Cooking Up a Storm 2016

 

Since 2014 I have not tackled a full day of cooking. However, recently after moving to the country, getting home later and working out in the evenings it is harder and harder to get a healthy meal in. A friend recently made some frozen slow cooker meals which gave me the kick in the butt I needed to get this done!

There were several recipes that I made last time that I would make again...these were the 2 I DIDN'T like:

 

Chicken Marrakesh - found it too sweet with the sweet potatoes

 Tequila Lime Pork Tenderloin  - Just didn't like the flavours...maybe it was paired with something else properly like tacos or something...but wasn't a fan.

 
The rest were really good, but didn't re-make them all so I could try some new recipes.

 
Remakes from 2014 -

 Chicken Tortilla Soup - added black beans and green chilies (Tripled the recipe) - Add shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips and a dollop of sour cream on top at time of serving.

 (made 3 packages)

 Mongolian Beef  - no changes - SOOO GOOOD! I cook rice and broccoli that evening. I break apart the beef and add the broccoli folding into the sauce. Serve over rice.

 (made 2 packages)

  Pineapple Salsa Chicken- no changes

 (made 3 packages with 5 chicken breasts each). Super easy to make even without freezing it! 3 ingredients make it yummy and easy!

 

I also made 5 bags of cooked ground beef. 3 of which were seasoned with Taco seasoning to easily pull out and make tacos or Taco Casserole

 

New recipes - haven't tried yet!

 Coconut Basil Chicken - The mixture of smells were amazing...cant wait to try this one! Made as directed

 (2 packages of 5 chicken breasts)

 

Chorizo Spiced Pulled Pork  - Made as directed

 (2 bags with 1.5 large pork tenderloins)

 

Sausage and Gnocchi Soup - Made as directed. Add Gnocchi when cooking.

 (3 packages)

 

Mushroom Stroganoff - I added 2 cut up chicken breasts as well in order add some additional protein

 (3 packages)

 

Pork Paprikash  - This is another one where the ingredients were surprising me, looking forward to trying it. Made it as directed.

 (3 packages with 1.5 large pork tenderloins)

 

Moroccan Lentil Stew- I wanted a vegetarian dish in case the neighbours or my niece came over! The kale was an interesting addition (never cooked with kale before). Will be interesting to try!

 (2 packages)

 

Chicken Caccaitore with Mushrooms- Not a fan of olives, so I will eliminate those from the recipe when cooking. .

 (2 packages)

Cooking up a Storm 2014

Normally I chase storms, but today I cooked one up (a storm that is) ...

 For those interested in the 40 meals in 4 hours....here was my version.

Sunday I spent about 1.5 hours planning WHAT I wanted to cook, then spent almost 2 hours shopping for all the ingredients. I had 2 store stops (Costco and Superstore).

Monday (today), I spent 8 hours cooking and cleaning...the result...over 60 meals. Happy I now have 2 months worth of meals I don’t have to worry about, especially during the busy summer months! 

I had a couple of requests for the recipes. Here they are and the changes I personally made. I haven’t tried them all yet...so I can’t guarantee the taste...just yet! 

 Pineapple Salsa Chicken - no changes ( Made 2 pkgs of 4 chicken breasts each)
Jumbalaya  - used spicy turkey sausage instead. Should add a nice extra spice.  (Made 3 bags - tripled the recipe)
Ribs - My own recipe (from Dad) - Boil them up with spices, add BBQ sauce concoction smother with BBQ and individually wrap them.

Borscht  (see recipe below).
Chicken Marrkesh - no changes (Doubled the recipe)
Red Curry Chicken - recipe calls for Green, I used Red Curry Paste instead!  (Doubled the recipe)
Pork Chili - no changes (Doubled the recipe)
Tequila Lime Pork Tenderloin - no changes (1 bag -  2 tenderloins)
Mongolian Beef  - no changes - smelled really good (Doubled the recipe into 2 bags)
Maple Dijon Chicken Thighs - no changes (Almost doubled the recipe - put about 12 thighs into one bag).
Chicken Tortilla Soup - added black beans and green chilies (Doubled the recipe) Will add the cheese and tortilla chips and a dollop of sour cream at time of serving.
Stuffed Peppers - Added extra veggies (spinach and mushrooms) (Will purchase fresh peppers when I pull it out! Oh and I didn’t have rice on hand, so I will add that when I cook it! 

I also cut up a tube of Beef tenderloin (1/2 marinated in olive oil and spices 1/2 marinated in BBQ concoction) to pull out on a perfect BBQ day and I had 8 chicken thighs left over that I froze on their own.

All in all once I cook them and re-freeze the left overs I will have over 60 meals. All in all, well worth the effort!

I will cook all recipes on low for 6-8 hours.

Borscht recipe

2 medium beets peeled and cut into thin strips
1 Medium Carrot, chopped
1 medium Onion, chopped
1 cup chopped shredded cabbage
1 medium potato (peeled and chopped)
1/2 cup chopped celery
6 cups water (don’t add to bag, add when adding to slow cooker)

 

2 pkgs Beef Bouillon powder
1/2 cup boiling water (add bouillon to dissolve then add lemon juice - add whole thing to bag when cooled)
1 tsp dill weed
salt + pepper to taste
1 lb ground beef
1 cup frozen peas (add 1/2 hr prior to serving)

Add a dollop of sour cream when serving.

 The result (all but the tenderloin and leftover chicken thighs).

 

WInnipeg City Lights

Northern Lights showed up last night over Winnipeg!  (May 3, 2014)
When headnig to bed around 11pm last night I caught a glimpse of green out the window as I settled under the covers. My husband confirmed my suspicions and he told me to take some shots! I quickly grabbed the camera, removed the screen from the bedroom window and shot for about an hour.

They are not common to be so bright and active over the city since the lights cause so much pollution, but they were quite visible as you can see from the image below!

I was shooting at ISO 800, 4 seconds, f/4.

Winnipeg Lights

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