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Weekly menu – 1/8/17

Sunday – Utica chicken riggies
Monday – Spaghetti with quick san marzano tomato sauce
Tuesday – Popcorn chicken with oven fries
Wednesday – Leftovers
Thursday – Buffalo chicken sandwiches
Friday – Homemade pizza
Saturday – Pot roast with root vegetables


Black bean veggie burgers from scratch

It is the week of New Years and like a lot of folks one of my resolutions is to eat better and exercise more.  One of our favorite recipes lately is black bean veggie burgers.  They are meat free but still contain a good deal of protein and flavor.  The best part is that they are fairly low in calories and fat and they taste great!  If you are looking for a great side dish to go along with the burgers, check out our recipe for baked avocado fries!

black bean veggie burger


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Weekly menu – 1/2/17

Monday – Pork empenadas with avocado cream
Tuesday – Gnocchi pomodoro
Wednesday – Black bean veggie burgers
Thursday: Chicken with Thai peanut sauce
Friday: Crock pot butter chicken with rice


Weekly menu – 5/1/16

Sunday – Pulled pork sliders with maple chipotle bbq sauce on pretzel rolls, skillet potatoes and salad
Monday –  Turkey pesto meatballs, angel hair pasta and salad
Tuesday – Pulled pork lettuce wraps with avocado aioli, broccoli and couscous
Wednesday – Chicken and roasted garlic chowder
Thursday – Meatball subs and salad
Friday – Thai honey glazed chicken, rice, grilled pineapple and salad


Maple chipotle bbq sauce recipe

Maple Chipotle BBQ Sauce RecipePart of our process of cooking things from scratch involves growing vegetables in the garden.  Last summer we had an excellent tomato harvest.  We canned a lot of the tomatoes (not enough as we used up the last jar a couple weeks ago) and had some left that we wanted to do something with.  Kelly doesn’t exactly like ketchup, but she found a recipe online made up a batch to can.  It was quite a bit different than the plastic squeeze bottle from the supermarket.  It wasn’t as thick and was a bit chunky, but it was sweet and zesty and had a nice spicy profile to it.  It hasn’t replaced our plastic squeeze bottle for hamburgers and hot dogs, but we thought it would make a great base for a barbecue sauce.   That is how we arrived at this homemade maple chipotle bbq sauce recipe.  We used to buy one that was we really liked, but it came from a specialty food store and was quite a bit more that your run of the mill bbq sauce.  [continue reading…]


VacMaster PRO260 to the rescue

VacMaster PRO260 Quick Marinating

Use the VacMaster PRO260 for Quick Marinating

When you are cooking food from scratch it becomes essential to plan and prepare for meals that require extra time for marinating to achieve optimum flavor.  This becomes especially crucial when you are trying to prepare a meal after work and before practice or games or whatever takes up your time during the evening.  I ran into that earlier this week. I was making our honey jalapeno grilled chicken and didn’t marinate the chicken ahead of time.  [continue reading…]


Weekly menu – 4/17/16

Sunday – Thai grilled chicken with peanut sauce, rice and salad
Monday – Beef kofta, tabbouleh salad
Tuesday – Grilled honey jalapeno chicken, skillet potatoes and broccoli
Wednesday – Beef Fajitas with guacamole and corn
Thursday – Korean BBQ Chicken skewers, leftover tabbouleh salad
Friday – Rosemary grilled chicken and salad


Tzatziki sauce recipe

Tzatziki sauce recipeI recently posted a recipe for grilled Greek chicken.  This tzatziki sauce recipe is our favorite condiment to serve with it.  It’s a delicious balance of greek yogurt, olive oil, lemon, cucumber and signature Greek spices.  Even the children love it! [continue reading…]


Grilled Greek chicken

Grilled Greek Chicken Spring is here and its time to start thinking about grilling outside more.  One of our favorite grilled recipes is grilled Greek chicken.  The marinade recipe uses common ingredients that you probably have on hand. Another big plus is that you don’t have to marinate the chicken for many hours to get that bold grilled Greek chicken flavor.  In as little as 45 minutes your chicken will be ready for the grill and you won’t be disappointed. [continue reading…]


Weekly menu – 4/10/16

Sunday – Spicy black bean empanadas, mexican corn salad and avocado cream
Monday – Crockpot beef tacos with leftover corn salad
Tuesday – Pot stickers with Asian salad
Wednesday – Beef tortilla soup
Thursday – Pork Milanase, mac and cheese and broccoli
Friday – Grilled Greek chicken, couscous and broccoli