Sweet Peas and Saffron http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com Fun, Delicious, No-Fuss Recipes Wed, 29 Jul 2015 02:24:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 19 Healthy 30 Minute Dinners http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/07/19-healthy-30-minute-dinners.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/07/19-healthy-30-minute-dinners.html#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:50:57 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=6884 19 Healthy 30 Minute Dinner Recipes.  Check out my 30 Min Meals board: https://www.pinterest.com/sweetpeasaffron/30-minute-meals/

I know we all can’t get enough 30-minute meals, so I’ve created a Pinterest board to collect additional recipe inspiration!  Check it out here and follow along!

I’ve admitted it before: 5pm at our house is frequently a gong show of rushing around, trying to figure out what to cook.  I am sure I’m not completely alone here?  I’ve been making an effort to create some fun, delicious 30-minute dinner recipes for the blog, in fact I’ll be sharing a particularly delicious one here on Wednesday!  But until then, I’ve rounded up some amazing looking 30 minute dinner recipes…it just goes to show that you don’t have to slave in the kitchen to make healthy and delicious food!

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Grilled Cauliflower with Jalapeño Lime Butter http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/07/grilled-cauliflower-with-jalapeno-lime-butter.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/07/grilled-cauliflower-with-jalapeno-lime-butter.html#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 07:10:11 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=6599 Grilled Cauliflower with Jalapeño Lime Butter- A simple side dish ready in 20 minutes!  Grilled cauliflower is topped with a delicious jalapeño lime butter!
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Well hello, Friday.  You sure took your time getting here.  I was expecting you days ago!

Is it just me, or does the work week drag on during the summer?  I just can’t wait to get to the week-end because…sun…deck…bbq…splash pool…fun!

OK that stuff kind of happens in that 30-minute window between the dishes being done and Kai’s bedtime, but it just feels too short sometimes!

These days I am not in the mood to be slaving over a hot oven.  I want something fast and easy!  And here’s one of them recipes.

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Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes 3 Ways http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/07/slow-cooker-sweet-potatoes-3-ways.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/07/slow-cooker-sweet-potatoes-3-ways.html#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 07:20:47 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=6702 Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes 3 Ways- One base slow cooker recipe for sweet potatoes, and three ways to serve them!  Having these slow cooked sweet potatoes on hand makes dinner prep a breeze!

Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes 3 Ways: Twice Baked, Falafels & Quesadillas! sweetpeasandsaffron.com @sweetpeasaffron

Note:  This is a new series where I provide one base slow cooker recipe and three ways to serve it.  For the links to the ways to serve these slow cooked sweet potatoes, scroll to the bottom of the post.

Guys, I am really excited to start a new series on the blog.  One thing I’ve come to realize over the past year is that you guys LOVE slow cooker recipes.  And that’s just awesome, because I love my slow cooker, too!

One problem I’ve always had with my slow cooker is that often times it cooks really large batches of food.  Big batch shredded chicken, or beef, or large amounts of sweet potatoes.  As a family of 3, we always end up with lots of left-overs.

Rather than eat the same dish over and over again, I thought it would be great to come up with multiple ways to use these left-overs!

Even if you have a big family and don’t end up with left-overs, I hope these recipes can help you diversify your dinner routines.  Having slow cooked portions (be it chicken, beef, or sweet potatoes) on hand makes dinner SO much quicker to whip up.

So let’s get started!  Today I am sharing a (ridiculously easy) recipe for slow cooker sweet potatoes.  If you can even call it a recipe.  Because all it is is sweet potatoes + slow cooker.  And after 8 hours on low, you are going to have the most tender, creamy sweet potatoes ever!

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Creamy Coconut and Limoncello Popsicles http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/07/creamy-coconut-and-limoncello-popsicles.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/07/creamy-coconut-and-limoncello-popsicles.html#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 07:08:26 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=6768 Creamy Coconut and Limoncello Popsicles- a five-minute recipe that gives you the creamiest, lemony, sweet-but-not-too-sweet popsicles.  With limoncello…because adults need popsicles, too!

Creamy Coconut Limoncello Popsicles (4 ingredients!) | sweetpeasandsaffron.com @sweetpeasaffron This one’s going to be a fast post!  Because it’s Thursday, it’s summer, and let’s face it:  you’re here for the popsicles!

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Sausage and Pepper Panzanella Salad with Smoky Buttermilk Vinaigrette http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/07/sausage-and-pepper-panzanella-salad-with-smoky-buttermilk-vinaigrette.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/07/sausage-and-pepper-panzanella-salad-with-smoky-buttermilk-vinaigrette.html#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 07:12:29 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=6651 Sausage and Pepper Panzanella Salad with Smoky Buttermilk Vinaigrette- An easy and delicious meal-in-a-salad!  Fresh veggies, bocconcini cheese, and spicy Italian sausage are tossed with pan-fried sourdough cubes in a smoky buttermilk vinaigrette.  Ready in 30 minutes!
Sausage and Pepper Panzanella Salad with Smoky Buttermilk Vinaigrette | sweetpeasandsaffron.com @sweetpeasaffronSince I’m working from home these days, I’ve had the luxury of taking an afternoon exercise break.  It really helps me clear my head and get energized!

I used to be a crazy intense cross-country ski racer, and we would train every day, lift weights, do interval training, long runs, hikes, the whole shebang.  That’s all waaaay too serious for me these days.  These days…I Zumba!

I Zumba in the privacy of my own basement.  After doing the DVD and the Wii games for a year, I thought I was getting pretty good.  I was in the zone.  I was doing my thing.  I was shaking my thang.  I thought maybe I should actually go to a real live class?  Publicly Zumba?

But one day, there was a mirror moved down in the basement…and I caught my reflection.  And I saw the most awkward tall white lady, limbs flailing everywhere, missing half the moves, looking like a hot sweaty mess.  And I decided that some things are best left in the basement 😉

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Vanilla Bourbon Cherry Smash Cocktails http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/07/vanilla-bourbon-cherry-smash.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/07/vanilla-bourbon-cherry-smash.html#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 07:25:13 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=6571 Vanilla Bourbon Cherry Smash:  A fresh and delicious cocktail that muddles cherries with vanilla extract and bourbon, topped with bubbly club soda.  Perfect for a lazy summer afternoon!

Vanilla Bourbon Cherry Smash | sweetpeasandsaffron.com @sweetpeasaffronDisclaimer: Thank-you, Nielsen-Massey for sponsoring this post.  I love sharing the products that I love with my readers!

For the first time in a loooong time, the song stuck in my head is not sung by The Wiggles.  No more ooples and banoonoos.  Instead Mungo Jerry:

“Chh chh-chh, Chh chh-chh, in the summertime when the weather is hot, you can stretch right up and touch the sky!”  And lucky for you, this blog has no audio 😉

I love that song, it always makes me happy, and is the perfect song to get me out of my basement-thesis-writing-funk.  The sun is shining…the weather is hot…and it’s Friday!

It’s time to go get my deck lounger positioned, and make a happy hour cocktail to sip on.  And I have just the cocktail…

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Watermelon, Feta and Arugula Mason Jar Salads http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/07/watermelon-feta-and-arugula-mason-jar-salads.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/07/watermelon-feta-and-arugula-mason-jar-salads.html#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 07:29:20 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=6507 Watermelon, Feta and Arugula Mason Jar Salads: layers of watermelon cubes, feta cheese, mint, almonds and arugula are packed into mason jars, protecting the greens from the dressing.  These are so convenient for a work lunch or picnic!
Watermelon, Feta and Arugula Mason Jar Salads | sweetpeasandsaffron.com @sweetpeasaffronStuff is happening.

By that I mean I am finally starting to write my thesis.  As of today, I am full-time at home, writing!

Also known as immaculately organizing my pens by size, my papers by author (alphabetical), and my skittles by color (study food!)  And maybe to get the creative juices flowing I will fold some laundry.  Or dust the top of those neglected bookshelves.  Or maybe I’ll even go for a run.  HA.  Gotcha!

I feel like this is the first trimester of pregnancy.  I can see my due date but it’s miles off.  I’m not really worried about giving birth (aka: defending), because it’s waaaay far away (November?  Maybe December?)  But.  I’ve got a lot of thesis-writing/baby building ahead of me, and I’d better get down to work.  If I was actually pregnant, I would get to eat way more ice cream.  On the other hand, I’m going to get to SLEEP after this thesis-baby is born.  Woo hoo!

Enough of this strange/creepy metaphor?  OK.  How about some salad?

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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 @ sweetpeasaffron

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Summer 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 @sweetpeasaffronI’ve created a new Facebook group to help us keep in touch!  If you are interested in seeing new Sweet Peas & Saffron posts, behind-the-scenes photos, and updates, join here!

What 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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