ok so i had all the intentions of keeping this blog fully updated weekly with all our eatings...but then reality set in. i have a three yr old, an almost two year old and an eight month old and i really don't have one spare moment to sit on the computer and post. so sad about it cause i have tons of pictures of all our food to update you on, but am stuck with no time to write. so i will have to come to a halt on this blog too and when i find time...not sure how long that will take...i will post again. sorry friends for the disappointment in not updating. one day i hear i'll have all the time in the world. might be years but then my creative juices will be free to do what i desire. for now they are channeled to my kiddos.


yummy lunches

here are some recipes to make for a yummy lunch. all take very little time to prepare.

tuna sandwich with olive tapenade and baked pita chips

i take a can of tuna, drain it and mix it with trader joe's caesar salad dressing (you could use any italian salad dressing you might have on hand). then i toast sandwich bread, top bottom bread with tuna mixture, spread on some olive tapenade already in a jar and top with lettuce. I chose this day to eat it with some baked pita chips because i love the crunchiness that they give.

curry chicken salad on top of mixed greens

another super yummy quick and easy lunch. drain a can of chicken. you can also use tuna for this one too. place in a bowl and mix in chopped celery, some chopped walnuts and dried cranberries. mix with mayonaise. ( i use veganise) once its mixed add in some curry powder perfect for your taste. i place chicken salad on top of some mixed greens and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic and s&p and protein packed delicious salad.

roasted beet salad

so i pretty much eat this one almost weekly. whether it be for lunch or for one of our side salads for dinner. its just mixed greens, roasted beets, pomegranate seeds, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, dried cranberries, pine nuts and some crumbled gorgonzola cheese.

to roast beets:: place beets in a baking dish and toss in olive oil and s&p. place in 400 degree oven for 35-60 mins depending on the size of your beets. if they are small you cook for less and no need to quarter before you roast. if they are larger beets they will cook faster if you quarter them and then check them after about 35 mins of cooking. you will know they are done when you can place a knife in them easily. i usually roast my beets as soon as i get them so they are always on hand and ready to use to make these quick and easy salads.

happy new year!

ok so i am weeks and weeks behind in posting what we have been eating, but it really has been hard trying to find the time to catch up. so here is my attempt so we are all caught up to begin a new year. hope you all enjoy!

lasagna with mixed green salad

so i use trader joes no cook lasagna noodles to make this one quick and easy. i saute up some grass fed beef or ground turkey with minced garlic and chopped yellow onion. then after that's done cooking i pour in a jar of my favorite marinara sauce. i usually use trader joe's roasted garlic sauce. i mix together a container of ricotta cheese, with shredded mozzerella with some grated parmesan. then i layer the pan with meat sauce, noodles, cheese mixture. i bake in the oven for about 30 mins at 300 degrees. serve with a salad and some garlic bread and you have yourself a yummy dinner!

butternut squash risotto

oh man this recipe is packed full of flavor and is so rich it's ridiculous! i got this recipe from my everyday food magazine. its super easy and you won't be disatisfied with the flavor!

using leftovers...
tri tip steak with butternut squash risotto and roasted root veggies
so this one i created just so i could use my leftovers and whatever i veggies i happened to have in my fridge, which were carrots and parsnips. i chopped up the carrots and parsnips and added some red onion and tossed in olive oil and s&p and then placed in the oven at 450 degrees for 25 mins. the tri tip steak is one i picked up at traders and i just seasoned it with s&p and garlic powder placed in the broiler on high for about 10 mins. this meal feels fancy but is such a cinch.

pressed ham sandwiches with lentil and swiss chard soup

for a quick and easy dinner that's super yummy and packed with lots of vitamins and deliciousness. the soup recipe is from my everyday food magazine. the only thing i thought that this recipe needed more of was salt and lemon juice. so keep that in mind when you first taste. you might need to add those to each serving. the sandwiches are a taylor creation. he's my sandwich man. loves himself a sandwich. so we took the torta bread you get from costco's bread section and covered it in dijon mustard, topped it with trader joes rosemary sliced ham, dubliner cheese, lettuce, tomato and red onion. and for our poor man's version of a panini we brush oil on the outside of the bread and place in a hot skillet and place a heavy skillet on top to smash the sandwich. we turn once and we have ourselves a pressed ham sandwich that goes perfectly with any soup!

our thanksgiving table

this year we had thanksgiving at our house. it's one of my favorite meals to cook so i'm always up for cooking it for everyone. it is a joint effort as i have my mom bring some things (usually the family sweet potato pie recipe). this year i was met with lots of compliments as to having the best turkey they have ever had. it was moist and full of flavor. this year i did my traditional feast of a roasted garlic and herb butter rubbed turkey. roasted garlic mashed potatoes, cranberry orange sauce, sauteed green beans with minced garlic and cornbread stuffing.


week two

acorn squash stuffed with cranberry apple quinoa and a mixed green salad

stuffed acorn recipe from the whole foods website. instead of both kinds of quinoa i substituted trader joes harvest grain mix for the white quinoa

ok so a girlfriend and i started our own dinner swap last year and so she brought us dinner this week. i'm a lame-o and forgot to take a picture of it but it was lentil and rice and spinach curry with flatbread. absolutely delish. if you want recipe i can get it for you. sorry no pic.

butternut squash bisque with mixed green salad and garlic bread

so here's my own recipe::peel squash, cut in half, scoop out the seeds, then dice. chop up one carrot. chop two sweet potatoes. one onion into wedges. and break apart one garlic head leaving the skins on the clove. toss all these in a bowl with some coconut oil (any oil will work) then roast in the oven for 35 mins at 450 degrees or until soft. then throw them all in a blender add one can of coconut milk and about 2 cups of chicken or veggie broth and presto you have yourself a delicious soup. oh ya and i added some curry powder too.

smokey chicken with chirzo and sweet potatoes
this one isn't one i'd feed the kids. this one has some heat which makes it so delish!
this recipe can be found in rachael ray's magazine november 2007. i substituted real meat chirzo with the soy chirzo from traders. (but please don't tell my hubby)

chili and cornbread

chili recipe is my own. 2 cans of pinto beans. 2 cans of kidney beans. 1 can of cannellni beans. 1 large can of diced tomatoes. sauteed ground turkey and one onion together. through all this into my crockpot. i also added 1 packet of whole foods vegetarian chili spice, but you can just add chili powder, garlic powder and salt and pepper to the mix. and for added heat i added one chipotle pepper and a roasted pobalano pepper from dinner from thurs night. but you can do without the pobalano. but the chipotle is my new favorite spice to this chili. the cornbread recipe is from everyday food november 2009. i substituted the buttermilk with coconut milk.

salmon with red quiona and broccoli and a lime ginger yogurt sauce

this recipe is from my quiona 365 cookbook i found at costco. really great recipes in there. pick it up if you have a chance. for the sauce i substituted the sour cream for trader joes plain greek yogurt and the mayonnaise for vegenaise. i sauteed the broccoli in some coconut oil and a little bit of water and then added some chopped garlic and s & p.

sweet potato gnocci disappointment

okay so thursday night's dinner was a bite of a disappointment. i purchased sweet potato gnocchi from trader joe's freezer section...wow didn't turn out well. we dont' have a microwave so we had to cook it on stovetop method. well all the gnocchi's fell apart and were mush...more like mashed sweet potatoes. you'd think it would still be good, which the flavor was, but when you are thinking gnocchi you aren't happy when you are just eating mashed potatoes. anyhow so here's the picture. you try and let me know if it turns out different for you.

sweet potato gnocchi with arugula salad and breadsticks

friday we joined friends at a campfire. so no meal to share. and the rest of the weekend was a fend for yourself kind of weekend. this week i'll share more of what we are eating.

week one of our first food blog posts

so i have a few friends who love to know what we are eating for dinner here at the gibbons household or any new recipes i might have to share. so i've decided to try and keep up with our daily dinner eats. now i might not be able to actually write them all on the blog, but at least i'll get a picture up and some text. some of my recipes are not mine at all. i usually find them somewhere else and then tweak them. and some of our menu consists of the yummy food i might find at trader joes. either way i'll do my best to lead you in the right direction of where to get them.
so hope you enjoy.

heres what we have had this week. minus monday. (forgot to take a picture so no post about it.) but an added bonus of a lunch i made today.

pizza bianca with arugula and mixed green salad

here's my little helper

stuffed portobello with mixed green salad

steak bites with chimmirri rice

saute steak medallions with minced garlic, salt and pepper. rice is from trader joes freezer section. and flame grilled whole wheat handmade tortillas from tjs as well, buttered.

hopefully i can keep this up. i find it fun. hope you do too!