admin / June 23, 2014

It’s Meatless Monday-Speedy Mediterranean Salad

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When the weather’s hot the last thing you want to do is spend extra time in the kitchen. Pasta salads often come to my rescue. One tip to save time is to make a big batch of pasta and keep it in the fridge for week long dining. For this recipe I used penne, and I’d also cooked some elbow marconi and combined the two. Last week, Roma tomatoes were on sale for 99 cents a pound and as soon as I saw them I knew exactly how I’d use them. Slow roasted in the oven with salt, pepper, herbs and olive oil. After that it’s just finding a recipe for them and this one fitted the bill.

Combine the two and add some other Mediterranean favorites and I think makes the perfect summer Meatless Monday supper.

3 cups cooked pasta such as penne
½ cup oven roasted tomatoes or sun-dried tomatoes
½ cup halved cherry tomatoes
1 tablespoon capers
¼ cup chopped fresh basil (if you’re using the dried variety use about 2 tablespoons)
½ cup crumbled feta cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil and Balsamic vinegar to taste

In a large bowl, add the pasta, oven roasted and cherry tomatoes, capers and basil and mix well.

Next add the feta cheese and mix so the cheese gets even distributed.

Drizzle in some oil and vinegar and taste test to see if it’s too your liking. Add more if needed, and also some pepper and salt and give one final taste test.

Place in the fridge for at least two hours before serving so all the flavors can mingle.

Leftovers are perfect for the following day’s lunchbox.

Serves 4

admin / June 6, 2014

Friday Round-Up-BBQ Potatoes

June already and I haven’t even got my vegetable plants in the ground, but I hope to this weekend. Also, on my list of to do’s. Make the first batch of strawberry jam. I have five containers of strawberries that were on sale so now it’s just finding time. And Meyer lemons were on sale. My first thought was homemade ginger lemonade but now I think I might make some lemon curd.

The Case of Look Before You Buy
I make things like pizza crust, pita bread, bread, pastry crusts…you name it, from scratch and it means I go through lots of flour each week. I thought I’d buy it in bulk to save money and saw a 13 pound container of white wheat flour…well, I thought it said flour! It arrived and turned out to be actual wheat. I don’t have a wheat grinder to turn into flour so I went looking online. Seems the electric ones are in the $200 range and the hand crank ones are avoidable but by the reviews, they’re not that great. I guess there’s always a hammer! I did find out that milling your own flour is a plus because, one, it’s cheap, and two, more nutrients, including the wheat germ oil are preserved so my mistake might not be so bad after all.

BBQ Potatoes
I’m always looking for new ways to cook vegetables and last week I made BBQ potatoes. While you have to babysit them a little, they taste great and pair well with just about anything. In fact, I used them as a side dish to next week’s Meatless Monday recipe. I think they’d also be good served for breakfast with an egg and cheese burrito.

2 medium potatoes, peel them and dice them into about ½ inch cubes
Salt and Pepper
About two tablespoons oil
3-4 tablespoons BBQ sauce

In a large skillet and over medium high heat, heat oil and then add the potatoes, sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss so everything gets coated. Cook until tender and slightly browned.
Add the BBQ sauce and stir to coat.
Cook for about 5 minutes or until the sauce had adhered to the potatoes and they’re crispy.
Makes 4-6 servings.

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If You’re Looking for A Great Furry Friend
One of my favorite animal charities is Best Friends in Utah. Their site always puts a smile on my face when I see all the adorable animals hoping to find a home. If you’re looking for a cat, check out their site because they currently have a promotion where each cat costs just $9.
http://bestfriends.org/Adopt-a-Pet/Sanctuary-Animals/

And on the Web-
Here’s a recipe I saw today and the lemon thyme olive oil combo sounds perfect for summer-
http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/1038325/lemon-thyme-olive-oil-cupcakes-recipe

I’m guessing that most wasted food comes in the shape of a fruit or vegetable but this article has lots of ideas you can use before you head to the garbage can-
https://shine.yahoo.com/green/9-ways-not-throw-away-old-fruits-veggies-143100173.html

Happy Savings and enjoy the weekend.

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