At GFYYC we have burgers on the mind (see last week’s recipe here)! I love how early spring weather has arrived in Calgary (cue wood knocking!), so that must be what’s calling us to the grill! This tasty, spicy cheese stuffed burger recipe is another one you can add to your burger repertoire.
These Chicken Feta Cranburgers with Caprese Salad and Plantains combines the full spectrum of flavors, from the sour zip of balsamic vinegar to gloriously sweet fried plantain and cranberries, to the salty tang of TWO cheeses, the pleasant underlying bitterness of a locally-grown tomato, and the spicy top notes of a garnishing sauce on the crispy chicken patty.
I have a confession to make… I am a year-round soup eater. I don’t care what time of year it is or what the weather is doing outside – I simply love soup! I love how versatile and easy it can be to make. It’s great as an appetizer or a meal and I always find it to be more than satisfying.
This Sausage and Veggie Soup recipe is yet another one that you can modify and tweak depending on your individual tastes (and what happens to be inside your fridge or cupboard). It’s a healthy and tasty combination of veggies and sausage that will leave you wanting another bowl full.
I LOVE Vietnamese food, but I don’t dare try to copy what has been passed from grandmas to daughters to grandchildren for millennia. There are some inventions, though, that lend themselves extremely well to our North American penchant for putting together the best of many worlds on one plate. I particularly like the fabulous rice wrapper – used to encase shrimp, cilantro, rice noodles, and cucumber as the appetizer prior to your great steaming bowl of Pho. It just made sense one day, while thinking about how to make dinner without the customary carbo-load of rice, that maybe nobody minds if you decide to stuff other, non-traditionally Vietnamese things in these convenient rolls.
It only takes one quick Google search in order to find thousands of recipes for Morning Glory Muffins. Some are vegan; others are sugar-free, while some are low fat. You can essentially find a recipe for any variation or omission that you can imagine. I have tried several different recipes and although they were all edible, none were quite right (too dry, dense, flavourless, etc).
Keep your money in your pocket for a minute – there ARE ways to get some simple, delicious food on the table in about the same amount of time as it takes for the delivery guy to make his way through rush hour traffic. And with a tiny bit of advance planning – this recipe will let you cover two meals at once, for less than half the price of a couple of takeout solutions. These are based on that old standby – a proven way to your loved one’s heart – roast chicken.
From my experience, gluten-free cookies tend to be on the hard and crumbly side. However, these delectable Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies are neither. In fact, not only are they are soft and chewy, but they are also darn tasty! These are a perfect Easter treat for any fellow Celiac or gluten-intolerant person you may have the pleasure of knowing.
There are some things which those without gluten take for granted – pies, for example. And more specifically, the pie crust – something which is notoriously difficult to replicate with GF ingredients. But the French have a particularly remarkable way of taking the most ordinary and plain ingredients and turning them into something exquisitely delicious – and in this case, it’s what goes into the crust that really shines. And yes – you CAN make a quiche crust with potatoes, (and why wouldn’t you)?
I love finding and trying new recipes, exploring different flavours, and experimenting with my own culinary flare. Having said that, there are some nights when life seems to get in the way of my good intentions and I just need turn to my go-to meal. For my family this is Tuna Quesadillas.
Sometimes, the best cure for the depths of winter is a dish with deeply inherent spice that can remind you of better days in much warmer places. The default is usually Mexican, but for something completely different, (and in honor of Mardi Gras?), you really can’t beat Louisiana – a mad jumble of powerful cultures crashing together to make the most different, exotic and foreign state in the USA. That’s also made for a banquet-load of some of the most memorable things you’ll ever eat.
When I stumbled upon this recipe on one of my many Pinterest scavenger hunts, I was intrigued and immediately pinned it. With almost all recipes I find, I like to tweak, change, and modify them to better suit my dietary needs and taste preferences. This recipe was no exception.
Pick a day when you know you’ll have some hours to give, and try this. Lasagne has always been a very romantic food – especially those with lots of complex flavors lovingly baked together, the care you need to put into composing each layer, and finally, the anticipation of waiting that extra ten minutes after it comes out of the oven to set, before you serve it – magically, still piping hot and deeply satisfying.
Finding time to eat breakfast is one thing. Finding a quick gluten-free option adds a whole new level of complexity to the “most important meal of the day”. Sure you could pop a gluten free waffle into the toaster or fry up an egg, but if you literally need to eat on the run (and let’s face it, my favourite coffee joint has ZERO GF breakfast items) then Overnight Oats are a great option.
There is a grave injustice in the land. Well, maybe not grave, but an injustice anyway. It isn’t fair that most glutenfolk (it’s a word, meaning “not celiac”) get to wantonly eat those gigantic muffins with their morning coffee, without a care in the world.