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Meatless Monday Baked Beans

With the cold weather approaching  I wanted a warm comfort meal. What better way to get that comfort then with baked beans and fresh baked bread.

What you need:
2 cups dried navy beans (8 oz), sorted and rinsed
3/4 cup water
1 medium onion, chopped 
3/4 cup real maple syrup
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

How to make it:

Soak beans overnight. In the morning drain and rinse. Put all all the ingredients in the crockpot and let cook on low for 8 hours. Serve with some fresh bread.

You could also make this as a side dish instead of the main dish as well. I just really love beans 🙂

meatless monday

So it’s Monday again and I have another delicious meal to share with you. I made some lentil and mushroom burgers last night and hubby and I found them amazing. The kids are adjusting to a few of our bean, split pea and lentil recipes but I think it’s important for them to eat a little bit of everything and not just eat “kid foods”. This burger was full of flavour and I was worried it was going to be spicy but it wasn’t at all. Sadly I forgot to take some pictures and will try next time but trust me this recipe is amazing.

 

Lentil Mushroom burgers (make 6 really big burgers or 10 smaller ones)

what you need

1/2 cup (125 mL)  chopped walnuts
1 19 oz can (540 mL can)  lentils, drained and rinsed
1 tbsp (15 mL)  vegetable oil
3 cups (750 mL)  finely chopped mushrooms
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp (15 mL)  chili powder
1/2 tsp (2 mL)  salt
1/2 tsp (2 mL)  pepper
1/2 tsp (2 mL)  ground cumin
1/2 tsp (2 mL)  dried oregano
1/4 cup (60 mL)  dry breadcrumbs
1/4 cup (60 mL)  salsa

How to Make it

In large skillet, toast walnuts over medium heat, stirring often, until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Transfer to food processor. Add lentils; pulse just until smooth. Set aside.

In same skillet, heat oil over medium heat; fry mushrooms, onion, garlic, chili powder, salt, pepper, cumin and oregano until liquid is evaporated, about 10 minutes. Scrape into food processor. Add bread crumbs and salsa; pulse to combine. Form into patties. Refrigerate for 4 hours of they will be a sticky mess and stick to your pan.

Place on greased grill over medium-high heat; close lid and grill, turning once, until browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. 

Serve on a bun or with salad or with stir fried vegetables.

Chicken Fajita salad

I made this delicious salad the other day for the family and I just had to share the recipe so you could enjoy it as well.

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 Chicken Fajita salad
3 tbsp lime juice
2tbsp finely chopped fresh Cilantro

2 tbsp olive oil
1lb of chicken
1 medium onion chopped
2 small bell peppers (1 red and 1 yellow) thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves chopped
1/2 tsp ground cumin
6 cups mixed green
1 cup cooked blacked beans

In a bowl whisk together lime juice, olive oil and cilantro. Set aside.
Cook chicken and slice set aside. In the pan that you cooked the chicken saute the onion and bell peppers for about 3 minutes. Then add cumin and garlic and keep cooking for 1 minute.

In a bowl mix beans and mixed greens and lime cilantro vinegrette.
Top with chicken and peppers. Enjoy!

TGIF

This week has been a little crazy. I had day surgery on Tuesday and it threw off my whole schedule. I can’t workout for three weeks, I have to have a high fiber diet and I was in pain. Thank fully the pain has died down and I am starting to feel normal again. Since I was sore I really did want fast meals this week that didn’t require me standing in the kitchen for hours or even longer then 15 minutes really.

I was a little taken by surprise by the high fiber diet as I wasn’t warned prior to my appointment that I would have to eat a high fiber foods. Thankfully my husband took down a list of foods that I like and set out to the store while the kids slept.  So you wanna know what I ate ? Well here’s what I ate and if there is a recipe I will attach the link.

Tuesday for lunch and supper I had a baked sweet potato. Once it was baked I topped it with canned refried beans and a little cheese. Put it back in the oven till it was all warmed.

Wednesday I didn’t want to look at a sweet potato at all. I had had my fill the day before. So for breakfast I had a big bowl of raisin bran.  For lunch I wanted something that I could have leftovers and turn them into a few different things so I made these rice and beans.

I made rice and beans cause I could eat them as they are. Or I could put them in a tortilla with avocado and tomato. Or I could make a breakfast burrito by adding salsa, avocado,  crumbled bacon and some shredded cheese to a tortilla. I even served it as a side to this beef stroganoff instead of having plain rice. As you can tell I made use of cooking a nice size batch of the beans and rice as to not have to cook a lot lol.

Another recipe I made this weekend was these delicious raisin bran muffins. These little gems are great for breakfast and you can reheat them beautifully in the oven. If you have a chance watch the video and he will give you the instructions to reheat them and store them. The recipe only makes 6 muffins. Honestly their so delicious I don’t know why you would only make 6 but you can easily double the recipe.

Tonight I’m making a simple roast chicken with roasted sweet potatoes. We also had take out one night.

Healthy and high fiber eating can be boring but I have to say I really enjoyed everything I ate this week. Oh I almost forgot my favourite snack of the week. I had Wasa Rye crackers topped with avocado. It was the best snack for when I was hungry and didin’t want to waste any time in the kitchen.

Now that we have talked about all the yummy food I’ve been eating lets talk about how I’m going to stay motivated to lose weight. I can’t workout till I get the ok from the Dr so I have to concentrate on my food. But I have been wanting to make a lbs lost and a lbs to lose jar for quite some time. Well I finally went to the dollar store got some pretty jars and marbles and started my jars. I think having a visual of what I lost vs what I have to lose will motivate me a lot. Hopefully you made it this far into my blog lol. But I’ve written enough for now and I’m off to have supper. Have a great night everyone!