Quickled Red Onions

Quickled Red Onions are TO DIE FOR on burgers or with Mezze Platter.  They’re also great as a punch on salads, in a gyro and on taco’s
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I do 3 onions because I know my kids will gobble them down.

  • 3 onions, sliced on Epicure’s slicer or on your thin setting on your mandolin (https://danakayal NULL.epicure NULL.com/en/product/1004216)
  • 2 cups Apple Cider Vinegar (or to cover)  Costco has a fabulous ACV with the mother)
  • 1.5-3 tsp sugar
  • 1.5 tbsp Quickle Sesaoning (https://danakayal NULL.epicure NULL.com/en/product/1003253)
  • 1 tsp salt – So good with Herbed Garlic Salt!

Toss all together & let sit 30 mins or days! (If they last that long)

Steamer Potato, Ham and Corn Chowder

This nearly full steamer of soup disappeared in minutes. I love how completely easy this was – Idea to table in 25 mins plus I got the whole kitchen cleaned during that period too. This delicious & super inexpensive meal was inspired by the leftover Easter Ham in my freezer & the two sad sack carrots in the fridge.

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In Multipurpose Steamer. This could be done in a pot too.  The steamer speeds up the process and contains the moisture so you don’t heat up your home (it’s been 35+ C for 3 weeks in a row!)

  • Two large baking potatoes, diced 1/2-1″. (Precision is sooo not needed!)
  • 2 small carrots, sliced.
  • Water to cover
  • 1 Tbsp chicken broth (https://danakayal NULL.epicure NULL.com/en/product/1001083)

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Cook 9-10 minutes.  Meanwhile gather your other ingredients & if you’re like me, wash some dishes. You’ve got 9 whole minutes, I love taking conscious note of the before and after’s.  I promise you’ll be shocked and amazed at what you can and do get done in 9 mins!

 

Add:

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  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic & Onion Nutritional Yeast Topper (or HG dip mix or Roasted Garlic Aioli or Classic Salad Dressing Mix)
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch mixed into 2 cups of milk
  • 2 Tbsp Mac & Cheese (https://danakayal NULL.epicure NULL.com/en/product/1001709) powder
  • 1 cup leftover ham (or use bacon)
  • 1 cup frozen cooked corn
  1. Stir well to distribute your thickener (cornstarch) throughout.
  2. Cook 4 mins.  Stir. It should start to have thickened up by then. Stir very well to even out the consistency.  If it hasn’t yet started to thicken up, stir part way through the next step
  3. Cook 4-5 minutes, basically until all cornstarch taste is cooked out.

FINISH with

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  • 1/4 cup cheddar (I had cubed & grated – just for interest!)
  • A few snips of chives.

Sriracha Green Beans

Not spicy, just a mild kick that

  • 1/2 lb Green Beans (4 lg handfuls or 1/2 a Costco Bag)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp sriracha (https://danakayal NULL.epicure NULL.com/en/product/1001078)
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Toss together in a bowl. Spread out on Bake & Roll (https://danakayal NULL.epicure NULL.com/en/product/1006111) covered baking sheet (https://danakayal NULL.epicure NULL.com/en/product/1006105). Roast at 415 for 15mins

Squeeze on juice of lime. Serve

Cooking Conversions Made Easy

As a Canadian in my late 40′s I cook easily in both standard and metric as far as cups, tbsp, mls, etc.  Once a recipe talks about gallons, pints, sticks of butter, etc, I’m lost and turning to google.  I’ve put the most common google searches and conversions into one table for myself a few years ago and decided to pretty it up to share it.

Download a printable pdf here:

Cooking Conversion Chart – pdf

Cooking Conversion Chart – Vertical

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Cooking Conversion Chart - Vertical

 

Roasted Squash Soup with Chipotle Cream Drizzle

I’m not a soup person.  Although I tell you, this soup would make me one!!

  •  2 med sweet Onions
  •  3 Celery
  •  2 carrots
  • ½ lg kabocha squash (or butternut)

If you’re not familiar with Kobocha squash you’re missing out!  It’s 1/3 lower in calorie than Butternut, easier to cut open and high in iron.  It’s seriously worth the garden space!  I put it in this year not being familiar with it and next year I will put in 3 plants.  It’s that good!

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Roast squash and veg. at 425, 25 mins

Brush with ADOBO sauce mix (https://danakayal NULL.epicure NULL.com/en/recipe/4154) and roast 10 more mins.

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Meanwhile Combine and heat:

  •  6 cups chicken stock  (6 cups water and 3 tbsp Broth mix (https://danakayal NULL.epicure NULL.com/en/recipe/5284))
  •  1 tbsp of Onion and Garlic Nutritional Yeast Sprinkle (https://danakayal NULL.epicure NULL.com/en/products/food/nutritional-yeast-sprinkles/garlicandonion-nutritional-yeast-sprinkle) (or fresh green onion & garlic). The Sprinkle adds a bonus nutty flavor due to the Nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp Chili Garlic Salt (https://danakayal NULL.epicure NULL.com/en/product/1002551)

Add veg to stock, puree.

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Iron Fish.  My daughter is low in iron, so I use my cast iron pans as much as possible PLUS I use my iron fish (http://www NULL.luckyironfish NULL.com/) in any soup or pasta I cook.  NOTE:  Remember to remove iron fish before you blend.  OOPS!

Drizzle with:

  • 1/2 cup cream off your your *coconut milk, diluted with coconut milk (OR regular cream/greek yogurt combo)
  • ½ tsp Chipotle Aioli mix (https://danakayal NULL.epicure NULL.com/en/search/products?search=chipotle%20aioli%20mix).

Sprinkle with Garlic & Onion Nutritional Yeast sprinkle.  Devour.

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