Posted in Chicken, Kitcheninspirations Original Recipe, Main Courses, Meat, Recipes, Vegetable Sides, tagged chicken, delicious, garlic, healthy, tasty on March 6, 2017|
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We just got back from a two-week holiday in Arizona. I apologize for not commenting as much as I usually do, but you know the drill on holidays.
Regarding Arizona, I would love to say it was perfect weather, and perhaps it was, for Toronto weather but it was cold, sometimes snowy and rainy. Our time with dear friends more than made up for the lousy weather. Although we did have a few gloriously sunny days before the ugly, rainy days we spent in Sedona. Fortunately, our time at the Grand Canyon was clear, albeit cold (read: two layers of leggings, three long-sleeved Ts and a light winter jacket with hat, mittens and scarf). Once I get our photos sorted, I’ll post a few good ones on the blog, in the meantime, I thought I’d share one of my favourite ‘diet’ dishes, chicken “schnitzel” with roasted garlic cauliflower mash!
Chicken “Schnitzel” with Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash
A KitchenInspirations Original Recipe
- 460 g cauliflower
- 2-3 cloves garlic, roasted
- 1/4 cup water
- 165 g chicken breast, boneless, skinless
- 35 g egg white
- 2 Ryvita whole wheat snack bread
- 10 g whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup Herbes en Provence with granulated onion and garlic
- few sprays of non-stick spray
- chopped fresh dill for garnish
- Pre-heat oven to 425° F.
- Break down cauliflower into equal-sized florets and set on a baking sheet lightly sprayed with non-stick spray. Roast until softened. Add a bit of water at the end to steam to perfect tenderness for about 5 minutes.
- Add the cauliflower florets into a glass bowl and add the roasted garlic cloves. Blitz with the hand blender until creamy and smooth, adding a bit of water if necessary (I just added the left-over steaming liquid from the roasting pan). Set aside.
- Divide the chicken into two equal portions and butterfly each, cover the chicken with plastic and flatten it to about 0.5 cm or 1/4 inch with a kitchen mallet. Put them into the fridge.
- Add Ryvita to a small zip lock bag and smash into smaller but coarser bits. Add the Herbes en Provence and mix well.
- Add the egg whites into a large flat bowl and beat with a fork.
- Remove one chicken cutlet from the fridge and lightly dust each side with the whole wheat flour. Then dip it into the egg whites to cover both sides. Sprinkle each side with the Ryvita mixture to coat evenly. Repeat with second cutlet.
- Heat a non-stick frying pan. Spray each side of each cutlet and cook cutlets on both sides until nicely golden and the internal temperature is 185°F. Serve immediately with a slice of lemon and some fresh dill sprinkled onto it.
- The diet I use allows for two 100 g servings of protein per day.
- If you don’t have roasted garlic on hand, simply put a few unpeeled cloves into a ramekin filled with a little water or stock and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake until softened.
- Even though the chicken is very thin, it is so tender, it will knock your socks off.
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Posted in ActiFry, Appetizers/Hors D'oeuvres, Gluten Free, Kitcheninspirations Original Recipe, Recipes, Vegetarian, Weight Watchers Recipes, tagged ActiFry, Appetizer/Hors d'oeuvres, garlic, Gluten Free, healthy, hors d'oeuvres, Light, low fat, onion, tasty, Vegetarian on September 5, 2016|
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This recipe nothing new. You’ve seen it posted a million times on a million blogs (OK, maybe I exaggerate!). And I wasn’t going to post about it, but it turned out SO WELL so I kinda felt like I had to. I’ve made the oven roasted garbanzo beans (chickpeas) before and although they were pretty good, they didn’t have the crispy crunch that I had been lead to believe they would. Sure they were crisp on the exterior but the interior was rather pasty. These beans are crunchy through and through! In fact, if I hadn’t “unfried” them, I would not, could not, have believed that they were not deep fried. Yes, you read that correctly, my dear friend: they are UNFRIED.
Some time back, I cooked for a short testimonial-piece for the T-Fal ActiFry Express XL appliance (not published yet) where I had to cook twelve dishes in advance for an on-location motion shoot with a local celebrity. The great folks at T-fal gave me an ActiFry Express XL for the job. I started cooking at 5am so that food would look fresher than cooking it the night before and left just in the nick of time to get there (far end of town). We got the house at 12:30 and had to be out at 3:30! It was challenging, to say the least, particularly because the kitchen was the commercial set! I had to prep on the floor in the hall, and at one point, in the garage so that I could have access to an electrical outlet! That profession kitchen truck would have come in very handy!
JT and I are not big on fried foods, so this cool appliance is perfect for us and recently I needed a cocktail snack for the cottage and I wanted something healthy with protein and crispy garbanzo beans (chick peas) popped into my head. I thought the beans would be perfect for the ActiFry (see notes). So I purchased two 540 mL (19 oz) cans of low sodium chick peas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and dried them on a clean towel and popped them into the non-stick coated ActiFry. The result was magical, it did not dehydrate the beans (which sometimes makes them a bit leathery), it actually fried them in 1 tbsp oil! They are crunchy through and through! And the next best part? I didn’t have to turn on the oven because it was 30° C (86° F) outside and humid! And cleanup was a cinch (I vacuumed it and wiped it out with a soft cloth).
I know that this recipe will be a repeat for all parties from now on!
“Unfried” Garbonzo Beans (or chick peas)
A KitchenInspirations Original Recipe
Makes ~250 g or 2 cups unfried garbanzo beans (chick peas)
- 540 mL (19 oz) cans of low sodium chick peas
- 1 tbsp dehydrated onion powder (see notes)
- 1 tbsp granulated garlic (see notes)
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp canola oil
- dash of sesame oil
- Combine all of the spices and salt and mix well.
- Drain and rinse the garbanzo beans (chick peas) and lay out on a clean towel to dry for 30 minutes).
- Add the dried beans to the ActiFry bowl and drizzle in the oils. Set the timer to 45 minutes and close the lid. Start, allow the paddle to rotate a full circle and open the lid and sprinkle about 1/3 of the spice blend onto the beans. Close the lid and allow the paddle to go around twice. Repeat until all of the spice blend is used up. Close the lid and wait for the magic to happen.
- Test the beans around 35 minutes and then about 5-minute increments. You want a crunch, much like the crunch you get when you eat potato chips. Keep it going until you achieve a great, crunchy bean.
- Pour the beans out onto a clean cookie sheet (with sides) and allow to cool. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge until needed (it was too humid to store in the pantry).
- I keep a container of Kirkland Signatur Chopped Onion and I combine it with Kirkland Signatur Granulated Garlic (not garlic powder) and blitz it in a coffee come spice grinder for this purpose (great on popcorn too!).
- Be creative and come up with your own blend of spices, like garlic, ginger and sea salt.
- I did not have time to use dried beans but feel free to soak, dry and ActiFry dried beans, I’m sure the result would be the same.
- Although the ActiFry paddle moves around at a very slow pace, I find larger things get a bit beat up without the stationery tray but it’s perfect for these beans.
Eva Taylor/Kitcheninspirations received T-fal ActiFry Express XL from Group SEB, Toronto; this recipe was developed by Eva Taylor for Kitcheninspirations, and the opinions expressed in this post are that of Eva Taylor/Kitcheninspirations.
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Posted in Condiments, Gluten Free, Recipes, Sauces, tagged garlic, low fat, Sauce, tangy, tasty, Vegetarian on April 25, 2016|
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Recently, I was given a small basket of a variety of chili peppers. I don’t know about you, but these days I don’t like to tempt fate with overly hot things so incorporating them into a dish was out of the question. In the bunch were scotch bonnets, serranos, poblanos, jalopeños and Thai chilies so it was a basket of epic heat! Since I’ve already made Sweet Chili Sauce with Dried Apricots and Hot Sauce I decided to make a version of the very popular Sriracha Sauce because it is a staple in my pantry.
I love hot sauce, but sadly my innards, not so much so I wanted to tame the heat without compromising flavour. The solution was grilling the peppers to a blistery/blackened stage, peeling and cleaning the seeds and veins out to temper the heat, the smoke flavour was a bonus! This recipe is roughly based on the link below.
Homemade Sriracha Sauce
Makes roughly 225 mL sauce.
Adapted from Leite’s Culinaria
- 400 g variety of hot peppers
- 10 g garlic, minced
- 25 g granulated sugar
- 5 g sea salt
- 125 mL white vinegar or to taste
- Grill the hot peppers until their skin is blistered and black. Set hot chili peppers into a glass bowl and top with a plate to further steam the peppers (this makes peeling much easier, but if you have issues, just microwave them on high for 10-20 seconds). Peel, remove seeds and veins (the sauce will be hot enough even with this step) using gloves to protect your fingers (these are extremely hot peppers).
- Combine all ingredients except the white vinegar in a food processor and pulse until you have a paste. Scrape into a glass jar and tightly seal. Allow to sit on the kitchen counter (bench) for 1 week, stirring once daily. The mixture will ferment so if you see bubbling action, it is par for the course.
- After one week, transfer the chili mixture to a saucepan over medium heat and add the vinegar and bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer 5 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool slightly and then purée it again using an immersion blender. Push through a fine sieve, taste and season with sugar, salt and vinegar as desired.
- Store in the refrigerator in a glass jar with a tight lid. The original recipe indicates that this sauce is good for six months.
Perfect timing because I’m going to need a small bottle for the cottage!
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Posted in Fish, Kitcheninspirations Original Recipe, Main Courses, Weight Watchers Recipes, tagged delicious, garlic, Gluten Free, healthy, low fat, Sauce, Vegetarian, weight watchers on January 11, 2016|
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So far, winter hasn’t been horrible (dare I say it out loud?). In the last week, we’ve only had a couple of super cold days (-23° C or -9.4° F) but we’ve only had one snow storm and although it was super wet, it wasn’t that bad (shovelling was awful!). The one thing I will complain about is the lack of sunshine November and December was…gloomy, gloomy, gloomy! Although January’s start has been chilly, it has been sunny! So if I have to give up warmth for sun, so be it.
Have you made a New Year’s Resolution? JT and I decided that we need to get back on track and eat more vegetables and limit eating out (oh dear, we do eat out a lot). So, I have determined that the next month or so I will dedicate the blog to super healthy, clean eating, roughly based on a ketogenic diet. I say roughly because I’m going to allow myself one day per week to ‘cheat’ (TBD)! I will comb through your lovely blog pages and get my inspiration there.
We’ve also decided to eat our main meal at noon instead our norm of 6 or 7 in the evening. We’re hoping that these changes will result in some shedding!
This condiment came about as I stared blankly in the refrigerator…so many vegetables but no inspiration! The bag of baby arugula called out to me…pesto, it whispered. Now I know many of you are pesto traditionalists and only basil, garlic, EVOO, pinenuts and parmesan will do…but what if you wish to limit calories? Yes, there is the argument that you should only use a little, but I wanted to start the week off right so I created this unique paste that resembles pesto (notice I didn’t call it pesto?). I received a solid thumbs up from JT, it has texture, a slight kick and it’s bright and beautiful green. A little sunshine on these gloomy winter days.
The raw cauliflower gives makes a good substitute for the nuts, providing the slight crunch needed.
Makes a 125 mL (1/2 cup) sauce
A Kitchen Inspirations Original Recipe.
- 60 g raw cauliflower (either stems or florets or both)
- 60 g baby arugula
- 1-2 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 3 tbsp vegetable stock (home made)
- sea salt to taste
- Add the raw cauliflower to a small processor bowl, process until it becomes a fine meal.
- Add the arugula (may need to be added in smaller portions), garlic, vinegar and stock and process until a desired consistency is achieved (I wanted it relatively fine).
- Season with sea salt and process until totally combined.
- See serving suggestions in notes.
- Serving suggestions: pasta, sautéed vegetables, zucchini noodles, drizzled on tomatoes, meat or fish.
- Add a spoonful or two into a simple oil and vinegar salad dressing or greek yogurt for a dip.
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Posted in Condiments, Gluten Free, Recipes, Sauces, tagged barbeque sauce, BBQ sauce, chocolate, garlic, Gluten Free, low fat, onion, Pulled Pork, Sauce, tomatoes on June 8, 2015|
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The Hungarians have arrived and the “to do” list is finally complete! Just in the nick of time too. We decided to start their visit off with a little welcome party but we all know it’s just my excuse to cook and feed my kin!!! I was fortunate enough to score a sizeable number of vine ripened tomatoes so I decided to make barbeque sauce because JT made a special request for Pulled Pork. The sauce turned out perfectly, sweet, piquant and zesty — cooking it with the pork tenderloin for 5 hours made the flavours all the more richer and balanced the vinegar very nicely. Like any low and slow cooked meal, I made the pulled pork a day in advance because we all know it tastes better the next day!
I’ve geared up a couple of posts for the following weeks, but I may be AWOL depending on how busy things get, so if I miss to comment on your blog or I don’t post, I apologize in advance. Thanks for understanding.
Makes 1.25 L (42 oz)
- 200 g onions, coarsely chopped
- 50 g garlic, finely chopped
- 125 mL white vinegar
- 1.2 kg tomatoes, chopped
- 30 mL tomato paste
- 125 mL molasses
- 50 g sundried tomatoes (not in oil)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp of each sweet paprika, cumin, coriander and cocoa powder
- In a splash of canola oil, sauté onions and garlic until translucent, add dry spices and stir until fragrant.
- Add remaining ingredients and stir well. Simmer for one hour or until dark and thickened.
- Purée until smooth and press through a fine sieve.
- May be kept in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or freeze for 3 months.
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The holidays are but a memory and we’re all back to our normal routines but we’re still seeing old and new friends whom we didn’t have time to see over the holidays. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a simple yet flavourful dip to offer? This garlic infused goat’s cheese was an hors d’œuvres I had about 12 years ago at an old friend’s place and it always makes the cut; when I realized I hadn’t posted a recipe for it on the blog, I thought 2015 is the time! It’s really so easy it’s not even a recipe but an inspiration, thinly sliced cloves of garlic with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, fresh aromatic basil leaves and tangy sun-dried tomatoes makes this absolutely irresistible. Mix it up and add some sun dried black olives instead of the sun dried tomatoes. The longer you allow the garlic slices to infuse the goat’s cheese the better and make sure you allow this dip to warm up to room temperature before you serve it. And for heaven’s sake, please don’t forget to count the garlic slices and make sure you remove every single one of them before serving because it could be a rude awakening for some poor soul.
Infused Goats Cheese
Makes about 1/2 cup of goats cheese dip
- 4 cloves garlic sliced thinly (about 4-5 slices each, count the slices and take note)
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 5 basil leaves sliced thinly
- ~140 g goats cheese
- 2 tbsp EVOO
- 3 tbsp sun dried tomatoes in olive oil or chopped sun dried black olives
- Spread the goats cheese into a resealable container. Spike the thinly sliced garlic into the goat’s cheese so it’s covering most of the cheese.
- Spread sliced basil over the cheese and poke them into the cheese. Sprinkle with salt and EVOO. Refrigerate at least 24 hours, longer is better.
- Before serving, transfer to a pretty plate and remove the garlic slices (this is why you count them). Dot with the sun dried tomatoes or chopped black olives.
- Allow the dip to come to room temperature to serve. Add more fresh basil, if you wish.
This is the infusing process, the sun dried tomatoes or black olives are added just before serving.
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Posted in Pork, Recipes, Salad, Weather, tagged crunchy, delicious, garlic, ginger, lime, Pork, Salad, sesame, soy on April 17, 2014|
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It’s tangy, crunchy and quite delicious.
I always knew that my blogging would someday parlay into something more but did I ever hope it would be two-fold? Never in a million years! First it was food styling (which I’m still doing) and as luck would have it, I recently reconnected with a colleague and a new opportunity was born: I’ve been social media content! How cool is that? I’ve been very fortunate to have been given this opportunity and I thank my lucky stars every minute! And I thought I was just lucky in love! So if you need food related social media content, I’m your gal! Email me at evataylor at bell dot net and we’ll ‘talk’!
I know you’re scrolling ahead to see these photos so let me take the suspense out: they were taken on the morning of April 15, 2014 — I kid you NOT! I was hoping to be yearning for light, salad-ie dishes by now but sadly the weather is STILL not cooperating. Yes, we did have a couple of exceptionally warmish days last weekend but for the most part it’s still soup and stew weather. And like my rebellious feet I am holding out and silently switching gears to a more summery palate!
I took this photo in High Park on my morning walk. Yes indeed it’s pretty…if it were December! Not April 15 for sure.
It was cold enough that the snow stayed all day.
It really is rather beautiful.
As I’m sure most of you operate with similar intentions, I cruise blogs particularly when inspiration evades me and this recipe was no different; it was inspired by the lovely Sawsan’s beautiful Sushi Salad. I must confess that I didn’t record or photograph the first attempt of this creation which was a huge mistake (or was it?) so we actually had this tasty dish two nights in a row! And if it were up to me, it would have been three or four!
The volumes are ball-park, use what you like, omit what you don’t! Easy. If you have celery add it, if you don’t, no worries. The beauty of this dish is the crunch and variety of each and every bite.
Sawsan used ‘cauliflower’ rice but the cauliflower was not nice the day I wanted to make this dish so I substituted Napa cabbage. Since we were having this as a dinner course, I added a marinated BBQ’d pork tenderloin as our protein but chicken or fish would be an excellent substitution.
The avocado adds a certain je ne said quo is, but may be omitted if you’re watching calories.
Asian Inspired Crunchy Spring Salad
Serves 2 as a dinner portion. Please click here for the original recipe.
Ingredients for the pork and marinade:
- 200 g pork tenderloin
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
- 1 tbsp grated ginger
- 1/4 cup mirin
- 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
- 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
Directions for the pork and marinade:
- Remove all fat and silver skin from the tenderloin. Stab it a few times with a fork, all the way around.
- Combine the ingredients for the marinade and roll the prepared tenderloin in it to cover. Let rest in the fridge for a minimum of 20 minutes or overnight.
Ingredients for the dressing:
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp grated ginger
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
Directions for the dressing:
- Combine all ingredients and mix well. Set aside. (may be prepared the day before)
Ingredients for the salad:
(as suggestions, if you dislike something omit it and if you love something, by all means add more!)
- 5-6 cups of finely sliced Napa cabbage
- 1 cup cucumber, cubed
- 1/2 avocado, cubed
- 1/2 red pepper, cubed
- 1/2 medium sized red beet (raw, peeled and julienned)
- 2 green onions finely chopped
- a good bunch of cilantro, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
Directions for the salad:
- BBQ the tenderloin until the internal temperature reads 71° C or 160°F at its thickest part. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
- Lay a generous bed of the finely sliced Napa cabbage on each plate.
- Sprinkle the cubed cucumber, avocado and red pepper along the outer edge of the base. Add the julienned beets to the centre so it just peeks outside the ring (the beets discolour the Napa so I didn’t want it to bleed all over it).
- Garnish with the green onions and cilantro.
- After the pork rests for 10 minutes, slice into thin slices. Lay 100 g sliced pork onto each plate and garnish with the dressing and the toasted sesame seeds.
The abundance of colour was no mistake…perfect for a dreary, wet spring day.
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