Brussels Sprouts…. Did you know about this?

Brussels Sprouts
Now if you are like me you may not be a fan of these little cabbages. They can be a lot of work to prepare, having to wash, cut and peel each one and depending on how they are cooked the taste may not be all that appealing.

Brussels sprouts very well for you even though they don’t also taste great. Why is it that all the unhealthy stuff taste so great and the healthy stuff not so much?

Brussels sprouts are rich in many valuable nutrients. They are an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin K. They are a very good source of numerous nutrients including folate, manganese, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, choline, copper, vitamin B1, potassium, phosphorus, and omega-3 fatty acids.

I am going to start off with, there is no part of me that wants to sit there and clean, cut and peel a bag full of these just to have them as a side for a meal, but after finding a great way to cook them I do like to enjoy them on a regular bases. Now you are probably wondering how I get around this little preparation predicament. Well…. I head to my local grocery store and make my way over to the frozen vegetable section rather than the fresh produce section 🙂

Now lets talk about how to make something healthy taste great and stay healthy!

  1. Pre heat over to 380° fahrenheit
  2. Chop up a purple onion.
  3. Peel and chop a sweet potatoes into bite size cubes.
  4. Take a few thick slices of ham and cut it into bit size pieces
  5. Grab a 2 pound bag of frozen brussels sprouts and place them into a roasting pan.
  6. Add your onion, sweet potatoes and ham to the pan and mix together.
  7. Add a 1/8 cup of Cooking Essence Garlic Infused Olive Oil and a 1/8 cup of Cooking Essence Basil Infused Olive Oil
  8. Add 1/4 cup of Cooking Essence Black Currant Infused Balsamic Vinegar
  9. Add 1 tbsp. of The Spice Depot Salad Seasoning
  10. Add 1/4 cup of rum
  11. Mix everything together and place in the over for about 45 minutes or until tender.

Now Enjoy!

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French Toast Bites

Blueberry French Toast Bites
Blueberry French Toast Bites

Looking for something a little different for breakfast? Maybe you want to try something different for your next dessert.

French Toast Bites are simply that. Bite size pieces of French Toast.

This is also a great recipe if you already have a left over baguette lying around.

  1. Take you baguette and cut about 10 slices.
  2. Cut the slices in half
  3. Crack two eggs into a large bowl
  4. Add 1-2 tsp. cinnamon
  5. Add 1-2 tsp. brown sugar
  6. Two tbsp. of milk
  7. Mix everything together.
  8. Add the bread slices and mix/coat all pieces making sure they soak up all the egg mixture.
  9. Take a fry pan and turn to med/high.
  10. Add 1-2 tsp. of butter and let melt.
  11. Now place all your coated bread slices in the fry pan and let cook until golden brown.

Just add your favourite syrup or sauce and serve. I suggest adding some fresh or frozen (Make sure to thaw them out) blueberry and drizzle some Pomegranate Infused Balsamic Vinegar.

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Ever wonder what Halal means? There is a lot of confusing and misperception on what it is and what it means.

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Halal is an Arabic word that means “permissible.” In terms of food, it means food that is permissible according to Islamic law. For a meat to be certified “halal,” it cannot be a forbidden cut (such as meat from hindquarters) or animal (such as pork.)

The slaughter of a halal animal is called “zabihah” and there are certain guidelines to follow:

The instrument must be very sharp to ensure humane slaughter.

The animal must be slit at the throat.

The animal must not be unconscious.

The animal must be hung upside down and allowed to bleed dry. Eating blood is not halal.

These steps must be accomplished by a Muslim or the People of the Book (Christian or Jew.) Many observant Muslims find kosher meat acceptable.

The animal must have been fed a natural diet that did not contain animal by-products.

Ask for this product in your local stores throughout BC.

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Lazy Cabbage Rolls

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Do you like cabbage rolls, but don’t want to spend all the time and effort into making them? Neither do I!

Lets get right too it…. to start we will need:

  • 2 cups of pre-cooked rice (Brown or White). It should be a bit crunchy/under cooked.
  • 2 – 2.5 lbs of ground beef.
  • 10 ripe vine tomatoes
  • Half a head of green cabbage
  • 1 large onion
  • Salt and some New York Steak Spice

Let’s start cooking!

  1. Grab a large pot (8-10 litters)
  2. Turn it on to med/high and place the ground beef in it.
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  3. Add 1-2 tbsp. of the New York Steak Spice.
  4. Well ground beef is cooking start chopping the onions, cabbage and tomatoes.
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  5. Stir ground beef occasionally.
  6. When ground beef is browned and no pink colour left add your chopped Onions.
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  7. Add 1 cup of water and cover the pot. Let cooked for about 5 mins.
  8. Now add all the tomatoes, stir and cover. Let cook for about 5- 10 mins.
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  9. Add the cooked rice and cabbage.
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  10. Turn heat to low and let simmer for about 25-30 mins.
  11. Add salt and additional spice to reach desire taste.
  12. Sit down and enjoy!
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Steak Steak Steak

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Well I like steak…. Tonight I cooked a fantastic Rib Eye using my simple recipe. If you missed the post you can check it out now.


Tonight I had it with some fresh sauteed zucchini and mushrooms.

The zucchini was nice and simple. I slice it up then cut the slices in half. I then tossed them in a pot with some Cooking Essence Basil Infused Olive Oil, green onions and fresh garlic. I put them on medium/low and let them saute for about 10mins until they were tender.

Want some great mushrooms to go along with your steak like I had? Check out my Juicy Tender Pork Chops post. Near they end I tell you how to make some great tasting mushrooms.


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Gluten Free Cheese Puff

This one is simple… all you need to do is pull the product from the freezer and bake!

Otimo – Brazilian Style Cheese Puffs

I am a huge fan of making products myself and I love baking and cooking things from scratch, but sometimes you just don’t have the time or feel like it.

Otimo makes a great product that is all natural, no preservatives or artificial flavour and it taste fantastic.

They currently offer four different flavours, Original, Garlic & Herb, Sun-Dried Tomato and Jalapeno.

Your kids will love the Sun-Dried Tomato, it taste just like pizza!

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