Monthly Archives: January 2015

Lemon Pie Cheesecake

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Oh my, this came about because of my craving for something lemon flavoured, and me just being lazy.

I’ve made a pumpkin pie baked into a chocolate cake with homemade frosting once and it was marvellous! When it came to wanting a lemon pie built/baked into a vanilla cake, with cream cheese frosting I wanted to do it, but I forgot to buy a pre-made pie crust, so I said eff it and I mixed them all together and got something that looked like this…

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So I also forgot to take my cream cheese brick out of the freezer, so I chopped it up while still frozen and shoved the pieces randomly into the batter.

The batter was a PC Vanilla Bourbon Cake, and the Pie filling was any standard Lemon pie filling, I think I had Sherrif.

I’m glad I shoved the cream cheese in instead of making a frosting out of it, it had way less sugar that way!

I baked it at 350 degrees for about 40 mins, but basically until I stuck a knife in the middle and it came out almost clean.

I was like a loaf or pudding cake, very dense consistency. For me it was perfect with a cup of Chai, not too sweet, with a little lemon and cheese flavour, yummy! Oh I sprinkled some powdered sugar to hide all the cracks in the cake!

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Oh I just remembered if you use a springform pan like I did line the bottom with parchment or wax paper, and grease the sides of the pan with butter. You can also just pour evenly into muffin tins for individual portions!

Enjoy!!

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One pot chicken and veggie pasta

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Wow so this turned out wonderful

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Ingredients:

– Lean Ground chicken 1.2 lbs
– 1 box gluten free elbow macaroni (I used the PC Brand)
– 2 cups of homemade tomato sauce, or any thick brand
– 1 and 3/4 cups of milk (I used one percent)
– 1 and 1/2 cups of stock, whatever flavour
Р1 medium red onion almost pur̩ed
– 2 tbsps of minced garlic
– 3/4 if a bag of washed spinach mixed with Kale
– PC Black label Zataar seasoning to taste, I used 2 tbsps. You can also use any sort of fresh herbs, Italian or Greek seasoning pouches would be a great replacement

Directions:
Here comes the easy part; brown the meat, onions, garlic, and seasoning, at a medium heat, if you have an induction cooktop like me I do it at 6.
(I also hardly ever cook with oil, because I find meat has enough when you cook it slowly)

Then once everything is browned and cooked through add the spinach mix, cover and lower heat to a simmer, for 5 mins or until soft.

Last step: add the pasta on top of the meat and spinach mix and fill up the skillet with all the liquid. I find if you put the tomato sauce in the middle last it seeps into everything else. You cover the pot and cook on medium low, until pasta is cooked, it took me about 10mins and it was ready.

I sprinkled Romano cheese on it for the kids and hubby, and chipotle hot sauce for me! Seriously this was to die for on a super cold Monday night!

I also paired it with a small glass of red wine so if there are any errors in this article I blame the food coma that I am in!

Pumpkin, banana,chocolate chip, oat flour muffin

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These were yummy!
I found the recipe from here:
http://freshfitnhealthy.com/2014/01/pumpkin-banana-breadmuffins-with-protein-chocolate-chips/

I used semi sweet chocolate chips, and more pumpkin that I had left over from a pie I made that was in the freezer. Also rather than making a loaf or a full batch of muffins I used these little silicone baking cups to get the shape and have less dishes! My son put his in hearts and gave me one, swoon! He also ate two muffins for dinner, none the wiser that it was a healthy treat!

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Mustard glazed salmon over udon noodles

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1/4 cup butter
1/4 honey
2 tbsp of low sodium soy sauce
1/4 horse radish grainy mustard
2tbsp of minced garlic
Udon noodles pack (T&T brand is already portioned controlled)
3 heads of Broccoli

Whisk it together and pour over 4 salmon pieces bake in oven for 20 mins at 425 degrees

Cook udon noodles and steam broccoli at the same time if you have a steamer basket like me for your big pasta pot, which I Love! Less dishes are always a good thing!

Drain noodles and toss with broccoli and pour sauce of fish over all noodles and then place the fish on top so that the noodles soak up the yummy goodness!

As a side note if your salmon pieces are bigger, you can double up the sauce recipe or just add water to the sauce to have enough sauce to cover your fish in the baking pan. I used a banana loaf pan.

The whole point of this recipe is to make one family meal, that is relatively healthy, and you can always use rice noodles or buckwheat soba noodles whatever floats your boat! Enjoy, and remember if I can make it anyone can. Seriously I only began cooking, regularly, when I moved to the burbs!

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Cheapest trick for clean dishes

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Ok the cheapest way to clean your dishes is by hand, but this is basically the best way to clean dishes in the dishwasher. I know everyone likes those pods, but they aren’t that great for the longevity of your dishwasher. Anyway the use of Cascade liquid, regular price is like 2.99 and you can find it on sale for like 1.99 for the big bottle, and then the rinse aid which is about 5.99 regular price, or on sale for about 2.99. But the secret is to actually put a drop of the blue DAWN dishwashing liquid and you have just made your own platinum pod solution minus the plastic that damages your dishwasher! Spot free wonderfully clean dishes!

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