Author: Melissa

3 Cozy Fall Meal Prep Recipes – Perfect for Back to School

Fall is upon us and that means eating lots of cozy and comforting meals! Today, I’m sharing three fall recipes: Traditional Shepherd’s Pie, Garden Tomato Soup, and Butternut Squash & Sage Pasta! While some of these recipes may take a bit of time, it’s nothing a little meal prepping can’t solve! I love to meal prep this time fo year since I’m often really busy and it helps me make good choices, especially when it comes to dinner. If you have not tried meal prepping before, give it a go with these recipes! This way, you can enjoy these three comforting fall recipes any time this season! 🍂 🍁 Traditional Shepherd’s Pie Shepherd’s Pie is the comfort food of all comfort foods! I went super traditional and used ground lamb in this recipe, but if you aren’t a fan of lamb, you can substitute it with ground beef. I think this recipe is super comforting because it has all the elements of a traditional Sunday dinner– just in pie form. You have your meat, your …

Corn Cheese Fritters

If you have ever had the pleasure of eating a dish called “corn cheese” at a Korean restaurant, you will know exactly what these Corn Cheese Fritters taste like! I was inspired by this popular Korean BBQ recipe and decided to make it into mini corn fritters. These Cheese Corn Fritters are sweet, cheesy, and creamy, just like the original recipe! A Hybrid Corn Creation The first time that I had corn cheese at a Korean BBQ restaurant, my mind was blown! I did not know that something so simple as corn could taste even better than it already does. In the traditional Korean recipe, corn kernels are tossed with mayo, scallions, and sometimes peppers before being placed into a buttered cast-iron skillet and topped with mozzarella cheese. The cheese melts and becomes all stringy and gooey, which you can scoop up and eat with BBQ meats (or on it’s own). I have not had this recipe since moving to Victoria, BC and I was really craving it, so I decided to make a slightly …

Healthy Summer Meal Ideas

Out of all the seasons, I believe summer is the easiest one to eat super healthy, delicious foods. Over the past few months, I have admittedly gained some extra pounds from stress about all the things going on in the world, having to re-plan our wedding due to COVID-19, and from an unforeseen basement renovation! Crazy times! If you were in a similar situation or just looking to get healthy, I have a selection of healthy and easy summer recipe ideas to help you shed a few pounds before fall arrives. 4 Healthy Summer Recipes Greek Chicken Bowl This Greek Chicken Bowl is super healthy and gives you a variety of vegetables, protein and fats in one meal! This recipe is great warm as well as cold, and is perfect for meal prep! Steamed Fish This Steamed Fish is delicious and healthy! Made with ginger, garlic, scallions and soy sauce, this recipe will transport you to Asia in just one bite! This recipe is very lean but is incredible flavourful and surprisingly filling! Bruschetta Chicken …

Bruschetta Chicken

Summer is the time for tomatoes and there are TONS of ways to enjoy them. One of my favourite ways is to make my recipe for Bruschetta Chicken! This dish is fresh, healthy, and full of traditional Italian bruschetta flavours. Red on down below to see how I make this recipe! What is Bruschetta? There are many different variations of bruschetta, but the most famous version is from Italy. Toasted bread is topped with a mixture of fresh diced tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and basil. There are so few ingredients, but as the Italians do, they always use what is in season and tastes the best–so basically all their recipes tastes delicious!  There are other seasonal variations that have been adopted in North America, where toasted bread is topped with ricotta cheese and then the tomato-based bruschetta mixture. I have even fall-inspired bruschettas using seasonal squash. No matter what, the traditional Italian recipe is the best! My Take on Bruschetta Chicken One key difference between this Bruschetta Chicken recipe and others that are out there …

Pork-Stuffed Zucchini

Zucchini season is here! Whether you are growing zucchini in your home garden, or are buying them from the grocery store or farmers market, you will notice that there are TONS available and are quite inexpensive. If you want to take advantage of the seasonal prices or just need a way to use up what is in your garden, look no further than this recipe for Pork-Stuffed Zucchini. This recipe is fast, delicious and healthy and is great for the summertime! A Plentiful Summer Squash Zucchini are a summer squash that grow from June to September. There are many varieties of zucchini that are grown, from green to yellow to even orange! Zucchini are also known as corgettes or marrow, depending on where you live. Overall, zucchini are relatively neutral in flavour–making them the perfect squash for taking on lots of delicous flavours. They are incredibly refreshing and a fibre and nutrient-rich, making them a healthy vegetable to enjoy during the summer. Dumpling-Like Filling The filling used to stuff these zucchini rounds is very similar …

Gochujang Chicken Wings

If you can’t decide between spicy or sweet chicken wings, these Gochujang Chicken Wings are the best of both worlds! This recipe uses delicious Korean Gochujang paste, local honey, and a few other simple ingredients. These Gochujang Chicken Wings are incredibly versatile and can be enjoyed at any occasion including a fancy cocktail party, on game day, or even on a weeknight! A Healthier Version of Korean Fried Chicken This recipe for Gochujang Chicken Wings are inspired by the spicy yangnyeom chicken that you get at Korean fried chicken restaurants. If you have not had yangnyeom Korean fried chicken yet, you have to try it! You can get it at Chicken 649, Chimac Korean Fried Chicken, and Thunderbird Korean Fried Chicken in Victoria.  But instead of the chicken being battered and deep-fried as they do at Korean Fried Chicken restaurants, these chicken wings get a healthier twist by being baked until crispy and then brushed in a delicious spicy and sweet sauce. These wings are also incredibly easy to make and you only need six …

Our Engagement Photoshoot

After more than a year and a half of being engaged, we finally did our engagement photos! We were originally going to take these photos in March earlier this year, however they got postponed due to coronavirus. But better late than never as they say! Let me tell you about our inspiration behind this photo shoot and a bit about the vendors who helped bring our idea to life! All photos in this blog post were taken by Shantal from Shantal Marie Creative. Our Inspiration As you can see, we definitely thought outside of the box for this engagement photo shoot. We wanted our photos to be really unique and colourful and not like the typical west coast photo shoot on beach or in a forest. Those photos are definitely beautiful, but it’s not really our style. David found a series of photos on Pinterest where couples were wearing traditional Chinese outfits and posing for photos in their city’s Chinatown or local Asian neighbourhood. We thought this would be a super cool idea to do …

Cedar Plank Salmon Burgers

This Canada Day, I am grilling up the perfect west coast Canadian recipe: Cedar Plank Salmon Burgers! On the west coast of Canada, we love to eat fresh, wild salmon. While there are many species of salmon available, my favourite has to be sockeye salmon. It’s deep rich orange flesh is so succulent, full of omegas, and is always juicy– there’s nothing else like it! Buying Salmon Fillets I picked up my salmon fillets from my favourite seafood store in Victoria, Finest at Sea. They always have a great selection of seafood available and it is always fresh! Not only is their seafood fantastic, I love that they tell you exactly where the seafood was harvested along the coast of B.C.– and even what fishing vessel caught it! Bringing this awareness to the customer is amazing and really makes me appreciate my seafood every time I get it! While I used sockeye salmon in this recipe, you can use whatever variety of salmon you prefer– pink, spring, coho, you name it! Just make sure that …

Spot Prawn Dumplings

It’s that time of year again, people! Spot Prawns are back in season and they are more sweet, succulent and juicy than I remembered! This year, I’m making these delicious Spot Prawn Dumplings to celebrate the season–and you should too! What are Spot Prawns? Spot prawn season typically begins in early May and lasts for about six to eight weeks. This year with COVID-19, the season has been slightly delayed, but we still have enough time to enjoy these succulent coastal prawns! Spot prawns are slightly sweet to the taste, are orange in colour, and have little white spots on their bodies, mainly around their heads and tails. They are harvested just off the coast of BC during the fishing season using baited traps. The cold, nutrient rich waters of the BC coast make these prawns incredibly juicy and meaty. They have the texture of both a lobster tail and a shrimp combined. Sounds amazing right?! Who Doesn’t Love Spot Prawns…and Dumplings? While spot prawns taste amazing on their own, they’re even better in my …

Maltese Stuffed Artichokes

Of all the delicious spring vegetables that are in season right now, the gorgeous globe artichoke is one of my favourites. Not only do they taste amazing when cooked, I love the springy, flower-like look of them in general. When uncooked, the tightly packed, overlapping leaves on the artichoke looks like a budding flower, and then when it’s all cooked, the leaves open up and it looks like it has magically bloomed. So cute! Every Rose Has It’s Thorns If you have ever heard the saying “every rose has it’s thorns”, this definitely applies to the artichoke…almost literally. The most prized part of the artichoke is the heart. When cooked, it is soft, creamy and meaty and is definitely the reward of the vegetable. But to get to the heart, you have to get passed the prickly leaves and spiny thistle inside of it. At the center of the artichoke, there is a thistle called the “choke”. While you probably won’t actually choke if you ate it, it would definitely be very uncomfortable to swallow …