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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Blueberry Rhubarb Cake

Sweet blueberries and tart rhubarb at the star in this easy peasy cake.

Blueberry Rhubarb Cake- an easy and delicious summer cake recipe


We've been enjoying the first few days of summer vacation. Sleeping in, lazy days in the sun, water fights, staying up late has all been on our agenda since last Friday. Since school was out and Hubby had a few days off, we decided to head North to visit my parents. The kids and I are staying for another week or so, at camp with my parents to enjoy some fishing and swimming. Fingers crossed we don't get eaten alive by the mosquitos.

Before heading to camp, my Dad asked if Mom and I could whip up a Rhubarb Cake. Except this time he wanted us to add blueberries to it. So we got into the kitchen and made two of these sweet and tart cakes (Mom froze one for a later time). We changed the recipe up a little, since we had a few egg whites in the fridge, I used them in my cake, rather than a whole egg. We also didn't use as much topping as the original recipe calls for. The result is a moist, somewhat dense cake, studded with tart rhubarb and sweet blueberries.



Blueberry Rhubarb Cake- an easy and delicious summer cake recipe



Blueberry Rhubarb Cake

2 C chopped rhubarb
1 C blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 C shortening
1 1/2 C sugar
2 egg whites (or 1 whole large egg)
2 C flour
1 C buttermilk or sour milk

Topping
3 Tbs sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 C finely chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and shortening. Add egg whites and mix well. Add flour, alternating with milk and mix until just combined. Fold in rhubarb and blueberries, and pour into a lightly greased 9x11- inch baking dish. In a small bowl combine the sugar, cinnamon and walnuts. Sprinkle over cake batter and bake for 45 minutes.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Simple Supper Tuesday #118


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Chicken & Zucchini Foil Packets- From This to That!




Twisted Frozen Cosmo- Kleinworth & Co.




Crab Linguine- April J Harris




Fiesta Chicken Salad- Dizzy Busy & Hungry








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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Grilled Chicken Parm Sandwiches

Tender grilled chicken cutlets are topped with marinara sauce and parmesan, then served on a bun.


Grilled Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches


It's the most wonderful time, of the year! I sing that song at least 3 time a year. On the first day of school, during Christmas and on the last day of school, LOL. Today is our last day of school and I could not be happier. Hubby keep reminding me that come the end of July, I'll be wishing school was starting up again. He may be right, but right now I just want to enjoy sleeping in and the gorgeous weather we've been having.

We've been grilling a lot since the beginning of June. It's a little hard to keep things fresh, especially with Queenie around, but I've been thinking of new recipes to make this summer. This idea for chicken parm sandwiches came about one night, as I prepared some chicken cutlets for the grill. My original plan was to simply grill up the chicken and serve it on a bun with desired toppings. Then I saw some leftover marinara sauce in the fridge and I decided to top our grilled chicken with it, and some parm. I just hoped the kiddos would like it.

I found our a few years ago, that the trick to juicy boneless chicken on the grill, is to cook it over indirect heat. I heat up the grill until is screaming hot, to get a good sear on the chicken, then turn off half the burners and cook the chicken on the grates that are not in direct heat. The chicken doesn't dry out, as it cooks to the proper internal temperature.


Grilled Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches


Grilled Chicken Parm Sandwiches

6 chicken cutlets
6 Tbs garlic and herb seasoning (I used Pampered Chef)
1/2 C marinara sauce
1/3 C parmesan cheese
6 slices mozzarella cheese (I used some from the deli)
sliced tomatoes
green leaf lettuce
hamburger buns
mayonnaise

Preheat your grill until screaming hot.

Season chicken with garlic and herb seasoning, and place on hot grill. Cook until chicken releases easily from grates; about 5 minutes. Flip chicken and place on one half of the grill. Turn burners beneath the chicken off, leaving remaining burners on medium high. Cook, with the lid closed, until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 162 degrees F.

Once chicken reaches desired temperature, top each cutlet evenly with marinara sauce and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Close lid and cook for another 3-5 minutes; until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.

Serve chicken on buns, with mayonnaise, mozzarella, lettuce and tomato.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Steak and Potato Salad

Grilled Creamer potatoes are tossed with tender juicy steak and greens, in this delicious entree salad.


Steak and Potato Salad using BBQ Ready Kits from The Little Potato Company


With 4 days of school left, we are on the countdown to summer! The weather has been warm and sunny for the last month, which has made us long for the lazy days of summer. I LOVE summer. I love not having to be anywhere early in the morning, I love sitting outside with a good book, I love camping and eating alfresco. I love cooking on the grill and creating new delicious recipes.


BBQ Ready Kits from The Little Potato Company


That's why I've totally fallen in love with these BBQ Ready kits from The Little Potato Company. Their delicious Creamer potatoes now come ready for the grill. Prepackaged in a foil tin, simple remove the plastic cover, toss with oil and the seasoning packet and place on the grill. In 30-45 minutes, you have deliciously grilled Little Potatoes. Since I usually make my own foil packets for potatoes, I love that I can skip a few steps, with these BBQ Ready kits.

 What I love most about Creamer potatoes is that they are so versatile. Not only is there several ways to prepare them (baking, boiling, grilling, microwave, steamed), you can serve them in soups, salads, side dishes, appetizers and in main dishes. I decided to turn my Onion Medley BBQ Ready Kit into an entree salad. We love potato salad, but I wanted to create something that could pass as a main dish. Paired with tender juicy steak and greens, this salad is a great and simple weeknight meal.

Did you know that potatoes are vegetables too? Check out this cute little video, featuring Little Potatoes.


Steak and Potato Salad using BBQ Ready Kits from The Little Potato Company


Steak and Potato Salad

1 Little Potato Company BBQ Ready Kit (I used Onion Medley)
1 (6-7oz) steak (I used cross rib steak)
2 C green leaf lettuce, washed and chopped
1/2 C balsamic vinegar
3 Tbs honey
pinch of salt and black pepper
3 Tbs olive oil
chopped green onion for garnish

Preheat grill.

Prepare the Creamer potatoes according to package directions. Once cooked, remove from grill to cool slightly.

Season steak with desired seasonings (ours came pre seasoned). When Creamer Potatoes have 20 minutes of cooking time remaining, grill the steak to desired doneness. I like Medium-Well so I cooked my steak for 5 minutes on the first side, and for 8-10 minutes on the second side. Remove from grill and let rest 10 minutes.

Place 1 C of lettuce onto a serving platter. Once steak has rested, thinly slice against the grain and place in a large bowl. Add in c Creamer potatoes, slicing larger ones in half. Add 1 C of chopped green lettuce, to the steak and potatoes. Toss with 1/2 of the dressing. Place dressed greens, potatoes and steak onto the lettuce on the platter and drizzle with remaining dressing. Sprinkle with green onion and serve.

Dressing: in a small skillet, bring the balsamic vinegar and honey to a boil. Simmer until reduced by half. Remove from heat and whisk in 3 Tbs olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and use immediately.






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Monday, June 22, 2015

Simple Supper Tuesday #117


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Easy Pina Colada No Bake Dessert- Growing Up Gabel




Grilled Honey Sriracha Chicken- I Thee Cook




Turkey Bacon Avocado Salad- The Ramblings of an Aspiring Small Town Girl




Pesto Dressing Base- The Kitchen Chopper




Summer Jello Salad- Florassippi Girl




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Sunday, June 21, 2015

What's for Eats? Sunday June 21st, 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 Father's Day and happy first day of summer!!! We only have 4 days of school left and I am pretty much crawling to the finish line. Hubby pulled off another successful end of the year school carnival and I, as his secretary and helper, am exhausted, LOL. The rain held off and the students had a blast. I am glad school is almost at an end, as do the students and teachers.

We don't have any big plans for Father's day today. Hubby got home super late (or early this morning), due to them rerouting traffic over night for a bridge demolition on the highway. So I'm sure he'll be sleeping in until noon. The kids and I plan to make him breakfast in bed, and bring him his gifts to open. Then I'm sure he'll want to watch a Star Wars movie before heading back in to work.

We have a short school week, with only 4 days until summer vacation. I need to think of some end of school treats to send with the kiddos on Thursday. I need to go in and give the milk fridges a good scrubbing and contact a few people who still haven't picked up their silent auction items from our carnival night. I'd also like to bring in something special for the teachers, since it's their last week and they have all done such a wonderful job again this year.

This is what I have planned for dinner this week




  • leftovers
  • Chicken Fajita Pasta (new recipe) with meatless taco salad
  • Pulled Pork Sandwiches (new recipe) with coleslaw
  • leftovers
  • Grilled Maple Dijon Pork Chops with potato salad


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Make Mealtime #SAUCESOME with Ragú®

Disclaimer: “Ragú® sponsored this blog post. All opinions and text are my own”

In 2015, Ragú® is celebrating the magic of everyday mealtime.




A big part of our dinner routine is that we all sit at the table for a family dinner. No matter what we are eating, we sit, talk and joke around, telling stories and recounting our favourite parts of our day. It is a way for us all to reconnect in a world where playing outside with friends, or playing video games has become such an important part of growing up. When I was growing up, my family did the same thing. It didn't matter if Dad was working afternoon shift, Mom, my siblings and I all sat at the dinner table as a family.

With our lives being so hectic, due to the end of school, dinner time has become my favourite part of the day. I love hearing the kids tell silly stories from school, knock knock jokes, or any other crazy thing that pops into that big brain of theirs. Of course having Daddy home is always more fun than not, because he's always thinking of new ways to tease his little minions. That's what makes our dinners so #SAUCESOME.

Dinner isn't complete until we all retell the funniest moment of our day.

You are probably wondering what Saucesome is, right? Saucesome is mealtime magic. That time you can let your hair down and be silly with your kids, while enjoying a wholesome meal. It's sharing secrets and wishes for the future with your kids. It's hearing their ambitions, dreams and goals, and hoping that they all come true. It's celebrating life, togetherness and family. It's Saucesome!

This year Ragú® is bringing mealtime magic back, and that is #SAUCESOME! Whether it's a fun family tradition, that secret family recipe, or those silly moments on crazy weeknights, Ragú® sauces make dinner time Saucesome. Ragú® has always been a brand that I have been familiar with. My family loves the Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional Sauce. With it's combination of sweet and savory tomatoes and spices, it has a delicious taste your whole family will love. Plus there is two servings of veggies, in every jar! That's why Ragú®'s authentic Italian taste is such a big part of our wholesome family dinners.



Always so eager to dig in!
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Vegetable Pasta

Fresh veggies are tossed with pasta, in a light creamy sauce.




Life has been very busy lately. So busy that most nights the last thing I want to do is cook dinner. I am exhausted, unmotivated and feel like I'm treading water to stay afloat. I am anxiously counting down the days until the last day of school (9 more to go!!) and trying to think meals that don't require too much prep and too long of a cooking time. This pasta fit the bill perfectly.

I'm not a big meat eater. I'd be happy with meatless meals 80% of the time. So this veggie packed pasta was perfect for me. The kiddos liked it and Hubby avoided it like the plague since he loathes peas. I wasn't worried though, that meant more for me, which I enjoyed for lunch this weekend. It is a simple pasta, full of veggies and flavour. The cream sauce is light and flavourful.






Vegetable Pasta

10 oz of dry spaghetti pasta (about half the box)
3 Tbs olive oil
2 portobello mushrooms, ribs and stems removed and sliced
1 roasted red pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 C frozen peas
1/3 container of herb 'n garlic cream cheese
2 Tbs Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
1/4 tsp salt and pepper

Cook pasta according to package directions, in a large pot of salted boiling water. Once cooked reserve 1C of pasta water, before draining pasta.

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat until it begins to ripple. Add in mushrooms and onion, and cook until mushrooms begin to take on a dark golden colour. Add in roasted red pepper, garlic and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 3 minutes; until red pepper is heated through.

Add cream cheese to the pan and stir to combine; adding some of the reserved pasta water to loosen/melt the cream cheese. Add in peas and cook until heated through. Add the cooked pasta to the skillet, along with the parmesan cheese and toss to coat; adding more reserved pasta water to loosen the sauce.

Serve with additional parmesan.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Simple Supper Tuesday #116

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We are gearing up for the last two weeks for school here in Canada, and this week is sure to be a busy one. So keep those quick, easy and delicious recipes coming!!!

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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Antipasto Skewers- Honey & Birch




Healthy Summer Snack Ideas- Clean and Scentsible





No Bake Mini Key Lime Pies- Spoonful of Flavour







San Francisco Pork Chops- The Belly Rules





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Sunday, June 14, 2015

What's for Eats? Sunday June 14, 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!!! Queenie had a friend sleep over last night, and I'm waiting for the water to boil so I can make myself a tea and wake myself up enough to make breakfast. It's going to be a rainy week, so I see a lot of pent up energy from the kids in the future. We have our school's end of the year carnival on Thursday, so I'm hoping the weather clears for that. Hubby has worked so hard to make this event even better than last year and it would be a shame for rain to ruin it.

Other than the school carnival, I will be a hectic week with Mr.B having a doctors appointment to make sure his double ear infection is completely gone, a volunteer luncheon at school for all parents who volunteer during the year, hot dog day on Wednesday, the carnival and our small version of the Pan Am games on Friday. You'd think with the end of the school year so close, things would be quieting down, but it seems to be the opposite! Two more weeks, then we can relax. Here is what I have planned for this busy week







  • leftovers

Friday, June 12, 2015

Peanut Butter & Banana French Toast

Peanut butter and banana sandwiches are dipped in custard, for a delicious twist on French toast.


Peanut Butter and Banana Stuffed French Toast


Every morning Mr B requests peanut butter toast for breakfast. Sometimes he pairs it with jelly, sometimes with honey. When he saw me eat a peanut butter and banana sandwich months back, he decided to try it. Now most weekends he makes himself a PB & Banana sandwich for lunch. Last weekend I decided to surprise him and pair his go to lunch with French toast.

The result was awesome! I mean peanut butter and banana sandwiches are good to begin with, but dip it in custard and fry it? HEAVEN! Not to mention a nice sweet drizzle of honey on top. Mr B said it was the best breakfast he's had in a long time. I think I'll take it as a challenge to up my weekend breakfast game, LOL. This makes a special weekend breakfast, or even a quick, easy and healthy dinner.


Peanut Butter and Banana Stuffed French Toast


Peanut Butter & Banana French Toast

8 slices of bread
2 medium bananas
1/3 C peanut butter (I used creamy)
2 eggs
1/4 C milk
1/4 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
butter for frying

Preheat a skillet over medium heat.

Place the slices of bread on a clean surface. Spread an even amount of peanut butter on each slice of bread.

Peel and slice bananas into 1/4 inch slices. Place banana slices on 4 slices of bread, which has been covered with peanut butter. Top with remaining 4 slices of bread, peanut butter side down.

In a shallow dish, beat the eggs with the salt and cinnamon. Whisk in the milk, until well combined.

Add a dab of butter to the hot frying pan. Dip one sandwich into the egg mixture and place in frying pan. Cook until golden brown (about 3 minutes) before flipping and cooking the second side until golden brown (about 3 minutes). Repeat with remaining sandwiches, adding more butter to the skillet when needed.

Serve hot, with your choice of honey, pancake syrup or maple syrup.


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