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Gloriously grapefruit cupcakes

Posted by Rachel Herscovici on July 17, 2014 @ 01:24 p.m. EDT
Tags: Baking, cupcakes, grapefruit


Grapefruit cupcakes

Nothing says summer better than citrus.

I experimented with grapefruit cupcakes after I realized I became bored with lemon or mock cocktail desserts and wanted something a little different. Grapefruits were the unexpected and yet obvious choice for my summer cupcake recipe.

When I first shared the idea with those around me they were pretty skeptical about how it would taste, though. Apparently grapefruits are a divisive fruit.

Regardless, be bake-assured these cupcakes are perfect whether you like grapefruit or not.

They aren’t too sweet and have the perfect tang.

Many of the recipes I consulted in my research phase opted for glazes rather than butter creams, but I am a real sucker for my classic frosting and I love experimenting with the traditional.

I kept my cake recipe relatively simple so you can play around ... Read more...

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Maple berry granola

Posted by Chandra Erickson on June 24, 2014 @ 09:59 a.m. EDT
Tags: berry, breakfast, Canada Day, Cooking, dessert, granola, maple, recipe


Granola

Maple syrup is a Canadian treat, and with Canada Day just around the corner what better way to celebrate our country’s birthday than with this delicious maple granola crunch?

The options with the maple granola crunch are endless, as the recipe can be easily adjusted to accommodate any individual preference, dietary restriction, serving size or meal. Whether you would simply prefer to include blueberries instead of strawberries, this recipe invites such creativity. Blueberries and blackberries make great Fourth of July additions. Ingredients such as, kiwi, almonds, pecans or coconut shreds are also excellent substitutions and additions.

For whatever plans you may already have for Canada Day, the maple granola crunch will have you covered whether as a breakfast treat or midday snack. It is a simple recipe that requires little time to prepare, and can be easily thrown together. ... Read more...

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Nothing beats beets

Posted by Shannon Duane on June 8, 2014 @ 05:45 p.m. EDT
Tags: Cooking, health


Beet grilled cheese

Are you feeling unsatisfied with your current grilled cheese situation? Fret no more, this beet and arugula grilled cheese recipe is bound to spice up your life.

Beets are loaded with nutritional value. They contain minerals such as potassium, magnesium, and iron, not to mention vitamins A, B & C. Not only will this grilled cheese recipe leave you feeling energized, you’ll likely feel at ease after consuming this marvelous sandwich. Beets contain tryptophan, an amino acid known to relax the mind and create a sense of well-being. A grilled cheese that can improve your mental health is a sandwich for the recipe books.

Still not convinced that this is the grilled cheese for you? Like beets, arugula is also in season, and the following recipe tastefully incorporates this healthy green. Arugula can ... Read more...

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Beet and carrot salad

Posted by Chandra Erickson on June 8, 2014 @ 05:43 p.m. EDT
Tags: Cooking, healthy, salad, seasonal


Beet and carrot spring salad

Everyone knows the saying you are what you eat. You can make the most of your health and nutrition by indulging in some seasonal, spring recipes that use ingredients, such as arugula, asparagus, beets, carrots and spinach.

When you choose in-season fruits and vegetables, you eliminate the economic factors of having to import. If everyone used in-season ingredients to cook , it would stimulate the local farming economy and would help increase their sales. Purchasing local in-season vegetables and fruits also should cost relatively less, due to the reduced transportation that is required for delivery.

Eating in-season produce also guarantees that your fruits and vegetables are at the peak of freshness and carry fewer chemicals when you buy and cook them. You can even plant your own garden, and grow ... Read more...

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Quinoa flake blueberry crisp

Posted by Katherine Meagher on June 5, 2014 @ 03:27 p.m. EDT
Tags: Banana, Breakfast, Cookies, Cooking, Recipe


Blueberry crisp

What is a long day without something sweet to eat at the end of it? This warm treat will feel like a big, comforting hug, but the blueberries will keep flavours seasonal for spring and summer.

Quinoa flakes provide crunch just like oats do, but with even more protein and very little detectible difference in taste.

This recipe makes just one serving, is extremely simple to make or adjust, and can be ready for the oven in just a few minutes. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
- 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 3 tbsp quinoa flakes
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp melted butter
- 1 tsp slivered almonds
- 1 piece candied ginger

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
2. Place blueberries into the bottom of an oven-safe bowl and ... Read more...

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Hearty rainy day recipes

Posted by Katherine Meagher on May 27, 2014 @ 10:10 a.m. EDT
Tags: banana, breakfast, cookies, Cooking, dinner, hearty, recipe, risotto


Banana Date recipe

We all know that April showers bring May flowers, but in the face of endless spring rain, it can be tough to look on the bright side. The best way to cope with rainy day blues? Comfort food of course!

Banana-date breakfast cookies

A warm, fresh-baked treat is the perfect solution to a drizzly morning, and with no added sugar, these cookies make for an entirely justifiable breakfast.
The bananas and dates both provide a powerful dose of potassium, which can improve cardiovascular health. Plus, the oats are rich in fibre and protein, which will help keep you full all day.

Ingredients:
-— 2 cups oats
-—1 tsp cinnamon
— 1 tsp powdered ginger
— 1 pinch nutmeg
— 1 tsp vanilla
— 3 ripe bananas, mashed
— ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
— ½ cup slivered ... Read more...

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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


Grilled French Nutella - cover

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

... Read more...
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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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