Creamy Chicken and Sundried Tomato Pasta

Creamy Chicken and Sundried Tomato Pasta
I have been seeing this tasty looking creamy chicken and sundried tomato pasta on pinterest for a while now and it was time that I made my own version of it! You really can't go wrong with a creamy sauce packed with the flavour of sundried tomatoes but this pasta takes things a step further with the addition on plenty of melted cheese including both fresh mozzarella, which only adds to the creaminess, and parmesan! This recipe is super easy and it only takes as much time to make as it takes to bring the water to a boil and cook the pasta! You start off by cooking the chicken, deglazing the pan with some white wine, adding some broth and cream along with the sundried tomatoes and cheese and you're done! Other than tweaking the recipe I made one important addition and that was to add some roasted grape or cherry tomatoes for their juiciness and acidity which complements and contrasts the creaminess of the pasta perfectly! As simple as this dish is it's so wonderfully tasty that words just cannot describe how good it is, you really just have to try it!

Chicken and Mushroom Skillet in a Creamy Asiago and Mustard Sauce

Chicken and Mushroom Skillet in a Creamy Asiago and Mustard Sauce
Up next we have another super quick and easy chicken dish and this time it's a one skillet chicken and mushroom dish in a creamy asiago and dijon mustard sauce and it's just packed with flavour! This recipe starts out by butterflying or pounding the chicken thin so that it cooks quickly and then cooking it at a high temperature to caramelize it on both sides before setting aside. The mushrooms along with the onion, garlic and thyme are then cooked before deglazing the pan with some white wine, adding the chicken broth, cream and mustards, simmering to reduce and thicken the sauce and adding the asiago cheese! All said and done this recipe takes about 30 minutes to make so it is perfect for dinner on a busy week night and it's sure to impress everyone that tries it!

Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles

Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles
Zucchini noodles, aka zoodles, have been making their way around the food sphere for a while now and I finally jumped on the band wagon and tried them out and I was pleasantly surprised that they make an excellent substitute for noodles, rice, etc. Not only are zucchini noodles lighter and healthier but but they hold up like real noodles and they are a great way to sneak in some extra vegetables into your meals! One of the first dishes that I thought to use zoodles in was one of my favourite pasta dishes, shrimp scampi, a dish where shrimp is served on pasta in a lemony, garlicky and buttery sauce. If you are into the lemon, butter and garlic combo (and who isn't???) then this dish is for you and it's so quick and easy to make, taking less than 20 minutes in total! The zucchini version of shrimp scampi is so much lighter and fresher than the pasta version and I think that I may just like it even more than the original!

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.

Crispy Honey Lemon Cauliflower on Chili and Garlic Stir Fried Zoodles

Crispy Honey Lemon Cauliflower on Chili and Garlic Stir Fried Zoodles
After recently making the crispy parmesan cauliflower bites I could not help but think that crispy cauliflower could be used in other recipes and the thing the that stuck out in my mind was using it to replace the meat in a Chinese style dish like honey lemon chicken. Normally when I am making a Chinese style dish where the meat is coated and fried until crispy I take a lighter approach and use simple sauteed meat but since the meat in this case is actually cauliflower I thought that it would be alright to indulge a bit and go with the crispy coating. The honey lemon sauce is super quick and easy to make starring, you guessed it, honey and lemon along with some other Chinese style sauce staples including soy sauce, garlic and ginger. You will definitely never miss the meat in this dish as the crispy cauliflower is absolutely amazing in the tasty honey lemon sauce!

I served the crispy honey lemon cauliflower over a bed of zucchini noodles stir fried with some garlic and a touch of chili heat to keep things nice and light.

Chinese Recipes for the New Year

Recipes for the Chinese New Year

The lunar new year, aka the Chinese new year, is this Thursday and it's the perfect excuse to to pull out some of my favourite Chinese recipes in addition to trying some new ones! I am a big fan of Chinese cuisine, both traditional style Chinese and American style Chinese, ie. Chinese takeout, and luckily they are both easy to make at home! Below you will find a mix of both traditional and takeout Chinese recipes that are really easy make and most of them can be made with ingredients that are already in your pantry! I always find that it's fun to try to recreate recipes that I have had at restaurants and this is especially true for Chinese takeout where I can make the dishes much lighter and healthier than the takeout version and what's more, the homemade version tastes even better! Whether you are celebrating the Chinese New Year or not, you really cannot go wrong with making any of these tasty recipes at home!

Shrimp Creole

Shrimp Creole
Mardi Gras is tomorrow and I have one more New Orleans dish to share with you before it starts, this tasty shrimp Creole! Shrimp creole is a dish where the meat, often shrimp, is served in a tomato based sauce with onions, celery and bell peppers along with some spicy hot sauce and it is simmered until it gets nice and thick. This dish is so easy to make, you just need to cook the veggies until tender, throw everything but the shrimp into the pot, simmer until nice and thick, add the shrimp, cook and you're done! Although this recipe takes a bit of time to make, it's worth it because all of that simmering really brings out all of the flavours! So if you are still looking for an idea of what to make for dinner tomorrow for Mardi Gras (and lets be honest, this is good any day of the year), you cannot go wrong with this shrimp Creole! I't like bringing NOLA to your home!