Into Avocado Sandwiches? Well Check Out These 9 Recipe Ideas!

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Avocados, who doesn’t love them?
 
What makes this unique buttery tasting fruit even better? Well of course when it’s made into sandwiches!
 

 
Join the trend and start adding avocados to your sandwiches if you haven’t done so already! Trust me, it’ll bring your sandwiches to a whole new tasty level. Who knew?
 
My favorite way to eat avocado is as a breakfast sandwich, with some buttered toast, a spread of avocado topped with a sunny side cooked egg and tomato.
 

 
But venturing out of my comfort zone, I’ve resorted to looking up additional avocado sandwich recipes. That’s when I stumbled upon POPSUGAR Food’s avocado video.
 
Take a look at the following video and share your thoughts with us!
 

 
Did the video excite your taste buds?

3 Flavor Packed Japanese Inspired Recipes

Japanese food is more than just sushi, there are plenty of dishes and sauces that can be made and utilized to spice up your palette. Here are 3 simple recipes that will have you wanting more.

Ginger Marinated Steak


 
Ingredients:
 
• 2 lbs Steak
• 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
• Ginger (Roughly size of thumb)
• 2 Limes
• 3 tbsp oil
• Salt
• Pepper
 
Method:
 
1. Zest and juice both your limes into container.
2. Peel and finely mince the ginger.
3. Mix all ingredients except for your steak in the container.
4. Add in the steak to marinade for at least an hour, ideally try to marinade overnight.
5. Take out your steak and grill each side for 5-6 minutes.
6. Allow your meat to properly rest for a couple of minutes before slicing.

Wasabi Infused Mashed Potatoes


 
Ingredients:
 
• 6 Potatoes
• 1/3 cup Half and Half
• 2 Green Onions
• 1 tbsp Wasabi Paste
• Cilantro
• Zest of 1 Lime
• Salt
 
Method:
 
1. Boil a pot of hot water while you roughly chop your potatoes into smaller pieces.
2. Once your water is boiled toss in a couple of pinches of salt and then add in your potatoes.
3. Cook for about 20 minutes or until softened.
4. Drain all water, add in half and half with wasabi, and then mash until desired texture.
5. Before served, top with lime zest and chopped green onions.

Versatile Dipping Sauce


 
Ingredients:
 
• 1 Clove of Garlic
• 125 mL Chicken Stock
• 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
• 1 tsp Sweet Chili Sauce
• 1 Green Onion
 
Method:
 
1. Finely chop your green onion and garlic as small as possible.
2. Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Save Time (And Dishes) With This Delicious One Pot Pasta Dish

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Do you ever feel like giving up on dinner after an exhausting day at work?
 

 
And on those days, you skip out on making a homemade meal for some takeout or frozen meals instead? Well no one will blame you for doing that, we’ve all had those days before.
 
But what if I told you that there’s a dish out there that requires ingredients your pantry is stocked up with and one pot! Think about the time you’ll save on dishes too!
 
Watch the video below to see how you can turn a boring dinner night into a successful one with Martha Stewart’s recipe for one pot pasta!
 

 
Are you going to try this the next time you cook? Tried it already and have some tips to make the dish better? Share your thoughts with us!
 

 
Video courtesy of Martha Stewart.

3 Classic Irish Recipes to Get You Ready for St. Patty’s Day

Popularly known as a day of consuming green beer, St. Patrick’s Day has a rich history in the world of cuisine with famous savory dishes to go along with the consumption of alcohol.
 
For those who love to cook, but would rather spend more time drinking than eating, we’ve compiled 3 simplified recipes for classic Irish dishes to help get in you in the spirit of celebrating this beloved holiday.

Simplified Shepherd’s Pie


 
Ingredients:
 
• 4-5 Potatoes
• 3/4 cup Half and Half
• 1 Small Onion
• 1 Can Creamed Corn
• 1 lb Ground Beef
• 3 tbsp Butter
• Salt
• Pepper
 
Method:
 
1. Boil a pot of hot water and toss in potatoes for 30-40 minutes.
2. Remove potatoes and place into a bowl with half and half, butter, salt and pepper and mash until you get desired texture.
3. Preheat oven to 375 C
4. Cook ground beef and make sure to drain leftover liquid.
5. Finely chop the onion, toss into cooked beef along with corn, and mix thoroughly.
6. Grease your baking dish and add in the beef mixture, then layer your potato mash on top.
7. Put in the oven for 30-40 minutes, or until golden brown.

Beef and Potato Stew


 
Ingredients:
 
• 1 lb Ground Beef
• 1/2 lb Green Beans
• 1 3/4 cups Cream of Mushroom
• 3 Potatoes
• 2 Carrots
 
Method:
 
1. Heat a pan and cook up your ground beef, making sure to drain any leftover liquid.
2. Heat stove to medium heat, then roughly chop your potatoes and carrots, and throw into your pot to cook. Add in cooked beef.
3. Chop off the ends of your beans and roughly chop into bite sized pieces.
4. Pour in your can cream of mushroom.
5. Reduce heat to low and allow to cook for roughly 6 hours. Alternatively you can crank the heat up a touch and reduce the cooking time to 3-4 hours.

Tasty Potato Soup


 
Ingredients:
 
• 2 cups Chicken Stock
• 6 Potatoes
• 6 Slices of Bacon
• 1 Onion
• Salt
• Pepper
 
Method:
 
1. Roughly chop your potatoes and bacon into bite sized pieces and then toss into desired pot.
2. Finely chop onion and add into the pot.
3. Pour in chicken stock, heat on medium heat and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
4. Cook for 30-40 minutes, or until potatoes become semi soft.

Looking to Beat The Winter Cold? Try This Hearty Chili Recipe to Warm Your Bones

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When the weather turns cold, my mind wanders to hot comfort food.
 
This week I craved a steaming bowl of hot chili. (This is my wife’s recipe and she is cooking it as I write.)
 
At the end of 2016, I was writing recipes that might help the harried cook get meals on the table a little quicker. Although this is a long slow cook recipe, the slow cooker makes it work. You can do all your prep the evening before, refrigerate the whole lot then turn the cooker on in the morning and away you go. Large batches also leave leftovers for another meal.
 
The origin of chili goes back to the Aztecs; it gained further popularity on the cattle drives of the American West. Today there are many many recipes and numerous chili cook off contests. Winter is the time to hone your skills to win the Main street cook off next summer. This recipe is a basic starting point for your chili challenge.
 

SLOW COOKER CHILI

Ingredients
 
•1 lb gr sausage—hot Italian or garlic dinner
•1 lb ground beef
•1 med onion
•1/2 red pepper
•1/2 green pepper
•1 cup beef stock as needed
•1 can tomatoes
•2 cans red kidney beans
•3 Tbsp Chili powder
•2 tsp cumin
•1-2 tbsp crushed Chili peppers
 
Method
 
1. Fry meat & onion then pour into slow cooker with the rest of the ingredients—cook 5 hours on high or 10-12 hours on low.
2.Serve with Cornbread or Garlic bread.

Forget Complicated Recipes, Follow These Simple Illustrated Directions

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If you love to cook, then you’ll love these illustrations. Drawing Recipes, a book created by Italian illustrator and comics artist Chiara Di Francia, explains how to cook your favorite foods through drawings.
 

 
The idea for the book came about when Francia’s five-year-old cousin asked her to write a recipe for her favorite pastry snack. “After having drawn the first piece, the idea of this project was born, to create a collection of illustrated recipes,” says Francia.
 

 
In its pages, you can find recipes for anything from fondue to french toast and cheese pairings to fried pizza. The recipes are divided into seven categories: Breakfast & Brunch, Appetizers, Salads, Mains, Pasta, Second Course, and Desserts.
 

 

 

 

 

Eat Your Way to A Healthier New You With These 5 Recipes

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Sticking to a healthier diet is an excellent New Year’s resolution, but sometimes people can struggle to maintain this pledge. Having a few healthy but tasty recipes on hand can make sticking to your resolution easier.
 
A healthy diet consists of two factors. First, it’s essential to limit fatty red meats, cut out processed sugars or additives and to eat in moderation. But beyond eliminating what is considered bad for you, you also want to give your body foods that are full of essential minerals and vitamins that bolster the immune system and keep the body and mind feeling their best. Your next step should be to choose meals full of leafy green vegetables, fruits, whole grains and white meat or fish.
 
Check out five of our favorite recipes that make healthy eating easier:

1. Turkey and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

To start your diet off on a celebratory note, try this exciting dish from the Food Network. Not only is this recipe full of flavor, but the turkey, quinoa and fresh vegetables make for a healthy and filling meal devoid of too much salt, fat or carbs.
 

Stuffed peppers are as beautiful as they are delicious

 
Ingredients:
 
Quinoa:
 
•2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
•1 cup red quinoa
 
Peppers:
 
•Extra-virgin olive oil
•1 lb. lean ground turkey
•1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
•1 clove minced garlic
•Kosher salt
•Fresh black pepper
•1/4 cup white wine
•2 large red bell peppers
•2 large green bell peppers
•2 cups kale leaves, chopped
•1/4 cup toasted pepitas
•1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs
•1/4 cup grated Parmesan
 
Roasted Tomatillo Avocado Sauce:
 
•6 medium tomatillos (about 8 ounces), husked
•Olive oil
•Kosher salt
•Fresh black pepper
•1 teaspoon ground cumin
•1 ripe avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and diced
•1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
•1/2 jalapeño, coarsely chopped and seeds removed
•1/2 sweet onion, chopped
•1 lime
•1 handful fresh cilantro leaves
 
Directions:
 
Preheat the oven to 425 F. Meanwhile bring the chicken broth to a boil in a medium saucepan. As it reaches a rolling boil, add the quinoa, stir and cover. Lower the heat to a simmer and steam the quinoa for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for another 10 minutes before fluffing with a fork.
 
In a large saucepan, combine olive oil and ground turkey with crushed red pepper flakes and garlic. Sprinkle in salt and pepper and cook over medium-high heat for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon. Break up the turkey into pieces and add the wine to de-glaze.
 
As the turkey browns, rinse the bell peppers and dry. Cut off the tops and remove seeds and membranes. Once the turkey finishes, remove from heat and add quinoa. Also add kale and pepitas. Mix thoroughly. Set aside covered to stay warm.
 
In a small bowl, add the breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese. Drizzle in olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Transfer to the prepared peppers, adding about 2 tablespoons of the breadcrumb-cheese mixture to each. Cover the peppers loosely with foil and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes. Next, carefully remove the foil, and set the oven to broil. Cook the peppers for 1 to 2 minutes or until the breadcrumbs are browned. Remove the peppers and set aside to rest.
 
Set the oven to 350 F and place the tomatillos on a baking sheet. Toss with olive oil and roast for about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool. Add to blender along with 1/4 cup water, cumin, a dash of salt, avocado, garlic, jalapeños, onions and cilantro. Juice the lime and blend until smooth. Let the sauce settle before serving.
 
Finally, carefully stuff the peppers with the turkey and sauce.
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2. Seared Salmon with Sweet Potatoes

Fish is full of helpful omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients that promote good health. This recipe from Good Housekeeping is easy to follow and creates a delicious, memorable meal.
 

Salmon is a simple, elegant ingredient perfect for healthy living,

 
Salmon is a simple, elegant ingredient perfect for healthy living.Salmon is a simple, elegant ingredient perfect for healthy living.
 
Ingredients:
 
•1 lb. sweet potatoes
•1/4 cup water
•salt
•black pepper
•1 bag baby spinach
•4 piece skinless center-cut salmon filet
•1 lemon
•1 cup dry white wine
•2 tsp. capers
•1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
•A dash of cayenne pepper
 
Directions:
 
Preheat the oven to 145 F. Next, peel and chop sweet potatoes into small bite-sized pieces. In a microwave-safe bowl, add potatoes, water, and a dash of salt and pepper. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 9 minutes, stirring halfway through. Add the spinach, recover and microwave for 2 more minutes.
 
On a nonstick pan, season salmon with salt and a dash of cayenne pepper. Cook for 10 minutes, turning over midway through. Transfer to a plate and garnish with grated lemon peel and juice.
 
In a small skillet, combine wine and capers and boil on high for 2 minutes. Add remaining lemon juice and parsley before spooning over fish.
 

. Black Bean and Corn Salad

For a simple, vegetarian meal, it’s hard to beat a favorite salad. This dish from All Recipes is especially tasty, and full of iron, protein and other healthy nutrients.
 
Ingredients:
 
•1/3 cup fresh lime juice
•1/2 cup olive oil
•1 clove garlic, minced
•1 tsp. salt
•1/8 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
•2 cans black beans (15 oz each), rinsed and drained
•1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels
•1 avocado – peeled, pitted and diced
•1 red bell pepper, chopped
•2 tomatoes, chopped
•6 green onions, thinly sliced
 
Directions:
 
Combine lime juice, olive oil, garlic, salt and cayenne pepper and stir well. Add beans, corn, avocado, peppers, tomatoes, green onions and cilantro in a large bowl. Drizzle lime dressing and stir until evenly coated.
 

4. Apple Banana Smoothie

 
Your morning cup of coffee or tea might not be too unhealthy, but the cream and sugar you add can quickly derail a diet. This smoothie from All Recipes is an excellent way to start your day off on the right foot and is simple to make. It’s also easy enough to add another favorite fruit if you choose.
 

Smoothies are a great way to enjoy fresh fruit.

 
Smoothies are a great way to enjoy fresh fruit.Smoothies are a great way to enjoy fresh fruit.
 
Ingredients:
 
•1 banana
•1/2 cup of orange juice
•1 Gala apple
•1/4 cup low-fat milk
 
Directions:
 
First, peel and chop the banana and apple. Next, combine all ingredients in the blender, and process until smooth.
 

5. Chocolate-Dipped Banana Bites

Dessert is the bane of all healthy diets, but there are ways to indulge without upending your New Year’s resolution. This recipe from Health Magazine is great because dark chocolate is good for the heart and much more beneficial than other varieties.
 
Ingredients:
 
•2 Tbsp. dark chocolate chips
•1 small banana, peeled and cut into small pieces
 
Directions:
 
Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and zap for 1 minute, or until chocolate is fully melted. Next use a toothpick to dip the banana slices into the chocolate. Enjoy immediately or freeze for later.

Martha Stewart’s Simple Recipe For Upside-Down Cake with Pineapples

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We predict this pineapple upside down cake will make an appearance at more than one occasion!

Ingredients

1½ cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, plus 3 tablespoons (cut into small pieces) for preparing the top
1 cup sugar, plus 2/3 cup for preparing the top
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
7 thin rounds cored pineapple
 

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
 
2. With an electric mixer, cream 6 tablespoons butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until combined. Add flour mixture in 3 additions alternately with the milk in 2, beginning and ending with the flour. Mix just until combined
 
3. In a 10-inch cast-iron (or ovenproof nonstick) skillet, add remaining sugar and butter over low heat and while stirring, allow to turn a light caramel color. Then place the pineapple rings and top with the batter.
 
4. Carefully spoon batter over pineapples in skillet. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.
 
5. Let cake cool in pan 5 minutes. Run a knife around edge of cake, then carefully invert onto a platter. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Savory Herb Encrusted Grilled Fish Recipe

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Winter’s almost gone and the summer is starting to simmer. Hot and spicy dinners might not be the something you would want to go after. Why don’t you try out this green-grilled fish recipe? The green-grilled fish recipe? The green herbs and lime juice give it a fresh and tangy feel.Snack on this and we assure that you will not feel like a “meat overdose” at all. Try out this easy recipe today itself. Throw in some oregano if you want to make it spicier.
 

Ingredients

4 fish fillets
3 cloves of garlic
1 piece of ginger
1 green chili
1 tsp pepper powder
Juice of half a lime
3/4 cups of minced parsley
2 tbsp bread powder
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
Salt, as required
1 tbsp oil

Preparation

1. Clean the fish fillets Crush garlic, ginger and and green chili together Add 1/2 teaspoon pepper powder and the lime juice to the crushed mixture
2. Apply this on the fish fillets and set aside for half an hour to get marinated
3. Make the herbs mixture by combining minced parsley, bread powder, Parmesan cheese, salt and remaining pepper powder
4. Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the fillets
5. Dip one side of the fillets in the herbs mixture and grill for 3 minutes
6. Serve hot with ketchup

Oprah’s ‘Number One’ Turkey Burger Recipe

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Burgers are best shared with friends, as foodie and newly minted cookbook author Oprah Winfrey sees it.
 
“My friend Gayle [King] is always on a quest for the all-time best burger, and this version is at the top of her list,” Winfrey says of the pretzel turkey burger recipe featured in her new cookbook Food, Health and Happiness, and in the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
 

 
The Weight Watchers shareholder is testament to the idea that eating healthy does not mean skimping on her favorites, losing 42.5 pounds in 2016 (without giving up bread, of course.)
 
For easy preparation, Winfrey suggests using a Microplane to quickly grate the garlic, which she also uses for shaving hard cheeses. It “grates it so fine and airy that a little goes a long way!,” she says.
 

Oprah Winfrey’s Pretzel Turkey Burger


 
Serves 4
 
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tbsp. mango chutney
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. curry powder
½ tsp. chipotle chili powder
2 garlic cloves, grated
½ Gala apple, coarsely chopped
1 scallion, coarsely chopped
1½ lbs. ground dark-meat turkey
1 tsp. canola oil
4 pretzel buns, toasted
 
1. Process cilantro, mango chutney, soy sauce, salt, curry powder, chipotle chili powder, garlic, apple and scallion in a food processor until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes, stopping to scrape sides as needed.
 
2. Combine apple mixture and turkey in a large bowl, and mix with hands until thoroughly combined. Divide mixture into 4 equal portions, and form each into a loose ball. Pat balls lightly to flatten into ¾-inch-thick patties. Let patties stand at room temperature until they have lost their chill, 15 to 20 minutes.
 
3. Heat a large, heavy skillet, preferably cast-iron, over medium. Add oil, and swirl to coat; add patties. Cook until browned on both sides and a thermometer inserted in center of each patty registers 165°, about 6 minutes per side. Remove from skillet, and serve on pretzel buns with your choice of toppings and condiments.
 
Active time: 25 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes