Monday, 5 December 2016

Baked Potato with Salsa

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The holidays are fast approaching once again and for many of us we have parties, pot lucks and family gatherings. The best part of all of these is the food, the variety of the food selection is enough to put on a few pounds just looking at all the options. The one thing I have always noticed is the lack of a good side and what better side to add to the selection then a baked potato. I have never been a big fan of sour cream but salsa well that is a different story so I decided to create a side of the popular baked potato dish and salsa. Your potato will end up the talk of the party. The potatoes of choice for baking should always be russet, it is the option that I feel is the best for baking this type of dish. The salsa should be thick and chunky and I chose to pick the medium flavour but you can go hot or mild. A baking dish works best for cooking and you will not need many ingredients, unless your thing is to have the toppings falling off the potato.

Inspired by BBC Good Food

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SAUTEED SPICY GREENS
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Baked Potato with Salsa Recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes  Cook Time: 90 minutes  Servings:  4

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Turkey Wrap on Whole Grain

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Turkey Recipes

The world famous wraps, which over the years have become quite popular with those looking to add a healthy and nutritious meal to their daily reservoir. This was my first go at making a wrap and I though I would start with turkey, a healthy pick in my opinion loaded with vegetables and legumes all in a whole grain large wrap.The trickiest part of this meal was getting the wraps to remain closed, thankfully there are videos that help you achieve an expert role. I used red kidney beans in this recipe but they can be substituted for black or pinto beans. The turkey and veggies for some may be more then sufficient for your wrap but I made sure to add lettuce, hot sauce and shredded cheese. Those that are not to big on turkey can replace it with just about any ground meat and feel free to add even more veggies or even some diced avocado. A large skillet for cooking is what should be used and don't over pack the tortilla wrap because it will be hard to roll or worse yet rip.


Inspired by Betty Crocker

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TURKEY VEGETABLE MEDLEY
FUSILLI TURKEY SKILLET MEAL
GROUND TURKEY BURGER WITH SAUTEED MUSHROOM MIX
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Turkey Wrap on Whole Grain Recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes  Cook Time: 15 minutes  Servings: 12

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Monday, 19 September 2016

Blackened Tiger Shrimp

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Shrimp Recipes

I have not posted a seafood recipe in some time and felt with the last days of the summer upon us, why not share one of the more popular seafood's to eat which is shrimp. This shrimp recipe is a family classic, in my household growing up shrimp became a kind of dessert to eat after a good meal, we would by pass any sweets and see if the folks had some shrimp stashed away somewhere. This recipe can be eaten as a snack or turned into a main course by adding rice, pasta or vegetables to accompany it. You will need to peel and devein the shrimp, make sure the shrimp you purchase is either fresh and if frozen then make sure that it is uncooked. A large skillet or wok will be needed to cook the shrimp and spices, a lot of spices. The key is to not over cook the shrimp as they can become tough, now for those that might feel the ingredients have the shrimp a little spicy you can always take out your favourite dipping sauce, like sweet chili thai or plum.

Inspired by Family

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WHOLESOME SPANISH RICE WITH CLAMS
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Blackened Tiger Shrimp Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes  Cook Time: 5 minutes  Servings: 2

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Monday, 15 August 2016

Naturally Lasagna

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I  have eaten lasagna on many occasions but the one thing I have not done is try to make it myself. Lasagna is just one of those comfort foods, its filling and after one or two pieces you just get that satisfied feeling. I spoke with family and friends and checked the internet to see what people did to create their own lasagnas and I felt ready to create my own version of lasagna. I liked that I was able to add some of my favourite ingredients, like mushrooms, spinach and cheeses. The key I found was using a baking dish that is 11 x 8 in size as the lasagna noodles fit perfectly inside and don't be afraid to pack things down as you layer, you want to make sure that all your ingredients fit. I decided to go heavy on pasta sauce also as I wanted to make sure the lasagna was covered to avoid dryness. You can decide to substitute the cheeses I used but I find that cheddar and mozzarella work great with this dish so you do not have do unless you really want parmesan or ricotta.

Inspired by Kraft Recipes

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PENNE WITH SMOKED SAUSAGE
PENNE WITH MEATSAUCE
SPAGHETTI WITH BABY CLAMS
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Naturally Lasagna Recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes  Cook Time: 75 minutes  Servings: 8

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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Chicken Parmesan with Herbed Tomatoes

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It's time once again for a delicious chicken recipe, chicken is a staple in many peoples diets and in my family it was a regular meal every Sunday as we would all sit down at the dinner table together to eat. As I have gotten older I decided to continue the tradition of weekly chicken meals but became flexible on the dates that I would eat it. This recipe is so tasty and the chicken moist that you will enjoy the distinct flavours added from the spices, the herbed tomatoes is a healthy touch and for those that want more of a filling, you can always add a bit of rice to your plate. The chicken and tomatoes can be cooked at the same time in the oven and if your baking sheet is big enough you can always cook them both together. I like to use large plum tomatoes, I find that they slice the best compared to other tomatoes and I enjoy their taste whether raw or baked but if you don't have any at home just about any large tomato will work fine. The brown sugar can also be substituted by white sugar if you do not enjoy the taste of molasses. 

Inspired by Epicurious

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PARMESAN CHICKEN BITES
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Chicken Parmesan with Herbed Tomatoes Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes  Cook Time: 15 minutes  Servings: 4 


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Monday, 27 June 2016

The Bachelor's Cheeseburger

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The summer heat has finally arrived and people are now heading to their cottages, parks and backywards, and what can be more summer then a good old burger with cheese. We can all go to the grocers and pick up packages of burgers but do they really taste better then a homemade burger pattie that you can fill and top with all your favourite spices and condiments. I introduce the Bachelor's Cheeseburger a homemade burger  layered with plain havarti cheese, this is one of my favourite cheeses and it melts perfectly but cheddar or provolone work well or any cheese that you fancy. The toppings are your standard lettuce, tomato and ketchup which is all you really need to make a tasty burger, as for the buns look for something with a little olive oil added into them, this makes the whole experience that much better. A BBQ, grill or even a good old skillet can be used  for cooking but make sure you don't leave out any of the spices added to homemade burger, your tastebuds will thank you after.

Inspired by Food

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YUMMY HOMEMADE MEATBALLS
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The Bachelor's Cheeseburger Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes  Cooking Time:  Servings: 4

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Sunday, 15 May 2016

Penne with Meatsauce

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I have alot of pasta in my cupboards and what better to do with them then to make enjoyable and easy recipes, that not only feed me but I can also share with everyone on my recipe blog. When it comes to pasta types, penne is just about my favourite and I  prefer to add something to my pasta, whether it is meat or fish, it makes for more enjoyment when I am eating and also adds that filling that we can all enjoy. Wholewheat pasta can work with this dish but I used regular pasta as I have yet to acquire a taste for the wholewheat kind even though I probably should. You will need a large skillet, one that can hold all the pasta at once and a medium sized pot for this recipe. I like penne but fusili or rigatoni work also and try to go with lean ground beef if possible. I am also a fan of spinach but for those that prefer another type of green leaf vegetable, you can use kale, parsley or even broccoli florets in place of the spinach or to accompany it. A little sprinkle of parmensan cheese to top your meal adds a nice touch.


Inspired by Catelli Pasta

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FUSILI TURKEY SKILLET MEAL
PENNE WITH SMOKED SAUSAGE
EUROPEAN EGG DROP SOUP
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Penne with Meatsauce Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes  Cook Time: 15 minutes  Servings: 4

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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Oven Roasted Asparagus

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It has been awhile since I added a good side to the blog and what better then to have a delicious side of roasted asparagus. The vegetable is high in iron and vitamin K, goes well with any main entree and adds some green to your plate. I have been a fan of asparagus since I was a boy and a hungry boy needs to have his food ready quick, this is a simple recipe that does not take much time to make and since aparagus is sold in bunches you will have a large amount of the spears on hand. The main thing with asparagus is to try to buy spears that are not very thick as these are older and have been grown longer, you want medium size spears, they taste better and are quicker to make. I like to cut the bottom of the spear by about 2 inches to shorten them as the taste that I enjoy is towards the top. Use a baking sheet and to avoid making too much of a mess you can wrap some aluminium foil around it before you drench them with olive oil. Broiling can be different for different ovens so make sure you start to watch your asparagus after 8 minutes to not burn.  

Inspired by Spark Recipes

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LEMON ZESTED BRUSSEL SPROUTS
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Oven Roasted Asparagus Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes  Cook Time: 12 minutes  Servings: 4

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Sunday, 20 March 2016

Spaghetti with Baby Clams

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Those that have been to my food blog have come to the conclusion that I am a seafood lover, it has been installed in me since a young age and any and all different kinds of it will do it for me. I have come to my latest creation by mixing two of my favourite foods, pasta and seafood together. I always like to keep a package of frozen sweet peas on hand to add to any seafood dish as it goes well with all seafood, or you can use some other frozen vegetables depending on what your taste buds prefer. A large skillet or wok will be needed to cook the clams and peas. The pasta is made just like you would make any pasta, no special instructions needed but make sure you use spaghetti or linguine there is no need to substitute with another pasta. Fresh clams work just as well as frozen but if you want to eliminate some work just stick with the frozen the taste does not change much.

Inspired by Family

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FUSILLI TURKEY SKILLET MEAL
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MACARONI VEGETABLE SOUP
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Spaghetti and Baby Clams Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes  Cook Time: 20 minutes  Servings: 4

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