Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Menu Plan Monday


Monday: Patty melts and fries

Tuesday:  Spag bol and salad

Wednesday: Pizza

Thursday: Sage and apple pork chops, mashed potatoes and peas

Friday: Eating out
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Cherry Almond Smoothie

It doesn't matter how many Texas summers I live through, I just can't get used to the heat.  I have English skin, it wasn't meant to see sunlight!  This summer I have been really enjoying smoothies in the mornings, because when you wake up to almost 90 degree temps a hot bowl of oatmeal just does not appeal.  I have made many smoothie variations but my favourite and the one I always want is this cherry almond smoothie.

1 cup frozen dark sweet cherries
1/2 cup greek yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract

In a blender add the milk, yogurt, sugar, extracts and cherries.  Blend well and serve immediately. 

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Menu Plan Monday


Monday: Pork curry, jasmine rice and naan bread

Tuesday: Breakfast - bacon, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes and toast

Wednesday: Pizza

Thursday: Somerset pork, mashed potatoes and green beans

Friday: Driving to Tulsa, so whatever we stop for on the way
See other menu plans over at Organizing Junkie

Monday, July 13, 2015

Menu Plan Monday


Monday: Hot dogs, corn on the cob and coleslaw

Tuesday:  Chicken tikka, jasmine rice

Wednesday: Ribs, corn bread, corn on the cob

Thursday: Spag bol and salad

Friday: Eating out
See other menu plans over at Organizing Junkie

Sunday, July 12, 2015

SRC - Italian Summer Salad

Time for another Secret Recipe Club reveal I love getting my blog assignment each month and this month I was assigned the blog  Miz Helen's Country Cottage.  I was so thrilled to be assigned Helen's blog.  I have been reading her blog for a long time now, have contributed to her full plate Thursday link ups and she always leaves sweet comments every reveal day.  

As always my first stop was the dessert recipes and it didn't take me long to decide on the lemon cheesecake.  I sent Randal the link and fully expecting my sugar addict husband to be all for it and I was truly stunned that his response was "looks great, but how about this Italian summer salad" I think I read his email 3 times just to make sure my husband was suggesting a salad over a cheesecake!  He has decided to try and eat more healthy and I want to support that idea.

Because it is just the two of us and the recipe makes quite a lot, I decided to halve the entire recipe.  It still made a lot and we had it several times over a few days.   It has a fresh and vibrant taste with lots and lots of vegetables, although I did leave out the yellow squash and olives.   We enjoyed it very much!

8 oz pasta, any variety
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1/2 English cucumber, chopped
1 courgette, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 cup mozzarella cheese, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp dried basil
3/4 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp  sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
To make the dressing,  combine the olive oil, vinegar and spices in a small bowl.  Whisk to combine and set aside.
In a large bowl, add the chopped vegetables and the 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper.  Pour the dressing over the vegetables and set aside.

Cook the pasta according to package directions, drain and let cool.
Combine the cooled pasta with the vegetables, add in the mozzarella cheese, mix together and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.

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