Self Freezing Soda

I found this really cool video online how to make your own soda slush without any machines!  This is a fun experiment that you could easily do with your kids, and the best part is they get a delicious treat at the end without leaving a mess for you to clean up!

Check it out and look for more videos from Grant Thompson – The King of Random!

My Yummy Spaghetti

Pasta seems to be my go-to comfort food. This week, I want to share with you one of my favourite lazy pasta dishes that takes minimal effort, but tastes amazing.

Ingredients

  • 1 Red Onion
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1 Yellow Pepper
  • 1 Orange Pepper
  • 1 lb extra lean Ground Beef
  • 4 servings of dried Spaghetti Noodles
  • 1 Jar Spaghetti Sauce
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese to Garnish

1. Wash and chop all the vegetables. Slow cook over low-medium heat in a frying pan with a dash of oil for about 10 minutes.

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2. Cook pasta according to directions on the box.

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3. Since I’m putting minimal effort into this, I cooked my ground beef in with the rest of the vegetables. Probably not the healthiest choice, but it sure did taste good.

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4. Drain the pasta, put back in pot, add the vegetables and beef, and top with tomato sauce. Mix well and serve. Top with shredded cheese and broil in oven until cheese melts.

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Hope you enjoy this weeks recipe.

What are your favourite twists on this classic pasta dish? Let me know in the comments below.

35 Minute Basa Fish

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This is probably the easiest recipe that I have found to cook fish, and it is definitely one my favourite. With only 5 minutes of preparation, you can have this delicious meal in the oven. Serve with rice, steamed vegetables and white wine and you will be sure to enjoy.

Now you might be asking yourself, “what is Basa?” It is a relatively new fish to the North American market. Raised mainly in the Mekong River system of Vietnam, it is quickly becoming quite a popular fish due to the mild fish taste of the large, white, boneless fillets. It is also a very inexpensive fish to serve as it grows quite quickly, resulting in lower production costs. For more information about Basa, check out the Seafood Importers Association of Australia’s website.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Basa Fillet per person (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 Orange
  • 1 Red Onion
  • Sea Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Slice orange into 1/4″ pieces and layer them in the bottom of baking dish.

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2. Peel and slice red onion in half, then slice into 1/8″ pieces. Break up the slices into pieces with your hands and sprinkle over the orange slices in the baking dish, creating an even layer.

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3. Place Basa fillets on top of the bed of onions.

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4. Season with sea salt and pepper.

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5. Bake in oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes for fresh or 30 minutes for frozen pieces of fish.

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Healthier Mac & Cheese

IMG_2584I have decided that I am going to make Friday’s posts about different recipes that I have decided tried. What better way to start than with the truly North American food of Mac & Cheese? This recipe comes from the January/February 2013 issue of Men’s Health magazine.

One of my favourite parts about this recipe is the fact that there is only 595 calories per serving and much less fat and sodium than what you would find in your favourite restaurants version of this dish.

I hope that you have the opportunity to try this recipe and enjoy.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups macaroni
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup shredded extra-sharp cheddar
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup grated Gruyere cheese
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package. Drain and set aside.

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2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Sprinkle in flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Whisk in milk and cook for 5 minutes stirring constantly until sauce thickens. Add the Gruyere, cheddar and mozzarella cheese and stir until it all melts.

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3. Remove from heat, stir in yogurt and pasta. Pour mixture into baking dish. Top with panko bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Bake on broil until the bread crumbs are golden brown.

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