Best Ever Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie using Lentils

Today I am sharing with you guys one of my favorite comfort food recipes! This Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie uses lentils instead of the traditional beef or lamb mixture we are all used to…BUT it doesn’t lack any flavor and that I guarantee! My hubby and I started trying to do “meat free” meals at least once a week about this time last year, and this was something I came up with that required little ingredients and could be made on a weeknight for a quick dinner. That being said, you can definitely add in 1/2 lb of ground meat of your choice to this if you want it.

Vegetarian Lentil Shepherd's Pie in Skillet

The flavors of this Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie will honestly make you feel like you are eating a hearty meat dish all thanks to the lentils. If you think you don’t like lentils just trust me and make this dish at least once, I am certain it will become a quick favorite. We use canned lentils as they are easier for throwing this dish together, however if you have some extra time or are making it on the weekend you can boil out dried ones instead.

Best Ever Lentil Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8 Servings

Best Ever Lentil Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs Potatoes - we used russet (approx. 8 medium) Peeled and Chopped
  • 1/4 c Butter - melted
  • 1/4 c Milk
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 medium Onion, diced
  • 2 medium Carrots, diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 can Lentils (approx. 2 cups) rinsed
  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • 1 c Vegetable Broth
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 c Frozen Corn
  • 1 c Frozen Peas
  • 1 tsp dried Parsley
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. In a large pot bring potatoes to a boil, cook until fork goes through easily (12 mins).
  3. While potatoes are cooking heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large oven safe skillet. Saute carrots and onions until soft, add in garlic and cook for 1 minute until it become fragrant (be careful not to burn it).
  4. Add in your lentils with a pinch of salt and pepper, sprinkle with flour and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add in your broth and Worcestershire sauce, reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes until thickened.
  6. While simmering, drain your potatoes and mash with melted butter and milk. Add egg yolk and a pinch of salt and pepper, stir to combine.
  7. Remove lentil mixture from heat and stir in peas and corn.
  8. Add mashed potatoes to the top of your lentil mixture and gently spread to create an even layer.
  9. Cook in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until the top is lightly golden, top with parsley and serve.

Notes

We use russet potatoes, but you can also use white or yellow. If you do not have a large enough skillet, you can assemble in casserole dish instead. Be sure to lightly rinse the canned lentils to remove the liquid which generally contains an excessive amount of sodium.

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I love how hearty this dish is, using lots of vegetables to help create a healthy dinner for the entire family. We like to use carrots, peas and corn when making our Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie, but you can get creative and add in whatever your family likes. We have added in kale in the past as well as chopped collard greens. Like most of our recipes, we try to make them versatile so you can start with the basic “base” and add in what fits your tastes.

Lentils and Vegetable for Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie

 

benefits of our lentil vegetarian shepherd’s pie

  • This is a ONE SKILLET meal (minus boiling the potatoes!). If there is any way I can save myself some dishes you know I am gonna do it.
  • Lentils are high in fibre and protein and are low in fat.
  • There is so much flavor in this dish you won’t even notice it has no meat.
  • You can make this dish vegan too – just omit the egg yolk (it is in there to help brown your potatoes) and use a dairy free milk instead.
  • Make this dish ahead of time and freeze it (up to step #8 in the cooking process) and when you are ready to eat it just add an additional 20 minutes to your cooking time to ensure everything is heated through.
  • Lentils are also high in folate, iron and potassium, combining this power legume with the vitamins and minerals from the veggies and this dish really has it all!

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Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie with Lentils

Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie with Lentils – this easy meat-free dish is sure to be a family favorite! It is hearty and FULL of flavor, and is big enough to feed a crowd. #VegetarianShepherdsPie #LentilRecipes #Lentils #ShepherdsPie


Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole

This Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole is one of our go-to meals for during the week…especially when we don’t have anything thawed and ready to go! It is a super quick, 30 minute meal (including your prep) and is loaded with flavor to satisfy your deepest comfort food cravings. Just take a look at the cheesy goodness this Tuna Casserole offers:

Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole

 

The secret to our Tuna Noodle Casserole is the sauce you make to mix with the noodles before putting it into the oven. It is where all the flavor lies, and really makes the difference between a delicious casserole and a dry one. Every single noodle gets coated in the sauce, and because we like to use rigatoni, the sauce gets inside the tubes so every bite is bursting with flavor!

Sauce for Tuna Casserole

 

This is the perfect comfort dish for the cooler Fall days ahead, and it pairs perfectly with a simple salad or steamed veggies. Want to know what else is awesome about it?! You can prepare up to the step where you would put it in the oven and FREEZE it for later! Yep, I am all about meals I can grab and cook while I do the million other things that need tending in my house during the week. If you are one of those people who preps your meals ahead of time, take this recipe and double it. Pop one in the oven tonight and freeze one for a night when you just want to hit “bake” on your oven, you will thank me later.

Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole - A quick and easy weeknight meal, bursting with flavor. Classic flavors everyone in the family will love. #TunaCasserole #CheesyTunaNoodleCasserole #TunaRecipes

Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole – A quick and easy weeknight meal, bursting with flavor. Classic flavors everyone in the family will love. #TunaCasserole #CheesyTunaNoodleCasserole #TunaRecipes

Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole

Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole

Ingredients

  • 2 cans Flaked White Tuna
  • 1 medium Onion, diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 cup Frozen Peas
  • 2 cups Chicken or Vegetable Broth
  • 1.5 cups Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 package Rigatoni Pasta (or any type you prefer)
  • 1/4 cup Italian Breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Cold Water
  • 1 tbsp Corn Starch
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add in your pasta and cook until al dente (see package for timing) Reserve 1 cup of pasta water in case you need to thin out your sauce. Continue steps below while pasta cooks.
  3. In a medium sauce pan heat olive oil over high heat and saute onions until translucent (about 5 minutes) add in minced garlic and cook until fragrant. Add both cans of tuna and cook on medium heat for 2 minutes.
  4. Pour broth into tuna mixture and add frozen peas. Continue to cook at a low simmer until pasta is finished. Strain pasta and transfer to a 9"x 13" casserole dish.
  5. In a small bowl mix together cold water with cornstarch and add to your tuna mixture, allow to simmer for 1 minute and remove from heat.
  6. Stir in the grated parmesan cheese and then pour half of the mixture over your pasta. Stir to mix and then top the pasta with remaining sauce. Sprinkle top with breadcrumbs, fresh pepper and grated cheddar cheese.
  7. Cook in preheated oven for 10 minutes, until the top is brown and cheese is melted.
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Tips and tricks for your Cheesy Tuna noodle Casserole

  • If you don’t have Italian Breadcrumbs you can make them yourself! Using regular bread crumbs, add in a pinch of dried basil, oregano and parsley, as well as a handful of finely grated Parmesan cheese.
  • We like to use Flaked White Tuna but you can use your favorite tuna
  • No frozen peas? That’s ok! You can substitute with fresh ones, or use edamame (shelled) or chopped fresh/frozen greens (kale, swiss chard etc)
  • Want it a little spicy? Add in a tbsp of chili pepper flakes, or top with your favorite hot sauce!


If you are looking for more delicious Comfort Foods like this tuna noodle casserole, check these out:

  1. Twenty Minute Beef Stroganoff 
  2. Classic Comfort Foods – BHG
  3. Lemon Chicken Picatta 
  4. Easy Italian Stuffed Peppers


Italian Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Stuffed Peppers are a delicious and easy way to make a healthy weeknight meal that everyone will love! They use a few key ingredients to create a savory dish, and can be customized with whatever you have on hand.

Sausage-and-Peppers

The recipe I am sharing today is for our Italian Stuffed Peppers which combines mild Italian sausage  and other classic flavors like Oregano, Basil and Parmesan Cheese to create a mouth-watering pepper you will want to eat time and time again! We use rice in these stuffed peppers but we have also done them with quinoa and couscous to change it up a bit. Either way, it is the perfect comfort food to whip up with the cooler days ahead.

Italian Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Italian Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Ingredients

  • 5 medium Bell Peppers (assorted colors)
  • 1/2 large Onion, diced
  • 3 links Italian Sausage, casing removed (can use mild or hot)
  • 1 c White or Basmati Rice
  • 1c Strained Tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp each dried Parsley and Basil (if you have fresh that is good too!)
  • 1/4 c shredded Parmesan Cheese (+more for topping)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive Oil

Instructions

    Step 1: Prepping your Peppers
  1. Wash peppers and, using a sharp knife, cut off the tops (about 1/2")
  2. Remove the seeds and membrane of the pepper using a small paring knife, being careful not to puncture the pepper itself (if you do that is OK your rice will prevent too much stuffing from seeping out)
  3. Dice up your pepper tops (not including the stems)!
  4. Step 2
  5. Preheat oven to 350 F
  6. Cook rice according to package and set aside
  7. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil a medium pan and add in diced peppers and onions and saute for 2 mins
  8. Add in Sausage and spices and cook until browned (about 5 mins)
  9. Add your strained tomatoes and simmer for 3 mins, stir in parmesan, salt and pepper and remove from heat
  10. Assembling your Stuffed Peppers
  11. Place empty peppers in a shallow dish, try to keep them close together so they don't fall over in the oven
  12. Start by stuffing them with rice until they are about 3/4 full
  13. Fill the remaining portion of your pepper with your sausage mixture
  14. Top with grated parmesan
  15. Cover with foil and cook in oven for 25 mins
  16. Remove foil and cook for another 5 mins

Notes

If you like your peppers a little softer you can steam them for 3 minutes in the microwave first before assembling. Simply place them top down on a plate and cover loosely with plastic wrap, cook for 3 mins and then go on to stuffing!!

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How easy is that?! I always seem to have some of the stuffing left over too, it is great for adding to pasta sauce later in the week (if you can make it last that long). Though often I find myself eating spoonfuls while I wait for my peppers to come out of the oven! I mean just look at how tasty it is…

Italian Stuffed Peppers

Italian Stuffed Peppers – an easy and delicious weeknight meal the whole family will love!
#ItalianStuffedPeppers #PepperRecipes #StuffedPeppers

Stuffed Peppers Italian Style

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Cherry Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping

Have I ever got a real treat to share with you guys today! I had a bunch of fresh cherries left over the other week and didn’t know what to do with them, I mean there are only so many handfuls of cherries I can eat. So I decided why not up my cake game? That’s how I came up with this scrumptious Cherry Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping…GAME CHANGER!

Cherry-Coffee-Cake-Loaf

The thing I love about this cake is that is comes together in an hour, start to finish, which means it is great for last minute company too! The cake itself is not too sweet and it has hints of cinnamon to compliment the Cherry Crumb top. I love how the fresh cherries on the top mix perfectly with the sweet crumb, making it a wonderful addition to your cup of morning coffee (or tea in my case).

Cherry Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping

Cherry Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping

Ingredients

    Cake
  • 1/2 c Butter, melted
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 c Flour (All Purpose)
  • 1 c Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1.5 c Milk
  • pinch of salt
  • Cinnamon Swirl
  • 1/2 c Butter, melted
  • 1/2 c Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Flour
  • 1.5 tbsp Cinnamon
  • Topping
  • 1.5 c Fresh Cherries, pitted and halved (see below for frozen)
  • 1 c Flour (AP)
  • 3/4 c Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 6 tbsp Butter, melted

Instructions

    Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F, grease one 9x13 pan or 3 small loaf pans (approx. 9x5).
  2. Combine all cake ingredients in a stand mixer and beat on medium low speed until well mixed.
  3. Pour into your prepared pan(s), be sure to divide evenly if using multiple.
  4. Cinnamon Swirl
  5. Mix all ingredients in your stand mixer (or hand mixer) until well combined, the butter and brown sugar will melt together.
  6. Spread evenly on top of cake batter and swirl with a knife to gently push throughout cake (see photos)
  7. Topping
  8. Top cake with your cherries after you have swirled the cinnamon butter mixture.
  9. In a small bowl combine all topping ingredients, mix with a fork until butter coats the flour and begins to form small pea size crumbles.
  10. Sprinkle over the top of your cake and gently press into cherries.
  11. Bake cake for 30-40 minutes (this will vary based off of your pans and oven so PLEASE set a timer and check for toothpick to come out clean after 30 mins)

Notes

Other than your melted butter you want to try and ensure your ingredients are at room temperature, this will prevent your cake from being heavy.

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The cake can also be prepared as one larger one (9″x 13″ pan) or how I did it this time, which was 3 smaller loaf pans, just pay attention to your cooking times! Doing it as the 3 smaller ones allowed me to gift one to my mom and one to my amazing neighbor too…who wouldn’t want their own Cherry Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping to indulge in without having to share?!

Cherry-Coffee-Cake-Before-Cooking

If you don’t have fresh cherries on hand don’t stress!! You can easily use frozen cherries instead, just allow them to thaw and then toss with 1 tbsp flour to soak up any excess liquid that may cause the topping of your Cherry Coffee Cake to become runny.

This Cherry Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping is the perfect treat to accompany your morning coffee, and even better to serve to company! #CoffeeCake #CherryCoffeeCake #CrumbTopping

This Cherry Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping is the perfect treat to accompany your morning coffee, and even better to serve to company! #CoffeeCake #CherryCoffeeCake #CrumbTopping

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Easy and Delicious Back to School Lunch Ideas

Lunches don’t have to be boring anymore! Thanks to my fabulous blogging friends I have put together a round-up of Back to School lunch ideas that will please the young kiddos as well as you. Everything you need from sandwiches and wraps to snacks and treats, I have got you covered. So now you can start the Back to School countdown and get your happy dance ready 😊

Lunches don't have to be boring anymore! These easy to make lunch ideas are full of flavor, guaranteeing everyone will love them. #EasyLunchIdeas #BacktoSchoolLunches #LunchRecipes #BacktoSchool

Lunches don’t have to be boring anymore! These easy to make lunch ideas are full of flavor, guaranteeing everyone will love them. #EasyLunchIdeas #BacktoSchoolLunches #LunchRecipes #BacktoSchool

Lets go ahead and get started with our wraps, sandwiches and more!

RAINBOW VEGETABLE TORTILLA WRAP: RECIPES FROM A PANTRY

These easy to make wraps are full of delicious and healthy veggies, and can be adjusted to fit your family’s specific tastes. They are an easy way to get your vegetable servings in for the day!

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teriyaki honey chicken meatballs: Teaspoon of goodness

I love dishes like this one, it is something I would make for dinner the night before and pack the leftovers for a delicious lunch the next day.The protein is great for an afternoon pick-me up, and you can even eat this at your desk!

Teriyaki-Honey-Chicken-Meatballs

 

BUFFALO TAHINI QUINOA AND RICE WRAPS: STRENGTH AND SUNSHINE 

Here is a scrumptious wrap that is sure to fill you up. You can even make these ahead of time and freeze them to take out for lunches later in the week! Loaded with flavour, easy to make and will please everyone.

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KALE AND BROCCOLI SALAD: THE OLIVE BLOGGER (that’s us!)

Here is a super easy salad that you can make in advance (just leave it undressed). It is healthy and delicious, and you can even add some grilled salmon or chicken to make it a full meal.

KaleSlaw

 

PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY KABOBS: DAILY MOMTIVITY

A fun update to the classic PB&J sandwiches we all used to have in our lunchbox. Bonus points for the fresh fruit!

PB-J-Kabobs

 

COLD NOODLES IN PEANUT SAUCE: THE COZY COOK

This is a great meatless option for your Back to School Lunch! It is great as a side or even on its own, and it can be made ahead of time which is always a plus for this busy season.

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5 MINUTE TURKEY CLUB WRAP: FOOD MEANDERINGS 

Everyone likes to save time while making lunches, and this wrap is a delicious way to do just that! It has all your faves from a club; bacon, turkey, lettuce and a delicious ranch dressing.

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Now that the main portion of your lunch is taken care of, lets dive into some snacks and sweet treats!

coconut carrot muffins: the olive blogger

These muffins are a perfect addition to your weekly lunch line up. They are perfectly moist with a slightly crunchy top, and the coconut compliments the carrot with a gentle sweetness you don’t expect! You can also make a double batch and freeze them so you have them all month long.

Carrot-Coconut-Muffin

 

CHOCOLATE OATMEAL COOKIES: NATALIE’S HAPPY HEALTH

Want to give your kiddos a treat but don’t like all the extra sugar? These cookies have no refined sugars, making them a great snack without the sugar crash.

Chocolate-Oatmeal-Cookies

 

 

PIZZA MUFFINS: SPACESHIPS AND LASER BEAMS

All you need is a few simple ingredients to make these easy to devour pizza muffins.

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QUINOA AND CRANBERRY MUFFINS: FAMILY FOOD AND TRAVEL

Sweet and savory, these muffins are great for an afternoon snack to hold you over until dinner.

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And of course, our Back to School Lunch round-up wouldn’t be complete without a fun EXTRA! 

LUNCHBOX JOKE PRINTABLE: ARTSY FARTSY MAMA

Free printables to make your kids laugh, add to their lunch box for a special treat!

BTS-Jokes

Easy Quinoa Salad Recipe with Lemon Vinaigrette

Summer is all about fresh ingredients and outdoor meals for us, that’s why this Quinoa Salad is perfect for the hot days that are still ahead! It uses just a few ingredients to transform plain quinoa into a delicious side dish (or main meal if you want to add protein!) and although we make this more in the summertime, you can definitely enjoy it on cooler days as well. Quinoa-Salad-Fresh-Ingredients

 

You can customize the Quinoa Salad to your tastes too, so if you prefer zucchini over cucumber or cherry tomatoes over peppers, feel free to throw em in. The dressing is just as simple as the salad itself, and can be used on a variety of green salads as well! So grab your ingredients and pack your picnic bag, it’s time to make this yummy salad.

Easy Quinoa Salad Recipe with Lemon Vinaigrette

Easy Quinoa Salad Recipe with Lemon Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 1 c Dry Quinoa (Rinsed under cold water)
  • 1 c Water
  • 1 c Vegetable Broth
  • 1/2 lg Cucumber, chopped
  • 1 lg Red Pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 Red Onion, diced
  • 3 tbsp Fresh Basil (or parsley if you prefer) chopped
  • Salt
  • Dressing
  • 1/4 c Extra Virgin Olive Oil (the good stuff guys, you don't want it to be bitter!)
  • 1/4 c Lemon Juice (fresh is best but concentrated is fine!)
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 3/4 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • pinch of Salt

Instructions

    Salad
  1. Place medium pot over medium heat for about 2 mins to warm, add in quinoa and give a quick "toast" by swirling in the pot for 1 minute. Add in your water and broth with a pinch of salt and allow to come to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer until liquid is absorbed (about 10-12 minutes). Remove from heat and place in your serving bowl. Place in fridge to cool.
  3. Once quinoa has cooled add in remainder of the salad ingredients and toss.
  4. Dressing
  5. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, whisk until well combined.
  6. Pour 1/2 of the dressing over the salad and add the remainder right before serving.

Notes

Prepare Quinoa ahead of time (even the day before) so it can cool.

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Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette- Perfect side dish for picnics and BBQ's! #Salad #Quinoa #PicnicFood

Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette- Perfect side dish for picnics and BBQ’s! #Salad #Quinoa #PicnicFood


Easy Mothers Day Brunch Round-Up

With only a week to go until we celebrate all the moms out there I thought it would be a perfect time to round-up some of my favourite dishes, drinks and sweets from fellow bloggers to make it the best Mothers Day Brunch yet! There is something for every mom on the list, and some of them can even be assembled the night before which leaves more time for morning snuggles! Get your shopping list ready and be prepared to receive extra kisses from mom!

 

BErries n Cream French Toast Casserole: garden in the kitchen

This gorgeous casserole uses fresh berries and cream cheese and is the perfect way to show mom just how sweet you think she is!

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POTATO, BACON AND EGG SHEET PAN BREAKFAST: DELICIOUS ON A DIME

This hearty breakfast is easy to make and even easier to clean up! It combines crispy potatoes, cheesy eggs and smoky bacon and uses only one pan!

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4 INGREDIENT ORANGE JULIUS COCKTAIL: STRENGTH AND SUNSHINE 

This simple to make frozen cocktail is a nice change from the classic mimosa we all think to serve mom for her special day.

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eggs benedict with artichoke and roasted red pepper hollindase: food meanderings 

A gourmet take on the classic, this is a grown-up eggs benny with some incredible flavours, don’t fooled though it is still super easy to pull together!

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 STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE LEMON CURD PARFAIT: THE RISING SPOON 

This fresh and tangy parfait uses simple ingredients and is super easy to make, and just look at how pretty it is!

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CRACKER BARREL HASHBROWN CASSEROLE: CINCY SHOPPER 

This is one of the dishes you can make ahead of time and pop in the oven on Sunday morning, it is full of cheesy goodness and will impress everyone in the family not just mom!

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sparkling unicorn drink: the olive blogger

This drink is so yummy you will want to make a 2nd! A simple 3 ingredient cocktail (you can make it a mocktail if you wish!) that is a beautiful as it is tasty.

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 huevos rancheros breakfast casserole: taste and see

This casserole has it all! It is loaded with Mexican flavours and full of fiber, a perfect start to your Mothers Day Brunch!

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raspberry cheesecake swirl bread: savings dollars and sense

This sweet treat uses a sugar cookie dough base to create an easy make ahead “bread” you can serve with a nice cuppa tea.

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ULTIMATE CAESAR COCKTAIL: GIRL HEART FOOD 

A 5 minute cocktail that is loaded with flavour! It is a vodka based drink that is finished off with yummy snack like foods, allowing you to get creative with what you use to top it.

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peach stuffed french toast: the olive blogger

If you haven’t tried our french toast yet now is the perfect time! It is perfectly sweet with a simple peach syrup and fresh peaches stuffed inside of a thick piece of your favourite bread.

French Toast on a colorful flowered plate with fresh peaches and walnuts

 

 

 

 

 

 

So are you ready to get cooking for your Mothers Day Brunch!? Be sure to tag us @theoliveblogger and #OliveYum on Instagram so we can see how you spoiled mom!

Easy Mothers Day Brunch Recipes - This round-up features everything you need to make sure mom has a special day! #MothersDay #BrunchRecipes #EasyBrunchIdeas

Easy Mothers Day Brunch Recipes – This round-up features everything you need to make sure mom has a special day! #MothersDay #BrunchRecipes #EasyBrunchIdeas

Looking for more? Check out the links below for some more ideas for your brunch. 

Cheesy Bacon Potato Fritatta – Amanda’s Cookin

Cinnamon French Toast Breakfast Bake – Family Food and Travel 

Blueberry Lemon Scones – Kudos Kitchen by Renee

Sausage and Cheese Grits Quiche – Coastal Kelder 

Strawberry Nutella Turnovers – Aileen Cooks 

Savory Breakfast Bread Pudding – The Kitchen is my Playground 

Broccoli Lemon Farfalle with Sausage

According to the calendar Spring is supposed to be here…however as I type this we are experiencing a crazy ice storm and it’s not leaving me feeling very motivated to cook or do any Spring Cleaning (ha!). Thankfully this Broccoli Lemon Farfalle dish comes together in 20 minutes and is PERFECT for the nicer days ahead! I love adding lemon to this dish, there is something so yummy about the light citrus flavor that comes through in every bite and it compliments the sausage and broccoli amazingly. This is going to be a new family favorite, and with how incredibly quick and easy it is there is no reason why it shouldn’t be added to your weekly meal plan.

Broccoli-Sausage-Farfale

If you are like me, you probably often find yourself wondering what to serve for dinner most days of the week, my friends I am NOT a planner! That’s okay though, as I have said before most of my best meals come to be from the top of my head and little to no preparation (sooo procrastination can be a good thing right!?). The nice thing with this dish is that you probably have everything you need to make it (always stock up on meat for the freezer friends, that is the only planning I do) and if you don’t have the sausage why not try chicken? No broccoli, try peas! I am all about a versatile dish that uses ingredients we already have on hand.

Broccoli Lemon Farfalle with Sausage

Broccoli Lemon Farfalle with Sausage

Ingredients

  • 500g Mild Italian Sausage (about 4 medium links)
  • 1 package Farfalle Pasta (500g)
  • 1 Head of Broccoli (aprox 3 cups) chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 Red Onion, diced
  • 1 Lemon, zested and juiced
  • 2 tbsp Butter (or margarine)
  • 1.5 cups Vegetable Broth (we use a boullion cube and add water)
  • Green Onion for garnish
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Prepare pasta according to package, drain and set aside. While pasta is cooking slice your sausage into 1/2" pieces and cook over medium high until browned. Remove from pan until later.
  2. In the same pan heat butter over medium heat, add onions and cook until translucent. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
  3. Add broccoli to the onion mixture and sautee for 2-3 minutes. Add broth and lemon juice and cover for 5 minutes.
  4. Add broccoli and onion mixture along with sausage to your pot of pasta, toss to coat. Add lemon zest and season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with green onions and enjoy!
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Broccoli Lemon Farfalle with Italian Sausage - this quick and easy meal is ready in 20 minutes making it a perfect weeknight meal! The whole family will love this flavorful dish! #EasyWeeknightDinner #PastaDish #20MinuteMeals

Broccoli Lemon Farfalle with Italian Sausage – this quick and easy meal is ready in 20 minutes making it a perfect weeknight meal! The whole family will love this flavorful dish! #EasyWeeknightDinner #PastaDish #20MinuteMeals

Looking for other quick and easy meals for your family? Check out some of our favorites below to get inspired and get cooking.

Beef Stroganoff

Lemon Chicken Piccata 

Asparagus Caramelized Onion Quiche

 


Easter Bunny Rice Krispie Squares

Can you believe we are already in March? I swear Christmas was just last month…time just seems to go by faster and faster!! Oh well…Now that Spring is upon us (yay!!) I thought I would share these really easy Easter Bunny Rice Krispie Squares for you to make and enjoy. I’ve loved making Rice Krispie Squares since I can remember, although my sister is the self crowned “Queen” for making them (lets just say she couldn’t bake or cook much of anything growing up but they were her specialty) and I wanted to think of a fun way to incorporate them into my Easter desserts…so I present to you my Easter Bunny Rice Krispie Squares (I mean how cute are they?!).

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The bright colors of these squares really makes me excited for Spring, and of course we added some crushed mini eggs on top to add to the whole Easter theme we were going for! Don’t they look like the perfect treat for your little bunnies baskets?! I used the Spring edition of the Rice cereal, although you can use a regular one and just add in some extra sprinkles when mixing it together if you can’t find them.

Easter Bunny Rice Krispie Squares

Easter Bunny Rice Krispie Squares

Ingredients

  • 1/4 c Butter (or margarine)
  • 5 c Mini Marshmallows (you can use large ones instead, use approx. 40)
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 6 c Rice Krispies Cereal (we used the Spring edition!)
  • 1 c Candy Coated Chocolate Eggs
  • Easter Sprinkles (for topping)

Instructions

  1. Prepare 9x13" pan by lightly coating with butter.
  2. Using a large microwave safe bowl, melt margarine on high for 30 seconds.
  3. Add marshmallows and toss until they are coated (they will have a glisten).
  4. Microwave for 30 seconds, remove and stir with a wooden spoon. Continue to microwave in 30 second increments until they are smooth when stirred (about 1 1/2 mins)
  5. Working quickly, add vanilla and stir to combine. Add in cereal and stir until evenly coated.
  6. Gently press into your prepared 9x13" pan (or you can use an 8x8 like we did and do the remainder in muffin tins!)
  7. Immediately top with sprinkles and chocolate eggs, lightly press so they stick into the bars. Allow to cool before cutting.
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These really are super easy to make.  You can involve the kiddos in every aspect of the preparation and of course the finale of covering them with sprinkles and crushed mini eggs (just try not to eat them all before adding them…I dare you!). I also love the fact that you can make them the day of or in a pinch if you forgot you were on dessert duty!

Easter Bunny Rice Krispie Squares are a super easy treat the entire family can make! Make them today and fill your basket with everyone's favorite snack. #RiceKrispies #EasterDessert #RiceKrispieSquares

Easter Bunny Rice Krispie Squares are a super easy treat the entire family can make! Make them today and fill your basket with everyone’s favorite snack. #RiceKrispies #EasterDessert #RiceKrispieSquares

Here are some of our favorite Easter treats to make (click for recipes):

Coconut Cream Pie

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Raspberry Lemon Meringue Tarts 

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Lemon Amaretto Tiramisu 

Tiramisu

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins

It’s a snowy Sunday afternoon here, which is the perfect time for me to whip up and share my delicious Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins! I always seem to have a stash of over ripe bananas in my freezer just begging to be made into something for everyone to enjoy, and I am almost certain you do too (hands up!!). And just look at what those mushy little things can turn into…

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I love these muffins for a number of reasons, like the fact that they have fruit in them so I consider them to be healthier than just a chocolate chip muffin (I can fool myself right??)…also, the texture of them is out of this world, which is why I call them a Banana Bread Muffin! They are super moist and perfectly soft, they have a slightly crunchy top and pops of chocolate throughout…yum!  And they really are easy to make guys, you know me, I don’t like things that take a gazillion steps or ingredients, simple and delicious that is my motto.

**Recipe note: should say 1.5 tsp Baking Powder!**

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins

Yield: 12 large muffins

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 Ripened Bananas (you want em mushy!)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 c Milk (we use 1%, use what you have)
  • 1/2 c Butter, unsalted, melted and cooled
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla
  • 1.5 c Flour
  • 1/3 c Sugar
  • 1/3 c Brown Sugar
  • 1/5 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 pinch of Salt
  • 1/3 c Chopped Walnuts
  • 1 c Chocolate Chips (milk or semi-sweet)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line muffin tin with muffin cups (makes 12)
  2. Mix together bananas, milk, melted butter, egg and vanilla in a large bowl until well combined (should be smooth)
  3. In a small bowl whisk together flour, sugars, baking powder, and salt, add to wet ingredients and stir to combine.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips and chopped walnuts, do not over mix your batter or you will have dense muffins.
  5. Fill 12 muffin cups (you want to fill with batter almost right to the top so you get a nice round muffin top with a slight crunch!)
  6. Bake 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool and enjoy
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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins - these delicious muffins are easy to make and perfectly moist with just the right amount of chocolate throughout. Great for a mid-morning snack or a late night craving. #BananaMuffins #EasyMuffinRecipes

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins – these delicious muffins are easy to make and perfectly moist with just the right amount of chocolate throughout. Great for a mid-morning snack or a late night craving. #BananaMuffins #EasyMuffinRecipes

Okay friends, get digging in that freezer for your bananas and get ready to be blown away by these delicious Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins, and be sure to let me know what you thought of them! You can #OliveYum on Instagram or leave a comment below, I LOVE to see your creations!