Sweet Peas and Saffron http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com Fun, Delicious, No-Fuss Recipes Tue, 07 Jul 2015 04:17:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 29 Healthy Grilling Recipes http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/07/healthy-grilling-recipes.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/07/healthy-grilling-recipes.html#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:17:53 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=6459 29 Healthy Grilling Recipes | sweetpeasandsaffron.com @ sweetpeasaffronSummer is in full swing, and my barbecue has been working over-time!  I love the grill for so many reasons, but I’ll be honest here and admit that my all-time top reason is that there are fewer dishes to wash.  I mean, who has time for dishes?  It’s summah!

Even though we tend to be fairly repetitive at our house, I know the grill can be so much more versatile…so I set out to find some unique, healthy and delicious grilling recipes.  Once I got started looking for dinner recipes, I found some pretty great looking appetizer and lunch recipes, so I decided to include a bit of everything.   Check them out, and get some inspiration to up your grilling game!

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Blackberry-Lime Cream Cheese Coffee Cake http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/07/blackberry-lime-cream-cheese-coffee-cake.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/07/blackberry-lime-cream-cheese-coffee-cake.html#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 07:23:16 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=6509 Blackberry-Lime Cream Cheese Coffee Cake: A buttery and brown sugary coffee cake that is filled with fresh blackberries and swirled with cream cheese.  A touch of lime zest gives this cake the perfect flavor!
Blackberry-Lime Cream Cheese Coffee Cake | sweetpeasandsaffron.com @sweetpeasaffronWhat a strange week…we had Wednesday off work for Canada Day, which makes Tuesday feel like Friday and Thursday feel like Monday…I’m so confused now!

Canada Day was pretty low key, Ben had to work, but when he arrived home there was a backyard feast waiting for him…tortilla chips and Smoky Sweet Potato Hummus (minus the spicy chipotle peppers for Mr. Kai), Tequila Turkey Sliders with Guacamole (minus the tequila for Kai), and this Grilled Corn & Barley Salad with Goat Cheese and Blueberries.  Yum, yum yum!  I just LOVE picnic food!

And now today is Friday…for real Friday (the best kind of Friday)!  Unless you’re American in which case you’ve already had your Thur-Friday and are enjoying your Fri-Saturday.  OK I’m talking full-on gibberish now.  I’ll stop 😉

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30-Minute Ginger Beef Tacos with Peanut Sauce http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/06/30-minute-ginger-beef-tacos-with-peanut-sauce.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/06/30-minute-ginger-beef-tacos-with-peanut-sauce.html#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:00:31 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=6489 30-Minute Ginger Beef Tacos with Peanut Sauce: A fast and delicious recipe for ground beef cooked up with ginger, topped with crunchy veggies, and drizzled with a ginger-peanut sauce that is to die for!

30-Minute Ginger Beef Tacos with Peanut Sauce | sweetpeasandsaffron.com @sweetpeasaffron

I think by now we’ve established that I am not a meal planner.  I want to be!  Maybe some day I’ll get it together.  For now, I’m kind of winging it with dinner.

I think there are a lot of us super-busy, not-so-organized and winging-it-people out there, and guess what?  I want to make our last minute ‘what’s for dinner’ freak-outs a little easier to deal with.  Also: a lot more exciting!

So guess what you’re going to be seeing around here?  Lots and lots of 30-minute dinners.  Definitely some more one-pot dinners.  And more slow cooker recipes (which admittedly do take a bit more organization but make dinners SO much easier).  Easy dinners with little effort and lots of flavor.

And guess what you’re not going to see around here: crazy ingredients you need to Google, or that will send you across the city to seek out ingredients.  Also: the same old fall-back last-minute dinner foods.  Let’s mix it up!  What do you think?

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Salmon Souvlaki Skewers with Feta Yogurt Sauce http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/06/salmon-souvlaki-skewers-with-feta-yogurt-sauce.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/06/salmon-souvlaki-skewers-with-feta-yogurt-sauce.html#comments Sun, 28 Jun 2015 07:44:12 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=6210 Salmon Souvlaki Skewers with Feta Yogurt Sauce : a simple and delicious dinner that comes together in 30 minutes!  Salmon, bell peppers, onions and lemon slices are grilled up and served with a creamy feta yogurt sauce and pita wedges.

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I kind of want to call this the summer of the barbecue.  And the summer of the skewers.  Because there has been a TON of barbecuing happening here, and ever since we got these cool metal skewers (^), we’ve been throwing more than just some shrimp on the barbie 😉

Part of the reason for the massive amounts of barbecuing we’ve been doing (other than less dishes to wash!) is that it has actually been quite warm here, and Ben is slightly crazy about keeping the house warm.  Translation: I’m not allowed to turn on the oven.

The other day, I told him I have to bake some cookies for the blog.  He actually asked me if I could cook them on the BBQ, I kid you not!  I’m actually kind of curious…will it grill?  (Now I’m thinking that I should create a new blog series called ‘Will it Grill?’…ha ha ha!)

Anyway, grilled cookies aside, these salmon skewers were the latest thing to be skewered and grilled.  And I just can’t get over how easy they were to prepare and how delicious they were to eat!

Salmon Souvlaki Skewers with Yogurt-Feta Sauce | sweetpeasandsaffron.com @sweetpeasaffron

These salmon skewers are so simple…bell peppers, lemons slices, red onion, and salmon cubes on a skewer, showered with pepper, and grilled up.  The magic to this dish is in the sauce…a yogurt and feta sauce with a touch of garlic and lemon.  That sauce brings a TON of flavor to the skewers.

So.  A simple and easy oven-less recipe that is ready in 30 minutes.  And it’s healthy for you!  And there’s almost no dishes!

Simple is almost always better in my book.  What do you think?

Head on over to Real Housemoms, where I’m sharing my recipe!

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Lemon Meringue Pie Ice Cream Sundaes | sweetpeasandsaffron.com @sweetpeasaffronGuys, I just had the most perfect moment, and I had to share it with you!

I had just gotten home from a long day at work.  It was 30°C (86°F).  Ben was making dinner (YES!!)  Picture me, relaxing on a deck lounger while Kai plays beside me.  An airplane flies over, Kai gets scared and climbs on me.  And we cuddle, pointing at the birds, the airplane track in the sky, blowing kisses to Daddy who is in the window.  Sigh.  If that isn’t a perfect moment, I don’t know what is.  All I need is my snuggly toddler, a deck lounger, some warm weather, and Ben making dinner (ha!).

Do you ever have those moments?  The ones where you truly feel like you are present, and enjoying what is happening at that exact second?  Not thinking about tomorrow, or what’s on your to-do list…just happy.  In that exact moment.

I don’t have nearly enough of those moments, and I am going to strive for more!

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Zucchini Ricotta Quiche with Crumbled Walnuts http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/06/zucchini-ricotta-quiche-with-crumbled-walnuts.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/06/zucchini-ricotta-quiche-with-crumbled-walnuts.html#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 07:19:48 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=6408 An easy cheesy zucchini quiche with creamy ricotta and crumbled walnuts.  Perfect for brunch or dinner!
Zucchini Ricotta Quiche with Crumbled Walnuts | sweetpeasandsaffron.com @sweetpeasaffron

Is there a specific food that reminds you of summer?  If I had to pick one, I’d say corn.  If I’m allowed to pick another, I’d say cherries!  And I get one more, I guess I’d have to say zucchini.  Grudgingly.

I’m not picking zucchini because I love it like corn or cherries.  I mean, zucchini…I don’t think it’s anyone’s favorite food, is it?  It’s just kind of…there in the summer.  There was always zucchini coming out of Mom’s garden growing up.

And these days, it’s one of the only things I can actually grow in my garden.  In fact it grows almost too well.  I have picked zucchinis the length of my forearm before, and secretly am hoping for some more.

That’s because even though zucchini isn’t super deliciously wonderful on its own, it has potential.  Especially if there is lots of cheese involved 😉

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Grilled Caramel Bacon S’Mores http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/06/grilled-caramel-bacon-smores.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/06/grilled-caramel-bacon-smores.html#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 07:33:43 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=6440 Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LetsMakeSmores #CollectiveBias #sponsored  Thanks for supporting the brands that support Sweet Peas & Saffron!

No campfire?  No problem!  These Grilled Caramel Bacon S’mores are the most delicious (and easy) solution!
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It’s that time of year again…S’mores season!  Don’t you think S’mores are to summer what pumpkin is to fall?  Or the ground-hog is to spring?  Wait, what?

Hear me out: when you start to see s’mores recipes popping up, you know it’s almost summer.  And even though we’re thisclose to June 21, can we please call it summer already?  Because the s’mores recipes are rampant, and I have another one for you!

But not just any s’more recipe…a campfire-free s’more recipe.  Because sometimes, you don’t want to drive all the way out into the mountains and build a campfire just to get your s’mores fix…with this recipe, any day can be a s’mores day!

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Grilled Zucchini Caprese Roll-Ups http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/06/grilled-zucchini-caprese-roll-ups.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/06/grilled-zucchini-caprese-roll-ups.html#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 07:44:05 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=6274 Zucchini ribbons are wrapped around fresh basil, bocconcini, and a cherry tomato, then lightly grilled.  A light and fresh appetizer, perfect for a backyard barbecue!
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I am trying to think of how to start this post, but the only words looping around my brain tonight are: “I like to ooot, ooot, ooot, oooples and banooonooos”.

And if you don’t have a toddler, you have no idea of what I’m talking about and probably think I’m insane.

It seems that Kai has a thing for the Wiggles, and I don’t get it because I didn’t grow up on the Wiggles.  To me they are strange grown men, wearing turtle necks, singing kids songs and dancing around.  And guys:  they are like reeeeally committing to these dance moves.  Especially that purple one.  So much enthusiasm!

But to Ben (my Aussie fiance), they are his childhood.  He knows the words, he knows some dance moves, and (OK he’s totally going to kill me for revealing this), when we were at Dreamworld, we had to go check out Wiggle World.  And now I’m in big trouble for writing that on my blog :)

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Cilantro-Chile Pesto Fish http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/06/cilantro-chile-pesto-fish.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/06/cilantro-chile-pesto-fish.html#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 07:00:16 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=6401  An easy and fresh pesto recipe that replaces basil with cilantro and adds grilled jalapeños for extra flavor and a touch of heat!  Slather it on fish and grill them up for a quick and easy week-night dinner!
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Becoming a mom has changed my life in more ways than I would have ever thought.  More than the words-can’t-describe-it love.  More than the sleep deprivation and those crazy days when you want to scream.

Motherhood has completely changed my outlook on life.  My old priorities: career.  Work hard, nose to the grindstone, get a prestigious career, buy a fancy house, have kids, do it all.  I’ve recently discovered that I don’t want to do it all.  Not at all.

What do I want?  Life to slow down.  To be more present, in the moment, my brain not thinking about work when I’m at home and family when I’m at work.  I want the slow and relaxed pace that life had when I was on maternity leave.

So we’ve made the decision that after I graduate (sometime at the end of 2015), life is going to slow down.  If we can afford it, I will work part-time.  Dinner won’t be a freak-out.  Week-ends will be for family time, not chores.  And hopefully, I can get to the place where I live in the moment and enjoy all the wonderful things that I have in my life.

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Blueberry Almond Shortcakes with Lemon Whipped Cream http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/06/blueberry-almond-shortcakes-with-lemon-whipped-cream.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/06/blueberry-almond-shortcakes-with-lemon-whipped-cream.html#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 07:31:19 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=6232 Mini-sized blueberry almond shortcakes are topped with lemon whipped cream.  A fun and tasty strawberry shortcake alternative!
Blueberry Almond Shortcakes with Lemon Whipped Cream | sweetpeasandsaffron.com @sweetpeasaffron

Well hello, Thursday!  Where did you come from?

Sneaky, sneaky Thursday…almost as sneaky as June!  But Thursdays and June are good things to have sneak up on you, because we have so many sunny, summery wonderful week-end-y type things to look forward to.  I say sneak away!  Unless your name is Monday.  Then you stay away.  I mean it.

My favorite summery week-end-y thing of all is baking up some sort of fun fruity dessert.  Crisp, coffee cake, pie, shortcake…you get the picture.  Fruit.  Dessert.  Yummy times.

And last week-end, it was time for shortcake.  Blueberry shortcake.

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