Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, clam chowder was inevitably a part of my childhood. The hot, salty broth, the soft, milky potatoes, and the chewy clams were heaven in a bread bowl. This vegetarian chowder has all the comforting goodness of the clam chowder of my youth, but it is quick and easy and also delivers a hefty dose of veg. That makes for a winning recipe in my book.
I saw a recipe for mushroom bourguignon on my “Hungermama Meal Planning” Facebook group and knew I had to give it a go. We are big fans of beef bourguignon around our house and this vegetarian version was the first one I had seen that worth a try.
The original recipe was a bit too fussy for my (lazy) tastes, so I did what I could to simplify things. I also added more veg via the brussel sprouts in the mash. The most time consuming bit is washing and cutting all the mushrooms, but if you’re really pressed for time, you can always buy them chopped! (Or just have the kids do it earlier in the week when they are bored.) Continue Reading…
I had never heard the term “jacket potato” until we moved to the UK. In America we would just call it a baked potato, but give it a cutesy name and it all of a sudden becomes a thing! You can find “jacket potatoes” on most cafe menus and they seem to be fairly common at dinner time as well. While I have indulged in a jacket potato at a cafe in the past, I have never tried them at home until this week (using this recipe as inspiration). The result? We’ll definitely be having them again soon!
I remember being a kid at my family’s holiday dinner table, passing along the dish of boiled, buttered potatoes without a second thought. My potato world was so small. I wasn’t crazy about the buttered spuds, but they weren’t especially terrible. They were just there. The world is full of incredible potato preparations, and there are far too many ways to enjoy the humble tuber without ever settling for something boring. A frozen shredded potato has very little in common with the knobby, dirty, delectable gems you can find at farmer’s markets. When you can find them, the heirloom varieties benefit from simple preparations that don’t mask the potatoes’ earthy goodness.
This is such a fun, easy meal that is perfect to make ahead for a busy evening. This is particularly meant for those of you who don’t fancy themselves cooks (coughEmmacough). All it really requires is a bit of boiling, and mixing up an easy dressing (or just use one that is readymade). It is great way to introduce salad to kids as it has plenty more than just leaves (which can be difficult for kids to chew).
(PS: For those of you waiting on the salmon burger recipe, I am going to try it again next week to perfect the technique! It is coming soon, I promise!)
[Last week was manic, and this week is even manicker. I am in the last stages of planning this massive event and will also be juggling a big singing gig this week and next. I am definitely feeling in over my head; the good news is that I will have my life back in just over a week-and-a-half! Wahoo! Until then, I am not doing much meal planning because I am not home much. That being said, I will try to post recipes when I can!]
Now to the fun bit:
My friend Kate taught this recipe to me when I was eighteen and it has been a favourite ever since! It requires very few ingredients, is easy to make and it is D-licious. Here’s what you need: