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Category Archives: Recipes

  1. Baby Pancakes

    My kids are not great eaters.  When I think about a good breakfast, I think eggs, toast with cream cheese… not happening. My cousin gave me a winning recipe which is great for breakfast or snack before bed.  Little baby pancakes. Babies and kids just love them!

    All you need is 1 egg + 1 tbsp. flour + 1 tbsp. soft cream cheese or yogurt.  Whisk ingredients together and use the batter to make little pancakes (one tbsp. of batter per pancake).  I sweeten the batter by using vanilla yogurt or honey.  So easy!

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  2. Free Weekly Meal Plans

    What’s for dinner?  Ugh.  It’s not about whether you love to cook…it’s about being organized.  I do like to cook but figuring out what to prepare every day and making sure that the ingredients are in the house overwhelms me sometimes. Not to mention that I prepare separate dinners for my husband (who is a carnivore) and my kids (who have the pickiest palates).

    I have been using Wovenfare’s free weekly meal plans for quite a while now and I love the great recipe ideas and the weekly grocery list.  I don’t normally use the whole plan, but pick and choose the recipes that appeal to us.  I am going to start publishing their dinner ideas right here on Mamapicks every Thursday.

    Here are this week’s recipes:

    Stuffed Pork Tenderloin, Cilantro Beef Meatballs with Sour Cream Sauce, Roasted Salmon with Butter, Dill and Garlic, German Style Pork Steak with Red Cabbage, Mediterranean Pizza, Chicken Fingers with Honey Mustard.

    Bon Apetit!

    Posted in Recipes, Useful Info.

  3. Play-Dough Recipe

    If you are home this weekend and are looking for another way to keep the little ones busy, make your own coloured play-dough!   Give your kids cookie-cutters, a garlic press, toothpicks and other utensils to keep them busy. Put the following ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.

    • two cups white flour
    • ½ cup salt
    • 2 cups water
    • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
    • ¼ cup cream of tart
    • a drop of food colouring

    Once the mixture is smooth, let it cool and let them play.

    Posted in Ideas, Recipes, Useful Info.

  4. A Cheesecake Factory Recipe…yummm

    Following a recent visit to Los Angeles and four meals at The Cheesecake Factory, I decided that Canada is still missing one very important thing…this amazing restaurant.  If you are fans like me, you’ll be happy to get the (secret) recipe of their most popular dish, Chicken Madeira.

    The Cheesecake Factory Chicken Madeira
    1 tbsp olive oil
    4 boneless, skinless chicken breast fillets
    8 asparagus spears
    4 mozzarella cheese slices

    Madeira Sauce:

    2 tbsp olive oil
    2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
    3 cups Madeira wine
    2 cups beef stock
    1 tbsp butter
    ¼ tspn ground black pepper

    Heat up 1 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cover each chicken breast with plastic wrap then use a mallet to flatten the chicken to about ¼” thick. Sprinkle each fillet with salt and pepper.

    Saute the chicken fillets for 4 to 6 minutes per side, or until the chicken has browned just a bitbsp Remove chicken fillets from the pan and wrap them together in foil to keep the fillets warm while you make the sauce.

    Don’t clean the pan. You want all that cooked-on goodness to stay in the skillet to help make the sauce.

    With the heat still on medium, add two tbsp of oil to the skilletbsp Add the sliced mushrooms and saute for about two minutes. Add the Madeira wine, beef stock, butter and pepper. Bring sauce to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes or until sauce has reduce to about ¼ of its original volume. When the sauce is done it will have thickened and turned a dark brown color.

    As the sauce is simmering, bring a medium saucepan filled about halfway with water to a boil. Add a little salt to the water. Toss the asparagus into the water and boil for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on the thickness of your asparagus spears. Drop the asparagus in a bowl of ice water to halt the cooking. The asparagus should be slightly tender when done, not mushy.

    Set oven to broil. Prepare the dish by arranging the cooked chicken fillets on a baking pan. Cross two asparagus spears over each fillet, then cover each with a slice of mozzarella cheese. Broil the fillets for 3 to 4 minutes or until light brown spots begin to appear on the cheese.

    To serve, arrange two chicken breasts on each plate, then spoon 3 or 4 tbsp of Madeira sauce over the chicken.

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  5. Chocolate Yogurt Mousse Cups

    These mousse cups were tried and tested by Mamapicks this weekend.  Healthier because they are made with yogurt and no whipping cream.  We enjoyed it with sliced bananas and strawberries…YUM.  Easy to prepare except for the overnight draining of the yogurt which I just ignored.  This recipe is from Canadian Family.  If you have a winning recipe, please share!

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