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RECIPE: No bake energy balls

I wanted to make a quick “cookie” with some yummy ingredients to snack on instead of buying a box of cookies.

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What you will need:

1 cup of oats

2/3 cup of coconut flakes

1/2 peanut butter

1 cup chia seeds

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/3 cup honey

1 tsp vanilla

Let’s get started!

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Add your coconut flakes and oats together.

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Add peanut butter, chia seeds, honey, vanilla and chocolate chips.

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Mix thoroughly and let sit in the fridge for 30 minutes. Then roll into balls and it is ready to eat.

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All done and delicious!

Cheers,

JMaxwell

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RECIPE: Citrus chicken

I wanted to try something different with chicken because usually we have either breaded chicken or BBQ chicken.

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What you will need:

1 whole chicken

1 Orange zest and juice

1 Lemon zest and juice

1 tbsp Paprika

1/4 tsp Salt and Pepper

Now let’s get started:

Preheat oven to 400F

Zest both lemon and orange and put the zest in a bowl.

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Add the juice of the lemon and orange onto the chicken. Then slice the fruit and add to the baking dish.

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Mix paprika, salt and pepper and then add it to the zest.

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Now evenly coat the chicken with the mixture.

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Now put the chicken in to 400F oven for 1hr 20 minutes.  Every 30 minutes, baste the chicken with the liquid from the orange/lemon in the dish.

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All done and ready to eat.  The chicken is so delicious and super moist.  Yummy!

Cheers,

JMaxwell

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RECIPE: Soft Peppermint treats

So this is a delicious peppermint snack that is super simple to make.  I had lots of fun with this recipe.

What you will need:

¼ cup butter, softened

⅓ cup light corn syrup

3 – 4 cups powdered sugar, divided

1 – 2 tsp peppermint extract or mint extract OR any other extract you want

food coloring – preferably gel or paste

½ cup granulated sugar (to roll balls in)

 

First, you want to mix the corn syrup and butter together.

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You want it to be as mixed as possible!

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Then you want to add the mint/peppermint extract, add 1 tsp of peppermint extract and 1/2 tsp until you reach the desired taste.

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Get ready to add your icing sugar. This will be messy. (This is my favorite part.)

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Once you have it to a dough like consistency (it will be a little more squishy than a bread dough.)

You will want to put powder sugar down on your work space, so you can knead the dough.

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After it is thick enough to roll into balls, you will want to add your food colouring. I chose pink and a green color.

You will then roll it into balls and roll in granulated sugar.

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I forgot to take a picture of the last step but it is fairly simple.

Take a baking pan and a piece of parchment paper.

Then set the rolled ball and squish it with a fork.  So it is a flat disc.

Let them sit for 4 hours and boom!  Delicious peppermint treats.

This batch makes 30-40 peppermint discs.

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Cheers,

JMaxwell

 

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Recipe: Oven trouble and a delicious unplanned meal

So let’s start with the oven trouble.  For the past few weeks, my oven has been randomly shutting off in the middle of cooking and I figured that it was just slowly breaking because it is a relatively old oven.

Well, I went to make dinner  a week or so ago and the oven wouldn’t turn on whatsoever.  I was frustrated but just ordered some pizza for dinner. My fiance went downstairs to check out the fuse box, it turns out that the fuse blew and it was arching so bad that it caught on fire (a very small fire.)  So safe to say, we need an entire new electrical panel.

Well the electrician came last week and unfortunately they need to give the city 48 hours notice for turning off the power to the house so they are coming on Monday to fix it.

So for the past week and until this monday, this is the equipment I’ve had to use for all our meals.

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A food processor, electric frying pan and a hot plate and a huge need to do some grocery shopping. Challenge accepted.

What I decided was to combine all of the veggies left in my fridge plus a pack of italian sausages.

So I started off by cutting up some onions and olive oil and caramelizing them in the pan.

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Then I added some sliced potatoes and added them to the pan with the onions.  I also added garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper and salt.

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Once they were almost cooked, I took it out of the pan and added more olive oil.

I then added the broccoli and cauliflower with the same spices as above.

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Time for the peppers! Add more spices and olive oil.

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Then add the carrots and the potato and onion mixture and leave for about 5 minutes with a lid.

 

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The last step before we plate is to add the cabbage. Let it cook with all the other ingredients with a lid on until your sausages are ready.

 

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All that’s left to do is plate and top with sausage. Then we are ready to eat!

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It was so so good and pretty easy to make.  This is what happens when I get in the kitchen and have no idea what I am making.  Never be scared about trying new things.  Grab your favorite ingredients and combine them. Most of the time, it turns into something delicious.

 

Cheers,

JMaxwell