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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.


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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.  

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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.

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Spaghetti and Baby Clams Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes  Cook Time: 20 minutes  Servings: 4

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Friday, 5 February 2016

Red Zone Chicken Fingers

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The Super Bowl is upon us once again and I always enjoy creating something new for Super Bowl weekend. This year was no exception as I decided to take on a classic pub fare and turn it into something a tad healthier while maintaining the classic taste we all have come to love with chicken fingers and their dipping sauces. This is a meal that the kids can also enjoy and you don't have to feel guilt when you give them seconds. A baking sheet is ideal to cook the fingers as well as using the proper seasoning, now the proper seasoning depends on your own taste buds, so mix and match for what your palate will enjoy. Seasoned bread crumbs work best for this recipe and the side depends on what you feel like enjoying  from sweet potato fries to carrot sticks. I decided to go with a sweet chili thai dipping sauce, something about that flavour just tickles my taste buds but good old plain ketchup works just as well. The Super Bowl is undecided but your choices of food does not have to be, enjoy the game and good food.

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Red Zone Chicken Fingers Recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes  Cook Time: 30 minutes  Servings: 2

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Monday, 18 January 2016

East Coast Pan Seared Scallops

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The holidays have come and gone and for those that throw caution to the wind when it comes to food during the holidays, then I'm sure January is not only a month of hitting the gym but also a month of having lighter meals on the agenda and what meal can be lighter then fish and seafood and still give you that nutritional punch. Those that have been following my blog know that I have a soft spot for fish and love to enter my kitchen and mix and match ingredients just as my family loved to do in their preparation of food for the family. These scallops really hit the spot with their garlic butter glaze and laid out on a bed of spinach which will absorb the glaze flavour and becomes a great side to the dish. Large scallops are the best to use for this recipe accompanied by a large 12" skillet if possible, make sure that you spread the scallops out when cooking so they are not touching and depending on how many you are cooking you may need to cook them in batches. The garlic butter glaze should be prepared in its own large skillet or a small pot if you do not have many skillets on hand and don't forget the tongs to move around the scallops.

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East Coast Pan Seared Scallops Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes  Cook Time: 15 minutes  Servings: 2

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Monday, 14 December 2015

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

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The cold winter months are upon us and its that season when we tend to fall under the weather with colds and flu. Those of us that just prefer to let nature take its course, then there is no better comfort food for those sick days then good old homemade chicken noodle. The warmth and taste has you feeling just that much better after you have consumed it. Chicken noodle soup is one of my favourite winter time soups and for me I do enjoy a variety of soups during the cold winter months but this one is for those days when you just don't feel right. You can make chicken the way you like but for those that are unsure the shredded chicken recipe under more chicken recipes will show you how to boil some chicken breast to add. I used yolkless noodles over egg noodles as they contain no cholesterol and make sure they are firm and extra broad, some prefer to add some oregano to the soup but I lean towards lemon juice as it gives the soup a refreshing taste and do not substitute dry parsley flakes over fresh. This winter enjoy your chicken noodle homemade instead of out of a can.

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipes
Servings: 6  Prep Time: 15 minutes  Cook Time: 35 minutes  

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