Sneaky Veggie Fried Rice

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Do you ever just want to eat a big bowl of rice for dinner but feel way too guilty just eating carbs? Well, now you’re in luck because this sneaky veggie fried rice feels like you’re eating a big bowl of take-out, but really you're eating a ton of veggies without even knowing it.

So as of the past 6 months, we have been in love with cauliflower rice. At first, I was sceptical, but once trying it I was 100% sold. To be honest, we do generally mix half and half with brown rice and cauliflower rice, and with that combo, you actually can’t even find the cauliflower in the bowl. It’s like magic - seriously, I don’t know where the cauliflower goes! The key to making your fried rice take like take out is to use cold or left over rice. If you try to use freshly cooked warm rice you will end up with mushy, non-crispy rice, which isn’t what anyone wants.

I also really love the addition of sambal oelek because it makes it really nice and spicy, but if spice isn't your thing you can certainly leave this out, or even cut back and just add half the amount. The other great thing about this recipe is that you can use any veggies you love or have leftover in your fridge.

So go ahead and eat a big bowl of fried rice for dinner - it’s guilt-free indulgent eating!

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prep time 10 minutes

cook time 20 minutes + rice coking + cooling

total time 30 minutes

servings 4

Ingredients

1 cup brown rice (uncooked)

3 cloves of garlic

1 inch piece of ginger

3 baby bok choy

1 red pepper

2 green onions

1/2 cup frozen corn

1/2 cup frozen peas

1 tbsp sesame oil

12 oz bag cauliflower rice

2 eggs

1 tbsp sambal oelek (optional)

1/4 cup soya sauce

Instructions

Cook brown rice according to package. Place in a bowl and cool in the refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour.

In a large wok place sesame oil and heat over medium/high. To the hot pan add in red pepper that has been chopped into 1/4 inch pieces and cook for 1-2 minutes. To the pan add in baby bok choy that has been thinly sliced, finely chopped garlic and grated ginger and cook another 30 seconds. To the pan add in frozen cauliflower rice and cook another 2 minutes or until cauliflower is warmed through.

In a small bowl crack both eggs and whisk. Push the vegetables to the sides of the pan then add in eggs and allow to quickly cook - stirring often.

Mix the eggs with the vegetables and add in the cold rice, frozen corn, peas and green onions. Stir well then add in samba oelek and soya sauce. Continue to fry over high heat until rice is crispy and everything is hot then serve immediately.

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Spicy Thai Peanut Noodle Salad

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So, today's recipe is seriously one of the easiest, tastiest things to make! I have certainly made many Asian noodle salads in my day but I think this one is one of my favourites. The peanuts, spicy jalapeño, and cilantro are the perfect combination for a quick and easy dinner.

The best thing is that everything (except the pasta) can be prepped in advance so if you want to get dinner on the table in less than 10 minutes it’s totally a possibility. Just cook up your pasta and throw it all together and your set.

Do you guys have a favourite place to get a Thai Noodle Salad? Back in the day, I use to love the one that they had at Original Joe’s - possibly because it also came with a piece of banana bread. Random, I know, but one you have it you get it! They use to also had a really great one at Earls, but sadly I missed it.

So next time you need a super quick go-to meal make this salad it! You will love just how fast it comes together, but even better than that you will love just how delicious it tastes!

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prep time 20 minutes

cook time 6 - 8 minutes

total time 28 minutes

servings 4

Ingredients

1 orange

2 cloves of garlic

1 inch piece of ginger

1/4 cup peanut butter

2 tbsp soya sauce

3 tbsp sesame oil

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp salt

1 lemon

3 cups shredded cabbage

1 red pepper

1/2 - 1 jalapeno

3 green onions

1 cup cilantro

1/2 box angel hair pasta

1/2 cup peanuts

Instructions

In a food processor or blender add the juice of the orange, peeled garlic and ginger, peanut butter, soya sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, salt and the juice of the lemon. Blend to until smooth and fully combined.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil then cook pasta according to package. Drain then rinse under cold water.

In a large bowl combine pasta, shredded cabbage, thinly sliced red pepper, finely chopped jalapeños, chopped green onions and cilantro. Pour the sauce over then toss to combine. Sprinkle with peanuts and serve immediately.

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S'mores Cookies

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Ok, guys, this recipe is a really really good one - if I do say for myself! I mean seriously, how can you go wrong with graham wafers, marshmallows and chocolate? Making this even better is that it’s a cookie, so less mess and fuss than making actual s’mores!

So I made these cookies this past weekend when we went to a bonfire on the beach. We initially were going to bring all the fixings for s’mores, but then realized we didn’t have any marshmallow roasting sticks, so to make things easy the cookie was born. Let’s just say that the classic s’mores weren’t missed in the slightest so many people said that these were the best cookies they had ever had!!!

They are so special and look amazing yet the are actually pretty simple to make. You basically make a standard chocolate chip cookie with the addition of chopped up graham wafers then topping with all of the classic s’mores flavours. The key to getting that extra crunchy top and golden brown marshmallows is to broil them for just a minute. It seriously is the key making good cookies great - plus your house smells like a s’mores, so that's a bonus!

So skip the s’mores at your next campfires and go for the cookie - I promise this is a twist on a classic that any s’mores lover will wholeheartedly approve of!

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prep time 20 minutes

cook time 15 minutes x 3 batches

total time 1 hour 5 minutes

servings 24 cookies

Ingredients

2 cups flour

1 1/2 cup chopped graham wafers + crumbs for garnishing

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup butter at room temperature

3/4 cup white sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

1 cup chocolate chunks + more for garnishing

72 mini marshmallow

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350. In a small bowl combine flour, cropped graham wafers, baking powder + salt then set aside.

In the bowl of your stand mixer place butter and whip until light and fluffy. Add in white and brown sugar and beat on medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until it’s all fully combined. Add in vanilla and eggs and beat until just combined.

To the wet ingredients add in your flour and stir until flour ifs fully incorporated then stir in your 1 cup of chocolate chips.

Using a cookie scoop of teaspoon place heaping spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet. Press 3 marshmallows into the top of each cookie along with a few chunks of chocolate then sprinkle with graham wafer crumbs. Bake for 8-14 minutes or until cookies are golden and the marshmallows are just beginning to brown. Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack then continue until all of your dough has been used.

One all of your cookies are baked turn your oven to broil. Place cookies back on your cookie sheet (you can crowd them at this point as they will not spread). Broil for 1-2 minutes keeping a close eye on them so that they do not burn. Allow the marshmallows to toast and the graham wafers to brown.

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Greek Marinaded Grilled Vegetable

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So let’s talk about marinaded vegetables, or perhaps, how it isn’t really possible to marinade raw vegetables. I mean really, no matter how long you soak that pepper or onion in yummy flavours it’s not really going to take on any of that deliciousness.

So, while I’m calling this recipe marinaded vegetables it’s really more of a grilled vegetable salad. All of these yummy flavours envelope the grilled vegetables making it the perfect combination of charred deliciousness, tart lemon, and earthy oregano. It's the ultimate greek combination!

The other great thing about his recipe is that you can use basically any vegetables that you love, this would be great with eggplant, asparagus, or why not even some baby broccolini. Basically, anything you have available to grill will be enhanced by these flavours.

So the question is what are you going to grill to go along with this? Fish? Chicken? Or if you’re as lucky as I am and end up with leftovers these are delicious on a beautiful grilled pizza - I mean seriously, these are leftovers you want leftover!

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prep time 12 minutes

cook time 8 minutes

total time 20 minutes

servings 4 - 6

Ingredients

1 green or red pepper

1 white onion

1 zucchini (or a bag of mini zucchini)

2 cups small tomatoes

2 cups white mushrooms

1/2 cup olive oil

5 cloves of garlic

1/4 cup lemon juice

2 tsp white sugar

1/2 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp thyme

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

salt + pepper

Instructions

To prepare your vegetables slice into bit sized pieces and place in a large bowl. Pour 1/4 cup of olive oil, 3 of the cloves of garlic that have been finely chopped then season liberally with salt + pepper. Toss well then skewer onto pre-soaked wooden skewers with like vegetables together.

Grill for 5-8 minutes depending on the vegetables, flipping often. Remove from the grill then carefully take each vegetable off of the skewers.

In a small bowl combine remaining olive oil, lemon juice, remaining garlic cloves, sugar, oregano, thyme, red pepper flakes and salt + pepper.

In a large bowl place grilled vegetables and dressing. Toss well to combine then serve immediately.

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