Desserts, recipes, Snacks

Mango Coconut Frozen Yogurt

With the gorgeous weather we have been having and summer right around the corner (42 days to be exact, but who’s counting?), I have the perfect snack or dessert to enjoy on a warm, sunny day. Not only is this recipe effortless, but it is gentle on the waist line. I know that’s an important factor since we all have bathing suit season on the brain, eek!

Screen Shot 2018-05-10 at 8.10.26 PM.png

I promise you, once you make homemade ice cream, you will not go back to store-bought. The ingredients are all natural, no additives, bolder flavours and the texture is much creamier.

Here is what you will need:

  1. 3 cups frozen mango (I cut my own mango and then freeze it, but a frozen pre-packaged version in the frozen section of the grocery store works just as well)
  2. 1/2 cup coconut milk
  3. 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  4. 2 tbsp honey

How to make:

  1. Add all the ingredients in a food processor or blender.

  2. Pour the mixture into a pan or bowl and smooth over in an even layer.

    Screen Shot 2018-05-10 at 8.09.01 PM.png

  3. Freeze until frozen, yet soft enough to scoop which is about 2 hours. If you are freezing over night or for a longer period of time, cover in plastic wrap and let it sit out at room temperature for about 5-10 minutes before scooping.

    Screen Shot 2018-05-10 at 8.09.27 PM.png

  4. When ready to eat, scoop into a bowl or cone and add your favourite toppings if you’re feeling wild. I add shredded coconut and drizzle chocolate if I really want to indulge (which is basically every time).

Screen Shot 2018-05-10 at 8.10.02 PM.png

Alright, so just a little side note- this recipe gets even better! You can substitute the mango for any of your other favourite fruits (strawberry, kiwi, pineapple, you name it). You can even change up the greek yogurt flavour. Get creative and tell me  your favourite ice cream combination in the comments.

 

 

Advertisements
breakfast

Breakfast Breadboat

Hello folks!

I’m sorry for going on a posting hiatus, I am sure you were all lost in the kitchen without my help (wink, wink). However, don’t fret, I have some great recipes in store for the coming weeks! Now, how many of your go-to breakfast meal is eggs and toast? It’s quick, easy and pretty tasty, right? Personally, I am getting pretty bored of eating plain old, boring eggs (and sometimes cereal to change things up).

I have re-vamped your basic breakfast and turned it into one that is sure to please everyone. I mean, bacon, egg, and cheese in a bread boat… Can you go wrong? *initiate drooling*.

Screen Shot 2018-03-20 at 4.24.03 PM.png

Best part is that it’s simple to make, but will surely be a party pleaser. Toss this on the table during breakfast or brunch and you will be the favourite for at least a day (until the trolls become hungry again).

Here’s what you will need:

  • 1 fresh baguette
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup of bacon, cooked and cut into small chunks
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced

How to make:

1. In a bowl, mix your eggs, milk, bacon, cheese and onions. As a quick side note, you can use any type of cheese you prefer. I love to use Jalapeño cheddar to spice things up.


2. Cut a long rectangle through the top of the baguette and partially unstuff it.

Screen Shot 2018-03-20 at 4.22.39 PM.png

Screen Shot 2018-03-20 at 4.23.12 PM.png

3. Spoon the mixture into the baguette and then bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Screen Shot 2018-03-20 at 4.23.24 PM.png

Screen Shot 2018-03-20 at 4.24.03 PM.png

Try to tell me that does not look deeliiccciiiousss?! Cut it into slices and enjoy! Depending on the size of the baguette you can feed about 6 people with it.

What else do you think you could stuff into a baguette? I am thinking a pizza bread boat or a meatball breadboat next time. Let me know what you think in the comments.

 

appetizer, recipes, Snacks

Sweet Potato Veggie Tots

Screen Shot 2018-02-19 at 2.24.48 PM

Since I can remember, I have been in love with tater tots. Whether I am watching a movie or at a restaurant with friends, I seem to have a craving for these bite size bits of heaven. The appeal comes from the crunchy outer skin and soft, yummy interior that the tots offer.

I wanted to be able to indulge in one of my favourite snacks, but also maintain a healthy lifestyle. SO, I have re-vamped the traditional tater tot that everyone adores and created a sweet potato, all veggie version.

I originally saw a similar recipe on Tasty for a broccoli and cheddar tot, but if I can incorporate sweet potatoes in a recipe, I WILL. The health benefits and nutrition within each one is astounding.

Here is what you will need:

  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and grated with a course cheese grater
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs (I use panko bread crumbs)
  • 1/3 cup parsley, minced
  • 1 tbsp rosemary, minced (fresh is better, but dry rosemary will do the trick as well)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 egg

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

2. In a large bowl, mix the grated sweet potato with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Let sit for 10 minutes so the salt can draw out some of the moisture from the sweet potato.

Screen Shot 2018-02-19 at 6.11.08 PM.png

3. Pour the sweet potato into a kitchen towel and twist to strain as much liquid as you can.

4. Placing the sweet potato back in the bowl, now add the breadcrumbs, parsley, rosemary, garlic, onion powder, remaining salt, pepper and egg.

Screen Shot 2018-02-19 at 2.22.29 PM

Screen Shot 2018-02-19 at 2.23.05 PM

Screen Shot 2018-02-19 at 2.23.33 PM

Screen Shot 2018-02-19 at 2.23.51 PM

5. Mix all these ingredients together and then roll the mixture into little cylinders, about 2 inches long. Don’t be afraid to get messy! You can also make them round if you would like. The recipe should make about 15 tots.

Screen Shot 2018-02-19 at 2.24.15 PM

Screen Shot 2018-02-19 at 2.24.31 PM

6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, flipping half way. Serve with your choice of dipping sauce! I love chipotle mayo, dill mayo, garlic aioli or siracha! mm mm mmmm.

Screen Shot 2018-02-19 at 2.18.52 PM.png

Whether you’re entertaining or on-the-go, these are the perfect snacks  for any occasion and quick to make.

What else do you think would be great in tot form? Maybe a butternut squash version or a garlic and chives mashed potato tot? Tell me what you think in the comments and happy snacking!

 

 

breakfast, Desserts, recipes

Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast

Screen Shot 2018-02-19 at 9.57.11 PM.png

I made this for my family on Valentine’s day and it was a huge hit! It’s a nice spin on the classic french toast dish. The flavours are more complex and the strawberries make it fresh tasting.  You could make this in the morning for breakfast or as a dessert.

*Yields 2 french toast sandwiches 

Ingredients:
Filling:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup strawberries, cut in half
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

French Toast:

  • 4 slices bread
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted

Directions:

1.In a medium bowl, mix all of the filling ingredients together (cream cheese, powdered sugar, strawberries and vanilla extract).

 

 

2. Spread two spoonfuls on two pieces of bread. The picture shows the standard amount to use, but I add a little extra because I like the cream cheese mixture to almost be oozing out of the french toast sandwich.

Screen Shot 2018-02-19 at 9.51.44 PM

3. press the other two slices on top and apply a bit of pressure when making the sandwich so it all sticks together.

4. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, sugar, and cinnamon together.

 

 

5. Place the butter in a skillet on medium heat, and while that is melting, dip both sides of one of your sandwiches in the egg mixture. Then, place in the skillet.

 

 

6. Cook until golden brown on both sides

 

 

I like to sprinkle extra powdered sugar on the finished french toast sandwiches, and serve them with additional strawberries on top. Maybe add a little maple syrup and you will be in a sweet, sweet heaven.

Screen Shot 2018-02-19 at 9.56.53 PM

Do you think I should try making french toast with some sort of a banana custard filling? I’d love to hear what else you think would be tasty stuffed in a french toast sandwich. I’m thinking maybe something involving caramel or toffee… Let me know in the comments!

 

breakfast, recipes

Hash Brown Nests Stuffed with Ham and Cheese

Screen Shot 2017-07-25 at 11.25.46 AM.png

I made a bunch of these with my sister for a family brunch the other day and we had so much fun making them. This recipe puts a creative spin on your traditional, ordinary breakfast and is sure to make everyone’s belly very happy.

The potato nests are tender but crispy and stuffed with ham, aged white cheddar and  topped with an over easy egg.

I originally started making these years ago by trying out a similar recipe by Ree Drummond, a Food Network chef. Her recipe is even more simple than mine, but the tradeoff is that the flavours are not as bold.

Here’s what you will need:

  • cooking spray
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 cups hash browns, thawed
  • 2 ham slices, cut into cubes (ask deli at grocery store to cut 1/4 inch thick)
  • 3 tbsp shredded aged white cheddar
  • 6 eggs

*this recipe yields 6 servings

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and spray a muffin tin with cooking spray. Place hash browns on a plate and season with salt and pepper, tossing them to evenly coat.

Screen Shot 2017-07-25 at 12.11.17 PM.png

2. Scoop about 2 tbsp of the hash browns into each muffin tin, pressing down and making sure the bottom and sides are evenly lined. Make sure the hash browns are all the way up the sides of the muffin tray because the nests shrink in the oven. Then, bake for 15-20 minutes

Screen Shot 2017-07-25 at 12.08.02 PM.png

Screen Shot 2017-07-25 at 12.08.43 PM.png

3.  Switch oven to 350 degrees F. Add some ham and cheese and then top with a cracked egg. Bake in oven for about 15 minutes until the eggs whites are firm but yolk is still soft.

Screen Shot 2017-07-25 at 4.09.17 PM.png

Screen Shot 2017-07-25 at 12.12.23 PM.png

4. Once they cool a bit, scoop the nests out with a knife and you’re ready to eat perfect mini breakfast muffins.

You can put your own spin on this recipe by adding whatever else you think would be tasty: onions, bacon, sausage chunks, hot sauce, maybe some garlic. Get creative and have fun!

Maybe I can make a recipe that is a cool spin off one of your favourite breakfasts. Let me know in the comments!

 

 

recipes, Snacks

Quick and Delicious Butternut Squash Snack

Butternut squash is packed with nutrients and all the good stuff for your body, but also tastes delicious when cooked. That’s why I want to show you this quick way of roasting the veggie so you can enjoy it as a snack or side with a meal.

Screen Shot 2017-07-18 at 4.10.40 PM.png

Whenever, I am watching a show or studying for a test, I will just pop these in the oven and voila, tasty treat  to curb my cravings for chocolate and other things my body will not thank me for.

Here is what you will need:
(did I mention it’s cost efficient)

  • Butternut squash
  • 2- 3 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Set your oven to 400 degrees F. Cut your butternut squash into 1 inch cubes. I buy pre-cut butternut squash, but if you are brave enough to take on a whole squash, I commend you.
  2. Place squash on baking tray and toss in the oil, garlic, salt and pepper.19970489_10156035963952565_356877146_n.jpg
  3. Roast in oven until tender and lightly browned, 25-30 minutes.

I’d love to hear what you think of the recipe and what your favourite vegetable to roast is in the comments!

 

recipes, Soups

Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup

If you didn’t know yet, I LOVE soup. Even better is soup that can be cooked from a slow cooker. C’mmon, who always has time for the effort it takes to make a meal?

I was feeling a little under the weather this past week so my mother sent me this chicken noodle soup recipe. Moms always know best so I gave it a go and fell in love. I actually think it tastes better after it has been refrigerated and sits overnight. The flavours emerge even more the next day.

Screen Shot 2017-07-18 at 4.42.58 PM.png

This recipe does have several ingredients, but it is so simple to make.

Here is what you will need:

  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 cups carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups noodles (your choice)
  • parsley

Directions:

  1. In a 6-quart crockpot, place the whole chicken breasts on the bottom.Screen Shot 2017-07-18 at 4.52.05 PM.png
  2. Top with carrots, celery, onion, garlic, olive oil, thyme and bay leaf.Screen Shot 2017-07-18 at 4.53.49 PM.png
  3. Next, add chicken broth, water and season with salt and pepper to taste Cook and cover on low heat for 6-7 hours.20187682_10156035963432565_1306947052_n.jpg
  4. Remove chicken breasts and cut up into small pieces. Add the noodles and parsley. Cover and cook for another 10 minutes.Screen Shot 2017-07-18 at 4.43.13 PM.png

Tell me what you think in the comments! Have any other soups that are great for when you aren’t feeling too well?