Mushroom and Arugula Quinoa Bowls

Mushroom and Arugula Quinoa Bowls sit on a wooden board surrounded by fresh thyme, lemon half, mushrooms and linen napkin.
Mushroom and Arugula Quinoa Bowls
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    Servings Prep Time
    2 people 20 minutes
    Cook Time
    12 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    2 people 20 minutes
    Cook Time
    12 minutes
    Mushroom and Arugula Quinoa Bowls sit on a wooden board surrounded by fresh thyme, lemon half, mushrooms and linen napkin.
    Mushroom and Arugula Quinoa Bowls
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      2 people 20 minutes
      Cook Time
      12 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      2 people 20 minutes
      Cook Time
      12 minutes
      Ingredients
      Servings: people
      Instructions
      1. Heat broth to a simmer in a small pot. Stir in quinoa, reduce heat to a steady simmer, cover and cook for about 18 minutes (I find cooking quinoa in broth takes a few minutes longer than just water). Remove from heat and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
      2. In a small bowl whisk together 1 tbsp olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, half of the thyme, salt and pepper. Set aside.
      3. In a medium skillet, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil. Once hot, add mushrooms and cook on medium highfor 3-4 minutes until starting to turn golden. Stir and continue to cook for about 2 minutes. Add garlic, shallots and half of the thyme. Cook, stirring often until garlic and shallots have softened, another 2-3 minutes.
      4. Fluff quinoa with a fork and add to mushrooms, stirring to combine. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
      5. Add arugula and sauté for 1-2 minutes until starting to soften and wilt. Remove from heat and stir in dressing. Divide into 2 bowls and top with grated parmesan cheese and toasted nuts.
      Recipe Notes

      I used pine nuts here, but cashews are also wonderful.  To quickly toast nuts, heat 1 tsp of olive oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add nuts and toss or stir occasionally until golden.

      Corn and Bacon Quiche

      Corn and Bacon Quiche
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        Servings Prep Time
        6-8 servings 45 minutes
        Cook Time
        35-40 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        6-8 servings 45 minutes
        Cook Time
        35-40 minutes
        Corn and Bacon Quiche
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          Servings Prep Time
          6-8 servings 45 minutes
          Cook Time
          35-40 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          6-8 servings 45 minutes
          Cook Time
          35-40 minutes
          Ingredients
          Servings: servings
          Instructions
          1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
          2. Brush a 9.5" deep dish (1 1/2"-2" high) pie plate with a tbsp of melted butter.
          3. Pat potatoes dry with a paper towel if needed. Toss potatoes with remaining 2 tbsp of melted butter and 1/2 tsp kosher salt.
          4. Press potatoes evenly into the pie plate and up the sides to form a crust. Using the back of a flat measuring cup helps to press it down.
          5. Bake potato crust for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and reduce oven temperature to 350°F.
          6. Meanwhile, chop bacon into 1/2" pieces and saute in a medium skillet until crisp. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate reserving 1 tbsp of bacon fat in the pan.
          7. To the same skillet add diced onion and red pepper and saute until starting to soften about 3-5 minutes.
          8. In a medium bowl whisk together eggs and sour cream until combined. Whisk in cream, basil, remaining 3/4 tsp salt, white pepper and chili flakes.
          9. Sprinkle the bacon, onion and red pepper evenly over the cooked potato crust. Top with an even layer of corn and cheese.
          10. Pour egg mixture evenly over everything. Shake gently to allow ingredients to settle.
          11. Bake on the middle rack for 35-40 minutes. The center should jiggle just a little while the outer edges are firmer to the touch.
          12. Allow the quiche to rest for 10 minutes prior to slicing. Slice into 6-8 wedges and serve immediately.
          Recipe Notes

          -I used white pepper to avoid having black flecks in the quiche, however black pepper is just as good.

          -Be sure to use a deep-dish pie plate as the filling will not fit in a standard pie plate. It needs to comfortably hold 32 ounces of liquid.

          Roasted Vegetable Soup

          Roasted Vegetable Soup
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            Servings Prep Time
            8 cups 30 minutes
            Cook Time Passive Time
            80 minutes 15 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            8 cups 30 minutes
            Cook Time Passive Time
            80 minutes 15 minutes
            Roasted Vegetable Soup
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              Servings Prep Time
              8 cups 30 minutes
              Cook Time Passive Time
              80 minutes 15 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              8 cups 30 minutes
              Cook Time Passive Time
              80 minutes 15 minutes
              Ingredients
              Servings: cups
              Instructions
              1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
              2. Toss parsnips, carrots, apple and garlic with 1 tbsp oil. Spread out on a large baking tray in a single layer. Roast for 40 minutes flipping once after 20 minutes.
              3. Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 tbsp of oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add diced onion and saute until starting to soften, about 5-7 minutes (don't brown).
              4. To the pot add the roasted vegetables, chicken broth, beans, curry paste, and salt. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook on low for 30-40 minutes until everything is good and soft.
              5. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly 10-15 minutes. Puree mixture in a blender until smooth and silky. Return to pot and warm on low if needed. Stir in cream and white pepper. Adjust consistency to your liking with additional broth and season to taste with salt.
              Recipe Notes

              -letting the soup cool slightly before blending is not necessary, however, I find it a little safer than blending the scalding hot soup.

              -the amount of salt needed will be dependent on the saltiness of your broth.

              -makes about 8 cups of soup depending on your desired consistency.

              Homemade Pork Breakfast Patties

              Homemade Pork Breakfast Patties
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                Servings Prep Time
                12-13 patties 30 minutes
                Cook Time
                8-10 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                12-13 patties 30 minutes
                Cook Time
                8-10 minutes
                Homemade Pork Breakfast Patties
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  12-13 patties 30 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  8-10 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  12-13 patties 30 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  8-10 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Servings: patties
                  Instructions
                  1. Crush fennel seeds with the bottom of a glass or chop with a knife to break apart the seeds.
                  2. Combine crushed fennel with the remaining seasonings and 1/4 cup of water.
                  3. Add ground pork to a large bowl and add seasonings. Mix until seasoning is evenly incorporated but do not overmix. I find it best to use my hands.
                  4. Portion mixture into 2.5 ounces each. Form into 3.5" patties either using your hands or pressing into a ring mold (see note). Place on a flat plate or tray and separate layers with parchment.
                  5. Add 1 tbsp of oil to your favourite medium-size skillet ( I used cast iron) and heat over medium until hot. Add patties to the pan without overcrowding and cook for 4-5 minutes per side until browned and cooked through. Remove from pan and serve immediately. Or keep warm in a low oven and repeat with remaining oil and uncooked patties.
                  Recipe Notes

                  -I like to mix the seasonings with water prior to adding to the pork as I find it helps distribute them nicely without overmixing.

                  -a small dab of water on your hands and/or ring mold between forming patties will keep the stickiness under control.

                  -pre-formed patties can be frozen raw and will keep for at least a month well wrapped and separated with parchment paper.

                   

                  Whole Wheat Peach Streusel Muffins

                  Peach Streusel Muffins
                  Whole Wheat Peach Streusel Muffins
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                    Servings Prep Time
                    12 muffins 30 minutes
                    Cook Time
                    18-22 minutes
                    Servings Prep Time
                    12 muffins 30 minutes
                    Cook Time
                    18-22 minutes
                    Peach Streusel Muffins
                    Whole Wheat Peach Streusel Muffins
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                      Servings Prep Time
                      12 muffins 30 minutes
                      Cook Time
                      18-22 minutes
                      Servings Prep Time
                      12 muffins 30 minutes
                      Cook Time
                      18-22 minutes
                      Ingredients
                      Streusel Topping
                      Muffins
                      Servings: muffins
                      Instructions
                      Streusel Topping
                      1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until combined and crumbly. Set aside.
                      Muffins
                      1. Set oven rack to the centre and preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or line a 12 cup muffin tin.
                      2. Peel peaches and remove stone. Chop two of the peaches into 1/2" chunks and set aside. Puree the remaining two peaches using a blender or food processor until smooth. Set aside.
                      3. In a small bowl whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
                      4. In a large bowl whisk together oil and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, whisking after each until incorporated.
                      5. Stir in sour cream, pureed peaches and vanilla. Whisk in dry ingredients until just combined (do not overmix). Fold in chopped peaches.
                      6. Divide batter evenly into prepared muffin tin. Sprinkle each muffin with a generous tbsp of streusel topping.
                      7. Bake for 18-22 minutes or a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
                      8. Allow to cool at least 5-10 minutes prior to removing from muffin tin. Remove to a cooling rack to cool completely or eat while warm.