Saturday, March 30, 2013

Nan bread

Nan bread is essential with curry at our house and this is our favorite recipe. Enjoy.

Nan Bread
1 tsp yeast
1 tsp sugar
2/3 cup warm water
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garam masala (optional)

Put sugar and yeast and water in your bowl first and let dissolve. Then add remaining ingredients and mix. Allow to rise 1 hour. Make into round balls and roll flat. Brush with butter and tandoori seasoning ( opp) then broil 3 minutes flip and brush other side with mixture and sprinkle with poppyseeds

Beef madras curry stew

The Mr is a huge fan of curry! Seriously it's his favorite food. I made this curry the other day in my crockpot and brought some to my sister who just had a baby. It's super mild but if you love heat just triple the red chilis.

Beef Madras Curry Stew
1/2 tsp dried red chilis
2 tsp gd coriander
2 tsp gd turmeric
1 tsp gd pepper
1/2 tsp ginger
4 tbsp coconut
1 can coconut milk
2 onions processed or 3 tbsp onion pow
3 lg garlic cloves minced
1 lb ground beef
1 cup beef broth
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt
5 lg potatoes (cubed)
4 lg carrots ( cut in bite sized pieces)

Cook in crockpot on low for 4-5 hours serve on rice.

Chocolate pudding cake

I made this 2 days in a row it was such a hit at my house. It was super easy and really satisfied the Mr's sugar cravings.

Chocolate pudding cake
1 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat your oven to 350. Mix above ingredients and pour in your greased 8 by 8 pan.

Then mix:
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 3/4 cup hot water

Then pour it over the stuff already in the pan. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Eat as is or serve with vanilla ice cream

Pork tenderloin

This is an awesome crockpot meal and the left overs were awesome!

Pork tenderloin
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
3 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp parsley
2 tsp mustard
1 tsp pepper
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 1-2 lb pork tenderloin

Mix ingredients in a bowl then pour over the tenderloin once placed in the crockpot cook on low for 5 hours.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Spiced Apple Muffins

I am snack mom for my little pumpkins preschool class tomorrow so my girls helped me make these mini muffins.

Spiced Apple Muffins
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1 cup peeled, chopped apple
1/3 cup butter
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Mix wet ingredients then mix dry ones in as well. Fill muffin tins 3/4 of the way then bake at 375 for 18 min for mini muffins and 22 min for regular muffins

Friday, March 22, 2013

Salmon pizza

This is a delicious easy recipe that can be adapted in many ways. First make your pizza crust. This can be done with any pizza dough recipe but here is what I used.

Pizza dough
1 cup hot water
3 tsp yeast
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsps sugar or 3 drops stevia
2-3 cups flour

Dissolve yeast in water and sugar once it is dissolved mix all other ingredients. Allow to rise for 20 minutes then roll out on a sprayed pizza pan

Salmon pizza topping
1 can salmon 215g
3/4 cup cream cheese
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp liquid smoke
1/4 tsp salt

Mix ingredients together then grate 1/2 cup cheese ( I used marble) and sprinkle on top. On top of cheese sprinkle dill.

Bake at 425 for 20 minutes

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Yorkshire pudding

I grew up with this dish almost every Sunday of my life and I absolutely love it. My hubby, who once lived in England, is appalled that my whole family eats it with a little sugar sprinkled on top! He prefers his with gravy.

So here it is Yorkshire pudding.
1 cup white flour
1 cup hot milk
2 warm eggs
1 tbsp butter
1/4 tsp salt

First preheat your oven to 375 then place your 8x8 pan in the oven with the butter in it until the butter melts. Meanwhile warm 1 cup of milk in the microwave for 2 minutes then place your eggs in the milk to allow them to warm. Then mix all the ingredients together with a wisk and pour into the pan. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Authentic Italian spinach pasta

Here is another super easy recipe. If you have the time and know how it is delicious with homemade noodles. The first time I had this dish was in Palermo, Italy and it was so amazing! Italian food is the best! I love being Italian!

1 box catelli spinach noodles about 250g I like the fettuccini noodles
15 grape tomatoes sliced in half
2 chicken breasts
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 minced cloves of garlic
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

Grill or fry up your chicken breasts until cooked while boiling the noodles til tinder. Once the chicken is cooked add your olive oil, seasonings, garlic and tomatoes and fry for 1-2 minutes. Drain your noodles and then mix everything all together.

This dinner is a family favourite at our house. Enjoy your little taste of Italy.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Rice Krispie Peanut Butter Balls

I saw this recipe on the back of the Rice Krispie box today and thought to myself I have all the ingredients I think my family would enjoy these. I enlisted the help of my 6 year old and got to work.

First I lined a cookie sheet in wax paper then I mixed the icing sugar, on, coconut and butter in a large bowl then I carefully folded in the Rice Krispies. Then I sprayed my 6 year olds hands with Pam and let her roll the mixture into balls and place them on a cookie sheet. I put the cookie sheet I the freezer and melted the chocolate chips and the butter in my fondue pot but any pot set on low will do just remember to stir. Once it's melted and the balls are cool dip them in the chocolate and place on the pan to cool.

Rice Krispies Peanut Butter Balls
1/2 cup icing sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/8 cup melted butter
2 cups Rice Krispies

1 cup chocolate chips and 1/4 cup butter

Chicken Dijon salad

This meal is so light, healthy and easy. You can eat the chicken salad plain, serve it in a bun or in a pita.

If you choose to grill your chicken rub it with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper and grill 5 minutes per side. I like to cook extra chicken at a previous meal and utilize the leftovers. If you just grilled your chicken allow it to cool then cut it into bite sized cubes.

In a large mixing bowl combine 6 tbsps plain yogurt and 2-3 tbsps Dijon mustard. Add your cut up celery, grapes, apple and chicken. Stir up and serve.

Chicken Dijon salad
2 chicken breasts ( cubed )
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
6 tbsps plain yogurt
2-3 tbsps Dijon mustard
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup grapes cut in half
1 apple chopped

Makes 6 servings
175 calories per serving

Adapted from the biggest loser family cookbook