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Summer is the perfect time for a picnic – unless you live in Louisiana.  But picnicing we went – down to the pond with the kids and a fan. And it was a perfect time because Gaye’s theme this week was Picnic Day.

Hamburgers, hotdogs, and cookies.  That was all we needed.  The cookies were Ellie’s Chocolate Chunk Cookies.  

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And they were so good.  I could have eaten all 2 dozen.  Sweet but not as sweet as usual because the chocolate in them was only 60% – 70% chocolate.  Just a hint of sweet.  The brown sugar added a great flavor and texture to the cookie.

There are none left.  Wonder why?  Because they were great cookies.  Crispy on the outside.  Soft in the middle.

The recipe is from Ellie’s Comfort Food Fix (page 257).  If you want to try them, I found the recipe on Kitchen Flavours.

For more picnic treats visit Eating wit Ellie.

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This week Kayte wants us to be SAUCY!!  Cook anything with a sauce.  Easy enough.

I went with Ellie’s salmon in aromatic tomato sauce with swiss chard spinach.  I am not a fan of chard so subbing spinach was easy.

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And totally delicious.  A nice sauce made with diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, roasted red peppers, and whole red chili peppers.  I don’t like REALLY hot food.  Spicy, yes, but not tongue burning so I left out the chili peppers.  But since I did that I used Ro-tel diced tomatoes with green peppers.  Plenty hot and plenty spicy.  And lots of flavor with the coriander and cumin.

Ellie suggested  eating this over couscous but since I am trying to stay pretty compliant with Whole30 program.  It was perfect just by itself.

The recipe is from Ellie’s So Easy (page 195}.  You can also find it HERE if you want to try it.

For more Saucy dishes -> Sauce it Up.

We don’t publish the recipes.  Please buy Ellie’s books and cook along with us.  The weekly themes are on the right of Eating with Ellie.  We publish every Thursday.

Tomorrow is May 5th.  To most of us that doesn’t mean anything but in Mexico it commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). Mexico had trouble paying back war debts to European countries, and France had come to Mexico to collect that debt.

For us in the US it is a time to enjoy Mexican food and drink.  And if you are a fan of Ellie Krieger then celebrating in a healthy way is easy.

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I made these in 2015 and they were good so I decided to make them again. Also making them again because we have been cooking with Ellie for so long that some themes are getting low on recipes.

Lots of flavor, lots of veggies, lots of meats and totally Whole30 compliant.  Yes, I’m still eating that way as much as possible which meant no tortillas and no cheese, and no sour cream.  I can live with that.  But if you want them with all that….

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The recipe is on page 98 of Ellie’s Weeknight Wonders.

More Cinco de Mayo -> Eating with Ellie.

 

This week’s theme for Eating with Ellie is Apples.  We’ve been cooking with Ellie for so long that we, or at least I, are running out of yummy recipes in some categories.  Like apples.  I had planned to make the Apple Crisp from Comfort Food Fix but we were invited to a Church Supper and I made dessert and I still had some left so I had to make something LESS sweet and less like dessert.  Too many sweets in the house means trouble.

Enter Ellie’s Harvest Breakfast Cookies. These cookies are huge and more like a muffin in cookie form.

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Each cookie uses almost 1/2 cup of batter so they are quite large.  And they are chock full of apples, cranberries blueberries {because I couldn’t find my cranberries} along with pecans and dried cranberries.  They are supposed to contain rolled oats as well.  I noticed my cup of oats on the counter just as I was putting the cookies in the oven.  oh, well.

They are sweet but not too sweet.  The only sweetener is 1/2 cup of Maple Syrup.  These are on the menu for breakfast in the morning.

The cookies are in Ellie’s you have it made.  page 45

More apples -> An Apple a Day…

We would love to have you join us for Eating with Ellie.  The themes are listed on the right of the Eating with Ellie page.  We don’t print the recipes.  We’d rather you bought Ellie’s books.  She has 6 out now.  And they are all good.

Easter is almost upon us.  A glorious time of the year.  While it is a time of joy it is also a time of struggle.  Not an important struggle.  Just trying to plan an Easter menu when there are so many likes and dislikes in tastes.  Usually we have ham.  And rolls.  And a veggie.  But this year I’m not planning the meal.  The Daughter is.  No worries here.  This year!!

One of the veggies we usually have is a sweet potato dish.  Sauteed.  Fried.  Baked.  This year something different.  Ellie’s Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Orange Essence. Not very different you say.  It’s not the dish – it’s the orange essence.  NOT a usual flavoring in our sweet ‘taters.

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This is the way my Mom used to make them.  But I make them with pecans, brown sugar, and pralines.

Not to say I didn’t like Mom’s.  I just got used to making them differently.  Ellie’s is very close to my Mom’s.

Mashed sweet taters with a touch of brown sugar, nutmeg, orange zest, and orange juice. Just the right amount of everything.

The recipe is simple to make and comes from Ellie’s The Food You Crave  page 267.   It’s also HERE!

Thanks, Kayte, for this week’s theme.

Need more Easter Eats -> Eating with Ellie.

Hope you all have a lovely Easter!

The Whole30 is over and now we are reintroducing some of the foods we weren’t able to eat on the program.  Dairy.  Grains. Legumes. Gluten.  But the other days are compliant so we aren’t done with the ‘special’ foods yet.

The Pesto Shrimp with Cherry Tomatoes was on my menu today.

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The pesto is made with spinach, basil, walnuts, and garlic.  It was good, but I did miss the Parmesan cheese I usually have in it.  Mixed with the shrimp and some tomatoes {I didn’t have cherry ones so I cut up some regular ones I had canned last summer.}

So very good.  And quick.

It appears that Shrimp has become my go-to meal when I want something quick.  I always have it in the freezer.  It is easy and quick to fix.

The recipe is from  The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom (pg 359). Want to try it?  I found the recipe on the Whole30 blog.

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown 15 hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

Yesterday was the last day of our Whole30.  WooHoo!!  We did it!!  That doesn’t mean we are quitting completely.  We have the reintroduction over the next ten days or so.  Slowly but surely getting back to ‘normal’ eating.  But recipes like this one will always be in the menu rotation.

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The list of ingredients is long but it is simple to make.  You an have a healthy dinner on the table in an hour.  Capers, tomatoes, chicken, onions, bell peppers, and shrooms.

The one thing about Whole30 is that what may seem like a lot of food for two is healthy and filling.  Just because it says two people doesn’t mean you HAVE to eat all of it.  This recipe used a pound of drumsticks and 1/2 pound of boneless thighs. That’s a lot of food. But… it’s all good for you!

The recipe is on page 334 of  The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom.  It is also on the Whole 30 blog.

Try it.  It is delicious.

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown 15 hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

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