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It’s Meatless Monday-Potato, Leek and ‘Bacon’ Pizza

In Meatless Mondays on April 14, 2014 at 5:42 pm

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I’ve been experimenting with making my own pizza crusts for my cookbook and had one leftover so thought I’d rummage through the fridge to find some toppings. I had lots of potatoes, some cream cheese, and one of my favorite veggies, leeks. If you ever get tired of onions in a recipe, opt for leeks. They have a distinct but subtle flavor that pairs beautifully with potatoes and yes, anything with a smoky flavor. I thought about adding smoked paprika but then opted to use some of the bacon bits I had on hand…remember the container I purchased a while back? Combine all of them together and I think you have the perfect combination for a delicious pizza topping that’s a change from the usual tomato based sauce kind.

1 pizza crust
2 leeks, washed and sliced
2 medium size potatoes, washed, peeled and diced
3 tablespoons bacon bits
2 tablespoons cream cheese
Salt and pepper
Oil for sautéing
Shredded cheese for topping (optional)

Preheat oven to 375.

Place the pizza crust on a cooking sheet.

Over medium high heat, heat the oil and add the bacon bits and cook for one minute.

Add the leeks and potatoes and a generous amount of both salt and pepper.

Cook for about 5 minutes or until the leeks are softened and slightly caramelized and the potatoes partially cooked.

Add the cream cheese and stir until it’s melted and the vegetables are well coated.

Place the mixture on top of the pizza crust and spread it out so it covers almost to the edge.

You can top this with some shredded cheese but it’s optional and just as good left as is.

Cook for about 10 minutes or until everything’s slightly browned and bubbling.

Serves 4-6

April Savings with Georgine

In Georgine Saves Blogs on April 9, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Georgine’s money saving tips for April-

April seems to mean spring cleaning. If you have been thinking of some chores over the long winter and redecorating is on your list, look for sales on paint and wall paper especially at home stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot. It’s a great time to find home organizers too that will simplify and tidy your life. Vacuum cleaners will be discounted because new models come out in June.

Of course, gardening will soon be on everyone’s mind. You’ll be able to taking advantage of money-savers in the way of mulch, top soil, and lawn care products. The last Friday of every April is National Arbor Day, so around that time look for seedling giveaways and other specials.

Warm weather clothing should be a rock bottom prices because not only are the stores making room for spring frocks they are lining the shelves and racks with swimsuits and summer gear. Sneakers and athletic footwear will be on sale too. Check out rain gear. You know, “April showers” will bring special savings on umbrellas and raincoats.

You can get a break on the price of a digital camera too. Graduations, weddings, and prom season is around the corner and this is a huge picture-taking time.

National Car Care month means safety maintenance products will be discounted as well as some services. Go to http://www.carcare.org to find events in your area.
Gamers, heads up! Expect deep cuts and deals on the highly popular Christmas time gift, Xbox One.

Around April 15th look for lots of Tax Day special offers and freebies! (As they come in I will post them.) Lots of fast-food type locations will be giving away everything from free coffee, doughnuts, to sandwiches.

Participating spas will join the celebrating of Spring Spa Week (4-27 to 4-27) by enticing you with money-saving treatments and services.

In the grocery store you will be able to stock up on seasonal produce. Get creative with your recipes! Baking goods, due to Easter and Passover, such as cake mixes, pie crusts, frosting, and flour, will be on sale. Combine coupons to get the best deal.

Lately, the clip-less coupon site SavingStar has been featuring a produce item each Friday that you can add to your account and get for FREE. The details are, basically, once you join (this is free) you select items that will be credited to you account when you purchase using your store rewards card. April is also Soyfoods Month. If you are thinking of trying these products, now would be a great time. If you’re already hooked, take advantage of the sales.
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After Easter, grab some highly reduced baskets, grass, plastic eggs, etc to stash away until next year.

It’s Meatless Monday-A Sweet Snack-Peanut Butter, Oatmeal and Chocolate Chip Cookies

In Meatless Mondays on April 7, 2014 at 2:46 pm

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMeatless Mondays focus on main meals but sometimes a cookie to be enjoyed as a snack is just what you need. Last week I came up with this recipe. While making it I also discovered another money saving secret. Gluten free is all the craze and many recipes use oat flour. I don’t know if this type of flour has always been expensive or if the prices have been hiked due to the demand. Any way, I decided I wanted to use whole wheat flour and opted to make my own oat flour. It’s easy… just put some old fashioned oatmeal into a blender or food processor and pulverize it. Viola, you have oat flour which in this recipe stands in for the oatmeal. I opted not to use dairy products for this one but if you’re not worried about it being completely vegan, then you can use regular milk.
This definitely isn’t a low calorie treat but with a cup of tea it’s perfect any afternoon, not just on a Meatless Monday.

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup oat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
¼ cup peanut butter
½ cup agave nectar or maple syrup (or if you don’t need it to be vegan, honey)
Just under ½ cup oil
½ cup non-dairy milk
1/3 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 and spray two cooking sheets with non-stick spray.

In a large mixing bowl add the flours and baking powder, stir together.

Add the chocolate chips and stir.

In another bowl combine the peanut butter, agave nectar, oil, and milk and stir well.

Add to the dry ingredients and stir until everything is well blended.

Place about two tablespoons of the mixture onto the cookie sheets and bake for about 10 minutes.

They tend to rise just a little so I pressed them down with a spatula half way through the baking process.

I think these would also be great served with ice cream or frozen yogurt for a Meatless Monday dessert.

Makes about 18 cookies.

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