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    It’s Meatless Monday-Vegetarian Scotch Eggs

    I’m always looking for ways to turn meat centric recipes into vegetarian ones and my next challenge was the Scotch egg. A childhood favorite of mine, and if you’re not familiar with it, it’s a simple recipe of a hardboiled egg encased in sausagemeat. It’s then rolled in breadcrumbs and deep fried. I’ll admit I had lots of challenges with this one but I’m glad I didn’t give up because it’s a tasty dish that I think rivals its meat counterpart. My first problem was what to use in place of the sausagemeat. It would need to be something that could be wrapped around the egg and something with a…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Cajun Hashed Potatoes with Baked Eggs

    A hectic week because I’m putting the final touches to the cookbook so I thought I’d share another recipe from it with you. It’s perfect when you’re short on time, plus, sweet potatoes are on sale now. Ingredients 1 large white potato, peeled and shredded 1 large sweet potato, peeled and shredded 1 large onion, finely chopped Salt and pepper 1 teaspoon Cajun spice mix 4 eggs 4 tablespoons of oil Method Preheat oven to 375 Put the while potatoes in a sieve over a bowl and sprinkling with salt to draw out some moisture. Meanwhile heat the oil in a large roasting pan. Drain the potatoes and squeeze out…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Fiesta Eggs

    This one could be a breakfast, lunch or a quick, light supper. Pantry staple items, ten minutes of your time and you have a meal. Serve this with hash browns or cubed pan-roasted potatoes, more salsa and some sour cream. 1 15 ounce can chili beans, drain slightly 4 pieces of bread, toasted 1/3 cup salsa 1/3 cup shredded cheese 4 eggs   Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray four ramekin dishes with non-stick cooking spray and place on a baking sheet. Break up pieces of toasted bread and place at the bottom of each ramekin dish. Spoon the chili beans on the toast. Break on top of the beans. Spoon…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Ricotta and Dill Mouse with Roasted Asparagus

    This recipe is part inspired by last week’s CSA box. and the other half a tub of ricotta sitting in the fridge. My first thought was to combine the asparagus and dill in a soup but then opted to use the ricotta and came up with this idea. It’s quick and easy to put together. Combine it with toasted English muffins and I think it makes a perfect supper for a summer evening. 1 bunch asparagus, washed and trimmed salt/pepper olive oil 1 15 ounce tub of ricotta cheese (I used whole milk variety) 4 eggs 1 cup sharp shredded cheddar cheese (or whatever cheese you like or have on…

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    Eggs, a wise choice for the Budget Smart Cook

    I don’t have to look at the calendar to know it’s almost Easter. The supermarkets are full of eggs and not just the chocolate kind. Eggs are a bargain any time of the year but as we head into Easter Sunday, they’re one of the best deals out there. Here’s why eggs are always on my list of pantry staples- Nutrition Powerhouses When it comes to perfect nutrition eggs have just about everything. Protein, B vitamins, especially B12 and B2, vitamins A and D, iron, choline and phosphorus, And yes, they’re even low in calories too. But wait a minute, aren’t they bad for me? Not so long ago eggs……

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    Breakfast on a Budget

     Eating a hearty breakfast has many pluses. It keeps your blood sugar constant…no mid-morning or afternoon snacking. Studies have shown that people who eat a good breakfast tend to weigh less. Children do better at school. Best thing is breakfast food items are some the least expensive at the store. So why do so many of us skip the most important meal of the day? Probably because we don’t have time or find the same old foods boring. Here are some of my ideas for breakfasts that can be put together either the night before or even prepared at the weekend for week long eating. Oatmeal I have to say…

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    Bargain Foods…that are good for you too

    With food prices set to go up this year…I think I saw some evidence of this at the grocery store the other day, it’s time to start thinking about foods that give you the biggest bang for your buck. Here are some of my favorites- Canned Salmon When fresh salmon goes on sale I buy it in bulk and freeze it, when it’s back to normal prices I opt for the canned variety. Pink salmon is a bargain, even red salmon isn’t that expensive. In the summer I use it on salads, in sandwiches, pair it with sliced cucumbers and it’s one of the best combinations. I sometimes use it with…

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