Spinach garlic beef burgers


These are so delicious and you would never guess that there is 4 carrots and a bag of spinach in them! Plus all the garlic… keeping the colds away this time of year!

Small package of beef

1 bag of spinach (wilted in microwave then blended, squeeze extra moister out)

3-4 carrots grated

1/2 cup GF oats

1/2 bulb garlic finely minced

1 tsp onion powder

1 tbsp ginger

salt and pepper to taste

one egg

In a bowl combine all ingredients. place formed patties in a hot frying pan with a little oil. Fry 5 min then flip and fry 5 min more. Then put the burgers in the oven on 350 and bake till fully cooked (about 30-45 min depending on the size of your burgers),  if adding cheese do it at the end of the baking time.

let rest a few minutes, put on your favorite GF bun with your favorite toppings.

This burger is great for garlic lovers 🙂 and you cannot taste the veggies (yes you can see them but that’s not what counts)

Fudgy chocolate cake


chocolate lover? this cake is for you! I dare you to try and eat more than one piece!

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 18 oz squares bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 6 eggs
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees .
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat combine the water, salt and sugar. Stir until completely dissolved and set aside.
  3. in the top half of a double boiler melt the bittersweet chocolate. Cut the butter into pieces and beat the butter into the chocolate, 1 piece at a time.Beat with electric mixer on medium low. Beat in the hot sugar-water. Slowly beat in the eggs, one at a time.
  4. Pour the batter into greased cake pan. Have a pan larger than the cake pan ready, put the cake pan in the larger pan and fill the pan with  water halfway up the sides of the cake pan.
  5. Bake cake in the water bath at 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) for 45 minutes. The center will still look wet. Chill cake overnight in the pan.
  6. To unmold, dip the bottom of the cake pan in hot water for 10 seconds, cut with hot wet knife.
  7. (mine looks like its discoloured its just form a couple drop of water that got on it.

Date apricot almond coconut balls!


Great snack food! This is way cheaper than the ones you buy pre-made!

(makes 23 balls)

3 cups dates

1 cup apricots

1/2 cup  ground almond

1/2 cup coconut

(honey optional depends how sweet you like it, if you use honey you may want to add more almond)

In a food processor put in dates and almonds and blend on high untill it forms into a ball. add ground almond . take out and roll into balls. roll ball over coconut. Enjoy 🙂

will stay fresh in fridge for 5 days

Unfinished projects


Over a year ago I started to knit a dress for my daughter who was 2 at the time. Life got very busy and I never finished it.

I was about to unravel it to re-use the wool and my daughter stopped me. She asked me to finish it … to my suprise she isnt that much bigger around so I decided to give it  ashot.

This is where I left off at.

Added the black to the top.

The straps

crochet a border on to the bottom.

 

The finished product 🙂

 

She was so happy 🙂 Glad I finished it!!

Sweet and sour pineapple chicken


Yummy! is all I can say about this one! So simple but so good!

Sweet and sour sauce:

 

1/4 c vinegar

1 tbsp soya sauce

1 tbsp cornstarch

1/2 c brown sugar

one can pineapple juice and all

On the stove add everything but the pineapple chunks toa sauce pan. boil untill thicken, add the pine-apple chunks back and set aside.

Brown chicken thighs in a frying pan. Add them to a casserole dish, top with sweet and sour sauce and bake at 350 for about an hour or untill chicken is fully cooked.

Serve with yummy rice 🙂

 

Beef and Veggie stew


Its snowing!! We dont get much snow here and I am so thrilled there is snow on the ground!!

The perfect meal to go with this snow:

Beef and veggie stew this will make a HUGE pot of soup!!

Beef or deer (large roast)

rice flour (with dried thyme, salt, pepper, ginger, garlic powder, onion powder)

2 onions

2 bulbs of garlic

1 tbsp of ginger

salt and pepper to taste

5 potatoes

3 carrots

4 parsnips

1 butternut squash

1 acorn squash

2 pkg of frozen spinach

bunch of kale

stalk of celery

broth (I used chicken but usually would use beef)

in a bowl combine rice flour with dried herbs, then dredge beef in the flour. In your soup pot and a generous amount of oil and brown the beef so it is crispy. Work in batches. DONT skip this step this will add a ton of flavour to your soup.

 

I used a food processor to chop my garlic and onion. Add a bit more oil to the soup pot if needed . There will be a lot of brown stuff on the bottom dont worry its supposed to be like that as long as it isnt burnt. Add garlic and onion. Fry until translucent. Then add a little water and scrap the brown bits off the bottom, blending with he onions.

Add broth and bring to a boil. Add beef and ginger,  simmer for several hours (I did about 5 hours)

Then add all the other veggies except the spinach and kale.

Simmer for about an hour till veggies are tender. Add kale and spinach.

Enjoy on a cold day 🙂

 

 

 

RIBS!!


I wish I could attach smells to this post!

These were sooo tasty!

Slow cooked beef short ribs:

sort ribs

bbq sauce

dash of soy sauce

When I froze the short ribs I placed a ton of bbq sauce with them so they were pre marinated. I then thawed them in the fridge. I added everything to the slow cooker and a little waster to cover the ribs.

Place on high for an hour then on low for 4-5 hours

be very careful taking them out of the slow cooker because they are now very tender.

you can re-use the sauce in the slowcooker by adding cornstarch or just use more bbq sauce. I was out of bbq sauce so I used what was in the slow cooker and it was sooo good!

Place ribs on a baking sheet and broil each side for 2 min.

add sauce and place back in the oven. ( i had oven on 400 but you can broil just keep a close eye on it)

 

So what goes well with bbq ribs?

GARLIC MASHED POTATOES!!!

this is easy!

First roast some garlic. cut the top of, place upside down and bake in oven on 300 until garlic is soft

Add to mashed potatoes (I like using a electric hand mixer makes them creamy)

top with RIBS!!!

 

Gluten free Perogies


Are you missing perogies? those yummy, crispy cheese filled pockets of goodness? So was I so I made a HUGE batch!

Before you get scared  off and think that’s too hard, too much work or to complicated. Its so easy, cheap to make and you can make a huge batch and freeze it for convinence later.

The wrap:

2 cups tapioca flour

1/2 rice flour (brown or white)

1/2 cup corn starch

1/2 potato starch

2 1/2 tsp xanthan gum

1 1/4 cup water

1/8 cup olive oil

Filling: (the amounts depend on you taste this is what I used, and keep in mind you dont need much. I like to make about 20 batches of this, one batch of wrap will make 26 perogies and you need about 1-1/2 cups of potato filling)

potatoes  boiled mashed (I made mine half cauliflower for more veggies)

goat cheddar (or nutritional yeast for vegan option)

carmlized onions

(other options chives, bacon)

Wrap:

In a large bowl mix all dry ingredients to gether really well.

In a small bowl mix water and oil, gradually add to flour mixture and work with hands (you may not need all the water). Keep working dough untill and is smooth and stretchy,

Roll out between 2 pieces of wax paper. (this method is used for all GF dough recipes I have found)

Using a cup or jar press into dough to make circles. (Notice where my son stole some..)

 

 

Place filling in each circle, fold over and press sides in. Try not to over stuff you will crack the dough.

place on a baking sheet (I suggest on wax paper mine stuck). Place in freezer for about 30 min then into freezer bag.

 

 

Making the perogie!!!

If you decided to throw all the perogies in a bag and not freeze them first, they will be a solid mass. Drop it in boiling water and allow so seperate on its own (you’ll notice I didnt do that and 2 of mine broke a little). Then place in a hot frying pan with oil.

I made turkey bacon bits with mushroom and green onion:

 

Add bacon when perogies are done.

Serve with sour cream (or goat yoghurt in my case) and green onions YUM!!!

 

Sometime you just gotta


After months of dieting, excersise… I decided it was time for some real food!  🙂

NACHOS! Yum! I love nachos!

Never really followed a recipe but here is one of my favs:

goat cheddar (or reg cheddar)

canned spicy peppers

black olives

tomatoes

green onions

black beans (or ground meat cooked)

tortilla chips

refried beans for dipping

guacamole for dipping

salsa

top tortillas with toppings and bake at 300 untill cheese is melted.

My new blender


I have been wanting a new blender for years now. I really wanted a glass blender and I managed to find one brand new for 20$ I was so happy because 20$ was all I had for a new blender. It is only a 4 cup one but that is PERFECT for me! I have a small fridge so this one will actually fit and will fit in my cupboard. What I really need this for is smoothies 🙂

I love smoothies because they are great energy for when I am chasing after toddlers.

I never fallow a recipe for smoothies but here are a few I love:

Prune plum blueberry:

frozen prune plums (I get these in the fall and pit them then freeze them)

blue berries

banana

yoghurt or almond milk

(water is using yoghurt)

I don’t measure I just add what looks right

black berry orange:

blackberries

orange juice

banana

Chocolate banana:

banana

chocolate almond milk

peach berry:

frozen peaches

blueberry

blackberry

yoghurt

water

 

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