Summer Strawberry Chicken Salad

Summer Strawberry Chicken Salad

Summer is a comin' and I could not be more happy! My cooking style changes in the Summer - and salads, like this Strawberry Chicken Salad make their way on to our menu. I more recently became a fan of spinach, and now I cannot get enough of it. It's so versatile, and I love it paired with all these fresh ingredients. When I worked at a restaraunt, they had a 'dinner salad' similar to this one. A craving hit, and I knew I had to make it. Fresh strawberries, tossed with  baby spinach, balsamic marinaded chicken breast and candied almonds. Hints of red onion and creamy, fresh goat cheese. All topped off with a balsamic dressing. It's like Summer in a salad! What you will need: 6 - 8 chicken breast tenders (pre cut) 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar 3 Tbsp. honey 1 tsp. pepper 2 cloves garlic; minced 2 Tbsp.olive oil 3/4 cup almond slivers 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1 cup sliced strawberries 2 Tbsp. finely diced red onion 2 Tbsp. soft goat cheese balsamic … [Continue reading]

Crispy Onion Strings

Crispy Onion Strings

These crispy onion strings pair perfectly with pulled pork sandwiches, on top of a green bean casserole, or as is... you know.. for a snack! I had made pulled pork sandwich for dinner one night a few weeks ago, and I had this weird craving to add some crispy onion strings to it - I didn't have any of the store bought ones, so I made my own. They were very easy to make, and turned out just as good, if not better than the store bought ones. I bet these would be awesome on a burger with sauteed mushrooms and provolone cheese... okay, now I'm hungry! What you will need: 1 1/2 cups buttermilk 2 tsp. Franks Hot Sauce 2 medium yellow onions; sliced very thin 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1 tsp. paprika 1 tsp. smoked sea salt 1 tsp. pepper 1 tsp. garlic powder 2 -3 cups oil for frying In a heavy bottom skillet, such as a cast iron, heat oil over medium heat. Combine buttermilk and hot sauce together and place onion strings into the milk mixture. Let sit for 5 … [Continue reading]

Steak Frites with Mushrooms & Blue Cheese Dressing

Steak Frites with Mushrooms and Blue Cheese Dressing

I love days when I have a random recipe idea pop into my head - its usually around lunch time because I'm standing there at the fridge, both doors open asking myself, what the hell am I going to have for lunch. I find leftovers, and make something new. Like this steak frites with mushrooms and blue cheese drizzle. I made balsamic marinated flank steak sandwiches a couple weeks ago, and there was left over steak. So, I cut it up into bite sized pieces, tossed it into a bowl with some fries, added some mushrooms and slapped some blue cheese dressing onto it... holy hell... it was delicious. I think the next time I have steak, I'll make this for dinner! What you will need: 1/4 cup cooked steak bites; I had left overs so I used those 1/2 cup cooked, sliced mushrooms 1 1/2 cups cooked french fires; I used steak cut fries 2 Tbsp. blue cheese dressing ** Literally, toss everything into a bowl, drizzle with blue cheese dressing, voila! Steak frites with mushrooms and … [Continue reading]

Hot Body Healthy Mommy from Jillian Michaels

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Back in 2013 I decided that enough was enough and that it was time to get my 'Mommy' body back in shape. After having two children, gaining a bunch of pregnancy weight, I was tired of feeling stretched and to be honest, weak. I tried the 30 Day Shred from Jillian Michaels, and after the 30 days, saw some great results. I loved her workouts so much that I bought additional workouts from her to add to my routine. But you know how life goes - you get in a groove, you start to see results and then BAM! Life gets crazy and certain goals are set aside, and eventually, I lost the drive to do what I set out to do. So, when I was asked if I would like to review Jillian's new workout DVD 'Hot Body Healthy Mommy' I jumped on board. I knew I needed to ease my way into working out again, and after reading what this new DVD offers new Mom's, I was happy to accept the challenge. About Hot Body Healthy Mommy: Jillian Michaels Hot Body, Healthy Mommy is the perfect workout DVD for getting … [Continue reading]

Caramel Banana Walnut French Toast

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I had some inspiration slap me in the face a few Sunday's ago. I wanted french toast,  looked over at the e ripe bananas and POOF! This caramel banana walnut french toast was created. I feel like I … [Continue reading]

A Trip to the Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival 2016

During the week, Graham and I, along with my Mother in Law headed out to visit the Abbotsford Tulip Festival in Abbotsford, BC. A friend of mine had gone the week before and loved it, and since I am a … [Continue reading]

Balsamic Marinaded Steak Sandwich

Balsamic Marinaded Steak Sandwich

Balsamic marinaded steak sandwich - yeah, gets my taste-buds going too. After ordering a similar steak sandwich from our local watering hole a few weeks ago, I tried my hand at making my own flank … [Continue reading]

Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff

Growing up, beef stroganoff was a meal my Mom use to make us, but it was a meal I didn't learn to appreciate until I was older. Now, it's one of my favorites. This recipe takes a little from my … [Continue reading]

After Easter Cauliflower Carbonara

After Easter Cauliflower Carbonara

  If your Easter dinner is anything like our Easter dinner, you know it can be a loud family event. I love family dinners because it brings us all together. We get to see family members we don't … [Continue reading]

Healthy Snacking with iögo New Large Format Yogurts

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Yogurt is one of those food items that I keep stocked in our fridge at all times. We sure go through a lot of it each week. The boys eat it for breakfast - James takes yogurt in his lunch everyday, … [Continue reading]