Baked Spaghetti Casserole

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This is what I'm talking about! Loads of spaghetti smothered in ricotta cheese and sour cream, topped with meaty spaghetti sauce and baked to perfection! You were saying? Uh yes, this is the weeknight dinner you have all been waiting for! This is the dinner everyone will come to, the kids, the spouse, the neighbors, the friends. Don't worry there's enough here to go around for everyone. Here I go again making food for a dozen when there's only 2 of us. But you know what, for once this is … [Read more...]

Healthier Beef Chili

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I'm so very thankful to all my loyal readers. It's because of you that I keep this blog going. I love to read all your comments and I thank you all for all your support. Since it's not Thanksgiving in Canada, no turkey roast here, but I do have a hearty chili recipe to share with you that is just to die for! For the longest time I used to be afraid of making chili, but it's really one of the easiest recipes you can make. You basically throw everything in the pot … [Read more...]

Zucchini Lasagna

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I am so excited about this recipe. Before today if you would have told me to try zucchini lasagna I might have given you a dirty look or laughed in your face. But my friend Fenne and I have decided to eat less carbs so we've been trying to come up with recipes that we love but with less carbs. So we decided on zucchini lasagna. Not only is this beautiful recipe low carb but it is also low fat. So this gorgeous lasagna is what we came up with. It has zucchini in place of noodles, a delicious … [Read more...]

Grown Up Mac and Cheese

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Sorry my friends. This may not seem fair to you that I post a mac and cheese recipe in the middle of the summer, while you're all in your swimsuits, but I promise you I tried to make this a bit healthier. I did, I really did try. I used whole wheat pasta, I used extra lean ground beef, skim milk and I added green peppers, see I added veggies to this otherwise not so healthy dish. So you see, I did try, I honestly did! And this is why I call this a grown up mac and cheese, because it is a bit … [Read more...]

Mexican Tater Topped Casserole

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I don't make a lot of casseroles usually, mostly because it makes too much food and we don't like to eat leftovers, but I do make exceptions. This is one of them! So just think of this for a moment. Tater tots, cheese, and a ground beef mixture. It screams Mexican food! And it's impossible not to love it. It's true this casserole is irresistible, it's true this casserole is mouth watering, and it's true this casserole is cheesy, spicy, and makes you want to beg for more. That's all I have to … [Read more...]

Lahmacun or Turkish Meat Pies

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As I'm sitting here writing this post I salivate just looking at these pictures and wish there were a couple more of these pies left. I had these for the first time years ago in Michigan from an Arabic bakery and ever since then I was hooked. I love these types of pies. Lahmacun simply means meat with dough and it's a round, very thin piece of dough, much thinner than pizza, topped with minced meat, usually beef or lamb, and vegetables and herbs. They are then baked and usually served … [Read more...]

Skillet Lasagna

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If you love lasagna but think it's too much work, especially for a weeknight dinner, I have the solution for you. Skillet Lasagna! Tastes exactly the same, but in a lot less time. The ingredients are simple ingredients, you probably have in your fridge and pantry right now and in just 30 minutes you could be enjoying this wonderful lasagna that is to die for. Now I feel I haven't bothered you with a picture of my precious puppy, Mia in a long time so here she is. Gorgeous as ever. Look … [Read more...]

Sicilian Nachos

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When I first saw this in Taste of Home magazine, I knew I had to try it. First of all I love anything that looks like crostini and secondly the name intrigued me. So although I love the name Sicilian Nachos, I would say these are more like Men's Bruschetta. :D Seriously, it's got ground beef, cheese and bread, what man wouldn't love that? Now don't get me wrong, it's not only for men, I loved it just as much, but I just thought what a cute idea for a different kind of crostini. I love … [Read more...]

Taco Pizza

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You know what I think of when I look at this pizza? Perfection! Tacos have been on my mind lately, and I wanted one, but I wanted to have a different sort of taco. Since it's weekend, and pretty much every weekend my husband and I make a pizza, well what happens when you put tacos and pizza together? You end up with taco pizza! I have to tell you, this taco pizza is brilliant. Seriously brilliant. Ever since we've started making pizza at home we never ordered pizza again. The dough is so … [Read more...]

Italian Meatballs with Marinara Sauce

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The weather has been wonderful here in Calgary this week, which is really nice after all the snow we had last week. During the winter, one of my favorite things to eat are meatballs, not sure why but I associate meatballs with winter food. They are a classic comfort food. I have been craving some meatballs with marinara sauce for a long time now, so I finally decided to make them. We make meatballs quite often at my house, but rarely with any type of sauce. But I've been wanting these … [Read more...]

Beef Empanadas

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Baked Beef Empanadas made with puff pastry, so easy and so delicious. Don't underestimate puff pastry, it's quite versatile and makes delicious empanadas. Winter is in full force here in Calgary, it's been snowing pretty much every day this week and if you look outside you'd think it was December not October. But that's OK, maybe this means winter will end early. Who am I kidding? My dog seems to enjoy it though, she loves running in the back yard in all the snow. So on such cold weekends, … [Read more...]

Swedish Meatballs

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One of my favorite stores to shop at lately has been Ikea and I admit every time we go there we stop and eat, whether it's for breakfast, or the Swedish meatballs. I am not one to ever turn down meatballs, and it's not that the meatballs at Ikea are so good, it's more the fact that they are so cheap. I always love a good deal. But I am not a meatball virgin. I can make a mean meatball myself and you can find a few meatball recipes right here on my blog. But what I was lacking in my collection … [Read more...]