Thai Lemongrass Chicken and Avocado Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

Thai Lemongrass Chicken and Avocado Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing
With the warmer weather here it's time to pull out some recipes for the grill, starting with this thai lemongrass chicken and avocado salad with spicy peanut dressing. I am so obsessed with Thai style peanut sauce and it makes for a really easy and tasty dressing simply by thinning it out a bit with coconut milk or water and it's so good on salads! This salad stars a simple grilled lemongrass chicken where the chicken is marinated in a lemongrass marinade over night to infuse it with tons flavour before grilling it up to perfection, which adds a nice hint of smokiness! I like to keep this salad light by using a base of shredded cabbage but lettuce is also great! The salad is filled out with juicy cucumbers and bell peppers along with carrot and cilantro, not to mention the amazingly cool and creamy avocado! The combination of the lemongrass grilled chicken with peanut dressing, pepper, cucumbers and avocado is simply amazing! This thai lemongrass chicken and avocado salad with spicy peanut dressing has to be one of my favourite summer meals!

One-Pan Meals

One-Pan Meals

All too often I find that my nights are super busy and I want a quick and easy meal, that's homemade and most importantly, tasty! Quick is always good but sometimes I enjoy the simplicity of a meal that can be cooked in one-pan or one-pot or a skillet meal or a meal that can all be easily done on the grill! With the holidays approaching, including Thanksgiving and Christmas, I thought that it would be the perfect time to roundup some of my favourite one-pan meal recipes! These recipes include a wide variety of recipes from soups to pastas, to slow cooker recipes, to stews and even some grilled and oven baked recipes. I found that I have shared a lot of recipes that are a simple pan cooked meat with a tasty pan sauce where I leave out the pasta or rice and veggies so that you can construct the meal as you desire. With many of those recipes you can easily cook the pasta, rice, quinoa, etc. along with some veggies right in the pan with the sauce making an easy one-pan meal! I have updated those recipes with tips on how to turn them into one-pan meals! No matter which of these quick and easy, one-pan meal recipes that you choose you are sure to enjoy a tasty meal even on a busy night!

Mexican Corn Salad Dip

Mexican Corn Salad Dip
Today I have a new summer-y dip for you a Mexican street corn inspired corn salad dip! This dip was inspired by the flavours of elote, aka Mexican street corn, which is a grilled corn on the cob slathered with butter, mayo, lime juice, cheese and chili powder for an amazing combo of sweet, salty, sour and spicy! This dip is basically all of those ingredients along with a few others including, jalapeno peppers, red bell peppers, garlic, green onions and sour cream. The corn can be grilled on the cob or cut off and charred in a cast iron skillet to impart a really nice smokey flavour! This mexican corn salad dip makes for a great dip with tortilla chips for scooping, a nice salad or side t eat by the spoonful!

Cilantro Lime Skillet Chicken

Cilantro Lime Skillet Chicken
I like to have quick and easy recipes on hand for those busy nights where you just don't have the energy or the time to cook and you also don't want to wait for delivery or go out to pick something up; this tasty cilantro lime skillet chicken is perfect for those nights! You literally just brown the chicken, make a simple butter, garlic, lime and cilantro pan sauce and you are good to go in less than 20 minutes! Make some rice or pasta and steam a vegetable and you have a complete, light and healthy meal in less time than it takes to have food delivered! The sauce for this chicken is loosely based on the butter, lemon and garlic sauce similar to a shrimp scampi sauce except with lime and cilantro! Yum!

Summer Holiday Long Weekend Recipes

Summer Holiday Long Weekend Recipes

It's the first long weekend of the summer! Welcome summer in this long weekend with plenty of tasty food! When the weather is nice it's hard to resist heading outdoors whether you are doing some grilling/barbecuing, going out for a picnic or just eating a meal in your backyard you are going to want to have some tasty recipes! Very often the centre piece of the meal is going to be grilled meat such as burgers, chicken, fish, ribs, etc. but don't forget the side dishes and with all of summers bounty available you are spoilt for choice between all of the vegetables, fruits and berries. Of course there is always the classic BBQ pulled pork sandwich with a side of coleslaw which just screams summer and if you have a smoker it gets even better! Whatever your plans are for the holiday, make sure that it is filled with plenty of tasty food!

Baked Firecracker Chicken

Baked Firecracker Chicken
Today I have a super simple and tasty baked firecracker chicken recipe for you! that is so nice and easy to make and just packed with flavour! This recipe starts with boneless and skinless chicken that is seared in a pan to lightly brown it, which adds flavour, before being roasted in the oven, all basted up in a sweet, spicy and tangy firecracker sauce! The firecracker sauce is a simple mixture of hot sauce (or chili sauce) and brown sugar (or honey) along with a touch of cider vinegar and garlic! Once the chicken is transferred to the oven to roast it is basted with the sauce a few times before being served smothered in the remaining sauce! This baked firecracker chicken is great by itself or served over rice, pasta, quinoa, etc!

Mexican Street Corn Soup

Mexican Street Corn Soup
Mexican street corn, grilled corn on the cob all slathered with butter, mayo, lime juice, chili powder and crumbled cheese, is one of my favourite foods and I was recently thinking that it would be good in the form of a tasty soup! This soup has a base of, you guessed it, corn and both fresh and frozen work but fresh is the best! I like to add the corn to the soup in two ways, I like to puree the corn into soup t make it nice and thick but I also like the flavour and texture of the full kernels so I grill or char some of the corn and leave it whole. The flavours of the Mexican street corn are built up with the butter, sour cream, lime juice and crumbled cheese! Heat is added in the form of jalapeno peppers and a garnish of chili powder and I like to kick up the flavour with a hit of fish sauce and miso paste which adds umami! Of course I could not make this soup without bacon and I almost need nice big chunks of avocado! This Mexican street corn soup is great either warm or chilled so it's perfect all year round!

30 Minute Meals

30 Minute Meals

Very often we are extremely busy and it seems like we don't have the time to cook a proper meal but there are plenty of quick, easy and tasty recipes that can be made in 30 minutes or less and I like to keep a list of them on hand for those busy nights. Below you will find some of my favourite meals that can be made in 30 minutes or less and none of them sacrifice anything in the way of flavour! These quick and easy meals range from the staple chicken and pasta dishes, to soups, salads, burgers, pizzas, fish, Chinese takeout fakeout and even a few kid friendly meals. Many of these recipes use ingredients that are already in your pantry or freezer so you really just need to throw in some fresh ingredients like veggies or a salad for a side dish and you are good to go. The next time you are in a rush to get something ready for dinner on a busy night, don't reach for the phone to order takeout, reach for your list of your favourite 30 minute meals.

Japanese Souffle Cheesecake

Japanese Souffle Cheesecake
Looking for a recipe idea for mom this Mother's Day weekend? How about a light and fluffy Japanese style souffle cheesecake? This cheesecake has an air-y almost cottony texture all in cheesecake form! The texture comes from the way the egg whites are beaten into fluffy soft peaks and then folded into the cream cheese mixture to form the batter. The air bubbles then bake up leaving it nice and light and pillow-y good! I like to add a hint of lemon to the cheesecake but otherwise it's perfect with the standard cheesecake flavour! Yum! This cotton cheesecake is so easy to make and mom will certainly be impressed by your show of appreciation!