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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 …

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 …

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 …

Pork & Bacon (Porkception) Skewers with Peanut Dipping Sauce and Mango Salad

These Pork & Bacon Skewers are my latest and greatest creation! Tender pork chop meat is marinated in a delicious ginger-molasses marinade and is skewered between a thick slice of Double Smoked Bacon from Red Barn Market. You can also call these Porkception Skewers. Grilled to perfection on the BBQ and served with a refreshing mango salad and peanut dipping sauce– these skewers are perfect for upcoming summer BBQs! #KitchenImprovYYJ Challenge I came up with this idea for a recipe from participating in the #KitchenImprovYYJ cookoff, where each week we were given a list of ingredients that we had to make a recipe with. During the final week of the competition, our ingredients were: apple, coffee, bacon and peanut butter. While many people would think to make a sweet recipe, I opted for savoury just to be a bit different. Plus, I love savoury foods way more than sweet foods! And so these Pork & Bacon Skewers were born! I marinated the pork chop with ginger, molasses (for that sweet and smoky flavour), maple syrup, …

Banana Chocolate Muffins

Amongst the COVID-19 crisis, one thing has been looking up: people have been cooking from home! I’m excited to see so many people try out new recipes, organize virtual potlucks and cookoffs, and just to see people coming together over food! Even though these are scary times, food is something that can bring people together and make them feel comforted. Speaking of comfort, there are very few recipes that can be more comforting than Banana Bread. This classic recipe is enjoyed by people of all ages and can be made with just a few everyday pantry ingredients. A Few Additions to Enhance a Traditional Recipe While I’m not the biggest fan of plain banana bread, I am a fan of banana bread with chocolate in it. The melted chocolate adds such a nice texture and breaks up the standard, homogenous batter, which makes it really more enjoyable for me! Plus, anything with chocolate in it is already way better! I also like to add a bit of crunch to this with some pecans. Again, this …

Sausage, Kale & White Bean Soup

Recipe developed by Melissa (@seasonserveblog) and Amy (@figscheeseandchampignon) in collaboration with Amelia (@tastingvictoria). Words and photos by Melissa (@seasonserveblog) Today, I am sharing a one-pot recipe for Sausage, Kale and White Bean Soup. This recipe is simple to make and uses fresh and local ingredients. Plus, it comes together in less than one hour, so this is a perfect meal for any night of the week! A Traditional Italian Soup with a West Coast Spin White bean soup is a classic Italian recipe that I grew up eating for most of my life. Originating in Tuscany, this thick and hearty soup is known as ‘Ribollita’ (i.e. ‘reboiled’) and is made with white beans and any leftover vegetables and bread that one may have on hand.  The beauty of this soup is that it changes based on the seasons, what is locally available, and the chef’s own taste, so there are various recipes and adaptations of this original soup recipe.  But today, I’m taking this recipe and adopting it for the west coast with locally made …

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, everyone! When I was thinking of recipes to make for Saint Patrick’s Day, I immediately thought of this Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad. Made with tons of fresh parsley and fresh mint, the salad is as green as it can get! Plus, the salad is delicious and a much healthier way to celebrate this famous Irish holiday. The Power of Fresh Herbs I’ve recently been on a bit of a health kick since we have our wedding coming up this fall. I’ve turned to cooking a lot of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods since they are very flavorful and nutritious. Typically, these types of cuisines are nutritious and are assembled quickly with just a few ingredients as well making them perfect for weekday dinners. I think parsley is one of the more underrated herbs used in the kitchen. You often see parsley used as a garnish that is often tossed away after a meal. However, parsley has many health benefits and is full of vitamin K, potassium, and magnesium. Parsley also has antibacterial …

Shirazi Salad

While we still have a few more weeks of winter to go, I’m really craving light and refreshing spring/summer foods. However, during the winter months, fresh produce is not always the best quality here in Canada. But luckily in BC, we have lots of local greenhouses that sell fresh local produce year round! This simple, refreshing Shirazi Salad was inspired by these locally grown greenhouse veggies. Local BC Produce While winter tomatoes and cucumbers cannot compare to fresh summer ones, greenhouse-grown veggies are a great alternative in the winter months. We are lucky here in BC to have lots of local farmers that grow greenhouse produce year-round that we have access to. I really prefer to buy local in general to support local farmers and producers, but also because the produce tastes so much better than those that come from far away such as Mexico or New Zealand. I was lucky enough to find local greenhouse tomatoes and Persian cucumbers at my local grocery store, and I immediately jumped on them to make this delicious …

Valentine’s Day Crêpes: Two Ways

When you think of Valentine’s Day, you probably associate it with lots of sweets like candy chocolate. While I do enjoy the occasional sweet treat, I do prefer to eat more savory foods, even on Valentine’s Day.  This year, I wanted to try to make a savory recipe that can easily be adopted and be made sweet if desired. When I was thinking of recipes to make, I was trying to go for dinner recipes and dessert recipes. Both of these were a little difficult to create a recipe with a sweet and savoury version, so I decided to make a breakfast/brunch recipe instead. I think this works out so well because everyone enjoys a delicious breakfast! Crêpes are an incredibly versatile recipe since they are simple to make, have a relatively neutral flavour, but can be filled with different fillings or toppings. Plus since they’re French and super romantic, I thought this would be the perfect recipe for Valentine’s Day! For my savoury crêpe recipe, I made a Croque Madame Crêpe. This crêpe has …

Vegetable Spring Rolls

Happy Chinese New Year! To celebrate the Year of the Rat, I am serving up lots of delicious Chinese dishes for this big day, including one of my most favourite Chinese recipes: Vegetable Spring Rolls! One of the Best Crowd-Pleasing Recipes These Vegetable Spring Rolls are a crowd-pleaser for many reasons. They are warm, crispy and full of delightful vegetables and noodles. Plus, they can be enjoyed by everyone—vegetarians included! For the filling, I combine shredded carrots, cabbage, woodear mushrooms, scallions, rice noodles, and a few key Chinese sauces and oils. Then, I wrap the filling in store-bought spring roll wraps (yay for convenience!) before they are plunged into a pot of oil and are deep fried until crispy. I have another recipe for Baked Spring Rolls that works great too, but I like to deep-fry these when celebrating special events such as Chinese New Year. Once they come out of the fryer, I drain the excess oil and serve them warm with a side of Plum Sauce for dipping. As I was crunched for …