Sweet Peas and Saffron http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com Fun, Delicious, No-Fuss Recipes Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:41:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 ONE PAN SAFFRON CHICKEN WITH PEPPERS AND PEAS http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/04/one-pan-saffron-chicken-with-peppers-and-peas.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/04/one-pan-saffron-chicken-with-peppers-and-peas.html#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 07:13:42 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5934 This paella-inspired dinner cooks up all in the same pan and is flavored with exotic saffron and smoked paprika!
One Pan Saffron Chicken with Peppers and Peas | sweetpeasandsaffron.com @sweetpeasaffron

Did you guys hear?  Full House.  Netflix.  Eeeee!

I just love the fact that my generation (aka: 1980’s kids) are all grown up now and feeling nostalgic…and rebooting all these fun TV shows!  First there was Boy Meets World, and now Full House!?  Now I’m just waiting to see if Family Matters gets a reboot!

OK, let’s ignore the fact that these shows weren’t actually very good (shhhh!), they were happy, safe, family-friendly shows.  Do we have shows like that anymore?  It seems like TV these days is so much darker and more serious…of course that could be because I’ve watched the entire Walking Dead series in the past few months.

Well, Full House reboots have nothing to do at all with this delicious meal I have for you today, although I would say that I’m quite excited about both Full-House and this One Pan Saffron Chicken with Peppers and Peas!

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SPINACH & ARTICHOKE WHIPPED FETA http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/04/spinach-artichoke-whipped-feta.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/04/spinach-artichoke-whipped-feta.html#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:46:51 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5927 Feta is whipped to creamy perfection with spinach, artichokes, and a hint of lemon zest!  Perfect as a dip or on sandwiches.
Spinach & Artichoke Whipped Feta Dip

Look!  I made you a dip, and it isn’t hummus!  Shocking, isn’t it?

I have four different variations of hummus on this site, and I thought maybe it was time to branch out.

This time, I actually didn’t have dip in mind…I just wanted something spinach and artichoke.  I tried making one-pot pasta with it, but it was way too rich.  I considered making a grilled cheese sandwich with it, but Google told me it had been done many other times.

Finally, I considered whipped feta…but as a dip.  With spinach and artichokes.  And it turned out perfectly the very first time I made it!  Third time’s a charm!

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LOADED POPCORN BROWNIES (& $500 GIVEAWAY!) http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/04/loaded-popcorn-brownies.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/04/loaded-popcorn-brownies.html#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 07:08:34 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5901 These are not your boring old brownies…they are loaded with popcorn, honey roasted peanuts, caramel, and chocolate!  Salty, sweet, chewy and crunchy!
Loaded Popcorn Brownies- loaded with popcorn, caramel, peanuts, marshmallows and chocolate! | sweetpeasandsaffron.com @sweetpeasaffron

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I feel like I say this every week, but this week I really, really mean it.

It’s Friday!  Woohoo!  And what a long week it has been.  We have made the decision to switch Kai’s dayhome…which is a very hard decision to make, because he is happy, and she seems very nice.  But there are things that just aren’t sitting right with Momma, and I’m realizing that Mommas aren’t all about baby cuddles and tummy tickles.  They have to make the hard decisions, too.

So we will get to go through the long process of getting him used to a new dayhome.  And Momma will be wracked with guilt and worrying about him every second of that first day, but that’s OK because she has popcorn/peanut/caramel/chocolate topped brownies to stuff her face with!

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HERBED ORZO PASTA SALAD WITH TOMATOES & FETA http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/04/herbed-orzo-pasta-salad-with-feta.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/04/herbed-orzo-pasta-salad-with-feta.html#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 07:19:38 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5844 A fresh and delicious pasta salad that tosses orzo pasta, cherry tomatoes, mint and feta cheese in a red wine vinaigrette.
Herbed Orzo Salad with Tomatoes and Feta | sweetpeasandsaffron.com @sweetpeasaffron

Sometimes I think my life could make a very entertaining sitcom.

Take this morning, for instance.  I am standing at the bathroom sink, trying to put on my make-up…one foot on the toilet lid, contorted with my knee bent to stop my one and a half year old Kai from getting to the trash can.  Then he averts his attention from the trash can, and quickly dives for the roll of toilet paper…which I am not ready for.  He yanks on it, and manages to get a good length of it before I can stop him.

Then he’s gone in a flash…disappeared into my bedroom, and it is eerily quiet.  Quiet is bad in my house.  So I go to find him, and what do I find?  My humidifier.  The little humidifying hole plugged up with toilet paper.  There is also a corner of paper hanging out of his mouth.  He says “mmmmm!”

Not an end-of-the-world catastrophe, just a snapshot of my life these days.  One eye always to be on Mr. Trouble, and never, ever a dull moment.

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21 FAST & HEALTHY CHICKEN DINNERS (THAT AREN’T BORING!) http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/04/21-healthy-chicken-dinners-that-arent-boring.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/04/21-healthy-chicken-dinners-that-arent-boring.html#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 07:50:26 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5871 21 Healthy Chicken Dinners (That Aren't Boring) | sweetpeasandsaffron.com @sweetpeasaffron

It’s recipe round-up time again!  We eat a lot of chicken at my house…probably 3-5 times a week if I were to guess.  And with both Ben and I working full-time, we often fall into dinner ruts, and 5pm ‘what are we going to eat?!’ freak-outs.  I think I need to get into meal-planning, because we are not very organized here!

This month I went looking for some fun dinners featuring chicken, and found some great recipes that are anything but boring!  There are lots of salads (because I am a crazy salad lady), curries, stir fries and BBQ recipes (yay for BBQ weather!!)  Everything is do-able in under 45 minutes, meaning week-night dinners just got a little more exciting.  Check out my delicious finds:

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BROWN BUTTER RASPBERRY SWIRL CHEESECAKE BLONDIES http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/04/brown-butter-raspberry-swirl-cheesecake-blondies.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/04/brown-butter-raspberry-swirl-cheesecake-blondies.html#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 07:27:52 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5843 Blondies are swirled with raspberry jam and cheesecake in this chewy and delicious dessert bar!
Brown Butter Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Blondies | sweetpeasandsaffron.com @sweetpeasaffron

I’ve read that some blogging experts out there suggest that us newer bloggers create a blog focused around one particular theme.  Ie: vegan.  Healthy.  Desserts only.   5 ingredients or less.

This way readers know what to expect when they visit your blog…it is your ‘brand’.

I sometimes wonder if I should change my focus to entirely healthy food…but then I quickly shake that idea off.  Maybe I’m unusual in that I like desserts with butter, and am also perfectly happy to eat a meal-sized salad for dinner.  But I really don’t think I’m alone…I think there are lots of us leaf-eating butter-lovers.  Hands up if you are with me!

So I will happily keep creating healthy recipes…some indulgent recipes…desserts….and maybe a cocktail or two.  I’m going to keep you all guessing, but at least it there will never be a dull moment!

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ONE-POT SHRIMP LINGUINE WITH SPRING VEGETABLES http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/04/one-pot-shrimp-linguine-with-spring-vegetables.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/04/one-pot-shrimp-linguine-with-spring-vegetables.html#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 07:00:26 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5830 A simple and delicious one-pot shrimp linguine with spring vegetables.  Everything cooks together in one pot, meaning more flavor, and less dishes!
One-Pot Shrimp Linguine with Spring Vegetables | sweetpeasandsaffron.com @sweetpeasaffron

Heya, how was your week-end?

Mine was ca-razy, in the fact that I blinked and it was Sunday…wait, wasn’t it supposed to be a long week-end?!

I wish I had been more organized and had put together a proper Easter dinner, but my organizational skills have officially left the building.

So a proper Easter feast?  No.  But some simple, delicious, comfort food?  Yep.

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MINESTRONE WITH CORN AND QUINOA…MY FLAVOUR OF HOME MEMORY! http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/04/minestrone-with-corn-and-quinoa.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/04/minestrone-with-corn-and-quinoa.html#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 07:18:16 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5808 A simple, delicious, and comforting bowl of minestrone!  Packed with vegetables, Italian sausage, corn and quinoa, this version is light enough for spring.

Minestrone with Corn & Quinoa | sweetpeasandsaffron.com @sweetpeasaffron #knorr #sponsored

Disclosure: Thank-you Knorr for sponsoring this post, and for inspiring me to share my favourite childhood flavour memory with you!  All opinions are my own.

When you grow up, you will move away from home.  Whether you move across town, or across the country, or even across the world, home never really leaves you…a little bit of it is always with you!  All it takes is a taste of your mom’s cooking to bring a feeling, a memory, a comforting sense of home flooding back to you.

What does this say?  Flavour is not just taste…it is nostalgia…emotion…memory!  Also: the power of a home-cooked meal is so great that it sticks with a person for life.  Pretty incredible if you ask me!

For me, all it takes is a spoonful of my Mom’s minestrone soup, and I am magically transported back to the kitchen in my childhood home, sitting at our white kitchen table for lunch.  It is probably snowing outside, and we have most likely been out building snow forts, or maybe cross-country skiing.  There may have been a tag-along friend or two.  No matter how cold it was outside, after one spoonful of Mom’s minestrone, and we were warmed right up!  It is a safe, happy, warm and delicious memory!

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CRANBERRY, LIME & COCONUT MUFFINS http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/03/cranberry-lime-coconut-muffins.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/03/cranberry-lime-coconut-muffins.html#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:07:44 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5809 These soft and fluffy muffins are packed with tart cranberries, sweet coconut, and zesty lime!  Perfect for lunches, or just a snack.
Cranberry, Lime and Coconut Muffins | sweetpeasandsaffron.com @sweetpeasaffron

It’s that awkward time of year here.

The time of year when it’s not quite warm, but not totally cold.  When you want to pack away those boots and parkas, but you just know that Mother Nature probably has some tricks up her sleeve.  (We always get an April snowstorm.  Always).

The time of year when you are dying for freshly picked strawberries, or maybe some rhubarb, but know they won’t be arriving for another month or so.

I don’t know about you, but I am dunzo with winter.  I am ready for sunny warm afternoons, fresh flowers, fresh produce, and lots of outdoor time!

And while I am anxiously awaiting fresh berry season, I used frozen cranberries for these muffins and they were just perfect!

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WHOLE WHEAT PEPPERONI PIZZA MUFFINS http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/03/whole-wheat-pepperoni-pizza-muffins.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/03/whole-wheat-pepperoni-pizza-muffins.html#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:01:39 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5802 Cheesy and delicious pepperoni pizza…in muffin form! 
Whole Wheat Pepperoni Pizza Muffins | sweetpeasandsaffron.com @sweetpeasaffron

It’s Friday!

Hallelujah.  We made it through the week!

I have survived a chicken pox scare.  Flu recovery.  A seriously crazy encounter with a seriously crazy (road raging) parking lot person.  3 blog posts (2 recipes), and a very productive week at my day job.

I am tired, ready to put my feet up, and enjoy a nice pizza muffin.  Followed by handfuls of chocolate eggs, and maybe a glass of wine!  That’s how we roll around here ;)

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