Cherry Tomato and Bocconcini Salad
For some reason, tomatoes, bocconcini and basil just pair so well together! This is a really quick way to put them together for an amazing side dish!
Vegetarian Loaded-up Nachos
My favourite game-day recipe! The result is a gorgeous platter that is super cheesy, and hearty – your guests will love it! Better than any bar food and only takes minutes to prepare!
My secret to perfect nachos is in the layering, that way all the nachos are well coated with toppings not just those on the top! You can serve these nachos with sour cream, guacamole and salsa on the side if you like.
Basic Couscous Recipe
Couscous makes a great side dish to serve with veggies, but there are just so many different ways to prepare couscous out there – some involving a double boiler and a couscousiere. If you are looking for a really simple method that works great every time try this one out!
Scrambled Egg Wrap
This is a different way of making a classic egg sandwich – instead of hard boiling the eggs, here they are scrambled. I find they are a little lighter this way.
Sweet Potato Topped with Feta
The saltiness of the feta really balances the sweetness from the sweet potato in this super simple side dish! I chose to microwave the sweet potato to cut down on cooking time, if you have the time however, you can also place on a baking sheet cut side down in the oven at 375 for about 40 minutes.
Colourful Spring Salad
This salad is a great side salad for a barbecue because of the vibrant colours and fresh crunch it offers. It can also be nice to pack for a lunchtime healthy meal.
Chocolate Banana Smoothie
A healthy breakfast on the go that tastes just like a chocolate milkshake – sign me up!
Fresh Figs Drizzled with Honey and Almonds
This is such an elegant and simple desert, but your guests will be so impressed. If you have never had fresh figs before, they are just so tender and fragrant. I find the honey really brings out their natural sweetness.
Simple Strawberry Sorbet
This sorbet is so refreshing and light for a summer evening. I use frozen strawberries for this recipe not only because of its ease, but also because in order to achieve the proper texture of the sorbet the fruit must be frozen first. If you have a lot of fresh strawberries, you can always wash and hull them (remove stem) and stick them into the freezer the night before you prepare the recipe.
Chia Seed Pudding
This pudding is so cool to make! Chia seeds, the latest superfood, start out so tiny and literally drink up all the milk. The end product is something really similar in texture to a tapioca pudding. In this recipe, I chose to go easy on the sweetness to keep it really healthy. If you are serving it for dessert you may want to double up on the maple syrup, whereas if you are having it for breakfast or an after workout snack I would keep it as is and top with some fresh berries.
Curried Spinach and Egg Sandwich Tortilla
Spinach and eggs team up for a punch of protein in this quick and tasty breakfast or lunch on the go! You could eat it right away, or refrigerate for a lunchbox treat the next day. If you are eating the next day you have 2 options: either eat it cold (which is yummy!) or if you prefer it warm (also yummy!) do not put the sliced cucumbers in the sandwich, pack them on the side. When you are ready to eat, place your wrap in the microwave for 1 minute and then stick the slices of cucumber in as you eat.
Simple Egg “Veg”Muffin!
This is a really easy recipe to put together for a quick breakfast on the go or even a lunch sandwich. When creating this recipe, I wanted to replicate the feel of the famous fast food sandwiches that we are all used to – you know what I am talking about! That is why I came up with this trick of microwaving the egg – it really works! When you take your egg out of the microwave, use a fork to loosen the egg from the edges and then pull it out of the bowl in one shot, it will come out in one piece, round and fluffy! Give it a try!
Quick Mexican Breakfast Scramble
A breakfast scramble is like an omelette that is all mashed up! I actually prefer a scramble to an omelette because it feels more casual and comforting. Another great thing about it, is that you don’t have to be a chef to make a scramble – just mash everything together and there you have breakfast!
Cheater Breakfast Potatoes
These potatoes remind me so much of the potatoes you get in restaurants on the side of your omelette. This quick version uses poultry seasoning to spice them up. Poultry seasoning is a blend of spices such as dehydrated garlic, onions, paprika and salt. It’s a great cheat!
Insalata Caprese (Tomato and Bocconcini Salad)
This is a very classic Italian appetizer salad, made up of sliced tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella or bocconcini cheese. It is a beautiful salad as it is designed to look like the colours of the Italian flag (Red, white and green). It is also delicious as these ingredients pair so well together!
Fusilli with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil
A delicious light fresh tasting pasta. It is especially great in the summer when the tomatoes and basil are fresh and abundant!
Guacamole is a Mexican avocado based dip. While there are so many guacamole recipes out there this, to me is the only one! Made with fresh avocados, jalepenos, onion, lime and cilantro - there is no other way!
Grilled Oyster Mushrooms
Although oyster mushrooms can be pricey, they are well worth it. They have so much great flavour and texture. This dish is very simple, but makes a lovely side dish. It can also be served with some grilled peppers and onions as an antipasti salad.
Dates Stuffed with Blue Cheese and Walnuts
This is a beautiful appetizer, that tastes fancy and sophisticated but only has 3 ingredients!
This is a great spread to serve as an appetizer with crackers. It goes nicely with wine! It is also a great spread to put on a panini with grilled veggies and cheese - yum!