Category Archives: vegetarian

Beet and Walnut Salad

beet and walnut salad

I like beets in a salad. I had a very nice one with cheese, beets and hazelnuts in one of the local restaurants lately. However, I bought a very large back of walnuts at Costco the other day, and I fancied using them in my supper tonight.

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Crock-Pot Bean Soup

crock-pot bean soup

With a bit of planning, a crock-pot (aka a slow cooker) can provide you with a meal in a hurry. This bean soup cooked all day while I was at work, and I just had to add a couple of things when I got home. I had some lamb broth sitting around (I made it by tossing the bones from a roasted lamb neck plus a couple of garlic cloves, a quartered onion, a couple of celery stalks and carrots with enough water to cover them into a pressure cooker and cooking for about 20 minutes once it started rocking).

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Almond Coleslaw

almond coleslaw

This is a super fast salad…especially if you use bagged coleslaw. It’s nice to take to work as part of a bagged lunch, or as a side dish for supper.

Almond Coleslaw

  • 4 cups of pre-made, washed coleslaw (or better, broccoslaw)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup toasted almonds
  • 1 chopped apple
  • 1/4 cup vinegar/oil dressing or store bought vinaigrettte (I really like Lighthouse Fuji Apple dressing)

Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl. A handful of dried cranberries would be a a nice addition, and would add some sweetness and colour.

If you prefer to make your own coleslaw, chop up cabbage finely or shred it on a grater, and grate a couple of carrots.


Spinach and Strawberry Salad

spinach and strawberry salad

This quick and tasty spinach and strawberry salad only takes a couple of minutes to prepare.

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Spanakopita is a delicious combination of spinach, egg and cheese in a lovely, flaky pastry envelope. You can make individual ones, or one large one. It’s a relatively quick dinner to make and is lovely with Greek salad.

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Turkey Breast Cutlets and Fennel with Creamy Parmesan

turkey breast cutlet

If you are looking for food that can be prepared in a real hurry, turkey breast cutlets are ideal. You can fry them in a frying pan with some olive oil in about 10 minutes. You could serve them with a salad and bake potatoes in the microwave for a very fast meal.

This meal wasn’t fast, because I really wanted fennel cooked with cream and parmesan to be part of it:)

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Potato Frittata

potato frittata

One of the things I like about baking a ham, is the leftovers. Ham sandwiches, stuffed pasta shells, pea and ham soup and tonight- just plain cold ham with potato frittata and salad.

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Pumpkin Madness

carved  pumpkin

It’s Hallowe’en. I live on Saanich Peninsula, where the farms grow many pumpkins. Today I set out to buy a pumpkin to carve and as a by-product, eat:)

It was crazy. Everywhere I went, they were sold out of pumpkins. I was beginning to despair when I asked the produce manager at the Co-op if he had any pumpkins. He said he was sold out, but that he had obtained a large pile yesterday from Mars Farms, just down the road. I tootled off, and picked up this fine specimen.


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Fig and Goat Cheese Pizza

fig and goat cheese pizza

My daughter posted this fig and goat cheese pizza on Facebook the other day. It looked delicious, so I asked her to guest-blog it for me…and she did.

Good evening friends, tonight I’d like to talk to you about this delight for the taste buds. Yes Jack Daniels, I’m talking to you.

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Take some apples and a splash of olive oil and then add some splashes of this bad boy and then then throw them on a pizza with a fig and balsamic glaze. Add actual figs, goat cheese and mozzarella and die in a pretentious coma of DELICIOUS!

fig and goat cheese pizza

Fig Preserves

bowl of figs

The large amounts of figs I am gathering from our fig tree this year is unprecedented. I have given away dozens of figs, I have added them to my salads, I eat them with my breakfast and lunch, I took in a huge bowl and left them in the lunchroom at work, I mailed some to my daughter, I add them to oatmeal, I have attempted to freeze some (don’t know how that will turn out), and today I made some fig preserves to have with cheese. These were quick and very easy to make.

fig preserves

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