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Chipotle Tuna 7 Layer Dip

Chipotle Tuna 7 Layer Dip
Seven layer dip is always fun at parties and I thought that I would try kicking it up a bit with the addition of a pantry staple, tuna, but not just any tuna, some chipotle tuna by Clover Leaf. A seven layer dip is a dip where Mexican style ingredients are layered on top of each other and for this dip I went with layers of seasoned beans, sour cream, guacamole, chipotle tuna, salsa, cheese and olives along with green onions for garnish. If you have all of the ingredients on hand this dip could not be easier to make where you simply need to pull the ingredients out and start layering them. You could easily use all store bought ingredients and make this dip a snap to assemble or you could make all of the ingredients yourself and keep the dip nice and light and healthy. In the recipe below I have given options to keep things simple and to keep things light and healthier with some examples being either using store bought refried beans versus using a can of beans with homemade taco seasoning mixed in or using store bought salsa versus making your own fresh pico de gallo. No matter how you make it, this is one tasty dip that is sure to please and the chipotle tuna is a great addition to a seven layer dip!

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Thai Fish Green Curry with Asparagus and Peas

Thai Fish Green Curry with Asparagus and Peas
I am a huge fan of Thai style curries and I recently made this fish green curry with asparagus and peas which is just perfect for a light summer meal! Thai curries are really easy starting with the curry paste which adds a spicy heat along with a ton of flavour and a can of coconut for the liquid base to which fish sauce for saltiness, sugar for sweetness and lime juice for sourness is added along with whatever meat and vegetables that you want. Curries like these come together in no time at all but what makes them really shine is the beautiful balance of saltiness, sweetness, sourness and spicy heat! Another nice thing about Thai curries is that they are usually packed with fresh herbs like Thai basil, cilantro, lime leave, etc. I went with a summer theme for this curry going with fish for a light meat along with asparagus and peas. (I like to make my own green curry paste for the freshness but you can easily use store bought.)

Roasted Asparagus and Mushroom Carbonara

Roasted Asparagus and Mushroom Carbonara
The other day I found myself thinking about making one of my favourite summer dishes, asparagus carbonara, and I thought that if I was making it anyways why not update the photos for the older recipe? I was all set to go when I remembered the roasted cauliflower and mushroom carbonara and I knew that a roasted asparagus and mushroom carbonara would be amazing since asparagus and mushrooms are such a fabulous combination! This carbonara recipe is pretty easy where you just need to cook the bacon while the vegetable roast and the pasta cooks and then you mix everything together with the sauce. As much as I enjoy the cauliflower version I think I like this asparagus one even better and it just screams summer!

50 Summer Recipes

50 Summer Recipes

Yesterday was the first day of summer and that got me thinking about all of my favourite summer recipes! Summer has to be the best time of the year as it's just packed full of fresh produce and of course the weather is perfect for outdoor activities like grilling and picnics! My weekly trek down to the farmers market is like an adventure where I get to see what new and wonderful things arrived and I often have a difficult time choosing just what to get! Below you will find a collection of some of my favourite summer recipes including those using some of summers bounty and some for outdoor cooking and eating!

Taco Salad

Taco Salad
During the summer I often like to have salads as light meals and one of my favourites is a taco salad, which as the name implies has all of the flavours of tacos! This salad is a great way to finish off any leftover ingredients from taco night though I am usually too impatient to wait and just make it from scratch starting out with a homemade taco seasoning. This recipe is very flexible where you can use whatever your favoutite taco ingredients are and I generally like to pack the salad with plenty of healthy ones like beans, corn, tomatoes and avocado before moving onto things like cheese, Greek yogurt and salsa. Although a number of salad dressing would be perfect on this, I usually go with salsa verde as a dressing. As far as salads go this taco salad certainly makes for one tasty, light and satisfying meal meal!

Teriyaki Salmon and Pineapple Quesadillas

Teriyaki Salmon and Pineapple Quesadillas
When I made the teriyaki salmon last week I could not help but think of making these teriyaki salmon and pineapple quesadillas! Teriyaki sauce and pineapple is such a fabulous flavour combination and you really can't go wrong throwing them into quesadillas with plenty of melted cheese! I kept these quesadillas nice and simple only adding some green onions and sriracha to the teriyaki salmon and pineapple and I went with monterey jack for the cheese. I made the teriyaki sauce a little differently by replacing the sake with pineapple juice to get even more pineapple flavour. Although these teriyaki salmon and pineapple quesadillas are super tasty all by themselves I served them topped with a drizzle of sriracha mayo and teriyaki sauce and a quick pineapple salsa!

Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs with Roasted Strawberry BBQ Sauce

Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs with Roasted Strawberry BBQ Sauce
BBQ ribs has to be one of my favourite things about summer and I have just been itching to try cooking them in the slow cooker! Getting perfectly cooked, juicy, fall off the bone tender ribs can sometimes be tricky but the slow cooker makes it almost effortless! With the slow cooker you just need to season the ribs, place them in the slow cooker with the ribs vertical, wrapped around the inside, pour on the BBQ sauce and cook on low until nice and tender, about 6-8 hours. Once the ribs are cooked you can slather on more BBQ sauce and throw them onto the grill (or under the broiler) to get that smoky grilled flavour! Speaking of sauce, for these ribs I went with my roasted strawberry BBQ sauce which is perfect for the summer!

Cilantro Lime Salmon Taquitos

Cilantro Lime Salmon Taquitos
While I was enjoying some cilantro salmon I could not help but think that it would make a great filling for Mexican style dishes like tacos, quesadillas, etc and my heart was set on using them in some taquitos. Taquitos, aka flautas, aka rolled tacos, are small tortillas that are wrapped around a filling and fried until crispy and they are often topped with things like salsa, sour cream, etc. I kept these taquitos really simple filling them with a mixture of the salmon, cheese and some salsa verde to kick up the flavour a bit. Once the filling was ready all that was left was to roll it up in some tortillas and shallow fry them in a skillet until crispy and golden brown. Rolling the tortillas may take a bit of time but once you get the hang of it it's pretty easy, just make sure to warm the corn tortillas before working with them so that they do not crack and fall apart. I served the cilantro lime salmon taquitos on a bed of lettuce topped with guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, crumbled queso fresco and hot sauce.

I enjoyed the salmon taquitos so much that I just had to make them again and this time I tried baking them in an effort to cut down on the oil. The results were that the baked taquitos were a little less crispy, but still really good, and it was a lot easier to bake the in one go than it was to fry them in batches of 3-4.

Cilantro and Lime Salmon

Cilantro and Lime Salmon
I have been on a salmon kick lately and up next is this super quick, easy and tasty cilantro and lime salmon! Cilantro and lime has to be one of my favourite flavour combinations, which I use it on pretty much everything, and when I saw a similar recipe for a spicy garlic lime baked salmon on A Spicy Perspective I realized that it was past time that I gave salmon the cilantro and lime treatment! This recipe could not be easier, you simply make the sauce, spread it on the salmon and bake or grill it for 10 minutes and you are in cilantro and lime flavoured salmon heaven! The cilantro and lime sauce is basically the same as my cilantro and lime vinaigrette, which is amazing on pretty much everything, and it comes together in less than 5 minutes making this dish perfect for even the busiest of nights but it's so good that it is sure to impress any dinner guests!

25 Recipes for the Grill

25 Recipes for the Grill

Grilling season is here so dust off your barbecue, fire it up and get your grill on! Whether you are cooking for family or friends the warmer weather provides the perfect opportunity to move things outdoors, and who doesn't love to cook under open blue skies with fire! It is easy to cook an entire meal on the grill with everything from mains like juicy steaks, meat on a stick, burgers and sandwiches to sides like grilled vegetables and even onto dessert with grilled fruits. Below you will find a few of my favourite recipes for the grill and I am looking forward to sharing some new ones this summer! Happy grilling!