Garlic Parmesan Linguine

So many things have happened since I last posted on here. I got pneumonia at the beginning of October and didn’t really get over it until our newest addition arrived at the beginning of January (baby boy). My husband just took a new job & so life as we now know it will change (yet again!)

Enough of all that! This evening I tried a new recipe from Damn Delicious which was a HUGE hit with the family (especially the kids) and a great meal for the wallet :) I added shrimp to it because my kids love it. It produces a very creamy alfredo type sauce without all the calories of cream! An absolute winner in my book

Serves: 4          Calories: 354          Cost per serving:$0.49

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 4 cloves Garlic – minced
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 8 oz Linguine Pasta – uncooked
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese – freshly grated
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Parsley – chopped
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently, until fragrant

Stir in chicken broth, milk, butter & fettuccine; season with salt & pepper

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is cooked through, about 18-20 minutes

Stir in parmesan cheese, add more milk as needed to achieve the consistency you desire

Serve immediately, garnish with parsley if desired

Garlic Parmesan Linguine

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Taco Soup (for my freezer)

I made an old favourite, Taco Soup this morning & managed to make enough that it will do 8 meals for my family!

It took less than 1 hour & all it needs to be ready to eat after taking it from the freezer is to be defrosted warmed through (which I like to do in my slow cooker on the ‘keep warm’ setting for the day)

Here is the picture of my 8 meals in the pot this morning :)

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Thai Chicken Salad

This salad is delicious, perfect for a summer’s evening! It is really easy & fast to prepare & provides a change to lettuce as a base

You can also change some of the ingredients to suit your palate, give it a try one of these hot days when you don’t want to cook!

Serves: 4                    Calories: 239

  • 6 cups Cabbage – shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups Chicken Breast – shredded
  • 1 large Carrot – grated
  • 1/4 cup Peanuts/Cashew Nuts – chopped
  • 2 Green Onions – thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro – finely chopped
  • 1 Avocado – peeled & diced
  • 1/4 cup Peanut Butter
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1 tbsp Sugar – or more, to taste

Put cabbage in a large salad bowl & top with chicken, carrot, nuts, onion, cilantro & avocado

Place the remaining ingredients plus 2 tbsp water into a small bowl & whisk until thoroughly mixed. Pour over the salad & gently toss to combine

Thai Chicken Salad

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Hoisin Meatballs

It has been a long time since I posted something new, but over the next few days I should have 3 new recipes up here. We went away for 8 weeks to England & while there I hardly cooked a thing! It was so nice :) We are now back & routine is getting back to normal, although it has been really hot here over the past week.

A great dish from Damn Delicious, really quick & easy to prepare & didn’t heat up the house too much!

The kids were not fans of the hoisin sauce, but I LOVED them! It took about 30 minutes in prep & cooking time together, along with some rice & steamed broccoli it made for a really delicious dinner

Serves: 4                    Calories: 326

  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 cup Breadcrumbs (I used Panko)
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 large Egg
  • 2 cloves Garlic – minced
  • 3 Spring Onions – thinly sliced (extra for garnish)
  • Sesame Seeds – for garnish
  • 1/4 cup Hoisin Sauce
  • 2 tbsp. Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic – minced
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger

Preheat oven to 400°F/200°C/Gas Mark 6

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper & set aside

In a large bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients: beef, oil, breadcrumbs, ginger, egg, garlic & onions

Using a wooden spoon or clean hands, stir until well combined & roll the mixture into balls to form 18-20 meatballs

Place the meatballs onto the baking sheet & bake for 12 minutes, or until each ball is browned & cooked through

While the meatballs are cooking, make the sauce: Whisk together hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic & ginger

Serve meatballs immediately with the hoisin sauce & garnished with spring onions & sesame seeds

Hoisin Meatballs

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Pancakes

These pancakes are good for any time of the day. The kids love having pancakes for breakfast or dinner & were even happier this morning when I put chocolate chips in the batter!

If you are looking for a fantastic pancake recipe, look no further than this :)

Buttermilk Pancakes

 

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