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Recipe: Lemony Fresh Orzo Salad

To quote my nieces and nephew “FOMO is real” and I couldn’t agree more. It’s been so grey and rainy here in Toronto that I’m missing the sunshine. Where is it?  I bet it’s at a party! Did I miss the invite? Why hasn’t it been around? GHAAAA! I can’t take this! Let me check @instagram. I’m missing out on something great! Maybe. Umm, probably not. Who knows where it is and what it’s doing I just miss it and decided to stop obsessing. I’m taking matters into my own hands.  Did you know that adding lemon to just about any dish will give you instant sunshine? 

Give this beauty a try and let me know if it brightens up your day.

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Lemony Fresh Orzo Salad

TOTAL TIME: 30 MINS
PREP TIME: 15 MINS
COOK TIME: 15 MINS
AUTHOR: Mary Mammoliti / Kitchen Confession

INGREDIENTS:

  • 12 ounces uncooked orzo

  • 2 large handfuls fresh arugula, chopped

  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained

  • 1 English cucumber, diced

  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed

  • 1 cup roughly-chopped fresh basil leaves

  • 1/2 head radicchio, roughly-chopped fresh

Lemony Dressing:

  • 2 lemons, juiced

  • 1 tablespoon rice wine or white vinegar

  • 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced

  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt and freshly-cracked black pepper, to taste

  • optional: 1/2 cup crumbled feta or goat cheese

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cook the pasta in a large stockpot of generously-salted water until al dente, according to package instructions.  Drain pasta then rinse thoroughly in a strainer with cold water until the pasta is chilled.  Transfer to a large mixing bowl.

  2. Add all the lemony dressing ingredients to a medium sized bowl and whisk for 1-2 minutes, or until the dressing begins to look creamy. Set aside.

  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the mixing bowl. , pour dressing over and toss to combine.  Taste, and season with extra salt and pepper, if needed.

  4. Serve immediately.  Or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

NOTE:

If you do not use all the dressing store in a sealed jar in your fridge for up to one week.

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Recipe: Crunchy Honey Almond Granola

Good morning from the KC kitchen!

I hope you are all having a great start to your day. 

My morning began with this bowl of Greek Yogurt and a handful (or 2, who’s really counting) of this CRUNCHY HONEY ALMOND GRANOLA followed by an interesting chat with the inspiring founder of The Grange of Prince Edward Winery Caroline Granger - get ready KC Podcasters for a new episode coming your way. It’s going to be

In the mean time scoop out a few spoonfuls of vanilla creamy greek yogurt and a handful of this Honey Almond Granola. Sit back and enjoy every scoop :)

Photo Description: a bowl filled with vanilla greek yogurt topped with crunchy honey almond granola, a gold spoon, and a glass storage container filled with the freshly made granola

Photo Description: a bowl filled with vanilla greek yogurt topped with crunchy honey almond granola, a gold spoon, and a glass storage container filled with the freshly made granola

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CRUNCHY HONEY ALMOND GRANOLA

Only 6 ingredients and easy to make. It’s gluten free, healthy and crazy delicious! Pinch me, I think I’m dreaming - NOPE THIS IS THE REAL DEAL! 

Photo Description: a bowl filled with vanilla greek yogurt topped with crunchy honey almond granola, a gold spoon, and a glass storage container filled with the freshly made granola

Photo Description: a bowl filled with vanilla greek yogurt topped with crunchy honey almond granola, a gold spoon, and a glass storage container filled with the freshly made granola

PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 22 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 32 minutes
SERVINGS: As many bowls as you see fit :)
AUTHOR: Mary Mammoliti | Kitchen Confession

Ingredients

3 1/2 cups rolled oats (use gluten free if you have a gluten sensitivity)
1 cup whole almonds, roughly chopped
1/2 cup pure honey
1/4 cup grapeseed oil (any neutral oil will work like canola)
3 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Roughly chop the whole almonds.

  3. In a large mixing bowl add the rolled oats and almonds and stir to combine.

  4. In a smaller microwave-safe bowl add the honey, oil, vanilla and salt and microwave for about 30 seconds until just warm and the honey and oil mix easily.

  5. Pour the warm honey mixture over the oats and stir until the mixture is coated.

  6. Transfer the oat mixture to the prepared baking sheet and spread into an even layer. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until golden brown being sure to stir the granola after 15 minutes and again at 20 minutes. If you need the extra 2 minutes stir again before placing the tray back in the oven.

  7. Allow granola to cool completely on the baking sheet before storing in an airtight container. This granola keeps for about a week - if it lasts that long :)

  8. Do NOT refrigerate


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Recipe: Grilled Honey Sriracha Lime Salmon

The weather is warming up, the sun is shining and the likelihood of me spending hours meal prepping on a Sunday during the summer months are slim to none. This time of year I tend to gamravitate towards quick and simple 30 minute meals and tonight’s dinner was no acception. 

The entire meal was prepared on the BBQ! Which  means kitchen cleanup is minimal and I had food in my belly in 30 minutes - pinch me I think I’m dreaming. Begin by tossing your veggies in a little EVOO, and get them on the grill. Add your marinated salmon and cook for 12 - 15 minutes. TA DA! Dinner is served. Now go and enjoy your meal you crazy kids. 

 

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GRILLED HONEY SRIRACHA LIME SALMON

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12-15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 2
Author: Mary Mammoliti | Kitchen Confession

INGREDIENTS

2 individual (4-6 ounce) fillets
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons sriracha sauce
1 lime, juiced
2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce (or Tamari)
1 teaspoon minced garlic

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine all ingredients in a shallow bowl and add the salmon, toss to coat, cover and let stand for 10 minutes.

  2. Preheat BBQ

  3. Place a reusable non stick mat on the BBQ grates. If you don’t have a reusable grill mat use aluminum foil and place it down on the grates

  4. Place marinated salmon onto the grill mat and cook for 12 minutes.

  5. Serve warm

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Recipe: Golden Milk (Turmeric Latte)

Rain, rain go away come again another day. Yes, I'm well aware that April showers bring may flowers but grey days are usually non eventful and dare I say boring? Unless....

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Recipe: Raspberry Pomegranate Oatmeal

Recipe: Raspberry Pomegranate Oatmeal

My body is finally on the mend after a battle with a crazy stomach virus.

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Recipe: Quinoa Roasted Veggie Salad

Recipe: Quinoa Roasted Veggie Salad

I’m a huge believer that we really shouldn't eat ingredients we can’t pronounce……EXCEPT QUINOA. You should definitely eat quinoa. 

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