Halal and Healthy- Week #2

Last week simply flew by and now we are here just starting March Break.

Have you made your March break plans yet?

Here this week we wanted the menu to be fast, halal and healthy.

Yesterday I roasted a chicken and well since it is just the two of us, there is plenty leftover so we have some great recipes using chicken this week.


Monday- Healthy Chicken Enchiladas, green salad

Tuesday-breakfast for dinner (tween will be doing this one) Scrambled Eggs with cheese, sliced tomatoes, toast

Wednesday- Lemon Chicken Rissioto

Lemon chicken risotto:

Add lemon juice to stock and use to cook risotto rice, which absorbs all the flavours. Add finely 1 cup diced mushrooms while the rice is cooking, and diced cooked chicken. Stir, and keep cooking over a low heat until all is thoroughly heated through.

Thursday- Southwestern Corn and Black Bean Salad

Friday- Cheese Pizza ( have a gift card), green salad


Sunday- Harirra Soup( this is a Moroccan recipe usually made in Ramadan) but I love it anytime.

Now I am off to Organizing Junkie to see what is cooking at your place. So do tell me what is your favorite recipe.

Halal and Healthy

I recently started dieting once again.

What have I had to give up that i love?

Cupcakes, chocolate and diet coke!

I purged my cupboards this weekend so now it is time to come up with a menu that is healthy and halal.

I have been using Theresa Albert’s book Ace Your Health. She emphaizes breakfast right at the begining of the book so this week I am not only planning my dinners but my breakfasts as well.


Breakfast- yogurt ( if you want halal yogurt look for the Balkan symbol at the grocery store here in the GTA), fruit salad (a mix of pineapple, grapes, mango, orange)

Dinner-Timeless Tuna Penne Salad


Breakfast- oatmeal, and blueberries

Dinner-Chicken dijon (in the recipe use skim milk and light sour cream), brown rice, brocolli


Breakfast- I am going to try and make homemade yogurt and fresh fruit.

Dinner- I am making Meatless Chili using this recipe. Too take some of the gas effect off the beans make sure you rinse them.

Meatless Chili


1 can chili beans in tomato sauce
1 can kidney beans
1 can stewed tomatoes
1/2 cup sliced celery
1/4 cup diced onion
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 cup cooked brown rice
Salt to taste
Optional: light sour cream, grated cheese, hot sauce


In sauce pan, cook celery, onion and tomato for 5 minutes. Add everything else but rice, sour cream and cheese. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Add rice, put into bowls and top with any or all of the “optionals”.


Breakfast- the homemade yogurt from yesterday  with fresh fruit

Dinner-Salmon Patties, green salad


Breakfast- oatmeal, berries

Dinner-Black bean Quesadillas

Saturday-having a friend over so

Breakfast- Breakfast Egg Casserole, fresh fruit

Dinner- we are going out


Breakfast- leftovers from yesterday

Dinner-Oven baked whole chicken, baked potatoes, mixed veggies

Now what is cooking at your house this week? Now I am off to Organzing Junkie‘s blog to see what is cooking at your house.

Menu Monday: A Frugal Healthy Halal Plan

After a  very busy month of volunteering, fundraising, working and learning I am so glad that Halloween which was my last event on the calendar for a wee bit has come and gone. It is time for this mom to get back into her kitchen, but now I am not alone in my kitchen duties. My dear daughter Rachel is loving cooking meals. Yes, my 12 year old loves to create and this includes food. So from here on end at least twice a week Rachel will be cooking meals. So 2 of the meals each week will be things a tween can make. She also is taking a cooking class on Sundays ( her choice) so some of the recpies may come from there.

Two weeks ago I was selected to go to She is Connnected, a great conference here in Toronto that brought together woman bloggers and brands. Two of the brands that get used a lot in my kitchen Dempsters and Kraft Foods where well represented. They even gave us new product to try. So this week 3 of my lunches for work are sanwiches using the rye bread..and I must tell you I am loving this new addition to thier line.

So what is cooking this week:

M onday: tonight Rachel cooked we had spaghetti with meat sauce and brocolli. This is a staple meal that Rachel already has been cooking for about a yer.

Tuesday: we are using the Sizzling Salad we recieved from Kraft Foods to try out the Greek Chicken Salad.

Wednesday: breakfast for dinner( we do this once a week and this week we are doing panackes ).

Thursday: Thai Pumpkin Soup..Yummy Recipe! and rolls

Thai Pumpkin Soup

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 small pumpkin, skinned and chopped into 1-inch chunks
2 1/4 cups water
1 2/3 cups canned coconut cream
1 tablespoon hot sweet Thai chili sauce
1 tablespoon lemon grass, finely chopped ( I use a wee bit of lemon juice instead)
1 tablespoon fish sauce
freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
chopped cilantro leaves, for garnish

In a large pot, heat oil and gently cook onion with brown sugar and
garlic over low heat until softened (8-10 minutes).
Add chopped pumpkin, water, coconut cream, chili, lemongrass or rind
and fish sauce.
Season with freshly ground pepper.
Simmer for about 25 minutes until tender.
Remove and puree until smooth.
Just before serving, adjust seasoning to taste.
Mix in chopped coriander.
Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with a fresh coriander leaf.

Friday- Rachel is back in the kitchen and see is making Chili .

Saturday- is Cheese Pizza and salad.

Sunday- Sweet Potato Burriotos

Menu Monday-More One Pot Recipes to Try

I started this year with a challenge to do most of my cooking in just one pot. Some meals I use a skillet others I use a crockpot and others a baking dish.

So far I have been able to do about 80% of my meals using just one pot. It is making supper simpler.

So what is on the menu this week?

Monday- Leftovers from Oscar night munchies. (wings, rice, salad)

Tuesday-Breakfast for dinner-

Wedesday-Skillet Lasagna and salad

Thursday- Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Friday-Pizza Night with friends

Saturday- Grandma’s Vegetarian Chili

Sunday- Pot Roast with potatoes, onion and carrots

This is a busy week ahead as we prepared for spring break, and grandma is coming to visit for 2 weeks. I have some posts planned about March break planning and spring clothing shopping. I am now off to visit Organizing Junkie to see what is on the menu this week for the roundup. Just to let you know I am also guest posting over at Where Does All My Money Go this month with a 4 part series on bankruptcy and restoring your credit.

The One Pot Cook Cries for Help

I have been a blogger for a while now and really it easy for a blog to get stale pretty fast. Really for a blog to remain fresh you have to tackle new ideas unless of course your blog is a humor or story telling blog.

So in my quest to come up with something new and orginal for my blog Iwanted to challenge myself. I wanted a big tackle. I want something that could engage you my readers in helping me in this tackle.

What am I talking about?

My new upcoming tackle is called The One Pot Cook. I am a mom who loves simple things and what is simpler then cooking in one pot whether that pot be my wonderful old slow cooker, my trusty skillet or my roasting pan.

So my big tackle is this: A YEAR of cooking every day using just one pot. Now the rules I have placed on myself. One meal a day whethre it is is breakfast, lunch or dinner must be cooked using just one pot. A cool challenge right?

Now why do I need your help in the tackle? I need recipes to try.

Have you posted your favorite one pot meal online? If so leave me a link and I will add it to my menu plan. Have a favorite recipe not yet online or don’t blog you can email it me and I will give it a whirl. I need 365 recipes to try.

Now what ingredients can’t be in the recipe: pork, and mushrooms.

So can you help a mom out with this tackle??

You may of noticed that I created a page called The One Pot Cook, as I start to make the recipes I will be making a file of 365 one pot recipes that will later be made into a PDF that you will be able to download. This is the tackle. Are you with me?

Menu Monday:Healthy and Frugal

orgjunkiempm1 This past week I came out here on my blog that I want to be a fit, frugal faboulous 40 something mom.

How can I do this? My menus will be healthy and frugal and they will help me get to my goal.

So each Monday here, you can find what I will be cooking that will help me get to my goal. I just have to remember portion control!

For breakfasts my choices are: toast with peanut butter, and a banana, oatmeal and an orange, or boiled egg, toast and fruit.

For lunch they are: Toasted tomato sandwich with cheese, spinach salad with tuna, low sodium chicken noodle soup and crackers, veggie soup with crackers, hummus and crackers

For dinner:

Monday- Homemade chicken soup with veggies, and roll

Tuesday-Breakfast for dinner- eggs, toast, tomatoes

Wednesday-Chicken Amaretto, brown rice, brocolli

Thursday-Crock Pot Barbeque Chicken with Corn on Cob, rice.

Friday-cheese pizza, salad


Sunday-Tuna Supper Casserole

Now I am off to Organizing Junkie to see what is on your menus this week.

Menu Monday: Easy Frugal Cooking

mpmfall1This week I have a super busy schedule. Our family celebrates Thanksgiving this week. We will be doing this on Friday and I will be making the desserts.  I wanted a really easy frugal menu. So here is what we are having in this house and all the recipes where found by reading your menus last week.

Monday- Hambergur Helper Copy Cat Beef Taco. and salad

Tuesday-eggs, toast, tomatoes

Wednesday- Chicken Ceaser Pasta Salad

Thursday- Veggie Chili and rolls

Friday-Thanksgivng for our family hosted at my sisters house. I am bringing the pies Pumpkin and Apple.

Saturday- Oatmeal Apple Panckes


Now I am off to Organizing Junkie to see what is cooking in your kitchen this week. If you stop by can you share what is your favorite fall recipe?

Menu Monday: Halal Menu Planning

I am taking a halal approach to menu planning now. No longer you see pork options as well all meat is bought now from a farm that kill in very humane ways.. I think going halal will be good for me and Roo. I know it will be good on the budget.

Monday- whole roast chicken, baked potato, corn

Tuesday- spaghetti with meat sauce and salad

Wednesday- chicken soup, rolls

Thursday-breakfast for dinner(using leftover chicken from Monday)-eggs, tomatoes, toast

Friday- cheese pizza, salad

Saturday- lentils and rice

Sunday-slow cooker beef stew

Now I am off to Organizing Junkie to see what is cooking for everyone else.

Menu Monday: Iftar and Eid Menu Planning

orgjunkiempm1I am back to blogging and menu planning now that the move is over. I am  also a new revert to Islam who has been doing my first Ramadan. I  am eating a healthy breakfast early in the morning before the day starts with prayer and then each day I break my fast around 7:30 with a light snack and a little while later a meal.So as this is the last week of Ramadan what ,is on the menu?

Monday – potatoes, corn, baked chicken

Tuesday- spaghetti, and salad

Wednesday-Double Decker Tacos and salad

Thursday-Lentils and rice, salad

Friday- we have been invited for an iftar dinner

Saturday-there is a community potluch Iftar dinner- I will be making M’hannacha

Sunday- Eid- a Holy  day for Muslims full of prayer and good food.

I will be making Morrocan Walnut Salad, Morrocan chicken with Lemon and Olives, rice and Moroccan  Orange cake.

Now I am off to see what everyone else is cooking this week over at Organizing Junkie.