Chocolate pudding in a cup. The perfect small indulgence to compliment a wonderful meal or a decadent delight to savor on a lazy Sunday afternoon. To make this, are no extravagant ingredients to purchase. The hazelnuts called for are readily available in the 'baking' aisle of your grocery store. They are quite often referred to as filberts. If you have purchased them as whole nuts, you can simply grind them in a spice grinder or blender for this recipe. These easy to make puddings are self saucing by the addition of sugar, cocoa, and some boiling water poured over the top before baking.
Photo and recipe adapted from Donna Hay.
If you're intrigued by the simplicity of this recipe and the wonderful taste of chocolate, read on...
Here's a simplified version of one of my favorite meals. This mac and cheese recipe, inspired by Donna Elick is prepared in about 20 minutes. Make this in an oven worthy skillet as you are putting this dish together on top of the stove and finishing by melting the cheese under your broiler. This means there's only one pot to wash.
Buy your cheese already grated to save time. Use frozen broccoli for added convenience. Throw in some left over cooked chicken and this can become your main dish for dinner at the end of a crazy busy day. If you're looking for the great taste that home cooked, real food provides, then continue reading this easy recipe after the jump...
Photo courtesy of Parade.
Simple spaghetti sauce. If you love the taste of real food but your hectic schedule leads you all too often to eating fast food for your main meal, here's a clever alternative. How about serving spaghetti for dinner with a sauce made from fresh tomatoes? Don't stop reading...chances are you have some over ripe tomatoes on your counter since you either haven't been eating at home or your dinners of recent have been the "pick up on the way home variety". If you have 4 to 6 ripe tomatoes, some onion and pasta of your choice, you are about 30 minutes away from this simple flavorful dinner. I know,...I know...since when would you have 6 tomatoes hanging around? I'll share this bit of advice with you.
The next time that your tomatoes stay on the counter too long, instead of throwing them away, or in the compost, simply core the over ripe tomato and place in the freezer. The next day or later that evening when the tomato has frozen, place the tomato in a freezer bag large enough to hold several tomatoes. When frozen singly in this manner, tomatoes are easy to remove from the bag as needed. Simply rise the tomato under warm water and the skin will slide off. There's a plethora of delicious quick sauces that you can make easily from a peeled tomato. So, don't hesitate to include a couple of tomatoes when you pick up your groceries. If you don't manage to eat them when they're fresh, just know that you are on your way to having ingredients for a great pasta or marinara sauce when you freeze them. Read on after the jump for this one. This recipe was inspired by the folks at 100 days of real food and the photo is courtesy of the Steamy Kitchen.
The Food Network but contrary to their recipe, we opted to not add any spices to the mixture in an effort to taste the effect of brined only cucumber pickles! We couldn't have been more pleased with the result. Wonderful 1/2 sour pickles after 10 days. We have taken them from the crock and placed them in jars in the brine and refrigerated them. A simple adjustment of the water/salt ratio should allow you to make up a single large jar quantity to try this. Keep reading after the jump for the simple instructions. Photo Courtesy"Marks Daily Apple"
Here's a couple of really simple but incredibly good recipes inspired by Every Day Paleo. Each recipe is for 2 salmon fillets. Cook these carefully over a medium heat on your BBQ and serve with a wedge of lemon or lime. Brush oil on your foil so the salmon doesn't stick. Using heavy foil, keep the shiny side in and make a little tray for each recipe by folding the sides up as shown in the picture. Place a tent of foil loosely over the top of these after you place them on the grill. Feel free to use a perforated tray for grilling, or special wooden planking instead. This recipe is to show you that with a few pieces of foil and a simple blend of spices you can grill up a great tasting salmon fillet.
Mince or finely chop 2 large garlic cloves. Place in a bowl with 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt. Stir to blend. Add in 2 cups of baguette slices or cubes. Mix until the bread is evenly coated. Spread on a cookie sheet. Bake until golden in a preheated 350 degree oven. This takes about 10 minutes.
For a simple variation you could sprinkle some finely grated Parmesan over top before baking. Enjoy!
Top photo courtesy of Closet Cooking. Croutons with soup, photo courtesy of Edible Gems.