• Juniors Winnipeg Famous Chili recipe

    “Fat Boy Chili” Recipe

    “Like” Junior’s Chili in Winnipeg My mom worked at Junior’s on Henderson Highway from the day they opened their doors in the  late ’70s and for several years thereafter, and we lived just across Henderson on Martin Avenue. I used to sit in Junior’s after school, doing my homework as I waited for her to finish her shift. I grew up eating this stuff. The two Greek cooks – Billy and Savas – were very fond of me, and would always insist on feeding me.  I remember there was a big scandal going on behind the scenes when a former employee at Junior’s and good friend of the owner left,…

  • Jerk Chicken Served with rice

    Auntie Bea’s Jerk Chicken

    1 red onion, coarsely chopped 1 serrano chile, coarsely diced 1 tsp dried thyme 1/2 tsp ground allspice 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp pepper 3lb chicken breasts, boneless, skinless 2 tbsp coconut oil 1 c low sodium chicken broth Optional: 1 red pepper and 1 green pepper, seeded and cut into chunks – about 1.5 cups 4 oz sugar snap peas 1 mango, seeded, diced Juice of 1 lime Serve with rice.  To make it authentic Jamaican you can serve with traditional “rice and peas” by including either peas or red kidney beans (yes, either will make it authentic rice and peas!) in the rice mixture. Or if you…

  • Coconut curry chicken with recipe

    Curried Coconut Chicken

    Made this a couple of weeks ago. Really, really good. A definite keeper. And quite quick and easy too :  )   1 tbsp coconut oil 2 small onions, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 3/4 tsp grated fresh ginger (less than 1/4 tsp ground because tsp fresh grated = 1/4 tsp dry ground) 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (original recipe called for skinless chicken thighs, I altered it to make it healthier) 2 tbsp curry powder 3-4 heaping tbsp raisins or chopped dates (If using dates, you’ll need about 8 – soak in 1/4 c water before hand) 1 (14 oz/ 400 ml) can coconut milk juice from 1/2 a…

  • Wholemeal seeded muffins recipe
    Healthy Snacks

    Auntie Bea’s Seeded Wholemeal Muffins

    One word:  Yummy!!!  In a super-healthy way!  Auntie Bea made these for us when we met her for dinner at the Villa a couple weeks back. I packed on a couple extra pounds after polishing these off over the course of a couple days – I’m super sensitive to carbs!  But at least they were super healthy high fiber carbs and I’m back on the straight and narrow again. I will only allow myself to have these infrequently, as good as they are, otherwise I WILL EAT them, and gain carb weight. So goooood. 1-3/4 cups  (425 mL)  whole wheat flour 1/2 cup  (125 mL)  all-purpose flour 2 tbsp  (30 mL)  packed dark brown sugar…

  • Italian Meat Sauce
    Main Course

    Hearty Italian Meat Sauce

    Hearty Italian Meat Sauce This is another recipe that has been with me for about as long as I’ve been cooking.  It’s a favorite around here, and makes it onto our dinner table frequently.  I usually serve it on top of spaghetti, rigatoni, or medium size pasta shells, but you can serve it with your favorite type of pasta.  A word of caution, however – this is a heavy sauce, so it isn’t recommended for especially delicate pastas such as Angel Hair.  Just add a tossed or Caesar salad  and a slice of garlic toast and enjoy Italian eating at it’s best! 2 Tbsp. olive oil 1/3 c. chopped onion…

  • Turkey Meatballs with Chutney Sauce

    Turkey Meatballs With Optional Chutney Sauce

    Haven’t tried this yet, but intend to do so shortly. From my cookbook I had since the 80s – Microwaving Poultry and Seafood. 1 lb ground turkey 1/4 c oats or oat flour 1 egg, beaten – or equivalent egg whites 1 tbsp fresh parsley 1/2 tsp chili powder 1/8 tsp pepper Optional Chutney Chili Sauce 1/2 c chopped onion 1 clove garlic 1.5 tsp chili powder 8 oz tomato puree or tomato sauce 1/2 c chutney Mix meatball ingredients and shape into balls. Cook either by baking in oven, frying in coconut oil (use least amount of oil possible), or in microwave at 70% for 7 – 13 minutes…

  • Greek Meatballs with Optional Tomato Sauce

    Greek Meatballs (Chicken)

    Made this around April 23, 2014. Very nice flavor. Husband gave it the thumbs up. Good addition to our weight management recipes. Didn’t make the sauce. From my old cookbook from the 80s (ah, the 80s….) “Microwaving Poultry and Seafood”, published 1986 1 lb ground turkey 1/4 chopped onion 1 egg, beaten (or equivalent egg whites) 2 tbsp oats or oat flour 2 tbsp fresh parsley (or equivalent dried) 1 tsp chopped jar garlic 1tsp dried oregano 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1/4  tsp allspice (I omitted) Combined all ingredients, mix well. Form into balls. Bake in oven til cooked or fry in coconut oil, using as little oil as possible. Altertnatively,…

  • Beef

    Summer Steak Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette

    Ingredients: 8 oz  (250 g)  beef grilling steak 1/4 tsp  (1 mL)  black pepper 8 cups  (2 L)  arugula leaves 2 mini- cucumbers (or half English cucumber) 1/3 cup  (75 mL)  thinly sliced sweet onion 1/3 cup  (75 mL)  shaved or shredded Parmesan cheese     Tomato Vinaigrette: Half small clove garlic, pressed 2 tsp  (10 mL)  balsamic vinegar 1/4 tsp  (1 mL)  salt 1/4 tsp  (1 mL)  anchovy paste 1/4 cup  (60 mL)  extra-virgin olive oil 1/3 cup  (75 mL)  finely chopped seeded drained canned tomato Directions: Sprinkle steak with pepper; grill or pan-fry until medium-rare. Set aside. Tomato Vinaigrette: In bowl, whisk together garlic, balsamic vinegars, salt and…

  • Salisbury House Chili - Recipe
    Main Course

    Salisbury House Chili Recipe

    Salisbury House Chili (Copycat) There is a local restaurant chain in my city called Salisbury House, affectionately known by locals as Sals – its been around forever. Started during the days of vaudeville when a vaudevillian entertainer passing through town noted that there was no place to eat at 4 in the morning, and saw a business opportunity for a 24 hour diner. He opened one restaurant, basically a shack with a “little red roof” – the roof became the restaurant’s trademark – and, it grew from there. Almost a century later, Salisbury House continues to thrive, and most of them still have “the little red roof”.  Great little diner, with really…

  • Almond encrusted chicken with strawberry balsamic sauce

    Almond Encrusted Chicken With Strawberry Balsamic Sauce

    First made late summer or early fall, 2008. From Taste of Home Holiday Collection 2008. Both Chris and I really enjoyed. Very quick and easy to make, with 5 star results. Versatile too with the variations which I created (below). 4 Tbl. Olive oil 4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves 1/3 c finely chopped slivered almonds ¼ c finely chopped green onions 1/3 c chicken broth 1/3 c strawberry jam 3 Tbl balsamic vinegar In a large non-stick skillet, heat oil over mdium high heat. Dredge chicken in almonds. Place chicken in skillet. Cook 4 minutes per side or until cooked through. Remove chicken from skillet and keep warm. Reduce heat…