Restaurant Style Salsa

Salsa is a staple in Mexican cuisine and I realized that I had not shared my go-to quick, easy, tasty and healthy fire roasted tomato salsa, aka restaurant style salsa. This salsa literally only takes 5 minutes to make and it's pantry friendly! You just need to open up some cans of fire roasted tomatoes, throw them into a food processor along with some onions, garlic, chillies, lime juice, cilantro, salt and pepper and process until you have the desired consistency! ...more

Chipotle Lime Salmon and Avocado Salsa Quesadillas

After enjoying the chipotle lime salmon with avocado salsa as a light and healthy meal by themselves I could not help but think that the leftovers would be perfect quesadilla style, sandwiched between 2 toasted tortillas along with plenty of melted cheese! I pretty much just took the spicy chipotle salmon and the cool and creamy avocado salsa, threw them in tortillas along with some cheese and toasted them up until they were nice and golden brown and the cheese was melted! As simple as they are, these quesadillas are absolutely fabulous, I mean you really can't go wrong adding ooey gooey melted cheese! ...more

Chipotle Lime Salmon

With all of the heavier comfort food eating during the winter spring is a time for lighter and healthier fare and up next for me is this super quick, easy and tasty chipotle and lime salmon! The smokey chipotle lime flavour combo is another one of my favourites and it goes so well on melt in your mouth buttery salmon. This salmon could not be easier, you simply mix the chipotle chilies in adobo with lime juice, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper and bake and broil or grill the salmon until just cooked ....more

Avocado Salsa

Lately I have found myself thinking a lot about Cinco de Mayo so I figured that I might as well get an early start and this chunky avocado salsa was first on my list. This salsa is super easy to make where you just need to dice some avocados, jalapenos, tomatoes and onions, hit it with some lime juice, throw in some cilantro and finish things off with a touch of salt. Despite being so easy this salsa is so amazingly good with the cool and creamy avocados, the juicy tomatoes, tangy onions jalapeno heat and the freshness from the lime juice and cilantro! ...more

Creamy Lemon Chicken

It's time for another quick and easy chicken dish and this time it's a spring themed creamy lemon chicken! This chicken is just as easy as it sounds where the boneless and skinless chicken breasts are cooked until golden brown and then a quick pan sauce is made with white wine, chicken broth, cream, lemon and parmesan along with a touch of dijon mustard for some tang and plenty of fresh cracked black pepper. In addition to being simple to make this dish takes less that 30 minutes giving you plenty of time to cook some pasta, rice, quinoa, etc ....more

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! ...more

Tagliatelle Bolognese

Normally when I make a bolognese sauce I start with ground beef but since I like a good slow braise I thought that it would be nice to go with short ribs, which have a lot of flavour, and slowly simmer them until they are falling apart tender. A bolognese sauce is the perfect dish to build up tons of flavour and umami so I like to start by cooking some pancetta or bacon and then using the leftover grease to sear/caramelize the beef before adding the veggies and then delazing the pan with wine to get all of that browned caramelized flavour off the bottom. I continue to build up the flavour with dried porcini mushrooms, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar and Italian seasoning before finishing things off by adding parmesan, cream and a touch of fish sauce ....more

French Onion Chicken

Since it has not really warmed up all that much here I am still in comfort food mode and my latest new recipe is this french onion braised chicken that I came across on The Kitchn. I am a huge fan of french onion soup, I mean what's not to love about slowly caramelized onions in a tasty broth that is covered in melted cheese! Although this recipe takes a bit of time it is pretty straight forward where you caramelize the onions in one pan, brown the chicken in another pan, make the broth, throw it all in a baking dish and bake/braise until the chicken is cooked before topping with the cheese and broiling until it melts ....more

Creamy Asiago Chicken and Mushroom Tortellini Soup

While the weather is still cool enough I have another soup to share and this one is a tasty creamy asiago chicken and mushroom tortellini soup. The flavour combination of the chicken, mushrooms and especially the asiago in this soup is pretty simple and yet amazingly good! This soup takes a bit longer to make because you have to cook the mushrooms first but other than that everything is pretty straight forward and you can be enjoying a bowl in very little time at all; even on a busy work night! ...more

Banh Mi Grilled Cheese

Today is National Grilled Cheese Day! And I have a new grilled cheese to share with you, a Vietnamese banh mi sandwich inspired banh mi melt! This grilled cheese has all of the flavours of a banh mi sandwich except instead of being in a light and flaky baguette it is sandwiched in between two toasted, crispy and buttery pieces of bread along with plenty of melted cheese! ...more