Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownies

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownies
Craving something sweet this summer? These chocolate covered strawberry brownies are sure to hit the spot! Chocolate covered strawberries have to be one of the best ways to enjoy summer! I mean you really can't go wrong with fresh juicy strawberries dipped in a hard dark chocolate shell with the strawberries just bursting in your mouth as you bite into them! Chocolate and strawberries is such a fabulous flavour combination and it gets even better when you increase the chocolate two-fold with the chocolate coating on top of fudge-y chocolate brownies! I like a nice fudge like brownie so I go with a chocolate bar/chip brownie base rather than a cocoa powder base. These chocolate covered strawberry brownies are so super easy to make and so decadently delicious that you will be making them all summer long!

Teriyaki Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple Tacos with Candied Jalapeno and Bacon

Teriyaki Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple Tacos with Candied Jalapeno and Bacon
After making and enjoying the teriyaki grilled shrimp so much I knew that I would have to use them in something. It's great eating the shrimp right from a stick but I could not help but think that they would also go well in tacos! Once I have the meat for the tacos decided the next thing that I think about is the salsa and I went with an amazingly tasty teriyaki grilled pineapple salsa with candied jalapenos and bacon! The tacos are filled out with some shredded cabbage and drizzled with a creamy and spicy sriracha mayo and sprinkled with crumbled queso fresco! The combinations of flavours in these teriyaki grilled shrimp and pineapple tacos with candied jalapeno and bacon is absolutely divine!

Teriyaki Grilled Pineapple Salsa with Candied Jalapenos and Bacon

Teriyaki Grilled Pineapple Salsa with Candied Jalapenos and Bacon
Fresh and juicy grilled pineapple salsa is so good on hot summer days! (It's nice and refreshing whether you grill the pineapple or skip it and go uncooked!) The other day I was enjoying some fabulous grilled pineapple salsa and I could not help but think that it would be really nice with a sweet and salty teriyaki sauce! Then I was thinking that instead of using fresh jalapenos I could use candied jalapenos, which I had recently discovered and become instantly obsessed with! Of course I could not stop there and bacon just had to make an appearance since it goes so well with all of the other ingredients! The resulting teriyaki grilled pineapple salsa with candied jalapenos and bacon is my new favourite summer salsa with all of the flavours and textures working so well together!

Grilled Meat on a Stick

Grilled Meat on a Stick

There's nothing quite like grilled meat on a stick in the summer! I guess it's the being on a stick part that gets me, it reminds me of lollipops from when I was a kid, only it's even better when it's meat on a stick! Lets not forget the whole playing with fire aspect when you fire up the grill to cook the meat on a stick! The fire also imparts that slightly charred flavour that is irresistible! The whole being on a stick thing is also amazing! It takes something that would normally require a plate, knife and fork and turns it into portable finger food that's perfect for nibbling while mingling! (It's also plenty of fun having all of those finger licking juices dripping down onto your fingers!) No matter what kind of meat you are cooking this summer you really can't go wrong skewering it up on a stick and grilling it!

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!