Gordon Ramsey-Inspired Tacos

My loving boyfriend got me a Gordon Ramsey cookbook for last Christmas, and I reworked one of the recipes just in time for when I sealed the deal on one of his Christmas presents– a little late ;).

I made one of the taco recipes and put my own spin on it. Here’s a photo of the filling– turned out delicious!

Black Bean Goat Cheese Tacos

Ingredients (serves one person)

1/4 onion, diced

1 tsp oil

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp cumin

salt and pepper

1 tsp crushed red pepper

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 cup black beans

Handful baby spinach

1 oz goat cheese, crumbled

1 Tbsp lime juice

1/2 avocado, chopped

2 corn tortillas

Method

1. In medium skillet, sauté onion in oil over medium high heat, about 5 minutes. Add in all spices and sauté another five minutes, or until fragrant. Add black beans and 2 Tbsp water.

2. Cover and cook over medium low heat about 10 minutes, or until beans are soft. Add spinach to the pan, and cook another 3 minutes.

3. Mash the avocado with lime juice, goat cheese, and some salt and pepper. 4. Fill each tortilla with bean mixture, avocado mixture, and extra spinach, if desired. Add meat or other fix ins as desired– I added ground turkey to mine!

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My Thick Homemade Pizza

It took three tries to make perfect pizza.

Well, perfect in my opinion. I wanted to make a pizza using pizza yeast that didn’t require a rising time. Three tries and tweaks to make a dough that was thick and doughy, not underdone or overdone, yeasty and soft. And to find my favourite dairy-free toppings (although the toppings are your call)!

Here, my finalized, special pizza recipe.

Homemade Goat Cheese & Bacon Pizza

Ingredients

(For 1 large pizza)

1.5 c flour

1/2 package pizza yeast

2/3 cup water

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 T honey

1/2 Tbsp oil

1/2 c basil pizza sauce

1/3 cup goat cheese, crumbled

2 slices bacon, uncooked

1/2 cup chopped broccoli

salt, pepper, and oregano, to taste

Method

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In medium bowl, combine flour, yeast, and salt. Add water, honey, and oil, and stir to create a sticky dough.

2. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface, 5-10 minutes, or until smooth and springy.

3. Stretch and roll out dough to a 9inch, even circle. Spread pizza sauce over dough. Sprinkle with goat cheese, bacon bits, and broccoli.

4. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray; sprinkle with cornmeal. Place pizza over cornmeal. Bake in preheated oven about 18-20 minutes, or until edges are puffed and slightly brown.

5. Season to taste and enjoy!

Spicy Shrimp Salad

Tonight, I felt like making something flavourful and unique, using up some almost-bad ingredients in my fridge.

Which led me to this: a delicious, creamy shrimp salad.

I highly recommend this as a first course😍

Spicy Shrimp Salad

Ingredients (for one starter salad)

3 oz shrimp, fried

1/4 avocado, sliced

1 Tbsp lime juice

Salt and pepper to taste

1 red bell pepper, chopped

3 Tbsp goat yogurt or any yogurt

1.5 tsp sweet and spicy Siracha

large handful Bibb lettuce

basil

Method

1. In small bowl, combine shrimp, avocado, lime juice, and salt pepper. Let sit to marinate.

2. Place peppers in medium saucepan. Pour boiling water over to cover. Boil about 3 minutes. Drain.

3. Add pepper to shrimp mix. In small bowl, combine yogurt and siracha. Add to shrimp mixture and coat evenly.

4. Arrange lettuce in serving bowl. Top with shrimp mixture and basil. Goes wonderfully with baguette!

Peanut Butter Apple Pie (For Breakfast or Dessert)

I am all about taking a traditional, classic, not-to-be-messed-with recipe, and playing with it a bit.

One of my favourite ways to do that is subbing butter in a baked good for nut butter. It changes the recipe for sure, but as long as it’s yummy, that’s all that matters, right?

So this morning I experimented with a short crust breakfast pie with peanut butter instead of the typical butter, and I’m calling it peanut butter apple pie!

What does peanut butter do to pie crust?

Well, the higher protein to fat ratio makes it…

Denser

Crunchier

Nutty-tasting🤤

I personally found this to be DELICIOUS. And totally breakfast worthy. I made mine single-serving and with stevia and maple syrup, though you could easily use brown sugar for a more dessert version, and multiply the recipe by 8 for a 10 inch pie!

Peanut Butter Apple Pie

Ingredients

(For one serving)

Crust:

2 1/2 T flour

1 1/2 T natural peanut butter, cold and crumbly

1 Tbsp cold water

pinch salt

Filling:

1 small Apple, peeled, cored, and chopped

1/2 tsp lemon juice

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/8 tsp allspice

2 Tbsp brown sugar or stevia

2 large dates, chopped

Topping:

1 Tbsp maple syrup

1 Tbsp runny peanut butter

1/2 Tbsp flour

pinch salt

1 Tbsp chopped walnuts

Method

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In small bowl, combine flour and peanut butter for crust by pulling two dinner knives alongside each other until mixture resembles bread crumbs. Add water and salt and stir to make a dough.

3. Press dough into bottom and sides of small oven proof bowl. Chill in fridge.

4. Meanwhile, combine all filling ingredients in small bowl until well mixed.

5. Combine all topping ingredients until well mixed.

6. Fill pie crust with filling first; pour maple syrup mix evenly over the top.

7. Bake in preheated oven about 45 minutes, or until pie shell is hard and apples are crisp. Allow to cool before serving with whipped cream or ice cream!

Homemade Brown Sauce (Easy)

Chefs know how to make “brown sauce.”

It is a delicious sauce used in a variety of dishes, but I personally love it with a snack plate of crisp breads, fruit, and cheese. Snack plates like this are a go-to for me😍 And this homemade sauce is so perfect on toast with cheese! Sweet and savoury and satisfying!

Homemade Brown Sauce

Ingredients

1 red delicious apple, peeled, cored, and roughly chopped

2 Tbsp onion, roughly chopped

1/4 tsp nutmeg

pinch cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp ginger

2 Tbsp brown sugar

4 pitted dates, chopped

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup water

Method

1. Place all ingredients in microwave safe dish. Cover and microwave about five minutes, stirring halfway through.

2. Place mixture in a blender and blend until smooth. Microwave another minute.

3. Serve hot or cold with whatever you desire! This works wonderfully with meats such as pork, fruits, cheese and crackers, you name it!

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Cupcakes

So.

If you’re asking ME, this is the best dessert recipe I’ve ever created.

But that’s if you’re asking me.

Similar to how, if you were a customer at the cafe I work at and asked me which smoothie I most recommend, Id say our Active Smoothie (peanut butter and banana). I am a little biased toward peanut butter being the yummiest food known to man. But peanut butter + banana + chocolate? Oh boy. I’ll take 10😉.

These cupcakes are not super sweet. They are the rich cocoa kind of taste, but you could easily make them sweeter to your liking.

Honestly, you just have to make these. They’re too good, and may or may not have been my breakfast this morning.

Peanut Butter Banana Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients

(For 9 cupcakes)

3/4 cup flour

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup cocoa

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

1/4 cup almond milk (or any milk)

1/4 cup coconut cream

2 mashed bananas

1 1/2 cups sweetened coconut whipped topping (or dairy whipped topping)

1 1/2 cups cocoa powder

3/4 cup additional peanut butter

1/2 cup maple syrup

Method

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tray with 9 paper liners.

2. In medium bowl, stir together flour, brown sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Mix in egg, 1/4 cup peanut butter, almond milk, coconut cream, and just 1 banana, and stir until thoroughly combined.

3. Distribute batter evenly among paper liners. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. Cool completely.

4. Meanwhile, make the frosting. Combine whipped topping, 1 1/2 cups cocoa, 3/4 cup peanut butter, the second banana, and maple syrup, and mix well. Frost cupcakes generously. Top with banana coins and a drizzle of peanut butter to serve!

Refreshing Berry Smoothie

Since starting my new job at Pure Juice Bar and Kitchen, I have dreamed up lots of smoothie combos, including one that will be featured on our menu, called Childhood Memories– it tastes like a drinkable pb&j.

I’m also excited to now be helping with the beautiful restaurant’s Instagram page!

Today on my break, I made up a refreshing smoothie worth bloggin about. Give it a try at home!

Berry Refreshing Smoothie

Ingredients

3/4 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 cup chilled green tea

1/2 cup coconut water

1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 Tbsp hemp seeds

1 cup spinach

1/4 avocado

Combine all ingredients in blender and extract until smooth. Top with granola if desired!

3-6 ice cubes