Thursday, June 13, 2019

Chili Rub Steak With Corn Salsa Recipe

Looking for a perfect summer dish to make that’s easy and tasty?  Try this simple Chili Rub Steak with a fantastic Corn Salsa Recipe.  Your family will keep coming back for more.

Chili Rub Steak With Corn Salsa Recipe
Chili Rub Steak With Corn Salsa Recipe

Chili Rub Steak With Corn Salsa

Serves 4

2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground coriander
¼  teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 ½  pounds rib eye steaks

Steaks on Barbecue
Grilling Chili Rub Steaks

Corn Salsa:
2 cups frozen or fresh corn kernels, cooked and drained
½ cup red onion, finely chopped
½ cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 teaspoons fresh lime juice
salt to taste

Corn Salsa Recipe
Ingredients for Corn Salsa

Steaks:  Mix together chili powder, cumin, salt, ground coriander, cayenne pepper in a small bowl.  Rub both sides of steak with spices.  Cover and chill 1 hour or longer in refrigerator.  Preheat barbecue.  Grill until cooked, about 5 minutes per side.  Serve with corn salsa.

Corn Salsa:  Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and toss well.  Serve with steaks.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Old Fashion Carrot Cake Recipe

Carrot Cake Recipe
Yummy Carrot Cake Recipe

This carrot cake is a family favourite.  It has pineapple and walnuts hidden inside that makes it super yummy.  Of course, the cream cheese icing helps too!

Old Fashion Carrot Cake

Makes 1 large Cake

1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup canola oil
4 eggs
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups grated carrots
1 cup pineapple tidbits, drained
1 cup walnuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Beat together sugars, oil and eggs until blended.  Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Stir in carrots, pineapples and walnuts.  Pour into a lightly greased 13 x 10 inch pan.  Bake until cooked about 50 minutes.  When cool spread icing on top.  Store cake in refrigerator if using cream cheese icing.

Cream Cheese Icing:

1 cup cream cheese
3 1/2 cup icing sugar
1/4 cup soft butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream all together.  When cake is cool spread icing evenly on top.

Carrot Cake
Carrot cake with cream cheese icing

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Rhubarb, Apple, Pecan Muffin Recipe

Rhubarb, Apple, Pecan Muffin Recipe
Muffins filled with rhubarb and apples

This muffin recipe is a nice combination of sweet and tart.  It's loaded with fruit, nuts and has a hint of cinnamon. 

Makes 12 muffins

2 cups all purpose flour
3/4  cup sugar
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon  
3/4 cup pecans, chopped
1 large egg
1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup orange juice
1 cup fresh rhubarb, finely chopped
1/2 cup apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line muffin pan with paper liners.

In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nuts.  In a medium bowl, beat the egg.  Add butter and orange juice.  Add to the flour and stir until just mixed. Stir in rhubarb and apple.

Divide batter evenly into muffin cups and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

7 Ways To Fight The Boredom Of Everyday Home Cooking

Let’s face it, cooking every day is dull, boring and monotonous. Planning, shopping, cooking and clean up is no easy feat. Combined with a busy lifestyle it can be terribly stressful. When you cook breakfast, lunch and dinner every day for the family, it can add up to over 1,000 meals a year. No wonder it’s tedious!

But we all know it’s always a good idea to cook your own food at home from scratch. You, and your family eat better, which means you can take more control over your health. So, just how can we avoid the boredom of everyday cooking? Here are 7 ideas to consider:

Set Realistic Goals

It’s an overwhelming obligation to provide wholesome meals for the family day in and day out. It can lead to unnecessary guilt if you set your expectations too high.  Let’s be real. Sometimes it’s just not possible to provide fantastic, tasty and homemade meals loaded with fresh, whole foods every day.

The key is to cook guilt free. That’s why it’s smart to set realistic goals that you can reasonably reach. Give it a hard think. How many meals do you really believe you can make next week based on your schedule? Set yourself up for success and don’t overestimate.  

Say it’s just two meals. That’s great! Then only cook two meals next week and rest easy knowing you met your goal. If that went well, then consider going for three the following week.  

Cook Simple Easy Recipes That Require Little Clean Up

7 Ways To Fight The Boredom Of Everyday Home Cooking
How To Avoid The Boredom Of Home Cooking
Do a deep dive on a recipe before adding it to your weekly meal plan. Read it from start to finish. Look at all the ingredients. If there are many, or full of ingredients you don’t often use, then find another recipe. Generally, the fewer the ingredients, the faster the recipe. Read the instructions, and see how long it takes to cook, how many dishes it uses. When you have little time to cook there’s no point in cooking a recipe that requires a lot of clean up.

Get Into the Cooking Flow

Commit to cooking like you commit to doing an exercise class. Pick how many days you’ll cook and for how many weeks. By setting an intention you'll have a better chance of getting into a cooking flow. Grab a weekly meal planner and plan your next few weeks of recipes. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is.

Allow Flexibility With Your Meal Plan

Meal Plans are the best tool for the home cook to alleviate cooking boredom. However the key to its success is building in flexibility. For instance, some days you’ll come home from work and you won’t feel like cooking or preparing what’s on your meal plan. That’s okay. This is when you allow for flexibility and prepare a super easy dish with ingredients from your pantry. You could even reheat a meal that’s in your freezer or perhaps even order-in (yep, that's allowed). All's not lost with the recipe you had intended on preparing that night because you can add it to next week's schedule.

Remember the Why

7 Ways To Fight The Boredom Of Everyday Home Cooking
Share A Meal Together
Why are you cooking? Remember, it’s to help everyone be healthy. Feeding the family yummy meals exposes them to the taste of awesome, home cooked meals with fresh, whole foods. It also offers role modelling that sets a foundation for lifelong, healthy eating. Finally, food brings everyone together. Set the table, and share the day’s happenings over a good meal.

Share the Work

You don’t have to do all the work. Family members can be sous chefs and chop the veggies, clean the dishes, and sweep the floor. Jot down a list of what needs to be done and assign jobs.

Find Inspiration

I find talking about food always inspires people to cook.  Ask your fellow workmates what they’re making for dinner, or what their favourite foods are. Ask your family members what they want for dinner. Look at magazines and find a recipe to try. Peruse your cookbooks and be inspired to either cook a new recipe or to revisit a forgotten favourite.


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Monday, April 22, 2019

Chocolate Brownies

Brown Sugar brownies
Brown Sugar Brownies

A tasty chocolate treat for the whole family to enjoy for dessert. This recipe has a thin layer of chocolate icing on top which makes it extra special.  

Serves 12

1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten slightly
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup walnuts, chopped

1/4 cup icing sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon milk

  Preheat oven to 350° F.  Melt butter on the stovetop or in the microwave for 10 seconds or until melted.  In a separate bowl mix together all dry ingredients.  Combine melted butter, eggs, milk and vanilla, then add to dry ingredients.  Fold in nuts.  Spoon into an 8 x 8 inch pan lined with parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes or until wooden toothpick come out clean.  Cool slightly. 

For icing:  In a small bowl, combine icing sugar, cocoa and milk.  Spoon over brownies. 

Chocolate Brownies
Stack of Chocolate Brownies

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Ginger Cookie Recipe

Ginger Cookies
Ginger Cookies

Recipes haunt me like a bad smell in the refrigerator. You know what I mean, every time you open the refrigerator door you think, ‘gee something smells bad’ and promptly close the door. Eventually you succumb to the smell, bend down, move containers around, until you find the culprit.

I often find recipes and think, ‘gee that looks good, I should try that.’ Usually I leave the cookbook or magazine open for days or weeks in an obvious location so I have to look at it, or move it around many times until finally I break down and try it. Now, if that recipe doesn't work (because believe it or not, there are many bad recipes out there) I take no mercy. Out comes the black felt pen and the recipe ends up looking like an essay marked by an fastidious English Teacher.

I love to bake, or to be honest, I love to eat my baking. Often there are recipes of cakes, cookies, muffins hanging around the kitchen. However, baking is like an add-on, it’s not a necessity for survival. With time so limited, the everyday meals take priority. It’s only when there is a blip in the schedule, the add-on’s or baking can get done. In my case, it's often at 10pm at night. As everyone heads off to bed they are tormented with yummy smells coming from the kitchen. 

I made this recipe last week, and to my surprise the cookies all disappeared in two days – and trust me, it wasn’t because of me.

Ginger Cookies
Ginger cookies rolled in sugar

Ginger Cookies

Makes about 20 cookies

2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
½ cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
¼ cup molasses
3 tablespoons sugar, in a small bowl for rolling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a bowl combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and ginger and set aside. In a Mixmaster or using a hand blender cream together butter, sugar and egg until fluffy. Beat in molasses. Add flour mixture and blend well. Form dough into walnut sized balls and roll in sugar, squishes down on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake 10 minutes.

Looking for another cookie to bake?  Try our Dad's Cookie Recipe  

Friday, April 12, 2019

Menu Planning - Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and Cheese, an easy weekday meal

Food is not confusing if we stick to the basics - get rid of the white noise of what we should and shouldn't eat. (Check out our online course Cooking Healthy: Master Meal Prep For A Healthy Family).

Once we know the basics, then we can cook with confidence. The more one cooks, the better they'll get. For instance, if you know how to make pancakes from scratch, then find a new pancake recipe, perhaps one with a different type of flour, and cook it.  Once that's a success,  find another pancake recipe and try that, soon you will be a pancake expert! Transferred this to any recipe - salads, salad dressings, salsa’s, pizza, tomato sauce etc. and you'll soon be confident in your own kitchen. Creating tasty, healthy meals for family and friends.

To eat well, is to be organized. Menu planning is the way to go. Everyone eats and cooks differently and for this reason, it’s best to create your own weekly menu plan. To get you started here's an easy Macaroni and Cheese recipe to try.  After making this you'll never want to buy a box of KD again!

Ingredients For Mac & Cheese
Ingredients for Mac and Cheese

Macaroni Cheese

Serve with a big green salad and carrot sticks

Serves 6

2 cups dry elbow macaroni
2 tablespoons butter
¼ cup onion, chopped fine
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
1 ½ cups Cheddar Cheese, grated
½ cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
pepper to taste
½ cup bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook macaroni in a pot of boiling salted water until al dente (cook as per box instructions). Drain and rinse, place in a casserole dish. In a small saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and sauté until tender about 6 minutes. Stir in flour and salt to form a paste. Whisk in milk in a steady stream and stir until thickens, about 10 minutes. Add cheeses and stir until melted. Season with pepper. Stir cheese sauce into macaroni. Sprinkle bread crumbs on top. Bake for 30 minutes or until heated through.
Chili Macaroni
Chili Macaroni

Looking for another recipe?  Check out our Chili Macaroni Recipe

Monday, April 8, 2019

Pineapple Snacking Cake

Pineapple Snacking Cake
Pineapple Snacking Cake

A perfect snacking cake to have with your afternoon coffee.  It’s also a great snack for your children’s lunches.

Serves 8

1 can (14 fl oz) pineapple tidbits
1/2 cup butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup pecans, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350° F.  Prepare 9 x 13 inch baking dish with parchment paper.  Drain the pineapple.  Cream butter with the granulated sugar, then beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the pineapple.  Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl.  Lightly stir these dry ingredients into the batter, alternating with the buttermilk.  Pour batter into the baking dish.

Mix the brown sugar and pecans together.  Sprinkle over the batter.  Bake for 45 minutes or until wooden toothpick comes out clean. 

Looking for another cake to try?  This chocolate upside down cake is gooey and yummy.  Everyone will love it.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Vegetable Noodle Soup

Vegetable Noodle Soup
Vegetable Noodle Soup

We all know that veggies are good for us.  A perfect way of getting more of them into our diets is to make this vegetable soup!  In this recipe we have carrots, potatoes, celery, tomatoes, zucchini, onions and garlic. It’s tasty and delicious, especially with fresh grated Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

Serves 6

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 celery stick, diced
1 Yukon gold potato, cubed small
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 small zucchini, diced
1 teaspoon dried basil
2 bay leaves
4 cups chicken stock
1 14 fl oz can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 28 fl oz can tomatoes and juices
1 cup dry macaroni
1 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot heat oil over medium high heat and sauté onion and garlic for 5 minutes.  Add vegetables and herbs and stir 2 minutes.  Add stock, garbanzo beans and tomatoes (but not macaroni).  Turn up heat, bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer 20 minutes, stirring once in a while.  Add macaroni and simmer for 10 more minutes, stirring occasionally.  Season with salt and pepper.  Serve passing the Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top. 

Looking for another scrumptious soup to make?  Try our Homemade Tomato Soup Recipe

Monday, March 25, 2019

Simple Pasta Carbonara

Pasta Carbonara
Pasta Carbonara

Looking for a super simple dish to throw together that the whole family will enjoy?  Try making this pasta carbonara recipe. This dish is a must-make weeknight meal. To save time you could cook up a whole package of bacon the day before, have some for breakfast, and save 8 pieces for dinner.  Serve with a green salad and a baguette.  

Serves 4

1 pound dry spaghetti noodles
8 slices of bacon
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 medium sized red onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3 eggs
1/2 cup Fresh Parmesan Cheese, Grated
1 cup frozen peas
Salt and pepper to taste

Cut bacon into 1 inch pieces.  Heat medium-size skillet over medium high heat.  Add bacon and cook until crispy.  remove bacon bits, drain off fat.  Add oil and butter to skillet.  Saute onions and garlic until soft, about 7 minutes.  At the same time, cook spaghetti in a pot of boiling salted water until almost done.  Add peas and boil until spaghetti is cooked.  In a large bowl, beat eggs, add cheese.  Drain spaghetti and peas. toss together spaghetti, peas, bacon, eggs and cheese in the big bowl.  Season with salt and pepper and serve.  

Simple Pasta Carbonara Recipe
Simple Pasta Carbonara

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