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Quick and Easy Recipe: Spencer’s Special

This is a quick and easy main dish for busy days, and is one of my family’s favorites.  I have a plastic “bagel knife” that my younger children use to slice the meat, and sometimes they peel the sweet potatoes as well.  I like to serve it with applesauce or fresh fruit.

Spencer’s Special

1 pkg Polish Kielbasa
2-3 sweet potatoes Keilbasa Dinner

Slice kielbasa, and put in a large skillet over low heat.  Peel sweet potatoes, and slice thinly.  Add to skillet, and put on lid.  Cook for ten minutes, stirring a couple of times as it cooks.  Avoid stirring too often, or the sweet potatoes will fall apart.

Remove lid. At this point, you can add in green beans or bits of kale, if you like,  for added color and nutrition.  Continue cooking without the lid for for a few minutes until the meat is browned.  Serve.


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Recipe: Salmon Patties

These are very quick and easy to mix up and pop into the oven on a busy night, and even my fish-hating kids like them well enough to ask for seconds!  This recipe makes approximately 8-12 patties, depending on their size.  They also freeze well.  Just you put them between two layers of wax paper so you can separate the frozen patties easily.

SALMON PATTIEScat eating fish

2 cans salmon, drained
3 eggs, beaten
1 TBS lemon juice
2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 C flour
1/4 C minced celery (opt.)
1/2 C minced onion (opt.)

Preheat oven to 350◦.  Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.  Spoon into patties a few inches apart on a greased baking sheet.  Bake  for 25-30 min.

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Quick Breakfast: Banana Pancakes

I have never been a morning person.  So even though I usually enjoy creating in the kitchen, this doesn’t hold true for the first meal of the day.  The less thought and effort I have to put into making breakfast the better.  After all, I have to be able to make it in my sleep!

This is a quick and easy, no-measure recipe.  The pancakes are sweet enough that no syrup is necessary.  The recipe is also gluten-free, so those who  can’t have gluten or wheat in their diets can still enjoy pancakes.   I have been using the recipe so long I’ve forgotten where I originally got it from, but thank you to whoever invented it!


cinnamon (opt.)

Mash up one banana for each serving, then mix in the same number of eggs and a dash of cinnamon.  If you like, you can add a tablespoon or so of flour, to thicken the batter.

Melt a little butter in a skillet, and spoon the batter in as you would for other pancakes.  Cook until browned on each side.  Don’t turn them too soon or they’ll fall apart.  Serve warm.

Even you’re watching the amount of fat in your diet, I still recommend using the butter because it gives them a nice flavor, and because there’s no oil in the batter – so the little bit you get from the skillet will still be less than the amount of fat in traditional pancakes.