3 Cottage Appropriate Meals for Canada Day

“On behalf of all Canadians… SORRY for being so awesome all the time”

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When you factor out black fly & mosquito season, I’d say summer for us Crazy Canucks culminates to a mere four good, “quality weekends“. So when Canada Day long weekend hits, I tend to reserve said weekends solely for trips up to the Great North – aside from when there is some form of mandatory, “super important” social function tying me to the city, like a wedding or shower of sorts…. Which is just the actual WORST – kidding, kidding – but if we’re actually being honest here, I’m really only half kidding because I take my cottage summer weekends VERY VERY seriously. Anywho – my nonsensical, long-winded intro is not for nothing, what I’m getting at here is that I know the “ins & outs” of all things cottage – not limited to “socially acceptable cottage mannerisms” so to speak. And seeing as how Canada Day officially, officially marks the start of cottages, camping & all things summer social, I thought it apt to discuss one of the more traditional & unspoken, yet totally mandatory, responsibilities of a cottage guest: prepping a meal for the weekend! I’m therefore sharing a few different, SIMPLE meal ideas one can bring up for a summer weekend getaway with friends… because it honestly is such an ART!

Mastering the Art of Cottage Meals – The Basics! 

When invited up to a friend’s cottage, it’s pretty standard for guests to contribute toward one of the meals for the weekend! It can be a bit stressful prepping for a cottage full of people, however there are a few seriously simple tips & tricks to keep in mind that are INTEGRAL for guaranteeing a smooth, no fuss cottage dining experience:

  1. Prep Your Food Beforehand – this is by FAR your most important step! There is seriously nothing worse than being stuck inside cooking your meal for the weekend, whilst all of your friends are frolicking gloriously in the summer sunshine! Prep your meals at your home ahead of time, so that all you have to do is stick it in the oven for a few minutes up at the cottage! This maximizes your time spent outdoors socializing, & minimizes both mess & time spent cooped up indoors. SUPER KEY! Each of the three meals I’m sharing today are all foods you can totally prep beforehand – ensuring that you have an absolutely seamless, no stress Canada Day weekend!
  2. Keep Food Sensitives in Mind – before prepping your meal, make sure to ask guests if they have any food sensitivities like gluten or dairy! For today’s recipes, I’ll be using Italpasta’s gluten-free pasta – made from corn, rice, buckwheat & quinoa! Om nom nom! Not to mention, this pasta is preservative free & utilizes non-GMO ingredients! Win on ALL accounts!
  3. Make it TASTY! Cottage, summer foods are notorious for their vibrant, fun and fresh flavours so YOUR meal should be no different! Plus you’re cooking for like all of your friends… so hashtag no pressure!!!! Now, I already know what you’re thinking – how can gluten-free pasta possibly be as delicious as the “real deal”, but I promise you that Italpasta has done an absolutely bang up job on providing gluten-free options that make zero sacrifices on the flavour! It’s seriously amazing! You’d honestly never know it was gluten-free!

SO without further ado… I now bestow three delicious, nutritious & seriously simple cottage appropriate meals unto all of you!!!! ENJOY!

Three Meals You NEED to Bring to a Cottage Getaway! 

White Cheddar Mac N’ Cheese – Using Elbow Macaroni from Italpasta 

Here’s What You’ll Need

  • 340g of Gluten Free Elbow Macaroni from Italpasta 
  • 2.5 cups of shredded white cheddar – should be grass-fed & organic
  • 2 cups of milk – should be grass-fed & organic
  • 1/4 cup of butter – should be grass-fed & organic
  • 1/4 cup of gluten-free flour
  • Salt & pepper – to taste
  • Optional: Green up your mac n’ cheese by adding either sauteed garlic and kale OR broccoli! This honestly makes a wonderful addition and makes up a great flavour profile!

Directions

  1. To cook the pasta, simply follow the instructions on the Italpasta packaging! Once finished, strain & set aside.
  2. In a separate pan, melt the butter on low to medium heat
  3. Slowly add in milk, gluten-free flour & shredded white cheddar
  4. Allow to simmer for about 5 minutes, ensuring to stir occasionally!
  5. Once the cheese sauce has a nice, thick texture – add in the macaroni elbows – stir until fully coated with cheddar amazingness!
  6. SERVE!!!!!

Reheat this at the cottage in the oven at 350 for about 20 minutes! Serve for lunch or dinner with a side salad!

Pasta Salad – Using Penne Rigate OR Fusilli from Italpasta 

Here’s What You’ll Need

  • 340g Penne Rigate OR Fusilli from Italpasta 
  • Mixed chopped  vegetables (I’m a huge fan of using red peppers, cherry tomatoes cucumbers, green peppers & onion)
  • Sliced prosciutto
  • Organic Herb & Garlic Olive Oil from SilerLeaf – to taste – this oil is so, so, so good! 
  • Salt & Pepper  – to taste

Directions

  1. To cook the pasta, simply follow the instructions on the Italpasta packaging! Once finished, strain & place in a bowl
  2. Add in chopped vegetables, & sliced prosciutto
  3. Drizzle with Organic Herb & Garlic Olive Oil from SilverLeaf once up at the cottage! Season with salt & pepper
  4. SERVE!!!!!

Your group can eat this for lunch with gluten-free sandwiches! Garnish with green onion if desired!

Spaghetti  with Meat Sauce – Using Spaghetti from Italpasta 

Here’s What You’ll Need

  • 340g spaghetti from Italpasta 
  • Mixed chopped  vegetables – I love adding onion, mushroom (emphasis on the mushroom), & peppers!
  • extra lean ground beef OR ground turkey – organic
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • Salt & Pepper  – to taste
  • One jar of tomato sauce – whatever your favourite is!!!!

Directions 

  • To cook the pasta, simply follow the instructions on the Italpasta packaging! Once finished, strain & set aside
  • In a frying pan, add in the ground meat on medium heat with garlic and a dash of olive oil! Cook until you have a nice brown colour, be sure to stir occasionally!
  • Strain any fat from the pan
  • Add in chopped vegetables – cook until they are tender
  • Add in jar of tomato sauce – stir well!
  • Store the spaghetti and tomato & meat sauce separately on the drive up north
  • Once up north – reheat the sauce in a saucepan! Slowly stir in pasta & mix well!
  • Serve hot! Garnish with Parmesan if desired!

Have a Happy Canada Day everyone!

Brit

*** This post was paid & sponsored by Italpasta. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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