Saturday, 26 December 2015

spinach, artichoke & feta breakfast casserole


christmas morning is hands down my favourite morning all year. 
 and this rings even truer today now that i've got two little mini me's running around the house, whose eyes light up at the excitement of the season.
and santa.  mostly santa.


my family has always welcomed christmas morning with a big breakfast.  it's tradition.  
when i was growing up, that meant eggs benedict.  
without fail, every year.  
it wasn't christmas morning if you didn't have a plate full of drippy eggs, nestled atop of a toasted english muffin, bathing in hollandaise sauce.  thanks mom & dad!


me?  i'm a traditionalist in that i insist on a big breakfast, but i tend to try something new every year.  baked french toast, cinnamon roll waffles, candy cane pancakes, egg benedict casserole, and this year, a take on one of my beloved appetizer dips...

 spinach, artichoke & feta breakfast casserole.


cheers & merry christmas.  xo.




spinach, artichoke & feta breakfast casserole

ingredients:
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup red onion, diced
1/2 red pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup green onions, finely chopped
4 cups packed fresh baby spinach
1 cup canned artichoke hearts, patted dry and chopped
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped fine, plus more for garnish
10 extra large eggs
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup crumbled feta
sea salt & pepper to taste
pinch red pepper flakes


method:
preheat oven to 350F.  spray 9x13-inch baking dish with non-stick spray and set aside.
preheat skillet over medium heat.  add in olive oil, red onion and red pepper and sauté for 3 minutes.  add in garlic and cook for an addition minute.  add in green onion and baby spinach and cook till spinach wilts 3-4 minutes more.  add in artichoke hearts and basil, stir and remove from heat.
pour mixture into prepared pan and sprinkle with feta cheese.
in large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, parmesan cheese, sea salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
pour mixture over top of vegetables and bake for 32-37 minutes or until eggs are set.
remove from oven and allow to cool for 8-10 minutes before cutting into squares.
garnish with more chopped basil

enjoy!

bacon-pancake dippers


happy boxing day!
or as i like to refer to it, day 3 of eating and drinking to your hearts & stomaches content.

this morning i went with a fun, kid-like approach to breakfast.
handheld bacon and pancake dippers ready for maple syrup dunking action.

bacon in anything is amazing, but there is something even better about it when you combine the saltiness that is the beloved pork, with the sweetness of maple syrup.
sweet-savoury win!


cheers!  xo.



bacon-pancake breakfast dippers

ingredients:
12 slices bacon 
buttermilk pancake batter, prepared

maple syrup for serving


method:
cook bacon according to package directions and pat dry of excess grease.
meanwhile, prepare pancake batter, set aside.
preheat non-stick skillet sprayed with nonstick spray over medium low heat.
place cooked bacon in middle of the pan.  carefully pour batter over bacon to cover it.  cook till underside is golden.  flip and cook again.
repeat with remaining slices.

enjoy! xo.

Friday, 25 December 2015

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Snickerdoodles

for the cookie purists out there, namely me, there is the snickerdoodle.
really, as far as cookies go, can it get any better?
short answer, no.

in fact, if you've ever travelled with me to las vegas, then you know first hand thati will drag you to the SugarFactory just before take off, to purchase a dozen of these delicious beings to bring home with me.  two of which will be consumed prior to take off.  
#i'mnotperfect


so for you, or rather me, i present to you the snickerdoodle.  no trip to vegas required and instead of one dozen, you get three dozen.
#win


Snickerdoodles

ingredients:
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

cinnamon-sugar topping:

1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


method:

preheat oven 350F.  line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
in large bowl, whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.  set aside.
using a mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until creamy and smooth, about 3 minutes.  add in the eggs and vanilla extract and mix until combined.  slowly add in the dry ingredients, with the mixer on low.
shape dough into balls, using about 1 tablespoon of dough.  mix 1/4 cup sugar and the cinnamon together in  a small bowl.  roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture.  place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.  bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set around the edges and the centres are still soft.  don not overtake.  remove from oven and let cookies set up on baking sheet for 2 minutes.  transfer cookies to a wire cool rack to cool completely.

yields: 3 dozen cookies


recipe courtesy: two peas & their pod


Monday, 7 December 2015

white chocolate dipped snickerdoodles


last friday i hosted our annual christmas ornament exchange party, a seasonal favourite of mine.  
christmas music, lights, eating, drinking, and merrymaking.  #thebest

it was also national cookie day, so i made cookies.
the best cookies.
snickerdoodles.
with wait for it....
white chocolate.


huge success, none left, time to make another batch it would seem.


did i mention snickerdoodles are my favourite?


White Chocolate Dipped Snickerdoodles

ingredients:
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

cinnamon-sugar topping:

1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

white chocolate garnish
1 (16oz) bag white chocolate chips


method:

preheat oven 350F.  line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
in large bowl, whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.  set aside.
using a mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until creamy and smooth, about 3 minutes.  add in the eggs and vanilla extract and mix until combined.  slowly add in the dry ingredients, with the mixer on low.
shape dough into balls, using about 1 tablespoon of dough.  mix 1/4 cup sugar and the cinnamon together in  a small bowl.  roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture.  place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.  bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set around the edges and the centres are still soft.  don not overtake.  remove from oven and let cookies set up on baking sheet for 2 minutes.  transfer cookies to a wire cool rack to cool completely.

once cooled, melt chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl.  dip cookies half-way into the white chocolate.  place cookies on wax paper or parchment paper.  if desired, sprinkle with leftover cinnamon-sugar mixture.  let cookies set up until chocolate has hardened.


yields: 3 dozen cookies

recipe courtesy: two peas & their pod

Sunday, 6 December 2015

grape jelly slow cooker meatballs

holiday entertaining is now in full force in our household.
between friends gathering for an annual ornament exchange party, to pop-up brunches, and my always favourite christmas eve shindig; we've got a full social calendar in store for us.  
AND lots of eating, drinking, & merrymaking taking place.
that said, easy holiday appetizers are a must.
less time spent cooking and more time spent mingling is how i choose operate.
so trust me when i tell you these sticky slow cooker meatballs practically make themselves.
in fact you are only three ingredients away from quite possibly these easiest holiday appetizer out there.  served solo or as little sliders, either way, you can't go wrong.
 cheers.  xo.


grape jelly slow cooker meatballs

ingredients:
18 oz grape jelly
12 oz chili sauce (heinz)
2lbs frozen meatballs

method:
whisk together grape jelly and chili sauce.  place in slow cooker with frozen meatballs and stir to combine.
cover and cook on low heat for 3-4 hours till hot.
enjoy.  xo

Slow Cooker Hot Cocoa

winter nights for us are synonymous with cozy blankets, warm fireplaces, netflix mini series and creamy hot cocoa overflowing with marshmallows.
not too bad if you ask me.
my new go-to hot cocoa comes to you courtesy of my trusty side kick, mr. crockpot.  
creamy & delicious & the easiest way to fill as many cups as possible.
winter isn't looking so bad after all....


slow cooker hot cocoa

ingredients:
6 cups milk
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
1 - 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups chocolate chips

marshmallows for serving


method:
place all the ingredients into a crockpot whisking until well combined.
cover and cook on low setting for 2 hours, stirring occasionally until mixture is hot and the chocolate has melted.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

PRANA Organic | Dry Roasted Coconut Chips


snacking is something that comes inherently easy to me, perhaps too easy.

trying to find a balance between a snack that tastes great and is also wholesome is something i strive for...
  
...except for potato chips.
i draw the line at potato chips.
those little devils always leave me weak in the knees.  i either have none or the entire bag because clearly i have zero self control.

thankfully, i've now found a wholesome alternative to my beloved potato chip, the coconut chip.  yes, the coconut chip.

you may have noticed that coconut is the superfood trend of the moment; everything from water to oil to flour and milk.  coconut offers so many health benefits that its only fitting that a roasted chip would be next up for this nutritional powerhouse.


PRANA Organic (the same company that brought us ProactivCHIA) has recognized this and introduced a new line of dry roasted coconut chips.  100% organic, gluten-free, with no cholesterol, and offering up an excellent source of fibre.

PRANA organic coconut chips are available in four savoury flavours:

jive (spicy chili)


hula (sea salt & pepper)


charleston (bbq)


classic (coconut)


it's safe to say that chips now hold a permanent spot in my snack arsenal, especially jive & charleston.
#snackwin


PRANA Organic Dry Roasted Coconut Chips can be found at all major grocery chains, health food stores, and supermarkets with healthy living aisles across Canada.
for more information visit www.prana.bio



PRANA supplied me with samples of the above products.  all opinions are my own.
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