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Devilled Sausages

Wow, I couldn’t believe it, this was my first recipe I have posted this year. Those that know my blog before Christmas, know I try to post at a recipe at least once a fortnight (every 2 weeks).

The weather is perfect for a casserole. One of my favorite casseroles, as a kid, was Devilled Sausages (using a sachet from Maggi, alas not available in the US). As far as I can tell this is a New Zealand/Australian recipe.  It is full of flavor, great with rice and mashed potatoes, and the kids like it too.  The recipe is below – enjoy!!

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Ingredients

4-6 Sausages (Pork), sliced
1 tsp oil
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 medium onion, sliced thinly
2 medium granny smith apples, sliced thinly
1 can tomatoes
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup strong brewed coffee
3-4 Tbsp Brown sugar
3-4 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
salt

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C).
  • Brown sausages in a fry pan until just cooked.
  • In a casserole dish place all the ingredients including the sausages. Mix the ingredients. Taste the sauce at this point and decide on the sugar + vinegar amounts (It will taste like a BBQ sauce).
  • Place in the oven, covered and cook for 30 mins.
  • Serve with rice or mashed potatoes (this is my favorite)

Autumn, A Fall Menu + Shepherd’s Pie

Autumn (or Fall) has definitely arrived here in North Carolina. After one windy night our deck is completely covered in leaves. I love the yellows, reds and browns at this time of year. IMG_0992

My favorite thing about the photo above is the splash of green against all those warm colors. I had to take a close up to capture the contrast.IMG_0995

It is the perfect time to pull out those winter recipes as the nights get colder. One of our family favorites, a recipe I grew up with, Shepherd’s Pie.

Ingredients (serves 4-6 people)

Tbsp Oil
1 onion, diced
250 g ground beef/ mince or 1/2 pound of ground beef (I use 96/4 ground beef)
2 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp Ketchup/ Tomato Sauce
3/4 Vegetable or Beef Stock
1 Tbsp Marmite (or worcestershire sauce)
1/2 cup sliced carrots
1/2 cup frozen peas
2 Potatoes, chopped, cooked
1 Tbsp butter
1/4 low-fat milk
1/2 cup grated cheese

Pre-Heat Oven to 375 degrees F (or 190 C).

In a sauce pan, heat oil. Add onion and cook until glassy. Add the ground beef and brown the meat. Once meat is brown, sprinkle 2 Tbsp over the top. Mix the flour into the meat sauce. Over medium heat, add the carrots, peas, ketchup, stock, and marmite (or worcestershire sauce). Stir until blended, turn heat to low. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Place the meat mixture in a baking dish. NOTE: I like my carrots a little crunchy, if you would like them soft – cook carrots or use chopped frozen carrots.

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After draining your cooked potatoes, add butter and milk. Mash potatoes, butter and milk to make smooth mashed potatoes. Spread the mashed potatoes over the meat mixture. Sprinkle the grated cheese over the potatoes. IMG_1001

Place the baking dish in the oven for 20 minutes. The cheese should start to brown. Remove the dish from the oven and let stand for 10 minutes.

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Serve with a side of vegetables (e.g. Broccoli or Cabbage).

Here is the rest of our dinner plan for the week on our $70 budget.

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER
Sunday Ham + Egg + Hash Brown  Asparagus + Mushroom Spaghetti (GF)
Monday Oatmeal + Banana + Soy Milk  Shepherd’s Pie
Tuesday Oatmeal + Banana +
Almond Butter + Soy Milk
 Split Pea and Ham Soup (Slow Cooked)
Wednesday Toast + Banana + Peanut Butter  Beef Curry + Cauliflower + Brown Rice
Thursday Pumpkin Bread  Vegetable Frittata
Friday Oatmeal + Dried Fruit  Take Out

Slow Cooked Pot Roast + Menu Plan {10.21.2013}

So,  I have found a little cheat for making a slow cooked pot roast….using Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces. I loved the Tavern Style Pot Roast, and have the Korean BBQ flavor in the cupboard for next week.Slow Cooked Pot Roast

All you need is to place a piece of Chuck Roast, Campbell’s sauce, carrots, onions, and mushrooms. Turn on the slow cooker on low for 8 hours. Serve with potato’s and a vegetable side like broccoli. This will provide you with at least 4 servings and some meat leftovers for sandwiches.Pot Roast + Vegetables

Here is our meal plan for this week:

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER
Sunday Soft boiled egg Chicken & Spinach Indian Curry + Rice
Monday Pumpkin Bread Spinach, Mushroom, Ham Omlette
Tuesday Oatmeal + Banana Macaroni Cheese with Broccoli
Wednesday Toast + Banana + Peanut Butter Lentil + Kale soup
Thursday Pumpkin Bread Chicken Corden Bleu (light) + Broccoli + Potatoes
Friday Oatmeal + Dried Fruit Slow Cooked Beef Stew + Bread

Meal Plan {16.09.2013} + Bacon & Egg Pie

One of my favorite pies is Bacon & Egg Pie, as such I am reposting the recipe, as it is on the menu this week.

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1 sheet Pillsbury Pie Crust
5 eggs (lightly beaten)
1/2 onion (diced)
4 slices Canadian bacon (diced)
salt and pepper
1/4 cup frozen peas (optional)
1/2 cup grated cheese

  1. Preheat oven at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)
  2. Unroll the sheet of pie crust, cut out the 4 circles – you may need to re-roll edges to get the 4th one. Place each into the pie dish.
  3. Place the chopped onion,  bacon and frozen pies on the bottom of each pie crust.
  4. Add the egg mixture, salt and pepper over the top to cover the filling (~3/4 fill). I stir the ingredients slightly.
  5. Sprinkle the cheese on the top
  6. Place in the oven for 30 mins or until the egg is cooked through
  7. Take them out of the oven and let stand and cool for 5 -10 mins
  8. Serve with either ketchup or a tasty tomato relish (my preference ;-) )

NOTE: The egg will rise to look like a mountain – don’t worry as when it cools it will deflate slightly.

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DAY BREAKFAST DINNER
Saturday Fresh Bread (from La Farm local french bakery) Out for dinner
Sunday Toast + Banana+ Peanut Butter Soup
Monday Raisin Toast Toasted Sandwiches
Tuesday Berry Spirulina Smoothie Meatball + Spinach Pasta Bake
Wednesday Oatmeal + Banana + Walnuts Beef Tips + Salad
Thursday Berry + Spirulina Smoothie Chicken Stir Fry + Brown Rice
Friday Oatmeal + Dried Fruit Bacon + Egg Pie

Meal Plan {29.06.2013} + Carrot Raisin Salad

This week has been a little difficult – in total over 4 days, I have spent 24 hours in the airport due to cancelled flights to and from New York. Very tedious. Good news is, I got two rows of hexagons almost completed.

In desperate need of vegetables (airports are not the best for healthy food)…Today we are having coleslaw and Carrot raisin salad. The cabbages and carrots came from our garden.

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Ingredients (modified from Rachel Ray’s Food Network recipe)

  • 8-10 Carrots grated
  • 1 Tbsp Poppy Seeds
  • 1 lemon’s juice
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup raisin
  • 1/2 cup golden raisin
  • pinch salt

Toss all ingredients in a bowl with hands. Chill for 30 minutes or longer. Serve.

For the rest of the week this is what we have planned.

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER
Saturday Granola + Fruit Beef tips + Coleslaw + Carrot Raisin Salad
Sunday Bircher Muesli Moroccan Lamb + Cheese Cauliflower Bake + Wheat Berries
Monday English Muffin + Banana + Almond Butter Broccoli+ Cherry Tomato Fettuccine
Tuesday Bircher Muesli Thai Green Curry + Brown Rice
Wednesday English Muffin + Banana + Almond Butter zPizza
Thursday Bircher Muesli Ham + Baked Potatoes + Grilled Vegetable Stack
Friday Berry + Banana + Spirulina Smoothie Toasted Sandwiches + Homemade Fries

Most of our vegetables this week are from the garden, which made it a very short list for the week.

GROCERY LIST (NEW STOCK) IN THE CUPBOARD/FRIDGE
  • Soy Milk (TJ)
  • Lamb Shanks (BJ)
  • Beef Tips (Meat House)
  • Ham (LF)
  • Eggplant (TJ)
  • Bread (TT)
  • Fruit for snack (TJ)
  • Gluten Free Pasta (TT)
  • Brown Rice (TJ)
  • Oats (BJ)
  • Sultanas (TT)
  • Wheat Berries (WF)
  • Cabbage (our garden)
  • Broccoli (our garden)
  • Carrots (our garden)
  • Cauliflower (our garden)
  • Tomatoes (TJ)
  • Apples (TJ)
  • Potatoes (TJ)
  • Onions (TJ)
  • Eggs (TJ)
  • Cheese (TT)
  • Chicken (BJ)
  • Thai Green Curry (TT)
  • English Muffins (TT)
  • Frozen Banana /Berries (TJ)

NOTE: We shop majority at Trader Joe’s (TJ), Target (TT) with an occasional visit to Whole foods (WF), BJ’s , Harris Teeters (HT), Lowes Food (LF) and Fresh Market (FM).
NOTE: We do not typically use coupons mainly due to time.

Now on to a short week – yippee!!

Meal Plan {22.06.2013} + Veggie Harvest

A Whoop Whoop for our garden this week. The cauliflower, carrots and a cabbage were ready for harvesting. I don’t know why but I feel “winter” vegetables need so much more washing. I did learn a good trick though, fill a bowl up of water and a tsp of salt and stick the recently harvested vegetables in the solution….all the bugs come out and die.

Here are some photos of the harvested vegetables…..Carrots, Cabbage, Cauliflower respectively.

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The cauliflower may be a little mature based on the edges but we are going to give it a try anyway and add it to our indian chicken dish tonight.

UPDATE: The cauliflower tasted great with the Indian chicken dish.

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That brings us to the meal plan for the week. I am out of town this week Mon–> Thu so the boys are fending for themselves.

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER
Saturday Bread + Marmite Indian with Chicken + Cauliflower + Bell Pepper
Sunday Bircher Muesli Date Night!!
Monday ?Depends on Hotel Spaghetti Bolognese
Tuesday ?Depends on Hotel Slow Cooked Beef Daube + Egg Noodles + Cabbage
Wednesday ?Depends on Hotel Hot Dogs
Thursday ?Depends on Hotel Alfredo Sauce + Tortellini
Friday Berry + Banana + Spirulina Smoothie Chicken “Fried” Rice

Meal Plan {01.06.2013} + Recap of week

Today, makes exactly 7 days until my 40th birthday (boy time flies doesn’t it). We are spending next weekend in New York, to celebrate – I am so excited. I promise to post photos when we return – especially so I can share my experience of Lotta Jansdotter’s printing workshop (I may even post a give away – so keep an eye out).

Back to reality…. some of the random things I thought I would share this week.

I took an extra day off for Memorial day to have a 4 day weekend….I spent the morning at my favorite German bakery….I started with the sweets and coffee and enjoyed the relaxing time sitting on the outdoor patio 🙂

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We pulled up our first carrot from our vegetable garden today. My son gobbled it up with a little ranch dressing on the side. He did say that “the carrots from our garden were much better than the ones from the supermarket” 🙂

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Lastly, tonight, we tried a new vegetarian sauce with all real ingredient’s (which you add meat to it) from Campbell’s. It is call “Skillet Sauces” and you just brown your selection of meat and add the sauce. I was very surprised with the result, after 10-15 minutes cooking…dinner was served; it was full of flavor with a kick and tasted great !!!

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Target had 5 flavors you could choose from, if you want something quick I would recommend it. The only thing I would do different next time is add one of the Cauliflowers from our garden (when they are ready that is).

Anyway, here is our meal plan this week:

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER
Saturday Fresh Fruit + Bread with Marmite Trimmed Boneless Pork Loins + Rice + Campbell’s Skillet Sauce
Sunday Rhubarb+Apples Compote + Granola+yoghurt Grilled Fish + Vegetables
Monday English Muffin + Banana + Almond Butter Asparagus + Mushroom Pasta
Tuesday Bircher Muesli Chicken “Fried” Rice (Brown Rice)
Wednesday Rhubarb+Apples Compote + Granola+yoghurt Homemade Vegetable Burgers
Thursday Bircher Muesli Vegetable Frittata 
Friday Berry + Banana + Spirulina Smoothie ? Will be in the airport or New York depending on timing.

We are usually spending ~$70 a week for our meals. Here is this weeks shopping list:

GROCERY LIST (NEW STOCK) IN THE CUPBOARD/FRIDGE
  • Watermelon (TJ)
  • Cherries (TJ)
  • Bell Pepper (TJ)
  • Asparagus (TJ)
  • Onions (TJ)
  • Eggs (TJ)
  • Soy Milk (TJ)
  • Frozen Corn (TJ)
  • Fish (FM)
  • Soy Yoghurt (WF)
  • Gluten Free Pasta (TT)
  • Brown Rice (TJ)
  • Oats (BJ)
  • Sultanas (TT)
  • Rhubarb (LF)
  • Zucchini (TJ)
  • Lettuce (TJ)
  • Tomatoes (TJ)
  • Granny Smith Apples (LF)
  • Mushrooms (TJ)
  • English Muffins (LF)
  • Cereal (BJ)
  • Chicken (BJ)
  • Grated Cheese (TT)
  • Pork (TT)

NOTE: We shop majority at Trader Joe’s (TJ), Target (TT) with an occasional visit to Whole foods (WF), BJ’s , Harris Teeters (HT), Lowes Food (LF) and Fresh Market (FM).
NOTE: We do not typically use coupons mainly due to time.