I’ve always been fascinated by the Hassleback Potato. What a great way to inject flavor into a humble ingredient. On the heels of this popular recipe that originated in the Swedish hotel the Hasselbacken Hotel, I’m going to apply the same concept to a Chicken breast. Chicken Tikka is very popular. Chunks of Chicken are marinated, skewered with onion and green peppers and cooked in a tandoor. It can be eaten as is or made into a gravied Chicken Tikka Masala.
In this modern twist, I’m going to marinate the Chicken breast after I cut slits in the flesh and stuff it with onion, peppers and cheese before grilling it in my oven. The Chicken breasts cook up juicy and flavorful and is a great and healthy meal.
For this recipe, I’m using a stove top to oven pan as I like to get some colour at the bottom of my Chicken breast first before I finish it in the oven.
The holidays are the best time of the year. I love the food, music, Santa and those cute little elves. This year I decided to throw a theme Christmas party and asked all of my dear friends to come dresses as Elves. Dress up is always fun, but the combination of red, green and stripes made for a colorful theme. I wanted to make an appetizer to enhance the theme and decided to make Elfviled Workshop Eggs. These devilled eggs are topped with a little pretty present.
If you’ve checked out my blog before or are a personal friend, you will know that I’m always trying to reinvent the Deviled egg. I think it’s a great appetizer to serve, it’s easy to switch up the flavors and can be pretty filling. My only regret was that I didn’t make more of them as the little Elves came back for more!
When I had the idea to top the egg with a package, making this out of cheese seemed to be the most logical choice. I chose to paint the present with a beet puree, but it also works well with food coloring. Of course you could also try a carrot, fried potato or any cold cut you can dice into cubes like Salami or ham. You could also try corned beef.
Enjoy this recipe and do watch the video to see footage from the party!
Rissois is a Portuguese deep fried favourite snack, traditionally stuffed with a shrimp and cheese filling although you can now get it with many other types of filling. Call me a traditionalist, but I love the combination of Shrimp & Cheese the best. When I first tried these at a friend’s potluck, they looked like it took a lot of work to make them and although it was on my bucket list, I prolonged learning how to make it.
When I got a chance to learn how to make this at Audra’s cooking school, I jumped at the chance. She went through the process step by step and although it is a lot of work, it does yield a large batch and these beauties can be frozen and fried up at the last minute to perfection.
The exterior is crispy and a perfect contrast to the silken cheese shrimp mixture inside. I also love the unique texture of the dough as it’s partially cooked before it’s rolled and gives the Rissois it’s pillowy texture.
The holiday season is upon us and this is when I get into holiday prep and survival mode. This year I’m going to be making a bunch of freezer safe goodies that I can rely on for last minute guests, potlucks and holiday parties. Besides these delicious Rissois, I will be making some Samosa Pinwheels & a large batch of meatballs.
While Shrimp and Cheese is a great combination, I’m also excited to try this recipe with Crab. Watch the full process here.
Last year I was obsessed with buying a waffle iron, and like my brand new ice cream maker, it sat in my basement for months till I started making waffles and literally wanted to throw everything into my waffle iron. When I was thinking of new recipe ideas for my Easy Weeknight Meals and Back to School episodes I came up with this idea of turning a savory waffle into a grilled cheese sandwich called the Waffwich. Turns out, this wasn’t such a unique idea, but it’s still pretty damn good.
This is a great quick dinner served with ketchup and a side salad but is also perfect for those school lunch boxes. I added Turkey to my Waffwich’s because of my carnivore high schooler but it’s just as delicious with plain cheese. I chose to make my Waffwich straight in my waffle iron, but if you’d like to pile it up higher with fillings, you could just make the savoury waffles and stack them in the oven to allow the cheese to melt.
My waffle iron is round and you can break the waffle into easy quarters, this recipe also would be great as a snack for a kids’s party and a little quarter open face with filling and a dollop of mustard would make a very sophisticated canape. Enjoy
Canned Fish is a great way to get an Easy Weeknight Meal prepped in no time. In this Easy Weeknight Meal recipe, we’re using canned Salmon and the humble potato to make some delicious salmon fishcakes, flavoured with dill and served with a delicious mustardy sauce for a light dinner. This is also a great recipe for an appetizer course and you can make smaller patties or balls to serve as hors d’oeuvres. To me, the sauce is almost as important as the fishcake and a simple mix of mustard and sour cream enhanced with some more dill, takes this to another level.
These Salmon fishcakes are dredged in flour but you can just as easily dredge them in coconut flour to make these gluten free. These can also be prepared with canned tuna, crab or any other non oily canned fish.
The combination of Shrimp & Asparagus together is one of my favorite things. When I found some really delicate Asparagus, I decided to make this into a delicious Easy Weeknight Meal! This is going to be paired with quinoa, onion, minced garlic, parsley, red chili & paprika and finished with a vegetable broth.
Watch the video to see how to prep Asparagus and the woody bits at the bottom can be thrown into a stock pot with other left over bits to make stock.
Shrimp and Asparagus is a marriage made in heaven and paired with garlic and paprika and tossed together with cooked Quinoa is so hearty and healthy. This recipe can be eaten hot or cold and leftovers make a great lunch!
You can use as much Shrimp as you like in the dish. If making this as a buffet style salad you can use smaller salad shrimp or even finely dice the shrimp post cooking so it’s evenly distributed throughout the quinoa!
Because this is an Easy Weeknight Meal recipe, it’s designed to prepare it in the shortest possible way without sacrificing the delicious.
Chicken Pot Pie is comfort food as it’s best. This is one of my younger son’s favorites and he had been asking for this for weeks. The combination of Chicken chunks with veggies like carrots and celery, flavored with cumin & paprika and studded with sun dried tomatoes in a creamy mushroom gravy against the pie dough crust makes you feel all warm as fuzzy – if you don’t believe me, take a look at the beginning of the video!
I’m excited to launch this new series of recipes called ‘Easy Weeknight Meals’. This is a collection of my midweek throw in the pan concoctions that have worked well and I decided to share them with you to inspire you to get over that midweek hump and get cooking!
I’m making something my grandma simply called Chow. It’s a really quick recipe if you can even call it that – basically you toss together some meat protein together with veggies & boiled eggs with Sphagetti and ketchup. It certainly started out and being something that was made for the kids to enjoy, but adults can’t help chowing down on it either.
I surveyed the pantry and have a ½ pepper, some mushrooms, some super greens spaghetti, celery, hot sauce, some frozen peas, ketchup, some turkey sausage, some precooked chicken breast, an onion, green onions, garlic, an egg,
To save time, it is a busy weeknight I’m going to boil my eggs and the pasta together. I’m going to give my eggs a 5 min head start and then I will also add the sphagetti. Cook the pasta till it’s all dente. I’ve add 150 of pasta and I’m going to wait till it softens and slides into my pot.
I like recipes that allow you time to do prep in between so while my egg, spaghetti and peas cook, I like to prep all my veggies and meat protein. In the recipe I’ve listed all the ingredients I had available but you can switch up these ingredients very easily.
All the protein & veggies are then cooked and tossed together with the cooked spaghetti and ketchup – such a simple and delicious meal!