Beef Recipes

Cajun Chicken Pesto Pasta

This is delicious and easy to prepare cajun chicken and pesto pasta recipe! Flavourful and pretty straightforward to prepare - who would have thought cajun and pesto would go together!! A great dish to make the night after you’ve had a Cajun Caesar Salad --- or the...

Lemon Cheesecake (Lime works too!)

This is a relatively simple cheesecake recipe - an old one with a bit of a new face (April 2011). I’ve made a few changes to make this even better. I thought it was good before but now it is unbelievably good. Truly!! It has a creamy, light, flavourful and delicious...

Cajun Chicken Caesar Salad

This is a quick and delicious dinner salad, or lunch. Be prepared to use breath mints after eating and for the next day. There is a lot of flavourful garlic in the dressing. This recipe was made for 2 people only but there is enough dressing to make it for 6 people....

Red Cabbage Delight With Hummus, Pesto & Dates

This is an usual combination that has a delightful flavour and texture! My friend Violet, who is both a vegan AND a gourmet chef, introduced me to this easy to make, beautiful looking and delicious appetizer. Easy to make, using store bought pesto and hummus, or take...

Slow Cooker Cabbage No-Rolls

If you like cabbage rolls you'll love these. An alternative to 'wrapping' cabbage roles and so easy!! Slow Cooker Cabbage No-Roll Ingredients 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1 onion, diced 1/2 lb (225 g) extra lean ground beef 1/2 lb (225 g) extra lean ground pork 1 cup (250...

Hummus Made Without Tahini

A simple and tasty hummus made without tahini. Great with cut up pita, fresh veggies, crackers, etc. Ingredients for Hummus: 1 can (19 oz - 540 ml) chickpeas, drained 4 tbsp (60 ml) olive oil 3+ garlic cloves, crushed 4 tsp (20 ml) lemon juice 2 tsp (10 ml) chili...

Cranberry Maple Baked Chicken

A spicy flavourful chicken dish.  So simple to prepare. The cooking sauce will also work for roasting a whole chicken or pork roast. INGREDIENTS - 2 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts kosher or sea salt, to taste black pepper, to taste Cooking Sauce - 1 cup (250 ml)...

Homemade Granola

Recently I started making my own Granola after checking out my mother-in-law's recipe and a few others online. My goal was to keep it as healthy as possible and delicious tasting. Here's the result - and it is SO easy. Goes great mixed with plain yogurt or whatever...

Quinoa Vegetable Salad

One of my favourite ways to eat quinoa is cold in a salad. This is a recently discovered favourite after having a lunch with my friend Kathleen Hatley (MyClutterCoach.ca) at the Italian Deli on Dewdney Trunk Road in Maple Ridge. (It used to be Crumbs Bakery). After...

Herb Salad Dressing

This salad dressing recipe came about when my good friend Violet Sexsmith visited for lunch a while back. Violet is a phenomenal cook, a trained chef and in more recent years a Vegan. Violet and I worked up the dressing together ... but the combination of dried herbs...

Chocolate Drizzled Taste of Cheesecake

This started out to be Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries with Chocolate Drizzle from BudgetSavvyDiva.com BUUUTTTTT most of the local (and delicious) strawberries I bought on the weekend were a bit too soft to work well with the recipe. Instead, I changed things up a bit...

Pesto Pasta Garlic Chicken

The other evening my husband had a craving for pasta. With two chicken breasts thawed, and a desire to do something 'EASY!' I whipped up this pasta chicken recipe. It  was delicious!! According to my husband ... and me too. And bonus, there was enough left over for...

Chocolate Macaroons

Thanks to Fran Beaver for asking about Chocolate Macaroons! These are SO simple to make  ... maybe 15 minutes (at most) to put together and 15 minutes in the oven! Add more sugar if you like them really sweet. INGREDIENTS - 3 egg whites 1/4 cup (60 ml) sugar (or more...

Yummy Mac & Cheese

This dish is more a winter one than a summer one but I pulled it together at the last minute on a busy day. I happened to have cooked ground beef on hand (cooked in the crock pot the day before) and some leftover cooked macaroni noodles in the freezer. I cooked up...

Coleslaw in Seconds

The key to ‘Coleslaw in Seconds’ is buying coleslaw in a bag. INGREDIENTS - 6 cups (1.5 liters) coleslaw (or equal parts grated carrots, green cabbage and red cabbage) 1/4 cup (60 ml) sunflower seeds 1/4  cup (60 ml) craisins or raisins 1 cup (250 ml) apples, diced...

Fruit Crisp

A favorite of mine! The first night it’s dessert, the rest of the week, because of the good stuff in it (oatmeal, fruit, nuts), it works for breakfast. TOPPING INGREDIENTS - 1 cup (250 ml) flour (spelt, regular, whole wheat or a combination) 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) quick...

Curry Chicken

My mom introduced me to curry chicken years ago. This recipe is delicious served over a bed of rice! Easy to make and very flavorful . We enjoy it for two dinners and its even better on day 2. INGREDIENTS - 2 chicken breasts, skinless, boneless, cut into chunks 1...

Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

This is one of my favorite chili recipes. It is a flavorful, hearty and vegetarian dish that even meat lovers enjoy. INGREDIENTS - 4 sweet potatoes, skin on 1/2 cup (125 ml) onion, diced 2 tbsp (30 ml) grapeseed or olive oil 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1/2 cup (125 ml)...

Bow Tie Pasta With Chicken

My thanks to Evelyn Trites from Ontario who suggested the ingredients for this bow tie pasta with chicken recipe. It is easy to make, fast and delicious!! (Thanks Eveylyn!!) INGREDIENTS - bow tie pasta (or other favourite) 2+ tbsp (30+ ml) olive oil 2+ tsp (10+ ml)...

Blueberry Plus Oat Scones

These scones are easy to prepare and delicious! You can make them with blueberries, strawberries, rhubarb, chocolate, whatever you like. For the rhubarb you may want to add a bit of extra sugar (I did with this recipe) to compensate for the tartness. INGREDIENTS - 3...

Garlic Rosemary Roast Potatoes

These garlic rosemary roast potatoes are FABULOUS and so easy to prepare. My husband's favorite roast potato recipe!! INGREDIENTS - 2 pounds (908 grams) red potatoes, quartered 4 tbsp (60 ml) olive oil kosher or sea salt, to taste black pepper, to taste 2 sprigs fresh...

Asparagus Roasted

This recipe for roasted (or barbecued) asparagus originated with my brother-in-law Allan who uses the barbecue to cook asparagus - with delicious results. Oven or BBQ works great! INGREDIENTS - 2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil 16 asparagus spears 4 - 6 cloves garlic, crushed...

Shepherd’s Pie

One of my favorites - Shepherd's Pie (Mom style). It remind me of my Mom when we have it for dinner.  This is her recipe. Ingredients for Shepherd's Pie 4 lbs (1.8 kg) extra lean ground beef 4 - 6 tbsp (60 - 90 ml)  Lipton's French Onion (dry) Soup mix (or season with...

Oven Roasted Fries

Super easy and delicious Oven Roasted Fries. Great with a hamburger and salad - and lots of other things. Likely much better for you than fast food too :^) INGREDIENTS - 4 medium to large potatoes, cut into thin or thick fries garlic powder kosher salt and black...

Pan Steamed Veggies

My sister Linda introduced me to this method of steaming vegetables.  It is fast, easy and, as long as you don't forget that it is cooking, will yield crisp veggies every time. All you need is a bit of water in the bottom of a frying pan with a lid.  Simple!!...

Basil Garlic Cheese Bread

One of my brother-in-law’s (Ken) favorites. Great with spaghetti, lasagna, chili, soup, salad ... the list is endless! INGREDIENTS - 1 cup (250 ml) soft butter 4 garlic cloves, crushed 1 cup (250 ml) sharp cheddar cheese, grated 1/2 cup (125 ml) fresh basil, chopped...

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes with a bit of a twist - garlic! So easy and so good! Ingredients - 5 lbs (2.3 kg) red potatoes, cut into chunks for boiling 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 1/2 cup (125 ml) butter 1 cup (250 ml) sour cream kosher salt and black pepper, to taste Preparation...

Garlic Roasted Veggies

Use as many or as few veggies as you desire for this dish.  A great way to use up vegetables that may be close to the end of their life (still good but not so pretty :^). Be careful not to overcook - vegetables should be crisp though cooked when pulled from the oven....

Beef (or Turkey) Enchiladas

These enchiladas are very tasty and freeze nicely. This recipe was inspired by one given to me by Patricia Thompson more than 20 years ago. Ingredients - 1 lb (454 g) extra lean ground beef or turkey 1 cup (250 ml) diced celery 1 cup (250 ml) diced onion 3 garlic...

Slow Scalloped Potatoes & Ham

This simple to prepare scalloped potatoes and ham recipe is delicious - and its made in a slow cooker! It comes from my sister Linda. Ingredients - 3 very large baking potatoes, unpeeled and thinly sliced 1 1/2 lbs (700 g) of ham, thinly sliced Sauce - 2 cups (500 ml)...