Archive | August, 2012

Lentil Taco “Meat”

29 Aug

One of the things I wanted to try to incorporate into family dinner was more vegetarian based meals. I’ve always liked the idea of vegetarianism but could never delve into it without feeling like I was leaving something more than meat out. Maybe my earlier forays were more bland than they should have been. Or maybe I just didn’t feel full after eating them.

Then I picked up this book and saw the lentil tacos; I decided to give it a go. I’ve now made this recipe two or three times. Max, my eight year old, actually requests these more often than regular tacos. The texture is meaty and the flavor is full on taco.

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I’m going away for a few days…

22 Aug

Work has been a little crazy lately, right as soon as I walk through the door.  Lots of people, lots of phone calls and lots of running around.  I have a short work week because I will be flying out for a wedding in San Diego and with this in mind, I decided I’d unwind at home before I leave and… cook?  Yep, that’s right – I do find it relaxing and it gets my mind in a different mode.

Lately, when I’m trying to recreate a recipe I try to find something that I can have or combine with something else for the week.  It helps out a lot since lately I’ve been rushing out the door in the morning and I am not at all good at packing a lunch the night before.  I also like my husband being able to grab something quickly from the fridge for his lunch – it’s beneficial all around!  Sooo, it’s potato tacos for dinner!!  They’re pretty easy to make once you get the hang it and I’m sure they’ll be gone by the end of the week.  Caution: these tacos are fried which makes them so bad in a good way!  Enjoy.

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It Begins with a Celebration!

15 Aug

What better way to start a new blog, then with a party? We are celebrating Jasper’s 4th birthday with a dinosaur theme, third year in a row!

This year we made a dinosaur dig cake for Jasper using the help from Family Fun.

For the food I decided to make this Brussels sprout bacon pizza for his party as well as the more kid friendly cheese and pepperoni pizzas.

The Brussels sprout bacon pizza is one of those combinations that may sound odd for pizza but it totally works, just as it does on its own or in a pasta. I think the secret is the balsamic vinegar. It mellows out the flavor of the Brussels sprouts. Oh, and the bacon! Don’t skimp on the bacon. I suppose turkey bacon would work, but, let’s face it, turkey bacon is just sad. And this is a party!

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