Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Broiled Squid with Montreal Steak Spice

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Cooking Squid

The holiday season is upon us and nothing beats getting together with the family and enjoying a hearty dose of seafood. I always feel the need to contribute and though I would try something a little new with squid or as some of you call it calamari.Squid for many is an acquired taste and if you slightly over cook it, it will be tough and rubbery, so you have to make sure that you get it right and when you do your taste buds will thank you for it. I used squid tubes that already were all cleaned for me, you can purchase this at local super markets (saves a tonne of prep time), I cut the tubes as if I were making calamari rings but I made sure to use a knife inserted inside the tubes to stop me from cutting all the way through (see pic below). Broiling on high cooks the squid quickly but make sure you don't over cook, the squid should easily come apart when you bite into them. You should use a baking sheet for best results and serve with your favourite side, I decided a bed of rice would be a great addition to the meal.

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Sunday, 30 November 2014

Lunch Time Chili Tacos

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Who doesn't like tacos, a tasty meal that you can place inside a soft shell or a hard shell. You can choose to buy a taco kit with the shells, seasoning and salsa or like me you can choose to use a homemade chili recipe, that's full of beans, ground beef or ground turkey, salsa and of course chili seasoning, this option takes a bit more time but its well worth the time. The taste you get from your own chili is hard for a package to beat.
There are a variety of shredded cheeses that you can place inside the taco, it all comes down to your taste buds, cheddar is my favourite but you can also try monterey jack or mozzarella. I also enjoy cutting up some avocado to give myself some carotenoids which help in absorbing nutrients into our bodies.
The type of lettuce you can use also is based on your preference, I used romaine lettuce but green leaf or boston lettuce does the trick also.

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Monday, 10 November 2014

Turkey Vegetable Medley

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When looking for a healthy meal that involves a form of meat I always turn to turkey, ground turkey is cost efficient and you can substitute it in place of any ground meat to get it into a lower fat category. I learned to appreciate turkey and all its benefits as I got older, adding an abundant amount of your favourite vegetables just adds to this already healthy dish and makes sure you get all the vitamins you need for the day.
I used a wok to cook this dish as it was easier to get all the vegetables that I wanted to add, don't be shy to add as many as you like. The aroma while you cook just gets your mouth watering, you will need to make sure you position the wok properly when your ready to add the ground turkey to the pan. I also made sure to add a little hot sauce to my plate but that is optional for those the like a tad more spice.

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Monday, 20 October 2014

Hearty Kale and Kidney Bean Soup

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As the fall kicks in, I go back to my love of soups during the season, just like the leaves that change color during the season. Many of the soups are mixed with a variety of colorful and nutritious vegetables that make just about any soup a hearty meal. Growing up I was always excited to get home and see what delicious soup my family had on hand especially as the days got colder.

This soup is great for lunch or dinner and is all vegetables with no meat, so for all you vegetarians out there, this is the pot of soup you want to make. The soup is packed with Vitamin A and protein and is flavourful, your taste buds will thank you for the treat. Feel free to add any other vegetables you might want to have in your soup.

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Monday, 6 October 2014

Triple Cheese Hamburger

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The summer season may be over but that does not mean that burger season has to end just yet. One of the worlds favourite meals or some would say snack the Hamburger is being made in so many different ways that I could not help but to try my hand at one and the results where terrific for this palate. I have been eating burgers for as long as I can remember, as a kid my great grandma would make one for us at lunch time and we would woof them down in a heartbeat hoping that we could have another made on the grill.

People like a variety of sized burgers, I feel that the 1/4 pound burger is sufficient and lets you enjoy the condiments and ingredients better, too much burger takes away from the flavours that we want to enjoy with our burger. You can top your burger anyway you like once its done, but what everyone needs to remember is that when making a burger just let it cook once per side and don't press the burger hoping to cook it faster or you will dry it out as this lets the juice escape. You can pan grill the burgers indoors or even use a skillet with a little butter. I decided to load the cheese, triple cheese burger, why have one type only?

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Broiled Salmon with Marmalade Glaze

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Salmon is one of my favourite fish, it wasn't always that way but as I got older, I acquired a taste for the fish, much to my mothers delight. In a family that is big on fish, it was better late then never for me. Salmon is loaded in Vitamins B-12, B-6 and protein and something that we all need Omega 3 with it's healthy benefits. Wild salmon should always be the choice over farmed salmon as there is less contamination and fish goes pretty much with any side of your choosing, go vegetables if you can.

Broiling the fish makes this a super quick recipe, which works well for a weeknight meal when time is not your friend. A shallow baking dish is what I used and you can marinade the salmon right inside the dish. This is a dish that will impress anyone that might be over and the marination adds a super great taste that will make your taste buds jump to attention.

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Thursday, 4 September 2014

Wholesome Spanish Rice with Clams

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 I love my seafood and am always looking for new ways to enjoy them as a meal. These tasty mollusks or clams as they are known to most has always been something of fascination with me. They can be served in a shell or out and go well with just about anything, whether its rice, pasta or even mixed with some quinoa, my family introduced me to Goya seasoning along time ago and they are a great seasoning for most seafood dishes especially when you want a little zing.

I like to try to make nutritious and delicious meals quick if I can and this is a perfect meal for a weeknight or in my case two to three nights. I made sure to have my clams frozen and out of shell as well as my peas frozen. They are easy to thaw as you just run them in cold water and this only takes a few minutes. I find a large size wok is perfect for the meal and Uncle Ben's rice makes the meal even faster, don't forget the goya seasoning as it is a key ingredient for this dish.

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Saturday, 16 August 2014

Mini Blueberry and Grape Pancakes

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Who does not enjoy a quick breakfast in the morning and what better breakfast then quick and easy to make mini pancakes. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day but many of us in our fast pace lives tend to take this meal for granted. This is an easy breakfast that you and the family can enjoy, not only is it nutritious but if you have the time, you will want seconds and maybe thirds. I will even make sure you have the pancakes down pat for those that are not sure how to make pancakes.

I like to purchase a buttermilk pancake mix and all you have to do is follow the instructions on the box, you can use water to mix with the powder but I prefer to go with 2% organic milk but you can use any milk you like. The grapes and blueberries are fresh and make sure the grapes are seedless. I choose these fruits but you can experiment with any that you enjoy. 1/2 measuring cup is the secret to the mini pancakes as you will scoop the mixture from the bowl and pour to form your mini pancakes.You can use a pancake griddle or just go with a regular non stick skillet and make sure to grease it before adding the pancake mixture.

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Sunday, 3 August 2014

Parmesan Chicken Bites

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I like to try a variety of different chicken recipes, I always prefer to bake the chicken over frying and with the lower prices lately on chicken it makes purchasing in bulk portions that much better. Chicken was always a staple in my family household. Sundays always involved some form of chicken recipe that my parents would conjure up and they would also make sure to stick the chicken in the oven. The right spice mixture goes along way and makes sure that the chicken is never bland while it is baking.

I use a baking sheet to place all the chicken bites, don't forget to place some parchment paper over the baking sheet, as this keeps anything from sticking. This is a low calorie meal that you can serve with vegetables or even your favourite pasta. Panko bread crumbs was my choice for this recipe but you can usually regular bread crumbs if that is all you have. Have a ziploc bag handy for a cleaner mix of ingredients before you place it on the baking sheet. Kids will love these with a side dipping sauce of your choice.

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Sunday, 6 July 2014

Spicy Breaded Garlic Chicken

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When your looking at keeping your calorie count low, skinless boneless chicken breast is one of the better options out there. This chicken recipe hits the spot and comes with a little kick to it, that keeps your taste buds on attention. My folks introduced me to all seasoning spice from the islands and this spicy powder should only be used in very small teaspoons or the heat might have you reaching for bread or milk pretty quick. The best thing about this recipe is that its baked so a healthy meal to boot.

The first your going to need to do is grab your chicken breast and cut it in half down the middle length wise. A large baking dish will be required and you can crush a garlic clove or for those short on time there is nothing wrong with using garlic paste that you can find at your local grocer. This dish is so easy to make the whole family will enjoy, especially the kids. You won't even require any dipping sauce, the chicken is made just right.

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Thursday, 12 June 2014

Sloppy Bachelor Burger

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Now that the weather is finally getting warmer, it's a great time to hit the BBQ outside for some of your favourite grilled summer foods and what is summer food without a wholesome hamburger. I do enjoy my burgers on the grill and for some reason they always seem to taste so much better when the weather is warm outside. Those of you that can't BBQ because you dont own a BBQ or live in an apartment complex, no need to worry because the sloppy bachelor burger will get your taste buds jumping in the summer fun.

In a different take from an old favourite the sloppy joes burger, I make sure to get my hands dirty to come up with a tasty option that is a low calorie burger which you can add just about any form of ingredient that your heart desires. I like to use a whole wheat kaiser bun and make sure to add a tonne of spices to the ground beef, I use medium ground beef but you can go lean for even less calories. Once complete make sure to top the burger with all your favourite condiments and give it that wow factor.

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Thursday, 22 May 2014

European Egg Drop Soup

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As the cold season starts to finally let up, I complete my final delicious soup until the months of fall. I have never been a big fan of eating soup on hot summer days, the time of year just doesn't give me that craving for something warm and hearty to put into my stomach. As I've mentioned before soups where always a popular choice in my household growing up, not only are they filling but you can always accompany them with a sandwich or have them as a starter to any meal.

Make sure that you use at least a 5 quart pot when preparing the soup, I have chosen to use spinach in the soup but kale or collard work just as well and the pasta can be any from elbow, bowtie or ditalini. If you have the time you can make your own chicken broth or just get a box of low sodium chicken broth from your local grocers. You will need to finely chop the vegetables so if you have a chopper at home, this would be ideal especially to get the onion cut up.

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Seasoned Sea Scallops

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Who doesn't enjoy fresh baby scallops, well not all people but I have always been a big fan of any type of seafood, since a very young age. My family was never huge fans of having sweets to finish a meal, we would all enjoy some kind of seafood dish to end your entree on all special occasions. This is not to say there where not sweets for guests but the main core of the family always pined for what seafood my mom or dad had prepared this time, sometimes their was more then one.

Sea scallops can be made in a variety of ways, from on a skillet to baked or broiled, some people even try to poach scallops. I love to bake any type of creature from the water, not only does it leave your home smelling the same but it is always much healthier option for us. You will require a baking pan covered with parchment paper and be sure to use the spices that tickle your taste buds if you don't enjoy any of the ones below. Seasoned bread crumbs add an extra dose of flavour to your dish.

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Thighs

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Who doesn't enjoy a good piece of chicken and one of the tastiest chicken parts I find are the chicken thighs when made properly it just gets your taste buds going. The darker meat tends to go down nicely and when baked keeps the meal at a healthy level. The fact my grandfather had a farm back in his mother land, he made sure that the family got familiar with every part of the chicken, even the feet haha. Chicken is full of protein and is a good source of many health benefits so get out there and get yourself some chicken.

This dish is baked in the oven in under 60 minutes inside a baking dish, I make sure to use a tonne of different sauces and spices with two of the main ingredients being honey and bbq sauce. You can mix and match any ingredient that you enjoy just make sure to keep the two mentioned. Once your chicken is baked to your desired taste, make sure that you pour the sauce thats cooked in the dish all over the chicken to give it even more flavour, your taste buds will thank you for it. Boneless and skinless chicken thighs is the best option here.

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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Baked Tilapia with Garlic Butter Mix

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I always enjoyed growing up in a household that loved to eat fish. There are so many fish to choose from, with many different tastes and can be made in many different ways. Tilapia is a white fish that you really have to season properly to give your taste buds a jolt or what can happen is a very bland tasting fish. As always I love to bake my fish in the oven, this keeps your home from having that wonderful fish smell that your nose stops smelling but everyone that comes to visit gets a good whiff off.

This dish involves boneless tilapia fillets which if you choose, you can cut in half if your looking to feed a large assortment of people or just so that you have left overs for another day. The garlic butter and seasoning used makes sure that you are enjoying this fish dish. I broil the tilapia just at the end of baking for a few minutes just to add some crispness to the fish. You can add vegetables in the baking dish to cook at the same time as the tilapia so that you have your side. Carrots, broccoli and green beans are a few of the vegetables I like to place inside the dish with the tilapia.

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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Lamb Curried Casserole with Sweet Potatoes

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Lamb for some is an acquired taste but when it is cooked properly the taste and how your body responds to it makes it one of the better meats out there to eat as our bodies digest it better then other meats. I always enjoyed a lamb dish, its one of those dishes that not only is full of flavour but it came with a ton of vegetables. Lamb is full of protein, zinc and iron. Lamb also provides high levels of Vitamin B12.Lamb was always a meal during the Easter holiday and my mom made sure there was always plenty for seconds.

This dish is not a one quick meal dish so it might be best to give this a try on a weekend and see how it goes for you. I find that leg of lamb is the best part of the lamb for this dish and you also get six different types of vegetables. You should make sure use a low sodium beef broth a  red wine that is a little sweeter in nature, but if you prefer dry then go for it. When this dish is done not only will it taste great but the lamb will be so tender it will literally melt in your mouth.

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Sunday, 16 March 2014

Paprika Parmesan Baked Chicken

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Chicken is a very popular meal in most parts of the world and who doesn't like the white meat from chicken. Baking is always the best way to go when making almost any dish for not only health reasons but mixed with the right seasoning just about anything that you place in the oven will come out to your liking and taste just right. When I was growing up chicken was always a meal I could look forward to on Sundays and a few other days of the week.

You will need a large sized baking dish to bake the chicken and you will always need a wet coating mixture to have all the seasoning stick to the chicken breast. The cook time is important and at the temperature that the oven is set to bake, it will be a long cooking process but chicken is a food that you want to make sure is baked right. I enjoy shredded parmesan cheese but if your preference is cheddar or mozzarella go with it. This dish can go with just about any side, have a look through our blog to find the side that has your taste buds watering.

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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Sweet Potato, Carrot and Coriander Soup

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These cold winter days give you plenty of time indoors to stay warm and no better way to keep warm then a warm winters soup. Soup and winter seem to go together like bacon and eggs or cheese and crackers. I really enjoy experimenting in the winter to find a soup blend that tastes delicious and I feel that this is one my mom would be proud of. This soup is tasty, warm and most important has you wanting more, the soup is also all vegetables aside from the chicken broth that is used.

The one thing about mixing and matching vegetables is finding ones that work well together, you will only know if this is the case when the soup is done and you have a mouthful of it but I have found that onions and carrots always go well together, sweet potatoes was something I though I would try adding to these two along with fresh coriander. Go for a low sodium chicken broth and make sure that you have a hand held blender that can puree the soup at the end and make sure to use a large pot.

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Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Oven Baked Seasoned Chicken Wings

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Chicken Wings, one of many peoples favourite fast foods, you can cover them in sauce, have them plain or season them with spices that your palate loves to taste. Chicken wings are easy to make and can be a part of any event that you may be having. One of my favourite things about chicken wings are that the are so versatile, you can make them any way you like from deep frying to broiling to baking and depending how you choose to season it, it will have a different taste every time.

I try to avoid deep frying anything that I eat, so being able to bake my wings at home is the decision that I always make. I choose to use wings that are split and have their tips removed. I also tend to go with average sized wings as they always seem to taste a lot better then the jumbo size. Its best to cook the wings on a baking sheet that is covered in parchment paper if you have a wire cage even better and you can replace any spices you may not like with some of your favourites and don't forget to have a sauce dip, it can be BBQ sauce, hot sauce or your choice. Turn wings over with about 5 minutes left for a bit more of a crunch.

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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Homemade Mashed Potatoes

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Anything home made is always one of the more delicious and healthier ways to go when you are eating, the main reason of course is that we know everything that we are putting into our own food. I am a big fan of homemade sides, not only are they easy to make but they go so well with your main entree. I always grew up with a few options on my plate when it was time to sit down for a meal and a good side with the entree is something that hits the spot.

Homemade mash potatoes always beat the box kind, they are so easy to make and for those of you worried about time, give your head a shake will you. My potatoes of choice when making mash potatoes are Russet, they are higher in starch and lower in moisture and the result when boiled and mashed is a smoother texture. Milk gives a bit more of a creamy texture and butter brings out that the great taste that your buds will enjoy with the remaining ingredients, use a potato masher to get a mixture of creamy and chunky potatoes.

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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Easy Steak Sandwich

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We all have some tough work days and we get home and can't be bothered to spend an extensive amount of time cooking, we want something quick, tasty and in our stomachs. I have always enjoyed a good steak sandwich made to perfection that every bite taken has the meat just tear off without any struggle and it is not only easy to make but quick and painless, my family always made sure that even on those tough days we had something good to eat on the table, even at the time we had no clue how quickly it was made.

One of the least expensive types of meat is inside round steak, if it's certified Angus then even better. This cut of beef is not only cheap but easy to handle, season the steaks with your favourite spices, pick yourself up a couple of kaiser buns and make sure you have some cheese on hand, shredded would be best. You can add anything into the bun to go along as this becomes your sandwich. Lettuce, onions, hot peppers, mustard, it all goes based on your taste buds. I like to keep mine fairly simple as you will see below.

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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Penne with Smoked Sausage

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Smoked sausage was always a great fall tradition in my family, I recall a tonne of pork meat at home being run through a mincer and coming out of a sausage funnel into a lamb intestine. Then my grandma would prick the sausage and take it out into the backyard and smoke them for hours in the backyard chimney for what felt like days. Smoked sausage is a memory I always cherish as it brought the family together and boy was it yummy when it was done.

I hope to one day carry on the family tradition but for now, the local butchers have all the smoked sausage you need in a variety of flavours from mild to spicy hot. I am not much of a pasta eater but when I do go with pasta its usually penne but you can use just about any type of pasta with this dish, so throw in your favourite.
A wok or large deep skillet is the choice of pan I would go with but you can also use a large pot to cook and mix the sausage with other ingredients.

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Sunday, 12 January 2014

Savoury Shrimp Fried Rice

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For as long as I can remember I have always been a big fan of shrimp fried rice, whenever I am out with friends for a late night meal at a Chinese restaurant nothing beats getting a shrimp fried rice to accompany any other dish you may chose to order. Adding the proper hot sauce on top is the perfect final touch to a savoury meal. I am a seafood lover and the quickness of this dish has my mouth watering the whole time.

There are a lot of different things you can add to the shrimp fried rice dish when it comes to vegetables, there are plenty to choose from, green beans, celery, snap peas, sweet peppers and mushrooms work well besides the ingredients that I went with, pick them according to your taste. It is best to use a large wok when preparing the dish go with the healthy choice of brown rice and don't forget to top your dish off with a tasty hot sauce.  

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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Portuguese Caldo Verde Soup

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The cold weather just brings out the soup in me, this is one of my all time favourite soups and growing up a bowl before any meal was just what the doctor ordered. The family household was always a buzz awaiting the final moments of this fine soup. This soup was always made for any special occasion or holidays and you could be sure that a many western european wedding would kick off all that wonderful soup with the Portuguese Caldo Verde or Collard / Kale soup as it goes by in English.

You can make this soup with either collard or kale, I prefer collard for the soup but which ever you can find at your local grocery store is fine. The smoked sausage that you can pick up at your local butcher adds just the right taste to the soup depending on your palette you can choose the spicy or mild version to add. You will need an immersion blender to puree the soup at one point in the cooking, make sure you have a hand held one it makes it that much more easier.

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MACARONI VEGETABLE SOUP
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Portuguese Caldo Verde Soup Recipe
Servings: 8  Prep Time: 15 minutes  Cook Time: 40 minutes

Caldo Verde Soup

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Sunday, 5 January 2014

Delicious Beef Stew

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As the cold continues to increase this winter, nothing hits the spot better then something warm and rich like a stew. I remember growing up and getting home from school on a cold winter day and was always excited when my family had a stew cooking on the stove top. The wonderful smell had my mouth watering waiting for it to be complete and in my stomach. A good beef stew is not only filling but rich in vegetables and sauce that you need to make sure to have some bread to dip into it, don't let any of it go to waste.

Stewing beef is required for this type of stew and it is relatively inexpensive compared to other cuts of meat, you can choose to use any vegetables you like, add the ones that you enjoy to the beef stew and take out the ones that you don't like. A beef stew seasoning mix will cut some work out and speed up the meal somewhat from its long cooking time. Make sure you are using a large pot, a 5qt pot works best to make the stew as their are quite a bit of servings and the great part is that the stew tastes better and better as you reheat and eat.

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Delicious Beef Stew Recipe
Servings: 8  Prep Time: 15 minutes  Cook Time: 120 minutes

Beef Stew Recipe

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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Classic Bacon and Egg Sandwich

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Waking up has its perks even though some of us would like to stay in bed, but the smell of a good breakfast always seems to perk me up in the morning. We always seem to not have the time to make ourselves a tasty breakfast but this quick classic sandwich, not only has your taste buds watering but it hits the spot and gets your day off to a great start. Growing up I always enjoyed my bacon and eggs when I wasn't woofing down a peanut butter sandwich on the run and why not combine the two of them together in a sandwich.

The cool part about this recipe is that you can use any type of bacon that you may like and make the eggs any way you like. I've chosen to go with scrambled eggs but sunny side up, over easy and even poached works well here. I have used natural select bacon because I like to know what the ingredients are in my bacon. What I would recommend is that you choose a kaiser bun over any other choice of bread, its bigger and will fit all these delicious ingredients, make it whole grain if you can and the cheese should be provolone, havarti or swiss.

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Classic Bacon and Egg Sandwich Recipe
Servings: 1  Prep Time 5 minutes  Cook Time: 10 minutes

Bacon and Egg Sandwich

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