Sweet Peas and Saffron http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com Fun, Delicious, No-Fuss Recipes Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:07:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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LEMON & COCONUT ANGEL FOOD CAKE DONUTS http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/03/lemon-coconut-angel-food-cake-donuts.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/03/lemon-coconut-angel-food-cake-donuts.html#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:39:01 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5796 Light and airy angel food cake donuts are flavored with lemon, and topped with toasted coconut.  They are the perfect way to celebrate spring, and make adorable Easter ‘donut nests’.
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What are your Easter traditions?  I can’t say I’ve had any traditions for a long time now, not since I was a little kid.

Unless you count eating chocolate eggs straight from the bag…that’s definitely a tradition I uphold each year ;)

Now that we have a kid of our own, Ben and I get to decide what kind of Easter traditions we will have!  We’re going to go ultra-simple this year: find the egg.  I have a feeling Kai is going to love this game!  We have some plastic, and some chocolate eggs…and yes, mom has already gotten into the chocolate eggs.  Guilty as charged!

And I made angel food cake donuts…similar to these angel food cupcakes I made last spring.  I’m thinking one of our new traditions should be angel food cake.

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19 HEALTHY ONE-POT DINNERS http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/03/19-healthy-one-pot-dinners.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/03/19-healthy-one-pot-dinners.html#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 07:57:47 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5741 19 Healthy One-Pot Dinners | sweetpeasandsaffron.com @sweetpeasaffron

After trying one-pot pasta for the first time very recently, I was completely blown away by how much flavor you can get from cooking the pasta in the sauce!  And having only one pot to wash up made it even better!  I can’t wait to come up with some more one-pot meals, but for now, I’ve rounded up 19 delicious-looking (and healthy!) dinners that can be prepared using only one pot, pan, or skillet!

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CHICKEN AND AVOCADO CAPRESE QUESADILLAS http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/03/chicken-and-avocado-caprese-quesadillas.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/03/chicken-and-avocado-caprese-quesadillas.html#comments Sat, 21 Mar 2015 17:17:04 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5773 A fun and unique twist on a quesadilla: tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, avocado and chicken are fried up, then drizzled with an amazing balsamic reduction!
Chicken and Avocado Caprese Quesadillas | sweetpeasandsaffron.com @sweetpeasaffron

Life has been going at a very fast pace lately…because I swear just yesterday it was January…and now it’s mid-March!

This week I was side-tracked from my breakneck pace to a complete standstill thanks to a very bad case of the flu.

So in the fog of post-flu recovery, today’s post is going to be very short and sweet!

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RASPBERRY, MACADAMIA NUT AND WHITE CHOCOLATE SCONES http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/03/raspberry-macadamia-nut-and-white-chocolate-scones.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/03/raspberry-macadamia-nut-and-white-chocolate-scones.html#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 08:26:25 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5756 Flaky and delicious buttermilk scones are studded with fresh raspberries and macadamia nuts, then drizzled with white chocolate!
Raspberry Macadamia Nut Scones with White Chocolate | sweetpeasandsaffron.com @sweetpeasaffron

I have to admit, I’m not much of a breakfast person.  Mostly because I am not a morning person, at all.  I want easy in the morning.  Usually a smoothie and some toast with peanut butter is all I’m up for making.

On the rare occasion that I do bake something fresh for breakfast, it is just such a nice feeling…the warmth of the kitchen, the lovely smells, and the feeling that you’ve been productive right off the bat in the morning.

You feel like you’ve earned a leisurely breakfast with a cup of coffee and a nice fresh scone.

Then I always wonder why I don’t do this more often!

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ONE POT PASTA WITH CHICKEN, FETA AND DILL http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/03/one-pot-pasta-with-chicken-feta-and-dill.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/03/one-pot-pasta-with-chicken-feta-and-dill.html#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:25:55 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5725 This fresh and tasty pasta dish is cooked together in the same pot!  Feta, fresh dill, and cherry tomatoes are added at the end to give this dish a fresh and bright flavor.

One Pot Pasta with Chicken, Feta and Dill | sweetpeasandsaffron.com @sweetpeasaffronDo you follow trends?

I used to follow fashion trends…I maybe definitely had ‘The Rachel’ hair cut in the 90’s and rocked the skinny jeans in the 00’s.  And I used to suffer for my fashion choices, too!  I can vividly remember taking public transit in -30 degree (celsius) weather in a mini skirt on my way to the bar.  Yep.  That was me.

These days it’s comfy shoes.  Comfy pants.  And comfier trends for me.

Like one pot meals.  I have avoided this food trend until now.  And guess what I’ve only just discovered?  One pot meals are not just about convenience, they also taste amazing!

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THAI COCKTAIL MEATBALLS #TKeveryday http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/03/thai-cocktail-meatballs-tkeveryday.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/03/thai-cocktail-meatballs-tkeveryday.html#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 07:22:32 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5715 These delicious cocktail meatballs are a breeze to throw together and are full of delicious Thai flavors!

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Oh hi!  I’m back again with yet another Thai-inspired recipe!

What can I say?  I guess I am dreaming of white sand beaches, palm trees, Buddha, and Thai food!

This time, we’re making meatballs, cute little bite-sized meatballs, perfect as an appetizer or a main course.

I found this recipe for Cocktail Meatballs using Fish Sauce from #TKeveryday Recipe Challenge and made it myself with a few teeny tiny tweaks.

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TURKEY, CORN AND SMOKED GOUDA SWEET POTATO BOATS http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/03/turkey-corn-and-smoked-gouda-sweet-potato-boats.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/03/turkey-corn-and-smoked-gouda-sweet-potato-boats.html#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 07:24:17 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5677 Roasted sweet potatoes are stuffed with a Mexican turkey and corn mixture, and smothered with smoked Gouda.  A delicious and fun alternative for taco Tuesday!
Turkey, Corn and Smoked Gouda Sweet Potato Boats- a healthy, gluten-free taco alternative

Look, it’s Tuesday and I made tacos!  That was totally planned…riiiight…wink wink.

I guess these don’t exactly look like tacos, but they are kind of…taco-ey.  I mean, you have all of your essential taco components: filling, cheese, and some sort of thing to wrap around the filling and cheese…if you use your imagination it’s kind of wrapping.

OK so tacos or not, they are yummy, healthy, and gluten-free!  As a huge lover of all things gluten, it’s pretty much always a complete accident when gluten-free happens.  So here’s my happy accident for all you celiacs out there.

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AVOCADO CAESAR SALAD http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/03/avocado-caesar-salad.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/03/avocado-caesar-salad.html#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:22:10 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=5685 A fun, egg-less and mayo-free twist on the Caesar salad!  Romaine lettuce is tossed in a creamy avocado Caesar dressing and topped with bacon, croutons, and more avocado!

Avocado Caesar Salad: romaine lettuce is tossed in a creamy avocado caesar dressing and topped with bacon, croutons and even more avocado! sweetpeasandsaffron.com @necie83

Crazy salad lady is back with another crazy salad!

Avocado Caesar.  Yup.  You read that right.

Basically, I came to a realization: avocados are really just a deliciously creamy blank canvas…they can go in so many dishes to add a dose of creaminess…smoothies (not that I’ve tried that one, to be honest I’m grossed out by green smoothies), pesto (which I’m still dreaming about), and even chicken salad sandwiches (and thank-you, Danielle for inspiring this recipe)!  Now we can add avocado Caesar salad to the list because it really, really works!

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