Chilled Carrot-Orange Soup

We had this and the Gruyere Mushrooms Tarts as a light and complete meal. The soup was delicious and comes from Presidents Choice recipes. Their recipe also called for a Charred Corn Salsa which we didn’t have but I will include recipe in this post.

Ingredients for the soup

  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil (I used Canola oil)
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 4 carrots peeled and grated
  • 1 tbsp. grated fresh ginger root
  • 2 cups of chicken stock (for a complete vegetarian meal you could substitute Vegetable stock)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for the salsa

  • 1 tsp. of olive oil
  • 1 cob of corn shucked
  • 2 tbsp. coriander freshly chopped

Directions for the soup

  1. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion and carrots and cook stirring for 10 to 12 minutes.
  3. Add ginger and cook stirring for 1 minute
  4. Pour in stock and bring to a boil
  5. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature
  6. In food processor or blender puree soup in batches until smooth ( I used a hand blender)
  7. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until chilled
  8. Just before serving stir in orange juice and season to taste

Directions for the salsa

  1. Grill the shucked cob of corn on a lightly greased grill for 8 to 10 minutes or until tender and golden brown
  2. Cut the cob in half and stand on a cutting board
  3. Using a sharp knife cut kernels off from top to bottom
  4. Place in a small bowl and stir in coriander and oil

If serving soup with salsa put 1/4 of salsa in each bowl and ladle soup over it.

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Mary Beth Albright’s Sweet and Spicy Meatloaf

We have had this recipe on many occasions and really enjoyed it. The recipe is from Mary Beth’s Blog.

Ingredients

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup of ketchup
  • 1 cup of BBQ sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rae’s)
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar

For the Meatloaf:

  • 1/3 cup of panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup of whole-fat buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp olive oil ( I used canola oil)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of small diced onions
  • 1/4 cup of chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup of chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tbsp of tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 lbs. of ground beef (lean or extra lean)
  • 1/2 lb of ground lean pork
  • 1 cup of grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees F
  2. Combine the glaze ingredients in a small saucepan and place over low heat.
  3. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and cook until soft and translucent ( try not to brown). Add parsley, basil and tomato past and cook for about a minute. Set aside to cool.
  4. In a small bowl combine panko and buttermilk ( I sometimes add some hot horseradish to this mixture 1 tbsp) and set aside for 5 minutes.
  5. In a large bowl combine, place beef, pork, cheese, salt and pepper, the onion mixture and the panko mixture. Mix with your hands until just combined.
  6. On a rimmed baking pan ( I use a disposable tinfoil pan 13x10x2 1/2), form the mixture into loaf shape sitting in the center of the pan, with all four sides exposed.
  7. Brush sides and top with some glaze and bake for 50 minutes. Brush on more glaze every 10 minutes or so. Retain excess glaze as a sauce.
  8. Let cool for 5 minutes and serve.
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Spicy Lentil & Kale Soup

 

Deb found this recipe on Kraft Canada site and wanted to try it. I went out and got what we didn’t have and prepared it for her lunch Monday. It is a easy recipe not complicated or a lot of work and she has really enjoyed it. I made the full recipe so she had plenty to use over the last few days. Here is picture of the final product.

Spicy soup

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Kraft Calorie-Wise Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing (we had the regular one)
  • 2 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1 large baking potato peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 Litre of water
  • 3 cups low salt chicken broth
  • 1 can (14 fl oz/398 ml) no salt added diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup dry lentils (we used split red lentils)
  • 4 cups tightly packed kale
  • 1/4 cup parmesan grated cheese

Directions

  1. Heat dressing in Dutch oven or deep large skillet on medium high heat.
  2. Add carrots, potatoes and onions
  3. Cook 5 min. or until crisp-tender stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in garlic, bay leaf and paprika.
  5. Cook and stir for 2 min..
  6. Add water, broth, tomatoes and lentils and stir and bring to a boil.
  7. Simmer on medium-low heat 30 to 35 min. or until lentils are softened.
  8. Stir in kale and cook for 5 min.
  9. Discard bay leaf ( i did this just before adding the kale easier to find)
  10. Serve soup topped with cheese.
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Saucy Baked Chicken Legs With Olives and Tomatoes

My wife found this recipe on Real Simple and we have had it a couple of times now. We also did the same recipe and substituted Pork tenderloin. In all cases the meal was delicious and easy to prepare.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of plum or small tomatoes ( I used grape tomatoes), halved if large
  • 1/2 cup pitted green olives
  • 8 cloves of garlic ( I used 4)
  • 2 tbsp of Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of fresh thyme leaves
  • 4 bone in, skin-on chicken legs (recipe picture shows leg with drumstick and thigh, I used drumstick only)
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • Bread for serving ( We had biscuits)

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees F with rack in highest position
  2. Toss the tomatoes, olives, garlic, oil and thyme in 3 quart baking dish
  3. Season the chicken with 1 tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp of pepper. Nestle the chicken, skin side up, in the vegetables
  4. Bake until chicken is browned and an instant read thermometer inserted in thickest leg (avoiding the bone) registers 165 degrees F, 40 to 45 minutes. Serve with bread
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Flaky Mushroom and Gruyere Tarts

We got this recipe from the magazine Real Simple. We tried it last night and really enjoyed it. A light enjoyable vegetarian dinner. It is one we will be adding to our favourites.

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet of puff pastry thawed
  • 4 tbsps of olive oil ( I used canola)
  • 10 ounces of assorted mushrooms sliced ( such as button, cremini, shitake, oyster etc)
  • 1 shallot sliced
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 4 ounces Gruyere or sharp white cheddar, grated ( 1 cup) ( I used Gruyere)
  • 1 tsp of Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp of white wine vinegar
  • 4 ounces mixed greens ( 6 cups)
  • 2 radishes thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh chives

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Unfold the pastry and cut into 4 squares
  2. Place the squares on parchment lined baking sheet and using a fork prick the dough all over.
  3. Meanwhile heat 2 tbsps  of the oil in large skillet over medium high heat.
  4. Add the mushrooms and shallot with 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/4 tsp of pepper.
  5. Cook tossing occasionally until the mushrooms are browned, 4 – 5 minutes.
  6. Add the wine and cook until nearly evaporated, about 1 minute.
  7. Dividing evenly, sprinkle pastry squares with half the cheese leaving a 1/2 inch border on each.Top with mushroom mixture and remaining cheese.
  8. Bake until pastry is golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.
  9. In a large bowl, whisk mustard, vinegar and remaining 2 tbsps of oil and 1/4 tsp each of salt and pepper.
  10. Add greens and radishes and toss to coat.
  11. Serve tarts with the the salad garnished with the chives

Here are a couple of pictures showing the pre baked result and the finished meal

mushroom tarts before baking

mushroom tarts finsihed

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Steak With Potato Salad and Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

We haven’t tried this recipe yet but it is on the menu for tomorrow. This recipe came from an old issue of Real Simple.

[Update 2014-09-05] We tried this with beef tenderloin, and it was delicious! We’ll definitely make this meal again. You can see our dinner in the photo at the end of this post.

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound small red potatoes ( about 12)
  • 3 1/2 tsps of Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground Black pepper
  • 4 small steaks (such as Newport, Flat, iron or Top round. I will use Tenderloin)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 small Boston lettuce, torn (about 4 cups)
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp of olive oil ( I will use canola oil)

Directions

  1. Place the potatoes in a large pot and add enough cold water to cover. Bring to a boil and add 2 teaspoons of salt. Reduce heat and simmer for until tender 14 to 16 minutes. Drain and run under cold water to cool, use a fork or your fingers to break the potatoes in half.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Season steaks with 1 tsp of salt and 3/4 tsp of pepper and cook to desired doneness, 4 to five minutes per side for medium rare. ( I will grill the steaks on BBQ).
  3. In a large bowl combine blue cheese, vinegar, remaining 1/4 cup of oil, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Add lettuce and potatoes and toss to coat. Serve with the steaks.

steak with blue cheese potato salad

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Marinated Flank Steak

We got this recipe from Rick Gallop’s “The G.I. Diet”. We had not had this dish for a while and made it again last night. It was excellent — as good as we remembered.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 3 tbsp of rice vinegar
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 pound of flank steak

Directions

  1. Combine soy sauce, orange juice, oil vinegar, garlic, ginger and mustard in a bowl.
  2. Whisk ingredients together and add flank steak to bowl or place steak in plastic bag and add marinade. Put into refrigerator for at least 4 hours or up to 8 hours turning meat occasionally.
  3. Preheat oiled grill to medium high.
  4. Discard marinade and place steak on grill and close cover. Cook turning once for about 8 minutes per side for medium rare or until desired doneness.
  5. Transfer to cutting board and tent with foil for 5 minutes.
  6. Slice thinly across the grain and serve

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