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Cheesy Quinoa Pancakes

Posted by Anisa Rawhani on March 31, 2014 @ 08:00 p.m. EDT
Tags: Cheesy, Dinner, Lunch, Quinoa, Recipe


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Sometimes you just need something simple and savoury to tide you over, and these vegetarian-friendly cheesy quinoa cakes are definitely just that.

It’s a recipe that really invites substitutions and additions based on your personal preference — or whatever you have on hand in your kitchen.

If you’re not crazy about parmesan try trading it up for fontina or cheddar, or switch up cilantro for parsley. The same goes for the honey Dijon mustard, which can easily be replaced with aioli, ranch, sour cream or even light honey Dijon salad dressing. Make these cakes yours!

Quinoa: the dynamic superfood
Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a whole grain-like seed that is similar to rice or barley. To the Incas, quinoa was a sacred crop known as the “mother of all grains” — and considering ... Read more...

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A sweet satisfaction: Grilled French Nutella

Posted by Betsy Hu on March 31, 2014 @ 08:00 p.m. EDT
Tags: breakfast, Grilled French Nutella, lunch, Nutella, recipe, sandwich


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You probably have heard this at least once in your life, that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And it definitely is.

Breakfast helps kick start your metabolism to burn more fat and helps lower the risk of indulging in high calories later on in the day.

If you split the word up it becomes “break fast”, which literally means to break a fast after a night of sleep. It fills you up with a boost of energy, a surefire way to be certain you can last throughout the day – or to you next meal, at least.

Start your day off right with a delicious grilled French Nutella. Instead of your traditional grilled cheese, it’s a “grilled Nutella”, made not with normal bread but French toast. This might ... Read more...

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Chicken teriyaki pasta salad

Posted by Laura Russell on March 24, 2014 @ 08:00 p.m. EDT
Tags: Chicken teriyaki pasta salad, dinner, pasta salad, recipe


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Want to impress your housemates, family or significant other with your amazing cooking skills, or at least fake it? Here’s a simple, yet visually intricate dish that will leave your guests and taste buds wanting more.

As a student on a mostly Kraft Dinner diet, I had to go to the grocery store and buy some of the ingredients necessary for this recipe, so you might have to as well. This recipe will take around 50 minutes to make, so you’ll have to plan your time in advanced. This isn’t something you can throw together like scrambled eggs.

Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 cup of lettuce
  • 1 tbsp. of feta cheese
  • A desirable amount of pasta to satisfy your hunger

Chicken marinade:

  • 1/4 cup of soya sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. of mustard or ketchup
  • 1/4 tsp. of ginger powder
  • 1/4 tsp. of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. of sugar

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A St. Paddy's Day treat: Get your Guinness Fix

Posted by Katherine Meagher on March 13, 2014 @ 06:00 p.m. EDT
Tags: Guinness, holiday recipes, recipes, St. Paddy's Day, St. Patrick's Day

St Patrick’s Day is nearly here, which means many of us will be heading out to the LCBO. Though Guinness is an ever-popular choice at this time of year, it can be an acquired taste.

If you want to participate in the Guinness-themed festivities this weekend, but prefer not to drink the brew as it is, consider cooking or baking with the beer, or else mixing it into a drink. It’s also worth noting that the alcohol will burn off if you use Guinness to cook or bake, so don’t hesitate to share with friends who are uninclined to drink!

Read on for a couple suggestions on how to enjoy your Guinness this weekend – you don’t even have to be Irish!

Guinness Cupcakes

Serving: Yields 24 cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup of cocoa powder
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 ½ cups of Guinness (or a 12oz bottle)
  • ½ ... Read more...
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Maple bacon cookies

Posted by Jessica Chong on March 10, 2014 @ 08:00 p.m. EDT
Tags: bacon, baking, cookies, maple, recipe


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Maple bacon cookies are something I stumbled upon through a very fortunate accident. I was scrolling down my Instagram feed when I was turned onto a delectable picture of the cookie in question from the Toronto restaurant Bannock. While this recipe isn’t the same that the fine-dining Oliver and Bonacini chain uses, these cookies will have you praising our finest Canadian ingredients: maple and bacon.

While it may seem odd to have bacon in a cookie recipe, the brown sugar coating offsets the saltiness of the bacon and pairs well with the maple. Brown sugar and butter will also ensure this is a soft and chewy cookie.

I like to think of maple and bacon as the underappreciated stepsisters of poutine; I don’t find myself indulging in the former two ... Read more...

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Breakfast solutions

Posted by Katherine Meagher on March 3, 2014 @ 08:00 p.m. EST
Tags: breakfast, granola, toast, trail mix, yogurt

With the final stretch of the semester before us, it sometimes feels like there’s just no time for anything – let alone breakfast. If you’ve caught yourself running out the door with a cup of coffee for breakfast, it might be time to reconsider your morning routine.

Eating breakfast in the morning is a great way to wake up your body. It can help provide energy throughout the day and avoid those mid-morning cravings and regrettable snacking.

Most of us know we should eat breakfast, but it isn’t always so easy! So, if you’re struggling to make time for the most important meal of your day, read ahead for some tips:

1. Take a smoothie on the go

If you like something a bit sweet in the morning, a smoothie is the perfect way to get your fix and will help keep you going for a ... Read more...

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Easy blueberry cinnamon rolls

Posted by Jessica Chong on February 24, 2014 @ 08:00 p.m. EST
Tags: blueberry, cinnamon rolls, dessert, easy recipe, recipe


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Reading Week may be over, but I’m not ready to sink into a studying funk just yet. This easy recipe will keep those studying blues at bay, especially with a delicious, sugary glaze and juicy blueberries oozing out of this fluffy, soft dessert!

This recipe is perfect to wind down after a long day of classes or saved for some weekend fun – read: stress baking. While most homemade bread or sweet roll recipes usually need two rises and a lot of waiting, this recipe only requires one rise.

Serving: 11 large rolls

Ingredients:

Rolls

  • 2 and ¾ cup of all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp. of granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. of salt
  • ½ cup of water
  • ¼ cup of milk
  • 2 and ½ tbsp. of unsalted butter
  • 1 package of instant yeast
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature

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Healthy PB truffles

Posted by Betsy Hu on February 10, 2014 @ 08:00 p.m. EST
Tags: peanut butter, recipe, truffles, vegan

Lately I’ve been drawn to vegan treats. Maybe it’s because I’m trying to stay on this healthy streak, but regardless of the reason, I’m glad I found some vegan recipes that will satisfy my cravings.

These chocolate almond peanut butter protein truffles are actually so delicious, and I love munching on them. I made a couple as a test and I ended up eating all three before they were even completely set.

I know vegan recipes tend to have ingredients that are sometimes uncommon and hard to find, so I modified it to make this recipe more accessible.

Dark chocolate is known to be good for your heart, while almonds are a good protein and brain food, and who doesn’t want that during midterms!

Ingredients:

  • Half cup of almonds
  • 2 tbsp. and 1 tsp. of peanut butter
  • ½ tsp. of salt
  • 1 tbsp. of maple syrup (or adjust to your liking)
  • 6 long pieces of dark/semi ... Read more...
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Two-ingredient pancakes: healthy, tasty and quick

Posted by Katherine Meagher on February 3, 2014 @ 08:00 p.m. EST
Tags: breakfast, easy recipe, pancake, recipe


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Something about pancakes just tastes like home. They’re a treat very few of us indulge in while at school, but if the recipe is this simple and delicious, why not?

These pancakes have just two ingredients: banana and eggs. You can whip them up in seconds and with no added sweetener they leave sugary cereals and premade snack bars in their dust.

Bananas are a great source of potassium, vital to the function of your heart, digestion and muscles. As stress levels increase, our stores of potassium tend to deplete, so it is important to make sure you are taking some in with your diet. Plus, the protein from the egg will keep you fuller longer and keep you mind on your work rather than your stomach as midterms loom nearer.

The best ... Read more...

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Comfort food: Sweet potato ginger soup

Posted by Katherine Meagher on January 27, 2014 @ 08:00 p.m. EST
Tags: comfort food, ginger, recipe, soup


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When the temperature drops and the sidewalks disappear beneath inches of ice, there is nothing as nice as a warm bowl of soup.

The thing is, all the additives in canned soup probably won’t gel with your New Year’s resolution, and making soup from scratch always seemed a bit intimidating. The good news is making soup doesn’t have to be a challenge. When you decide what goes into the pot, there is no reason to fear sneaky, less-than-healthy ingredients.

This recipe has a good kick to it: with just enough sweetness from the vanilla and sweet potatoes, it also has a bit of tanginess to keep things interesting, Ginger also adds zest, and comes with a slew of health benefits, including antioxidant and direct anti-inflammatory effects. This recipe is substantial enough to ... Read more...

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