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In Lifestyle, Recipe on
August 19, 2018

Farmers Market Salad

 

August is halfway done which means Farmers Markets (and maybe even your own garden!) are bursting with fresh, delicious produce. But what should you do with all these veggies once you bring them home? We’ve made the easiest salad using all market ingredients with a dressing so easy we guarantee you already have everything you need in your pantry. Not only is this recipe easy, it keeps in the fridge for a while making it the perfect make-ahead meal for BBQ’s, work lunches, and picnics in the park.

Easy Farmers Market Salad

Ingredients:

  • tomatoes
  • peppers (the more colourful the better!)
  • cucumbers
  • dill
  • olive oil
  • lemon juice
  • garlic clove
  • salt and pepper

Optional: Chickpeas, chicken, salmon, feta cheese

Recipe:

  1. Cut equal amounts of all the vegetables into bite sized pieces. This salad is great because you can mix in other vegetables you have on hand or adjust to personal tastes. In the one we made we added: tomatoes, cucumber, two different colours of peppers, and dill but feel free to add in mushrooms, carrots, beets, or anything else you have. 
  2. In the bottom of a large bowl mix equal parts olive oil and lemon juice along with one clove of garlic. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and whisk together. Add veggies to bowl and mix thoroughly. Taste test and add more lemon or seasoning if needed.
  3. Now the fun part! If you want to make this salad a whole meal, dice some chicken and add in. Flakes of grilled salmon are delicious to mix in and if you want to make it vegetarian but make it a full meal add chickpeas like we did for the photo. And of course we always advocate adding cheese to everything so we added some feta.

The longer this salad sits in the fridge the more the vegetables absorb all the seasoning and herb flavours so let it sit at least a half an hour before eating. And remember to make lots! It makes the perfect next day lunch. Enjoy!

 

 

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Deanne Ferguson is the owner of Box Social Event Planning. When she is not planning fun, family, friendly events she is finding the yummiest food for the Edmonton Home and Garden Show Food Stage. She loves her #cocktailsMonday dates with her husband and chasing around her two boys. You can find her at @DeanneFerguson on Instagram and @BoxSocialYEG on Twitter.

 

In Recipe on
June 28, 2018

5 Favourite Summer Potluck Recipes

Summer Potluck Recipes

Ah the communal potluck. Whether it’s a backyard BBQ or a group camping trip, summer potlucks are great. Everyone pitches in dividing up the workload PLUS you get to try all kind of different things! We picked our top 5 favourite summer potluck recipes for you next get together inspiration!

  1. Pineapple Salsa from BitchinHousewife.com . Fruity with a surprise tang of the balsamic vinegar. Super simple and the flavours get better with time! Whip up some cinnamon sugar chips or great with regular salty tortillas.                                                                                                                                                                                                             
  2. The Best Broccoli Salad You Will Ever Make by JustAnotherEdmontonMommy.com This recipe has been circulating a while with the great debate, Mayo or Miracle Whip? Which side are you on?                                          
  3. Strawberry Cheesecake Icebox Cake from LifeMadeSweeter.com. Who doesnt love a little dessert with their get together? Personally I’m usually the one bringing it! There is NO BAKING. Perfect for those super hot days. I feel like we would make a double batch in this house!                                                                                                            
  4. Veggie Rolls with Cashew Tahini Dip from EatSpinRunRepeat.com Healthy and easy to cut into a lot of rolls. Great for those hot days when lighter food feels a bit better to eat. If you don’t have any nut allergies in your home I love veggie rolls with peanut sauce too!                                                               
  5. Classic Quacamole from… right here on AlbertaMamas.com. This recipe was originally made for Cinco De Mayo, but classic quacamole is good all year round we believe. A personal favourite is to pair with the Tostitos Hint Of Lime Chips! To save on bit on the price of avocados I like to get the big bags from Costco or buy them from a local discount produce store like H&W.                                                                                       

Wherever you are this summer we hope you get to enjoy good food and company!

The Bitchin' Housewife

Jen is a yoga teacher, fitness enthusiast and health blogger over at www.BitchinHousewife.com

In Camping, Explore, Lifestyle, Recipe, Uncategorized on
June 1, 2018

Camping Meals Made Easy with Simply Supper!

Camping meals made easy

Camping prep can be super time consuming. Just off the top of my head there’s packing enough clothes to suit Alberta’s unpredictable weather, bedding, toys, pots and pans, bikes, air mattresses, drinks, ice, first aid supplies, and all the outdoorsy gear…. sometimes I feel like we take the entire house with us! Our first camping weekend of the year was easy peasy though, because we didn’t have to worry about all the camping meals….. we tried Simply Supper meals for the entire weekend and it was fantastic! Read more

In Recipe on
May 4, 2018

Cinco De Mayo Guacamole

Cinco De Mayo Guacamole

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

It’s Cinco De Mayo and I’ve got Guacamole! How lovely Cinco De Mayo landed on a Saturday this year.

Did you know that Cinco De Mayo is the celebration of Mexico’s victory over the French all the way dating back to 1862? Modern day Cinco De Mayo in America also usually celebrates Mexican/American culture. I think as Albertan’s we are great at celebrating all cultures, so fiesta on!

This is actually a pretty basic guacamole recipe, I think having a good basic recipe is a great start and then you can add your own flare from there! (I sometimes add curry powder!)

Ingredients:

  • 2 avocados
  • 1 lime
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1/4 of a red onion
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Let’s make guacamole:

  1. Cut open, pit and scoop out two avocados. Mash the avocado with a fork until smooth.
  2. Finely chop the red onion and tomato. I actually use a Tupperware chopper like this. It helps it get finely chopped up.
  3. Squeeze in juice of the lime. I like mine very lime-y so maybe start at half a lime first.
  4. Add garlic powder and salt and pepper to your taste.
  5. Enjoy and FIESTA!

The Bitchin' Housewife

P.S Check out my matching Super Easy Pineapple Salsa Recipe .

In Recipe, Uncategorized on
April 24, 2018

15 Delicious Summer Salad Recipes To Make For Your Next Barbeque

It’s barbeque season which means a few things! You’re going to need some delicious summer salad recipes to make and it’s time to stock up on the sunscreen and bug spray!

Delicious Summer Salad Recipes

BLT Pasta Salad

Delicious Summer Salad Recipes

All the BLT taste made up into a salad. You’re welcome.

Get the recipe here 

Broccoli Salad

Delicious Summer Salad Recipes

The perfect mix of sweet, creamy, and crunchy wrapped up in one delicious salad. Even your kids will love it.

Get the recipe here 

Pea Salad

Delicious Summer Salad Recipes

Not many pea salads grace the summer barbeque and this one is definitely a game changer. Filled with peas, cauliflower, almonds and more!

Get the recipe here

Sweet Potato Chickpea Salad

Delicious Summer Salad Recipes

If you need a gluten-free and/or vegan salad, this is both and it’s yummy too. Win-Win!

Get the recipe here 

Make Ahead Seven Layer Salad

A delicious summer salad that is perfect for large crowds!

Get the recipe here

Bacon Bowtie Pasta Salad

If you love bacon, you’ll love this pasta salad.

Get the recipe here

The Best Ramen Noodle Salad

Delicious, easy to make in a matter of minutes, and easy on the budget which makes it the perfect potluck salad.

Get the recipe here 

Avacado Chickpea Salad

Packed with protein and delicious, all you need are 5 simple ingredients to make this salad.

Get the recipe here

Amish Macaroni Salad

A twist from the typical macaroni salad, you’ll love the extra-creamy and flavorful sweet dressing!

Get the recipe here

All-American Potato Salad

Summer Salad Recipes

A summer barbeque isn’t complete without a potato salad, and this one just happens to be delicious.

Get the recipe here

Waldorf Salad

This Waldorf is easy to make with a zingy dressing!

Get the recipe here

Amazing Bean Salad Cowboy Caviar

This cold bean salad will be a go-to for your summer barbeques, plus it’s packed full of protein!

Get the recipe here

BBQ Pasta Salad with Tuna

You’ll love the tuna and pasta combination in the creamy and delicious sauce.

Get the recipe here 

Taffy Apple Salad

No barbeque is complete with something sweet, and this taffy apple salad is the perfect addition!

Get the recipe here

Do you have other delicious summer salad recipes that you love? We’d love to hear about them!

Just Another Edmonton Mommy

 

In Recipe on
April 20, 2018

A Must Have Recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies

By Mara Needham

I love cooking and baking. I love being in my kitchen. One of the best gifts I’ve ever gotten is the stand mixer my husband got me when we first started dating. My favorite channel is the Food Network. But I am not an overly adventurous chef, I’m a mom-chef. I feel like the one recipe every mom should have is a super yummy chocolate cookie recipe. My go to recipes are my family recipes. Nothing super fancy, or extravagant, just home cookin’.

I’ve made these cookies so many times, I can make them from memory. They are the only cookies my 6-year-old son will eat and one of my best friends who is a guy who says he “just doesn’t like sweets” will often say that as he’s grabbing 3 or 4 of these cookies.

Try them. You’ll love them. Guaranteed.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/4 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup softened butter

3/4 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup white sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

2 cups milk (key word being milk) chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375.

Mix flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In mixer bowl, cream sugars, butter and vanilla until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Gradually add in flour mixture and beat until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop by teaspoonfuls on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 7-9 min (depending on your size of cookie) at 375.

From our family to yours. Enjoy!

 

Mara Needham- Peace River, AB, Stay at home mom to 6 year old boy and 3.5 year old girl. Wife of 8 years. Unhealthy love of food and country music. Find her on Facebook & Instagram

In Lifestyle, Random Thoughts, Recipe on
April 13, 2018

5 Recipes to Celebrate National Pecan Day

I have a love hate relationship with the pecan. It was with this nut that we discovered my daughter had a slight tree nut allergy (which she has since grown out of thankfully) and that was scary! BUT then well, Turtle Chocolates – YUM!

Did you know that this nut is a plant based source of protein? Not to mention manganese and copper, which according to Nuts.com are critical minerals for growth and metabolism. There are lots of reasons to eat Pecans – if you’re not allergic – so why not celebrate the day by cooking up something yummy.

Here are 5 recipes I found that look so good, I might even consider spending time in the kitchen to make!

  1. Pecan Sticky Buns. I’m a BIG fan of cinnamon buns, especially the messy kind. This recipe from Allrecipes.com look messy and delish.
  2. This Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake from one of our founders, JustAnotherEdmontonMommy.com features the fantastic pecan!  
  3. On the lighter fare side of things, adding Pecan’s to salad is a delightful touch. GeniusKitchen.com has a Cranberry Pecan Salad with Feta Cheese recipe that makes my mouth positively water!
  4. Yummly.com snazes up your Salmon with this Pecan Crusted Salmon.
  5. Lastly, where would we be without something Turtle inspired? RockRecipes.com has an Easy Turtle Cheesecake – which includes 3 of my favourite food related words. 😉

Obviously, it doesn’t have to be a special day to cook or bake with pecans but I’ll take any excuse to eat cheesecake! Anyone want to bake some and bring it over?

Do you love pecans? Link your favourite recipes in the comments!

Edmonton's Child

Celebrate the Season with Simply Supper Fondue – Plus Giveaway

The Alberta Mamas get together once a month to meet and this time we had Simply Supper Fondue! We had so much fun chatting while dipping and tasting all the goodies!

What we loved:

  • Super generous meat servings.
  • You could tell the meat was marinated and seasoned – so tender!
  • The broth was also actually super flavourful too.
  • There was 6 of us eating and plenty of everything to go around.
  • There was something for everyone with all the variety.
  • Everything was pre-portioned and meat was cut into bite sized pieces.
  • Dips – so many and so many different flavours to try! Kept it fun!

And as a side note;

  • Cheese fondue was good just more like a spinach dip than your traditional cheese fondue.
  • We bought a veggie tray to add on even more variety.

The kit we got included Beef Tenderloin, Pork Tenderloin, Chicken and Shrimp, 4 dipping sauces, Spinach & Artichoke Cheese Fondue, Bread, Beef Broth Fondue, apples and potatoes. This Ready to Fondue Package serves 6-8 for $160.

Getting a babysitter is hard enough, never mind on New Years, or really any date night occasion. No prepping involved here – perfect for date night at home!  FYI – December 18th is the last day to order if you want a kit in time for New Years Eve.

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Rabbit Hill Road – South Edmonton

Albany Square – North Edmonton

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This post was brought to you by Simply Supper. As always, all opinions stated are my own.

Alberta Mamas Holiday Guide 2017

Tis the season to be inspired! Alberta Mamas has put together our 2017 Holiday Guide. Enjoy our suggestions for gift giving, seasonal recipes, holiday experiences, and enjoying the spirit of the season with your family. Check back often as we continue to build on to this guide.

See the Alberta Mamas Holiday Guide 

Photo Credit: Rayne or Shine Photography

In Health, Recipe on
November 30, 2017

Healthy Holiday Recipes

Healthy Holiday Recipe Roundup

Holidays are the time of year we get together. Usually getting together with friends and family over feasts and parties.

For me I struggle with the fact that every time I go to one of these parties and potluck there is often a lot of heavy food. Delicious but heavy. Which of course, there is absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying ourselves.

I just like to have a few lighter or healthier options to have in addition to my heavy, rich or sugar filled foods! Being a vegetarian personally I’ve struggled a bit because often the only things there are for me to eat are some sad veggies in a plastic container and sweets. So, I’m often the one bringing an alternative or healthier option (because then I get to eat it!)

Here is a round up of some of my favourite Healthy Holiday Recipes.

  1. Eat Yourself Skinny’s Winter Kale and Quinoa Salad. The beautiful pomegranate seeds and kale make a festive color scheme!
  2. Well Plated’s Stuffed Butternut Squash. This is a great dinner time dish. with lots of warming goodness.             

3. Spend With Pennies Cranberry Feta Pinwheels would be a great potluck party recipe!

4. My own Rosemary Goat Cheese Quiche! I realize I may be partial here but it’s really good…….

5. Healthy Seasonal Recipe’s Cranberry and Goat Cheese Flatbreads. Oh man I love cranberry and goat cheese.

6. A simple meat and cheese board. Add veggies like tomatoes and healthy dips like hummus and you are all set!

healthy holiday board

Board from IronHideWoodworks.com

 

Happy Holidays!!!!

The Bitchin' Housewife

Jen is a yoga teacher, fitness enthusiast and health blogger over at www.BitchinHousewife.com