Sweet Peas and Saffron http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com Fun, Delicious, No-Fuss Recipes Fri, 04 Sep 2015 04:11:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Kale Caesar Salad with Lemon Parmesan Chicken Strips http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/09/kale-caesar-salad-with-lemon-parmesan-chicken-strips.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/09/kale-caesar-salad-with-lemon-parmesan-chicken-strips.html#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 08:00:42 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=7976 Kale Caesar Salad with Parmesan Lemon Chicken Strips (30 minutes) @sweetpeasaffron

30-minA fast, easy and super-flavorful weeknight dinner that is ready in under 30 minutes!  You won’t even notice that there’s nutritious kale in your salad, it tastes just like romaine!


Well, it’s September.  And suddenly the breeze is a little cooler, the leaves are yellowing, and it’s fall.  I know fall isn’t officially until September 21, but in Canada, fall comes early.  Last year it snowed in September!

September comes with tummy knots.  Because that means I’m one month closer to my thesis defense and I need to get a move on with this whole writing thing.  I always get nervous when it comes to school, and it always works out totally fine.  I’m just a nervous worrier, I can’t help it!  I’m pretty sure these tummy knots are just here to stay until December 14 when I defend.

Stomach knots aside, I’m sure that we are all very busy these days and are in need of nutritious, fast dinner recipes.  So here you go!  Easy, healthy, ready in under 30 minutes.  And it’s pretty darn delicious, too!

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21 Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfasts http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/09/21-healthy-make-ahead-breakfasts.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/09/21-healthy-make-ahead-breakfasts.html#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:37:26 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=7919 21 Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfasts @sweetpeasaffron

I love make-ahead meals so much that I made a Pinterest board full of them!  Click here to check it out and follow along!

It’s round up time again!  And since it’s back to school time (wah!), it means back to the grindstone for a lot of us.  I go to school year-round (yay grad school!), but Kai now has to go to day care extra early.  So no more fun summery sleep ins for us.  That means that unless I want to revert to my old PB-toast habits (NO), I’d better get organized for the morning rush!

I’ve rounded up 21 healthy, delicious looking make-ahead breakfasts.  These can be stored either in the fridge or the freezer, making the morning routine just a little easier.  Check them out!

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Peanut Butter S’mores Turnovers http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/08/peanut-butter-smores-turnovers.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/08/peanut-butter-smores-turnovers.html#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 07:28:54 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=7861 Peanut Butter S'mores Turnovers, only 5 ingredients and 30 minutes to make!  @sweetpeasaffron

These easy and delicious turnovers are stuffed with Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Spread, marshmallow fluff, and graham crackers.  Ready in under 30 minutes, and would be a fun project with kids!

Disclaimer: Thank-you Hershey’s Canada for sponsoring this delicious post!  As always, all opinions are my own.

So, here we are.  August 27th.  The dog days of summer.  How did we get here so quickly?

Summer, you were awesome.  There were daily trips to the park.  Lots of barbecuing.  Lottts of backyard lounging.  Can’t you stay for just a little bit longer?  Pleeeease?

Well, I’ve decided to send summer off with one last s’mores recipe, because nothing says summer quite like s’mores, right?

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Slow Cooker Honey-Lime Chicken (3 ways) http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/08/slow-cooker-honey-lime-chicken.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/08/slow-cooker-honey-lime-chicken.html#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 18:59:17 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=7719 Slow Cooker Honey-Lime Chicken and three recipes to use it in! @sweetpeasaffron

slowcookerThis honey-lime chicken is an easy and delicious base slow cooker recipe with only 6 ingredients and takes only 10 minutes to throw together.  Scroll to the bottom of the post for three BRAND NEW recipes to use your chicken!

I’m back with another 3-in-1 slow cooker post for you!  In case you are new, this is a blog series where I provide one base slow cooker recipe and three ways to use it.  Last month we made slow cooker sweet potatoes, check out that post here!  This month, it’s chicken time!

The point of this series is to make dinner time a LOT easier:  make up a batch of the chicken on day 1, and use it in one of the recipes below.  Days 2 & 3: come home from work, don’t worry about thawing anything out, because your chicken is already cooked!  And because these recipes are very different from each other, I promise you won’t get bored of eating chicken for three days in a row!

And the best part is none of these recipes take longer than 30 minutes to prepare.

Let’s check them out!

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Egg & Quinoa Breakfast Muffins (Make Ahead) http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/08/egg-quinoa-breakfast-muffins-make-ahead.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/08/egg-quinoa-breakfast-muffins-make-ahead.html#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 07:35:28 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=7500 Egg & Quinoa Breakfast Muffins with sundried tomatoes, mushrooms and Swiss cheese.  Grab and go, freezer-friendly, and delicious!  @sweetpeasaffron

Egg muffins filled with quinoa, sundried tomatoes, mushrooms and Swiss cheese!  An easy, make-ahead and freezer-friendly breakfast that you can grab and go!

I’m really starting to like this whole freezer meal thing.  Last week I made freezer-friendly breakfast quesadillas, and they disappeared way too quickly.  I made another double batch last week-end, and have been eating them for breakfast every day since then!

Those quesadillas really got my wheels turning.  I am really not using my freezer to its full potential.  Guys, I’ve been brainstorming.  There are going to be more freezer-friendly meals on the way, soon.  What do you think?  Yay for freezer meals?  In the comments, tell me your favorite freezer meals, or anything you’d like to see a recipe for!  I’m definitely open to suggestions here.

To keep the freezer-meal ball rolling, I have another one here for you today.  Eggs…in muffin form!

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Brown Sugar-Chili Lamb Chops with Peach-Arugula Salad http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/08/brown-sugar-chili-lamb-chops-with-peach-arugula-salad.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/08/brown-sugar-chili-lamb-chops-with-peach-arugula-salad.html#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:06:02 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=7621 Disclaimer:  Thank-you to the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency for sponsoring this post!  As always, all opinions are my own. 
Chili Brown Sugar Lamb Chops with Peach Arugula Salad ready in 30 minutes! @sweetpeasaffron

30-minAn easy, late-summer salad with brown sugar and chili-rubbed lamb chops, couscous, and a peach-arugula salad.  It sounds complicated, but it’s a simple, easy meal that is ready in under 30 minutes!

 What kind of cook are you?  Do you hang onto those same tried and true recipes and make them over and over, or do you seek out new recipes outside of your ‘expertise’ to challenge yourself?

I personally love to challenge myself in the kitchen.  Sure, I have those recipes handed down to me from my mom that I make over and over.  But in general, I like to be pretty adventurous in the kitchen.

It doesn’t always work out for me.  There have been some duds.  But when it goes right, it can really really go right.

One area that I am trying to improve upon is cooking meat.  I used to sit back and let Ben cook the meat, but this summer I’m stepping up and trying to learn.  First up was cooking the perfect steak.  And when I had the opportunity to create a lamb recipe for Ontario Lamb, I jumped at this opportunity to improve my lamb cooking skills.

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Caramel Bourbon Root Beer Floats http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/08/caramel-bourbon-root-beer-floats.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/08/caramel-bourbon-root-beer-floats.html#comments Sun, 16 Aug 2015 20:46:42 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=7685 Caramel Bourbon Root Beer Floats @sweetpeasaffron

Root beer floats are taken to a whole new delicious level with a shot of bourbon and a drizzle of caramel!

Weeeeellll.  I’m a bit late with this one.  I was going to post it yesterday, but got distracted, and then I was going to post it this morning, but got distracted.

So here I am, posting this cocktail recipe on a Sunday afternoon.  But that’s OK, because cocktails are tooootally in order on summery Sunday afternoons, right?

Especially if ice cream, bourbon and caramel sauce are involved, right? OK good.  So we’re on the same page 😉

Caramel Bourbon Root Beer Floats @sweetpeasaffron

We’ve actually had a pretty quiet week-end here, getting ready to really get back into the swing of things because tomorrow Kai is going back to day care and I will return to my dungeon office where I will continue plugging along on my thesis.  It’s coming.  Verrry slowly, but at least it’s doing something, right?

I even have a tentative defense date: December 14.  Which seems SO far away, but I’m sure that the fall will just be flying by!  I’m pretty excited to have an actual date in my mind.  I will be done by Christmas, and you’ll all have to call me doctor by the end of 2015.  Not a doctor-doctor, a Sheldon Cooper-doctor.  (LOL who has seen that episode?)

OK…thesis and defence ramblings aside.  How about root beer float ramblings?  With ice cream, and bourbon, and caramel syrup.  And they’re ridiculously easy to make and ridiculously easy to drink.  And they’re going to make you ridiculously happy, because when you drink a root beer float, it just feels like summer.  Because repeat after me: it’s still summer.  No more of this pumpkin nonsense!

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

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Spinach, Feta & Red Pepper Breakfast Quesadillas (Make Ahead) http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/08/spinach-feta-red-pepper-breakfast-quesadillas-make-ahead.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/08/spinach-feta-red-pepper-breakfast-quesadillas-make-ahead.html#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 15:54:10 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=7445  

Spinach, Feta & Red Pepper Breakfast Quesadillas (Make Ahead, Freezer Freindly) @sweetpeasaffron

Make-ahead breakfast quesadillas filled with scrambled eggs, feta cheese, spinach and red peppers.  An easy, healthy week-day breakfast!

Even though my kiddo isn’t school age, seeing anything that has anything to do with back-to-school makes my heart sink.

The only thing about back to school that I ever looked forward to was the fun new school supplies…fresh paper, new pens, new binders and pencil cases…  To this day, going to the stationary section kind of makes my heart race in a weird nerdy way, especially those post-its…I just can never have too many post-its.  And highlighters!  Ahhh!

Well.  I suppose back to school is eventually going to be here.  And I know how hard it is to get myself and Kai out the door in the morning, I can’t even imagine how challenging it will eventually be to get multiple kids dressed, fed, and out the door.  Props to all you parents who do so!

And here’s a breakfast quesadilla that can be made ahead and frozen for an easy breakfast…perfect for school (or work) mornings!

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One Pan Orecchiette with Ground Turkey and Zucchini http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/08/one-pan-orecchiette-with-ground-turkey-and-zucchini.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/08/one-pan-orecchiette-with-ground-turkey-and-zucchini.html#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 07:35:10 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=7512 One Pan Orecchiette with Ground Turkey and Zucchini @sweetpeasaffron

 one-potAn easy pasta dish that cooks up in one pan.  Ground turkey, zucchini and peas are cooked up with the pasta with a touch of lemon zest, parmesan cheese and sliced almonds.  A delicious week-night dinner!

Well, I’m back from staycation land.  It was fun while it lasted.

There were Watermelon Margranitas and S’mores Sundae Cookie Cups.  We all stayed up a little later and slept in a little later, too (even Kai!).

But now it’s back to reality.  The 5pm rush.  The what-on-earth-is-for-dinner-dilemma.  And we can’t leave those dishes until tomorrow anymore.

So I have the perfect almost-no-dishes easy 5pm solution for us all!  And it’s called one-pot pasta.

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Bruschetta and Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushroom Caps http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/08/bruschetta-and-goat-cheese-stuffed-mushroom-caps.html http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/08/bruschetta-and-goat-cheese-stuffed-mushroom-caps.html#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2015 07:11:09 +0000 http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/?p=6973 Bruschetta and Goat Cheese Grilled Mushroom Caps | @sweetpeasaffron

An easy and healthy appetizer, perfect for a backyard BBQ!

It’s Friday.  I would normally be all ‘it’s FRIDAY!!!!’, but not this time…Friday means that our stay-cation is coming to an end.

I haven’t spent so much quality time with Ben and Kai in a loooong time.  We’ve had so much fun together!

Out of all of the activities we’ve done, the free ones are definitely the best.  We spent $40 on zoo admission only to have Kai want to play at the zoo playground…no interest in monkeys or tigers!  One of my favorite things we’ve done is to get some burgers and eat them on the tailgate of the car while watching airplanes take off and land.  An oddly fun activity!

So.  Our stay-cation might be on it’s way out, but at least we still have a few more weeks of summer left.  And I plan on soaking up every minute of it!

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