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Super Filling Lentil and Wild Rice bowl

Good evening y’all!

Remember how in my last post how I complained about the cold weather? Well would you believe that its shorts and t-shirt weather again? It went from six degrees on Sunday to what should be twenty-seven degrees come the end of the week!

How crazy is that?

Well I sure don’t mind! Though I will hopefully be getting a pair of boots in the mail from JustFab soon. Even if the weather isn’t as cold as it was the other day, it will be colder soon enough and I can rock my taupe wide-calved heeled boots!

Anyway I had the BEST supper tonight! You know when you have just one plate/bowl and you are instantly full? Well the meal for the evening was one of those meals.

I have a love/hate relationship for those types of meals though. Because they are generally so good that you just want more however your body is so full that you can’t have any! How heart breaking is that? My poor stomach is sobbing. And no it isn’t just gas! It wants to eat more!

I got the recipe from A Family Feast, this is the first time I’ve ever visited this place, but with this recipe I will definitely be coming back for more fabulous recipes! The direct link to this recipe can be found here.

Wild Rice and Lentils with Feta

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (200g) wild rice
  • 2 cups (500ml) vegetable stock
  • 1 cup (400g) orange lentils
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 cups (1000ml) water
  • 4 green onions, both green and whites, sliced
  • 1 medium sized red bell pepper (90g) (I used yellow though), diced
  • 1 medium sized zucchini (115g), cubed
  • ½ cup (50g) feta, crumbled
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a medium sauce pan cook wild rice in vegetable stock (or water) as directed on the package.

  2. In a large sauce pan combine lentils, bay leaves, and water and cook until lentils are soft.

  3. Once both rice and lentils are cooked, drain and combine in a large bowl.

  4. Chop green onions, bell pepper, and zucchini and add to the rice and lentil bowl.

  5. Add feta, olive oil, white vinegar, thyme, lemon pepper, and salt and pepper to taste.

  6. Mix well and serve!

Love this! It was the perfect amount of heaven.

I absolutely loved this meal! Oh my god! I will be enjoying this for lunch tomorrow too! Can’t wait! Because I’m already too full to have anymore right now.

Anyway, do any of you hate cross contamination when it comes to chopping boards? Because I majored in international hotel and business management, I know all about chopping boards and like things neat and tidy in my kitchen. Especially when it comes to the chopping boards.

Chopping Boards

I finally got the permanent markers I needed to write on the chopping boards. I’ve been needing those markers for a good long while and only JUST got them. I’m very happy now!

So now I feel organized, content, and my stomach is happy.

I hope you all think about making this dish too and enjoy it as much as I did!

Happy eating

Cold Weather Food means Pie!

I hate the cold. I really do.

In the Netherlands, winter is generally just under ten degrees centigrade and very very wet. Well it isn’t even officially autumn here and it is like a Dutch winter as it is only six degrees and super duper rainy. It is so wet and cold that I actually had to turn up the thermostat from fourteen to nineteen! So if this is the temperature for a Dutch winter… want to know what a Canadian winter is like?

You know it is cold when you actually feel the need to touch your thermostat! Usually I can brave the cold though that wasn’t the story today.

So with this ridiculous cold I thought to make an almost-winter meal!

Plus I bought two boxes of pie crust with two individual rolls of pie crust in them. So I was thinking of using those up rather than freezing them.

What better way to utilize pie crust than to make a pie? Better yet a chicken pot pie!

How wonderful is that?

Chicken Pot Pie Before Baking

This was the first time I have ever made such a thing. I was speaking to dad on the phone this morning and he told me to use seasoning and herbs to make the pot pie flavourful! So I did that and it smelled AMAZING but I have a feeling I used just too many herbs. Oops.

I got the recipe from Pip and Ebby, but the direct link for the recipe can be found here.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup (50g) carrots, chopped
  • 1 ½ cup (225g) frozen peas
  • 4 asparagus stalks chopped in ¾ inch length
  • 1 yellow onion (150g), chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 ½ cup (190g) chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 1 cup (240ml) chicken broth
  • 1 can (284ml) cream of mushroom soup
  • ¼ cup (60ml) almond milk
  • 1 heaping Tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
  • 2 rolls of refrigerated pie crust

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ᵒF (176ᵒC)

  2. In a large frying pan, combine garlic and vegetables in olive oil at medium heat and fry until soft and fragrant. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Add shredded chicken, chicken broth, cream of mushroom soup, milk, and flour and mix until combined.

  4. Mix well adding herbs and seasoning until you’re happy.

  5. Now place one sheet of pie crust in a pie plate and pour chicken mixture into pie crust. Top with second pie crust sheet and seal sides. With a sharp knife, cut slits to allow pie to breathe when cooking.

  6. Place pie plate on a cookie sheet and put in oven for forty minutes or until golden brown.

  7. Remove from oven and enjoy!

I’m happy to have accomplished this for the first time! But I did over season. Too much thyme!

But it was pretty good for a first time!

I mean generally pot pies are under seasoned with a complete lack of flavour but I just slightly over did it! At least for my taste buds. I am sure my father would have loved it! Though he has a love for sauces and seasonings…

Chicken Pot PieHow does one prevent a pot pie from oozing out the sides though? It makes things very very messy looking.

And does a pot pie ever not look messy? You know how when you slice a cake it looks whole? Well do pot pies always look so blegh?

Chicken Pot Pie

I would think there would be a more solid consistency but that wasn’t quite the case. Is that normal? I am sure it is but I am not a fan of mess. And this is surely extremely messy!

I can say that I feel really warm now! Whether it is that the heat has now been turned on or due to the meal, I don’t know, but I feel good!

No longer cold! But speaking of the cold, I was told that there is meant to be snowfall in southern Alberta one of these days. I was also told that just last month there was snowfall down there as well. How crazy is that? It is meant to be colder in central Alberta, not in southern Alberta! Geez.

But clearly I’m in the right area if I haven’t seen the snow as of yet!

Anyway, this is it for me! Hope you all try this out… maybe with less thyme and rosemary! You won’t regret it!

Happy eating!

I’ve Returned to the Kitchen with some Chicken

Travel: gotta love it, you get to see old friends and family, make new friends in the process, and best of all you get to be lazy and eat out trying new foods and restaurants!

I love traveling, I love trying new things, though I also love being home and cooking my own meals.

So mom and I just returned from the Netherlands last night around ten o’clock. Our trip to the Netherlands was great. I got to see my family, old school mates, and try new restaurants. I’ll be rating those restaurants on TripAdvisor as well. I should really make a living from rating meals and restaurants…

Anyway, I missed home cooked meals. So I’ve got all sorts of wonderful things planned for the next few days. This evenings meal consists of a Lemon Butter Chicken dish. This butter chicken is not a curry. Just a wonderful meal with a lot of butter and lemon juice.

I usually do not cook with a lot of butter (mostly because my father does not like it) but also because I have horrible images of a very well-known Dutch chef sliding a bunch of butter into whatever meal we were making and then sucking his butter coated finger. He is a great man and chef, has a very lovely and known restaurant in the Netherlands, but when I worked with him I experienced his love of butter. And now I am stuck with such a memory of him enjoying raw butter on his index finger.

Anyway, I got the recipe from DamnDelicious, an amazing website with all sorts. I also follow the writer, Chungah on Instagram. She has the two cutest Corgi’s ever! The direct link for the recipe can be found here though.

I almost followed the recipe to a complete T, just that I minimized the amount of chicken and used the breast of a chicken rather than the thigh. Also, I didn’t minimize the amount of liquid for the gravy. I kept the original recipe for the liquid. I love sauce and gravy that I am almost sad when there is barely any for the meal.

Lemon Butter Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 4 breasts of chicken
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 Tablespoons (42g) unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup (235ml) chicken broth
  • ½ cup (120g) heavy cream
  • ¼ cup (25g) parmesan, grated
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cups (450g) fresh spinach, chopped

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400ᵒF (204ᵒC)

  2. Season your chicken with paprika powder and salt and pepper.

  3. In a large oven safe pan at a medium heat, melt two tablespoons of butter then place chicken in pan. Sear sides till golden brown (approx. 2-3 minutes) and set aside.

  4. Melt remaining butter in pan and add garlic and sauté until fragrant, then add chicken broth, heavy cream, parmesan, lemon juice, and thyme to pan.

  5. Bring to a boil but reduce the heat allowing butter mixture to simmer. Add chopped spinach to mixture and mix until wilted and sauce has thickened slightly.

  6. Replace chicken to pan and pop pan into oven to roast chicken until completely cooked through. Cook for about 30 minutes.

  7. Once ready serve over rice with sauce drizzled over chicken and rice.

  8. Enjoy!

Lemon Butter Chicken on a bed of RiceIf you like a creamy garlic/lemon flavoured dish, you should certainly like this! Especially if you can handle butter!

My mom wasn’t the biggest of fans of this dish, but I didn’t mind it!

I’m sure it was healthier than some of the meals I had while in Holland! I didn’t eat THAT unhealthily, but I sorta did. I mean our last lunch meal was from a snack bar! My mom had the typical Dutch kroket while I went for kipcorn! Kipcorn being a chicken stick.

Broodje Kipcorn met fritjesAnyway I hope you will all enjoy this dish!

Happy eating!

Taco Tuesday: Featuring Shrimp and Guacamole

It is official. I hate the heat. Actually no, I hate that the Dutch haven’t thought to install air conditioning units into just about every apartment or house. I hope that after this summer heat they will think that global warming is a real thing and that each coming summer will have highs of thirty. With that knowledge the Dutch will then put air conditionings into houses and apartments. Because Lord knows this heat is making me suffer.

Temperature

A woman is not supposed to perpetrate like I am. It is horrible.

Anyway I finally did what I needed to do: I made tacos for Taco Tuesday!

Shrimp Tacos with Guacamole

I got the recipe from here, though there are several ingredients I left out.

Instructions:

  • 2 gorditas (or small tortilla wraps)
  • 1 cup iceberg lettuce
  • ½ lb (200g) shrimp, deveined
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon paprika powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Guacamole

  • 2 ½ avocados
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ½ yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

Instructions:

  1. In a small frying pan, heat olive oil and add shrimp to cook. Sprinkle with cumin, paprika powder, thyme, garlic, and salt and fry until cooked thoroughly.

  2. Cut avocados in half and remove the seed. Remove the meat from the skin of the avocado and place in a large bowl (or food processor depending on ripeness of avocado), add chopped garlic and onion and mash until avocado is mushy. Add cilantro, lemon juice, and vinegar and mix until flavour is as you prefer. Mix in salt and pepper and refrigerate until ready to use.

  3. Lay out gorditas and place iceberg lettuce on top, spread shrimp over lettuce, add a dollop of guacamole on top of the shrimp and sprinkle with leaves of cilantro.

  4. Finally enjoy!

I have never processed guacamole, but one of my avocados were a bit hard so I couldn’t smoothen it out with just a fork so the food processor worked best! And it worked out best!

Guacamole – like toasted tomato sandwiches, is something I am known for making well. Every time we have traditional tacos at home I have the task of making guacamole for the family. Both my sister and I can eat it straight out the bowl! Mmmhmmm!

Shrimp Tacos with Guacamole

 

You know, because it is so hot and my body cannot handle the heat too well without the air conditioning, I barely eat. Is that a thing for others as well? I was honestly full after only two tacos. The two that are photographed. That is insane! Especially since I usually can eat a horse! 

Anyway, I hope those of you who make my famous guacamole AND the tacos enjoy everything to the max!

¡Buen provecho!

Pizza Without Pizza Sauce

“The meal is not over when I’m full, the meal is over when I hate myself.”

This is a quote that defines me right now. I am currently pregnant with a food baby. Kill me now.

But all self-hate aside, yesterday’s meal was spectacular! To my understanding, everyone loves pizza. I am definitely one of those that fall into the category of “everyone”. At the same time though, majority of people in this day of age love the thought of eating pizza, but prefer not to as it is unhealthy and fattening.

Well yesterday’s meal was anything but unhealthy and fattening!

 Hummus Pita Pizza

How delicious do these miniature pizza’s look? I got the idea from here, but instead of using pita bread (which is actually really difficult to find in the Netherlands), I used my new addiction – gorditas! They are really so much better than the basic non-existent pita bread found local grocery stores!

Ingredients:

  • 5 small pita breads (or gorditas)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoons thyme
  • 1 ½ cups (340g) original hummus
  • 1 cup (149g) cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • ½ cup (74g) cucumber, sliced and quartered
  • ¼ cup (37g) black olives, sliced
  • 1 jalepeño, sliced
  • ¼ cup (37g) feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro, roughly chopped

Instructions:

  1. Drizzle olive oil on hot frying pan and lightly fry pitas, flip frequently and sprinkle with thyme and salt for better flavour

  2. As you fry the pitas, chop vegetables and set aside.

  3. Once pitas are crisp, spread hummus over leaving a centimeter of “crust” visible.

  4. Add chopped vegetables over hummus, arrange so vegetables are spread out evenly.

  5. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and finally with crumbled feta and enjoy!

Although the pita bread (or in my case, gorditas) are not that strong that the pizza stays a flat surface, it is easy enough to fold in half and enjoy!

Too bad it is summer time too as this could make a perfect after school snack for those of you who have kids! But if you do have children this could also be a great snack in the middle of the day between events such as swimming or riding bikes outside. Actually, do kids even do such activities anymore?

When I was a kid, summertime was filled with activities such as riding our bikes all around the desert-like terrain that made up the island of Aruba, swimming in our back yard pool, building tree houses and climbing trees, all sorts of physical activities! Although I am not a physically active person, we did a large amount of physical activity!

My childhood was filled with getting cuts and scrapes every other day. But what about now? Do children still get hurt through physical activity? Or are they more preoccupied with the digital world?

Regardless of what they do, this will be a great snack. Healthy and delicious!

I hope you all enjoy this as much as I did!

Eet smakelijk!

P.S. – here are some photos of my patriotism towards my nation and my second home! (Both the Netherlands and Argentina play against one another tonight… actually right now)

Argentine flag accent nail
Argentine flag accent nail
Dutch flag accent nail
Dutch flag accent nail

And here’s some Dutch humour:

The Kings wife is an Argentine,,,,
The Kings wife is an Argentine,,,,