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My Go To Pasta Salad – Step by Step

18 Apr

Morning lovelies!

I hope you are all having a fabulous Thursday so far! I was going through some of my photos and realized I made this pasta salad a few weeks ago and I totally forgot to post the recipe.

Silly me.

Well, on the plus side, I didn’t make you a real pasta salad and then forget to give it to and try to serve it up to you guys 2 weeks later.

That would be weird.

See, this just shows us that there is always a silver lining to every situation. You’re welcome.

Anyways…

I had a really fun weekend with the girls like I mentioned last week, and I am going to do a post of some pictures for tomorrow so that you can see what we got up to.

For now, I have a bunch of photos to post so let’s get on with the recipe, shall we?

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Borscht

22 Mar

Good afternoon everyone!

It’s Friday!! Thank goodness, I don’t think I’ve ever been more ready for a week to end.

Mr. Delish and I had plans to go up to Kelowna this weekend to visit his sister but the roads are really bad and his brother in law came down with that horrid cold. So needless to say, the trip is off.

Since I now have absolutely nothing planned for this weekend, I’m hoping to get a bunch of new recipes done up for next week! I already have one ready to go, which was a twist on this Magic Custard Cake. It is delightful and I cannot wait to share it with you guys!

Today’s recipe is a bit different than what I usually post because its actually quite healthy and low calorie! I know, I know, that never happens around here. Not on purpose, though. I just post what I eat and if what I eat isn’t healthy, well then so be it.

Don’t get me wrong, I eat fairly healthy for the most part. My daily intake consists of:

Breakfast: Yogurt and a piece of fruit, usually an apple, pear or banana. I don’t drink coffee at all in the morning, usually just lots of green tea.

Lunch: Either a salad or a healthy sandwich on whole wheat with lots of veggies.

Snacks: I have a HUGE bag of this trail mix that I keep at my desk and will snack on if I get hungry during the day or I’ll have another piece of fruit or maybe a protein bar if I’m really hungry.

Dinner: All bets are OFF. I eat really healthy all day so I treat myself at dinner time, of course I’m still careful about portion size and I try to add lots of veggies as well. This is the meal when I can sit down, relax and really enjoy eating, so I am willing to splurge a bit.

Dessert: I do try to avoid dessert but sometimes I will have something if my sweet tooth is calling out. I recently discovered that these little babies only have 80 calories and they’re SO good. So I will have one of those every now and then. Or if I baked something and it hasn’t already been eaten up, sometimes I will have some. I find for me if I make something I am way less motivated to want to eat it, not sure if that happens to you guys!

So that’s pretty much my diet during the day, I know some people might think that’s not the best way to eat but it works for me and that’s really all that matters.

Now we make Borscht!

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Borscht is such a weird word, it’s kind of scary actually. It sounds really…aggressive.

BUT it’s not, it’s really delicious! Some of you may think, ew beets. Honestly, at least with this recipe anyways, the flavor of the beet is very mild. To me it tastes more like a really flavorful tomato soup.

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This recipe was out of my family cookbook (the same place that perogy dough came from) and it is delicious. It is made almost entirely of vegetables and not much else, so it is very low cal. The only thing that adds some calories and fat is if you add the dollop of sour cream like I did.

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Delish.

Miss Delish asks:

Do you splurge on dinner too?

If you bake something yourself are you less likely to eat it like me? or am I weird? (you don’t have to answer the second question.)

Borscht

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: Serves 12

Borscht

This is a delicious and healthful soup. My version is blended for a smooth texture.

Ingredients

  • 3 medium beets, peeled and diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3 medium yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 medium head cabbage, cored and sliced thinly
  • 1 (8 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, for topping
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley for
  • garnish

Method

Fill a large soup pot about halfway up with cold water (about 2 quarts) bring to a boil and then add the diced beets, reduce heat to medium high and allow to beets to cook for about 10-12 minutes.

Add the carrots and potatoes and cook again for about 10-12 minutes.

While the veggies are cooking, heat the oil in a pan over medium high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring often, until softened and browned slightly, about 8-10 minutes. Add the water and tomato paste and stir to combine, allow this mixture to come up to a simmer and then add it into the soup pot.

Add the cabbage, diced tomatoes and garlic as well, reduce heat to medium low and allow to simmer for 30-45 minutes.

Once the vegetables are soft and cooked through, you will want to blend the soup with an immersion blender, or by putting the soup into a blender in batches.

Return to the pot and bring to a simmer. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve in bowls with a dollop of sour cream and some diced parsley for garnish.

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Homemade Perogies & TV Stuff

21 Mar

Good afternoon lovelies! I hope your day is going just peachy so far!

I must say, this week has flown by and I think there is one thing to blame for that, TV.

Mr. Delish and I have a lot of shows we both like to watch, some we have in common and some shows he watches make me want to stick a pencil in my eye, and vice versa.

Shows we watch together:

1. Big Bang Theory: We have been watching this since it came out and I think it is in it’s 6th season now. This show gets more hilarious as it goes. When it first aired, I loved the show and I would always try to get people to watch so I could talk about it with them. None of my friends watched it! Now finally some people are getting into it. I can just say “I told you so” when they ask to borrow my seasons on DVD.

2. Modern Family: We started watching this one last season and have been too lazy to go back and watch the previous seasons, but I really love this one.

3. New Girl: It’s JESS! This show makes me pee my pants, literally. Well not literally because that would be a problem. It makes me giggle, a lot. Mr. Delish kind of looks like Schmidt, and he wants to be him too, so it works out!

4. Happy Endings: Another hilarious one. Mr. Delish only watches it because he has a crush on Elisha Cuthbert.

5. Top Gear UK: I know, you’re probably thinking that I put this one in the wrong column, but it was no accident. We both work in the car industry so it kind of comes naturally, the show is informative and it’s hilarious too so double plus! We actually download this one because we don’t get thhttp://miss-delish.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpe BBC UK channel.

PS. This is not to be mistaken for Top Gear America, ick that show is horrible.

6. Girls: This one makes me blush.

Shows that make him crazy:

1. Friends: He hates watching the same episodes over and over again. Which is what it is because I have seen all the episodes at least 50 times.

2. King of Queens: Same reason as above. What can I say, I have a crush on Doug Heffernan.

3. Real Housewives of Vancouver: No explanation necessary. This also applies to any other show starting with “Real Housewives.”

Shows that make me go crazy:

1. Wheeler Dealers: For those who may not know, this is a show that aired originally in the UK, but to my dismay, has begun airing on Canadian TV as well. This show features a short fat guy that buys and then later sells a car that a tall skinny guy repairs in the meantime. It is mostly the horrible scripted-ness of this show that makes me go bonkers.

2. Hell on the Highway: This is a new one, well in our house anyways. If you haven’t had the complete pleasure of watching it, it is about tow truck drivers on a snowy and dangerous highway in Northern California I believe.

I don’t know why anyone would watch this show.

3. Swamp People: I saved the best for last. This one is pretty self explanatory, I just don’t know what the draw is. One of the episodes I saw showed one of the characters accidentally shooting his son. That is all.

Okay lets move on from TV and get on to the food, shall we?

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I made these the other day and posted a photo on Instagram, by the way you should add me on instagram!! HERE

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You all seemed really excited for the recipe and I’m in the business of giving you what you want.

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Look at all those fluffy potato dumplings! Don’t they look like airy clouds that you could just have a little nap on?

No? Well, I want to take naps on food all the time, especially when said food looks as fluffy as these do.

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My mom and Grandma have been making Perogies like these for years, they are easy to make but they take a little time and they are the perfect thing to make if you have a bunch of leftover potatoes, say after Easter Dinner!?

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We always boil them up and then saute them in a bit a lot of butter, until they get nice and crisp.

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Then we serve them with fried bacon and onions and a dollop of sour cream.

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Ahh…heaven.

Miss Delish asks:

What shows do you watch?

What shows make you go crazy!?

Homemade Perogies & TV Stuff

Prep Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Yield: Makes about 100 perogies

Ingredients

  • Dough:
  • 5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tbsp salt
  • For the Filling:
  • 5 cups prepared mashed potatoes
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt
  • Butter for cooking and fried onions and bacon for serving.

Method

For the dough:

In the bowl of your electric mixer fitted with the dough hook, add the flour, oil, water, eggs and salt. Mix on low until dough forms a sticky ball. Cover and set aside to rest for 1 hour.

For the filling:

While the dough is resting, mix together the potatoes, cheddar cheese, milk and salt in a large bowl. Mix until well combined and then set in the fridge to firm up.

To make the perogies:

Set your bowl of dough near a floured work surface. Cut off about an inch piece of dough and roll it out on the floured surface using a rolling pin. Try to make it as round as possible and just roll it out to about 1/4 inch thick.

Scoop about 1 tbsp of filling and place it in the center of the dough round. Fold it in half and pinch the edges to seal (you won't need water or egg wash, the dough is sticky so it will seal on its own,) being careful not to get any of the filling onto the edges (or it will not seal.)

Set on wax paper or a cookie sheet and cover with a clean towel to keep them from drying out. Repeat until you run out of dough or filling.

To cook:

Drop the prepared perogies into salted boiling water for about 2-3 minutes until they float to the top. Transfer a large pan over medium high heat with some melted butter and pan fry until browned on both sides.

Serve with fried onions and bacon and sour cream for dipping!

Notes

You can easily freeze the perogies on a baking before cooking and then place them into a ziplock bag so you can easily pull out as many as you need. Drop them frozen into boiling water to cook!

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Winter Apple & Cranberry Quinoa

27 Dec

Good Morning Lovelies!! I hope everyone is having a fabulous day so far.

Many of you are probably back to work today after having some time off for holidays, that is if you didn’t have to work yesterday (like me) or if you aren’t one of those lucky you-know-whats that is off until after the New Year.

If you are one of those lucky you-know-whats, I’m not sure if we can still be friends.

Okay, okay, I forgive you and I will put aside my jealousy since it is the holidays.

Now that Christmas has come and gone, I guess we move on to New Years!

Mr. Delish and I have been invited to a beautiful 4 course meal and then drinks and dancing! The event is put on by the Fraser Valley Italo-Canadian Club and I have heard of people going in previous years and it sounds like an amazing way to spend New Years eve! I am expecting a delicious meal, too.

Oh and some wine of course!

I know a lot of people tend to make New Years Resolutions around this time of year as well. Personally, I don’t make resolutions just because I think a lot of times they fail and then you end up feeling guilty.

For example, one of the fitness classes I go to at my gym, normally has the same group of ladies that take the class 3 times a week. I’d say there is probably about 15-20 women that have been going for a long time. Then every year when January rolls around, the class will be PACKED for the first 2 weeks and then it will slowly trail off to the same group of 15-20 ladies.

I’m not sure what it is but it just seems like trying to make a change for a certain period of time is kind of setting you up for disaster, you’re more likely to work hard at something if you don’t put a time frame on it. Especially with fitness, it is something that you have to incorporate into your daily life, and just make it part of your routine. Eventually you get used to it and even grow to enjoy it. Whereas the resolution lets you go strong for a couple of weeks, then slowly lose your momentum and then stop entirely. Then you feel guilty and beat yourself up about it, which makes you depressed and less motivated to get back on the horse and try again.

I’m not saying resolutions don’t work, I am sure there are people out there that really stick to their resolutions and make them happen!

So since I am not resolving to do anything specific, I will just say that I really need to post more on this little site of mine, it’s getting ridiculous here.

Especially because this recipe I am about to post, was supposed to be posted directly after the Lemony White Wine Pork Chops recipe…that I posted on December 10th….

Well technically this is the next recipe I posted, but it just happened to be 16 days later…

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Balsamic Beets & Greens with Bacon

24 Oct

Good morning everyone, I hope everyone is having a fabulous Wednesday so far!

I have a yummy recipe for you, but first, let’s talk about moving.

I hate it.

That is all. Just joking, that would be kind of a let down hey?

Currently, Mr. Delish and I are in the process of packing and moving. YES, again. If you watched the Recipe to Riches episode, you may have noticed I said we just moved into our place, which we did. Now we are moving again. It’s kind of a long story, but in a nutshell, we have been renting and we would like to buy our own place. As many of you may have experienced yourself, it is very difficult to save to purchase your own home when you are renting, so my parents have been nice enough to let us move into their basement, just until we can get our down payment together.

Anyways, I have been packing up all our stuff and I have a couple problems with this whole moving thing:

1. We have some stuff that, I swear to goodness, we have moved three times, and never used ONCE. Not once. 3 moves, no use-y. I’m done with that stuff.

2. Mr. Delish has at least 2 boxes of random crap, and I mean random. Like a box of paperwork, mixed with some miscellaneous hardware, mixed with some batteries, mixed with some change, mixed with some more random crap. It’s taken all of my self control to not throw those stupid boxes out the window.

3. The boxes mentioned in #2 are in the same category as the stuff from #1

Ya. So I am not having a great time with it. Moving is not fun.

You know what is fun? Beets!

Hey, everyone’s idea of fun is different, okay? Don’t judge.

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