Category: Food

Tomato Soup | Recipe

A soup that my mom would make for us is tomato soup but it isn’t exactly what you think as we don’t actually use tomatoes. 😉

If you are looking for a simple and hearty soup recipe then this may be the one for you.

INGREDIENTS

  • Water
  • Tomato Paste
  • Salt
  • Olive Oil
  • Knorr of Chicken
  • Onions
  • Pasta (we usually use small pasta)
  • Potatoes
  • Boiled Chicken Breast (marinated with salt, black pepper and garlic powder)

DIRECTIONS

  • First clean the chicken breast and marinate it with some salt, black pepper and garlic powder. Once completed, boil it first until it is fully cooked.
  • Once chicken breast is cooked, remove it from the water. Shred the chicken breast into pieces to add into the soup afterwards.
  • In a new pot, add water for the soup. It is always best to almost fill to the top as water does decrease when boiled. Add a teaspoon of tomato paste, some salt, a dash of olive oil and knorr of chicken.
  • Clean and cut 2 onions into quarters and add to pot of water.
  • We also peel potatoes and cut them into small pieces to add into the soup.
  • Once all ingredients are added, turn the heat onto medium.
  • Stir as necessary and once potatoes are almost fully cooked, add the pasta and shredded chicken. Take a quick taste to see if additional salt needs to be added.
  • Once pasta is cooked, the soup is ready.

That is it! A simple recipe that is hearty and delicious! Enjoy!

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

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Baked Garlic Lemon Salmon | Recipe

Growing up in a Portuguese household, it wasn’t uncommon to have a fish dish for dinner. However, the one type of fish my parents did not do was salmon. Only when I got older did I notice that salmon was often served at the special events that I would attend and after eating “one bad one.” It was a dish that I stayed away from but it was time to go back to salmon.

I researched for long hours trying to figure out what recipe was easy to follow for my first attempt at this dish. It was actually difficult to find a recipe that I could easily follow so I combined a few recipe steps together and made this Baked Garlic Lemon Salmon dish just in time to celebrate my mother-in-law’s birthday.

Baked Garlic Lemon Salmon

INGREDIENTS

  • Fresh bone-in salmon (They say bone-in but they do try to take out as many bones as they can. We were lucky not to get any bones in ours)
  • 8 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 stick or 4 tbsp of butter
  • 1/4 cup of chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup of Fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/4 cup of freshly-squeezed lemon
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1/4 white wine

DIRECTIONS

  • Start by washing the salmon thoroughly and put it aside. You can also start the pre-heat process to 350.
  • In a pot, place the butter and wait until it melts and add all your chopped up garlic. Stir.
  • Once the garlic cooks a bit in the butter, remove from the top of the stove and place it on a trivet.
  • Then add the white wine and freshly-squeezed lemon to the pot. Then stir. Place aside.
  • Use a baking flat tray and cover it with tin foil (leave extra as you will be wrapping up the salmon in it). On the tin foil, spread butter so that the salmon doesn’t stick to it.
  • Once it is all covered, add your salmon.
  • With a spoon, add the sauce that was just made onto each salmon. Then with a brush, spread it on the whole salmon.

  • Then cover the salmon with tin foil and place it in the oven.
  • Time varies depending on how you want to have your salmon cooked and the type of oven you have. For me, it took 40 minutes to cook to perfection. *You can uncover the salmon 5 minutes prior to removing it from the oven.
  • Once cooked, remove from the oven and sprinkle the green onions and parsley over each salmon.
  • Then it is ready to serve!

This was an easy and simple recipe to follow and the end result was fantastic! I truly enjoyed eating this dish and I know I will be making it again soon. The best compliment anyone could get after you cook a meal, is when your guests ask to bring left overs home. This is how I know that I did a great job and had to share this recipe with all of you. Enjoy!

If you try this recipe, would love to hear from you. Leave a comment below. 🙂

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga

Momma Braga’s Clam Stew

A very easy and simple recipe that my husband adores in our home is the Clam Stew. We like to do this meal every once in awhile and we love how simple it is.

Clam Stew

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 Onion
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Baby Clams (We love to use the Ferma Baby Clams)
  • Cup of water
  • 5 to 7 potatoes

DIRECTIONS

  • Start by washing the onions and potatoes. Chop up the onions and potatoes. Everyone has a preferred style for potatoes in their stew, we like it diced. Set the potatoes aside as you will need them later.
  • Once the onions are cut, place them in a pot with some olive oil with a pinch of paprika, salt and black pepper. On low heat cook the onion until the onions are a golden color. Then add your clams (including the liquid that is included in the canned clams), potatoes and one cup of water.
  • Let it cook on medium and stir.
  • Now cook until the potatoes are cooked and you are done. If a fork goes through the potatoes then that is my sign that they are done.
  • You can serve your clam stew in a bowl and if you like Portuguese buns, then provide some at the dinner table as they are great for dipping into the stew.

And there you have it, Momma Braga’s clam stew! Give it a try and let me know what you think of it!

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga

Zucchini Lasagna Recipe

Lately we have been trying to make better eating choices and this meant eliminating some traditional dishes. We haven’t had cheese in a very long time and wanted to have it for a special dish. After some lengthy research and discussions with friends, we realized how zucchini can be used as a substitution for pasta! This was one of the food items that I have eliminated from my eating lifestyle so I thought why not try a Zucchini Lasagna!

I took my traditional Lasagna recipe and changed it a bit to accommodate the Zucchini and another veggie too! 😉

Zucchini Lasagna

INGREDIENTS

  • Ground Chicken (or Ground Turkey or Ground Beef)
  • 1 Onion
  • Half of a tomato
  • Olive Oil
  • 5 Zucchinis
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Paprika
  • 4 Tablespoons of red wine

DIRECTIONS

  • Marinate your meat (which ever one you prefer to do. We love the ground turkey as it is much lighter) prior to cooking. I usually do this the night before to have the meat soak in the juices for more flavor.
    • Wash meat well.
    • Place meat in a bowl and add the following ingredients; salt, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, 4 teaspoons of red wine (the wine added is what sets this recipe apart from many). Measurements for the ingredients are based on what you normally use in your meat marinating.
    • Leave the meat covered and in the fridge for the next day cooking.
  • The following day you can start cutting up your onions and tomato.
  • Once the onions and tomato are cut, place them in a pan with some olive oil. On low heat cook the onion and tomato until the onions are a golden color. Then add your meat.
  • With ground meat you will need to keep breaking it apart and stirring it to ensure it gets cooked. Once the meat is cooked remove it from the pan with a slotted spoon to ensure that the olive oil is drained.
  • Place the ground meat in a bowl and mix some tomato sauce.
  • Next step is prepping the zucchini, chesses and veggies.

  • Then the layering begins. Start with some tomato sauce and spread to cover the bottom of the lasagna tray. Layer with zucchini slices, tomato sauce, ground meat, bell peppers and mozzarella cheese. Continue layering until all ingredients are used, reserve 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese for the top of the lasagna. *Tip: Use cheese on the first layer and the layer before the very top.

  • Bake in preheated oven for approx. 45 minutes (or until the cheese is melted to your liking). Remove from oven, and let stand 10 to 15 minutes before serving. *Zucchini is a very moist vegetable and there may be a lot of juices after cooking it. Some recipes recommend to add more meat to soak up the juices but we didn’t as we loved it this way.

 

And there you have it, Zucchini lasagna! Give it a try and let me know what you think of it!

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga

Momma Braga’s Chicken Vegetable Soup Recipe

Chicken Vegetable soup is always a favorite in my household, especially on a crisp day or even when one is under the weather.

If you are looking for a simple and hearty soup recipe then this may be the one for you.

INGREDIENTS

  • Water
  • Vegetables (Assorted)
  • Salt
  • Olive Oil
  • Knorr of Chicken
  • Onion
  • Pasta (we usually use the small alphabet pasta or elbow macaroni pasta)
  • Potatoes
  • Boiled Chicken Breast (marinated with salt, black pepper and garlic powder)

DIRECTIONS

  • First clean the chicken breast and marinate it with some salt, black pepper and garlic powder. Once completed, boil it first until it is fully cooked.
  • Once chicken breast is cooked, remove it from the water. Shred the chicken breast into pieces to add into the soup afterwards.
  • In a new pot, add water for the soup. It is always best to almost fill to the top as water does decrease when boiled. Add some salt, a dash of olive oil and knorr of chicken.
  • Clean the vegetables that you would like to add into the soup. We like using carrots, cauliflower, broccoli and onions. Add the vegetables into the pot of water.
  • We also peel potatoes and cut them into small pieces to add into the soup.
  • Once all ingredients are added, turn the heat onto medium.
  • Stir as necessary and once potatoes are almost fully cooked, add the pasta and shredded chicken. Take a quick taste to see if additional salt needs to be added.
  • Once pasta is cooked, the soup is ready.

That is it! A simple recipe that is hearty and delicious! This soup is a great side dish for a lunch sandwich. Enjoy!

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

Fillet Sole Recipe

It is always a compliment when I get requests from loyal readers of Momma Braga and today’s recipe post is inspired by one of them.

A recipe that I love doing and is also one of my favorite dishes is fillet of sole. Growing up in a Portuguese household, fish was consumed at least one to two times a week. One popular dish is the fillet of sole.

Now many prepare and cook it differently which makes recipe sharing a delight. You can always try something new on a tradition.

Here is my simple recipe on a classic Portuguese dish.

INGREDIENTS

  • Fillet soles
  • Salt
  • Lemon
  • Olive Oil
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Eggs

DIRECTIONS

  • First clean the fillet soles in water (I usually grab a package of fillets at my local grocery store which are frozen. Once unfrozen, I wash them.)
  • Once cleaned marinate them with a little salt and squeeze lemon over all the fish.
  • While it sits in the juices, prep your work station.
  • First spread all-purpose flour on a flat plate.
  • Secondly, crack two eggs in a bowl (placing the shells in the compost). Scramble the eggs in the bowl.
  • Thirdly, add olive oil to a frying pan. Place the pan on the oven for frying. Start the heat on low to get the olive oil warm.
  • Then the frying fish process begins. First take a fillet and dip it into the egg bowl to cover the fish in egg. Once completed place it on the plate with the all-purpose flour. Cover the fish on both sides with the flour. Then place the fish in the frying pan. Let it fry one side and then flip it to the other side. I usually let it cook until it is golden crispy.
  • Repeat the above step until all the fish is cooked.

That is it! A simple recipe that will have your guests raving. For side dishes you can do anything like salad, veggies, rice and potatoes. One of our favorite is the Portuguese Style Rice. Either way many sides would make this dish delish!

Would love to hear what you like as a side with fish.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

–Momma Braga

 

 

Canja Da Galinha (Portuguese Chicken Soup) Recipe

The beauty of recipes is the variations that can be done with them. This is why I love sharing the way my family makes some traditional Portuguese dishes as every family does it a little different but all still so great.

One of my favorite soups growing up is Canja da Galinha which is Chicken Soup. It is perfect for a cold winter’s day and it is just so very yummy! My mom just made this recently and it made me remember some great childhood memories. So I asked her to share her recipe and she was delighted to share it with all of you.

As I was writing my mom’s instructions I realized how simple this soup was to make and will be giving it a try myself very soon.

Canja Da Galinha (Portuguese Chicken Soup) Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • Water
  • Boneless and Skinless Chicken Breast
  • Salt
  • 1 Chicken Bouillon Cube
  • Onion (Chopped into quarters)
  • Olive Oil
  • Long Grain Rice (usually 1 – 2 cups, depending on how much you want to make)

DIRECTIONS

  • Fill a pot with water and add the boneless and skinless chicken breasts.
  • Once the chicken is cooked. Remove from the water and with a knife cut up the chicken breasts into shredded pieces.
  • In a new pot, fill it with at least 3 cups of water.
  • Add some salt, onion (in quarters), 1 chicken bouillon cube, olive oil and the long grain rice.
  • Stir the ingredients in the pot under medium heat.
  • Once the rice is expanded and tender, add the cooked chicken breast.
  • Stir one last time and close the heat.
  • Optional: There are other ingredients that you can add into the soup and to each their own. 😉 We have added some chicken giblets and gizzards into the soup as well and it has been delish!

And there you have it, Portuguese Chicken Soup! Such a quick and simple way to a nice soup for those cold crisp days. Give it a try and let me know what you think of it!

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga

 

 

 

 

 

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They are a city farm and are proud to work with some of Ontario’s finest growers. From sourcing from organic farms, to packing in reusable bags, to delivering with electric bikes, their operations respect both people and planet. They are a Certified B-Corp and have been featured in several documentaries for their pioneering work in farming the city.

Located at Downsview Park, they organically grow on two acres and in a greenhouse. It’s where they run farm tours and events as well as many of their workshops.  The 3,000-square foot greenhouse is fully self-contained and off-grid, the greenhouse boasts rainwater capture and irrigation system and uses solar energy to power the fans.

Fresh City has created a Member Farmer Program as a way to connect urban farmers to land, facilities, and a supportive learning community. Today the program supports over 20 farmers as they pursue self-sufficiency and farming business dreams. Fresh City farmers grow vegetable, herbs, and flowers for them to sell.

Sounds like an amazing operation, doesn’t it?! Well, it just got better with the recent launch of the baby/toddler category.

I had the opportunity to recently try their services and products to see how it would work for my amazing community of readers.

Firstly an account would need to be set up on their website where you would put in all your information and then you can begin to follow the instructions to order your groceries online.

There are many things that can be ordered and I just didn’t know what I wanted to try first but I did manage to put a good list of things from a variety of the different categories but especially from the baby/toddler category.  My order was inputted with a simple click of the mouse and my delivery was scheduled for the following week on a Wednesday. It was very simple!

The delivery date arrived and I was excited to receive the package. It arrived promptly on the Wednesday and was neatly packed in a great reusable bag which can be returned or you may leave it at your door for the next order delivery date. I would call this environmentally friendly!

The baby and toddler products that I received were some fruit snacks, Hugga Bear Chocolate chip cookies, pasta with different shapes (dino and farm ones which are super cute!) and we also got the sensitive unscented baby wipes. We also got ourselves some neat things too.


The products all looked so great and they are high quality food. The fruits we got are fresh and taste great! Everything that we got we have loved.

Therefore, for this #MelandNikkiReview we give Fresh City 5 Kiwis out of 5 for the quality of food, prompt delivery, simple to use service, environmentally friendly and offering healthy options for families in the Greater Toronto Area. It’s a mouth full of great qualities but all worth mentioning. It’s a service that is great for families who want healthy options and it is convenient at its finest.

There is more with Fresh City that you will need to check out such as the prepared meal, recipe kits and so much more.

As a special offer to Momma Braga readers you can receive $20 off your order as a first time customer by using promo code: FRESHREADER. What a great offer – thank you Fresh City!

Make sure to follow Fresh City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as I am sure there will be so much more to come from them.

Special thank you to Kim from Fresh City for giving Momma Braga the opportunity to review their great service and keep up the great work!

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

Quash Your Cravings With Quiznos Limited Gyros Sub

For over 35 years, Quiznos has taken pride in bringing big flavour with quality ingredients. As pioneers of the toasted sub, they have been serving with butcher-quality meats and all natural cheeses.

So what has this tasty establishment decided to quash our taste buds with?

They have gone back in time to discover Gyrocleese, faux Greek god and inventor of the ever popular Gyro!

To celebrate, Quiznos is making history with the introduction of two new modern gyro options. They are the Gyros Whole Wheat Wrap and the Gyro Sub Sandwich which is available for a limited time (end of December).

So are they really that great?

We had the honour to be invited as an official taste tester for this special limited time menu item and of course we said YES!

It was time to check out Quiznos for the very first time and take a bite out of the Gyro Sub.

The Gyro Sub is layered with scrumptious seasoned beef and lamb into a traditional toasted sub (of your choice) and its beautifully topped with lettuce, tomatoes, and creamy tzatziki sauce.

Talk about Greek “hero” perfection! (Excuse me…my mouth is watering again!)

I visited the location closest  to my home and ordered our family dinner. When I arrived home it was time for the ultimate taste test. I unwrapped my neatly wrapped sub and I have to say that I love that they cut the 9 inch sub in half.

I took a bite and my taste buds got all the great flavours a Gyro has to offer and enjoyed every single bite!

Now it was time to evaluate on the #MelandNikkiReview and we give it a 5 Greek Gods out of 5. The Gyro Sub offers an abundance of flavour, freshness and high-quality ingredients. The real difference is that their core recipe is around toasting the subs. By toasting the subs, it brings out more flavour and makes it mouth-watering good! “It’s all about the oven.”

This is why we recommend to quash your craving this holiday season with Quiznos Gyros Sub or Wrap before they are gone from the menu (end of December). You don’t want to miss it! It is a great family meal idea too!

Also make sure to follow Quiznos Canada on Facebook for some mouth-watering posts and don’t forget to visit a location near you!

A special thank you to Quiznos Canada for the gift card so that I can try this fabulous new sandwich!

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga


 

Portuguese Potato Salad With Tuna

A few weeks ago I was chatting with one of my uncles about my blog and the feature of recipes. We went through a different list of some of our favorite dishes and then he asked if I shared the Portuguese Potato Salad with Tuna recipe…I haven’t! So thank you Uncle John for inspiring this share!

Growing up this was a dish that my mom often made and it was so yummy but I think families will appreciate how quick and easy it is to make.

Portuguese Potato Salad With Tuna

INGREDIENTS

  • Water
  • Potatoes
  • Salt
  • Garlic Powder or a Clove of Garlic
  • Tuna
  • Olive Oil
  • Optional: Eggs, Onion and Chickpeas

DIRECTIONS

  • Peel the potatoes, chop them into pieces and wash them in water.
  • Fill a pot with water and add the chopped potatoes.
  • In the pot add some salt and a dash of garlic powder or a clove of garlic (This is a great added taste). You can also use this time to boil eggs if you would like to add this to the dish.
  • Boil the potatoes until they get soft to eat. You may want to taste them during the process to see if you need to add some more salt for taste.
  • Once the potatoes are cooked, drain the water.
  • Open up a can of tuna and drain out the oil. Break up the tuna to place over the potatoes.
  • Take your plate and add the desired potatoes that you would like to eat, then add the tuna that you would like on top.
  • Drizzle olive oil over the food and mix it all together.
  • Optional: Chop up some onions to add on top and slice up some boiled eggs. You can even add chickpeas to the dish and it will be just as great and filling!


And there you have it, Portuguese Potato Salad with Tuna! Give it a try and let me know what you think of it!

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga