Day 333: Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup, Baked Penne with Sausage and Spinach and Chocolate, Pecan and Olive Oil Wafers

Roasted+Red+Pepper+Soup Day 333: Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup, Baked Penne with Sausage and Spinach and Chocolate, Pecan and Olive Oil Wafers
Sausage+spinach+bake Day 333: Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup, Baked Penne with Sausage and Spinach and Chocolate, Pecan and Olive Oil Wafers

Tonight’s dinner was planned – it was something I schemed up with the organizers of Ski for Heart- a fundraiser for the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta the second weekend in January that I’m going to be a part of. They put the recipes in their newsletter, and the plan was that I’d make them tonight. And I did! This penne pasta is one of my favourite make-ahead-and-freeze dinners, and so the plan was to make two (just using a single recipe below will produce two pansful, enough for 4 each), put one in the fridge to pop in the oven when we got home from the movie at around 7, and freeze the other to keep M&W sustained when I go to Montreal next weekend. (That’s right! Montreal for the weekend!)

We ate the soup before we left, just so we didn’t arrive at the theatre ravenous, and the cookies got nibbled all day. But by the time we got home we were far too full of popcorn to think about eating pasta. It probably isn’t very good heart & stroke PR that we plowed through a large buttered popcorn at the movie, is it? Free refills are just a bad, bad idea.

Check out Ski for Heart if you want a great deal on a ski weekend at the Chateau Lake Louise – we’ll all be there for the weekend, there will be lots of food and activities for the kids – my plan is to sleep lots and go ice skating and for a sleigh ride around the frozen lake – one of my favourite childhood memories. And of course it’s all for a great cause.

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

4 red bell peppers
canola or olive oil, for cooking
1 onion, peeled and chopped
2-3 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 tsp. thyme
1 14 oz. (398 mL) can diced or whole tomatoes, undrained
1 L chicken or vegetable stock
1/4-1/2 cup half and half or light sour cream (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
extra sour cream, for serving (optional)

Cut red peppers in half lengthwise; pull out the seeds and membranes. Place cut side down on a baking sheet that has been lined with foil. Roast at 450°F or broil on high for about 30 minutes (less under the broiler), until blackened and blistered, rotating the sheet if necessary for them to cook evenly.

Remove from the sheet and place in a bowl; cover with the foil or a plate and let cool. When cool enough to handle, peel off the skins and discard them, dropping the peppers back into the bowl.

In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat a drizzle of oil over medium-high heat and sauté the onion for 5 minutes, or until soft. Add the garlic and cook for another minute, add the thyme, tomatoes and chicken stock and bring to a simmer; add the red peppers along with any juices that have accumulated in the bowl and cook for about 20 minutes.

Turn the heat down to low and add the cream, salt and pepper. Puree with a hand-held immersion blender or transfer to a blender in batches and pulse until smooth. Heat through, adjust the seasoning and serve warm. If you like, top each bowl with a small dollop of sour cream, and run a bamboo skewer through it to create a teardrop shape.

Serves 6.

Per serving: 103 calories, 3.1 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 1.2 g monounsaturated fat, 0.7 g polyunsaturated fat), 5.6 g protein, 14.6 g carbohydrate, 3.2 mg cholesterol, 2.9 g fibre. 26% calories from fat

Pasta+ready+to+freeze Day 333: Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup, Baked Penne with Sausage and Spinach and Chocolate, Pecan and Olive Oil Wafers

Baked Penne with Sausage and Spinach

canola or olive oil, for cooking with
2 lean chicken and apple or Italian sausages, squeezed out of their casings
1 onion, chopped
3-5 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 28 oz. (540 mL) can diced tomatoes (undrained)
1 can tomato paste
1/4 cup pesto (out of a jar)

3 cups penne, rigatoni or rotini pasta (preferably a whole wheat or brown rice variety)
1 10 oz. bag baby spinach leaves
1 ½ cups grated part-skim mozzarella
1/2 – 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a large saucepan, heat a drizzle of oil over medium-high heat and cook the sausage, onion and garlic, breaking up the meat until the sausage is cooked through. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste and simmer for 5-10 minutes, until the sauce thickens. Stir in the pesto and some salt and pepper.

Cook the pasta until al dente, drain it well and toss it with the spinach (coarsely tear the spinach up with your hands as you add it), mozzarella and about half the Parmesan cheese in a large bowl. Stir in the hot tomato sauce, which will slightly wilt the spinach. Divide among baking dishes or aluminum containers (it should be enough to fill one 9”x13” pan) and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan. (At this point the dish can be cooled completely, covered and frozen for up to 4 months. Bake from frozen.)

Bake at 350°F for about 30 minutes (40 if frozen) until bubbly and golden. If you want to make it ahead, cool completely before covering and transferring to the freezer for up to 3 months, then bake it from frozen, adding about 15 extra minutes of baking time.

Serves 4-6.

Olive+Oil+Wafers Day 333: Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup, Baked Penne with Sausage and Spinach and Chocolate, Pecan and Olive Oil Wafers

Chocolate, Pecan & Olive Oil Wafers

I came up with these healthy fat-low sugar (not generally a winning combo in a cookie) for my dad, who is watching his saturated fat intake, and my mom, who is diabetic, for Christmas a few ears ago. They are very low in sugar, partly because the sugar is sprinkled on top where its flavor and crunch are at the forefront, but particularly if you don’t sprinkle them with sugar at all. Because all the fat comes from the pecans and olive oil, these are particularly heart-healthy. I adore them. My mom and dad aren’t as enamoured with them as I am, unfortunately, but I love how thin and crisp and not-too-sweet they are.

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
1/3 cup cocoa
3-4 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed (optional)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup olive or canola oil
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. cold water
1 large egg white
Extra sugar, for sprinkling (optional)

Preheat oven to 400°F.

In a large bowl, combine flour, pecans, cocoa, sugar, flaxseed, baking powder and salt. In a small bowl, stir together the oil and water with a fork. Add to the dry ingredients and mix until combined.

Take walnut-sized pieces of dough and place between two pieces of waxed or parchment paper; roll back and forth in one direction with a rolling pin into large, thin ovals that look like a smear. Transfer to a cookie sheet and peel off the top sheet of paper; alternatively you could place the balls of dough directly on the sheet, cover them with a piece of parchment and roll them out, then peel off the parchment.

Stir the egg white with a fork and brush the cookies with it, then sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden around the edges (it will be tough to tell!) and set. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Makes about 18 large cookies.

Per cookie: 119 calories, 8.2 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 5.7 g monounsaturated fat, 1 g polyunsaturated fat), 10.7 g carbohydrates, 0 mg cholesterol, 1.2 g fiber. 60% calories from fat

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95 Responses to “Day 333: Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup, Baked Penne with Sausage and Spinach and Chocolate, Pecan and Olive Oil Wafers”

  1. sally on 29 Nov 2008 at 8:13 am #

    As with most of us further south, we had Thanksgiving leftovers for dinner last night. Turkey sandwiches, yams, rolls, potatoes and for us, pico de gallo with chips.

    I don’t mind if a chocolate is missing. I can handle that.

  2. Fiona on 29 Nov 2008 at 8:15 am #

    Oo, I’m first! I’m going to make those wafers. They look amazing.

    Dinner last night was greasy pub food (a cheeseburger and beer). We were celebrating the end of M’s teaching practicum, and the beginning of the home-stretch.

  3. Cecily on 29 Nov 2008 at 8:19 am #

    For me dinner was a peanut butter sandwich followed by dairy queen after a basketball game, but my family had barbecued steak, fries, green beans and ceasar salad.

  4. corinne on 29 Nov 2008 at 8:20 am #

    I am going to check out the all things Jill website…. love creams lotions etc. :)
    Last night for dinner we had a tomato beef stirfry from Dashing Dishes (an awesome concept for busy families – check it out!)

  5. Coralee on 29 Nov 2008 at 8:26 am #

    Due to the fact that I can’t be the food dictator all the time in our household, we had burgers and fries.
    The burgers weren’t really worth it unfortunately.
    I prefer a really indulgent one at a restaurant every once in a while rather than a mediocre home version.
    But, the oven fries were great. Just potatoes, lots of cajun spice and a bit of olive oil. Very tasty and somewhat healthy, just overdid it a bit on the portion as I don’t have the taters much.

    The swag sounds awesome, thanks for doing this!

  6. KelleyK on 29 Nov 2008 at 9:29 am #

    Dinner last night was fondue with some friends – I’ve truthfully never had it before, and thought fondue was all about dipping bread in hot cheese.

  7. Shaun on 29 Nov 2008 at 8:38 am #

    Dinner last night? Paninis made in the panini grill I gave my husband for his birthday a couple of weeks ago. These were impromptu paninis, in the Dinner with Julie spirit, made with odds and ends from the fridge. The end of a jar of Classico bruschetta (thanks for this tip, Julie), sausage, portabella mushrooms, spinach, cheddar cheese. And my husband did all the work, because it’s his panini grill.

  8. Lindsay on 29 Nov 2008 at 8:40 am #

    Dinner last night was 2 wedges of chocolate carmel marshmallow bars (this cookbook is trouble!), and then a roll of yam tempura maki and a diet coke at O-Sho’s here in Lethbridge before going to see 4 Christmases – such a cute movie.

    I also have to share the dream I had with you last night. I don’t remember much of it, but I was desparately trying to blend a big pot of soup with a hand held immersion blender. I can’t remember why, but it was really important that I blend that soup. I’ve got a hand held immersion blender on my Christmas list this year :)

  9. Bonnie on 29 Nov 2008 at 8:48 am #

    We had leftover turkey and all the fixin’s as dh insisted on cooking a turkey to celebrate US Thanksgiving. Leftovers are soooo good!

  10. elektra on 29 Nov 2008 at 8:51 am #

    we had homemade vegetable soup with lots of cabbage in it–a low cal version of borscht–and ham and swiss cheese paniniiiiiii. what is the plural of panini?

  11. Annalise on 29 Nov 2008 at 8:51 am #

    Dinner last night was homemade sushi, which I did not have to make myself. And Yam that had not been deep fried in Tempura batter. I was the most exotic meal of the week, but I enjoyed the barley risotto with a side of sautéed zucchini and almonds that I had earlier this week more.

  12. Bethany on 29 Nov 2008 at 8:57 am #

    Dinner last night was quinoa with tomatoes, black beans, and a cilantro/lime dressing. Also some fresh green beans. Tasty, and uncharacteristically healthy!

  13. Buddiegirl on 29 Nov 2008 at 9:17 am #

    Last night we had double smoked farmer’s sausage and perogies with onions and sour cream. My daughter declared it was the best meal ever, just like she used to do after everything I made when she was younger.

  14. charlo on 29 Nov 2008 at 9:23 am #

    Dinner last night ..ah yes, stir-fry.every
    veggie I had in the frig,plus a bag of shrimp,we got all our healthy greens in one meal!! I did brown rice which was rather crunchy with it. Cooking 40 mins isn’t long enough O’ve found out. Love your Blog!!

  15. ladyloo on 29 Nov 2008 at 9:26 am #

    Spicy tuna rolls. A lemon drop. Edamame. Pesto & chese pizza. Raisinets. Movie popcorn.

    These movie theaters just keep getting fancier & fancier.

  16. tricia on 29 Nov 2008 at 9:35 am #

    We had Hamburger soup from the Best Of Bridge cookbooks, and homemade french bread. I cheated and used my bread machine. I have a 4 year old and a baby!! I don’t have time to knead bread! It was loved by all.

  17. Jan on 29 Nov 2008 at 9:49 am #

    A slice of bread with peanut butter and a banana. We were doing inventory, everyone else had pizza.

  18. suz on 29 Nov 2008 at 10:01 am #

    Lamb kebobs!
    Lemon and cilantro rice!
    Bok choy!

  19. Ellen on 29 Nov 2008 at 10:23 am #

    Dinner last night was roast beef with homemade cranberry horseradish, baked potatoes, corn bake and a salad with dried cherries & toasted walnuts. The salad was the highlight, if you ask me! I made a dressing with walnut oil, dijon, garlic, red wine vinegar and balsamic and it was fantastic.

  20. Theresa on 29 Nov 2008 at 10:29 am #

    We had what you had! Not at Madagascar, but at House Bunny. :)

    I noticed that you shred the cheese with a very fine grater. Great idea to cut the amount of cheese but not the taste

  21. Colleen on 29 Nov 2008 at 10:33 am #

    Well, last night we had roasted pork tenderloins with fresh rosemary and garlic, sauteed cauliflower and brussel sprouts and (heehee) stovetop stuffing (my kids love that stuff). We had Dilly bars for dessert – DQ had a sale, buy one box and get one free!

  22. Kirsten on 29 Nov 2008 at 10:36 am #

    Creamy corn chowder (from the crockpot since Friday night is ballet night) and tuna buns.

  23. Cheryl A on 29 Nov 2008 at 10:36 am #

    I was having the stay-at-home mom equivalent of a fat day -where I was dreading cooking and cleaning up – so Hubby was in charge. Pizza it was. With hummous as an appetizer while we waited for the pizza to show up.

  24. Kathy on 29 Nov 2008 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Julie – last night’s dinner was Ceasar – Basil Chicken, which is an easy recipe from Chatelaine, stuffed baked potatoes from M&M (the potatoes unfortunately didn’t agree w/ either hubby or me) and cooked peas.

    I have a sensitive stomach and, after my stomach bloated out to pregnancy-size proportions, for dessert I had some probiotics in pill format and a PHazyme and laid down with a heating pad. The pain eventually subsided around 11 pm after more probiotics.

  25. robyn on 29 Nov 2008 at 11:05 am #

    Dinner last night was a hoagie roll with roast beef, turkey, ham, swiss cheese and pickles. So good! And of course my Friday side dish of cider.

  26. Jen T on 29 Nov 2008 at 11:24 am #

    We had a mega salad –my favourite dinner. We add all kinds of ingredients to the lettuce like…apples, advacado, goat cheese, roast chicken, dried cranberries, pinenuts, cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, and add a basic oil dressing……so good!

  27. Linda on 29 Nov 2008 at 11:30 am #

    Dinner last night was roasted chicken, rice and squash – nothing too amazing but pretty good for a Friday night.

  28. Jenn F on 29 Nov 2008 at 11:38 am #

    Supper was only soup and sandwiches, but I feel I fancied up the sandwiches a bit by letting everyone pick their own combination of meat, cheese and spreads and then spreading the outside with mayonnaise and toasting them in the oven.

  29. Sue on 29 Nov 2008 at 11:46 am #

    Dinner on Friday night is almost always Pizza. Preferrably store bought but often just frozen. Friday is a lazy night for us.
    Hey, which lucky readers won those awesome books last week?
    Also, wondering what you’ll do after day 365? We’re going to miss your daily food blog!!

  30. Tagyn on 29 Nov 2008 at 12:23 pm #

    We had boiled little potatoes, pork and corn in a stir fry and snow peas. A pretty good meal since we are on day 12 of a 15 day cleanse. I am actually enjoying the meals with no sugar, dairy or flour, a little pre-Christmas tune-up! I really do miss my chai lattes though :)

  31. B on 29 Nov 2008 at 12:24 pm #

    My grandma has those same mugs. Or did when I was a kid. Now I want to steal them from you!

  32. Erica Bell on 29 Nov 2008 at 12:26 pm #

    Montreal for a weekend? I’m so jealous! (Did I mention I moved here from Montreal almost 10 years ago… I still get a bit homesick) If you have time while you’re there, check out (Marche)Jean Talon Market: open Sat 7am-6pm/Sun7am-5pm http://www.wizgoboutique.com/WWP_JeanTalon/

    I look forward to making both the soup and the penne – adding them to the comfort food list along with the Turkey and biscuits from a few days ago. Yummm! I bet the soup would go well with the pesto & cheese slab scones: http://dinnerwithjulie.com/2008/05/20/day-141-roasted-tomato-soup-and-pesto-cheese-slab-scones/

  33. Pat on 29 Nov 2008 at 12:27 pm #

    Last night I had leftover meat sauce on angel hair whole grain pasta. The prize for the week sounds wonderful!

  34. Erica Bell on 29 Nov 2008 at 12:29 pm #

    Ok I dunno where my comments went but they never appeared after I clicked submit so here goes again (sorry if it ends up posting twice):

    Montreal for a weekend? I’m so jealous! (Did I mention I moved here from Montreal almost 10 years ago… I still get a bit homesick) If you have time while you’re there, check out (Marche)Jean Talon Market: open Sat 7am-6pm/Sun7am-5pm http://www.wizgoboutique.com/WWP_JeanTalon/

    I look forward to making both the soup and the penne – adding them to the comfort food list along with the Turkey and biscuits from a few days ago. I bet the soup would go well with the pesto & cheese slab scones: http://dinnerwithjulie.com/2008/05/20/day-141-roasted-tomato-soup-and-pesto-cheese-slab-scones/

    Delicious inspiration! Thank you Julie! :)

  35. liza on 29 Nov 2008 at 12:35 pm #

    black bean sauce coated baked chicken boobs, shredded & added to leftover fried rice. yum.

  36. Christine on 29 Nov 2008 at 12:54 pm #

    we had a very fast chicken stirfry with rice, something that i thought of at last minute….

    i have been just so bored with cooking lately, I do usually love to be in my kitchen but its starting to drag cooking the same things over and over… thats why i am glad i found this site, i need the motivation!

  37. Avery on 29 Nov 2008 at 1:30 pm #

    A chicken shephard’s pie and a taco pie from Simple Simon’s. Mike loves the taco one, but is it ok to say that the shephard’s wasn’t that great? I think I’ll stick to their fruit pies from now on…

  38. Tina on 29 Nov 2008 at 2:19 pm #

    Chocolate, salt and caramel all in one! 3 of my favorite things (and no that wasn’t dinner last night). Dinner was chalupas from an Anne Lindsay cookbook – a slow roasted pork, romano beans and chili spices served with corn tortillas, etc. This was a second attempt as was supposed to be dinner earlier in the week, but forgot to turn the slow cooker on in the am!

  39. RMB on 29 Nov 2008 at 3:29 pm #

    Of course you must sample those chocolates.

    Dinner last night was pork chops in cream of mushroom soup, spiced up with Souvlaki spice over egg noodles with cooked mixed veggies made by my lovely husband, as I also seem to be suffering from kitchen fatigue. But as it was Buy Nothing Day, I didn’t want to order in or go out.

  40. A on 29 Nov 2008 at 3:51 pm #

    It was a sad sad day at this house when dinner was finally slapped down on the table. I decided to broil up some Spolumbo’s Chicken n Apple sausages(giant thwongs of pink flesh)on the BBQ but forgot to turn the heat down as I ran off to deliver two boys to a Hitmen game at the bottom of the hill. I threw the tongs to my husband as I ran out the door with instructions to take them off asap. I returned out of breath to a lecture about appropriate flame levels of grilling and three completely chared phalic brickets. So we ate that with slightly undercooked potatoes, some cucumbers and a very strong Ceasar. Theres not much left of them once you cut all the charcole off!

  41. sue d. on 29 Nov 2008 at 4:49 pm #

    Last night we had the double handful of mesclun greens with Annie’s Goddess dressing followed much later by a bison burger on a small ww roll. Followed by homemade fleur de sel caramels. Perhaps too many…

  42. Amy on 29 Nov 2008 at 5:07 pm #

    Dinner last night was takeout from Taco Del Mar – enchiladas, rice and beans. Those chocolates look like they’d be a perfect dessert!

  43. JulieVR on 29 Nov 2008 at 5:22 pm #

    HOMEMADE FLEUR DE SEL CARAMELS????
    Care to share?

  44. Elaine on 29 Nov 2008 at 5:24 pm #

    I have to confess: I’m getting nervous in these days leading up to your 365th post. No lie, my husband and I just got home from Thanksgiving with family down South, dropped our bags on the living room floor, fixed ourselves drinks (a necessary thing after family get-togethers)and I checked out this website. I missed my recipe fix!

    Last night the family went out for Ethiopian food, a favorite, and pretty much recreated the game Hungry, Hungry Hippos with our platter of injera bread, zilzil tibs, and some sort of lentil awesomeness.

  45. mmac on 29 Nov 2008 at 5:35 pm #

    Dinner last night was lasagna from our local Italian deli. Meat lasagna, not veggie, which is my preference, but I wasn’t the shopper so I can’t complain. Easier than homemade and marginally better for us than pizza. Chocolate, salt and caramel. What’s not to like??!? If I win I’ll fully expect at least one to be gone from the box, if not more.

  46. Jen on 29 Nov 2008 at 6:07 pm #

    I threw together dinner that wasn’t so healthy, but was fast, easy, and yummy! I browned two spicy Italian sausages (out of their casings) in a pan, then added a jar of alfredo sauce and around 1/4 cup of prepared pesto. Then I mixed it up with cooked whole wheat spaghetti and about 1/2 cup of the spaghetti cooking liquid. Yum! Served with spinach and feta twists from Cobs bakery.

  47. Kathryn on 29 Nov 2008 at 6:18 pm #

    Well, last night we ate an office Christmas party dinner at the Croatian Club. It included very delicious, well-cooked prime rib with lots of horseradish. But that meal doesn’t really count since I didn’t cook it, I suppose.

    So the night before, I made shell pasta stuffed with spinach, feta, ricotta, mozza, parmesan and a minced shallot. I baked it with a jar of President’s Choice tomato and basil pasta sauce dumped over top. We also had a Caesar salad. I could eat spinach every single day. I love it so. (Should I have my iron levels checked?)

  48. Shobha on 29 Nov 2008 at 6:49 pm #

    We had coffee marinated short ribs. baby potatoes and broccoli/cauliflower casserole! It was very yummy. We saw Bolt today so we had lots of popcorn too!

  49. Dawna on 29 Nov 2008 at 7:27 pm #

    “Jill” has been around for over a year! Last year several women on my Christmas list received her “Pail” of goodies for the ladies – and loved it. Tonight we enjoyed a simple meal of chicken thighs, 7 grain salad (Sunterra) and corn. Hey, it’s called Saturday!

  50. TR on 29 Nov 2008 at 8:19 pm #

    Just went to Antolini’s, I read about it in a post from you a while back. Heartbreaker! I felt so sad for him… why aren’t people going there? The food was good – we split tortellini and lasagne.
    Last night’s dinner – my husband made BBQ ribs (which he slow-cookered all day before crisping them on the BBQ)and risotto with goat cheese and prosciutto, and a salad.
    PS I’m addicted to your blog :)

  51. Nancy on 29 Nov 2008 at 8:33 pm #

    Dinner last night was the (Grazing recipe) for chicken fingers YUM and salad. All things Jills sounds lovely!

  52. Mexbird on 29 Nov 2008 at 8:52 pm #

    Dinner was homemade borscht with yellow beets from our garden. Just about the end of garden produce. Love your blog never miss a day!

  53. Joni on 29 Nov 2008 at 9:04 pm #

    Those wafers sound great! What a good kid snack.

    Dinner last night was a quick bite of leftover homemade pizza and then an assortment of finger foods at a Christmas party at Rush. The food there was just ‘ok’ unfortunately. Should’ve had more pizza before we left!

  54. DJ on 29 Nov 2008 at 9:10 pm #

    Tonite for dinner we had one of our old stand-by dishes: salmon cooked in a bit of butter on high heat in a cast iron pan until it has a nice crispy crust. Then pour maple syrup over until heated through. Served with a mix of steamed whatever-veggies-are-in-the-frdge-and-need-to-be-used-up. It’s quick, easy and one of my seven year old daughter’s favorite dinners. Win, win, win!

  55. Marilyn on 29 Nov 2008 at 9:57 pm #

    That picture of the salted caramel is definitely a motivator!

    I’m trying to clean out the fridge before a trip to Toronto so dinner tonight was leftover roast chicken, Canton’s molasses and cranberry beans, and carrot sticks. Went well with a glass of wine…

    What’s going to happen to all of us on Day 366 when we can’t get our Julie fix?

  56. Kathy on 29 Nov 2008 at 10:23 pm #

    Today was a celebration day: early Christmas and some family birthdays and a retirement party. So dinner was celebratory–rouladen, chili meatballs, ceasar salad, cuc and tomato salad, mashed potatoes, lemon slice for dessert, among many other goodies. It was delightful.

  57. Mel on 29 Nov 2008 at 10:55 pm #

    Dinner was a vegetable stir-fry with bok choy, carrots, red & green peppers, and broccoli with a soy-peanut sauce over brown rice.

  58. Cheryl on 30 Nov 2008 at 6:00 am #

    Dinner was quick and uninspired. We had Coco Brooks Vegetarian pizza, romaine/red onion/mandarin salad, and Prairie Mill chocolate banana bread for dessert. Quick, yummy and (almost) totally bad!

  59. Anne on 30 Nov 2008 at 8:00 am #

    A bliss package that would be grand!!! After the November I’ve had.
    Dinner was very uninspired fozzen pizza (at least my son cooked it)

  60. HilD on 30 Nov 2008 at 8:12 am #

    Sushi! It was actually the first time that I enjoyed it too! The sushi I’ve tried previously was overwhelmingly fish-tasting, even without containing any seafood. But I went somewhere new last night, and the seaweed (?) that they use doesn’t have an overwhelming flavour, and I loved it!
    PS – this is in Montreal! So if you want sushi while you are here, check it out, the corner of Eduoard Mont-Petit and Cote Des Neiges.

  61. Suzanne on 30 Nov 2008 at 10:22 am #

    Two of Sunterra’s Friday Night Feasts shared three ways before poker – good sustenance!

  62. Mary Ann on 30 Nov 2008 at 12:58 pm #

    I received my One Smart Cookie cookbook and have already cooked up a few treats- it’s great! Thank You!

    I had company on Saturday night so I made a simple but satisfying Guiness beef stew in the slow cooker. I ran out of room in the slow cooker for potatoes so I boiled them separately and mashed them- delicious. I also baked up a loaf on no knead bread to soak up the gravy.

  63. Anonymous on 30 Nov 2008 at 1:02 pm #

    Dinner last night was Wendy’s spicy chicken combo…I was in a rush.

  64. Andrea on 30 Nov 2008 at 1:06 pm #

    Last night was tomatoe and leak soup and a chicken sandwich.

  65. Margaret on 30 Nov 2008 at 1:46 pm #

    Lst night’s supper: Your sticky chicken! rice, and two helpings of salad. That’s it! But tonite it’s gonna be your roasted red pepper soup!

  66. Ada on 30 Nov 2008 at 4:11 pm #

    Hope I’m not too late. Last night’s supper was at Girl Guide camp. Wraps (whole wheat) with turkey, beans, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce… NO Girl Guide cookies (you will be happy to hear).

  67. margaret on 30 Nov 2008 at 6:35 pm #

    Rotisserie chicken, baked potatoes, leftover macaroni and cheese, and peas. Guacamole and chips for an appetizer.

  68. Natalie on 01 Dec 2008 at 5:38 am #

    Last night, we suddenly had twice the original amount of mouths to feed, 6 instead of 3. So I dove into the freezer to pull out some homemade bolognese sauce for pasta. Unoriginal, but always there for a quick SOS dinner!

  69. Barb on 01 Dec 2008 at 6:52 am #

    Dinner Friday? Pepper steak, baked potato, tossed salad, candle light. Very Nice.

  70. Kate on 01 Dec 2008 at 9:19 am #

    Dinner was a homemade vegetable soup concoction, thick with potatoes, peas, carrots, corn, onion, garlic, celery – and lots of stock. We ate it with oven toasted bread slices, crusty and crunchy (mainly because I left them in the oven a bit too long) It was a good meal for a cold winter evening.

  71. Lana on 01 Dec 2008 at 9:24 am #

    Last night’s dinner was breakfast. Home with sick children so easy comfort food was the choice of the day: scrambled eggs, toast.

  72. Heather on 01 Dec 2008 at 9:46 am #

    Dinner last night was roast beef sandwiches (from a leftover standing rib roast I did earlier in the week). I made it on Eating Right multigrain bread, with light mayo and Dijon mustard. Mmmm… Served with arugula salad.

  73. N on 01 Dec 2008 at 10:20 am #

    Dinner on Friday was bbq’d pork tenderloin that I’d put a rub on the night before. I even made stuffed baked potatoes and a salad–quite a feat for a Friday night.

  74. twomittens on 01 Dec 2008 at 11:21 am #

    We have sickies here too so my favorite meal of the weekend was take-out from Ginger Beef. Oh so delightful. And the kids barely ate any, so more for mom and dad!
    What a fun draw!

  75. glenda on 01 Dec 2008 at 12:06 pm #

    After a 2 and a half hour drama rehearsal, I fed, (with the able help of my good friend who filled in for me in the kitchen) beef on a bun, salad and veggies to 60 hungry college kids. And isn’t there always a chocolate missing?

  76. Rachael S on 01 Dec 2008 at 1:00 pm #

    The first of December, inspired my sweetheart and myself to devote an entire day to cleaning, in prereation for decortating. We finally tucked into Bison burgers and braised red cabbage with bacon — YUM!

  77. HB on 01 Dec 2008 at 3:12 pm #

    Just moved this weekend so it was take-out from Original Joe’s. Love their pulled pork sandwich!

  78. Pauline on 01 Dec 2008 at 3:44 pm #

    Just finished making the pasta looks so good. I should be writing this after I have tried it but I just know it will be good. The sauce was great I added an extra sausage I will be useing this recipe lots. Thanks Julie

  79. jennifer on 01 Dec 2008 at 3:49 pm #

    hello! on friday i made the spanokapizza! sort of…i improvised as i did not have everything…i roasted the chickpeas with onions, scallions, fingerling potatoes,herbs de provence and topped it onto a giant pita shell with mozzarella and goat cheese! and baked it up! ooey gooey good!
    your blog is always an inspiration! thanks :)

  80. Melanie on 01 Dec 2008 at 4:48 pm #

    What was dinner on Friday night???
    Oh yeah, spaghetti with peas, bacon, parm, and the egg sauce… for the life of me I can’t remember what it was called – but it was one of yours. Enjoyed by all.

  81. Rebecca on 01 Dec 2008 at 6:11 pm #

    I just made this pasta tonight – SO yummy! Thanks for the great recipe :)

  82. Amelia on 02 Dec 2008 at 2:52 pm #

    Dinner on Friday? That was a fairly good steak burger at Moderne Burger … but last nite was chicken congee. mmmm.

  83. Brigitte on 04 Dec 2008 at 2:23 pm #

    I made the pasta last night but with chicken instead of the sausages (didn’t have sausage), it was soooo good, even my husband “I’m not really a big fan of pasta” had seconds.
    So happy to hear that you will stay on, Thanks,
    Brigitte

  84. GYY on 28 Jan 2009 at 11:29 am #

    Never leave the dish you like or love!

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  94. Silvi on 09 Dec 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    Made this today with Turkey Cranberry Spulombo sausage and it was delicious!!

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