Tis Monday again! There are a couple of ways to indulge the spirit as a new work week gets underway.

For starters, take out the slow cooker! Then, on Meatless Monday, combine the ingredients for a Slow Cooker Three Bean Chili (p.116) following a recipe from The Vegetarian’s Complete Quinoa Cookbook, edited by Mairlyn Smith. This selection is a veritable feast of nutrition with a mix of vegetables, quinoa, and herbs/spices in just the right amounts–not too spicy, not too bland.  Serving suggestions are provided along with a tip to freeze some of the chill for later meals. I found that storing a two-serving portion worked well for our home.

The Vegetarian's Complete Quinoa Cookbook
The Vegetarian’s Complete Quinoa Cookbook

After you set the slow cooker to work, you might want to make a dessert treat to follow. This cookbook has a tasty treat with Brownie Bites (p.154). Using quinoa flour (available in most large grocery stores) and a handful of ingredients, these brownies are easy to whisk together, bake for a brief time and serve later for dessert.

I highly recommend this cookbook that I received recently as a gift. It is full of excellent recipes, facts on nutrition and colourful photos. Professional home economists have contributed their best!

Back to Monday, if you managed to complete these food preparation tasks, then log on to the computer, iPad or whatever your internet venue. Check out this link The Poetry Project , a visual/word banquet from Ireland. The lines of poetry ring true to the times and spirit coupled with outstanding video productions. Also, if you enjoy this collection, there is a place on site to sign up for Monday receipt of new installations as Ireland shares a cultural celebration.

Enjoy! Before you know it, the dinner hour will be here–not to worry, supper is all a go!



The sweltering heat affects everyone. The search for cooler air, cold water, places to swim–all of these are in high demand.

Last summer, I discovered that slow cookers are the perfect small applianceto have in one’s kitchen on these super sunny days.


Breakfast can be up and ready when you awake. Steel cut oats and water, cooked on low heat all night long will ensure a tasty breakfast staple. Add fruit as you wish.

Luncheon and dinner menus can be filled with pasta, rice, meat dishes or vegetarian. Many recipes can be prepared the night before, stored overnight in the refrigerator and set to cook on low or high the next day, depending on your own time schedule.

Recipes are plentiful in books and at online sites.

The kitchen stays cool and so do you while the next meal is cooking. Summer is a great season for this appliance often limited to the fall and winter. Try out one of your favourite recipes & you will be convinced.