Hot Melted Caprese Dip

Hot Melted Caprese Dip
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a nice fresh caprese salad! A caprese salad is a salad with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and basil and every time I have one I can't help but think that cheese is always better when melted so why not enjoy it and a hot melted caprese dip? This dip is quite literally a caprese salad with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil pesto that is baked until the cheese is all melted and ooey and gooey and oh so good! Enjoy this hot melted caprese dip as a snack or even as a light summer meal with toasted baguette, crackers, chips or veggies for dipping and I'm certainly not going to tell anyone if you skip all of that and just eat it by spoonful like I do!

Bacon Wrapped Guacamole Stuffed Burgers

Bacon Wrapped Guacamole Stuffed Burgers
It time for some more outdoor grilling fun with these bacon wrapped guacamole stuffed burgers! Bacon and avocados are two of my favourite foods and when you combine them in the form of burgers and grill them up until crispy, smoky, charred, juicy and oh so good, they are nearly irresistible! These burgers could not be easier to make! You just season the meat as desired, form it into thin patties, top with guacamole followed by another patty and the patties are pinched closed on the sides to contain the guacamole and prevent it from bursting out. Everything is then wrapped in bacon, both to help restrain the guacamole and to help keep the burgers nice and juicy when grilled... who am I kidding? The bacon is simply there because it's, well it's bacon!! I like to serve these bacon wrapped guacamole stuffed burgers in a toasted bun with melted cheese and some fresh homemade pico de gallo!

Teriyaki Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple

Teriyaki Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple
Today I have some more grilled meat on a stick for you and this time it's a tasty grilled teriyaki shrimp and pineapple skewers! This grilled shrimp could not be easier to make! You simply marinate the shrimp in a quick, easy and tasty homemade pineapple teriyaki sauce, skewer it up along with some pineapple slices and grill it to perfection! I enjoy eating these teriyaki shrimp skewers right off of the stick as finger food but it's also great used in everything from salads, to tacos, sandwiches, etc. No matter how you plan on enjoying this grilled teriyaki shrimp and pineapple it's sure to be a hit!

Quick and Easy Chicken Dinners

Easy Chicken Recipes

Chicken is one of my go-to foods for when I want an easy meal, or better yet a quick and easy meal, and that's because there are so many chicken recipes that are really easy and taste great! Chicken is really versatile with recipes ranging from simple roast chicken (pure comfort food!) to light and yet filling chicken salads and everything in between such as soups, pastas, sandwiches, etc. Since I have been enjoying a lot of easy chicken recipes these last few weeks I thought that I would take the opportunity to gather some of my favourites to share with you! Whether you are looking for a quick weeknight meal or you are looking for an easy meal that will also impress guests you have plenty of tasty options!

Blackberry Balsamic Grilled Chicken Salad with Crispy Fried Goat Cheese

Blackberry Balsamic Grilled Chicken Salad with Crispy Fried Goat Cheese
I have really been enjoying salads for dinner lately and I am currently absolutely crushing on this blackberry balsamic grilled chicken salad with crispy fried goat cheese! This salads base is fresh blackberries starting out with a blackberry balsamic vinaigrette that is used both to marinate the chicken and as the dressing for the salad! The salad is filled out with lettuce, avocado, nuts, onions and goat cheese along with the grilled chicken and of course plenty of fresh blackberries. Instead of simply sprinkling some crumbled goat cheese onto the salad, which would be OK, it is formed into patties, coated in breadcrumbs and fried until nice and golden brown and crispy on the outside and warm and melty on the inside! This blackberry balsamic grilled chicken salad with crispy fried goat cheese is one tasty and fresh summer meal!

As it turns out, the star of this show is the crispy fried goat cheese! You really, really should try this amazing salad, but if you don't you absolutely need to try the crispy fried goat cheese! I practically inhale, usually long before it gets to the salad!

Balsamic Garlic Grilled Mushroom Skewers

Balsamic Garlic Grilled Mushroom Skewers
Meat seems to get a lot of the spotlight with all of the summer grilling but lets not forget about the veggies as they are also great when grilled! The smokiness and caramelization from grilling really brings out the flavours veggies making them so much better! It's easy to just throw some veggies on the grill but you can also jazz them up with some flavours and skewering them up makes them nice and portable finger food! Mushrooms are one of my favourite food and they just happen to be absolutely amazing when grilled! These balsamic garlic grilled mushroom skewers are so nice and easy to make and perfect for summer grilling and get-togethers! You just need to marinate the mushrooms in a simple and tasty balsamic garlic marinade, skewer them up and grill'em! The next time you are looking for a side or some tasty appetizers or even a light main for your outdoor grilling event remember these balsamic garlic grilled mushroom skewers!

Sriracha Honey Lime Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Salad

Sriracha Honey Lime Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Salad
On hot summer days I often don't feel like doing a lot of cooking or eating a heavy meal so I find myself making salads for dinner fairly frequently. You really just need to take any salad and add some meat to change it from a side to a meal but I like to keep things interesting with themed salads like this Hawaiian themed Sriracha Honey Lime Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Salad. This salad starts out with a pineapple based marinade with soy sauce, sriracha, lime, honey, garlic and ginger. The chicken is marinated the sauce and then grilled, since it's nice and warm outside anyways, before being sliced and tossed in the salad. Since we have the grill out I like to throw some pineapple and pepper slices on it for the salad as well. The salad is rounded out with tomatoes and avocado slices along with some chopped macadamia nuts. This Hawaiian themed pineapple Sriracha Honey Lime Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Salad is nice and quick and easy, light, and juicy; perfect for hot summer days!

30 Summer Salads

30 Summer Salads

We're in the middle of summer right now and summer is definitely the salad season! Salads are amazingly versatile in that they can contain so many different things from a basic lettuce, cucumber and tomato salad to chicken salads, to potato salads, etc., they can be served either hot or cold and they can be everything from a side dish to a main course. After a long hot summer day I somethings don't feel like cooking, or eating a hot or heavy meal and a light, cool and crisp salad is the perfect solution! Summer is a great time for salads since there are so many fresh vegetables and fruits that can be used in them and as the ones that are available change, your salads change ensuring that they are always exciting! After thinking about salads so much I figured that it was about time that I gathered a few of my favourites and shared them with you and below you have 30 of them along with a few tasty dressings!

Asparagus and Artichoke Breakfast Casserole

Asparagus and Artichoke Breakfast Casserole
Today I have a tasty summery asparagus and artichoke breakfast casserole recipe for you! This recipe was inspired by spinach and artichoke dip which is one of my favourites and I could hardly resist turning it into a breakfast! Who wouldn't want spinach and artichoke dip for breakfast? Because it's summer and there is plenty of asparagus around I started out by replacing the spinach with asparagus! The base of this casserole is eggs along with cottage cheese, though ricotta would also be good! The dips remaining flavours of artichokes and cream cheese are added using nice big chucks of the cream cheese so you really notice it and everything is rounded off with some parmesan cheese which adds a ton of flavour! The egg casserole takes almost no time to make so it's just as perfect for weekday breakfasts as it is for weekend brunches! Make a double batch of this asparagus and artichoke breakfast casserole on the weekend and enjoy the leftovers for quick weekday breakfasts with just a few seconds in the microwave to warm it them up!