Happy Victoria Day! Although today’s holiday is in honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday, for Canadians it was a much anticipated long weekend: it was the unofficial start to summer. This heralds the beginning of camping trips, cottage weekends, farmers markets, and flip-flops. I hope everyone had fun, and here’s to many more sunny, pleasant fun-filled days ahead. I can’t think of a better way than to kick off the season with a review of Cookin Canuck.
Dara Michalski may live in Utah, but she’s a Canadian girl at heart (she’s originally from Vancouver, BC). Her blog contains a varied list of easy and innovative recipes so don’t be surprised if you find yourself spending a lot of time perusing the categories. I’m always looking for unique vegetarian recipes so as soon as I saw the picture of Dara’s Cannellini Bean Vegetarian Meatballs with Tomato Sauce I had to try it. I was impressed with the clever use of cannellini beans and roasted red pepper for the meatballs, and though they aren’t as juicy as regular meatballs you won’t find them lacking in flavour. This is a very satisfying, healthy dinner that will be please everyone.
Now that bathing suit season is just around the corner many of us are starting to cut back on carbs. This Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash and Quinoa is low in carbs but high in protein and fiber. It’s a stew that’s great for any time of year and since it’s full of nutrients, it will fit well into your meal plan. It’s got lots going for it: quinoa, olives, squash, chicken, and tomatoes. The olives were my favourite part, and even my husband (who hates olives) liked how they balanced out the dish with their mild saltiness. This stew would also freeze well if you like to make your meals ahead of time.
Cookin Canuck’s recipe collection allows you to exercise your cooking chops. Whether you’re looking to make something Mexican-inspired, want to learn to make candy, or are heading to a tailgating party, you’ll be sure to find a recipe to suit your needs. Dara recommends these Sticky & Sweet Chicken Wings with Soy, Honey & Ginger for a Super Bowl party, but I ate them for movie night at our house. Served alongside a tossed salad it was my idea of a casual dinner. The wings are juicy and literally finger lickin’ good, and have made it on to our household’s list of top favourite meals. Now if that isn’t a score, I don’t know what is!
All photos courtesy of Cookin Canuck