Mack’s Montreal Mixes VII

This weeks Montreal mixes are one for the books. We went for all yummy- and not the most healthy. But, after a long week at the gym and a couple days without Eric, I was ready to just veg out!

1. Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Plain Yogurt and White Vinegar Slaw Paired with Knob Creek Bourbon: like I mentioned on Insta, this is one of those matches made in foodie heaven. I used hickory smoked BBQ sauce for the pulled pork which pairs incredibly well with the smokiness in the bourbon. I used plain yogurt and some white vinegar for the coleslaw sauce to add some ‘healthiness’ factor to this dish.

2.Spaghetti with Homemade Tomato Sauce, Romano Cheese and Pine Nuts: okay, simple but delicious. My boyfriend was out of town for a conference and sometimes, it’s hard to cook for one. I had also had a big night at the gym and was craving a serious carb loading- hence the massive bowl of pasta. There is nothing like fresh, garlic loaded tomato sauce drowning a beautiful bowl of spaghetti with a pine nut crunch after a long day (with a glass of red wine to take the edge off).

3. Fiesta Then Siesta Salad: this salad is one of those power salads that actually fills you up enough to take one of those 3 hour naps you wish you never took because now you can’t sleep through the night. Grilled chicken, roasted yellow peppers, green onions, jalapeños, red onions, black beans, and avocados topped with salsa, plain yogurt and aged cheddar made for a Tuesday night fiesta! This one is actually pretty damn healthy. Next time, I’ll add corn and some wild grain rice.

4. Tricoloured Pesto Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes and Goat Cheese: I’ve definitely done this one a time or two, but it’s the perfect dinner before soccer. Every Thursday, expect to see a pasta dish of some sort! Mostly simple, but always effective energy boosters. The pesto is always fresh and delicious and the goat cheese adds the perfect creaminess to the sauce and tomatoes. I did pair this with a Bordeaux (after the game).

5. Girls Night In Dumplings: no I did not make these- obviously- you can see the plastic ramekins filled with oil and soy sauce. Eric was still gone at this point and I had another long night at the gym and rough day at work. What’s the cure for being tired and pissed off? Apparently dumplings and Bordeaux. I hit up Qing Hua (please go to this place: either in Chinatown or in the Concordia area near me) for some pork and leek dumplings and enjoyed a sizeable glass of Louis Eschenauer Bordeaux which is light-bodied, readily drinkable, and smooth.


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