Beef Taco Rice Bowl (slow cooker)

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I love my slow cooker and I’m sure I must have mentioned it before.  For me, there’s nothing better than coming home from work and smelling dinner.  Aside from preparing a few toppings, all I pretty much have to do when I get home is scoop n’ serve!  Hopefully you have a slow cooker for this recipe.  If not, it’s almost worth going out to buy one (or borrow).  This Beef and Taco Bowl is delicious!  So easy to throw together in the morning before you head out.  You can easily cook up the rice the night before and just heat it up the next day when you get home. Continue reading

Moroccan Lentil Vegetable Soup

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It’s mid-May and there’s (still) a chill in the air.  When I made this soup I wanted something to warm me up.  You may not need warming by the time you read this post but if you do, may I suggest a warm slurp of flavor!

This brothy soup recipe is similar to my Hearty Lentil Soup but the flavour is distinctly different yet subtle and delicate.  Cinnamon is the star here and the aroma is heavenly.  One bonus is that this soup makes a lot so I ended up freezing the bulk of it.  Continue reading

Falafels

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Falafels. Love them or (not love them).  I don’t want to say “hate them” even though I know that some people do.  I guess it’s just like anything else.  However, if you DO love falafels, this recipe will have you hooked on making your own.   My only suggestion is that you use a deep fryer.  I know, I know…how many people out there have a deep fryer?  Not everyone…it’s just like Ice Cream Makers.  Alternately, you can heat a pot of cooking oil on your stove top and use a thermometer (if you’re comfortable with that method).   Pan frying or baking falafels just isn’t the same.  I always double this recipe and freeze the left overs (portion sized = 3 falafels).

Eat the falafels in a pita with your favourite toppings.  Lettuce, Tomatoes, Hummus, Tzatziki Sauce, Tabbouleh are common for falafels. Continue reading

Triple Chocolate Blondie Bars

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If you’re not familiar with Blondies, they are usually soft and often gooey on the inside.  They can be mistaken for being under baked or raw inside.  They’re not.  That’s how they are supposed to be.  So when I was asked to bake something for a potluck where the majority of attendees would be teenagers, I knew that Blondies would be a hit.  I decided to throw in some extra surprise ingredients as well …Fudgee-o Cookies, Twix Bar and Chocolate Chips. These Blondies have been brought to a whole new level. Continue reading

Carob Energy Nuggets

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Every once in a while I buy a healthy (and pricy) treat for my husband at our local health food store. They are called Energy Nuggets.  In no time the bag is ripped open and they are gobbled up (of course I help a little).  I wondered if there was a recipe out there for them and lo and behold there was!  I bought the ingredients and whipped them up last night.  I made a few minor adjustments to suit my taste.  I didn’t take step-by-step photos as I wasn’t sure if the recipe was going to turn out.  Was I shocked when they came out exactly the same as the store bought version.  So the next time I make them I will take the step-by-step pics.   I did take a few pics of the end result so you don’t have to go completely without.  This no-bake recipe comes together very fast so you don’t have to wait too long before you can pop one or two in your mouth.  By the way, for anyone interested, this recipe is Vegan and Gluten free. Only 63 calories per nugget to conquer your sweet tooth! Continue reading

Pumpkin Brownies (vegan)

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It’s the weekend AGAIN! How fast did that happen? And it turns out we have absolutely no sweets in our home. Not one cookie or anything. I didn’t want the hubs to go without so baking seemed like a good idea until I realized we didn’t have any butter. Not to fret, I chose to bake something vegan (and on the healthy side). I had just enough chocolate to make this recipe and waaaaay back in one of my kitchen cupboards I found a can of pumpkin puree. The Bakery is OPEN! These brownies baked up and sliced perfectly.   The pumpkin delivered on the moistness.

Once I had eaten one of these Pumpkin Brownies I was thinking that you could probably eat them for breakfast without feeling guilty. They are filling and very nutritious for a brownie!  And… if you were in a hurry…I’m just sayin’… why not?

This is not an overly sweet brownie but you could add another ¼ cup of sugar if you like a traditionally sweeter brownie.

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Seafood Farfalle

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All I can say about this delicious recipe is: FLAVOUR OVER-LOAD!  If you love seafood and are in need of an ultra-easy, quick and impressive recipe, may I suggest Seafood Farfalle.  I know seafood can be pricy but sometimes it’s nice to treat ourselves or make something special for company.  You don’t have to be a whiz in the kitchen to pull off this winner of a recipe.  This dish is similar to a Fettuccini Alfredo but the sauce is thinner (not to worry because it works!)  Also, farfalle is also known as “Bowtie” pasta.

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Lemony Chicken Dill Soup

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Every once in a while I surprise the heck out of myself by cooking up a recipe that makes me think, “Wow! This is SO GOOD. I should open up my own restaurant.”  This Lemony Chicken Dill Soup was so surprisingly flavourful, I couldn’t believe it!   The lemon dill really pull it all together.  Every spoonful was slurp-heaven!   A perfect balance of flavours will have you coming back for more.

From start to finish, this soup took about 1 hour and 20 min but worth every second. I highly recommend any one who loves lemon and dill to make it.  Just wait until your first taste!  You’ll know exactly what I’m carrying on about. Continue reading

Loaded Taco Casserole

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It’s the weekend…Yay!  I wanted to make something special for my husband (man-food to be exact) and this recipe did not disappoint him in any way.  It was delicious with two manly “Thumbs Up!”  Man-food aside, anyone in search of comfort food would be all over this dish!

As I was putting this casserole together, I was concerned that my 2 quart dish was going to be too small but it all just fit.  Out of the oven and on our plates the flavour was Taco-tastic!  I served it with tortilla chips and a dollop of sour cream on top.

You can choose your level of heat by using spicier salsa if desired.

This recipe would go over very well at a pot luck.. You may need to double the recipe if you’re feeding a large crowd.  I couldn’t imagine there being any left overs.  Continue reading