• Budget Smart Cook

    Quick and Easy Supper-Mediterranean Cod

    Here’s a quick supper that uses cod (or any similar fish), along with peppers, onions, some herbs and olives for a good for you but budget friendly meal. In a large skillet, over medium high heat, add about two tablespoons of oil and then add one onion, sliced thinly and one green pepper that’s been thinly sliced.   Sprinkle in some salt and pepper and sauté until the onion and pepper is slightly softened.   Add a 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes.   Stir in one teaspoon each of dried oregano and basil. Add one pound of cod to the mixture, cover and let simmer for about ten minutes…

  • Meatless Mondays

    It’s Meatless Monday-Summer Inspired Tofu ‘Steak’ with Pasta

        About this time of the year I begin craving something that reminds me of summer. I thought about a salad but then came up with these tofu ‘steaks’ that are topped with a combination of ingredients that makes you think warm summer day. I used the topping for a sauce for the pasta so the flavor carried throughout the whole recipe. Something that I think is essential for vegetarian cooking. I used thin spaghetti but any pasta would work. As an added bonus use the topping for a sandwich filling on toasted bread. Ingredients 1 14 ounce package extra firm tofu Salt, pepper, garlic powder Oil 8 ounces…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Spicy Chickpea and Vegetable Stew

    When it’s cold outside I long for dishes that have a little kick to them. I always have a couple of cans of chickpeas sitting in the pantry, zucchini was on sale so I thought about combining the two to make a spicy stew which could be served over couscous. This is what I came up with. It’s vegan and you can just about use whatever vegetables you like or have on hand. The addition of chopped green olives adds a nice salty contrast to the heat of this dish. 1 15 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce 1 15 ounce can of chopped…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Three Spreads for Holiday Entertaining…or even lunch

    I thought for this Meatless Monday I create something for the holiday season. These three spreads use one basic ingredient, cream cheese. They’re easy to make in a food processor and can be eaten with crackers, raw veggies, and even on toast for a quick lunch or snack. I think the mushroom variety would also be perfect spread on puff pastry and made into a tasty appetizer. For the Mushroom Spread- 1 8 ounce package cream cheese(regular or low fat) 1/ 2 cup sliced sautéed mushroom A generous ¼ teaspoon dried thyme Good sprinkling of salt and pepper Generous splash of milk For the Tomato/Olive Spread- 1 8 ounce package…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Mediterranean Tofu with Olive and Sun Dried Tomato Mayonnaise

    Sometimes I get inspiration for a meal while I’m grocery shopping which is the case with this easy to put together dish. It’s even better when you find some bargains too. Last week I found a loaf of whole wheat French bread for $1.68, and a package of broccoli also for $1.68. I don’t know why but the two seemed to go together. When I got home I had a package of tofu, some mayonnaise, olives, and sun dried tomatoes on hand. I’ve discovered one of the keys to vegetarian cooking is to layer flavors rather than mix them all together. The result of my bargain buys and pantry supplies…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Macaroni and Cheese…with a twist

    The idea for this Meatless Monday meal came to me while I was watching TV. I can’t remember what channel I saw this show but it was all about pasta. They visited famous pasta restaurants and one offered nothing but macaroni and cheese. Everything from plain mac and cheese to buffalo chicken mac and cheese. One was a Greek mac and cheese and that’s when I got the idea about making something similar. So here it is complete with spinach, sun dried tomatoes, black Greek olives, and of course a touch of feta cheese. 2 cups whole wheat elbow pasta 1 bunch of spinach, cooked 1/2 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes 1/2 cup chopped black…

  • Budget Smart Cook

    Friday Recipe-Mediterranean Pasta

    This recipe is quick easy and apart from heating up the kitchen when you’re cooking the pasta, is perfect for summer. Some ingredients remain the same whenever I make this dish, a few change depending on what’s in the pantry. Last time I used artichokes but sometimes it’s roasted red peppers. There are no real quantities to use so whatever you like or prefer makes the perfect dish. It uses ingredients that are good for you and not that expensive so it’s one of my favorite budget dishes. 1 box of whole wheat rotini 1/2 cup chopped black olives 1/2 can artichokes, chopped 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 1 cup chopped…