Quesadillas

Source: Whole Foods for the Whole Family
Date tried: August 2, 2017
Yield: 12 servings
Time needed:15-20 minutes

A quick and easy dish for a light brunch. One of my favourite Mexican recipes.

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Shrimp and Cheese Filling

Source:Whole Foods for the Whole Family
Date tried:July 6, 2017
Yield: 5 servings
Time needed: 15-20 minutes

Prior preparation needed:
Cook shrimp ahead of time

Provided the shrimp is already cooked, this is a fast, fairly easy lunch treat. I was unhappy with the colour and texture of the cheese sauce. I am doubtful about the proportions of butter, flour and white wine. The dark not-very-cheesy colour is likely due to using whole wheat rather than unbleached flour or possibly to letting the butter brown. So not the best effect this time, but worth trying again with amendments to the method.

Shrimp & Cheese Filling

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Celestial Chicken Salad

Source: Whole Foods for the Whole Family
Date tried: June 3, 2012
Yield: 10 servings
Time needed: assembly takes only a few minutes, but the chicken salad is chilled overnight and the completed salad for another 1-4 hours. So it is a definite plan-ahead meal.

Prior preparation needed:
Cook chicken & chill

This dish truly lives up to its name.  It is delicious and beautiful, a fit centre piece for a summer buffet luncheon.

Celestial Chicken Salad

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Super Summer Tuna

Source: Whole Foods for the Whole Family
Date tried: July 7, 2013
Yield: 6 servings
Time needed: 20 minutes plus time to chill.

Prior preparation needed:
hardboil eggs
cook pasta
(Do these the morning or evening before and the salad can be assembled in 5-10 minutes for lunch or supper.)

This does well as a main-dish salad for a summer supper.
Simple to put together on a busy day.  Relax and enjoy.

Super Summer Tuna

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Button Soup

Source: Whole Foods for the Whole Family
Date tried:June 30, 2017
Yield: 16 servings
Time needed: 3-4 hours

Although it would take even longer, this would be a great dish to do in a slow cooker. The name comes from a children’s storybook which includes a variation on the Stone Soup tale. In this one a miser is tricked into making soup for a whole town with just a button, so the contributor’s children named this “button soup”. The long, slow cooking makes for beautifully tender stewing beef as well as a great beef stock.

Button Soup

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Banana Oats

Source: Whole Foods for the Whole Family
Date tried: December 12, 2012
Yield: 2 servings
Time needed: 15 minutes

This recipe is subtitled “A Perfect Baby Cereal” and that is a pretty good description. The contributor tells us it was her baby’s first cereal and is still his favorite four years later. She just doesn’t grind the oats as finely.

Cooking the oats in milk instead of water means no milk has to be added at the table. So the cereal is “thick enough to stay on an upside-down spoon” as baby learns to feed herself. The banana also supplies all the sweetening needed. So no starting baby on a sugar addiction.

And grown-ups can enjoy the cereal as well. It tastes good. For adults and older children, just don’t grind the oats as finely—or even at all.

Banana Oats

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