Category: Make Ahead

Menu Plan #1 Winter 2019

Menu Plan #1 Winter 2019

Menu Plan #1  Winter 2019 I try to do most of my Meal Prep on Sundays to alleviate the stress of what’s for dinner during the week.  Like so many of us, the What’s for dinner struggle can be real.    My Menu Plans always […]

Cooking dried beans in the Instant Pot

Cooking dried beans in the Instant Pot

The Instant Pot is a game changer when it comes time to cook dried beans.  In under an hour, with NO pre-soaking,  you will have a large pot of perfectly cooked beans.   I prefer cooking dried beans in the Instant Pot as I can eliminate […]

Best Ever Shepherds Pie

Best Ever Shepherds Pie

Shepherds Pie, also known as Cottage pie, is a dish originally created to use up left over meat and vegetables.  Traditionally using minced meat, either ground beef or lamb, it is one of those dishes that can be really good, or well, not that great.  […]

One Pot Triple Meat Sauce; for your Instant Pot or Stove Top

One Pot Triple Meat Sauce; for your Instant Pot or Stove Top

National Spaghetti Day is January 4th; who knew? Luckily I have the most delicious recipe to share; One Pot Triple Meat Pasta Sauce served with Rigatoni! This robust, rich sauce has a longer list of ingredients than your basic Spaghetti Sauce, but it is so […]

Roasted Turkey Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Sliders

Roasted Turkey Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Sliders

Roasted Turkey Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Sliders are the latest addition to my slider collection.  Now technically, they aren’t a slider, but they look like sliders when they are cut into pieces, so work with me okay?   For me, anything that can easily be served […]

Chicken Parmesan Penne Bake

Chicken Parmesan Penne Bake

Chicken Parmesan Penne Bake;  a delicious and easy make ahead meal that the whole family will love, and even the kids can cook!   With only 30 minutes in the oven, you have time to set the table and make my OMG World’s Best  Caesar Salad […]

Instant Pot Vegetable Beef Soup

Instant Pot Vegetable Beef Soup

No one will guess that this rich and flavourful Instant Pot Vegetable Beef Soup took only 30 minutes from start to finish.   Tender beef and vegetables, enhanced by a full bodied, perfectly seasoned broth,  tastes like it’s been simmering all day on the stove.  I […]

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole, all the flavour of a loaded baked potato without all the carbs and if that isn’t enough, it’s Keto compliant.  It sounds crazy, I know, but it is true.    Certain types of dairy can be enjoyed on the Keto diet and it’s all […]

Best Tourtière ever; a Brooks family tradition

Best Tourtière ever; a Brooks family tradition

The History of  the Best Tourtière ever:   Family traditions are super important to me, especially around all the holidays, and I’ve been building them with my husband James since we got married 2o years ago.  Christmas was the first big holiday I had to […]

Ten Make Ahead Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

Ten Make Ahead Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

Ten Make Ahead Side Dishes for Thanksgiving Preparing the Thanksgiving meal can be hectic to have prepared and on the table at a set time, no matter how well prepared you are.  To make it less stressful and still delicious using making ahead sides is […]