Monday, July 21, 2008

Menu Planning Monday

Monday - leftover bbq mahi mahi, red potato salad and mixed veggies

Tuesday - bbq chicken, red potato salad, broccoli

Wednesday - eggs scrambled with spinach, fried potatoes, fruit

Thursday - spaghetti sauce with sausage in the crockpot, flax whole grain pasta, salad

Friday - leftover pasta, salad

Saturday - ??

Sunday - grilled chicken, grilled squash, potato packets on the grill

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Raisin Bran Muffins dairy free

* 3 cup bran flakes cereal with raisins
* 2 cup soymilk
* 2 egg
* 1/2 cup applesauce
* 1 tablespoon vanilla
* 1 cup all-purpose flour
* 1 cup whole wheat flour
* 1.5 tablespoons baking powder
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 cup honey
* ~1/4 cup flax meal
* big sprinkle of cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly grease 12 muffin cups.
2. Combine raisin bran cereal and soymilk. Let stand until mixture is moistened. Beat in egg and applesauce. Mix in flours, baking powder, flaxseed meal, cinnamon, salt and honey, stirring only until combined. Fill greased muffin pans.
3. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, until toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

Magic Cookies

Coming soon

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Turkey & Broccoli Curry Bake - dairy free

8 cups of par cooked broccoli
small cooked turkey breast roast

coming soon

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Menu Planning Monday (on Sunday)

Visit Organizing Junkie for more menus.

I am working on cooking from the pantry and freezer. We are buying the bare minimum and really try to stretch our budget this month. Thankfully our freezer was nicely stocked and my mom cleaned out her freezer in to ours recently!

chicken & bean enchiladas (sauce in the freezer, beans in the freezer, whole wheat tortillas, leftover grilled chicken) & broccoli-corn salad

Flax Whole Grain penne with sausage & meat sauce (make big pot)

blueberry & flax pancakes, eggs

Crockpot lasagna with spinach and leftover meat sauce, salad

soy marinated mahi mahi, steamed rice, garlicky pepper broccoli

pea & potato soup, salad, fresh bread

grilled chicken, foil pack potatoes, mixed vegetables

Treats & snacks:
oatmeal bars
miracle cookies (recipe coming)
fresh fruit popsicles

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

To Try - Bobotie


No self respecting South African housewife does not own (and treasure!) a favourite bobotie recipe.

* 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 2 onions, peeled and sliced
* 2 1/4 pounds good quality lean ground beef
* 1 thickish slice of white bread
* 1 cup milk
* 1 tablespoon medium curry powder (or hot for the hale and brave)
* 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
* 2 teaspoons salt
* freshly grated pepper (about a half teaspoon)
* 3/4 teaspoon turmeric
* 1 1/2 tablespoons malt vinegar
* 1/2 cup seedless raisins
* 2 tablespoons strong chutney
* 2 bay leaves (or fresh lemon leaves if available)
* 2 medium eggs


Preheat oven to 350°F.

Heat oil in medium sauté pan. Stir in onions. Cook over medium heat until transparent. Add ground beef. Cook until lightly browned and crumbly.

Soak bread in half the milk, squeeze out excess milk and mash with a fork - DON'T TOSS SQUEEZED OUT MILK! Pour it straight back into remaining milk. Set milk aside.

Add curry, sugar, salt, pepper, turmeric, vinegar, raisins, chutney to the beef mixture. Spoon the mixture into a greased baking dish, and place bay leaves on top.

Bake for 50-60 minutes in preheated 350°F oven.

Beat egg with remaining milk and pour over mixture approximately 25 - 30 minutes before end of baking time.

Serve with steamed rice (traditionally yellow!) and extra chutney.

Pure South African comfort food! Especially nice in winter, or cold with a salad in summer.

Serves: 6