Slow Cooker Balsamic Glazed Roast Beef

Slow Cooker Balsamic Glazed Roast Beef
We are getting into roast season and you really can't get any easier than this super tasty slow cooker balsamic glazed roast beef dinner! The slow cooker is amazing for long slow braises for meat where you can literally just throw the roast into the slow cooker in the morning and let it cook all day long, completely unattended! Pot roast style roast beef is one of my favourite comfort meals and for this one the roast is braised in a tasty gravy wit balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire and garlic.

This recipe starts out by browning the beef and onions in a pan before transferring to the slow cooker; browning the meat and onions first adds plenty of flavour but you can cheat and skip this step to save time! (I won't tell anyone!) After the roast is cooked in the slow cooker the juices/gravy is transferred to a sauce pan and cornstarch is added to thicken up the gravy. I like to add carrots and potatoes to cook in the juices/gravy along with the roast and this makes it a complete, one-pot, meal! I like to use a nice chuck roast (like Ontario Corn Fed Beef) or a brisket, or round, etc. for this slow cooker balsamic glazed roast beef.

Chipotle Chicken and Corn Bacon Chowder

Chipotle Chicken and Corn Bacon Chowder
With the cooler weather rolling in I have been thinking about soups more and you really can't go wrong with a tasty chowder like this chipotle chicken and corn bacon chowder! I enjoy using corn in chowders as it adds that amazing sweetness and you can use it year round with frozen or canned corn but it's especially nice in the summer and the fall with fresh corn form the cob. I like to use a full chicken for the chicken meat in this chowder and I cook it in the broth along with the cobs after removing the corn from them and this adds a ton of chicken and corn flavour to the broth! I'm always in for a bit of heat and chipotles chilies complement the sweet con in this chowder nicely! Starting with bacon is a no brainer, where I add the cooked bacon to the soup at the end and I use the rendered bacon fat to cook the vegetables in to get maximum bacon flavour! The rest of the ingredients are pretty much what you would expect with the only exception being the use of the white miso paste to add the saltiness rather than just using plain salt as the miso adds that hit of umami! If it's chilly out today (or even if it's a hot summer day) you really can;t go wrong with a bowl of this comforting chipotle chicken and corn bacon chowder!

Asiago Roasted Mushroom Mashed Cauliflower

Asiago Roasted Mushroom Mashed Cauliflower
I have been enjoying cauliflower mashed potatoes ever since I first tried them and today a have a really tasty asiago roasted mushroom mashed cauliflower to share with you! Mashed cauliflower is basically cooked cauliflower that is mashed and served as if they were mashed potatoes, a lighter, low-carb version! Normally I steam the cauliflower for mashed cauliflower but roasting it, which adds a ton of flavour, is always a good option and while you're roasting the cauliflower you might as well through something else, like mushrooms, into the oven to roast with it! The mushroom and cauliflower flavour combo is a good one so it's only natural for me to think about combining them in mashed cauliflower! This recipe is as easy to make as roasting the cauliflower and mushrooms and pureeing them in a food processor along with some butter, milk and miso paste along with plenty of asiago cheese that melts right into it! This asiago roasted mushroom mashed cauliflower is a super simple and tasty side dish for any meal!

Creamy Bacon Honey Dijon Skillet Chicken

Creamy Bacon Honey Dijon Chicken
Quick and easy chicken dinners are always welcome and this creamy bacon honey dijon chicken is the one that I am currently crushing on! It's such a nice and simple one-pan dish with a super tasty skillet sauce! It starts off with some bacon which is cooked in the skillet before adding the chicken to cook in the bacon grease followed by the sauce with the classic, and so amazing, honey-mustard flavour combo! I like to make this sauce velvety and good with the addition of cream but it's also fabulous, and a little lighter, without it! I like to add a bit of white miso paste for a bit of saltiness and that extra umami/flavour kick and a splash of vinegar adds a bit of bite to the sauce. This creamy bacon honey dijon chicken only takes 30 minutes to make so you have plenty of time to make some rice or pasta, or quinoa, etc to serve it on and steam some veggies or make a salad to complete the meal before while cooking it!

50 Fabulous Fall Recipes

50 Fabulous Fall Recipes

Fall officially started this week and that means that it is the perfect time to pull out some of my favourite fall recipes! During fall there is still plenty of amazing fresh produce around from apples to pears, pumpkins and other winter squash, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, etc. and there are just so many great ways to enjoy them! The cooling weather also opens up new opportunities like using the oven for things like roasts and casseroles which may have been taboo during hot summer days. Of course as the weather gets even cooler soups and stews make a more prominent appearance on the table along with other comfort foods like pasta! Here are 50 of my favourite fall recipes for your inspiration and enjoyment over the coming days!

Spicy Roasted Corn and Jalapeno Avocado Soup

Spicy Roasted Corn and Jalapeno Avocado Soup
When I think about avocados one of the last things that I tend to think about is soups but avocados are great in soup whether in the form of chunks or pureed in the broth! The sweet corn and avocado flavour combo is a great one and it works oh so well in this spicy roasted corn and jalapeno avocado soup. This soup starts out by pan roasting the corn until it's slightly charred and caramelized, to bring out it's natural flavours and sweetness, before adding the broth and avocados and pureeing until nice and smooth! Seasonings include jalapenos chili peppers, green onions, garlic, lime juice and miso paste which when combined with the sweet corn creates an amazing balance of sweet, spicy, salty and sour! Of course the pureed avocados make this soup super smooth and creamy without the need for actually adding cream so it's nice and light and healthy! This spicy roasted corn and jalapeno avocado soup is fantastic both warm and chilled so it's perfect any time of the year!

20 Minute Thai Basil Beef

Thai Basil Beef
Basil is one of my favourite herbs and it's always nice to be able to enjoy a lot of it in a recipe like this super tasty, quick and easy 20 minute Thai basil beef! This recipe it super simple! You pretty much just cook the beef, shallots, garlic and peppers before seasoning with the perfect balance of salty fish sauce, sweet palm sugar, spicy chilies and sour limes before adding all of that fresh basil! All said and done this recipe takes less time to make than it takes to cook the rice so you have a complete meal in 20 minutes! I generally make this with just the bell peppers as the veggies but I sometimes add things like broccoli, peas, etc for even more goodness! Serve this on coconut lemongrass jasmine rice to complete the flavour extravaganza of this 20 minute Thai basil beef!

BBQ Chicken and Grilled Pineapple Nachos

BBQ Chicken and Grilled Pineapple Nachos
Today I have some game day snacking BBQ chicken and grilled pineapple nachos for you! These nachos are super easy to make and they are just packed with flavour! The sweet, spicy and smoky BBQ chicken and tangy grilled pineapple combo is such a nice one and it only gets better when you serve it covered in ooey gooey melted cheese on top of convenient finger food tortilla chips! You pretty much just need to grill up some pineapple, toss it onto some tortilla chips along with BBQ sauce laden shredded chicken, spicy jalapenos, onions and plenty of cheese before throwing it all into the oven to melt the cheese. I like to use candied jalapenos when I have them on hand but I also use pickle jalapenos or even fresh jalapenos. These nachos are pretty perfect for munchies to snack on while watching football and I'll admit to making them for a quick dinner every once in a while!

20 Minute Meals

20 Minute Meals

Looking for some super quick meals for busy school days and nights? I've got plenty of quick, easy and tasty recipes that fit the bill without sacrificing anything in the way of flavour! Not only that but you have lots of different choices from pastas to salads, burgers, soups, burritos, quesadillas, pizzas, chicken, fish, etc. so you'll never have a boring meal! Whether you're getting home from school or work and running out to the kids soccer game or maybe to meet friends or just to go to the movie these quick and easy meal have you covered so you won't be pressed for time!