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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Marinated Feta

"Hi, my name is Amanda, and I'm a Fetaholic."

Oh yes, I love me some feta cheese! I'm the one raiding everyone's greek salads looking for that perfect bite of feta. Where many women would love to be given flowers or chocolates, just give me a tub of feta and I'm yours forever :p!

There's only one thing better than a lovely hunk of feta cheese, and that's my MARINATED feta cheese! Seriously people, this has got to be one of the tastiest things I have ever put in my face! It is YUMMY!! It's crazy easy too! Don't worry about measurements, just throw it together and prepare to have your tastebuds tingle!

1. Cube up some feta, as much as you like and place in a bowl.
2. Add some dried oregano, fresh cracked pepper, and a clove or 2 of garlic, minced really fine. If you like things spicy, add some hot pepper flakes while you're at it!
3. Drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil.
4. Now jazz it up with something tangy. You can use some fresh lemon juice, or a splash of wine vinegar, but if you REALLY want to make your tongue weep with joy, use some of the juice from your favourite olives!

These are the kind of olives I always have in the fridge. I get them from Costco and  they are divine! Swimming in a brine of balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil!

5. Mix it all up and let marinate overnight in the fridge.

That's all there is to it! Just remember to allow it to come to room temperature before serving as the extra virgin olive oil will have solidified in the fridge. Easy peasy feta cheesy! Makes a FANTASTIC addition to a Shabbat menu!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Menu Plan {Hooray I Remembered} Monday

Monday- Beef & barley soup and salad

Tuesday- Sourdough impossible tuna and pea pie, broth, and salad

Wednesday- Baked salmon with NT's creamy dill sauce, fried potatoes, broth, and coleslaw (homemade mayo)

Thursday- Creamy chipotle and pineapple chicken, rice (cooked in broth), and salad

Friday- Sourdough pizza (green peppers, mushrooms, olives and pineapple), broth, and salad

Saturday- Crock pot butter chicken, rice (cooked in broth)/potatoes (for the guys since they won't tolerate eating rice more than once a week lol), salad, and pumpkin kugel

Sunday- Roast chicken, mashed potatoes w/ gravy, cabbage, and salad


I've recently started only planning our supper meals and instead of planning out breakfasts and lunches I just make sure we keep our favourite staples in stock.

Breakfasts: I always make us a kefir smoothie to start with, that way I know we're starting the day with some serious nutrition; probiotics from the kefir, healthy fats from the coconut oil, and all the nutrients in the soaked flax and chia seeds, berries, and maca! Sometimes I'll even throw in a couple fresh egg yolks if we have them and we're not having eggs for breakfast that day! Then for our breakfast, we will usually alternate between oatmeal (which I've fermented ahead of time with sourdough starter to make more digestible and nutritious. Though since I'm sensitive to oats even if fermented I like to make myself a plate of risotto on oatmeal days!) and eggs in some form (Jon, Sheldon, and Vanellope prefer them fried over easy, Anne will only eat them scrambled with ketchup or hard-boiled, and I like either a cheese omelette or just the whites fried in butter, yum!). We'll usually have something a little fancier for Shabbat, like a paleo apple crisp, sourdough crepes or waffles (prepared ahead), or some kind of muffins or quick bread.

Lunches: I used to try making a soup or stew every day for lunch but then only the kids and I were getting the health benefits of bone both. Especially now that Sheldon works full time I decided to serve broth with suppers instead so we all get to enjoy it, though it does still find it's way into us ladies diets throughout the day (I love keeping a crock pot of purpetual broth going! It's always ready when I need it!) We like to use lunch as our tea time a lot. We'll put on some classical music (from whichever composer we happen to be studying at the time), break out the fancy tea set, and enjoy dainty sandwhiches and treats with our tea. The girls love it and surprisingly it's one of the things Sheldon misses about being home during the day! He says it's the genetic influence of his English great-grandmother ;). Also, since the girls and I love rice as much as the guys hate it, we use their absence to indulge ourselves with it. We love japanese food (and right now I'm really digging middle eastern cuisine!) so I make that a lot too.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Menu Plan {oops it's not} Monday

Ummm, yeah.....I totally forgot I was going to post this on Monday, so we'll just pretend ok? ;)

Monday- Sourdough chicken and dumplings, and salad

Tuesday- Sourdough Impossible Taco Pie, soup, and salad

Wednesday- Brown rice macaroni and cheese, soup, and salad

Thursday- Sourdough Impossible Pizza Pie (w/ homemade pepperoni), soup, and salad

Friday- Za'atar pizza with tomatoes and feta cheese on a sourdough crust, soup, and salad

Saturday- Honey chicken, israeli salad, potato salad (homemade mayo)

Sunday- Roast chicken, steamed broccoli, soup, and salad