Cranberry and Sunflower Salad with Chicken

I love salad. Not garden salad but creative salads. Different seasonal vegetables, nuts, cheese, whatever floats your boat but annnything different from lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers ahah.

I came up with this quick the other day when we needed a quick meal that also gave leftovers for the next day!

Ingredients:
Chicken breasts (depending on how many people you’re cooking for)
Spinach
Green onion
Cranberries (dried or not)
Sunflower seeds
Blue cheese
Multigrain rustic baguette
EVOO
Balsamic glaze

Methods:
Preheat the oven to 375 and put chicken breasts in parchment paper and season with your favourite seasoning. I used a simple garlic powder, salt, pepper, and rosemary.

Cook through.

Individually make salads. Combine spinach, green onion, cranberries, sunflower seeds, blue cheese crumbled.

Drizzle with EVOO and balsamic glaze

Serve with chicken and toasted multigrain bread

Canned Homemade Applesauce

Applesauce is really great to have in the house for so many different reasons. I use applesauce in my baking, with different pork recipes, or just on its own. Homemade applesauce, without the added sugar and preservatives, is even better!  So my grandparents have lived in the same house for 53 years, it’s the best place for everything: grandmas cooking, having fun, building amazing memories, remembering amazing memories. That house is the heart of our family. This house shares space with an incredible apple tree which provides us with Sunset apples! So this year, my grandma gave me a massive bag of apples. So with that, you have the privilege of some awesome apple recipes in the near future and I have the privilege of making them! With this in mind, my first recipe: the applesauce. The foundation of apple recipes.

Ingredients:
5 lbs of apples
3 cups of water
( I don’t add sugar, I do afterwards, depending on the recipe)

Method:
Peel, core and roughly chop the apples.
Put all the apples in a pot, add the water, cook on medium heat, covered. Stir once in awhile and do this until the apples are mush. Using a hand-blender, blend apples.

Sterilize your jars and heat your lids in boiling water.  Add applesauce to your jars when hot and make sure to not get any on the rim of the jars. Put on your lids. Wait for them to cool to make sure they seal.

Done! Enjoy!

Dairy-Free Maple Latte

I don’t know if I’m stereotypical or just a total product of my environment but I LOVE MAPLE SYRUP. In the spring there’s the Maple Syrup Festival and in the fall there is the chilly weather which calls for maple syrup in our lattes and on our breakfast. To make it just a little healthy, I made it dairy-free; you can’t even tell the difference. Try it and I promise, you’ll enjoy it.

Ingredients:
1/3 cup of coffee
1/2 cup of almond milk, or regular
1 tbsp of maple syrup

Methods:
Put your milk a pot and heat, stop before it is boil. Use a hand blender and blend the milk until it froths.
While you do this, make your coffee.
Put your coffee in a mug, add in your maple syrup, and top with your milk. Allowing the froth to be the last thing that goes in your mug.
You can add in some cinnamon or nutmeg as well if you’d like!

Done! Enjoy!

Burrito Bowl

Chilly weather has arrived and so have the long days in the classroom! Having something in the crockpot that makes the house smell like heaven for when you get home, make those long days much more enjoyable when you get home! The best parts about these types of recipes are how easy it is to make them, the lack of mess, the leftovers, and the deliciousness! You could use this add burrito filling if you wanted, I skipped the tortilla bread, added some cheese and green onions and had it like a bowl of chili!

Ingredients:
15 oz can of black beans
15 oz can of diced tomatoes
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 1/2 cups of chicken broth
1/3 onion chopped
2 minced garlic cloves
1 cup of corn
2 tsp of chili powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, oregano
Green onion
Shredded Jalapeño Cheddar Cheese
Cooked Rice (depending on the amount of people)

Method:
Get out the crockpot!
Add in the beans, tomatoes, chicken breasts, chicken broth, onion, garlic, and spices
Cook on low for 5 hours
Add in the corn and cook on high while you cook your rice.
In bowls, add the crockpot mix and rice to each and mix together.
Serve with cheese and fresh green onions on top.

Done! Enjoy!

Harvest Chicken Bake

The time is here!! I feel like it is now official. Autumn food; warm, hardy meals. As my favourite time of year, the ideas just flow when it comes to food, recipes, ideas, and dinner parties; it all just comes together this time of year! People, I find, have more time to get together and we cannot forget… fall fair season!! Festival food. Greasy, unhealthy, amazing fall fair food. Haha. Ok. So. Count on some great recipes and ideas to come with this little positive rant in mind!

Now lets talk about a fabulous one-pot meal ladies and gents!

Ingredients:
Butternut squash chopped
1/3 onion chopped
2 carrots chopped
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 cloves of garlic minced
3 large potatoes
1/4 cup of chicken broth
2 tsp of butter
Chicken Rub:
Paprika, garlic powder, salt

Method:
Preheat the oven to 375F
Rub the chicken with the spice mix
In a baking dish, lay the vegetables, garlic, butter, chicken, pour the broth over the top and bake for 35 minutes or until the veg is soft and chicken breasts are cooked through.
Serve and pour juices over everything.

Done! Enjoy!

Breakfast Burrito

I find that being creative for breakfast is the hardest. Also, weekend breakfast is so hard to make as a healthy annnd delicious meal. I always love the greasy-spoon eggs, bacon, toast, and beans meal. Like really, who doesn’t! Or the French toast with mounds of Quebec maple syrup?! Ahhh my favourite! Topped with warm peaches and homemade whipped cream. Yes please!

However, if I ate that way all the time, well, you could expect a blog about my health issues and not my food. So I love this option. Less on the carbs, stuffed with vegetables, eggs… yaaa and bacon. Gotta have some bacon.

Ingredients:
1 whole wheat wrap
Yellow onion
Tomato
Avocado
1 egg cooked
2 slices of cooked bacon
Hot sauce, ketchup, or Dijon mustard

Method:
Add all ingredients into a wrap, fold, and enjoy!

How to Make Life Easy with Snacks For and After School!

School starts next week already and that means back to routine, hustle and bustle, and finding easy ways to feed your kids during lunch and snack times!

I have come up with some easy snack ideas for school and after school!

Check out the “How To” section of my website to find 14 recipes and ideas!

Dream Dates

When in a rush, on the go, have a sweet tooth, or just want a snack, these little bites of perfection satisfy your hunger and taste like a candy bar!

I woke up this morning with a million things in my head to have done this morning. Of course, with those plans in my head, my stomach was telling me to do something else. I was starving!! However, if I had made more than a few minutes of time available to cook… this blog would be a lot fancier this morning and my plans would be on the backburner. So I came up with these! I had two and it totally satisfied my stomach’s temper-tantrum.

Ingredients:
Two Medjool Dates
2 tsp of all-natural peanut butter
1 tsp of Greek yogurt
Shredded coconut

Method:
Cut a slit into both dates and remove the pits.
Add your peanut butter to each, top it with your Greek yogurt and coconut!

Done! Enjoy!