Welcome to my first official edition of Meatless Mondays. I know I have some meatless recipes that were posted on Monday’s in the past, but starting from this day forward I am going to be showcasing my meatless recipes in effort to help you go meatless on Monday’s too. I took the pledge and now I am ready to walk-the-walk. I am pretty excited about this. I am a firm believer in being the best you can be and eliminating meat from our diet once a week (especially red) is a wonderful start to any healthy lifestyle. It’s also much more budget-friendly and I am all about that! [Read more…]
Friday! Woohooo. A few weeks ago we did a freebie Friday and I mentioned we would start rotating Fridays with freebies and frugal. Except, last Friday I failed because I shared Guinness Meat Pie instead. The meal was somewhat frugal. $2 for pastry shells $4 for the extra lean beef. The peas were $1 and the other ingredients I had on hand. So, a whole pie for about $7 and it (in our house) served 4. [Read more…]
When I started thinking about some new recipes I wanted to create this March, I immediately started thinking about Scottish Pie. While not Irish, still very Celtic and often sold in many Ireland destinations – with lamb. I have yet to find a true authentic Scott’s pie recipe like the one we had at Up N Downs, but I haven’t given up. Since we’ve already made Shepherd’s Pie, I decide to try another pie – Guinness. [Read more…]
Growing up, potato soup was one of my favorite dinners. My mother didn’t really believe in anything but whole milk and butter. So, her version wasn’t something I wanted to continue to eat as I try to get healthier. Every winter I have a craving for potato soup and over the years I have pinched calories where I could. When I posted about the SkinnyTaste cookbook and the Skinny Rustic Italian Gnocchi, I mentioned there were some more recipes coming from that cookbook. [Read more…]
I tried something new on my potato cakes.
“What are potato cakes?” you ask. Well I am happy to tell you.
Potato cakes are an Irish tradition to make use of the potatoes left over from the previous meals. Traditional Irish women were taught the ways of using every last piece of your meal from beginning to end. I come from a long line of those women. We always used everything we purchased. If we had leftovers we eat them. Even if that meant we had some sort of leftover pie, we ate them. I learned how to use skin and bones to make my own chicken stock for future use. Beef, too. Even used the leftover vegetable peals and ends and boiled those for vegetable stock. Apparently I come from a long line of women who also have a lot of time on their hands 😉 Kidding. I do the boiling when I am cooking another meal so it’s really not such a big deal. [Read more…]