Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Soup - Candy Coated Culinista

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Soup – Candy Coated Culinista

When a cold-snap hits in March in the form of a freak ice-storm in Toronto this soup will keep you warm.

Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 50 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 7 large red bell peppers
• 6 garlic cloves, peeled but whole
• 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 1 large yellow onion, roughly chopped
• 2 tbsp tomato paste
• 1 tsp ground cumin
• 1 tsp paprika
• 1 tsp sea salt
• 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
• 900ml vegetable stock

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
2. Cut peppers in half and lay cut side down on a baking sheet.
3. Add garlic cloves and bake until blackened, about 20 minutes.
4. Remove peppers from pan and place in a bowl and cover with cling wrap in a bowl to steam.
5. Let peppers steam for 10 minutes of until cool to the touch and peel skin.
6. In a Dutch oven warm extra virgin olive oil, along with onions and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes or until translucent.
7. Add tomato paste, cumin, paprika, sea salt, cayenne pepper and stir for 1 minute.
8. Add vegetable stock, roasted peppers and using an immersion blender, blend the ingredients.
9. Let simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
10. Serve.

Tips
• Serve with biscuits.
• Freeze a portion for a later date.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This was my first time making red pepper soup; which surprised some co-workers as they were enticed by the smell of my lunch. The comments on the smell of my soup alone let me know I was on the right track. The smell reminded me of an Italian kitchen. I don’t know if that is a correct description; but this is what I envision a nonna’s kitchen to smell like.

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Lentil Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Parsley

Lentil Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Parsley - Candy Coated Culinista

Lentil Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Parsley – Candy Coated Culinista

For over a year now I have been searching for some tasty lentil recipes. I really can’t stand lentils; but they are so iron rich that they need to be apart of this severely anemic girls diet. Black beluga lentils are on my must eat list now and I actually enjoy these and I love the colour and the taste of this dish and it keeps me going.

Yield/Serving: 2
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 45 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 2 medium sized sweet potatoes
• 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• ½ cup black beluga lentils, soaked for at least an hour
• ½ cup parsley, chopped
• 2 tbsp vegetarian margarine

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Poke sweet potatoes with a fork a few time and bake for 40-45 minutes or until soft.
3. In a small saucepan filled with salted water; bring to a boil and then reduce and simmer for 20 minutes until al dente.
4. Drain, rinse and set aside,
5. Using a large frying pan melt butter and add parsley to lentils and pour over sweet potatoes.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
Sometimes I find these vegan dishes that almost could make me consider being a vegan. If I could come up with vegan dishes like this all the time I’d be very happy. This was the perfect meal no meat required.

Easter Bunny Skillet Blondie

Easter Bunny Skillet Blondie - Candy Coated Culinista

Easter Bunny Skillet Blondie – Candy Coated Culinista

So many Easter chocolates on hand and I have no intention of partaking…what am I to do of course make treats for my friends.

Yield/Serving: approx. 8
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 20 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 6tbsp butter, melted
• 1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
• 1 egg
• 1 tbsp, vanilla extract
• 1 cup all purpose flour
• ½ tsp baking powder
• 1/8 tsp baking soda
• ½ tsp salt
• 1 Easter solid white chocolate bunny
• Handful of Easter coloured Smarties
• 3 tbsp butter, for seasoning skillet

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 350°F and place skillet inside oven.
2. In a small saucepan, melt butter.
3. Using an electric mixer cream butter, sugar egg and vanilla extract together.
4. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
5. Using an oven mitt remove the skillet from the oven and add 3 tbsp of butter and coat the bottom and sides of the skillet.
6. Pour blondie mixture into greased pan.
7. Place Easter chocolate bunny in the centre of the skillet and using a spatula ensure batter is to the edges of the chocolate bunny.
8. Place Easter smarties on top of the batter; press in ever so slightly.
9. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a cake tester inserted comes out clean.
10. Turn blondie out from skillet, cut into slices and serve.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
Nothing beat a simple recipe that could be made with a short window of time. This took no time at all and the tiny piece of the blondie I had tasted great.

Epic Breakfast Bagel

Epic Breakfast Bagel - Candy Coated Culinista

Epic Breakfast Bagel – Candy Coated Culinista

This recipe started as a “what am I going to make for breakfast” The first time I made this it was a simple breakfast belt – bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato and then every time I made this the recipe grew and grew until it reached what I’m calling epic status. At this point I basically have to unhinged my jaw now to wrap my mouth around this sandwich and I love that.

Yield/Serving: 1
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 10 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients

• Lettuce
• Tomato, sliced
• Red onion, sliced thinly
• Bacon
• Apple Cheddar turkey sausage
• Fried egg, slightly runny yolk
• Poppyseed bagel
• Mayo
• Mustard
• Cheese slice
• Dijon mustard

Assembly
1. Prep the lettuce, tomato and red onion and set aside.
2. Using a frying pan over medium-high heat cook bacon and turkey sausage, and drain on a paper towel and set aside.
3. In another frying pan over medium-high heat fry egg until it is slightly runny.
4. Toast bagel.
5. Once bagel is toasted spread mayo on one side and mustard on the other.
6. Add red onion, turkey sausage, bacon, egg, tomato, Dijon mustard, lettuce and finally cheese.
7. Enjoy this great breakfast sandwich.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
The first bit into this and the oozing of the egg running down was amazing. There is so much going on in this recipe and yet you can taste every ingredient. I find myself make my Epic Breakfast bagel more and more and I may even make that as a breakfast for dinner in the future

Epic Breakfast Bagel - Candy Coated Culinista

Epic Breakfast Bagel – Candy Coated Culinista

20 min. Lazy Leftover Shepherd’s Pie

20 min. Lazy Leftover Shepherd’s Pie - Candy Coated Culinista

20 min. Lazy Leftover Shepherd’s Pie – Candy Coated Culinista

Having a time crunch for dinner? Have left over ground beef from last night’s pasta dinner? Make this twenty minute individually sized shepherd’s pie.

Yield/Serving: 2
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 10 min.
Bake Time: 5 min.
Difficulty level is: Medium

Ingredients
• Ground beef
• Kosher salt
• Ground black pepper
• Season Salt
• Paprika
• Garlic powder
• Onion powder
• Dried basil
• Worcestershire sauce
• ½ small onion, diced
• 6 mushrooms, chopped
• 2 medium-sized potatoes, chopped but not peeled
• Table salt
• Canola oil
• Peas, frozen or canned
• Carrots, frozen or canned
• Cream corn, canned
• Pasta sauce
• Margarine
• Milk

Assembly
1. Pre-heat oven to 450°F.
2. Use leftover ground beef and warm up or: Over medium-high heat in a frying pan fry ground beef and add salt, pepper, season salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried basil and Worcestershire sauce to your taste
3. Add onions and mushrooms to ground beef and continue to cook.
4. Wash, cut & boil the potatoes in a pot of water over high heat with a little table salt and canola oil.
5. Prepare the remaining vegetables (used canned as there are already the perfect size then you can just add when putting pie together or steam the bagged frozen vegetables)
6. Add pasta sauce to your ground beef and stir.
7. Once potatoes are done, strain, add butter & milk and mash.
Pie Assembly
1. Butter a large oven-safe cappuccino mug; (or any bigger oven-safe mug you have)
2. Add the meat sauce followed by the vegetables
3. Top with the potatoes.
4. Use a fork and push (on an angle) down the corners and all along the edges of the pie in the mug and make some fork scratches all along the top pie so it doesn’t look so boring.
5. Cook for 5 minutes at 450° or until top is golden brown.
6. Torch the top with a kitchen torch if desired and serve.

Tips
• As this is a 20 minute recipe using canned vegetable or frozen veggies is optimal to save on time.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This recipe is always a hit no matter who I’m making this for. It has all the food groups and is so wholesome and comforting, especially in the colder months. I always burn my tongue as I just can’t wait to dig in and you’d think I’d learn after all these years; but I haven’t and it’s so worth

20 min. Lazy Leftover Shepherd’s Pie - Candy Coated Culinista

20 min. Lazy Leftover Shepherd’s Pie – Candy Coated Culinista

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