Lara Katz: Dreaming Up Delicious

Sep
30
2017

The Best Apple Orchards to Visit in Ontario

Want to go apple picking but don't know where to go? Check this out.

by: Lara Katz

Apple Land Station

Apple Land Station is a first generation family farm located just east of London.

-pick your own apples
-farm animals
-pumpkin hollow pumpkins
-sand mountain
-Christmas trees
-corn maze
-half scale replica of an 1850 L-train with a brand new train station on its way
-store sells gourmet food products
-bakery sells homemade fudge and freshly baked goods

 

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Aug
13
2017

Make This Fast and Easy BBQ'd Flank Steak with Marinade This Weekend

A Great Flank Steak is A lot Easier Than You Might Think!

by: Lara Katz
This marinade is very versatile and can be doubled or tripled depending on the size of your steak. In this recipe I used a 1 lb flank steak that served small portions to two adults and two children. Marinate your steak the night before for a stronger taste, or the day of for lighter flavour. | YMC

This marinade is very versatile and can be doubled or tripled depending on the size of your steak. In this recipe I used a 1 lb flank steak that served small portions to two adults and two children.

Marinate your steak the night before for a stronger taste, or the day of for lighter flavour. I also like drizzling a little bit on broccoli as well. While I chose flank steak, you can use this marinade on any cut of steak.

Fast and Easy BBQ'd Flank Steak with Marinade

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Jan
04
2017

Quick and Clean Kale Quinoa Recipe

A Delicious Stir Fry, Salad, Side Dish, or Lunch that is Super Nutritious

by: Lara Katz

Feeling like you’ve over indulged too much lately and want something healthy to eat? Looking for a nutritious side dish or great salad to take to work? Try this simple quinoa salad and it will make you feel like you are eating "clean," and on the right track.  Feel free to make substitutions/changes to suit your tastes. I liked the salad with salt and pepper only, but add some salad dressing on it for extra taste.

Quick and Clean Kale Quinoa Recipe

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Oct
08
2015

Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Tahini Sauce

A Delicious and Easy Side Dish Perfect For Weeknights

by: Lara Katz
roast cauliflower with lemon tahini

I've ordered a dish like this in restaurants many times but now I don't have to, I can make it at home. There is something about cauliflower and tahini that goes so well together. I love this dish with grilled chicken or fish, and some rice on the side

Roast Cauliflower with Lemon Tahini 

 

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Oct
01
2015

Colourful Confetti Tuna Salad

A delicious tuna recipe that uses up all your leftover vegetables

by: Lara Katz
tuna salad recipe

Have you tried tuna in oil yet? If you haven't you are missing out because it is so delicious. Do not drain the oil out of the can, instead use it as part of the dressing for your salad. It adds flavour and nutrients. This salad uses up any vegetables you have lying around or fresh ones too, trust me, anything works!

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Sep
21
2015

Cottage Blueberry Galette

Don't Stress About Making A Pie

by: Lara Katz
Blueberry galette

I love blueberry pies but the idea of making a pie crust, then trying to get the perfect shape and filling overwhelms me. This is why I love making galettes! They are so easy, just as pretty if not more so, and every bit as delicious. I made one and froze it before baking. Once I got up to the cottage I left it in the fridge over night and then baked it. It turned out perfectly and everyone loved it! Serving it with vanilla ice-cream is definitely recommended.

Blueberry Galette 

 

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Sep
15
2015

One Easy Cookie 2 Delicious Ways

Say Hello To Your New Go To Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

by: Lara Katz
easy cookie recipe

I love making cookies with mini M&M's in them but they are hard to find and not available at all grocery stores. Recently I tried using regular size M&M's with mini chocolate chips and loved it. Forget about running around trying to find mini M&M"s, this is my new favourite cookie recipe!

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Aug
12
2015

Simple Yet Delicious Tomato Toast Recipe

A Super Easy Recipe That is Perfect as an Appetizer, Lunch or Dinner!

by: Lara Katz
Simple tomato toast

Recently there have been a lot of recipes for avocado toast. Last week when I was in New York I had tomato toast and loved it. I tried to replicate the recipe at the cottage last week-end and it turned out exactly how I wanted it to. Grilling the bread so it is charred is key but if you don't have a bbq just toast the bread until it is well done.

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Jul
13
2015

Quick No-Bake Energy Bites

Delicious and Healthy No-Bake Energy Bites

by: Lara Katz
Quick no bake energy bites

I can't make enough of these energy bites! My husband and I love them and eat the entire recipe every time I make them! Before making these energy bites I was unfamiliar with hemp hearts but now I love them for their nutritional value and taste. 

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Jun
11
2015

Quick BBQ Fajitas

An easy and delicious bbq recipe - perfect for a weeknight meal

by: Lara Katz
BBQ_Fajitas_recipe

Even though it may not feel like it weather-wise, BBQ season has begun! I love to BBQ; it’s easy and everything always tastes so good (as long as it’s not over done). This is one recipe I make repeatedly throughout the summer - or even in the cold when I want to pretend it’s warm outside! These are also great recipes for entertaining.

I use low sodium fajita seasoning; it's less spicy and my kids liked it better than the regular one, plus, it's healthier!

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Jun
10
2015

Fast & Easy Chicken with Rice

Super Easy Dinner for Nights You Don't Have Time To Cook

by: Lara Katz
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I love this meal because it is quick, tastes great, and is nutritious - and kids like it too! If you cannot find thin chicken cutlets, slice regular chicken breasts in half horizontally, cover with plastic wrap, and pound thin. You can also use whatever mixture of vegetables you like for the chicken topping.

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May
29
2015

Chocolatey Zucchini Brownies

Delicious and Moist Brownies with Hidden Zucchini

by: Lara Katz
chocolate_brownies_recipe

I love the deep chocolate taste of these brownies. Even more so, I love that they have zucchini in them, are made with whole wheat flour, are low in fat and are relatively "good for you!" The cocoa and chocolate chips make them so chocolately you can't even see the shredded zucchini. 

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May
27
2015

Delicious Banana Date Smoothie Recipe

A Healthy and Filling Smoothie You Can Make At Home

by: Lara Katz
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I had the most delicious smoothie the other day at a juice bar- but it cost $11! Chances of me returning back to the same place for the same smoothie are slim to none. I've recreated the same smoothie, and saved myself $11 without leaving my house to get it! This recipe makes two smoothies, so if you only want one, simply cut the ingredients in half. Because you are blending a frozen banana and ice I recommend a high quality blender such as a Vitamix where possible - try in steps on pulse if not.

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May
15
2015
Whole_BBQ_cauliflower_recipe

I love cauliflower! It's so versatile and nutritious, and serving a whole cauliflower seems to be very popular right now. When serving it all you need to do is slice each person a piece. Grilling the entire cauliflower is easy and delicious, and it takes about an hour so make sure you leave enough time to cook it. The cauliflower can sit on the BBQ while you BBQ your other things but try to keep the lid closed as much as possible so the heat inside the BBQ can cook the cauliflower.

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Apr
16
2015

Chocolate Chip Cookies - With Secret Healthy Ingredient!

A Moist Muffin-like Cookie that is Also Nutritious!

by: Lara Katz
chocolate_chips

My children love it when I bake so I figure I might as well try to make things that are at least somewhat nutritious. These cookies were a hit because they taste like muffins, but are in the shapes of cookies with chocolate chips in them, but have shredded zucchini, too. I love baking with zucchini because it makes things moist without adding extra fat and calories. Try these cookies, and when your kids ask what the green stuff is just causally say zucchini but you can't taste it because of ALL THE CHOCOLATE CHIPS (screaming voice)!

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Apr
03
2015

Last Minute Passover Chocolate Chip Cookies

A Delicious Kosher Chocolate Chip Cookie For Passover!

by: Lara Katz

I love baking chocolate chip cookies, so why should the week of Passover be any different? I had to find a great chocolate chip cookie recipe that would also be Kosher for Passover. These cookies are so good my kids have already started eating them, and it isn't even Passover yet!

RELATED: Everything You Need To Get You Through 8 Days of Passover

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Mar
30
2015

Sweet & Tart Passover Lemon Squares

Lemon Squares So Good You Will Never Know They Are Passover Friendly!

by: Lara Katz
lemon_squares

These lemon squares are not just good for Passover, they are actually DELICIOUS lemon squares! Lemon squares are a sweet and tart treat any time of the year, but these ones are suited perfectly for Passover. And bonus: they're easy to make with just a few ingredients.

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Feb
28
2015

Cheap and Cheerful Tomato Sauce

An Easy, Delicious and Cheap Tomato Sauce That Will Make You Never Want To Buy Tomato Sauce Again

by: Lara Katz

The other day I had some celery, carrots, and a can of tomatoes I wanted to use up. I thought I'd make a tomato sauce out of them and see what happened, and the result was one of the best tomato sauces I've ever made. I think the key was the last ingredient I added, one tablespoon of butter to cut the acidity, since it made the sauce taste like the kind you get in a restaurant. If you don't have all the ingredients don't worry; the most important ones are the tomatoes and butter.

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Feb
28
2015

Quick Fix: Cheap and Cheerful Lasagna

An Easy and Inexpensive Lasagna Your Whole Family Will Love

by: Lara Katz
easy_lasagne_recipe

Sometimes it's best to keep things simple. In this case I am talking about lasagna. My children love it but do not want lots of pieces of vegetables in it, so I decided to make the simplest lasagna I could, with the simplest tomato sauce while still ensuring they were both nutritious. The result was a delicious meal everyone loved. If your family can handle some extra vegetables in their lasagna feel free to add them. This lasagna does not cost a lot to make, and I froze all the leftovers which left me enough to make a second smaller lasagna the following week.

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Feb
26
2015

Perfect Freezer-Friendly Bran Muffins

A Delicious Muffin to Keep in Your Freezer and Reheat for Snacks

by: Lara Katz

These muffins are my new favourite snack. I keep a bag in my freezer and defrost one in the microwave when I am hungry mid-morning. I love how the muffin tastes as if it was just taken out of the oven once I've defrosted it. If you want to make them a bit more child-friendly, add chocolate chips. Otherwise, save the whole batch for yourself and make your kids other muffins! These muffins are high in fibre, low in fat, low in sugar and made in one bowl.

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