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MInt Lime Pesto

Lime Mint Pesto

This minty pesto is great on just about anything; from sweet to savory enjoy it with all your favorites.    

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  1. Place cashews in warm water and let soak for 2 hours. Drain and add to a food processor.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor and blend until smooth.
Recipe Notes

You may need to add a bit more oil or lime juice to get the desired consistency.

Serve over a bowl of fruit and yogurt or hot cereal for a great any time snack!

Mint lime pesto 

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Sun Dried Tomato Compote with Avocado Toast

Sundried Tomato Compote

Savory and sweet this compote is great paired with pasta or bread.  

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Compote
  1. Dice (or use a food processor) the sun dried tomatoes and garlic.
  2. Place tomatoes and garlic in a sauce pan. Add in stock, vinegar, sugar and pepper.
  3. Simmer in medium-low for about 10 minutes stirring occassionaly.
To Make Toasts
  1. Thinly slice baguette or ciabatta and lightly toast
  2. Thickly slice avocado over toasted bread and top with sun dried tomato compote. Top with fresh chopped basil.
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Sun Dried Tomato Compote with Avocado Toast

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World Wide Lunch – The Cuisine of Thailand

As part of the Prescription for Flavor Podcast Dr. Jenn and I will be exploring cuisines of the world.  This first installment looks at Thai food.  To listen in as we explore the kick-ass flavors of this diverse region click here.  I realize there are a lot of , what I call, ‘food wimps out there. Those who shy away from trying new or different foods for fear that they may bite into an eyeball…or something. Never fear food wimps, I am here to ease you into these new and exciting regional foods!

If you have never experienced Thai cuisine, the safest place to start is with Pad Thai.  This delicious rice noodle dish offers a variety of vegetables, protein of choice (often chicken, shrimp, beef or tofu).  It’s a bit on the sweet side with just a hint of tang, and if you’ve got the balls (that seems like a dated and outright sexist reference, but still…) you can usually kick up the heat upon request.  Please note that this dish is often served with a sprinkle of peanuts.

Next up Thai curries: yellow, red and green.  Each has its own unique flavor with varying levels of heat.  Yellow is the most mild, green the hottest with red often falling somewhere in between.  These coconut milk based curries are loaded with fresh vegetables,  served with protein of choice and jasmine rice on the side.

Pad Sew is a popular dish, and one of my fav’s.  Made up of stir fried rice noodles, vegetables and meat in a sweet soy based sauce.

If you like chicken try out the satay!  Tender, juicy chicken skewers served with a sweet and salty peanut sauce.  Rich and delicious this is a must!  Enjoy it with fresh rolls (also dipped in the peanut sauce) and it will be a meal to remember!

The next time you are looking for a great lunch out; head over to a Thai restaurant and you will not be disappointed!  Check out Natural Jenn for a healthy eating guide to Thai cuisine.

 

KooK Candy Cane Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa

Candy Cane Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa

This deep, dark, rich hot cocoa will have you begging for more!  

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  1. Heat chocolate in double boiler slowly until melted, meanwhile simmer milk until just beginning to boil (with cinnamon stick)
  2. When chocolate is fully melted, and milk is heated, gently pour milk into chocolate and whisk until smooth.
  3. Break up candy canes in a mortar/pestle (or food processor) and grind until coarse powder and spread on a plate.
  4. Using the tips of your fingers spread a little honey (or syrup) around the rim of each glass.
  5. Place the rim of the glass on the plate to coat the rim in candy cane powder.
  6. Carefully pour or ladle the hot chocolate into each glass. Add 1/2 pinch of salt to each glass and rum (if desired) finish with whipped cream and grated cocoa or cinnamon...or both, if you're feeling wild 😉
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Thai Cauliflower

Thai Curry Lentils over Cauliflower

This dish is JAM PACKED with flavour! Yes its Gluten Free, yes its Vegan, its even Nut and Dairy free….but RELAX, you’d never know it unless I told you!

With a great balance of protein,, fiber and antioxidants…ahhhh who cares about that $#!T….it tastes great!!! And it is crazy simple to prepare, using yellow or red thai curry paste and rich coconut cream.

This recipe was the Recipe of the Week on this episode of Prescription for Flavor.

Please let me know if you tried this recipe and what you thought!!

 

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Firecracker Sauce

FireCracker Sauce

While most hot sauces are spicy with a hint of salt this sauce has a bit of sweetness from local honey; making it a crowd pleaser every time.  We add some depth of flavor by using 2 types of vinegar.    

A version of this sauce was used in the award winning Firecracker Chicken Recipe found here on lentils.ca 

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  1. Toss all ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. This sauce keeps great refrigerated in a jar for 3 months.
Recipe Notes

For a milder sauce use 2 jalapeno peppers instead of the habaneros.

No apple cider vinegar?  No problem it can be replaced with white vinegar, however it will lack the depth of flavor the apple cider provides.  

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Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookies

These ooey, gooey, decadent chocolate chip cookies are so fast and easy to make they’ll have that sweet craving satisfied in no time.

 Seriously though if you like chocolate, or cookies, or sweets in general, these cookies are for you!  They come out perfect with all purpose wheat flour or with my all purpose gluten free flour blend.  

Check out the video HERE

 

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. Using a paddle attachment on an electric mixer beat butter, cane and brown sugar until soft and fluffy.
  3. Reduce speed to low, add vanilla and egg. Beat until well incorporated.
  4. Add flour, salt and baking soda, beating until soft.
  5. Grate Hershey bar into cookie dough. Fold in chocolate chips until evenly distributed.
  6. Drop by heaping tablespoons onto cookie sheet, placing about 2 inches apart. Flatten slightly.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the bottoms are golden but cookies are still soft.
  8. Cool and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Little tip:  If using the GF flour blend cut the sugar by 1/4 cup as the GF flours tend to be on the sweet side.  

 

 

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japanese soup recipe

Easy Ramen

Ramen.  Native to Japan, its one of the worlds most complicated comfort foods, but that doesn’t HAVE to be the case! 

While this recipe is not grass-roots traditional Ramen (which is usually divided into 4 basic categories: Tonkatsu, Miso, Shoyu, Shiu), it will produce a really frickin great, Japanese inspired bowl of soup that you can fill your face with 🙂

***If you’d like to know more about this mystical, timeless dish, check out my Podcast Episode: Why we Love Ramen

This soup is vegetarian, but feel free to toss in some leftover chicken or a few fresh shrimp, a hard boiled egg ALWAYS goes great in Ramen as well!

Recipe courtesy of  damndelicious.net.

 

 

 

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  1. Heat 1 tablespoon sesame oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Whisk in chicken broth, mushrooms, soy sauce and 3 cups water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until mushrooms have softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in Yaki-Soba until loosened and cooked through, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in spinach, carrot and chives until the spinach begins to wilt, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately.
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donald trump recipe

The Donald Trump (Gourmet Meatloaf Sandwich)

With the newly appointed leader of the free world, I thought it important to honor him is some way.  And what better honor than a dish named after you..am I right?  Mr. Trump has been quoted as saying that two of his favourite foods are meatloaf and cherry-vanilla ice cream. So I thought, why not blend those flavours and make a cherry-vanilla meatloaf! Don’t get too freaked out, it is VERY tasty, and put it together on a sandwich of some grilled foccacia bread and a smear of sriracha mayo and WOW!

You may enjoy: Prescription for Flavor Podcast – Election Day Food Fight, Trump vs. Clinton

Like the big man himself this dish is rich, full of unique flavor , but unlike him, the sandwich won’t leave a bad taste in your mouth 😉

All kidding aside, I sincerely hope you give this recipe a shot, you won’t be disappointed, unless, maybe you are a liberal!

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  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. In a bowl mix together meats, bread crumbs, eggs, 1/2 can of tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, 1 tsp salt, pepper, cinnamon, until well blended.
  3. Pack into a standard loaf pan.
  4. Mix all "Topping" Ingredients until well blended and spread over meatloaf.
  5. Bake at 375F for 45 minutes or until it reached 160F in the center, on a meat thermometer.
  6. While meatloaf is baking: Mix mayo and sriracha in a separate bowl.
  7. When the meatloaf is done, let stand for 20 minutes, butter thick slices of the bread and grill on medium heat for 1 minute per side.
  8. Place meatloaf on bread, spread with sriracha mayo. Enjoy!!
Recipe Notes

Bacon and caramelized onions are highly recommended!

 

 

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Halloween dessert

Halloween Creme Brule (Creme-Boo-Lay)

Once your guests dig through the first layer of golden sugar crust, they will be in for a bloody surprise! This is a creepy spin on a classic dessert! Delicious  and BLOOD CURDLING, what else can you ask for in a Halloween dessert recipe?

For more on a Healthy Halloween, check out our Halloween podcast episode on Prescription for Flavor

For a delish and creepy accompaniment, check out the Wicked Witchy Finger Cookies

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  1. Preheat oven to 325F Whisk together egg yolks and 1/2 cup sugar. In a medium saucepan mix cream, vanilla and colouring, until its the shade of red you desire. Bring just to a boil, remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes. Slowly pour the egg mixture into the 'bloody' concoction. Pour mixture evenly into 4 ramekins and place into a deep baking dish. Fill the baking dish with hot water halfway up the ramekins and back for 40 minutes, or until the custards look stiff and set. Remove from over and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Remove from fridge and pour a thin layer of sugar over each ramekin. Place under the broiler for about 5 minutes, or until the sugar bubbles and turns golden brown. Serve to your ghoulish guests and Happy Halloween!
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