Saturday, November 18, 2017

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

White chicken chili, doesn't that sound good on a cold winter's night? This is a good recipe for a potluck or your Friday night bookclub. I like the slow cooker method because I can put it all together in the morning, set it on low and have dinner ready at six with very little extra prep. In this version, I've added some cooked squash and leftover mashed potatoes as a thickener. Add some cornbread and a salad and you have a meal.

Here's a money-saving tip: instead of canned beans, I buy and prepare a pound of dry beans ahead of time. If you cook them in a heavy pot over a low flame with lots of water for a few hours, then drain the beans and pack them into ziplock bags you can get the equivalent of 3 (15oz) cans. Freeze what you don't need for the next time.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Winter is a time for warming soups. Broccoli-cheese is a classic combination and with this recipe it can be ready in half an hour. The addition of spinach gives it a nice green color. If you are avoiding dairy, you can skip the cheese, sour cream and butter. Just add extra mashed potatoes to thicken the soup.

Serve hot with crusty bread and brie or baked sweet potatoes.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Cilantro-Mint Chutney

In taking down my herb garden, I had a lot of mint. My husband brought home tons of cilantro from the Farmer's Market and my son requested lamb chops for his birthday dinner. These coincidences nudged me toward searching out a recipe for mint chutney. Though it is called mint chutney by many, it relies heavily on cilantro. This easy recipe will make you a convert. And, yes, it pairs well with lamb chops. You can also add a dollop to your chicken chili.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Easy Oreo Ice Cream Cake

Blizzard Oreo ice cream cake--that's what my son wanted for his birthday party. But the one I ordered and sent my husband to pick up was not available because the Dairy Queen location had closed. Apparently they'd forgotten to tell Dairy Queen and Google because they were still listed as open on both. And their website still sent me confirmation of my cake order!

Never fear! This simple recipe saved the day. We had fun putting it together too. Watch the jazzy video tutorial; it makes it look as easy as pie. The next time I make this, my son asked that I leave off the whipped cream and just add the crushed oreos to the chocolate layer.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Gluten-free Carrot Cake Muffins

For a quick breakfast on the run, it's nice to have these moist tasty muffins full of high energy ingredients. Hint: if you call them Carrot Cake muffins instead of Healthy Carrot muffins, kids will eat them too. It's all in the name. 

Serve with whipped cream cheese or butter and a mug of hot tea.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Quinoa Breakfast Porridge

A hearty breakfast porridge that will keep you going until lunch. I've never thought about quinoa for breakfast, but it's at least as good an option as buckwheat groats. It cooks quickly and serves at least three. Note that stored leftovers will get thicker, so serve with extra milk or yogurt.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Spicy Green Tomato Chutney

When you live in Minnesota, your tomato crop is always at risk of being wiped out by frost before most of them ripen. This past week they predicted several nights of hard frost, so I decided it was time to pick all the firm green tomatoes, both cherry and full size, and do something with them. Since I'm on a chutney jag at the moment, that's what I made. A little spicy from the ginger, but delicious served with pork.