Quick Italian Wedding Soup

wedding-soupI love Italian wedding soup. I especially love it when it takes almost no time to make and can be prepped for later. I made two of these and froze them for later in the week.

In this version, I used a spicy sausage. Sausage is a lot easier to make than tiny meatballs, and I like the little extra kick, but you can use whatever type of sausage you like.

Goes really well with a soft bread roll. Continue reading “Quick Italian Wedding Soup”

Quick Biscuits

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I made these as a breakfast biscuit, but this recipe is so versatile it can be used for a lunch soup accompaniment or supper side dish.

In this version, I added a diced jalapeno because my other half is a little weird that way, but if you’d rather add 1/4 cup of grated cheddar or 2 Tbsps of dried herbs, feel free to customize.

Goes well with a slice of cheese and a good jolt of caffeine.  😉 Continue reading “Quick Biscuits”

Soft Bread Rolls

bunsI make these last Christmas and they were so good I had to make them again. I think I’m getting spoiled for homemade bread.

One of the comments I got over and over (besides “yum”, and “omg this is good”) was “how did you get them so perfectly shaped?” That part is super easy – you just need a kitchen scale to measure out even amounts of dough and two equal sized pans.

This recipe makes delicate, light, soft dinner rolls which freeze really well. If you’d rather have hamburger buns, all you have to do is shape them a little differently at the end. You could even do a mix of rolls & buns; one 9×13 inch pan could be used to make 18 dinner rolls leaving the other half of the dough for 18 hamburger buns on large cookie sheets. Continue reading “Soft Bread Rolls”

Mini Apple Cinnamon Muffins

muffinsLosing a lot of weight is a real motivator for my other half. He’s seen the changes I’ve made and can now see the results, so he wants to make changes too. One of his particular quirks is that he usually doesn’t eat breakfast and when he does, it’s a horrible take-out type thing that isn’t exactly diet-friendly.

I usually have oatmeal for breakfast, but that’s too much of a change for him right now. He needs a grab-n-go, no-thought breakfast that can be varied enough to keep it interesting. I need to not spend a lot of time on this, because I have a life too. 😉

The solution last week was mini muffins. Each one is two bites (which is interesting), they freeze well (which saves time and keeps them fresh), and the fruit can be swapped out to accommodate any flavour combination (which keeps it varied).

To make mini-muffins, you need a mini-muffin pan, preferably a non-stick one. If you don’t have one and want to make regular muffins, this recipe can be used for that too. Continue reading “Mini Apple Cinnamon Muffins”

Quick Gnocchi

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I tried gnocchi for the first time last week.  It’s really easy to make, but from a diet perspective, it’s a side dish or meal addition, not a meal in itself.  🙂

I decided to make a few “meal additions” for future slow cooker meals, but I didn’t want to spend forever making them that perfect round and ridged shape. (aaand I don’t have that ridged tool-thing)

The basic recipe is pretty standard – mashed potatoes, flour and egg.  Kinda like pasta with potato in it, so it’s easy to mush together.  You can also add almost anything to them – dried herbs, Parmesan cheese, whatever you like.  I decided to roll them in breadcrumbs and dry fry them.  This kept them from sticking together and added a little more texture. Continue reading “Quick Gnocchi”

Frozen Make-Ahead Rice

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Cooked, bagged and ready for freezing

Did you know you can cook rice and freeze it for later?

1 cup of uncooked rice makes 3 cups of cooked rice.  To use from frozen, just microwave to reheat.

It’s perfect for those days when:

  • you have no time;
  • company is unexpected;
  • you completely forgot about side dishes and/or
  • life is just happening faster than usual.

Makes 6 servings Continue reading “Frozen Make-Ahead Rice”

Recovering from Vacations

Vacations are wonderful, and I had a great time, but it always seems to take a while to recover from them. Aren’t they supposed to help you recover from the drudgery of the everyday rat race though?  There’s a paradox around there somewhere…

Any-ways… It’s taken me about a week to get back into the swing of things. Having run down everything in the fridge before I left, and not having enough time beforehand to keep my stock of freezer meals full, there was almost no food in the house when we got back. Generally a good thing because I hate wasting it, but it meant I was starting from scratch.

Sooo, I did a lot of cooking last weekend. The list includes:

  • roasted chicken stock (great for punching the flavour up in pretty much everything)
  • gnocchi
  • mini apple cinnamon muffins
  • frozen rice
  • soft bread rolls
  • roasted butternut squash / lentil / gnocchi slow cooker
  • spicy Italian wedding soup – sorta

That’ll make things easier this week while I get back into the swing of going to the gym after work! 🙂