Stuffed Shells

I knew I had to make these, it’s been a long time since I’ve had shells and Ginny had me at broccoli. It did take some time to make only because I’m one of those people who do not like store bought sauces. I like making mine “fresh” even if I do cheat and use canned crushed tomatoes. It’s winter here and produce is so damn expensive. I will make more sauce in the summer with fresh tomatoes so I can freeze some for winter. If you are interested in a really good pasta sauce check this one out by Laura Theodore. I don’t add the wine, but I’m sure it would give it a little something extra (not that it needs it).

Now back to  Ginny’s shells. I used tofurky, as I realized my field roast sausage expired. Which still makes me mad, as it’s not cheap. Oh well…. Used daiya cheeze, but I’m sure follow your heart fiesta blend would shine here. I didn’t add mushrooms, because I’m not a big fan. And I didn’t blanch the broccoli as I knew it would cook in the pasta sauce, and I like a little crunch. Other than that I followed the recipe (trust me, use field roast as those sausages add extra flavor, I find tofurky to be on the bland side, my sauce was flavorful, so it made up for the lack of spices missing from the sausage).

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Would I make these again? Heck to yes!!!!!! Only like I said before, I will use field roast and follow your heart. I would also make the pasta sauce the night before, to make this an easier dish to put together. But 110% worth the time, and ummm….. the mess I made.

 

What do you like putting in your shells? Let us know, post a comment, and if you like what you’ve read- share it with your friends via social media. They might even make you some 😉

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Soup’s On!

Yummy in the pot:

Yummy in the pot

Veggie broth (from last soup I made), garlic, onions, cabbage, Yu choy, stewed tomatoes, red kidney beans, black beans and rice noodles because I wanted something different from the usual potatoes – it was an excellent choice.  Spices – Curry, smoked paprika, s & p, crushed chilies, and oregano.

Yummy in a bowl and even yummier in my tummy:

Yummy in a bowl

Menu For Dec 6-12

I actually made everything this week, so I do have pictures. Everything I made can be found on line, so you will be able to make the dishes as well 🙂

I wanted a lasagna but didn’t want to make the ricotta cheeze, so when I found this recipe Pea and White Bean Puttanesca  from Laura Theodore’s website knew this would hit the spot. Noodles, peas, beans and homemade sauce- YES!! This will serve four people when you pair it with some garlic bread, and or a salad.

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For the sauce, I used this Dad’s Marinara. This recipe is quick and easy and good! It’s a nice hearty sauce. I used onions and added about 5-6 cloves of garlic, because I love onion and garlic. This makes for an excellent dip as well. For pizza, bread, or grilled cheeze.

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To make up a new dish so it wasn’t like eating left overs all week, I put some pea and white bean puttanesca in between two slices of bread, topped with chao cheeze and grilled it. Now that was tasty. I think next time I will use garlic butter instead of plain butter on the bread.

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Kathy Hester has a new recipe for the instant pot. Don’t worry, she has a slow cooker method as well. This hits the spot considering I’ve had a cold, and feeling really lazy- so when I read that I only need to chop a few carrots, potatoes, onion, garlic and throw in some spices- cook it for 10 mins, I knew this was a must. Trust me, it was worth burning my lips to taste it before it cooled.

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Today Dec 4 is national cookie day, so it’s only natural for me to turn to Dreena Burton and make her chocolate chip cookies. These bake in 11 mins, and it takes all of 20 mins to prep and bake. Word of caution, you might want to make a double batch if your kids are anything like mine- because they go fast. Here’s the link for the Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies. There’s a wheat-free, soy-free option.

I’m also going to be making home fries, some tofu dish and baking some bread, muffins and I’m wanting an apple/pear crisp, or apple/pear  cake or something fruity sweet and sinfully good. Kathy Hester posted this recipe not too long ago and I bought pears just for this Vegan Holiday Gingerbread Pear Crumble From OATrageous Oatmeals. Check out her site for the picture of it. I wish I could reach into the internets and grab that dish. I’m drooling.

All of the dishes I made had enough for left overs. I had to freeze the left over pasta sauce (stored in a mason jar) because I wasn’t planning on using it all. I’ve all put some soup in the freezer for a quick healthy option when I don’t feel like cooking. My meals for the week cost next to nothing. I did use canned beans, but normally I use my instant pot to cook them in.

For my juices this week, I made carrot, granny smith apple and lemon juice. So cheap right now. a 2lb bag of carrots 2.00, a 5lb bag of apples 3 something. Lemons were expensive they were 6.00 but there was at least 10 in the bag. (or they were .77 each)

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Do you buy canned beans? Or do you buy a bag of beans and cook them?