later on when we finally take the time to relax and watch our favorite program on TV, even that is set on a rigid agenda. I can go on and on about it but I don’t have enough time to do it…
Last month, David and I moved to our new place. We were fortunate to have 4 weeks to do so. Although it wasn’t a race to move out and move in, our time was still limited. We did eat out quite a few times but we were missing our home cooked meals. One recipe I haven’t made for a long time was my Slow Cooker BBQ Sloppy Joes and it was the perfect solution for our lack of time…
After finding it buried in one of those boxes and dusting it off – I don’t understand why I don’t use it more often – the slow cooker was ready to be used. With very little preparation, everything was in it, the timer was on and we went on with our moving. After a long day of cleaning, fixing, hanging, planning, etc., a nice meal was waiting for us.
If you don’t have enough time at the end of the day to cook a nice meal, here’s the perfect recipe for you. Now if you’ll excuse me, I really have to run…
Another Thanksgiving that went relatively well! I wasn’t overly stressed, nothing got burned, all the dishes got ready at the same time and everyone had a great time. When my last guest left, I was tired but happy… it was another successful night at our place!
Each year I buy a big turkey so we can have a lot of leftovers. I’m sure many of you don’t want that – just a couple of dinners and that’s it! The reason why I want leftovers is to make more recipes with them. Everything is already cooked so reusing the ingredients for other dishes makes the task easier and faster. In a way, I’m like most of you – after reheating the leftovers for a couple of nights, I’m ready to have something else. There’s a recipe I have to make each time “the big bird” is on the menu and it’s my Turkey Pot Pie!
Turkey Pot Pie is a simple dish with so many flavors. The “I don’t want to eat turkey again for dinner” turns into a “yum… can I have more, please”! This delicious recipe has great fresh ingredients such as vegetables, spices and herbs cooked in a beautiful creamy sauce. This is one of those recipes that elevates turkey leftovers to a whole new level. It can also be frozen to enjoy later.
I really love this recipe and have no problem looking forward to leftovers just so I can enjoy this yummy dish again! Don’t be afraid of that humongous pile of turkey meat… there’s a flavorful solution to use it all up!
It’s another year and here’s another Canadian Thanksgiving and celebrations will take place this weekend with family and friends. Turkey is on the menu for most of us and all the goodies that come with it; mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing, Brussel sprouts and much more. One item that always figures on my Thanksgiving menu is squash! It is incredibly tasty and easy to make.
There are so many varieties to choose from when it comes to squash. Just to name a few, there’s butternut, zucchini, pumpkin, spaghetti and the one I like to use for my side dish on Thanksgiving dinner is acorn also known as pepper squash or Des Moines squash.
From the botanic standpoint, squash is technically a fruit but we like to treat it as a vegetable. Fruit or vegetable, this produce is very good. Its nutritional values have a pretty long list of health benefits such as vitamin A, C, E, B6 as well as minerals such as magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron and copper. Squash has important anti-inflammatory and antioxidant components and is a great immune system booster. Integrate squash more often into your diet by using them in salads, substitution for pasta, dessert and side dishes like this recipe in today’s video.
My Squash à la Canadienne is very easy to make and you can prep this side dish the day before or early in the morning. You can add some finely chopped bell peppers in it but David and I prefer it simple. This is a side dish that everyone will enjoy so be prepared to make a lot because it disappears fast!
Bon Appétit & Happy Thanksgiving!