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Spring Ratatouille

Spring Ratatouille

June 7

I love going to the markets and seeing the spring and summer produce slowly appear. Every year, when summer turns to winter, I miss the abundance of fruit and vegetables that are in their prime but after a few months, it’s easy to forget what a good tomato looks like. Now that peppers, zucchini, and tomatoes are back and super cheap, I feel like my dinners would be lost without them. While there is nothing better or fresher-tasting than crunching into a whole red pepper or a lightly salted tomato sometimes it’s nice to have a warm, hearty meal. In fact, there’s nothing more satisfying than applying a little bit of heat, some herbs and spices, and coaxing the best, freshest produce into an easy, weeknight dinner in under half an hour. That’s exactly what this spring ratatouille is.

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sweet potato hash and eggs

Sweet Potato Hash and Eggs

May 8

As always, I bought a couple of giant sweet potatoes and waited a whole week for creativity to strike. Most of the time, I end up baking my sweet potatoes as wedges and while they are delicious, that’s not a complete meal (far from it). I wondered whether I could still get the gorgeously soft, charred, sweet potato without turning on the stove and, on top of that, get a whole meal out of it. It doesn’t hurt to dream big. I ended up thinking of a sweet potato hash. I figured that I could dice up some sweet potato and red onion, cover them in spices, cook them covered, in a super hot pan and that they would steam and brown at the same time. From there, it could become whatever I wanted. That was where this one pan sweet potato hash and eggs was born.

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stuffed red peppers

Stuffed Red Peppers

February 14

I bought a bunch of red peppers a few weeks ago to make fajitas. Unfortunately, I got home and realized I didn’t have any tortillas. There was no way that I was going back to the store, so I set my mind to figure out what I could do with the ingredients I had at home. Somehow, stuffed red peppers came to mind. I had the rice, the feta, the guacamole, the sour cream and the peppers, it was perfect! In the end, the missing tortillas was a blessing in disguise. I hadn’t ever made stuffed peppers. In fact, I rarely even bought red peppers. Now, they are a whole new meal under my belt, which I am very thankful for. They are healthy, filling, and easy to make. They’re even pretty quick to throw together if your rice is already cooked: a great weeknight, vegetarian meal.

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hummus, tahini and egg

Ultimate Hummus

January 24

As soon as I saw a recipe for homemade hummus posted on I Will Not Eat Oyster’s blog, I knew I had to give it a try. Hummus is one of my all time favourite dips (it’s main rival is guacamole). I knew if I was going to spend the extra time soaking the chickpeas, it was going to be the centrepiece to a very special dish. I wasn’t going to just snack on it with vegetables or sneak a thin layer into a sandwich (which I also did with leftovers), I was determined to make this hummus the star of the show. And it is. A thick layer of creamy, lemony hummus is the base for this entire dish but it’s the combination with everything else on the plate that makes it the ultimate hummus. If you are ever going to make hummus into a meal, this is how you do it. I have been making my way through the leftovers of this for a whole week and am not complaining.

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