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Monday, March 2, 2015

Simple Supper Tuesday #102

Welcome back to Simple Supper Tuesday, the party featuring QUICK, EASY recipes, perfect for those busy weeknights. So, please share your crock pot, 30 minutes or 5 ingredient recipes (easy desserts are also welcome)!!

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Homemade Falafel~ Secret Recipe Club

Chickpeas are mixed with herbs and spices, to create a delicious deep fried appetizer.

Homemade Falafel- Secret Recipe Club

It's time for this month's Secret Recipe Club reveal! I love being part of a group of bloggers, who cook from each other's blogs and then blog about it. It's so exciting to see who had my blog every month and to see what recipe they chose to make! This month I was assigned to Sawsan's blog- Chef in Disguise. Sawsan is an orthodontist from Jordan. When she is not at work, you can find her creating something delicious in her Middle Eastern kitchen. I had so much fun browsing Sawsan's blog. We don't really eat Middle Eastern foods, but I've always been intrigued by the flavours. I found a bunch of recipes I wanted to try like Rosemary and Lemon Red Lentil Dip, Chicken Satay, No Knead Olive Bread and these Falafel

I had been wanting to try making falafel for some time now, but have been putting it off. I took this as the perfect opportunity to check falafel off my foodie bucket list. Not being a big fan of fava beans, I decided to go with chickpeas only. I also cheated and used canned chickpeas, rather than dried. We don't really like cilantro, so I left that out as well. I have to confess that I did add a bit too much water, when trying to puree all the ingredients together, so I ended up having to add in about 1/3 C of flour to my chickpea mixture. The falafel still turned out wonderfully. They were light and fluffy and so delicious. The kids went crazy for them and Hubby and I loved the wonderful yogurt sauce. This was a total hit for my family, and I plan on adding falafel to my meatless meal rotation.


Homemade Falafel- Secret Recipe Club


Homemade Falafel
adapted from Chef in Disguise

2- 14.5 oz cans of chickpeas, drained
1 C parsley leaves, without the stems
5 cloves garlic, peeled
1 small onion, chopped
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
3-4 Tbs water
1/4- 1/3 C flour
oil for frying
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda

Yogurt Sauce
1/4 C plain Greek yogurt
2 Tbs natural peanut butter
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbs parsley, finely chopped

Place chickpeas, parsley, garlic, onion, salt, pepper and spices in a food processor. Run until everything becomes a smooth paste; about 10-15 minutes. Scrape down sides, to ensure everything becomes combined. Add water, 1 Tbs at a time, to loosen mixture up, if mixture is too dry to combine properly. Chickpea mixture should look like a homogenous slightly loose mixture (it should stick together when shaped). If mixture is too loose, add flour 1 Tbs at a time, until desired consistency is reached.

In a medium pot, heat about 1 1/2 inches of oil, over medium low heat. Add baking powder and baking soda to chickpea mixture and stir well to combine. Let rest while oil heats.

Once oil is hot, using a medium cookie scoop, scoop balls of chickpea mixture (4-5 at a time) and carefully drop into hot oil. Cook, turning falafel occasionally, until falafel turn a nice brown colour. Remove to a paper towel, to drain.

Mix the yogurt sauce ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate until all falafel is cooked. Serve with dollops of yogurt sauce and toasted pita, or naan bread.


Sunday, March 1, 2015

What's for Eats? Sunday March 1st, 2015

Meal planning is a great way to save money on groceries and you won't be standing in front of the fridge at 4pm, wondering what to make!


Weekly Meal Plan Dec 14, 2014 www.hunwhatsfordinner.com
Image courtesy of basketman at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Happy Sunday!! Boy, what a busy week. I feel like I haven't stopped to breathe once, this week. Today will be no different, with one cake to deliver and one cake to frost for Mr.B's birthday party this afternoon. Next week should be just as busy, with helping at school and Mr.B's class field trip to Medieval Times. I really need to stick to the meal plan this week, to make things easier for me. Last week I deviated a little, since my Mother in Law was here. I may repeat a few recipes this week, so I can get some good photos I wasn't able to get last week. Glad the recipes were delicious, LOL.

Mr.B's birthday was a few weeks ago, but Hubby couldn't get the weekend off, so we had to book his birthday party for today. He has 11 friends joining us today, so it should be a blast. I decided to go with a simple Minecraft themed cake for today. Nothing like making a dirt block with grass on it, out of chocolate cake. Couldn't be simpler right? We'll see because so far I had to run to the store for oil and ran out of cocoa powder to make the chocolate frosting. Fingers crossed the remaining frosting goes well today.

Here is what I have planned for this week




  • leftovers 
  • Turkey Taco Lettuce Cups (new recipe)
  • Turkey Chili


  • Leftovers
  • Vegetable Chowder with biscuits (recipe redo for photos)


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Luck of the Irish Popcorn

This crispy popcorn has a great pistachio flavour and is full of St. Patrick's Day fun.


Luck of the Irish St Patrick's Day Popcorn


My kids LOVE popcorn. So when I was thinking of something fun to make, to share with my readers for St. Patrick's Day, I thought a green coloured popcorn would be fun. When trying to think of ways to turn the popcorn green, I thought of one of my favourite treats- pistachio pudding. I quickly researched to see if you could somehow coat popcorn with pistachio pudding and I found THIS recipe over on the Taste of Home website. I thought it would be a great way to make my popcorn.

This popcorn was super addictive and the kids LOVED the Lucky Charms marshmallows inside. I do wish it was a bit more green though, so I suggest adding 1-2 drops of green food colour to yours if you'd like. The green colour does show better in person, than in the photo, which is super frustrating, LOL. Regardless, this is a super fun way to celebrate St. Patricks Day.


Luck of the Irish St Patrick's Day Popcorn


Luck of the Irish Popcorn
adapted from Taste of Home

10 C popped popcorn (I popped mine on the stove, but air popped is also good)
5 Tbs pistachio pudding mix (sifted to remove the pistachio bits)
1 Tbs butter
1/3 C light corn syrup
1 tsp almond extract
1 pinch of coarse sea salt
1- 1 1/2 C Lucky Charms marshmallows (just pick em out of the box!)

Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place the popcorn in a large bowl. Add the pudding mix, butter, salt and corn syrup to a small sauce pan and place over low heat. Whisk until the butter is melted and mixture is smooth and bubbly. Pour immediately over popcorn, tossing to coat. Spread popcorn out onto baking sheets and bake for 20-25 minutes, Stirring once; making sure not to brown the bottom.

Let cool and break into clusters. Once completely cooled toss in the Lucky Charms marshmallows. Keep in a large ziptop bag, or air tight container, for up to 4 days.


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