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Healthy High-Protein Oatmeal, Dressed Up 3 Delicious Ways

You’ve heard it before and we will say it again: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But the kicker is, your go-to morning meal should feature nutrients to keep you satiated and satisfied (sugar-laden cereals just won’t cut it). Today, we’re sharing three protein-packed oatmeal recipes that promise to keep you full. It’s a healthy – and delicious – start to the year that belongs in your breakfast rotation. And with three exciting variations to choose from, you’ll never get bored.

Winter Citrus Oatmeal

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 2

Ingredients:

3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup orange juice, store-bought or freshly squeezed
1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
1 Tbsp vanilla protein powder (optional)
1 Tbsp hemp seeds, plus more for topping
2 Tbsp pure maple syrup, plus more for topping
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 pinch fine salt
1/2 tsp orange zest
Orange slices, for topping
Blueberry jam, for topping
Chopped pecans, for topping

Directions:

1. In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the almond milk, orange juice, oats, protein powder, hemp seeds and maple syrup.

2. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for an additional five minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla, salt and orange zest. If oatmeal appears thick, add an additional splash of almond milk.

4. Stir in orange slices, blueberry jam, pecans and maple syrup.

Cranberry, Coconut & Chia Oatmeal

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 2

Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
1 Tbsp vanilla protein powder (optional)
1 Tbsp chia seeds
2 Tbsp pure maple syrup, plus more for topping
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 pinch fine salt
Fresh cranberries, for topping (can substitute dried)
Flaked coconut, for topping
Roasted almonds, for topping
Maple syrup, for serving

Directions:

1. In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the coconut milk, oats, protein powder, chia seeds and maple syrup.

2. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for an additional five minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and salt. If oatmeal appears thick, add an additional splash of coconut milk.

4. Stir in cranberries, coconut, almonds and maple syrup.

Chocolate, Banana & Peanut Butter Oatmeal

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 2

Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
1 Tbsp vanilla protein powder (optional)
2 Tbsp honey, plus more for topping
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 pinch fine salt
2 Tbsp natural peanut butter
1 banana, sliced
2 ounces dark chocolate, roughly chopped
1 pinch flaked salt, for topping

Directions:

1. In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the almond milk, oats, protein powder and honey.

2. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for an additional five minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and salt. If oatmeal appears thick, add an additional splash of almond milk.

4. Stir in peanut butter, banana and dark chocolate. Top with flaked salt.

Restore your relationship with breakfast with this vegan apple pie oatmeal bake or these creative chia puddings 3 ways. These 3-ingredient breakfasts will also make mornings a breeze.

Best-Ever Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Sandwich

Packed with all the components of a classic chicken Caesar salad pressed between bread — can you really ask for more? Maybe just a side of fries or salt and vinegar chips, otherwise, nope!

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This is my version of a Caesar salad turned delicious sandwich. To really take it to the next level, the ciabatta bread is treated and toasted as garlic bread before all the fixings get layered inside. Garlic and parsley compound butter is generously spread over the bread and toasted under the broiler until crispy and fragrant. Don’t be afraid of colour on the bread…believe in the char! It adds a deeper flavour that goes really well with the smooth avocado and creamy Caesar dressing spread.

This is a great recipe for the grill too. Prepare the components ahead of time, then grill the chicken and the bread and let everyone assemble their own sandwich. If you’ve had it once, I feel like you will be making this again.

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
For the Caesar dressing spread:
1 clove garlic
2 anchovy fillets
1 egg yolk
3 Tbsp grated parmesan
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup olive oil
Salt and fresh black pepper to taste

For the garlic compound butter:
8 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
4 cloves garlic, minced finely
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/4 tsp salt

1lb (454g) boneless skinless chicken breast
Olive oil
Salt and fresh pepper

1 loaf Ciabatta

4 to 6 romaine heart leaves
1 avocado, sliced
2 hard boiled eggs, sliced
Shaved or grated parmesan

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Directions:
For the Caesar dressing spread:
1. Place the garlic, anchovy fillets, egg yolk, parmesan, lemon juice, Dijon and Worcestershire into a blender or food processor.
2. Blend until smooth and combined.
3. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while the blender/processor is going to emulsify the oil into the spread.
4. Season with salt and fresh pepper to taste.

For the garlic butter:
1. Combine the softened butter with the garlic, chopped parsley and salt. Set aside.

For the grilled chicken:
1. Slice the chicken into 2 or 3 thin fillets per breast by slicing into it as if you were to butterfly the breast and then just continue to cut through so you have 2 thinner fillets. If the chicken breast is thick enough you can get 3 out of it!
2. Pound each fillet with a mallet until about 1/4 inch thick.
3. Season the fillets on both sides with a generous amount of salt and pepper.
4. Heat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat.
5. Oil the grill and sear the chicken for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through.

For the garlic Ciabatta bread:
1. Heat the broiler on to high and place a rack in the upper third of the oven.
2. Cut the ciabatta open and spread the garlic butter on both halves. Use it all!!
3. Place the buttered ciabatta onto a sheet pan and broil on high for 2-3 minutes until fragrant and slightly charred.

Assembly:
1. Spread the Caesar dressing over the garlic bread.
2. Layer the romaine on the bottom half of the sandwich.
3. Place the grilled chicken on top of the romaine and then top with the sliced avocado, hard boiled eggs, and tons of shaved or grated parmesan. TONS!
4. Top the sandwich with the other half of the garlic bread and cut into 4 servings.

Chicken Curry Fried Rice Ready in Under 20

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My dad is one of those cooks who looks at an empty fridge, claps his hands and can make a meal from almost nothing. With habitual ease, he pulls from the fridge first, then moves to the cupboard, back to the fridge and then to the spice cabinet. The result is always a delicious meal bursting with bold flavours — my dad isn’t one for delicate tastes.

Chicken curry is his ol’ time classic. He rarely repeats any dish he makes, but his curry is one that we always asked for. I’ve taken the basic gist of my dad’s chicken curry and made it my own by turning it into a fried rice dish. Fried rice is something you throw together on a Sunday night when you want to clean out your fridge. I make a version of it almost every week. Also, it’s super easy to shovel into your mouth while sitting in front of the TV watching True Detective intensely.

This chicken curry fried rice is simple and very flavourful. I use coconut milk to get a really nice creamy texture. If you don’t want to buy a whole can — if you won’t end up using it for anything else — feel free to substitute the coconut milk with some whipping cream (35 percent). This recipe calls for lots of curry powder so make sure it’s a kind that you like! Curry powders are all different. Try to find a nice bright yellow one that is mild on the hot scale. Switch out the string beans for cauliflower or even potatoes! Whatever you got in the fridge will work!

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Makes: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 18 minutes

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 red onion, diced finely
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tbsp grated fresh ginger
1lb (454g) boneless skinless chicken thighs or breast, cut into 1/2” strips
4 to 5 tablespoons mild yellow curry powder
1 teaspoon salt
200g green string beans, cut into 1” pieces
3 large eggs
3 cups cooked basmati rice
2/3 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup fresh or frozen peas
fresh black pepper, to taste

chopped cilantro
plain yogurt
Sriracha, optional

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Directions:

1. Heat the sesame and canola oil over medium heat in a large wok or skillet.
2. Add the diced red onions and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes until the onions are translucent and have softened.
3. Stir in the garlic and ginger and continue to sauté for a minute or so until fragrant.
4. Add in the strips of chicken along with the curry powder and salt. Toss to combine.
5. Cook for 6 to 7 minutes until the chicken has cooked through make sure to toss every few minutes so the chicken cooks evenly.
6. Stir in the green beans and cook for about a minute.
7. Push the chicken and green beans to the outside of the wok to create a well in the center. Crack the eggs into the center of that well and scramble using a wood spoon.
8. Scramble for about 2 minutes until the eggs have cooked through. Try not to incorporate any of the chicken or green beans.
9. Once the eggs have been cooked, add the rice and coconut milk and mix everything all together. Be sure to thoroughly mix leaving no rice white! The rice should be a beautiful deep yellow.
10. Stir in the peas and continue cooking for a minute or two.
11. Taste for seasoning and adjust with salt and season with fresh black pepper.
12. Turn the heat off and spoon a good heap of fried rice into each serving dish.
13. Top with chopped cilantro, a good dollop of cooling yogurt and a drizzle of Sriracha. Enjoy!

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100x100_Danielle-Oron Danielle is a chef, bakery owner, and food blogger who thinks she’s Korean, but is actually Israeli. Also, Danielle does not eat like a lady.

Spicy Fried Shrimp: 1 Dish, 2 Ways

Every time I fry up a batch of shrimp, I vow to make it a regular part of my dinner rotation. They need very little embellishment and will bend to just about any culinary whim. That, on top of the fact that they literally take less than 5 minutes to cook, you really have to wonder why you’re not eating more shrimp.

Like the name implies, I dialed up the heat with these spicy shrimp with a whack of fresh Thai chilis. This is where the dish can really become your own. If you only want a breath of spice, ease into it with one or two chilis and leave out the seeds. On the other hand, if you like to sweat a little while you’re chowing down your food, leave the seeds in and ramp up the chili count to as high as you dare.

For a more subtle version, the Sriracha butter sauce has a mellower heat, as the fat content in the butter transforms the Sriracha into a buffalo wing-like flavor — I particularly like a generous squeeze of fresh lime juice to help brighten it up. Feel free to toss your cooked shrimp right in the bowl, or keep it on the side for dipping.

Both of these spicy shrimp dishes can be eaten with rice, over noodles, in a salad or on their own as an appetizer with a cold drink. Napkins not included.

Cook Time: 5 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2

Spicy Fried Chili Shrimp

Spicy Fried Shrimp with Thai Chilis

Ingredients:
16-20 medium to large shrimp, shell on
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, think sliced
3 green onions, chopped
3-4 Thai chilis (more or less, depending on how spicy you like it)

Directions:
1. Rinse and pat shrimp dry. In a large saucepan or wok, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add ginger and garlic and stir constantly, being extra careful not to burn the garlic, about 1 mi-nute.
2. Add shrimp and chilis and stir fry until almost cooked, about 4 minutes.
3. Add green onions and cook for another 30 seconds.

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Spicy Shrimp with Sriracha Butter

Ingredients:
16-20 medium to large shrimp, shell on
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup butter
1 cup Sriracha
Juice of 1 lime
1 tsp salt
½ tsp sugar

Directions:
1. Rinse and pat shrimp dry. In a large saucepan or wok, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add ginger and garlic and stir constantly, being extra careful not to burn the garlic, about 1 mi-nute.
2. Add shrimp and stir fry until almost cooked, about 4-5 minutes.
3. Meanwhile in a small saucepan, melt butter over low heat.
4. Combine Sriracha, lime juice, salt and sugar in a blender and whiz for about 30 seconds, slowly adding the melted butter.
5. Toss in a large bowl with cooked shrimp or keep on the side as a spicy dipping sauce.

BonnieMo Bonnie Mo is a Toronto-based editor and the face behind Food Network Canada’s 1 Dish, 2 Ways column. She’s also a contributing editor over at slice.ca. For more recipe ideas, visit bonniemo.ca, or catch her on Instagram @bonniemo.

Pesto Pizza with Mushrooms and Smoked Gouda

Delicious fresh pesto, juicy mushrooms, savoury red onion, finished off with the smokey flavour of creamy smoked gouda. A pizza that not only looks great, but tastes awesome too!

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Pesto Pizza with Red Onions, Mushrooms and Smoked Gouda

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Serves: 3

Ingredients:

No-Knead Pizza Dough:
250g all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
? teaspoon active dry yeast
180ml water

Pizza Toppings:

Pesto
Mushrooms
Red onion
Smoked gouda cheese

Directions:

1. In a bowl, combine dry ingredients, slowly mix in water while stirring with a wooden spoon.
2. Once dough begins to form, work it into a roughly shaped ball with your hands, leaving it in the bowl, and covering with plastic wrap.
3. Allow dough to rise at room temperature for around 18 hours or until doubled inside.
4. After 18 hours, remove dough from bowl and place on a floured work surface.
5. Cut the dough into three even pieces for personal sized pizzas.
6. Knead each piece of dough into a ball and allow to rise for another hour covered with a damp towel, or wrapped in plastic wrap. If you won’t be using all the dough right away, refrigerate it, and remove it from the fridge 1 to 2 hours before cooking allowing it to warm to room temperature.
7. While dough is resting, if using a pizza stone, place it in the cold oven and turn the heat to 500F (or as close to that heat as possible), allowing the oven to heat for about an hour.
8. If you don’t have a pizza stone, arrange the pizza dough on a baking sheet, and just preheat the oven to 500 to 550F.
9. Once the dough has finished resting, on a floured surface, stretch it thinly to your preference (without breaking the dough).
10. Spread pesto on the dough, top with sliced mushrooms, red onions, and slices or shredded smoked gouda.
11. If using a baking sheet, bake at 500 to 550°F, or if using a pizza stone turn your oven to broil, and cook the pizza for 5 to 10 minutes until desired doneness.

100x100_BS Carlene and Bob Deutscher are the dynamic sibling duo behind BS’ in the Kitchen. While Carlene leans towards the sweeter side of things, baking up delicious desserts, you can count on Bob to cook up something savoury! Aside from blogging on BS’ in the Kitchen, Carlene works in marketing & communications, and sidelines as a lifestyle & wedding photographer, while Bob operates his own media company, with a focus on food photography, and videography!

Carlene and Bob Deutscher are part of the Lifestyle Blog Network family.

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1 Dish, 2 Ways: Easy No-Bake Weeknight Lasagna

In these final halcyon days of winter, I’ve mentally set fire to my coat and am two seconds away from dragging the BBQ out of the garage and starting an herb garden. And while these extended sunny evenings don’t exactly put me in the mood for cranking up the oven, I’m not quite ready to give up comfort food just yet.

Enter the no-bake lasagna. This dish boasts all the flavours of this heartwarming dish —homemade tomato sauce, melty cheese and succulent ground beef — in a fraction of the time.

While there’s no shame in simply breaking up plain old lasagna noodles for this recipe, I opted for prettily-shaped fiorelli pasta, which has lovely petal-like edges that not only reminded me of lasagne noodles, but expertly capture the sauce.

The best part of this dish is that you can stretch your leftovers to make a killer soup. A spoonful of ricotta on top is an unexpected topping that mimics the richness of your typical baked variety and the beefy tomato broth helps satisfy your inner cold-weather soup addict.

So go ahead and embrace winter just a little longer.

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Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Serving Size: 6

Ingredients

For the sauce:
1 can, San Marzano tomatoes
1 Spanish onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
4 large fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

For the lasagne:
3/4 package fiorelli pasta
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 yellow onion, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons, olive oil
kosher salt, to taste
fresh ground pepper, to taste

1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup spinach, chopped
1/2 cup ricotta

For the soup:
All of the above ingredients, plus…
6 cups beef broth
1 cup homemade tomato sauce (see above)
Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Directions for No-Bake Lasagna:

1. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Sweat onions and garlic until onions are translucent, about five minutes.
2. Add canned tomatoes and gently stir, being careful not to break the tomatoes (it can make them bitter). Stir occasionally. Let simmer for at least 30 minutes. Add basil and puree with immersion blender. Set aside.
3. In a large skillet, add olive oil, onions and garlic and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, letting the oil get infused with the flavours. Add ground beef and break up with a wooden spoon. Cook until there is no more red in the ground beef, about 12 minutes. Drain fat from beef.
4. Ladle prepared tomato sauce into skillet with the beef and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Add cooked noodles directly to skillet and stir to combine. Stir in tomatoes, spinach and gently stir.
5. Serve in individual bowls and garnish with a spoonful of ricotta, grated mozzarella and basil.

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Directions for Lasagna Soup:

1. Cook pasta to al dente according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
2. In a large saucepan, bring broth and tomato-ground beef sauce to a boil.
3. Add cooked noodles and stir. Ladle into bowls and garnish with a spoonful of ricotta, grated mozzarella and basil.

BonnieMo Bonnie Mo is a Toronto-based editor and the face behind Food Network Canada’s 1 Dish, 2 Ways column. She’s also a contributing editor over at slice.ca. For more recipe ideas, visit bonniemo.ca, or catch her on Instagram @bonniemo

BS’ in the Kitchen’s Chicken and Dumplings

So I’ve been thinking, rather than trying to cook things off the top of my head, throwing this and that together, I should pick a few recipes to try cooking each week from magazines, blogs, and cookbooks. I’m hoping it not only gets me cooking with different ingredients, but just gets me cooking more in general! I have been eating too many sandwiches for supper lately…

To start it off, gracing the cover of the February issue of Bon Appetit is a delicious looking meal of Chicken & Dumplings, something I have never cooked before. Since I had all the ingredients on hand, I thought it would be the perfect start! But I quickly realized that the last step calls for 2.5 hours of simmering and seeing as I’m cooking for myself, I can’t possibly dedicate that much time to my supper. So naturally, I made a few modifications and put the whole process on fast forward. Of course, it was still delicious, but if you really want to develop those flavours, follow the full Bon Appetit recipe, simmering and all!

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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Serves: 2-4

Ingredients:

3 slices of bacon
1/4 cup flour
4 small chicken thighs
Salt & pepper
2 handfuls mushroom
1/2 a medium yellow onion
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup dry white wine
3 sprigs thyme
1 bay leaf
4 cups chicken broth

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Dumplings:
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Pinch of ground pepper
1 large egg
1/8 cup whole milk

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Directions:

1. In a deep pan on medium heat, cook bacon until crisped. Remove to paper towel lined plate.
2. Season chicken thighs with salt & pepper, toss in a bowl with flour, dredging the chicken. On medium heat, cook the chicken skin side down until golden brown, about 10-15 minutes. Flip and cook for another 3-5 minutes. Remove chicken from pan.
3. Add chopped mushrooms to pan, cooking until beginning to soften, about 5-7 minutes. Add chopped onion, cooking until onion is soft and translucent.
4. Add crushed garlic to pan with mushrooms and onions, cooking for about 2-3 minutes until beginning to brown, but not burning.
5. Add wine, broth, thyme, bay leaf, and place chicken thighs, skin up, back in the pan. Simmer on just above medium heat.
6. While liquid is working towards a simmer, prepare dumplings. In a bowl, combine dumpling ingredients, mixing together to form a slightly lumpy batter.
7. Once broth is simmering, add in teaspoon-sized bits of dumpling batter, cooking until they have doubled in size, about five minutes. If you don’t have enough room for all the dumplings, remove the cooked ones with a slotted spoon, and prepare the rest.
8. Once your dumplings have been made, and the liquid is thickening up, place the whole pan in the oven and broil for about 5-7 minutes, until the chicken skin gets crispy again.
9. Remove from oven and serve!

100x100_BS Carlene and Bob Deutscher are the dynamic sibling duo behind BS’ in the Kitchen. While Carlene leans towards the sweeter side of things, baking up delicious desserts, you can count on Bob to cook up something savoury! Aside from blogging on BS’ in the Kitchen, Carlene works in marketing & communications, and sidelines as a lifestyle & wedding photographer, while Bob operates his own media company, with a focus on food photography, and videography! Carlene and Bob Deutscher are part of the Lifestyle Blog Network family.