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Cozy Apple Pie Oatmeal Credits: Jodi Pudge Source: Canadian Living Magazine: September 2016
We show you how easy it is to get breakfast on the table when you start with our overnight steel-cut oatmeal. The best part? We have both sweet and savoury topping options so you can satisfy any morning craving.
Poaching an egg isn't as difficult as you may think. The trick is to keep the water at a gentle simmer and give it a good stir before you add the egg. Look for small ham steaks alongside bacon in the supermarket, or use up leftover cooked ham.
Mourning the end of summer break? Let this sunny breakfast cheer you up. Macadamia nuts add filling protein and extra tropical flavour, but any kind of nut will do.
This hearty bowl is like comfort food, squared. To make this diner-inspired brekkie meatless, substitute a fried egg for the sausage.
This combination of flavours is a little out there, but trust us—you'll want this dish for both breakfast and dinner. The chili pepper plays superbly against the sweet coconut chips and the creamy peanut butter, giving you the ultimate sweet and savoury fix.
Consider this the warm hug of breakfast foods. We prefer Gala apples over other varieties because they hold their shape when cooked, but any type will work.
Photography by Joe Kim/TC Media Credits: Photography by Joe Kim/TC Media
Nothing beats pasta salad in summer. It's the perfect portable picnic dish, everyone loves it and it cooks quickly, keeping the heat out of the kitchen when you really need it.
But nothing is worse than a dry, mushy or bland salad. Follow these 6 simple steps for perfect pasta salad every time. You'll be the star of the summer!
1. Pick your shape. Fresh, summer pasta salads are the best place to showcase fun, quirky pasta shapes like wagon wheels, bow ties, scoobi doo (cavatappi) or small shells. The ideal pasta is short, small and has lots of nooks and crannies to hold the dressing and the additional ingredients, like meat, cheese or veggies.
2. Cook your pasta properly. Too hard and the salad is chewy and gets stuck in your teeth, too soft and the pasta turns to mush as it sits.
3. Drain, rinse and drain again. Best pasta practices say to never rinse your pasta. However, in the case of pasta salad rinsing is essential – use cold water. This stops the cooking process by cooling it quickly and getting rid of residual heat. Drain well after rinsing.
4. Texture, texture, texture. The additional ingredients are what really make pasta salads shine.
Choose 3 or 4 ingredients to add-in. These could be blanched or raw veggies, cubed or shredded cheese, diced or sliced meats, pickled veggies (you name it and it likely goes well in pasta salad). Choose contrasting textures to get a blend of chewy, crunchy, crispy and soft in each bite. For easiest eatability try to cut all ingredients in the salad into about the same size, and one that's easy to pick up with a fork and fit into your mouth. Your guests will thank you!
5. Let it mellow. Once dressed, let your salad sit for at least one hour (or refrigerate for up to 24 hours) before tucking in. This gives the dressing a chance to soak into the pasta and for all the flavours to really combine. If it's sitting for 24 hours, you might want to toss it with a bit of fresh dressing just before serving. Either save some dressing for this purpose, or stir in a splash of oil and vinegar or a dollop of mayonnaise to refresh it.
6. Add fresh herbs. Add a handful of chopped fresh herbs just before serving to bring a taste of summer and a splash for fresh colour to your salad. Choose soft herbs, like chives, parsley, basil, mint or cilantro.
Serve up this delicious Lemony Red Pepper and Asparagus Pasta Salad at your next potluck gathering.
The Perfect Dutch Baby Pancake Credits: James Tse
Tired of your usual breakfast routine? Check out our scrumptious breakfast menu and discover eight new recipes that will make you fall in love with breakfast all over again.
The warm, heady spices of pumpkin pie shine through in this crisp, golden granola. If you close your eyes, it's kind of like eating pie for breakfast!
Individual frittatas make a great grab-and-go breakfast. Reheat them in the microwave or, wrapped in foil, in the oven. To change it up during the week, sandwich a warmed frittata in a toasted English muffin.
There's just enough cornmeal in these fluffy golden pancakes to give them a lovely, toothsome bite without being heavy and dense. Enjoy them with your favourite topping.
Here's a simple flavour twist on a Canadian muffin favourite – blueberry lemon. These muffins will have you jumping out of bed all week long. The glazed muffins are best enjoyed within 24 hours.
This quick bread, chock-full of carrots, raisins, coconut, walnuts and banana, is great to have on the counter for a quick breakfast fix.
Oat flour has a mild, slightly sweet and nutty flavour that makes these pancakes a satisfying breakfast. Find oat flour in health food stores or make your own.
Kids will love these breakfast pockets; they might even love helping to make them. Pizza dough is stretchy and tacky, so be sure that your work surface and hands are well floured to make the rolling process easy. Serve with salsa, ketchup or hot sauce. For best results, reheat frozen pockets wrapped in foil in the oven or toaster oven.
You probably have all of the ingredients for these puffy pancakes in your fridge and pantry right now! And since they're both delicious and quite quick to make, they're an ideal last-minute brunch dish for any season.