Poached Egg and Kale Toasts

Poached Egg and Kale Toasts

I love eggs with greens, so when I was on the hunt for a nice lunch, I couldn’t think of what would be better than braised kale and eggs. Poached Eggs and Kale Toasts are not only quick and delicious, but a great way to eat your greens. Need more motivation to kale?  It’s crazy high in vitamin K, high in vitamins A and C and also a great source of fibre to name just a few. 

Curly leaf kale braised with shallots, red pepper and garlic get a bright finish with a splash of white wine vinegar.  The tender, yet still slightly chewy kale provides a good texture contrast with the soft eggs.  Crisp toast is the perfect crunchy base to soak up any juices and runny yolk. It goes to prove that eating well can be simple and delicious with only a few quality ingredients. Enjoy!

Recipe source for Poached Egg and Kale Toasts:  Compelled To Cook

Poached Egg and Kale Toasts
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Servings Prep Time
4 Toasts 15 minutes
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 Toasts 15 minutes
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Poached Egg and Kale Toasts
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Servings Prep Time
4 Toasts 15 minutes
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 Toasts 15 minutes
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Toasts
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a medium skillet, add shallots and garlic. Cook on medium for 1-2 minutes, stirring often.
  2. Add kale, red pepper and water. Continue to cook, stirring often until kale is tender but still has some texture and all the water has been absorbed about 10-12 minutes. Stir in white wine vinegar and season with salt and pepper.
  3. While kale is cooking, add 3" of water to a shallow pot. Bring to a gentle simmer and add 1 tbsp of white vinegar and a sprinkle of salt. Crack eggs, one at a time into the water. Cook for 4 minutes for soft eggs. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel lined plate to absorb excess moisture.
  4. Toast bread and butter if desired, top with a generous portion of sauteed kale and top with a poached egg. Sprinkle with chilli flakes if desired. Serve immediately.

Savory Mushroom Bread Pudding

Savory Mushroom Bread Pudding

As much as I’m gonna miss summer, I can’t help but be happy about cooking up warm casseroles, holiday squares and hearty soups.  This golden and eggy Savory Mushroom Bread Pudding, with its flecks of vegetables and herbs is EXACTLY why I love the fall.  I could go on about brightly coloured fall leaves, pumpkins, and apple desserts, but in the end, this glorious casserole wins my heart this fall. 

It’s a dish I’ve made plenty of times, always with great results and never disappointing. The only sad thing is, it makes quite a lot, feeding 10-12 people.  Sad only because the only time I make it, is when I have enough company to warrant a casserole of this size.  So, with that being said, it’s perfect for a crowd, and can be prepped up to one day ahead, helping you manage your time when feeding a small army. 

If you’ve never had a savory bread pudding, you must give this glorious Savory Mushroom Bread Pudding a try.  It takes a bit of time to prepare, but worth every minute.  Enjoy!

Recipe source for Savory Mushroom Bread Pudding:  Adapted from Epicurious Savory Bread Pudding with Mushrooms and Parmesan Cheese

Savory Mushroom Bread Pudding
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Servings
10-12 people
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 70-75 minutes
Servings
10-12 people
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 70-75 minutes
Savory Mushroom Bread Pudding
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Servings
10-12 people
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 70-75 minutes
Servings
10-12 people
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 70-75 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375℉ and butter a 13"x9"x2" casserole dish. Slice crust from bread and cut into 1" cubes to yield 10 cups loosely packed cubes. In a large bowl, toss bread with olive oil, thyme, garlic and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Spread evenly in a single layer on a large baking tray and bake for 18-20 minutes until golden, turning once or twice. Remove from oven and return bread cubes to same large bowl.
  2. Heat butter in a large skillet until foamy. Add celery, onions, green pepper, and mushrooms. Sauté until softened and most of the moisture has been cooked out, about 15 minutes. While vegetables are cooking, whisk together eggs, cream, spinach, salt and pepper.
  3. Pour egg mixture over toasted bread cubes, add sauteed vegetables, parsley and gouda, stir to combine well. Pour into prepared dish, spreading out evenly. Top with grated parmesan cheese, cover and chill for at least an hour (up to one day ahead) to allow bread to absorb the custard.
  4. Preheat oven to 350℉. Bake uncovered for about 60 minutes until set and golden. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 10-15 before serving.

Spanish Chorizo Frittata

Spanish Chorizo Frittata

You just can’t beat a frittata for its simplicity and ease of preparation for something that looks so much more complicated than it actually is. Plus, you can make it any combination of flavours you want. My Spanish Chorizo Frittata is packed with flavour from spicy sausage, veggies, fresh herbs and smoked paprika. Many great flavours all hugged together with cheese and eggs. It’s the perfect meal served with a salad or hash browns.

Not only great for breakfast, lunch or dinner, it’s fantastic for guests since everything can be chopped in advance. Making the final preparation a simple matter of a little sautéing, adding whisked eggs and cream then popping in the oven until slightly puffed and golden. It takes mere minutes to pull it off once the prep is done.

So go crazy with your favourite meats, veggies and potatoes to create your own signature frittata. It’s also a great dish for those watching their carbohydrate intake as there’s no starchy crust and it can be made without meat for a great vegetarian option. I opted for a frittata with a Spanish flare full of sausage and a few of my favourite veggies. It’s delicious and I hope you enjoy it!

Recipe source for Spanish Chorizo Frittata:  Compelled To Cook

Spanish Chorizo Frittata
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Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
25-28 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
25-28 minutes
Spanish Chorizo Frittata
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Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
25-28 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
25-28 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350℉. Heat olive oil in 10" cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add onion, green pepper, garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes until starting to soften. Add chorizo and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in spinach, roasted red peppers and herbs, cooking until spinach has completely wilted, approximately 2 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together eggs, cream, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Pour into skillet and stir 2-3 times. Sprinkle with cheese and stir just to combine. Allow to cook on stove top over medium low heat undisturbed until starting to set around the edge, approximately 5 minutes. Transfer pan to preheated oven and bake for 15-16 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 2-3 minutes before slicing.

Quinoa Spinach Egg Cups

Quinoa Spinach Egg Cups

By far, one of my favourite foods to eat with eggs is spinach.  Add cheese and I’m in heaven!!  Straight out of the pan these Quinoa Spinach Egg Cups have a crispy shell, an oozy egg and melty cheese. Having more of a savoury habit, it’s no wonder I adore these baked egg cups.   Not only do these tasty cups have approximately 11 grams of protein each, they freeze surprisingly well and can be picked up and eaten out of your hand like a muffin.  Convenient, nutritious, snackable and full of texture and flavour is what makes these a winner.

Has anyone ever had grit in their quinoa?  Sadly, a long time ago I did have a bad experience with quinoa which led me not to use it for some time. The quinoa I had purchased was either not pre rinsed or I did not rinse it enough. I really can’t remember at this point, all I know is the end result was quinoa with little sandy bits. YUK!!  It was awful, because I’d be chewing away happily and then SNAP, I’d aggressively bite down on what feels like sand.  Not a great experience and frankly it turned me off. Luckily common sense prevailed and I realized this grit could be eliminated with proper rinsing or a pre rinsed product.  So I purchased an organic quinoa, pre rinsed and gave it another go.  Tender quinoa with no grit, the way it is meant to be.  In that moment I was transformed into a quinoa lover, so I suppose my point here is to purchase a quality product and have perfect quinoa every time.

I love this recipe because I’m a shift worker and can pull these out of the freezer for breakfast or lunch and I don’t need anything other than a microwave to warm them up.  They fill me up and keep me feeling full because of the protein content. Best of all, they’re some of my favourite foods all nestled and baked together in one convient cup.  Enjoy!

Recipe Source:  Compelled To Cook

 

Quinoa Spinach Egg Cups have a crispy spinach, cheese and quinoa cup filled with an egg and baked with cheese.
Quinoa Spinach Egg Cups
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A baked crispy quinoa, spinach and cheese shell filled with egg and topped with cheese.
Servings
12 cups
Servings
12 cups
Quinoa Spinach Egg Cups have a crispy spinach, cheese and quinoa cup filled with an egg and baked with cheese.
Quinoa Spinach Egg Cups
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A baked crispy quinoa, spinach and cheese shell filled with egg and topped with cheese.
Servings
12 cups
Servings
12 cups
Ingredients
Servings: cups
Instructions
  1. Cook quinoa as directed on package, fluff with a fork and allow to cool to room temperature. Preheat oven to 375℉. In a medium size bowl stir together quinoa, spinach, 3/4 cup of shredded cheddar, parmesan cheese, dijon mustard, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  2. Spray nonstick muffin tray with non stick spray. Press an approximate 1/4 cup quinoa mixture into muffin tin being sure to press all the way up the sides, creating a cup. Crack one egg into each cup, top with remaining cheddar cheese. Bake for 16 minutes then turn oven to broil and broil for 1 minute. Remove from oven. Using a rubber spatula or other flat device, scoop cups out of muffin tray and serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Dampen fingers with water when pressing quinoa into muffin tin, it will help prevent quinoa sticking too much to your fingers.  Quinoa cups can be wrapped in plastic wrap and frozen. Allow to thaw completely prior to reheating in microwave.  Eggs will be slightly more cooked but just as tasty and makes for a portable, convenient breakfast or snack.

Cardamom Banana Bread French Toast

Cardamom Banana Bread French Toast

French toast like you’ve never had it! Cardamom Banana Bread French Toast is a yeasted bread loaded with bananas and pecans.  Making it a delicious take on traditional french toast.  The yeasted banana bread is like regular bread but with mashed bananas like a banana loaf.  It’s slightly heavier than regular bread but not as dense as a banana loaf giving you banana loaf taste without being too heavy.  The resulting bread is also nutty and not overly sweet, it nicely soaks up the eggs and cream without becoming too soggy.

The idea of a yeasted banana bread comes from the book Spilling the Beans.  A book that I am currently a little obsessed with at the moment I will admit. I  found the book by accident one day on the way to a friends. It was in a box of free cook books on someones front lawn. My husband saw the sign and suggested we take a look.  I remember grumbling about not wanting someones old books but I went over anyway.  Good thing I did!!  I walked away with about 10 cookbooks that day, but Spilling the Beans is my favourite of the pile.  Authored by Julie Van Rosendall and Sue Duncan, it’s a great display of how to use beans in a variety of different ways.  A few certainly surprised me, in a good way.

We’ve all heard it “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” and bananas are a great way to start your day right.  Their numerous nutritional benefits and versatility are why bananas are one of my favourite fruits.  Want to know more?  Well-Being Secrets has an amazing article that will have you bananas for bananas.  Check it out at http://www.well-beingsecrets.com/bananas-health-benefits/

I love this recipe because the bread is not only great for french toast, it’s terrific toasted with butter and honey or peanut butter, oh ya!  Have your french toast on the weekend and toasted banana bread on Monday.  Without a doubt it’s a sweet and simple way to start the week.  Enjoy!

Recipe Source:  Inspired by Yeasted Banana Bread, Spilling the Beans

 

 

Cardamom banana bread, laced with cardamom, studded with pecans, dunked in eggs and cream and fried golden.
Cardamom Banana Bread French Toast
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A yeasted banana bread laced with cardamom and studded with pecans, made into golden french toast.
Servings
8 slices
Servings
8 slices
Cardamom banana bread, laced with cardamom, studded with pecans, dunked in eggs and cream and fried golden.
Cardamom Banana Bread French Toast
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A yeasted banana bread laced with cardamom and studded with pecans, made into golden french toast.
Servings
8 slices
Servings
8 slices
Ingredients
Yeasted Banana Bread with Cardamom
French Toast
Servings: slices
Instructions
Yeasted Banana Bread with Cardamom
  1. Preheat oven to 85℉. Mash bananas in the bottom of a stand mixer bowl, add water, honey and yeast. Allow to ferment for 10 minutes. Stir in 1 egg, butter, milk powder, salt, cardamom, and 2 cups of flour. Add an additional 1/2 cup flour and using a dough hook, knead until flour is incorporated. Knead in flour by the 1/4 cup ensuring flour is absorbed after each addition before adding more. Add flour and continue to knead until dough pulls away from the side of the bowl. Add pecans and knead until evenly distributed. Place dough in a greased bowl, cover and allow to rise at 85℉ or room temperature until double in size, approximately 1 1/2 hours.
  2. Deflate dough by kneading 2-3 times. Divide dough into 3 equal pieces and roll each piece into an approximate 15 inch rope. Place ropes parallel to each other on a parchment lined baking sheet. Braid the 3 ropes together tucking in both ends. Cover with plastic wrap or damp kitchen towel and allow to rise until almost double in size, approximately 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 350℉. Place oven rack in the middle of the oven. Whisk egg with 1 tbsp of water and brush evenly onto braided loaf. Bake for 35 minutes or an internal temperature of 200℉ is reached. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack prior to slicing.
French Toast
  1. Preheat oven to 200℉. In a shallow dish whisk eggs, milk, cream, vanilla, cardamom and salt. Cut bread into 3/4 inch slices. Heat a large non stick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Add 1 tbsp of oil. Dip each bread slice into egg mixture and allow to sit for 20 seconds per side. Add to hot skillet and cook for approximately 4 minutes per side. Transfer to plate and keep warm in preheated oven. Repeat with remaining bread and egg mixture.
  2. Top french toast with fresh banana slices and pure maple syrup. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Make bread the day before intending to make french toast. I used two baking sheets, one directly on top of the other creating a thicker base to prevent the bottom from becoming too dark.

White Cheddar and Herb Omelet

White Cheddar and Herb Omelet

Today I am compelled to cook the humble egg.

To me the egg is anything but dull, it encompasses all that I value in food. With having formal training in both cooking and nutrition I see the egg as the best of both worlds. By that I mean the egg is the foundation and structure to so many wonderful dishes and it is one of the most nutrient dense foods. So much in one convenient little package. The egg is versatile, nutritious, affordable, delicious and welcome at my table any time!

For years the egg was considered villainous due to its high cholesterol content. Research now shows that other dietary factors such as saturated fat content have a greater impact on heart disease than does the cholesterol in the egg. One large egg has approximately 70 calories, 6 grams of protein, and 14 essential nutrients. These essential nutrients are ones that our bodies cannot make on their own, so it’s easy to see that the egg is an amazing food. To find out more about the great EGG, visit http://www.eggnutritioncenter.org

The recipe I have chosen to showcase the egg today is a classic omelet with white cheddar and fresh herbs. Things don’t have to be complicated or fussy to be delicious and worth every mouthful. The key to the classic omelet is to not incorporate too much air in the mixing of the egg, to keep the egg mixture moving in the pan long enough to have them start to set and to use a medium heat so as not to brown the egg. It should be cylinder shape with little to no colour. The final result will be very tender and creamy. Enjoy!

 

White Cheddar and Herb Omelet
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A classic omelet with white cheddar and fresh herbs. Tender, creamy and delicious.
Servings Prep Time
1 person 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 person 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
White Cheddar and Herb Omelet
Print Recipe
A classic omelet with white cheddar and fresh herbs. Tender, creamy and delicious.
Servings Prep Time
1 person 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 person 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: person
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl whisk eggs together with a fork. Mix only until well combined without incorporating too much extra air. Mix in white pepper and parsley to combine.
  2. Heat butter in an 8-9" omelet pan or non stick frying pan over medium heat until starting to bubble. Add egg mixture to the pan all at once. Stir with a heat proof rubber spatula, pulling the egg away from the sides and toward the center. Keep eggs moving until starting to set, level out with the spatula and sprinkle cheese on top. At this point check your heat and lower if necessary. Keep pan on heat for about 30 seconds longer to set the eggs and melt the cheese. Remove from heat and loosen omelet from the pan with the rubber spatula.
  3. While tilting the handle side of the pan upward, slide the omelet down the pan towards the bottom end and at the same time roll the top 1/3 edge of the omelet toward the center. Next, fold the bottom 1/3 of the omelet toward the center, creating an elongated shape. Roll omelet off the lower edge of the pan onto a plate. Sprinkle with fresh chives and serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Keeping the eggs moving in the pan until almost set helps ensure no colour forms on the omelet.

Recipe Source: Compelled To Cook