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Beef Stroganoff

I never used to cook, mostly because I didn’t know how. I’ve done a lot of experimenting in the kitchen over the last 4 years and I’ve come to really enjoy getting creative in the kitchen. I haven’t gotten very good at planning a weeks worth of meals and getting all the right groceries, instead I get lots of veggies I love, and high quality meat then throw things together.

Do you use recipes? I look at recipes for inspiration then work with what I have. The other day I had frozen ground beef, and we didn’t have beef for a while, so I chose it for dinner. I didn’t feel like having tomato sauce, and I had egg noodles. Beef stroganoff came to mind, I’ve never made beef stroganoff, so I googled it and found a basic recipe. Turns out it’s made with striploin beef, and typically only contains mushrooms and onions. I loosely followed the recipe with the ingredients I had and what I wanted to eat. It turned out great, so great I want to share it with you, and I will make this again.

Beef Stroganoff

Ingredients:
Ground beef 1 pound
1 Onion
Mushrooms
1 clove Garlic
Zucchini
Broccoli
Broth (beef broth, I only had Pho Vegetable broth, it was still really yummy)
Butter
Sour Cream (optional) or plain greek yoghurt
Egg Noodles

Directions:
Cook ground beef in a skillet that you can add everything to over medium heat. Boil water in a pot for the egg noodles. Chop up all you veggies. Once the ground beef is mostly cooked add the onions and garlic, once the onions are soft, add the mushrooms. Once the mushrooms are soft add a tablespoon of butter and the chopped up zucchini. Once the butter is melted add 2 cups of broth. Most recipes will call for beef broth, I used Pho Vegetable broth, because it’s what I had, any veggie broth will do. Cover and allow to come to a boil. Once the broth comes to a boil add the broccoli, leave uncovered to simmer and reduce. Add your egg noodles to the boiling water, let cook, then drain. Turn the heat off the beef and veggies, add 1/2 cup of sour cream, stir in, serve over egg noodles. Enjoy!

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Homemade Pizza

This is one of my all time favourite recipes that I learned when I first started getting into and enjoying cooking. Realizing how delicious and easy homemade food can be. One of the best things about this recipe is that the making of it can turn into a kitchen party with the help of lots of hands and then enjoying homemade pizza together. There is something really energizing about making food with and for people you care about, we talked about this extra vitamin in my nutrition schools as vitamin “L” for Love. It’s nourishing in a way that goes far beyond food.
Pizza Dough makes 3-4 medium pizzas
Ingredients:
1 8 gram yeast packet
1 teaspoon sugar
4 cups flour – I like to use whole wheat
1 tablespoon olive oil
pinch of salt
Directions:
Stir 1/2 cup of warm water, sugar and yeast together in a small bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes, it will double in size. Put 2 cups of flour in a mixing bowl. Once the yeast mixture has risen add 1/2 cup of warm water and olive oil to the small bowl. Pour into the mixing bowl with flour and mix together with a wooden spoon and then your hands. Once the dough can be kneaded into a ball add 1/2 cup of flour. If it still feels sticky add another 1/2 cup of flour until it no longer feels sticky. Knead it for 5-10 minutes. Let it sit in a mixing bowl with a clean dish towel over top for at least 1 hour or a few hours at room temperature to rise.
Once dough is risen:
Pre-heat oven to 475 degrees F. Divide by how many pizzas you want, roll the dough out on a surface sprinkled with flour with a rolling pin. Or an empty wine bottle if you don’t have a rolling pin. Place onto a baking sheet, add toppings. This is where you can get creative and your options are endless. I like to brush olive oil around the edge and sprinkle some sea salt over it. My favourite is to use pesto as the sauce, spicy sausage already cooked, broccoli, mushrooms, mozzarella cheese and goat cheese. Cook in the oven for 10 minutes. Look for the crispy crust and bubbling cheese. Let it cool (because it will burn the roof of your mouth), enjoy! – my mouth is watering for pizza, I really do love this recipe and hope you enjoy it too.
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