Ham and Pesto Pizza

If you are a busy parent I'm sure that you like a meal packed with flavour that can be ready in 15 minutes. This Ham and Pesto Pizza is so good that it will be back on the menu this month. As a mother there is nothing more rewarding than watching your kids eat and hear them say, "Wow mom this is so good!"


Arugula Pesto - Pesto à la Roquette

This Arugula Pesto is so fresh and delicious. Sometimes I just take a spoon, dig in the little jar and eat the pesto just like that. You could buy pesto at the store but this takes two minutes to make and it is better than store bought. The first time I made it my sons made themselves pesto pasta every day. When I told them that it was made with Arugula they replied that we should always have jars of this pesto in the fridge. I made a new batch today for my Ham and Pesto Pizza. When you store this pesto in the fridge make sure that you place a piece of saran wrap on top so that it does not turn brown. Enjoy!


Ce Pesto à la roquette est tellement frais et délicieux. Des fois je prends une cuillère et mange le pesto directement dans le pot. Vous pouvez toujours acheter du pesto à l'épicerie mais rien n'est aussi bon qu'un pesto fait maison. La première fois que j'en ai fait mes garçons ont mangé des pâtes au pesto à tous les jours. Je leur ai dit que c'était fait avec de la roquette et ils en ont demandé encore. Ce pesto se prépare en deux minutes et est délicieux avec la pizza au jambon et pesto que j'ai fait aujourd'hui. N'oubliez pas de mettre un papier saran avant de mettre le pesto au frigo sinon cela va noircir. 


What's Cooking? - Creamy Guacamole Recipe

My love for avocados came after I left home. On the farm my mom would never buy avocados because she wanted us to eat vegetables from our garden and fruits from local farmers. Living on my own made me discovered cuisines from around the world. Mexican food is not only delicious is so fresh and easy to prepare. I like fish tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, fresh salsa and this Creamy Guacamole. It's so quick to prepare, you mash the avocados, add fresh lime juice, onions, tomatoes, coriander. In this recipe Philadelphia cream cheese is added for creaminess. 

When you make it, eat it right away. Bon appétit!


#Dinnerin15 How is that possible?

The biggest challenge that families are facing during the week is to come up with recipes to cook dinner in no time. Some of you prefer to order in or pick-up something to feed the family on your way home. Some nights I would love to have two hours to prep dinner, but it's not possible. When you have a family, schedules can be hectic at times. I know that we are in the middle of summer but hockey season is starting soon. Those nights can be a bit crazy, especially if you come home late from work.  For my son, fries are not an option when he's going to play hockey. Good planning and a plan of action is helpful to go through the weekly meals.

If you are in the same boat as I am and would like to get inspired to create delicious meals for your family in less than 15 minutes, join us for the #DinnerIn15!

What's that, you may ask? A great team at Maple Leaf Foods is working hard to inspire you to have a tasty meal on your table in less than 15 minutes using their ham products. 

When you join @MapleLeafFoods #DinnerIn15 Twitter Party on Wednesday, July 30th at 8pm EST you will get mouthwatering recipes to achieve the goal of prepping dinner in less than 15 minutes. 

And if you have recipes to share using Maple Leaf Foods Ham we would like to hear from you.


Indian Lentil and Potato Salad Recipe

Monday was a gorgeous day and my husband decided to cook some steaks on the BBQ. We have been enjoying our new Kamado Joe so much and we try to use it as much as we can. When my husband is working in Asia, one of my sons takes charge of the BBQ. We made excellent Indian Burgers last month. Since I don't eat steaks I wanted to make a filling salad to go with our meal. I went shopping at the farmer's stand close to home. They add new potatoes and decided to prepare an Indian Lentil and Potato Salad. For the salad you need to cook your potatoes in the morning and keep them in the refrigerator until ready to serve. While at the vegetables stand I picked fresh beans, radishes and green onions. They were added to the salad for some crunchiness. The dressing is simply sour cream, mayonnaise and Patak's Mild Curry paste mix all together. I have been enjoying this paste so much and it's now a staple in my home. 

What are your favorite salads this Summer?