Archive for May, 2007

If you love tomatoes and you love pesto, this one is a sure hit (it is in our family!).

Adapted from: ATCO Blue Flame

Grilled Tomatoes with Pesto

4 – Roma Tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup – pesto, divided
2 – green onions, sliced thin
1/2 cup – shredded mozzarella or provolone cheese
2 tbsp – chopped fresh parsley

Using a spoon, scoup out top 1/4 inch from each tomato half. Spread a small amount of pesto over each tomato half. Sprinkle green onions on each half. Combine remaining pesto with cheese and top each tomato with mixture.

Grill tomatoes directly on grid or in grill topper over medium heat until tomatoes are heated through and cheese is melted (10-15 minutes). Sprinkle with parsley.

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Iced Chai

This is both refreshing and delicious on a warm day! You’ll probably need to double the recipe – keeps in the fridge for a day or two (unless of course your me and gobble it all down the first day)!

Iced Chai

4 cups – boiling water
4 – english breakfast tea bags
1 – cup milk
3 – tbsp honey
1 stick – cinnamon
1 tsp – vanilla
1 piece – fresh ginger, thinly sliced (approx. 1 inch)

Combine tea bags, ginger, cinnamon and honey in a tea pot (or other similar container). Add boiling water and let stand 10 minutes. Remove tea bags; chill tea in refrigerator. Strain tea into serving pitcher. Stir in milk and vanilla. Serve in tall glasses over ice.

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I am posting a second recipe of the week and a new label (category) – deliciously named Appetizers! I made this for a work potluck last week and it’s always a popular treat – so after a few requests for the recipe here it is!


Asian Cream Cheese Spread

1 block (250gr) cream cheese
soya sauce (your favourite – we use china lily for this spread)
sesame seeds
rice crackers

The night before toast your sesame seeds…..
Pour enough sesame seeds into frying pan to cover bottom. Turn heat onto medium low. Stay next to fry pan, watching sesame seeds…flipping regulary so they don’t burn. Toast to desired doneness. Pour into bowl and let cool. Once cool pour into ziplock bag or container with a lid.

Take cream cheese out of fridge. Using a skewer poke holes on all sides of cream cheese. Put into tupperware like container (with lid) and pour soya sauce on top. Turn cream cheese so that every side is covered in soya sauce. You only need about a quarter of an inch (or less) soya sauce in the bottom. Put into fridge and turn every couple of hours (or whenever you remember) to ensure each side gets some time soaking up the soya sauce.

The next day……
When ready to serve, pour sesame seeds onto plate. Take cream cheese out of container and roll all sides in sesame seeds, covering completely. Put on plate, surround with rice crackers and serve!


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Sloppy Joe Mac

This one has definitely found it’s way into the 30 minute meals folder! Both the big kid and the little kid loved it!

Sloppy Joe Mac

1 lb – ground beef
1 pkg. – kraft dinner macaroni and cheese
2 cups – water
1/2 cup – your favourite bbq sauce
1 cup – tomato sauce
2 cups – shredded lettuce
2 – tomatoes, chopped

Brown meat in large nonstick skillet. Drain.

Add macaroni, water and bbq sauce. Bring to boil, reduce heat to medium; cover. Simmer 8 minutes, stirring twice.

Stir in cheese sauce and tomato sauce mixing to combine; cook until heated through. Pour into bowls and sprinkle with lettuce and tomatoes.

Slurp it up with some whole wheat rolls and have fun!

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