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Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

With Summer upon us, grilling (or BBQ) season is starting. One of our favorite recipes is this stuffed portobello recipe, which we have already tried out ūüôā

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Ingredients (original recipe source: Weight Watchers)

3 Portobello Mushrooms
1/4 cup Goat cheese or feta cheese crumbed (I use soft)
Bunch of fresh Spinach
Tbsp of fresh basil
1 Tbsp Spring onions (scallions)
2 Tbsp Bread crumbs
2 Tbsp Chicken stock
1 tsp olive oil
Pinch of salt
Pinch of fresh cracked pepper

  • Finely chop the mushroom stems. Combine the chopped stems, the spinach, cheese, bread crumbs, scallion, chicken stock, basil, oil, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl.
  • With a small spoon, stuff each mushroom cap with the spinach mixture; place in a single layer in a 9 x 13-inch grill platter.
  • Drizzle with 1-2 Tbsp water around the mushrooms in the pan. Grill for 15-20 minutes on the Grill element.
  • Bake until the cheese is melted and the filling is hot. Serve at once.

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Mother’s day gift + Meal Plan {12.05.2013}

When living in Germany, my too favorite dishes were broth fondue and raclette, both were introduced to me by my husbands Grandmother.

Now in the US, I found a replacement for the Fondue….a restaurant called “The Melting Pot”. This is my favorite restaurant, which is my choice whenever I get to pick the spot for those special occasions.

Look what I got for Mother’s day…it is a Raclette set!!! For those who don’t know what a Raclette set is, it¬†involves an electric table-top grill with small pans, known as¬†coupelles, to heat slices of cheese with miscellaneous vegetables.

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Ingredients

  • Boiled Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Bell peppers
  • Onion
  • Cheese
  • Ham or Chicken

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In the coupelles layer the potato, ham (or chicken), and cheese. Place the tray under the grill tray so the elements add as a grill. Leave for ~ 5 mins.IMG_7283

Top with grilled onion, bell peppers and fresh cracked pepper. Use the scraper and scrap the ingredients onto a plate and serve.

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This was dinner last night and boy it was great!! I love both fondue and raclette for the same reasons…both a very social activities as you have to cook your own food and secondly, you eat slower.

Onto our meal plan this week….

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER EXERCISE
Saturday Egg+Ham Sandwich Raclette 20 mins HIT
Sunday Strawberry + Banana Crepes Grill + Spinach Salad 20 mins HIT
Monday Bircher Muesli BBQ Chicken + Stuffed mushrooms + Broccoli
Tuesday English Muffin + Banana + Almond Butter Omlette  Walk
Wednesday Bircher Muesli Z-Pizza 20 mins. HIT
Thursday English Muffin + Marmite Spaghetti + Asparagus + Mushrooms
Friday Berry + Banana + Spirulina Smoothie Toasted Sandwiches 20 mins. HIT

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

GROCERY LIST (NEW STOCK) IN THE CUPBOARD/FRIDGE
  • Asparagus (TJ)
  • Rhubarb (LF)
  • Granny Smith Apples (LF)
  • Bananas (LF)
  • Potato (TJ)
  • Tomatoes (TJ)
  • English Muffins (LF)
  • Soy Milk (TJ)
  • Juice (TJ, TT)
  • Spinach (from the garden)
  • Broccoli (from the garden)
  • Potatoes (TJ)
  • Bell Pepers (TJ)
  • Mushrooms (TJ)
  • Tomatoes (TJ)
  • Onions (TJ)
  • Grated Cheese (TT)
  • Eggs (TJ)
  • Gluten Free Pasta (TT)
  • Oats (BJ)
  • Chicken (BJ))
  • Sultanas (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.
NOTE: Items indicated by * are specials for the week we took advantage of.

Meal Plan {27.04.2013}

The hubby is healing well, from the broken humorous he sustained last week. It looks like we will be taking it easy for several weeks, as it could be 8-12 weeks before he has full use of his arm back. It will definitely, still be in the sling and requiring care, while in New York the beginning of June. The rest of the week went well and we are getting use to a new schedule, with only having one fully functional adult.

A few things I have found out during this challenging week:

  • I hate doing dishes, this is definitely up there as a #1 thing
  • I was pleasantly amazed at how much the hubby helped out with the day to day things like dishes, playing with our son while I sew, swimming lessons and most importantly picking our son up so we can both work full days. I sure miss at the moment ¬†ūüôā
  • I am really happy with these pre-planned, pre-cooked meals, that I can do on the weekend to help during the week. This week Cuban beans and rice, Potato Quiche, and the meatball pasta bake were made ahead of time. I will be pre-preparing the lunches for the hubby so he can eat during the day when I am not around.
  • My son is very helpful and caring. He also does amazingly entertaining himself in the backyard.

In keeping with making things simpler this week, here’s the meal plan.

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER EXERCISE
Saturday  French Bakery goods Chipotle salad bowl
Sunday Canadian bacon + poached egg Meatball and Spinach Pasta Bake (GF) 20 mins HIT
Monday Date loaf Grilled Fish + Corn + Spinach Salad
Tuesday Granola + Fruit + Soy Yoghurt Stir fry + Brown rice  Walk
Wednesday Berry + Banana  Smoothie Zpizza (Pizza with whole wheat crust and organic ingredients) 20 mins. HIT
Thursday Granola + Fruit + Soy Yoghurt Self-crusting potato quiche
Friday Berry + Banana + Spirulina Smoothie Cuban Beans and Rice 20 mins. HIT

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

GROCERY LIST (NEW STOCK) IN THE CUPBOARD/FRIDGE
  • Onions (TJ)
  • Strawberries (TJ)
  • Apples (TJ)
  • Bell Peppers(TJ)
  • Potato (TJ)
  • Tomatoes (TJ)
  • Garlic (TJ)
  • Dates (TT)
  • Prunes (TT)
  • Soy Yoghurt (WF)
  • Soy Milk (TJ)
  • Juice (TJ, TT)
  • Fish (FM)
  • Ground Beef (TJ)
  • Brown Rice (TJ)
  • Vegetable Stock (TT)
  • Corn tortilla (TT)
  • Spinach (from the garden)
  • Broccoli (from the garden)
  • Butter (TJ)
  • Flour/ WW and GF (TT)
  • Gluten Free Pasta (TT)
  • Granola (TT or BJ)
  • Oats (BJ)
  • Frozen Peas + Corn (TJ)
  • Sultanas (TT)
  • Stir Fry Sauce (TT)
  • Pasta sauce (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.
NOTE: Items indicated by * are specials for the week we took advantage of.

Drama + Meal Plan {20.04.2013}

Our week ended with a little drama. I got a call on Friday around 2pm from my husband’s doctor. He informed me my husband, who played soccer in a recreational league at work over lunch, was in so much pain he could not be examined….I must come at once to pick him up and take him to the emergency room. After x-rays, he has broken his right humorous bone right at the top under the shoulder socket.

So the question I have to ask (yes probably rhetorical)…why do 40 year old males continue playing contact sports even though they know it takes at least twice as long to heal when they get hurt??¬†I ask this only since, it has been less than a month since my husband had recovered from a shoulder injury.

So Sean (my son) and I, are more or less left to our own devices this week, with the hubby incapacitated. I plan to keep our meal plan simple this week, here’s the plan.

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER EXERCISE
Saturday Split pea and ham soup
Sunday Canadian bacon + poached egg Vegetable pasta bake (GF) 20 mins HIT
Monday Bircher Muesli Fish + chips (homemade)
Tuesday Granola + Fruit + Soy Yoghurt Stir fry + Brown rice
Wednesday Bircher Muesli Zpizza (Pizza with whole wheat crust and organic ingredients) 20 mins. HIT
Thursday Granola + Fruit + Soy Yoghurt Meatball pasta bake (GF)
Friday Berry + Banana + Spirulina Smoothie Spinach salad 20 mins. HIT

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

GROCERY LIST (NEW STOCK) IN THE CUPBOARD/FRIDGE
  • Corn tortilla (TT)
  • Gluten Free Pasta (TT)
  • Pasta sauce (TT)
  • Baked beans (TT)
  • Dates (TT)
  • Prunes (TT)
  • Bananas (TJ)
  • Soy Milk (TJ)
  • Juice (TJ, TT)
  • Brown Rice (TJ)
  • Vegetable Stock (TT)
  • Onions (TJ)
  • Spinach (from the garden)
  • Broccoli (from the garden)
  • Bell Peppers(TJ)
  • Garlic (TT)
  • Apples (TJ)
  • Butter (TJ)
  • Flour/ WW and GF (TT)
  • Granola (TT or BJ)
  • Oats (BJ)
  • Frozen Peas + Corn (TJ)
  • Sultanas (TT)
  • Stir Fry Sauce (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.
NOTE: Items indicated by * are specials for the week we took advantage of.

Outdoor art pieces + Meal plan {08.04.2013}

IMG_0690This week was kind of quiet, so not much to recap. I do have some photos to share though, of the first amazing Spring weekend we have had.  We went to our favorite cafe РGuglhupf  ( a german bakery), where they have added a couple of cool outdoor art pieces to their collection.

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This is our plan for week 13:

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER EXERCISE
Sunday Strawberry+ Banana crepes Leftovers
Monday Bircher Muesli Creamy Vegetable Shepherds Pie (Hopefully 4th time the charm)  20 mins. HIT
Tuesday Berry + Banana + Spirulina Smoothie Vegetable Biryani (adding broccoli and left over vegetables from Sunday) 3-4 Mile Walk
Wednesday Bircher Muesli Zpizza (Pizza with whole wheat crust and organic ingredients) 20 mins. HIT
Thursday Granola + Fruit + Soy Yoghurt Vegetable Pasta Bake
Friday Granola + Fruit + Soy Yoghurt Vegetarian Burgers + Salad 20 mins. HIT

We are spending $70 a week only, for our meals, by providing a shopping list. So, here was this weeks grocery list:

GROCERY LIST (NEW STOCK) IN THE CUPBOARD/FRID
  • Grapes (TJ)
  • Bananas (TJ)
  • Broccoli (TJ)
  • Bell Peppers(TJ)
  • Lettuce (TJ)
  • Tomatoes (TJ)
  • Cucumber (TJ)
  • Butter (TJ)
  • Soy Milk (TJ)
  • Eggs (TJ)
  • Ground Beef 96/4 (TJ)
  • Juice (TJ, TT)
  • Split Peas (TT)
  • Dates (TT)
  • Sultanas (TT)
  • Brown Rice (TJ)
  • Gluten Free Pasta (TT)
  • Vegetable Stock (TT)
  • Onions (TJ)
  • Potatoes (TJ)
  • Butter (TJ)
  • Flour/ WW and GF (TT)
  • Granola (TT or BJ)
  • Oats (BJ)
  • Marinara Sauce (BJ or TT)
  • Frozen Peas + Corn (TJ)
  • Vegetable Patties (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.
NOTE: Items indicated by * are specials for the week we took advantage of.

Hope everyone has a good week. I would love to see what you are doing for meal planning or trying to balance your life – leave a link to your post in the comments below ūüôā

Slow-cooked split pea and ham soup

My husband’s favorite soup I make is split pea and ham soup. A funny thing happened ¬†last week – my hairdresser and a close friend all started to rave about how they love split pea and ham soup. Next thing I know, I am making a batch of split pea and ham soup, and decided to try it in a slow-cooker. I got rave reviews and the other great thing it cost me $4 and it serves at least 8 people!!

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Ingredients

  • 1 bag of split peas (dried green peas ~450 g)
  • 2 Ham hocks (bacon hocks)
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • ~1-2 litres of water

Place all ingredients in the slow-cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours. The meat should be falling of the bone, take out the meat and bones. Pull the meat off the bones, shred and put back in the soup and stir. Throw the bones away. Place into containers and either store in the fridge and or the freezer.

When you reheat the soup, you may need to add water, also season with salt and pepper to your taste preference.

Week recap and Meal Plan (week 11)

We are repeating the meal plan from last week, as we¬†ate mostly soup this past week. Why you might ask instead of the wonderful plan we posted…..well, Monday at breakfast, hubby’s middle back tooth broke and on Thursday had it extracted, ready for an implant in 6 months time. He is doing fine, thankfully.

So, here are the meals (once again) we are trying this week:

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER EXERCISE
Saturday Egg + Fruit ^Split Pea and Ham Soup (slow-cooker)
Sunday Oatmeal + Banana + Almond Butter + Soy Milk Creamy Vegetable Shepherds Pie 3-4 Mile Walk
Monday Granola + Fruit + Soy Yoghurt Eggplant, herb and feta patties + Salad
Tuesday Berry + Banana + Spirulina Smoothie Stir Fried Curry Brown Rice + Cashews *
Wednesday Oatmeal + Banana and Almond butter Tomato, Onion + Goat Cheese Tart (Gluten free crust) + Salad (replacing zPizza this week)  3-4 Mile Walk
Thursday Granola + Fruit + Soy Yoghurt Gluten-free Spaghetti + Broccoli, herbs + hazelnuts crumbs
Friday Berry + Banana + Spirulina Smoothie Vegetable Biryani *  3-4 Mile Walk

* Some ingredients will be pre-made/pre-cooked, for example a batch of brown rice

Now, hopefully my car is ok…..the engine light came on so, I am taking it to the mechanic this week. I am thinking I just need a new petrol (gas) cap as it keeps loosening. But who knows ūüėČ

Stay tuned…Next week, I plan to start including a grocery list, we are keeping on track to spending ~$70-$80 a week on groceries.