Easy Healthy Recipe Thursday: Vegetarian Chilli (4 Servings)

This is the first time I make chilli because it is affordable, easy-to-make and filling.

This recipe is perfect for dinner time.

Remember, for every dinner dish that are introduced in “Easy Healthy Recipe Wednesday and Thursday”, we aim for $5 CAN per serving maximum. Here is the recipe and cost of ingredients:

3 tomatoes, diced ($3.31 CAN)

1 sweet onions, diced ($0.59 CAN)

1 celery stalk, diced ($0.34 CAN)

3 tablespoons oregano ($0.50 CAN)

6 bay leaves ($1.20 CAN)

1 pack soft tofu ($2.49 CAN)

1 can of black beans ($0.78 CAN)

1 can of white kidney beans ($0.78 CAN)

1 cup frozen kernel corn, defrosted ($0.50 CAN)

1 jalapeno peppers, diced ($0.08 CAN)

3 cloves of garlic, minced ($0.17 CAN)

1 tablespoon vegetable oil ($0.01 CAN)

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1) Heat up pan with oil over medium heat.  Saute onions, oregano and bay leaves until onion softens and aroma appears.

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2) Put tomatoes, jalapeno pepper, celery, garlic in the pan and simmer until tomato softens and celery is cooked.

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3) Put tofu, black beans and white kidney beans and simmer for about 20 minutes or until beans are softened.

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4) Add corn into pan and simmer for 5 minutes or until mixture boils.  Serve when ready.

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This dish was only alright probably because I did not have add enough spices in it such as cumin and chili.

I should also use more tomatoes and less beans and tofu.

Lastly, I have to try to make the tofu less meaty because I do not want to use vegetarian burger patties.

Ultimately, this dish costs $10.75 CAN in total, which is about $2.69 per serving.  ISN’T IT MUCH BETTER TO BUY CHILI FROM WENDY’S?

Do you want to share your favourite chili recipe? Post your comments below! Till next time!

P.S. The prices were as of Thursday, June 12, 2014 at No Frills. 

 

 

 

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Easy Healthy Recipe Wednesday: Fish On A Bun (1 Serving)

I am going to be making more burgers and hot dogs because they are perfect for the summer time.

Today I will be making a healthier version of Filet-O-Fish. I also made the tartar sauce myself.

This dish is perfect for lunch.

Remember, for every lunch dish that are introduced in “Easy Healthy Recipe Wednesday and Thursday”, we aim for $3 CAN per serving maximum. Here is the recipe and cost of ingredients:

1 frozen haddock fillet, defrosted ($1.67 CAN)

1/8 red cabbage, shredded ($0.19 CAN)

1 hot dog bun ($0.28 CAN)

1/4 cup low fat mayonnaise ($0.30CAN)

1/2 tablespoon capers, minced ($0.3 CAN)

1/2 tablespoons lemon juice ($0.13 CAN)

1 drop red wine vinegar ($0.01 CAN)

1 tablespoon vegetable oil ($0.01 CAN)

salt and pepper to taste ($0.05 CAN)

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1) Mix capers, lemon juice, mayo, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper together. Set aside.

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2) Heat up pan over medium heat.  Put salt and pepper onto fillet.  When pan is hot, put oil on pan and cook fillet about 4 minutes each side.  Set aside when fish is cooked.

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3) Toast hot dog bun on a pan until slightly toasted.

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4) Mix almost half of prepared tartar sauce and the red cabbage together. Set aside.

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5) Spread the hot and bottom hot dog buns with the tartar sauce.  Place fillet onto the bottom bun. Place red cabbage on top of fillet.  Place top bun onto the cabbage.  Serve when ready.

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This Fish On A Bun was delicious. I could taste the oily flavour from the fillet and the crunch from the red cabbage.

However, I think I should shred my red cabbage finer next time.  I should also spread a bit more tartar sauce onto the buns.

Ultimately, this dish costs $2.94 CAN in total.  WHAT A GREAT THING TO DO WITH FROZEN FISH RIGHT?

Do you want to share your favourite fish burger recipe? Post your comments below! Till next time!

P.S. The prices were as of Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at No Frills. 

 

 

Easy Healthy Recipe Thursday: Summer Guacamole Hamburger (3 Servings)

It is finally summer and it is time for grilling.  This is a very healthy hamburger because the burger is homemade.   Also, there is no mayo or any fattening sauces to go with the hamburger.

This is also a perfect hamburger to be shared with your family and friends for dinner.

Remember, for every dinner dish that are introduced in “Easy Healthy Recipe Wednesday and Thursday”, we aim for $5 CAN per serving maximum. Here is the recipe and cost of ingredients:

1 pack lean ground beef ($6.86 CAN)

3 hamburger buns ($0.6 CAN)

1/2 small tomato ($0.50 CAN)

1/4 red onion ($0.44 CAN)

3 lettuce leaves ($0.17 CAN)

1/2 cup Greek Yogurt ($1.00 CAN)

3 tablespoons cilantro, minced ($0.05 CAN)

3 teaspoons rosemary, minced ($0.05 CAN)

3 tablespoons lemon juice ($0.50 CAN)

1 avocado, skinned ($2.00 CAN)

1/2 jalapeno, diced ($0.06 CAN)

2 cloves garlic, minced ($0.11 CAN)

3 tablespoons olive oil ($0.50 CAN)

salt and pepper to taste ($0.05 CAN)

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1)  Use your hands to mix the ground beef until ground beef becomes sticky.  Set aside.

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2) Dice part of the tomato into little squares.  Mix diced tomatoes with avocado, garlic, 1 tablespoon of cilantro, jalapeno, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, salt and pepper together. Set aside.

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3) Mix Greek yogurt with 1 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of cilantro, rosemary and salt together. Set aside.

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4) Make ground beef into balls.  Pound ground beef balls until it gets to the shape of a burger.  Heat up pan over medium heat.  Marinate burger meat with salt, pepper and olive oil.  Place burger meat on pan when pan is hot.  Cook each side of the burger for about 4 to 5 minutes. Set aside when burger meat is cooked.

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5) Heat another pan over medium-high heat.  Heat up burger buns.

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6) Spread bottom bun with guacamole.  Then top the bun with burger meat, onions, tomatoes and lettuce.  Spread top bun with herb Greek yogurt.  Serve when ready.

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I think this hamburger is best done with a grill because you would get the char marks on the burger bun, but I do not have a grill at home so I had to improvise.

Also, the guacamole gave some heat to the hamburger because there is jalapeno in there.  It is definitely different than hamburgers out there.

Ultimately, this dish costs $12.89 CAN in total, which costs $4.30 CAN per serving.  IT IS DEFINITELY CHEAPER THAN HAVING A HAMBURGER AT A RESTAURANT. 

Do you want to share your favourite hamburger recipe? Post your comments below! Till next time!

P.S. The prices were as of Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at No Frills. 

Easy Healthy Recipe Wednesday: Pear and Apple Salad with Asian Dressing (3 Servings)

Since everyone loved the salad recipe I had made a few weeks ago, I have decided to make a salad that is related to my roots.

This is a also perfect salad for lunch if you are inviting your friends over for brunch.

Remember, for every lunch dish that are introduced in “Easy Healthy Recipe Wednesday and Thursday”, we aim for $3 CAN per serving maximum. Here is the recipe and cost of ingredients:

1 box mixed greens ($3.59 CAN)

1/2 apple, diced ($0.25 CAN)

1/2 pear, diced ($0.32 CAN)

1/4 cup dried raisins ($0.25 CAN)

1/4 cup walnut ($0.25 CAN)

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar ($0.05 CAN)

3 tablespoons soy sauce ($0.05 CAN)

2 cloves garlic, minced ($0.11 CAN)

1 teaspoon sesame paste ($0.10 CAN)

1 tablespoon sesame seeds ($0.05 CAN)

2 teaspoons brown sugar ($0.05 CAN)

1 green onion, diced ($0.17 CAN)

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1) Heat oven to 250F and toast walnut for 10 minutes.

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2) Heat pan over medium-high heat and toast sesame seeds until seeds start to pop.

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3) Mix soy sauce, garlic, green onions, red wine vinegar, sesame paste, toasted sesame seeds, and brown sugar.  Set aside.

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4)  Plate mixed greens, apples, pears, raisins and walnuts on plate.  Sprinkle dressing into salad. Serve when ready.

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Oh my! Oh my! There are lots of elements and textures going on in this salad.  You get the slightly savory and sour from the dressing, the crunch from the walnut and the fruity taste from the apples and pears.  I am sure a lot of people would love it.

Ultimately, this dish costs $5.24 CAN in total, which costs $1.75 CAN per serving.  WHAT MORE CAN YOU ASK FOR!

Do you like having Asian dressing in your salad? Do you want to share your salad with Asian dressing recipe? Post your comments below! Till next time!

P.S. The prices were as of Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at No Frills. 

Easy Healthy Recipe Thursday: Chicken Brown Rice and Hummus Casserole (4 Serving)

I made some extra hummus for the recipe yesterday.  Since hummus is no longer fresh if it is kept in the refrigerator for too long, I figure I would use it for this dish.

I am preparing this dish for dinner with my family.

Remember, for every dinner dish that are introduced in “Easy Healthy Recipe Wednesday and Thursday”, we aim for $5 CAN per serving maximum. Here is the recipe and cost of ingredients:

2 cups boneless chicken thighs, chopped ($4.98 CAN)

1 1/2 cups brown rice mix, cooked ($2.00 CAN)

1/2 onion, julienned ($1.06 CAN)

1 tomato, chopped ($0.64 CAN)

1/2 cucumber, cubed ($0.90 CAN)

1 tablespoon vegetable oil ($0.01 CAN)

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil ($0.10 CAN)

1/4 cup hummus ($1.70 CAN)

1 green onion, chopped ($0.16 CAN)

salt and pepper to taste ($0.05 CAN)

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1) Heat up a pan over medium heat. Saute onions until soften.

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2) Stir in chicken when onions soften.

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3) When chicken is halfway cooked, stir in tomato and cucumber until everything is hot.

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4) Layer cooked chicken mix on the bottom layer of casserole bowl, then brown rice mix, then cooked chicken mix again and brown rice mix.  Spread hummus onto the top layer. Sprinkle olive oil on hummus and bake in the oven until everything is hot.

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5) Sprinkle green onions on top. Serve when ready.

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Oh man! This dish was YUMMY! You have the sourness from the hummus and the savory from the chicken.  There are lots of flavours in this dish.

Ultimately, this dish costs $11.60 CAN in total, which is about $2.90 CAN per serving. WONDERFUL!

Do you want to share your favourite homemade casserole recipe? Post your comments below. Till next time! 

P.S. The prices were as of Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at No Frills.