Monday, 14 December 2015

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

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Chicken Soup Recipes
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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Sunday, 29 November 2015

Broccoli Stir Fry

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Stir Fry Recipes

The Thanksgiving weekend is coming to an end for our southern neighbours and with the tradition of an abundance of delicious food, it is okay to consume whatever you see in sight every now. I know I enjoy doing this but as a new week starts and with the holiday season food fest just around the corner its a great time to eat something nutritious and healthy. I enjoy my stir fry but the calorie count can rise quite quickly depending on the ingredients and sauces we add to the meal but I have come up with a tasty, filling and more importantly with a low calorie count. I always make sure to load up on vegetables for just about any meal but a vegetarian stir fry is all about the vegetables. You will need to make sure you have a large size wok and the key ingredient is of course broccoli, use a food chopper to pulse the broccoli florets, you can use frozen broccoli if you like just make sure to let it thaw and add all your favourite vegetables. When it comes to soy sauce if you use a low sodium kind then you may want to add some salt to the stir fry. The best about this stir fry is that you can also use it for a side if you want to have something more then just vegetables.

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Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe 
Prep Time: 15 minutes  Cook Time: 12 minutes  Servings: 4

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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Lunch Time Tacos II

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The taco craze continues in my kitchen as after a few different attempts I feel that I have found a quick and delicious taco recipe that everyone will enjoy making. Tacos can be a messy treat but that is half the fun in making them to eat. You can add any toppings that you enjoy any flavour you wish from mild to medium to hot. I  always lean to hot but not all peoples palates can be like mine, so adjust yours accordingly. You will need to use a large size skillet to cook the ground beef and I like the stand and stuff taco shells, mostly because you can load more into them, fill them with all your favourite ingredients, use any cheese you like and don't forget the hot sauce. One trick I like to use if you are using a tonne of toppings is to press it down with a butter knife before you add the cheese and hot sauce and the key to these tacos is the clubhouse skillet sauce, it cuts your cooking time and more importantly that means that you can make these any day of the week, even after a hard day at work where time is not your friend.

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Lunch Time Tacos II Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes  Cook Time: 20 minutes  Servings: 8

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Saturday, 10 October 2015

Tomato, Spinach and Goat Cheese Stacks

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner for North America and while everyone is set to serve up some turkey, cornish hen, stuffing and cranberry sauce, we do need some appetizers to keep the masses satisfied before the big meal. With a lot of time being consumed with the main course at this time of year, it is great to have some appetizers that are quick to make and that people will enjoy. I always enjoyed the fact that my family had something tasty and nutritious to snack on as we waited for our main meal to finish.
This is a simple meal I learned watching some of my favourite recipe shows, I decided to add a bunch of my preferred ingredients that where not too filling but at the same time satisfying. A french baguette cut into slices is a must, tomatoes and spinach loads you up with nutrition while the goat cheese which may not be a favourite for most can be replaced with other cheeses like buffalo mozzarella or ricota. The balsamic vinegar and maple syrup glaze will have everyone reaching for seconds.

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Tomato, Spinach and Goat Cheese Stacks Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes  Cook Time: 3 minutes  Servings: 8

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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Chicken Shredded Sriracha

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I enjoy chicken in many different ways but for those weeknights, where time is not your friend I turn to a quick family tradition of boiled chicken breast. This meal is so quick and so easy to make that it could just become a regular part of your dining experience when you want something healthy and quick. I like to use boneless and skinless chicken breast while seasoning it with a variety of sauces and spices, and what is more popular at the moment then sriracha sauce, it seems to be in everything so why not with your chicken. When boiling the chicken make sure that it is fully submerged in the water, it will be easy to shred with a fork or even your fingers if not to hot when done cooking. I decided to top a salad with the chicken but you can  also make a sandwich or something else that you want to conjure up. For those that prefer a milder taste, you can add more bbq sauce and less sriracha to the chicken as well as your favourite spices because no one knows your palate better then you.

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Chicken Shredded Sriracha Recipe
Servings: 4  Prep Time: 5 minutes  Cook Time: 20 minutes


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Sunday, 30 August 2015

Lemon Zested Brussels Sprouts

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With the summer months coming to an end I have to admit I have been enjoying patio season and not in the kitchen as much as normal, a good thing being outside but it does leave you a bit light in the pocket book. I have though been working on and have finally reached the point in sharing a brussels sprout side dish that I think many of you will enjoy. Brussels sprouts is definitely an acquired taste and I can admit until only this year I would not even give this vegetable a look at the grocery store but I could not ignore the health benefits any longer. The brussels sprout is loaded in vitamin K and C, it is also known to lower cholesterol. They should be on most peoples plates more often then they are, so I decided to try a few different ways to cook the sprouts but one thing I found out pretty quick is over cooking will result in a nasty sulfur smell, so make sure you keep an eye and nose when making them. Cutting the stem end helps them cook better and give them a few minutes to air out after doing this before you add them to a boiling pot. Once you have finished boiling the sprouts, pour out the water and run them under cold water. This will stop them from cooking. I choose to add them to a ziploc bag and poured the oil mixture over them shaking well and letting them sit for a few minutes. The lemon zest is the topping that will not only look great but adds that final touch that your palate thanks you for.
 
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Lemon Zested Brussels Sprouts
Prep Time: 10 minutes  Cook Time: 20 minutes  Servings: 2

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Friday, 24 July 2015

Spinach Prosciutto Quesadillas

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 I decided to try some home made quesadillas, this is always a dish that I do enjoy when out with friends and just want a quick bite that is not all that filling. I though of what ingredients I wanted to use and a look through my fridge revealed that a trip to the grocers was in store for the near future but I did have lots of spinach and of course prosciutto, which is a dry cured ham that should always be thinly sliced. I grabbed some soft whole wheat tortilla shells and of course some shredded mozzarella cheese. When I started off this recipe I was thinking I would be pan grilling but then I figured I would add a twist and decided to pan fry them in a skillet with a bit of vegetable oil. The quesadillas should be cooked quickly once the oil is hot or you will burn them and they will become inedible. You can choose just about any other ingredients that you want to fill up the quesadilla, just remember to keep all the ingredients to one side so you can fold the tortilla shell. The quesadillas turned out terrific, you can have the as an appetizer or a light meal and if you don't want them too greasy use a paper towel to soak some of it up, for an extra kick at some hot sauce to the finish product..

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Spinach Prosciutto Quesadilla Recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes  Cook Time: 2 minutes  Servings: 2 

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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Panko Crusted Salmon

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I love to keep the fish rolling on my recipe blog and this time I have decided to give a panko mixture a try, I can't say often enough how I enjoy incorporating fish into my weekly meals. I mix and match spices to give my palate that taste that it enjoys when I am eating fish but you should feel free to add the spices that you enjoy to really make this salmon recipe yours. The one ingredient I always feel you can't go without when cooking fish is butter. I like to use the unsalted variety, so make sure you include it with your ingredients if you chose to go a little different on the spice selection. You can also use regular bread crumbs or kelloggs if you do not happen to have panko in your pantry. Fresh dill weed works best but if you do not have any dry works fine. A baking pan is what you need to use when you bake the salmon in the oven and if you don't happen to have one you can always use a baking dish, just remember to cover it up with tin foil, this will help the fish cook better. This recipe came out great and is so quick to make its a perfect weeknight meal that will not only impress you but any guests you may chose to feed.

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Panko Crusted Salmon Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes  Cook Time: 18 minutes  Servings: 4

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Friday, 19 June 2015

Ground Turkey Burger with Sauteed Mushroom Mix

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Turkey and Mushroom Recipes

You can never go wrong with a cut of ground meat, its inexpensive and you can do so many things with it. I decided to grab some lean turkey meat at the grocers and take a stab at making some burgers from scratch. I enjoy a good bbq but unfortunately I don't have the luxury of it by living in a sky box, so I do the next best thing and that's bake the ground meat. The important thing to do when your baking is to make sure you place the meat on a wire rack so that the grease drips to the bottom of your baking pan and all your left with is the delicious turkey burger. I also though it would be great to go a different route then having a bun and made a delicious sauteed mushroom mix to base the burger. I always like to mix and match ingredients and you can omit any you don't like and add those that you do. When your done and ready to hoover your food feel free to add some sweet relish or even dijon mustard to the ground turkey and layer it as you see above it adds that much more to the meal.

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Ground Turkey Burger with Sauteed Mushroom Mix Recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes  Cook Time 25 minutes  Servings: 4

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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Sirloin Steak Gourmet Sandwich

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Steak Sandwiches

I love a good sirloin sandwich, they are very quick and easy to make but that doesn't mean you can't dress up your sandwich if you have the time to do. I don't always have the time to make what amounts to a more gourmet style steak sandwich but when I do it adds that much more to the taste and quality of what your eating and your taste buds will thank you for it. You have to start off with the proper bun, my first choice is a good whole wheat kaiser bun but a ciabatta bun would work well also. Then add your favourite slice of cheese, stay away from single slices, remember we are going gourmet style. A cut of top sirloin that you can cook on the grill or grill pan and if you have a food processor this will make the BBQ jalapeno sauce simpler. I also like to make a marinade for the sirloin and a separate bowl will be needed for this.
A best practice to remember is that the beef should be cooked to a medium doneness so that it breaks easily as you bite into the sandwich and cut the meat, well done meat just does not cut it, we are making a gourmet style sandwich not a rubber meat bun.

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Sirloin Steak Gourmet Sandwich Recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes  Cook Time: 20 minutes  Servings: 2

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Monday, 18 May 2015

Maple Raisin Tart

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 I decided that with Mother's Day on the horizon I would surprise my mother with a treat, so I decided to try something that my mom would enjoy and that's something sweet. I personally am not much of a sweet/dessert eater but I know many out there can be and in moderation I guess it can be okay. I have not made many desserts in the past and can say that the first time I tried this I learned that you should keep the pie shell in the foil while it cooks. The second time though was a charm and I even enjoyed a piece myself with the family who gave me rave reviews. I made sure to search all over the net trying to find something that my mom would enjoy and I substituted some of the ingredients for healthier choices like raisins. The pie shell that I chose was flaky as I feel a pie should be, the messier the better and to top it off once your ready to serve, add a scoop of your favourite ice cream or whip cream. I think all the mothers out there would appreciate an effort from their kids and hope all you moms enjoyed your special day.

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Maple Raisin Tart Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes  Cook Time: 55 minutes  Serves: 4

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Sauteed Spicy Greens

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Its been a while since I have added a side dish recipe to go along with some of the main entrees I have posted, I figured a side dish that is quick, easy and full of nutritional value that goes along with any entree from fish, to meat, to chicken would be ideal to add at this time. Green beans are one of my favourite vegetables, they are packed calcium and potassium and are a good source of vitamin A, C and K. When I was growing up my family always made sure that we had a side of something healthy even if it included things that I enjoyed eating. This green bean recipe is all about steaming and then a quick sautee. You will need a basket that fits a pot add a bit of water into the pot to start the steaming process of the greens, once they are tender to your liking, you can throw out the water and cook/sautee the greens in the same pot, this keeps things a little cleaner. I decided to use ingredients that my taste buds would enjoy but you may like to experiment as thats what cooking is all about.

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Sauteed Spicy Greens Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes  Cook Time: 12 minutes  Serves: 2

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Monday, 30 March 2015

Broiled Salmon with Lemon Garlic Rub

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Salmon Recipes

Well since I got such a great response with my last fish recipe I though I would share another, for those that have been following me now for a bit of time you all know that my family are big fans of fish and one of the better and tastier fishes is salmon. You can mix and match so many different ingredients and cooking styles when it comes to salmon that this fish is always such a good choice to eat. Salmon is right up there with my favourite fish to cook and of course eat. You can decide to use a baking dish or pan to broil the salmon, then load the salmon up with minced garlic and lemon rind. This will give it the taste that many of you will enjoy. A little seasoning and your done, it is such a quick and easy recipe that people will thing you actually spend quite a bit of time on it. Serve with lemon wedges or even orange wedges depending on which you may prefer.

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Broiled Salmon with Lemon Garlic Rub
Prep Time: 10 minutes  Cook Time: 7 minutes  Serves: 4


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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Blackened Sole Fish

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Fish Recipes

As spring approaches and for those that may have over indulged during a harsh and cold winter, its a great time to bring a healthy dish of fish back into your menu. I had the luxury of having my family serve plenty of different kinds of fish when I was growing up, some weeks we would eat more fish then any type of meat and it was always seasoned to perfection accompanied by a special side of vegetables. I inherited this trait as I have gotten older except that I chose to always make sure that I bake or broil the fish over any type of pan frying. You can use a baking dish or baking sheet to cook the fish and make sure you select a type of white fish. I've gone with sole as this is one of my favourite types of white fish. The spices make a great combination of taste and flavour, I recommend using some all purpose seasoning but it could have a bit of a kick for some.

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Blackened Sole Fish Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes  Cook Time: 5 minutes  Servings: 4

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Hearty Tomato Soup

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With these super cold winter days up here in the Northeast part of the continent, there is nothing quite like a warm and delicious hearty soup. I have enjoyed various types of soups growing up as a child and I have carried on that tradition as I have gotten older over the years and what's better then a warm filling meal when the temperatures outside drop below zero at this time of year. I don't have the time to be making my own broth so Campbell's broth work quite well but for those that enjoy homemade broth, go for it. I like to make sure that any vegetarian soup is loaded with vegetables. Potatoes are always a must for hearty soup and so is a form of pasta. I used fusilli but penne and rigatoni also can work. Then it is good time to load up the soup with a tonne of vegetables, add your favourite types to the pot for even more enjoyment. The key ingredient in this recipe is the condensed can of tomato soup. This gives you the thickness you want without have to blend or puree any of the vegetables. When your done you might just not want to share this soup with just anyone.

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Hearty Tomato Soup Recipe
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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Game Day Nachos

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Super Bowl Nachos


Nachos a meal that you can share with family and friends while watching some of the best sporting events that bring out a large gathering, whether its at a local bar, a family or friends house, who doesn't get excited when a massive plate of good old fashion nachos drenched in cheese and meat makes it's appearance. Nachos are a great appetizer or even for some a main entree and with the Super Bowl on deck, this will get that party started right for those hosting events. I chose to substitute ground beef with a healthier choice of lean ground turkey, loaded two kinds of cheese but hey for cheese lovers out there, you can go with three or four kinds. Use a pizza pan or large oven proof platter. The important thing is that you can make this nacho recipe all about you with the ingredients you want to use. Lets just remember load the nachos up, no one likes nachos with barely any toppings, we want that stuffed drenched. This will not be a meal those watching calories will enjoy but its ok to indulge every now and then.

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 Game Day Nacho Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes  Cook Time: 50 minutes  Servings: 6 to 8

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Saturday, 10 January 2015

Northern Omelette with Cheese and Spinach

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This classic omelette breakfast is something that I love to eat quite a few times a week, its so quick and easy to make and can pack a tonne of nutrients to get your day off to a good start. I like to accompany the omelette with a variety of sides from natural select bacon, to toast, to home fries to just plain old fruit. The best part is you can add anything inside your omelettes from meats, cheeses or vegetables or just have them plain, its really your choice. This recipe is of course for one but easy to replicate into larger portions. I like to add milk to the egg mixture as this makes the eggs just a little more fluffy. Omelettes can have almost anything added to them, you can try types of cold cuts, other vegetables like kale, arugula, mushrooms etc., remember it is important to cook the eggs well and use a flat/straight wooden spoon to move around the egg inside a non stick skillet. This will make rolling the omelette out once complete onto the plate very simple. I love spinach and made sure to chop up enough, added a little green onion and cheese and viola your done. For those that are not sure how an omelette should be cooked, you can always refer to a video online.  


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Cheese Spinach Northern Omlette Recipe
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