Dutch Baby Pancakes

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Start your Family Day off right by whipping up these puffed pancakes with the kids, using only a blender and your oven!  Dutch baby pancakes are also known as 'puffed' or 'German' pancakes and are served with fruit or syrup, and dusted with icing sugar. They make a fun breakfast that kids would love to help make and eat, topped with all kinds of fresh fruit. Try berries, sauteed apples or pears, sliced bananas, and more. You can come up with all kinds of delicious combinations!

Dusted with icing sugar and served with fruit, they are a perfect sweet breakfast treat.

Spiced Nuts

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A little spice, a little sweet is the perfect combination in these candied nuts. Eat them as a snack, chop them up and toss into salads or over your favourite ice cream, but whatever you do you won't be able to resist them. The level of heat is adjustable-add more cayenne if you like them spicy, or less if you prefer. Try using different kinds of raw, unsalted nuts-pecans, cashews, and almonds all make for great snackers.

 

Sweet and spicy nuts for snacking!

Chocolate Souffles

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If you are looking for a quick and easy recipe dessert for Valentine's Day, look no further! Chocolate souffle is a decadent dessert that looks impressive, but is a lot easier to make than you may think. Whip up a batch for two, or double this recipe for 6 and serve it to the whole family! Souffles always deflate a bit once you remove them from the oven, but this just means you have more room to pour some rich chocolate sauce in the middle. Death by chocolate? Seems like a great way to go, if you ask me.

A sweet treat for your Valentine!

Blender Hollandaise Sauce

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A friend of mine told me that she'd "eat cardboard if it came with hollandaise". Whether you drizzle your eggs benedict with it, top crepes or asparagus, hollandaise is a rich, smooth sauce that is hard to resist. It usually can be a little tricky to make, but this recipe keeps things really easy!
 

Rich and creamy, you'll want to put it on everything!

Karen's Eggs Benedict

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Valentine's Day calls for a special breakfast, and we at BC eggs are all over it. This version of a breakfast classic skips the rich ham and goes for something a little healthier-lean turkey and some fresh spinach greens add some great flavour (and nutrition!) to your breakast. Of course we couldn't help but drench the whole thing in blender hollandaise, which makes everything better. If you want to make things ahead, you can poach the eggs even the day before. To re-heat, boil some water in a kettle and pour a bit into a bowl. Slip an egg or two into the freshly boiled water and allow them to sit for about a minute before removing with a slotted spoon, draining, and using as usual. If you'd rather microwave the eggs go ahead, but be sure to poke the yolk a few times or you'll have exploding eggs in your oven!

A healthier take on eggs benedict

Black Forest Dessert Waffles

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We'll let you decide if chocolate waffles are for dessert or breakfast-either way, these are delicious! Not too sweet, they would make a great breakfast paired with yogurt and fruit, but we loved them best topped with chocolate sauce and ice cream. This homemade chocolate sauce from David Lebovitz is a quick, tasty version to make at home. Whip up a batch of these waffles for a fun Valentine's day breakfast and use the leftovers for dessert! You wouldn't want them to go to waste, right?

 

Dark chocolate waffles topped with ice cream make for a decadent dessert!

Vegetable and Cheese Omelette

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Omelettes are one of those versatile dishes that you can customize to individual tastes and make them as decadent or as healthy as you need. This one uses mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and peppers, but you could substitute some wilted spinach or whatever vegetables you like. Feel free to change up the cheese as well or add some chopped herbs.

Folding and turning omelettes can seem to be a little tricky and takes a little practise, but you can do it! The secret is a really good pan, having your ingredients all ready to go nearby,  and being patient. With a little practise you'll be whipping up omelettes in no time!

 

Load an omelette up with veggies for a great start to your day.

Lemon Meringue Cookie Bites

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Sometimes you just need a bit of sweet without the entire pie. These little bites give you a taste of lemon meringue without any guilt! Low calorie and wheat free, you can be sure to enjoy them as a light dessert or take them to a potluck to share with after dinner coffee. Tangy curd and sweet, slightly crunchy meringue melt together for the perfect bite.

Take note of the make ahead tips at the bottom of the recipe; you can easily make the curd one day and leave it in the fridge (or tuck in the freezer), then another day make the meringue shells and fill just before you are going to serve them. This makes things so much easier when you are busy! You can use any fresh lemons to make the curd, but try using sweeter Meyer lemons for best results. Bottled lemon juice just won't do, here.

 

All the flavour of lemon meringue pie without the guilt!

Eggs Tikka

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Need something easy and full of spice for dinner? With a can of tomatoes, a jar of curry paste and some eggs, you're on your way! The sauce is spicy without a lot of heat and using Patak's tikka curry paste makes things quick and easy. The great thing is, you can adjust the heat of the sauce just by adding or omitting a chili or two. Add a little cumin spiced rice and some warm naan on the side for a satisfying lunch or dinner.

When purchasing ingredients, keep in mind that not all canned tomatoes are the same; some are packed in a thick, full of flavour tomato sauce, while others are more watery. I prefer Cortina brand, but honestly any Italian brand is well worth it. If you can't find one and the sauce seems a little watery, a tablespoon or two of tomato paste will thicken things up nicely.

 

 

 

 

Spice up your weeknight with a quick egg curry.

Snowmen Egg Snacks

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These little egg snowmen that I saw over on Roxy's Kitchen were so adorable I had to try my hand at making them too. Snowmen aren't just in fashion at Christmas-if a snow day hits, spend a little time putting these fun fellows together to share for lunch. Roxy used small and large eggs, but if you are like me and don't have two sizes of eggs on hand, I found that using just large eggs worked too.

To make the head of the snowman attach to the body, Roxy suggested that you use a piece of dry pasta. This would be a great idea if you are serving the snowmen to young kids, who you don't want biting into a toothpick. Make sure to poke a hole in the pieces of carrot so that the dry pasta will easily fit. I used toothpicks because adults were consuming my egg snowmen. They work as well, but because my toothpick wasn't long enough to go all the way through the bottom egg, the head fell off occasionally when I moved it around.

These snowmen are really great as a lunch or appetizer, and fun way to get kids to eat something healthy. Watch "Frozen", make a snowman outside, then come on in and eat one, too!

A cute way to give kids a healthy snack

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