This post is inspired by neglect! Specifically by two things I’ve been neglecting – blogging, and my poor little slow cooker, tucked away under the sink. I suppose it could also be about my neglect for cooking substantial meals, as of late. Not much has changed over the past several months, I’m still very busy, which is awesome! I’ve been doing some cooking, but not as much as normal, and just haven’t been able to dedicate time to blogging.
Thanks to all the food photography projects I’ve been working, my fridge has been seeing a constant flow of ingredients, and after a couple of photoshoots, it just so happened that I had all the makings of chili! The perfect thing to cook when you’re busy. Just toss it in the slow cooker, and let it go.
Posted in Beef, Dinner, Easy, meat, Red Meat, Slow Cooker, soup, Vegetable
Tagged beans, chili, chilli, ground beef, how to make chili in a slow cooker, kidney beans, Slow Cooker, slow cooker chili, slow-cooking, tomato, vegetables
Although I never made it on to Masterchef Canada, while I was waiting to hear back from them, I wanted to practice some of the basics of cooking, and that means sauces! Fortunately living with chefs meant there were all sorts of great cookbooks hanging around. As part of expanding my knowledge of the basics, I dug into one of my room-mate, Nathan’s cookbooks – “Sauces” by Michel Roux, which this recipe is derived from.
This sauce is a great way to use up those fresh garden tomatoes, and is super versatile, as you will see in my next few posts!
Here is a recipe that just makes sense! Taking traditional spaghetti and meat sauce, but swapping the pasta for squash. I apologize in advance to those who like very specific recipes. I made meat sauce the previous night and used the leftover sauce when making this, so i’m estimating the measurements, but hey! It’s a meat sauce. If you are measuring everything you’re doing it wrong! It’s all about adding in the main component, adding a dash of this, a dash of that, tasting, adjusting, and enjoying!
Posted in Beef, Cheese, Dinner, Healthy, Pasta, Roast
Tagged baked, fall recipe, ground beef, healthy, low carb, meat sauce, pasta substitute, recipe, Roasted, spaghetti, spaghetti squash, squash, tomato
It’s that time of the year… Squash season!
Thanks to my mother planting copious amount of spaghetti squash this year, I have been racking my brain, trying to think of different ways to use that delicious vegetable! In the past, I have always kept it quite simple, roasting the spaghetti squash, then mixing in some diced tomato and onion, which makes a perfectly delicious meal. But this time I wanted to really take advantage of the squash and the fact that it makes a perfect little boat for other ingredients when cut in half.
Posted in Dinner, Easy, Healthy, Roast, Vegetable
Tagged baked, basil, dinner, easy, Goat Cheese, healthy, low carb, onion, recipe, Roasted, spaghetti, spaghetti squash, spinach, squash, tomato
For whatever reason, this week just felt like a pizza week, but truth-be-told, every week could be pizza week because that stuff is freakin’ amazing! Especially with this ridiculously easy pizza dough recipe. It literally takes about 5 minutes to make (maybe less).
For this pizza I decided to keep it simple and go with a classic margherita style pizza with tomato sauce, fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella, topped off with a sprinkle of salt! So simple, so good!
Posted in Cheese, Dinner, Easy, Fresh herbs, Lunch, Pizza, Vegetable
Tagged basil, classic, homemade, how to make pizza, margherita, mozzarella, no-knead, pizza, pizza dough, recipe, simple, tomato
In the final round of steak leftovers, I give you one more steak and blue cheese inspired dish! Probably one of the most typical ways to use up leftover steak is in a sandwich of course! This one is pretty much a combination of the last two dishes I posted, but stuck between two slices of bread! Once again using the tangy blue cheese dressing, loading the sandwich with veggies, steak, and even some leftover caramelized onions! YUM!
Posted in Barbecue, Cheese, Dinner, left overs, Lunch, Sandwich, Vegetable
Tagged Bacon, Barbecue, blue cheese, blue cheese dressing, caramelized onion, cucumber, easy, leftovers, recipe, Sandwich, Steak, tomato
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I had become intrigued by the idea of “One Pot Pasta” after watching an episode of Bon Appetempt, so here it is! I tossed this recipe together with what I had on hand, hoped for the best and was rewarded with a delicious dinner! I’m not a fan of heavily sauced pasta dishes, especially now that we finally have some nice weather in Saskatoon, so this hit the spot perfectly! A light, fresh pasta dish that doesn’t leave you feeling like you just ate a brick!
Posted in Dinner, Easy, Healthy, Turkey
Tagged easy, ground turkey, how to make one pot pasta, meatball, one pot pasta, parmesan, pasta, recipe, spaghetti, spinach, summer, tomato, turkey meatballs
At this point in National Grilled Cheese Month that is how I am feeling… Like a masochist. So it’s only appropriate that I bestow that same title upon my latest grilled cheese. In the attempt to make 30 grilled cheeses, one finds them self with an abundance of cheese in their fridge, wondering, what the heck am I going to make next!?! Looking into my fridge, pairing ingredients in my mind, I decide on my next grilled cheese.
Posted in Cheese, Dinner, grilled cheese, Lunch, National Grilled Cheese Month, Sandwich
Tagged 2013, april, avocado, Bacon, Cheddar, cheese, Feta, Grilled, national grilled cheese month, pizza sauce, red onion, the masochist, tomato
I’m stepping out of my usual ooey gooey, melty grilled cheese territory with this one! It’s a veggie packed, crunchy, creamy grilled cheese, and it’s delicious! A traditional greek salad, in sandwich form! Since feta is a more solid cheese, you don’t get that stringy meltyness from it when it heats up, instead it retains it’s shape for the most part, but gets extra creamy, which is equally delicious and a nice change! I was slightly concerned about how well the cucumbers would hold up under the heat (soggy cucumbers are gross!), but they remained crunchy, taking on a more pickle like crunch, rather than the cucumbers usual fresh crunch.
Posted in Cheese, Dinner, grilled cheese, Lunch, National Grilled Cheese Month, Salad, Sandwich, Vegetable
Tagged 2013, april, cheese, cucumber, Feta, greek, Grilled, Lemon, national grilled cheese month, oil, olive, oregano, red onion, Salad, tomato
Well folks, we have a top contender for grilled cheese of the month…. But really is it fair for this three cheese, meat tomato, etc, etc, combo to be going up against featherweights like “The Slim”?? Maybe not, but WHO CARES!! This was one MEGA DELICIOUS grilled cheese! It’s like having lasagna, without actually having to do all that boiling, frying, stacking and baking (not to mention waiting!). This right here, is a beautiful thing. Ladies and Gentleman, I unveil the Lasagna Grilled Cheese!
Watch me prepare the Lasagna Grilled Cheese on live TV HERE!
Posted in Beef, Cheese, Dinner, grilled cheese, Lunch, National Grilled Cheese Month, Sandwich
Tagged 2013, april, beef, cheese, Grilled, ground beef, italian, lasagna, mozzarella, national grilled cheese month, parmesan, ricotta, Sandwich, tomato