With the holidays around the corner, there seems to be a never ending string of parties and celebrations lined up. Reliable recipes that are easy to assemble and look impressive are at the top of my list, and this is one of them.
One of my favourite flavour combos is the combination of prosciutto and cheese. Favourite sandwich, favourite pizza, and sometimes favourite pasta too. I decided to tinker with the flavours and come up with an easy weeknight dinner. I served this Crispy Cheesy Prosciutto Chicken Breast to my family last week and it was an instant hit!
This is one of my favourite recipes ever! My mom was the one who first introduced me to a version of this Homemade Nutty Crunchy Coconut Granola recipe, although it’s evolved quite a bit over the years. She loves to keep a jar of this on her counter, sprinkling it over yogurt or applesauce or using it as a topping for baked apples or muffins.
This will go fast! Be prepared to make this a couple of times a week, I know in my house the requests come often! I wanted to make a healthy kind of dessert for after dinner. Just a little hint of sweet and something crunchy was what I was looking for. I always have some nuts and coconut in my pantry, so when I picked up a batch of sliced pineapple on sale, I was inspired to whip this up.
BBQ’d Corn and Swiss Chard Risotto with Turkey Sausage is a great recipe that works with some leftovers and end of summer staples. It’s light and sweet and reminds me of these last summer days.
The BBQ corn is a nod to Indian summer, but the creamy hearty risotto feels like more of a fall staple. I like to keep some BBQ corn leftovers in the freezer, and the chard is still going strong these days in my garden. If you don’t have any chard on hand, feel free to substitute any fresh herbs or greens.
This dish makes it on my dinner table at least once a week. It’s actually part of my ‘vault' of recipes, the ones I keep near and dear to my heart because they look and taste so good, but they are just so easy and quick to make. Here’s why this recipe makes it to the vault:
These days the weather is still nice enough to keep my BBQ going. On a weeknight, when there is little time for fuss, these kebobs are quick to prepare while packing a big punch of flavour. Even better, they are great the next day in a lunch salad, stuffed in a pita or served as a leftover dinner over some rice or pasta. I love to use pork tenderloin as my choice of protein as it is a really lean cut of meat, i can often find it on sale and it cooks very quickly. When I can find it on sale, I like to buy an extra piece to throw into the freezer. Here’s a
I'm always on the lookout for foolproof, super quick, but super impressive recipes. These become my go-to favourites for entertaining and last minute dinners. It's one of those appetizers that you can easily put together while you are prepping your other dishes and takes very little attention.
This is one of my favourite new summer salads. What nobody knows is that the real reason it is one of my favourite recipes is that it is almost entirely made up of leftovers. Usually there is at least one BBQ meal on my table during the week where we have corn and potatoes. I always set aside a couple of extra potatoes and an ear of corn in the fridge so I can make this salad the next evening.
These chicken wings are to die for! I am a big fan of traditional chicken wings but during BBQ season my family loves to get their hands on these and there are never any leftovers. BBQ’ing is the perfect way to cook chicken wings. Starting them over high heat allows the skin to get super crispy and then moving them off heat to finish results in really moist and tender meat. You need to watch them for the first ten minutes to avoid flares while the skin crisps, but once you move them off heat you are free to make your sauce and any side dishes. Once they
Peas are one of my most favourite vegetables. Many of my soups, pasta, and rice dishes feature a handful or two of frozen peas, but this time of year they are available almost everywhere fresh. They are so sweet and crunchy that sometimes I just leave them on the counter like a bowl of peanuts and munch on them throughout the day. I was thinking of a spin on peas and mint and whipped this up the other night. I’ve used it on a few different dishes over the last couple of days and it has been a real hit.
Local Ontario asparagus is available everywhere these days and lands on my table a couple of nights a week. I am always trying to think of ways to change it up and this particular recipe was inspired by some classic flavour combinations I love; asparagus and eggs and asparagus and bacon. I thought there might be a lighter way to combine all these flavours in a new dish and this is it! Beautiful sweet asparagus, creamy eggs, and crunchy salty prosciutto make up this delicious salad. Bonus: it looks beautiful on your table and comes together in about 15 minutes flat.
This pasta lands on my table about once a week these days. It’s healthy, light, tasty and super quick to make which makes it one of my regulars. More importantly, it’s a family favourite which means everyone loves it and it goes fast! What no one realizes is that I make this pasta with leftovers. The worst leftovers to dispose of in my home are fish. We love to have fish once or twice a week but anything that is left behind just never tastes as good reheated the next day and always ends up parked at the back of the fridge. This recipe takes th
Here is a perfect way to use up those boring chicken leftovers and turn them into something delicious. This healthy version of the usual chicken salad is sweet and savoury with a hint of spice and a touch of crunch. It has become a lunchtime favourite at my house and in a pinch it makes a great dinner during the week too. For an uber-healthy spin, you can serve it in lettuce cups and drop the bread. Give it a try next time you have some leftover BBQ or rotisserie chicken and watch your family gobble it up. The celery adds just the right crunch, the cranberries
Spring is finally in the air, and around here that means getting outside. Weekend mornings are no longer about nesting, cuddling, and making something hearty and warm, but rather having something fast, satisfying, and protein packed on hand. Spring fever is buzzing in the house and weekend mornings are focused on packing up and getting the family outside. These babies are one of my favourite grab and go breakfasts. They are an easy way to get creative with ingredients you have on hand, an easy way to get the kids involved and an easy dish to prep the night before to
This is one of my top secret in-the-vault recipes. Reason being? It’s super easy, super fast, and tastes like you brought it home from your local fancy gourmet pastry shop. Really, it’s 3 simple steps and 3 simple ingredients. That’s a hit-it-out-of-the-park winner in my book.
It’s hard to believe Spring is just around the corner. It’s really only how many days away? Seems hard to believe as we sit here freezing in these sub-zero temperatures day after day. What does that mean at my house? A lot of comfort food on the dinner table. A lot of food that feels like a big, warm hug. This is one of the family favourites, easy to put together while scoring big points on the warm and fuzzy scale.