Sweet and Savoury Pursuits | - Feed https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com A food blog with delicious seasonal recipes https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.1 89838637 Sun, 09 Dec 2018 13:00:15 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chewy-chocolate-chip-cookies/ Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chewy-chocolate-chip-cookies/ This chocolate chip cookie recipe yields deliciously thick, tender and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies that will stay chewy for days.

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This recipe for Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies was originally published in December 2013. I’ve updated the post as well as the recipe details and have included new photos.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies on white dish with glass of milk This is our favourite Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. They’re often requested by my kids and are always appreciated as a sweet treat. …

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This chocolate chip cookie recipe yields deliciously thick, tender and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies that will stay chewy for days.
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Tue, 04 Dec 2018 13:00:46 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pistachio-and-cranberry-biscotti/ Pistachio and Cranberry Biscotti https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pistachio-and-cranberry-biscotti/ If you are going to make biscotti for the holiday season, let this Pistachio and Cranberry Biscotti be the one! It’s the best holiday biscotti!

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This recipe for Pistachio and Cranberry Biscotti was originally published in December 2014. Here’s the updated the post, recipe remains the same.

Pistachio and Cranberry Biscotti

This Pistachio and Cranberry Biscotti recipe is a holiday family favourite, not only is it beautifully speckled with green and red but it tastes absolutely delicious. What makes this biscotti recipe a winner is that it’s full of crunch without being overly hard, the cookies aren’t dry and remain slightly tender in the middle….

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If you're going to make biscotti for the holiday season, let this Pistachio & Cranberry Biscotti be the one! It's the best holiday biscotti!
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Mon, 26 Nov 2018 13:00:44 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/spinach-apple-cranberry-salad/ Spinach Apple Cranberry Salad https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/spinach-apple-cranberry-salad/ This easy recipe for a flavourful Spinach Apple Cranberry Salad combines basic sweet and savoury ingredients and is proof that simple can be delicious.

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Bowl of Spinach Apple Cranberry Salad with Pumpkin SeedsWhether its for a small family dinner or for a large feast, you can impress your guests with this easy and light spinach salad. Perfect as a starter or a side dish to accompany heavier dishes, this simple Spinach Apple and Cranberry Salad dressed with an apple cider vinaigrette comes together quickly and easily.  This salad demonstrates that all it takes are a few basic pantry ingredients and a couple of  fresh seasonal ingredients to make flavourful salads that aren’t boring….

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This easy recipe for a flavourful Spinach Apple Cranberry Salad combines basic sweet and savoury ingredients and is proof that simple can be delicious.
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Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:29:03 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pumpkin-chocolate-swirl-bundt-cake/ Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Bundt Cake https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pumpkin-chocolate-swirl-bundt-cake/ This fabulous pumpkin bundt cake combines pumpkin purée, fall spices and melted chocolate to make a scrumptious Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Bundt Cake worthy of special occasions.

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A pumpkin bundt cake with a melted chocolate swirl in the middle and topped with a crumbly brown sugar and spice mixture.If you’re looking for a seasonal cake to wow your guests with at your next fall dinner party without having to spend hours on dessert, this Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Bundt Cake is it! The layer of melted chocolate and crumbly pumpkin spice and brown sugar mixture in this pumpkin cake is sure to make this an unforgettable dessert. A super moist, dense and tender cake, this pumpkin bundt cake is spiced with just the right amount and combination of warm spices. The aroma coming out of your oven while this bundt cake bakes will make your mouth water with anticipation of your first bite….

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This fabulous pumpkin bundt cake combines pumpkin purée, fall spices and chocolate to make a Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Bundt Cake worthy of special occasions.
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Sat, 27 Oct 2018 11:00:53 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/sweet-potato-muffins/ Sweet Potato Muffins https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/sweet-potato-muffins/ This easy recipe for Sweet Potato Muffins combines whole grains and sweet potatoes for a wholesome breakfast. A great way to start your day, these muffins have long staying power and will keep you and your family feeling full and satisfied.

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This recipe for Sweet Potato Muffins was originally published in May 2014. I’ve updated the post as well as the recipe and included new photos.

Sweet Potato MuffinsThe recipe for this post is adapted from this recipe I found on NancyC. The recipe I included in my original post was for 6 muffins. For this updated post, I doubled the recipe to make a dozen. I also made these Sweet Potato Muffins healthier.  Since sweet potatoes are naturally sweet, it was easy to cut back on the sugar without affecting the taste. I also reduced the amount of oil I used and the muffins still came out delicious, tender and moist. I included pecans and spiced these Sweet Potato Muffins with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. They make a lovely fall breakfast, snack or treat.

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This easy recipe for  Sweet Potato Muffins combines whole grains and sweet potatoes for a wholesome breakfast. A great way to start your day, these muffins have long staying power and will keep you and your family feeling full and satisfied.
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Sun, 30 Sep 2018 13:00:04 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/mini-apple-spice-bundt-cakes/ Mini Apple Spice Bundt Cakes https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/mini-apple-spice-bundt-cakes/ Delicious, moist and light, these made from scratch Mini Apple Spice Bundt Cakes are made with fresh apples and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg.

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This recipe for Mini Apple Spice Bundt Cakes was originally published in January 2014. I’ve updated the post and included new photos.

Mini Apple Spice Bundt Cakes These Mini Apple Spice Bundt Cakes are a delicious way to use some tasty seasonal apples. With Canadian Thanksgiving right around the corner, I wanted to share something that fit the autumn season. Baked fresh apple desserts are some of my favourite sweets to make during the fall. I love using warm and comforting spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger to flavour my baked goods….

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Delicious, moist and light, these Mini Apple Spice Bundt Cakes are made with fresh apples and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg.
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Fri, 31 Aug 2018 19:30:39 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/fresh-peach-sauce/ Fresh Peach Sauce https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/fresh-peach-sauce/ Wondering what to do with all those peaches you couldn’t resist buying at the market? This sumptuous Fresh Peach Sauce comes together in minutes and is perfect for easy summer entertaining.

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Fresh Peach SauceWith us being well into late summer now and fall quickly approaching, I want to make sure I make good use of sweet and juicy seasonal peaches. So I’ve decided to transform my extra peaches into a delicious Fresh Peach Sauce that can be used to top a variety of desserts. In this post, I showcase the peach sauce on top of ice cream, but you can serve it on top of vanilla cheesecake, pound cake, crepes and more.

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Wondering what to do with all those peaches you couldn't resist buying at the market? This sumptuous Fresh Peach Sauce comes together in minutes and is perfect for easy summer entertaining.
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Fri, 29 Jun 2018 00:10:49 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/strawberry-goat-cheese-crostini/ Strawberry Goat Cheese Crostini https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/strawberry-goat-cheese-crostini/ Looking for a fresh and easy appetizer that is just perfect for summer? This mouthwatering Strawberry Goat Cheese Crostini recipe will delight your guests.

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Strawberry Goat Cheese Crostini with balsamic glaze on white dish. This simple sweet and savoury summer appetizer is just perfect for summer parties.  This Strawberry Goat Cheese Crostini consists of thin slices of toasted baguette topped with creamy tangy goat cheese, sweet juicy strawberries, a drizzle of maple balsamic reduction and finally a sprinkle of finely chopped fresh mint or basil. This appetizer is a must when you can get your hands on fresh local strawberries and is a great example of how we can combine sweet and savoury ingredients to create addictive flavour combinations….

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Looking for a fresh and easy appetizer that is just perfect for summer? This mouthwatering Strawberry Goat Cheese Crostini recipe will delight your guests.
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Tue, 22 May 2018 16:30:11 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/strawberry-spinach-salad/ Strawberry Spinach Salad https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/strawberry-spinach-salad/ Perfect for summer entertaining, this quick and easy Strawberry Spinach Salad is a delicious healthy dish you’ll want to add to your summer menu.

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Plate of Strawberry Spinach Salad I love cooking with seasonal ingredients and the easiest way to incorporate fresh seasonal produce is to include it in a salad. There is nothing like fresh fruit to lighten and freshen up a summer dish. This time I’m using fresh strawberries to make an easy and flavourful salad that is sure to make you want a second serving!

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Perfect for summer entertaining, this quick and easy Strawberry Spinach Salad is a delicious healthy dish you'll want to add to your summer menu.
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Mon, 14 May 2018 16:38:57 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pineapple-spinach-smoothie/ Pineapple Spinach Smoothie https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pineapple-spinach-smoothie/ Having a hard time getting enough greens in your diet? Try boosting your vitamin and nutrient intake with this deliciously creamy green Pineapple Spinach Smoothie.

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Creamy green Pineapple Spinach Smoothie.There are days where finding the time to eat right can be a daunting task, I find one of the quickest and easiest ways to remedy the situation is to get the essential vitamins and minerals my body needs in a fresh, creamy and easy to drink green smoothie.

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Having a hard time getting enough greens in your diet? Try boosting your vitamin and nutrient intake with this deliciously creamy green Pineapple Spinach Smoothie.
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Sat, 14 Apr 2018 18:07:00 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/healthy-carrot-bread/ Healthy Carrot Bread https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/healthy-carrot-bread/ An easy recipe for a moist Healthy Carrot Bread made with whole wheat flour and lightly sweetened with pure maple syrup. Serve it plain or top it with a light ricotta icing for a special treat!

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Top view of a Healthy Carrot Bread sliced and served with extra icing on the side.I seem to be in a baking mood lately, it must have something to do with me needing to distract myself from the cooler than usual spring weather and what seems like a never ending winter. But in order to feel less guilty about baking yet another treat, I decided I would make it wholesome. And what better way to make a treat healthier than making one that contains a vegetable! Baked carrot desserts are always so popular in the spring so I decided to make a Healthy Carrot Bread. Making a satisfying and healthy carrot bread is easy if you use the right ingredients!

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Mon, 26 Mar 2018 14:55:26 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/glazed-lemon-loaf-cake/ Glazed Lemon Loaf Cake https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/glazed-lemon-loaf-cake/ This simple recipe for a classic Glazed Lemon Loaf Cake yields a refreshing and moist lemon cake. Top it with a simple and tangy lemony glaze for a scrumptious treat!

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Top view of an unglazed Lemon Loaf CakeIf you love lemon desserts as much as I do you will want to try this Glazed Lemon Loaf Cake, a delicious, buttery and light lemon cake iced with a simple lemony glaze.  Similar in texture to a pound cake, this lemon cake is a perfect way to celebrate the arrival of springtime and would definitely make a wonderful addition to your Easter and Mother’s Day celebrations.

Top view of a Glazed Lemon Loaf Cake with knife.

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Fri, 09 Mar 2018 18:13:00 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/creamy-asparagus-soup/ Creamy Asparagus Soup https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/creamy-asparagus-soup/ Silky smooth and elegant, this simple and delicious recipe for Creamy Asparagus Soup requires only basic ingredients and very little effort or time to make!

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Two large white mugs containing Creamy Asparagus Soup, topped with two asparagus tips.One of my favourite spring seasonal ingredients is asparagus.  Though it’s available year round in supermarkets, it’s prime harvesting season in North America is from February to June with April being the peak in the warmer climates and May and June for those of those of us living in cooler parts. Asparagus tastes best and is most tender when it’s fresh and since it loses its flavour and nutritional benefits quickly after its picked, it’s best to buy local asparagus when possible.

A bunch of asparagus tied with kitchen twine.

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Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:17:06 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/salted-caramel-chip-brownies/ Salted Caramel Chip Brownies https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/salted-caramel-chip-brownies/ Looking to make salted caramel brownies without having to make your own caramel? These rich and fudgy Salted Caramel Chip Brownies are made with salted caramel chips — a simple way to achieve that sweet and salty taste without the added work of making your own salted caramel.

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Salted Caramel Chip BrowniesSo easy to make, these sweet and salty caramel brownies make a delicious decadent treat, perfect for a casual dessert.  They’re deeply chocolaty and are sure to satisfy the most serious of chocolate cravings. These are especially made for you if you love your brownies moist, chewy and fudgy.

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Looking to make salted caramel brownies without having to make your own caramel? These rich and fudgy Salted Caramel Chip Brownies are made with salted caramel chips -- a simple way to achieve that sweet and salty taste without the added work of making your own salted caramel.
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Sat, 03 Feb 2018 15:09:06 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/healthier-sugar-cookies/ Healthier Sugar Cookies https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/healthier-sugar-cookies/ These Healthier Sugar Cookies make a delicious and healthy treat to share with your loved ones on Valentine’s Day or anytime your heart desires!

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Dish of healthier heart-shaped chocolate chip sugar cookies.With Valentine’s Day quickly coming up I decided to spend some time baking something special for the kids. But with all the sweets we consumed over the holidays, I wanted to give them a treat that would be appealing and delicious as well as healthier. So I set out to adapt my favourite sugar cookie recipe into a healthier sugar cookie by substituting some of the ingredients with healthier ones and reducing others.  …

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Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:30:40 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/moms-rolled-baklava-recipe/ Mom’s Rolled Baklava Recipe https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/moms-rolled-baklava-recipe/ A simple to follow homemade recipe for incredibly delicious walnut stuffed Middle-Eastern rolled baklava.

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Mom's Rolled Baklava Recipe*This post was originally shared when I first stated this blog 4 years ago. This is an updated post with new pictures.

Baklava is a delicious pastry made with phyllo dough, ground nuts, butter and a sweet syrup made of sugar or honey. Many variations of baklava exist and depending on what your preference is, you can make it with ground walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios or even a combination of these nuts. My family’s preference is walnuts, and so the recipe I’m sharing with you is for walnut stuffed baklava. …

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A simple to follow homemade recipe for delicious walnut stuffed Middle-Eastern rolled baklava.
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Tue, 19 Dec 2017 03:43:27 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/easy-roast-turkey-with-gravy/ Easy Roast Turkey with Gravy https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/easy-roast-turkey-with-gravy/ Roasting a turkey need not be a stressful affair, all it takes are a few simple steps and some basic aromatic ingredients for a delicious and flavourful Easy Roast Turkey with Gravy.

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Roast Turkey with vegetables on large white platter with gravy on the side. With all the preparations already involved with the holidays, cooking a holiday dinner can be a stressful and needless to say time consuming affair. However, a roast turkey, the classic holiday table centrepiece,  doesn’t have to be complicated. Truth is, while a turkey takes some time to roast, it actually takes very little effort and hands-on time. With this recipe for an Easy Roast Turkey with Gravy, I will show you how simple and straightforward it is to have a flavourful, tender and juicy roast turkey. 

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Roasting a turkey need not be a stressful affair, all it takes are a few simple steps and some basic aromatic ingredients for a delicious and flavourful Easy Roast Turkey with Gravy.
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Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:50:05 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chewy-ginger-cookies/ Chewy Ginger Cookies https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chewy-ginger-cookies/ Complete your cookie tray with these soft, sweet and flavourful Chewy Ginger Cookies made with molasses as well as ground and candied ginger.

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This recipe for Chewy Ginger Cookies has been updated with new pictures and I adjusted the recipe to include some chilling time.

Chewy Ginger CookiesThese Chewy Ginger Cookies have to be one of our favourite cookie recipes, we have been making them for a few years now and they’re always a big hit with adults and children alike. We look forward to making them every year so that we can include them on our cookie trays during the holiday season. …

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Complete your cookie tray with these soft, sweet and flavourful Chewy Ginger Cookies made with molasses as well as ground & candied ginger.
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Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:47:18 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/roasted-sweet-potato-salad-with-citrus-tahini-dressing/ Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Citrus Tahini Dressing https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/roasted-sweet-potato-salad-with-citrus-tahini-dressing/ This Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Citrus Tahini Dressing is an elegant, vibrant and gourmet salad just perfect for the holidays.

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Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Citrus Tahini DressingStaying in tune with seasonal ingredients, this Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Citrus Tahini Dressing hits all the rights notes for the holiday season. The combination of textures, flavours and colours in this salad make it one that your guests are sure to remember and a perfect starter or side dish for your holiday meal.

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This Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Citrus Tahini Dressing is an elegant, vibrant and gourmet salad just perfect for the holidays. Salad greens are embellished with caramelized sweet potatoes, toasted pine nuts, crunchy red onions, juicy and sweet ruby red pomegranate seeds and warm and salty halloumi cheese.
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Wed, 29 Nov 2017 22:57:57 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/espresso-cardamom-shortbread-cookies/ Espresso Cardamom Shortbread Cookies https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/espresso-cardamom-shortbread-cookies/ Melt-in-your-mouth, flavourful and buttery Espresso Cardamom Shortbread Cookies perfect for Christmas and the holiday season.

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Cup of tea with Espresso Cardamom Shortbread CookiesSome of my favourite seasonal recipes for this time of the year include shortbread cookies. Shortbread cookies are a timeless holiday treat  and can be found on just about every bakers’ must make cookie list for Christmas and the holiday season.  With so many variations possible, it wouldn’t be difficult to fill a whole cookie tray with a multitude of shortbread cookies. Some are made deliciously plain with only the essential butter, flour and sugar. Many others include chopped nuts, chocolate or are flavoured with citrus or spices.

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:39:11 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/gingerbread-muffins/ Gingerbread Muffins https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/gingerbread-muffins/ Fill your home with the heavenly aroma of holiday spices and molasses with these easy to make and ultra-flavourful Gingerbread Muffins.

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Gingerbread MuffinsThese light, moist and tender Gingerbread Muffins are flavoured with molasses and spiced with my favourite trio of warming spices: ginger, cinnamon and cloves. These muffins would make a delicious treat anytime of the year but they are especially wonderful during the holiday season….

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Sat, 11 Nov 2017 17:57:21 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/beef-barley-soup/ Beef Barley Soup https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/beef-barley-soup/ Making a pot of wholesome Beef Barley Soup from scratch doesn’t have to be a long complicated process. This recipe is easy and in just a little over an hour you can have a delicious and hearty meal on the table.

Bowls of Beef Barley Soup with crusty breadHearty and full of flavour, this Beef Barley Soup is delicious and nutritious. Barley has a slightly nutty flavour and a chewy consistency. It’s high in protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals (see here for more on its health benefits). To make this soup in just about an hour I used Pearl barley in this recipe. Though it’s not considered a whole grain and is less nutritious than hulled barley, it is still beneficial for your health. If you prefer to use hulled barley and take full advantage of its health benefits, you can do so but will need to increase its cooking time (see recipe for details).

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Making a pot of wholesome Beef Barley Soup from scratch doesn't have to be a long complicated process. This recipe is easy and in just a little over an hour you can have a delicious and hearty meal on the table.
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Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:44:18 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/maple-pumpkin-roll-cake/ Maple Pumpkin Roll Cake https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/maple-pumpkin-roll-cake/ This spiced Maple Pumpkin Roll Cake with a delectable cream cheese filling is the perfect autumn dessert.

A rolled maple pumkin cake stuffed with a maple cream cheese swirl.Jelly roll cakes have been on my dessert tackle list for a while now. Though they can seem intimidating to make, they are surprisingly easy. Since it’s prime pumpkin goods season, the first roll cake that I’ll be sharing with you is this scrumptious Maple Pumpkin Roll Cake. …

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This spiced Maple Pumpkin Roll Cake with a delectable cream cheese filling is the perfect autumn dessert.
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Sat, 30 Sep 2017 13:56:19 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pear-and-blueberry-crumble/ Pear and Blueberry Crumble https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pear-and-blueberry-crumble/ This Pear and Blueberry Crumble is a simple fruit-based dessert made by combining diced pears with blueberries and topping it off with a hearty and crunchy oat topping.

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Top view of a Pear and Blueberry CrumbleThere are so many reasons why I like to make crumbles. They’re delicious, easy to make, fuss-free and are adaptable depending on the fruit in season. With so many fruit options and combinations of fruit you can choose from, you can make a different crumble every weekend if you wanted to. But what I look forward to the most in a crumble is the topping that covers the fruit. There are many possibilities, while some prefer to make the topping using only flour, butter and sugar, others will add oats. My preference is to include oats, as it makes the dessert heartier, healthier and adds more texture to the topping. Served warm, crumbles are an excellent choice for a comforting dessert in cooler weather.

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This Pear and Blueberry Crumble is a simple fruit-based dessert made by combining diced pears with blueberries and topping it off with a hearty and crunchy oat topping.
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Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:24:18 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pear-date-and-walnut-loaf/ Pear, Date and Walnut Loaf https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pear-date-and-walnut-loaf/ This delicious and easy to make spiced Pear, Date and Walnut Loaf is studded with sweet dates and crunchy walnuts. Enjoy a slice as a snack or dessert!

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Pear, Date and Walnut LoafMy parents just gave me a bunch of ripe juicy pears from their tree and after enjoying some fresh, I knew I wanted to bake with some of them. So I made this quick bread with pears, dates and walnuts and spiced it with cinnamon and nutmeg. The loaf came out tender and moist, perfectly sweetened and with a nice crunch from the toasted walnuts….

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This delicious and easy to make spiced Pear, Date and Walnut Loaf is studded with sweet dates and crunchy walnuts. Enjoy a slice for as a snack or dessert!
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Mon, 28 Aug 2017 22:50:11 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/no-bake-brownie-energy-bites/ No Bake Brownie Energy Bites https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/no-bake-brownie-energy-bites/ These No Bake Brownie Energy Bites make an excellent snack that will fuel your body with energy and provide you with a host of nutrients and anti-oxidants.

No Bake Brownie Energy BitesI love how portable and easy energy bites are to grab, they’re one of my favourite ways to get a quick energy boost when I need one. There’s nothing more satisfying than a snack that tastes like an indulgent treat but one that you know is actually good for you. These No Bake Brownie Energy Bites taste like a fudgy dark chocolate brownie but are made by using superfoods, ingredients that are nutritious and are naturally beneficial to your health….

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These No Bake Brownie Energy Bites make an excellent snack that will fuel your body with energy and provide you with a host of nutrients and anti-oxidants.
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Sun, 30 Jul 2017 21:22:54 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/baked-sweet-potatoes-with-feta-cheese/ Baked Sweet Potatoes with Feta Cheese https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/baked-sweet-potatoes-with-feta-cheese/ Make these addictive, quick and easy Baked Sweet Potatoes with Feta Cheese for a nutrient loaded side dish or snack.

Baked Sweet Potatoes with FetaThese sweet potato wedges are seasoned with a combination of spices and herbs and then baked until perfectly tender and nicely browned.  Topped with softened feta cheese they make an addictive dish!

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Thu, 06 Jul 2017 15:48:03 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/blueberry-almond-crumble-galette/ Blueberry Almond Crumble Galette https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/blueberry-almond-crumble-galette/ This rustic Blueberry Almond Crumble Galette is a delicious way to enjoy fresh blueberries while they’re in season.

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Blueberry Almond Crumble GaletteMy favourite way to consume blueberries is when they’re baked in a dessert where they become all jammy such as in pies, galettes or in cobblers such as this one. Galettes and pies are perfect for keeping the focus on the fruit itself and are great for using up the abundance of berries we have in the summer. I usually lean towards making galettes, I find them much simpler to make than pies. With galettes, there’s no need to fuss with the dough to get a perfectly crimped edge because galettes are actually meant to look rustic. As long as you roll out the dough into a circular looking shape, you’re on your way to a beautiful looking galette….

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This rustic Blueberry Almond Crumble Galette is a delicious way to enjoy fresh blueberries while they're in season.
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Sat, 10 Jun 2017 00:03:12 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/baked-rainbow-trout-fillets-with-roasted-broccoli/ Baked Rainbow Trout Fillets with Roasted Broccoli https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/baked-rainbow-trout-fillets-with-roasted-broccoli/ Make this simple one-pan recipe for Baked Rainbow Trout Fillets with Roasted Broccoli for a healthy, light and delicious meal that can be ready in 30 minutes.

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Baked Rainbow Trout Fillets with Roasted BroccoliI’m really happy to be sharing this recipe for Baked Rainbow Trout Fillets with Roasted Broccoli with you today. The most popular recipe on this blog is this baked rainbow trout recipe I published last year. And I’m not at all surprised about it, the recipe is quick and easy to make, has simple ingredients, healthy and delicious!

When people see the pictures of that recipe on social media they often comment that the pictured fish is salmon, the pink flesh of rainbow trout can easily be mistaken for salmon, and though trout and salmon do belong to the same fish family, rainbow trout can vary in colour from ivory to pink. I find rainbow trout to be milder in flavour than salmon, but if you prefer salmon you can easily use it in place of rainbow trout in most recipes. Rainbow trout is high in protein and low in calories which makes it an ideal fish when looking for a quick and healthy meal. I like the convenience of rainbow trout fillets, purchasing them already filleted and depined (deboned) saves me time and makes it easier and safer when serving it to children.  …

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Make this simple one-pan recipe for Baked Rainbow Trout Fillets with Roasted Broccoli for a healthy, light and delicious meal that can be ready in 30 minutes.
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Fri, 19 May 2017 14:30:09 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/mini-almond-and-matcha-bundt-cakes/ Mini Almond and Matcha Bundt Cakes https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/mini-almond-and-matcha-bundt-cakes/ These delicious Mini Almond and Matcha Bundt Cakes are tender, moist, and have a perfect balance of almond and matcha flavours.

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Mini Almond and Matcha Bundt CakesHave you noticed the abundance of matcha tea flavoured desserts and drinks on Pinterest?  There are so many options of matcha confections one could choose from. The beautiful bright green colour of matcha seems so well suited for spring and summer desserts. So with summer fast approaching, I thought it would be fun to finally try baking with matcha.

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Thu, 11 May 2017 15:45:38 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/baked-thai-chicken-wings-with-peanut-sauce/ Baked Thai Chicken Wings with Peanut Sauce https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/baked-thai-chicken-wings-with-peanut-sauce/ Cheer on your favourite team and keep your party guests entertained with these scrumptious Baked Thai Chicken Wings with Peanut Sauce for a night of delicious fun!

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This post is sponsored by Vitamix — Makers of my favourite high-performance blenders! All opinions expressed are my own.

Baked Thai Chicken Wings with Peanut SauceAre you or someone in your family a big hockey fan? If so, you’ve probably been watching the playoffs cheering your favourite team on. Those who know me well, know that I’m not the biggest sports fan but I am a fan of food, and game time snacks are the best!  I can always get excited about watching a game if there is some good food involved! And hockey playoff season is a great excuse for making your favourite game time appetizers! Chicken wings are my favourite and judging by their popularity, there’s a good chance they’re one of your favourites as well. Chicken wings are a classic game snacking food and with all the flavour possibilities out there you could have a different flavour for every game. My favourite version so far has to be these Baked Thai Chicken Wings with Peanut Sauce….

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Cheer on your favourite hockey team and keep your party guests entertained with these scrumptious Baked Thai Chicken Wings with Peanut Sauce for a night of delicious fun!
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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:52:55 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/lemon-poppy-seed-cake-with-cream-cheese-frosting/ Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/lemon-poppy-seed-cake-with-cream-cheese-frosting/ A layered Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is a baking classic and a fabulous way to end a perfect meal.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Cream Cheese FrostingI can’t believe it’s taken me so long to post a lemon flavoured dessert on my blog. I love them so much. But truthfully, I haven’t made one that I was excited enough about to put on here. But I finally nailed it and made one that I’m really really happy with. This Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting hits all the musts for me, its moist, tender, perfectly lemony and sweet but not overly so. …

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Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:40:22 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/healthy-vegetable-frittata/ Healthy Vegetable Frittata https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/healthy-vegetable-frittata/ Easy, quick and incredibly versatile, this protein-rich Healthy Vegetable Frittata can be ready in less than 30 minutes.

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Healthy Vegetable FrittataI love quick and easy meals. And a meal that doesn’t need to be thought of ahead of time or requires a stop at the grocery store on your way home is even better. Frittatas are super versatile and are great for using bits of leftover ingredients (steamed veggies, for instance, are perfect in frittatas) and cleaning out your refrigerator. Frittata is the Italian name of an egg dish that is made up of eggs, vegetables, cheese and can also contain meat. A frittata is started on the stovetop and then transferred to the oven to finish cooking. …

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Easy, quick and versatile, this protein rich Healthy Vegetable Frittata can be ready in less than 30 minutes.
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Sat, 18 Mar 2017 03:56:07 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/thai-baked-salmon-with-cilantro-chili-sauce/ Thai Baked Salmon with Cilantro-Chili Sauce https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/thai-baked-salmon-with-cilantro-chili-sauce/ Have a healthy dinner on the table in under 30 minutes with this easy and delicious Thai Baked Salmon with Cilantro-Chili Sauce.

Thai Baked Salmon with Cilantro-Chili SauceRich in omega 3 fatty acids and protein, salmon is a healthy option for quick and easy weeknight meals. This Thai Baked Salmon with Cilantro-Chili Sauce is one of the tastiest fish recipes you can make in under 30 minutes. I’ve been making this recipe for many years, it’s from Simply Thai Cooking, one of my first cookbooks and a favourite of mine as it’s full of great recipes.

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Have a healthy dinner on the table in under 30 minutes with this easy and delicious Thai Baked Salmon with Cilantro-Chili Sauce.
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Sun, 12 Mar 2017 06:31:44 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/homemade-coconut-and-seed-bars/ Homemade Coconut and Seed Bars https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/homemade-coconut-and-seed-bars/ Healthy Homemade Coconut and Seed Bars made with nutritious ingredients make a delicious energizing snack or breakfast on the go.

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Homemade coconut and seed bars on cutting board.These lightly sweetened Homemade Coconut and Seed Bars are a chewy, wholesome and filling snack. Not only are they incredibly delicious, but they are made with ingredients loaded with nutrients that are good for you. What I love about this bar recipe is that it is adaptable to suit your taste or dietary restrictions. You can make these entirely nut free if allergies are a concern in your home, just be sure to add more seeds, coconut or dried fruit.

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Healthy Homemade Coconut and Seed Bars made with nutritious ingredients make a delicious energizing snack or breakfast on the go. #coconut #seed #bars #healthy
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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:23:40 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/matcha-green-tea-latte/ Matcha Green Tea Latte https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/matcha-green-tea-latte/ Enjoy this delicious, healthy and perfectly foamy Matcha Green Tea Latte by making it in the comfort of your own home.

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Matcha Green Tea Latte

I’ve discovered I could make the most delightful lattes and hot drinks in my Vitamix. It all started when I was making some hot chocolate for my children, I filled a pot with milk, cocoa and sugar, warmed it on the stove top making sure to whisk all the lumps of cocoa away, and just as I was almost done, I turned around to attend to my daughter (for a what seemed like a couple of seconds), only to have my hot chocolate boil over and create a giant mess!

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Sun, 12 Feb 2017 05:15:31 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/double-chocolate-coconut-almond-truffles/ Double Chocolate Coconut Almond Truffles https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/double-chocolate-coconut-almond-truffles/ These Double Chocolate Coconut Almond Truffles are delicious tender sweet bites of coconut and white chocolate covered in luscious dark chocolate.

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Double Chocolate Coconut Almond TrufflesCoconut, almonds, light flaky wafers, sweetened condensed milk, and white and dark chocolate. These ingredients taste so good together it’s no wonder there are so many delectable creations incorporating them. Luckily, these ingredients are easy to come by and these Double Chocolate Coconut Almond Truffles couldn’t be easier to make.

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Sun, 05 Feb 2017 17:23:02 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/spicy-chocolate-brownies/ Spicy Chocolate Brownies https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/spicy-chocolate-brownies/ These Spicy Chocolate Brownies are fudgy, rich, full of chocolatey goodness and perfectly spiced with cinnamon and cayenne.

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Spicy Chocolate BrowniesDid you know Mayans and Aztecs commonly added chile peppers to their chocolate drinks? And throughout history, many cultures used chile peppers as an aphrodisiac. So it seems perfectly fitting that for Valentine’s Day you would share some spiced chocolate concoction with your sweetheart! …

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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:19:01 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/whole-wheat-carrot-muffins/ Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/whole-wheat-carrot-muffins/ These healthy Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins are lightly sweetened with maple syrup and include turmeric, a spice with anti-inflammatory properties.

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Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins

Why Add Turmeric

I’ve been hearing so much about the benefits of turmeric lately. Turmeric contains the active ingredient curcumin which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. What I find especially appealing about curcumin is its ability to enhance the function of the liver to detoxify our bodies.  Though I’ve  been using turmeric for it’s beneficial health properties in savoury food for years, I’ve only started to use it in baked goods. Since adding turmeric (fresh or dry) to your food is a great way to add antioxidants to your diet, I’ve been on a quest to add it to as many foods as I can. I decided to try it in my baked goods after seeing this recipe over at Green Kitchen Stories….

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These healthy and easy to make Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins are lightly sweetened with maple syrup and include turmeric, a spice with anti-inflammatory properties.
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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 02:35:40 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/yogurt-marinated-chicken-breasts/ Yogurt Marinated Chicken Breasts https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/yogurt-marinated-chicken-breasts/ These Yogurt Marinated Chicken Breasts are flavourful, tender and moist. Serve with turmeric infused basmati rice and a vibrant cilantro sauce for a delicious dinner.

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Yogurt Marinated Chicken BreastsDisclaimer: This post is sponsored by FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealers. I received the FoodSaver® Wedge with Roll Storage and Fresh Handheld Sealer but opinions are 100% my own.

A couple of months ago, I was offered the chance to try out the FoodSaver® Wedge (FFS005) Vacuum System. Since I’ve always been curious about the FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System and I like to buy certain food items in bulk, I thought it would be a great opportunity to see how well it worked. Buying in bulk for my small family helps me save money, however, the problem I have with buying in large quantities is that things can go bad before we have a chance to consume it all. And I hate to throw food out.  

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Fri, 30 Dec 2016 14:18:08 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pistachio-crusted-salmon/ Pistachio Crusted Salmon https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pistachio-crusted-salmon/ With a few simple ingredients and less than 30 minutes, this Pistachio Crusted Salmon is both an easy and quick option for a weeknight dinner and also an elegant main for a dinner party.

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Pistachio Crusted Salmon

Pistachio Crusted Salmon — A quick and easy recipe

This recipe for Pistachio Crusted Salmon is one of those simple recipes that produces a beautiful and flavourful dish that is sure to impress your guests. Salmon is a healthy dinner option and this recipe is so easy and quick to prepare. With some basic pantry ingredients you can have this delicious and moist fish on the table in less than 30 minutes.

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This healthy Pistachio Crusted Salmon is both an easy and quick option for a weeknight dinner and also makes an elegant main for a dinner party.
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Tue, 20 Dec 2016 17:33:50 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pomegranate-pear-pecan-salad-with-balsamic-vinaigrette/ Pomegranate, Pear and Pecan Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pomegranate-pear-pecan-salad-with-balsamic-vinaigrette/ This Pomegranate, Pear and Pecan Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette is a vibrant and delicious winter salad, perfect for serving during the holidays and special occasions.

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Pomegranate, Pear and Pecan Salad with Balsamic VinaigretteThis fresh, gorgeous and festive salad, full of ruby red pomegranate seeds, juicy ripe pears, crunchy grapes, and lightly sweetened and spiced pecans is sure to impress your guests. I have been making and serving this salad for several years now and it is always a hit! …

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Sun, 11 Dec 2016 13:58:31 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/smoked-salmon-cream-cheese-dip/ Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Dip https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/smoked-salmon-cream-cheese-dip/ Here’s a recipe for an easy Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Dip that only takes minutes to prepare and is sure to impress your guests.

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Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese DipThe combination of fresh smoked salmon, cream cheese, fresh dill and green onions gives this Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Dip amazing flavour. It’s a real crowd-pleaser and so delicious that your guests will happily nibble away on this dip all evening long. This easy recipe makes two cups of dip so this is a great appetizer for entertaining a larger group. It’s also a good recipe for making ahead and taking to pot luck gatherings….

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The combination of smoked salmon, cream cheese, fresh dill and green onions gives this Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Dip amazing flavour.
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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:52:32 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/matcha-green-tea-sugar-cookies/ Matcha Green Tea Sugar Cookies https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/matcha-green-tea-sugar-cookies/ These delicious and fragrant Matcha Green Tea Sugar Cookies are a sophisticated twist on the classic sugar cookie recipe.

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Matcha Green Tea Sugar Cookies drizzled with white chocolate icing on white dish.Did you know that you can make delicious fragrant sugar cookies by adding matcha powder to your recipe? It’s also a perfect way to add green colour to your Christmas baked goods without using any artificial colours. And adding matcha powder to sugar cookies is a great way of adding anti-oxidants to a recipe that would otherwise be devoid of any! …

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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 04:49:18 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chocolate-cinnamon-swirl-bundt-cake/ Chocolate Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Cake https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chocolate-cinnamon-swirl-bundt-cake/ This moist, easy and quick to make Chocolate Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Cake has a delicious swirled filling and topping.

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Chocolate Cinnamon Swirl Bundt CakeThis recipe for Chocolate Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Cake is one from my childhood. My mom often used to bake this cake when we would have company. I can remember looking forward to having my slice of this moist and cinnamon-y cake with the crunchy topping. For some reason, my mom stopped baking this cake and recently I found myself craving it. I think all the cinnamon flavour in this cake must remind me of Christmas and so I’ve decided that this is the perfect time of the year to be sharing this flavourful bundt cake recipe with you.

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A moist and tender Chocolate Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Cake made with a delicious chocolate, brown sugar, cinnamon and walnut filling.
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Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:44:16 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/hazelnut-chocolate-biscotti/ Hazelnut Chocolate Biscotti https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/hazelnut-chocolate-biscotti/ This Hazelnut Chocolate Biscotti is loaded with chunks of chocolate, dried cherries and hazelnut pieces. Keep them plain or dip them in chocolate and chopped hazelnuts for an extra decadent treat!

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Hazelnut Chocolate BiscottiWith so many variations possible for biscotti, it can be difficult to decide which ingredients to choose to flavour my biscotti. It’s become somewhat of a tradition, every year around the holidays I take my favourite Pistachio and Cranberry Biscotti recipe and alter the fruit and nut to create a new biscotti as I did with this one.  This year, I opted for hazelnut, dark chocolate and dried cherries. I kept the orange flavouring because it goes so well with chocolate, especially during the holiday season….

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This Hazelnut Chocolate Biscotti is loaded with chunks of chocolate, dried cherries and hazelnut pieces. Keep them plain or dip them in chocolate and chopped hazelnuts for an extra decadent treat!
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Sun, 13 Nov 2016 15:39:22 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/easy-black-bean-soup/ Easy Black Bean Soup https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/easy-black-bean-soup/ This Southwestern flavoured Easy Black Bean Soup is super delicious, hearty and healthy. Make it with canned black beans for an easy one-pot meal.

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Easy Black Bean SoupToday I’m sharing one of my favourite soup recipes. I’m a big fan of soups, I think they’re perfect for lunch and dinner. I know that as long as I have some good quality boxed broths, canned beans and a few other staple ingredients, I can get a delicious and healthy meal on the table quickly….

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This Southwestern flavoured Easy Black Bean Soup is delicious, healthy and hearty. Make it with canned black beans for an easy one-pot meal.
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Sun, 30 Oct 2016 15:27:44 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/rosemary-spiced-roasted-almonds/ Rosemary Spiced Roasted Almonds https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/rosemary-spiced-roasted-almonds/ A simple and quick to make sweet and savoury recipe for delicious Rosemary Spiced Roasted Almonds full of flavour and crunch.

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Rosemary Spiced Roasted AlmondsToday I’m sharing another recipe that’s perfect for serving at social gatherings and one that would make a wonderful hostess gift. These spiced almonds are absolutely addictive, they make a great snack and are an excellent accompaniment to drinks and cocktails….

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Sun, 23 Oct 2016 02:14:43 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chocolate-swirled-brown-sugar-pumpkin-loaf/ Chocolate Swirled Brown Sugar Pumpkin Loaf https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chocolate-swirled-brown-sugar-pumpkin-loaf/ Are you looking for something pumpkiny and delicious to bake? This Chocolate Swirled Brown Sugar Pumpkin Loaf will do just the trick!

Chocolate Swirled Brown Sugar Pumpkin LoafI’m going to get straight to the point and tell you all about this good-looking Chocolate Swirled Brown Sugar Pumpkin Loaf. When I saw the recipe for this loaf in a recent edition of Canadian Living, I knew I was going to have to make it….

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Sat, 15 Oct 2016 20:58:46 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/maple-spiced-walnuts/ Maple Spiced Walnuts https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/maple-spiced-walnuts/ These easy to make, perfectly roasted sweet and savoury Maple Spiced Walnuts make a delicious treat!

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Maple Spiced Walnuts I should start off by warning you that these maple glazed walnuts are addictive. I’m snacking on them as I’m writing this post, and though I was only going to have a few, I can’t stop eating them.  They are absolutely delectable! The nuts are crunchy and slightly sweet with a spicy aftertaste. They definitely make a great fall snack food and are perfect for serving at game nights and sophisticated enough for cocktail evenings. They’re delicious as a salad topping, and would also make excellent holiday host or hostess gifts. …

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These easy to make, perfectly roasted sweet and savoury Maple Spiced Walnuts are a delicious and addictive fall treat! Serve them as a snack or with cocktails. They are also perfect for gifting!
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Sat, 24 Sep 2016 01:02:35 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/creamy-leek-and-potato-soup-with-garlic-parmesan-crostini/ Creamy Leek and Potato Soup with Garlic Parmesan Crostini https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/creamy-leek-and-potato-soup-with-garlic-parmesan-crostini/ This healthy Creamy Leek and Potato Soup with Garlic Parmesan Crostini is the ultimate fall comfort food.

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This post is sponsored by Vitamix — Makers of my favourite high-performance blenders! All opinions expressed are my own.

Creamy Leek and Potato Soup with Garlic Parmesan CrostiniThere’s nothing more comforting than a hot bowl of soup on a cold fall day. Leek and potato soup is a classic and there are many variations, but however you like yours, this soup is delicious and so easy to make. Since I received my new Vitamix I’ve been using it daily, I’ve made so many delicious things in it. Last week, I posted a recipe for Butternut Squash and White Bean Dip, I’ve also made a marbled butternut squash and chocolate loaf, that one disappeared before I even got to take pictures, so I’ll be making that again soon so I can share it with you. On warmer days, I even made some healthy fruity frozen treats. But this post is about this Creamy Leek and Potato Soup with Garlic Parmesan Crostini….

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This healthy Creamy Leek and Potato Soup with Garlic Parmesan Crostini is the ultimate fall comfort food.
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Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:14:17 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/friendsgiving-vitamix-recipes-vitamix-giveaway/ Friendsgiving Vitamix Recipes and a Vitamix Giveaway https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/friendsgiving-vitamix-recipes-vitamix-giveaway/ Friendsgiving Vitamix RecipesToday is officially the first day of autumn, and though it’s hard to say goodbye to the long warm days of summer, I do love so many things that fall brings. On top  of my list is all of the cozy food (bet you didn’t see that one coming), we get to make and eat! For Canadians, it also means that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Last week, I told you about a special celebration that I would be having this year, well that time has arrived and I’m having my first official Friendsgiving! If you didn’t read last week’s post, Friendsgiving is the celebration of Thanksgiving with your friends. Since Thanksgiving is usually reserved for family members, Friendsgiving has become a holiday celebrated with friends, usually a few days before or after Thanksgiving. There are many reasons this trend is becoming more popular. Family members, now more than ever, are dispersed across the country, continent and even the globe, and since it can be difficult and too costly for some to travel, people have come to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends. And even if we are fortunate enough to celebrate with family, there is something to be said about celebrating friendship. Plus, Friendsgiving is usually much less formal than Thanksgiving, with everyone often contributing to the meal, more like a potluck-style mish mash of food. …

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Fri, 16 Sep 2016 22:15:28 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/butternut-squash-and-white-bean-dip/ Butternut Squash and White Bean Dip https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/butternut-squash-and-white-bean-dip/ Savoury, creamy and addictive, this fall themed Butternut Squash and White Bean Dip makes the perfect appetizer to add to your Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving menus.

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Butternut Squash and White Bean DipI love this time of the year, there’s a refreshing crispness to the air, the trees begin to get all beautifully coloured and the markets are bursting with fresh and local produce that I get to transform into delicious meals. I also love it, because my favourite holidays are quickly approaching and this means that I have plenty of occasions to prepare some fabulous food to share with family and friends. Canadian Thanksgiving is less than a month away, and this year I’m doing something very special. I’m having a Friendsgiving celebration! Have you heard of Friendsgiving yet?  If you haven’t, it’s the celebration of Thanksgiving with your friends! …

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Savoury, creamy and addictive, this fall themed Butternut Squash and White Bean Dip makes an excellent appetizer.
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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 21:12:19 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/fresh-peach-and-blueberry-cake/ Fresh Peach and Blueberry Cake https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/fresh-peach-and-blueberry-cake/ This simple and delicious Fresh Peach and Blueberry Cake makes a delightful summer dessert and is perfect for casual entertaining.

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Fresh Peach and Blueberry CakeIt’s already the end of August, and in only a few weeks it will be the end of summer.  But before I say goodbye to summer recipes and start baking fall desserts, I had to share this seriously delicious fresh peach and blueberry cake. The recipe is an adaptation of Ina Garten’s peach cake. Her version has pecans in it, but since I needed to keep this cake nut free I used blueberries instead.  I can’t recall the last time I tried one Ina Garten’s recipes, but if all of her recipes are half as good as this cake, I need to remember to try more of them.

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This simple and delicious Fresh Peach and Blueberry Cake makes a delightful summer dessert and is perfect for casual entertaining.
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Tue, 16 Aug 2016 23:39:25 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/whole-wheat-double-chocolate-banana-muffins/ Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Banana Muffins https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/whole-wheat-double-chocolate-banana-muffins/ These healthier Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Banana Muffins are so incredibly delicious they can even be enjoyed as a dessert!

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Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Banana MuffinsI turned my family’s favourite banana chocolate chip muffins recipe into whole wheat double chocolate banana muffins and they turned out fabulous!  These muffins are so chocolatey, that I’m sure they’ll satisfy even the most serious of chocolate cravings.  In fact, the muffins taste like decadent chocolate cake but are so much healthier for you. Best of all, these muffins are quick and easy to make with simple everyday ingredients that you probably already have on hand. …

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Fri, 05 Aug 2016 22:26:28 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pan-fried-rainbow-trout-with-pineapple-salsa/ Pan Fried Rainbow Trout with Pineapple Salsa https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pan-fried-rainbow-trout-with-pineapple-salsa/ With a fresh taste and tropical feel, this Pan Fried Rainbow Trout with Pineapple Salsa makes an excellent light summer meal.

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Pan Fried Rainbow Trout with Pineapple SalsaI don’t know about you, but the weather in my part of the world has been pretty hot this summer. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, I love the summer season. And because summers are so short, I like to fill them up with as many outdoor activities as I can. This means there isn’t much time for cooking, so I really appreciate meal ideas that shorten my time in the kitchen. That’s why I love recipes like this pan fried rainbow trout dish.  Not only is this recipe easy and quick to make, it makes a flavourful, light and refreshing summer dish….

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With a fresh taste and tropical feel, this Pan Fried Rainbow Trout with Pineapple Salsa makes an excellent light summer meal.
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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 22:10:52 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/creamy-tomato-and-spinach-pasta/ Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/creamy-tomato-and-spinach-pasta/ With less than 10 ingredients, this delicious Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta couldn’t be easier to prepare. Ready in 30 minutes, it makes a fantastic weeknight meal!

Creamy Tomato and Spinach PastaNot only is this meal delicious but it’s also quick to prepare, nutritious and super versatile.  You can choose to use the recipe as is, or as a guide and substitute the spinach with zucchini, mushrooms or peas, or even a combination. You can also add some protein, I think shrimp would taste fantastic here. With so many options available, you can make this dish and change up the protein and veggies to keep from getting tired of it. Anyway you decide to make it, this pasta dish makes a fantastic mid-week meal.

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With less than 10 ingredients, this delicious Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta couldn’t be easier to prepare. Ready in 30 minutes, it makes a fantastic weeknight meal!
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Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:30:56 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/fudgy-chocolate-walnut-cookies/ Fudgy Chocolate Walnut Cookies https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/fudgy-chocolate-walnut-cookies/ Rich, chewy and deeply chocolatey, these scrumptious Fudgy Chocolate Walnut Cookies make a fantastic treat!

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Fudgy Chocolate Walnut Cookies on dish with glass of milkTrust me when I say you’ll want to make a batch of these cookies, they’re incredibly delicious and are sure to satisfy your cravings for a deep dark chocolate treat. They’re also super easy to make and there is no need to break out the mixer since these cookies can be mixed by hand. In fact, my 6 and 7-year-old made these cookies with only a little assistance from their mama. With the summer holidays and lots of time on our hands, we’ve been keeping quite busy with all sorts of fun activities. My kids love to bake and got really involved in making these cookies, not only did they help me make them but my eldest had some fun styling and photographing them as well. …

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Fri, 15 Jul 2016 17:43:05 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/tabbouleh/ Tabbouleh https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/tabbouleh/ A simple recipe for an authentic Lebanese Tabbouleh salad. Tabbouleh makes a great side dish and is especially delicious in the summer when fresh herbs are abundant.

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TabboulehTabbouleh, also commonly spelled Tabouli, is a classic Lebanese dish often served as a salad or as part of mezze (small dishes served as appetizers). Though Tabbouleh is now available ready made in most grocery stores and delis, making an authentic Tabbouleh salad at home is easy and worth every minute of labour.

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Authentic homemade easy Lebanese Tabbouleh recipe. Tabbouleh is especially delicious in the summer when fresh herbs are abundant.
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Sun, 03 Jul 2016 19:06:41 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/whole-wheat-blueberry-lemon-muffins/ Whole Wheat Blueberry Lemon Muffins https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/whole-wheat-blueberry-lemon-muffins/ Tender and moist, these heavenly whole wheat blueberry lemon muffins are simple to bake and make a wonderful breakfast treat or snack.

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Whole Wheat Blueberry Lemon MuffinsOne bite into these heavenly blueberry muffins will convince you that you don’t need any fussy crumb topping to have delicious muffins. These simple whole wheat blueberry lemon muffins are delicious just as is and bake up beautifully every time….

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Tender and moist, these heavenly Whole Wheat Blueberry Lemon Muffins are simple to bake and make a wonderful breakfast treat or snack.
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Wed, 22 Jun 2016 01:35:36 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/southwestern-grilled-shrimp-salad/ Southwestern Grilled Shrimp Salad https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/southwestern-grilled-shrimp-salad/ Made with simple and healthy ingredients, this Southwestern Grilled Shrimp Salad makes a fantastic meal loaded with lots of flavour. This recipe can be prepared in just about 30 minutes which makes it perfect for weeknight dinners or casual entertaining.

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Southwestern Grilled Shrimp SaladSometimes it seems like I have a new favourite salad every week. This week it’s definitely this Southwestern Grilled Shrimp Salad.  I just love the ingredients, spices and herbs used in Southwestern cuisine and if you do too then this salad will surely become one of your favourites as well. …

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Made with simple and healthy ingredients, this Southwestern Grilled Shrimp Salad makes a fantastic meal loaded with lots of flavour. This recipe can be prepared in just about 30 minutes which makes it perfect for weeknight dinners or casual entertaining.
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Tue, 14 Jun 2016 01:44:20 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/lemon-zucchini-walnut-loaf/ Lemon Zucchini Walnut Loaf https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/lemon-zucchini-walnut-loaf/ If you’re looking for an easy and no fuss way to make use of excess zucchini this summer try making this delicious Lemon Zucchini Walnut Loaf, you’ll be happy you did!

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Lemon Zucchini Walnut Loaf on wooden cutting board.Baking with zucchini is a wonderful way to make use of all the zucchini growing in your garden. Zucchini adds plenty of moisture to baked goods and helps produce a tender and moist loaf. If you’ve never tried zucchini bread before you may be thinking that zucchini is an odd ingredient to put into a sweet tasting loaf. Well let me tell you that this lemon zucchini walnut loaf is delicious, flavourful, tender, and super moist. The lemon zest and juice gives this bread a wonderful light and summery taste. …

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If you're looking for an easy and no fuss zucchini bread recipe, try this delicious Lemon Zucchini Walnut Loaf, you'll be happy you did!
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Mon, 06 Jun 2016 01:01:12 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/greek-salad-with-grilled-chicken/ Greek Salad with Grilled Chicken https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/greek-salad-with-grilled-chicken/ Simple, fresh and flavourful ingredients make this Greek salad with Grilled Chicken one you’ll want to make over and over again!

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Greek Salad with Grilled Chicken on large dish.I love eating salads in the summer, and this Greek salad with Grilled Chicken is a favourite of mine. The simple marinade used for the chicken adds tons of flavour and the result is tender and moist grilled chicken. With the addition of fresh vegetables, feta cheese and olives, all of the ingredients combine to make a delicious, refreshing and healthy meal….

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Simple, fresh and flavourful ingredients make this Greek salad with Grilled Chicken one you'll want to make over and over again!
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Wed, 18 May 2016 03:00:13 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/whole-wheat-quinoa-flour-pancakes/ Whole Wheat Quinoa Flour Pancakes https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/whole-wheat-quinoa-flour-pancakes/ I’m giving a favourite breakfast treat a healthy makeover with these Whole Wheat Quinoa Flour Pancakes. Topped with your favourite berries and pure maple syrup they make a delicious and nutritious breakfast.

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Whole Wheat Quinoa Flour PancakesPancakes are one of my family’s favourite weekend breakfast treats. But to make sure they’re getting a wholesome breakfast, I like to make my pancakes using a combination of whole wheat and quinoa flour.  Quinoa flour is high in protein and fiber and makes a nutritious alternative to white flour. …

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Top these Whole Wheat Quinoa Flour Pancakes with your favourite berries and pure maple syrup for a delicious and nutritious breakfast.
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Sat, 07 May 2016 15:24:25 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/baked-rainbow-trout-fillet/ Baked Rainbow Trout Fillet https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/baked-rainbow-trout-fillet/ Rainbow trout is a nutritious and delicious fish and cooking it couldn’t be easier. Here’s a healthy and simple recipe for Baked Rainbow Trout Fillet with a side of veggies that can be prepared and cooked in under 30 minutes!

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Rainbow Trout Fillet on baking tray with asparagus, zucchini and cherry tomatoes.Though I love cooking and baking and would be happy to spend all day in the kitchen, the reality is life is too busy. I need delicious and healthy meal options that I can prepare in just about 30 minutes and seafood is a great option for getting nutritious meals on the table quickly.

A healthy dinner in under 30 minutes

Take this Baked Rainbow Trout Fillet with a side of veggies, an easy recipe that can be quickly baked in the oven, just perfect for those busy days when you don’t have much time to cook. This fish and veggie dish is healthy, delicious, light, flavourful and easy to make. What’s even better about this meal is that you can cook the fish and a side of vegetables all on the same baking tray in the oven.

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Rainbow trout is a nutritious and delicious fish and cooking it couldn't be easier. Here's a healthy and simple recipe for Baked Rainbow Trout Fillet that can be prepared and cooked in under 30 minutes!
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Sat, 30 Apr 2016 14:58:57 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/sweet-potato-red-lentil-soup/ Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Soup https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/sweet-potato-red-lentil-soup/ Make this easy and creamy Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Soup for a quick flavourful meal that is comforting, healthy and delicious!

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Bowl of Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Soup I didn’t think I would be posting a recipe for soup this week, after all it’s the end of April and hot soup isn’t usually on my mind at this time of year. Though we’ve had beautiful sunny days, there’s still a chill in the air. So in my home, soup is still on the menu….

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Make this easy and creamy Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Soup for a quick flavourful meal that is comforting, healthy and delicious!
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Sat, 23 Apr 2016 14:57:07 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/sweet-tahini-and-pistachio-cinnamon-rolls/ Sweet Tahini and Pistachio Cinnamon Rolls https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/sweet-tahini-and-pistachio-cinnamon-rolls/ These Sweet Tahini and Pistachio Cinnamon Rolls make a special breakfast, brunch or dessert treat that will quickly become a favourite!

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Sweet Tahini and Pistachio Cinnamon RollsI can’t tell you how long I have wanted to make cinnamon rolls at home. Unfortunately, I let my apprehension of using yeast get the best of me and always told myself I would try it later. Well, I’m here to say that I have finally put this silly yeast fear out of my head and have successfully made two gorgeous batches of cinnamon rolls!  In just a few simple steps you can have gorgeous, delicious and fluffy sweet tahini and pistachio cinnamon rolls freshly baked at home.  Don’t let the yeasty dough intimidate you these are easy to make even for beginners!…

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Fri, 15 Apr 2016 01:58:42 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/fried-egg-on-avocado-toast/ Fried Egg on Avocado Toast https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/fried-egg-on-avocado-toast/ Fried egg on avocado toast is a delicious, quick, easy and no fuss meal that can be had for breakfast, lunch and even dinner.

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Fried Egg on Avocado ToastIf you spend any time on Pinterest looking at all of the food images then you may have noticed that avocado toast, in all its variations, is all the rage at the moment.  So when I recently found a perfectly ripe avocado on my counter, I proceeded to make myself my first fried egg on avocado toast. One bite and I understood what the fuss was all about….

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Sun, 10 Apr 2016 14:43:36 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/banana-chocolate-chip-muffins/ Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (with whole wheat and quinoa flour) https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/banana-chocolate-chip-muffins/ These simple to make banana chocolate chip muffins are perfect for breakfast on the go or for a mid-afternoon snack.

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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins I’ve made this muffin recipe so many times now and the muffins always bake up beautifully. So I’m going to get straight to the point today and tell you about these whole wheat and quinoa banana chocolate chip muffins. The muffins are light, moist, fluffy, filling and have just the right amount of sweetness….

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Thu, 31 Mar 2016 21:10:52 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/easy-spaghetti-meat-sauce/ Easy Spaghetti Meat Sauce https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/easy-spaghetti-meat-sauce/ Two ingredients in the spice blend of this delicious, ground beef Easy Spaghetti Meat Sauce recipe makes it stand out from the rest and will have your guests asking for more.

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Easy Spaghetti Meat Sauce This easy spaghetti meat sauce is loaded with fresh vegetables, ground beef, tomato sauce and spices. But so are almost all of the meat sauce recipes out there, so you might be wondering what’s so special about this recipe? Well I believe it’s a couple of the spices that I include when seasoning the sauce….

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Tue, 22 Mar 2016 01:24:28 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/dukkah-crusted-lamb-chops-with-cauliflower-and-potato-puree/ Dukkah-Crusted Lamb Chops with Cauliflower and Potato Purée https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/dukkah-crusted-lamb-chops-with-cauliflower-and-potato-puree/ These Dukkah-Crusted Lamb Chops with Cauliflower and Potato Purée are so quick and easy to prepare that you could easily serve this elegant dish on a weeknight!

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Dukkah-Crusted Lamb Chops with Cauliflower and Potato PuréeWith a Middle-Eastern twist, these Dukkah-crusted lamb chops served on a bed of cauliflower and potato purée make a flavourful and elegant meal that is perfect for this time of year.

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These Dukkah-Crusted Lamb Chops with Cauliflower and Potato Purée are so quick to prepare that you could easily serve this elegant dish on a weeknight! #lambchops #dukkah #Easter
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Fri, 11 Mar 2016 15:00:37 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chocolate-stout-bundt-cake/ Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chocolate-stout-bundt-cake/ Moist, tender, rich and very chocolatey, this Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake is the perfect addition to your St-Patrick’s Day menu!

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Chocolate Stout Bundt CakeIf you’re looking for a special dessert to celebrate St-Patrick’s Day, and want something with some serious dark chocolate flavour then this is the cake for you! This Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake is as chocolatey as they come. You might think beer is an odd ingredient in a cake, but in fact the toasty chocolate and coffee undertones of stout (such as Guinness) make it an excellent choice for incorporating into chocolate flavoured baked goods….

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Tue, 01 Mar 2016 00:31:41 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/creamy-chicken-noodle-and-vegetable-soup/ Creamy Chicken Noodle and Vegetable Soup https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/creamy-chicken-noodle-and-vegetable-soup/ Delicious, comforting and filling, this homemade creamy chicken noodle and vegetable soup makes a nice change from the classic chicken noodle soup.

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Creamy Chicken Noodle and Vegetable SoupI made this creamy chicken noodle and vegetable soup on a cold snowy day, it was just what I needed to forget about the storm happening outside. This delicious and hearty soup is full of all the savoury vegetables, chicken and noodles that you find in a regular chicken noodle soup but is also incredibly creamy….

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Homemade recipe for a delicious and easy Creamy Chicken Noodle and Vegetable Soup.
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Fri, 19 Feb 2016 02:47:17 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chickpea-chocolate-chip-cookies/ Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chickpea-chocolate-chip-cookies/ These Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies are delicious, tender and light. Your kids will never even know they have chickpeas in them!

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Chickpea Chocolate Chip CookiesI was feeling a bit sneaky when I made these chickpea chocolate chip cookies this past weekend.  I usually like to involve my girls when I bake cookies, but this time I was planning on baking with beans and since I wanted my kids to try the cookies before telling me they didn’t like them, I had to bake them while they were away. Though I’ve seen many recipes that use beans in baked goods, this was my first time giving it a try. I have to say I had my reservations about the way they would turn out, but I was really pleased with the results. And best of all my kids really liked them.  …

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Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:16:13 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/mini-chocolate-quinoa-crunch-cups/ Mini Chocolate Quinoa Crunch Cups https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/mini-chocolate-quinoa-crunch-cups/ With such amazing for you ingredients, these delicious Mini Chocolate Quinoa Crunch Cups are little morsels of goodness. 

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Mini Chocolate Quinoa Crunch CupsI was browsing Tieghan’s recipes on Half Baked Harvest when I saw this recipe for Superfood Chocolate Quinoa Bark and loved the idea of combining some super healthy ingredients with some dark chocolate to make a delicious and yet still healthy treat. Tieghan has some very creative recipes on her site and if you haven’t seen her blog yet you should definitely check it out.  I changed up her recipe somewhat, deciding to use mainly seeds in mine and made some Mini Chocolate Quinoa Crunch Cups. …

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Fri, 29 Jan 2016 02:04:40 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pineapple-spinach-juice-with-ginger/ Pineapple Spinach Juice with Ginger https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pineapple-spinach-juice-with-ginger/ This vibrant Pineapple Spinach Juice with Ginger is delicious, refreshing and best of all full of nutrients and vitamins!

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Pineapple Spinach Juice with GingerI first tasted green juice when my cousin wanted me to try a kale and pineapple juice she had discovered. I was a bit hesitant at first, the colour wasn’t exactly appealing, but I tasted it anyways and found the drink very enjoyable. Since drinking that glass, I developed a bit of a craving for this green juice, so one day I decided to take my juicer out of the deep dark corner of my cupboard and try my hand at making my own tasty green juice….

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This vibrant Pineapple Spinach Juice with Ginger is delicious, refreshing and best of all full of nutrients and vitamins!
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Tue, 19 Jan 2016 18:22:13 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/sweet-potato-black-bean-quinoa/ Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/sweet-potato-black-bean-quinoa/ This delicious Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa is a hearty meatless meal loaded with flavourful and healthy ingredients.

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Sweet Potato and Black Bean QuinoaQuinoa has become one of my favourite ingredients to incorporate into my family’s diet. It’s full of complete proteins and provides us with a good amount of fibre as well as a plethora of minerals and vitamins (read here for more on the health benefits of quinoa). What I love most about quinoa is how versatile it is and how well it goes with so many different ingredients. …

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Tue, 05 Jan 2016 16:11:54 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/healthy-pumpkin-seed-granola/ Healthy Pumpkin Seed Granola https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/healthy-pumpkin-seed-granola/ Healthy Pumpkin Seed Granola

This Healthy Pumpkin Seed Granola is full of good for you pumpkin seeds. It comes together quickly and can be eaten for breakfast or as a healthy snack.

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Healhy Pumpkin Seed GranolaHappy New Year! I hope everyone had happy holidays, I know mine were filled with family, friends, good food and lots of great times. I’m slowly getting back into the groove of things and prepping for my return back to work and to school for the kids. This means I need quick and healthy breakfasts and snacks. I’m starting off by preparing this easy Healthy Pumpkin Seed Granola.

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Fri, 25 Dec 2015 22:01:27 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/happy-holidays-2015/ Happy Holidays 2015 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/happy-holidays-2015/  

Happy Holidays 2015

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Sat, 12 Dec 2015 19:27:44 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/holiday-chocolate-crinkle-cookies/ Holiday Chocolate Crinkle Cookies https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/holiday-chocolate-crinkle-cookies/ These Holiday Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are the perfect holiday cookie and are a must on your holiday dessert tray.

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Holiday Chocolate Crinkle CookiesIf you are a serious chocolate lover and are still looking for cookie recipes for the holidays, I highly recommend these Holiday Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. They are delicious, easy to make, look pretty, and you probably have all the ingredients already on hand….

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These Holiday Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are the perfect holiday cookie and are a must on your next holiday dessert tray.
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Sat, 05 Dec 2015 22:40:26 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/classic-gingerbread-cake-with-cream-cheese-frosting/ Classic Gingerbread Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/classic-gingerbread-cake-with-cream-cheese-frosting/ This Classic Gingerbread Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is so flavourful, incredibly moist and so easy to make, you’ll likely find yourself making this more than once during the holiday season!

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Classic Gingerbread Cake with Cream Cheese FrostingI know what I’m about to say is bad (especially at this time of the year), but I have to say that I’m loving this non wintry weather we are currently enjoying in Canada’s national capital.  Today is December 5th, there is no snow on the ground, the sun is shining and we are expecting a high of 8 degrees Celsius!  Of course this cannot last long, so I’m thinking that I really must get out there and enjoy this beautiful day. But before I do that, I have tell you about this classic gingerbread cake with cream cheese frosting that I recently made. …

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Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:39:41 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/apricot-and-almond-biscotti-with-white-chocolate-drizzle/ Apricot and Almond Biscotti with White Chocolate Drizzle https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/apricot-and-almond-biscotti-with-white-chocolate-drizzle/ This delicious Apricot and Almond Biscotti with White Chocolate Drizzle has just the right amount of crunchiness and a perfect balance between fruit and nut.

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Apricot and Almond Biscotti with White Chocolate DrizzleThe holiday season is upon us and I just can’t believe that it’s that time of year again, how is it possible for a full year to pass by so quickly? It seems like it was just a short while ago that I was taking the Christmas tree down. And now here I am getting all of the Christmas decorations out again. Anyways, I do love it and the kids are always so excited and happy to help decorate the tree. But my favourite part of the holidays is all the baking I get to do, I love to plan all the cookies and bars that I’m going to make for my annual dessert tray….

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This delicious Apricot and Almond Biscotti with White Chocolate Drizzle has just the right amount of crunchiness and a perfect balance between fruit and nut.
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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:37:06 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/shrimp-spinach-goat-cheese-penne/ Shrimp, Spinach Goat Cheese Penne https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/shrimp-spinach-goat-cheese-penne/ Not only is this Shrimp, Spinach and Goat Cheese Penne an easy and delicious option for a weeknight dinner but it also makes an excellent main for a dinner party.

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Shrimp, Spinach and Goat Cheese PenneThis is one of my favourite pasta dishes, it combines lemony shrimp with creamy goat cheese, some baby spinach and leeks. Toasted pine nuts are thrown in for some added texture and a bit of crunch to the dish. All of the ingredients come together to create a pasta dish full of delicious flavours….

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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 17:10:43 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/sticky-hoisin-soy-chicken-drumsticks/ Sticky Hoisin-Soy Chicken Drumsticks https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/sticky-hoisin-soy-chicken-drumsticks/ This Sticky Hoisin-Soy Chicken Drumsticks dish is so incredibly delicious, easy to make and takes so little preparation that you can easily turn this into a regular weeknight meal.

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Sticky Hoisin-Soy Chicken DrumsticksThe marinade is really the star of this dish, it only has a few ingredients, but is super flavorful. The hoisin-soy-honey combination gives this chicken a beautiful glossy colour and a sweet and salty tasting glaze which makes the drumsticks sticky, a bit messy but finger licking good!…

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Sat, 31 Oct 2015 00:08:24 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pumpkin-scones-with-espresso-glaze/ Pumpkin Scones with Espresso Glaze https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pumpkin-scones-with-espresso-glaze/ These delicious Pumpkin Scones with Espresso Glaze are light, tender and buttery just the way scones should be!

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Pumpkin Scones with Espresso GlazeThough I just posted a recipe for pumpkin muffins last week, I couldn’t resist making some pumpkin scones and since they’re so delicious I had to share the recipe with you. …

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These delicious Pumpkin Scones with Espresso Glaze are light, tender and buttery just the way scones should be!
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Sat, 24 Oct 2015 14:16:18 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/whole-wheat-pumpkin-chocolate-chip-muffins/ Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/whole-wheat-pumpkin-chocolate-chip-muffins/ Bake these tender and moist Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins to experience the delicious combination of pumpkin and chocolate.

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Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chocolate Chip MuffinsAutumn is in full swing here, the trees are beautiful with golden and crimson leaves. I will never tire of seeing summer transition into fall, it’s quite a spectacular scene, especially when you are lucky enough to live in an area where an emphasis is placed on preserving as much of nature as possible.

Fall also means an abundance of squash in the markets, pumpkin being the most popular especially as we approach Thanksgiving and Halloween. It also means that bakeries and coffee shops are filled with baked pumpkin goods and pumpkin spiced lattes.  And that’s fine by me, as I always look forward to having my first pumpkin latte of the season and love to bake with pumpkin….

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Bake these tender and moist Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins to experience the delicious combination of pumpkin and chocolate.
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Thu, 08 Oct 2015 20:00:45 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/one-pan-roast-chicken/ One Pan Roast Chicken https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/one-pan-roast-chicken/ Turn simple ingredients into a healthy and delicious dinner with this easy recipe for a moist and flavourful One Pan Roast Chicken.

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One Pan Roast ChickenThe smell coming out of my kitchen while this chicken was in the oven was so good and so comforting. I’m not sure why, but there is something about the smell of roast chicken that makes me feel so content. Luckily there is nothing simpler than roasting chicken 😉 ….

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Thu, 24 Sep 2015 14:19:54 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/cauliflower-kale-and-leek-soup/ Cauliflower, Kale and Leek Soup https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/cauliflower-kale-and-leek-soup/ Nutritious, delicious and simple to make this Cauliflower, Kale and Leek Soup is perfect for warming you up on those chilly days.

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Cauliflower, Kale and Leek SoupThis Cauliflower, Kale and Leek Soup is a healthy soup that is both delicious and easy to make. Cauliflower is great for giving soups a creamy texture without actually having to add any cream to it. The kale and leeks add so much flavour and the kale gives this soup such a beautiful green colour. Cauliflower and kale are both part of the cruciferous vegetable family which provide us with antioxidants and other fantastic health benefits. …

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Nutritious, delicious and simple to make this Cauliflower, Kale and Leek Soup is perfect for warming you up on those chilly days.
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Sat, 12 Sep 2015 14:17:18 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/homemade-maple-pecan-granola-with-dates/ Homemade Maple Pecan Granola with Dates https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/homemade-maple-pecan-granola-with-dates/ Homemade granola is quick to make and takes little effort. Try this Homemade Maple Pecan Granola with Dates and you’ll be rewarded with delicious and healthier granola.

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Homemade Maple Pecan Granola with DatesDid you know that you could make the healthiest and best tasting granola right in your own kitchen? This recipe for homemade maple pecan granola with dates is so much better than most granola that comes out of a box. If you haven’t already made your own granola then let me tell you that it’s incredibly easy and takes very little time or effort. It’s also the best way for you to control how much sugar and fat you are consuming with your granola. If you have made granola at home then you already know that it’s a delicious treat. …

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Mon, 24 Aug 2015 21:46:44 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/cara-cara-orange-and-citrus-drink/ Cara Cara Orange and Citrus Drink https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/cara-cara-orange-and-citrus-drink/ This Cara Cara Orange and Citrus Drink is refreshing on a hot day. A splash of neutral tasting alcohol turns into a delicious cocktail drink.

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Cara Cara Orange and Citrus DrinkA few months ago I posted a recipe for Sweet Potato, Parmesan and Rosemary Biscuits. In that post, I talk about my daughter’s interest in helping me with the food styling and photography for my blog and her desire to help me style a post for lemonade. We never did get around to making a blog post for lemonade, but we did make this Cara Cara Orange and Citrus Drink and my daughter had a great time styling the pictures here.

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This Cara Cara Orange and Citrus Drink is refreshing on a hot day. A splash of neutral tasting alcohol turns into a delicious cocktail drink.
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Tue, 04 Aug 2015 19:24:43 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/5-ingredient-date-energy-balls/ 5 Ingredient Date Energy Balls https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/5-ingredient-date-energy-balls/ These quick and easy to make 5 ingredient date energy balls are made without refined sugar, make a nutritious snack and are perfect for a quick energy boost!

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5 Ingredient Date Energy BallsThese 5 Ingredient Date Energy Balls are made with healthy ingredients and without any refined sugar. They are naturally sweetened by dates. Dates are filled with beneficial minerals, dietary fibre that fill you up and natural sugars that satisfy your sweet tooth and give you energy without the negative effects of refined sugars….

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These quick and easy to make 5 Ingredient Date Energy Balls are made without refined sugar, make a nutritious snack and are perfect for a quick energy boost!
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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:02:22 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/blueberry-jam-and-hazelnut-bars/ Blueberry Jam and Hazelnut Bars https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/blueberry-jam-and-hazelnut-bars/ These delicious and easy to make Blueberry Jam and Hazelnut Bars are made with homemade blueberry jam and hazelnuts but you can use your favourite jam and nut combination and put your own twist on them!

Blueberry Jam and Hazelnut BarsI used to think that making homemade jam was too complicated and took too much work. But when I looked into the process I realized that if I made small batches that could be consumed within a few weeks I wouldn’t have to worry about the sterilization process to make the jars shelf stable. All I would have to do is refrigerate the jam jars and since that’s easy enough, I proceeded to make my first jam: Blueberry! I couldn’t believe how delicious it was, and all it took was three ingredients: blueberries, sugar and lemon juice. It only took me 25 minutes to have homemade jam that didn’t contain a ton of sugar! Since then I’ve made other jams, but my favourite remains this Low-Sugar Blueberry Jam from Ricardo (you can check out many more Ricardo Recipes on his website).  I love spreading this jam on fresh bread with a piece of brie or other cheese, the jam is also excellent stirred into yogurt or on top of vanilla ice cream. …

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Sat, 11 Jul 2015 15:59:39 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/watermelon-and-feta-salad/ Watermelon and Feta Salad https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/watermelon-and-feta-salad/ Watermelon and Feta Salad is the perfect summer salad. It’s incredibly refreshing and combines sweetness, saltiness and tanginess all in one dish.

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Watermelon and Feta SaladA few summers ago, I tried my first watermelon and feta cheese salad and I’ve been hooked ever since. It may seem like an unusual combination of ingredients, but in fact, it’s makes for an incredibly delicious and refreshing salad. The combination of sweet watermelon, with the salty feta and tanginess from the lime dressing all in one dish makes this summer salad entirely addictive. …

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Watermelon and Feta Salad is the perfect summer salad. It’s incredibly refreshing and combines sweetness, saltiness and tanginess all in one
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Sun, 28 Jun 2015 19:54:29 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/blueberry-cobbler/ Blueberry Cobbler https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/blueberry-cobbler/ Delicious and easy to make, this Blueberry Cobbler is great for weeknight desserts or casual gatherings. Serve the cobbler warm with vanilla ice cream for the perfect summer treat!

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Blueberries in colander washed and ready for a Blueberry CobblerThis simple Blueberry Cobbler recipe was inspired by my friend’s blog post of a Rhubarb and Raspberry Cobbler. But since I had no rhubarb or raspberries available at home, I decided to make it using fresh blueberries.  …

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Delicious and easy to make, this Blueberry Cobbler is great for weeknight desserts or casual gatherings. Serve the cobbler warm with vanilla ice cream for the perfect summer treat!
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Fri, 05 Jun 2015 21:21:33 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chocolate-celebration-cake/ Chocolate Celebration Cake https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chocolate-celebration-cake/ Delicious and easy to make, this Chocolate Celebration Cake with chocolate frosting is sure to please all chocolate lovers and is perfect for celebrating any occasion!

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Chocolate Celebration Cake

Hello and welcome to the newly re-designed Sweet and Savoury Pursuits. I’m afraid this process took much longer than I wanted. I thought I would have the new version of my site up much quicker but it turns out life doesn’t always work the way you want it to. Regardless, it’s up and running now and though I’m sure I’ll still be tinkering around with the layout, for the most part this is my new Sweet and Savoury Pursuits!…

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Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:16:56 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/roasted-grape-tomatoes/ Roasted Grape Tomatoes https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/roasted-grape-tomatoes/ Here’s an easy and versatile recipe for Roasted Grape Tomatoes. They’re quick to prepare and can be put in the oven while you make the remainder of your meal.

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Roasted Grape Tomatoes in colanderThis post is more about photography than it is a recipe. Not because this incredibly simple recipe for Roasted Grape Tomatoes isn’t delicious because it really is. It’s because as I was shooting the pictures for this post, I thought it would be fun for me to experiment shooting at a higher ISO than I usually do.  Ever since I started taking pictures of food, I’ve essentially shot at the lowest ISO possible. This time, maybe because this was such a simple recipe, I thought it would be a good time to play around a bit.

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 02:00:22 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/sweet-potato-parmesan-and-rosemary-biscuits/ Sweet Potato, Parmesan and Rosemary Biscuits https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/sweet-potato-parmesan-and-rosemary-biscuits/

Sweet Potato, Parmesan and Rosemary Biscuits

These beautiful and easy to make Sweet Potato, Parmesan and Rosemary Biscuits are tender, moist and just loaded with delicious flavour.

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Sweet Potato, Parmesan and Rosemary BiscuitsThese past couple of weeks have been crazy busy with work and life. I spent the past two Saturdays in class, a food photography class! It was amazing! The class was composed of a wonderful group of people and the instructor, Adrien Duey, a well-known food photographer, is not only incredibly talented but is a great teacher as well.  It’s an amazing feeling to be learning about something from someone who is so passionate about what they do. I only wish I had more time to practice and experiment with all that I’m learning. What’s great is that as I practice my photography at home, I’m seeing my eldest (6 years old) take an interest in food styling and photography.  She will often come and peek at what I’m doing and ask if she could help me. In fact, she styled the photo above. And as I write this post she is planning our next food photography project: Lemonade, her favourite beverage.  So do keep an eye out for that post!

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These beautiful and easy to make Sweet Potato, Parmesan and Rosemary Biscuits are tender, moist and just loaded with delicious flavour.
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Sun, 15 Mar 2015 03:06:40 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/irish-soda-bread-with-dill/ Irish Soda Bread with Dill https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/irish-soda-bread-with-dill/ This easy to prepare and delicious Irish Soda Bread with Dill is a variation of the traditional classic Irish Bread recipe.

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Loaf of Irish Soda Bread with Dill on parchment paperSt-Patrick’s Day is in a couple of days and though I don’t really celebrate it, I thought it would be fun to try a new Irish recipe. I thought about making a traditional Irish lamb stew, but since my true passion is baking I gravitated towards making an Irish Soda Bread. My version includes dill, I know it’s not the traditional way of making it, but I wanted to try it anyways….

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This easy to prepare and delicious Irish Soda Bread with Dill is a variation of the traditional classic Irish Bread recipe.
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Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:34:35 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chewy-almond-marzipan-bars/ Chewy Almond Marzipan Bars https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chewy-almond-marzipan-bars/ If you love almonds and enjoy the taste of almond flavoured baked goods then you’ll love these easy to make delicious Chewy Almond Marzipan Bars!

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Chewy Almond Marzipan Bars

The combination of marzipan, almond flour, slivered almonds and a touch of almond extract included in this recipe ensures the flavour of almonds really shines through in these delectable Chewy Almond Marzipan Bars.

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Thu, 05 Mar 2015 01:35:53 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/easy-spanakopita/ Easy Spanakopita https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/easy-spanakopita/ This Easy Spanakopita is a version of the classic Greek Spanakopita appetizer made faster and easier by making it into one large pie.

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One Easy Spanakopita pie.I’m so happy to be posting this Easy Spanakopita recipe today.  Not only is it a beautiful dish but it’s also delicious and so easy to prepare.

Easy SpanakopitaSpanakopita is a classic Greek dish made with phyllo dough, spinach, onions, dill, eggs and feta cheese. Though I’ve made this recipe several times,  I’ve always shaped them into small triangles. They’re perfect for serving as an appetizer but are also time-consuming to make. This time, I decided to try making it into one large pie, and I’m very happy I did. The process was much quicker and the Spanakopita turned out amazing….

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Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:15:25 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/whole-wheat-double-chocolate-zucchini-chai-muffins/ Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Zucchini Chai Muffins https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/whole-wheat-double-chocolate-zucchini-chai-muffins/

Moist, tender and chocolatey, these Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Zucchini Chai Muffins are a delicious way to start your day.

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Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Zucchini Chai MuffinsA couple of weeks ago, I read the about the difficulties a mother was going through when it came to feeding her picky seven year old son. She wrote about how hard it was on her and how frustrating it was to have him reject the meals she worked hard to prepare.  But then one day, her son wrote her a letter. In it, he wrote which foods he did like and that he didn’t like the foods that his mother was making for him. The mother was heartbroken but then spoke to her son who explained that he didn’t like being picky and didn’t like that he couldn’t eat all the things that his siblings enjoyed. She came to the realization that as hard as it was on her, it was even more difficult for her son (you can read the article here).

That article really resonated with me. My eldest is also a picky eater, she barely eats any veggies unless it’s cucumbers or they are puréed and unrecognizable to her.  But she does like many fruits, meats, pasta, rice, cheese, and some grains. So after reading this article, I too decided that I wouldn’t stress myself out about it anymore.  I’ll keep cooking the meals that she enjoys and will continue to invite her to try new things. But if she doesn’t want to or does try it and doesn’t like it, then that’s fine….

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Moist, tender and chocolatey, these Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Zucchini Chai Muffins are a delicious way to start your day.
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Thu, 19 Feb 2015 02:49:41 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/peanut-butter-and-chocolate-chip-loaf/ Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Loaf https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/peanut-butter-and-chocolate-chip-loaf/

Try slices of this delicious Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Loaf plain, toasted with butter and honey, jelly or for a more decadent treat, Nutella.

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip LoafI’ve been looking for some delicious new ways to incorporate peanut butter into my baked goods. After doing some research on the internet, I found this recipe for bread that uses a whole cup of peanut butter. Finally, I thought, there should be some real peanut butter flavour in this. The recipe I found was on the blog She Wears Many Hats. What I found interesting about her recipe is that she mixes her ingredients in the blender. Though the idea intrigued me, I’m afraid my blender quit on me and I haven’t gotten around to replacing it. So I decided that I would make this bread using my mixer….

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Thu, 12 Feb 2015 03:59:16 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/roasted-beet-and-orange-salad-with-citrus-vinaigrette/ Roasted Beet and Orange Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/roasted-beet-and-orange-salad-with-citrus-vinaigrette/ This delicious Roasted Beet and Orange Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette makes a wonderful addition to a special meal.

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Roasted Beet and Orange Salad with Citrus VinaigretteThere are so many things I love about this Roasted Beet and Orange Salad.  All of the vibrant colours coming from the beets and oranges make this citrus beet salad so beautiful.  The sweet and tangy citrus vinaigrette complements the earthy taste of the beets perfectly. The creaminess of the goat cheese and the crunchiness of the toasted hazelnuts give this salad so much texture. This is an excellent winter salad, perfect for an occasion where you want something special but want to keep things simple.

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A delicious Roasted Beet and Orange Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette, toasted hazelnuts and creamy goat cheese.
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Wed, 04 Feb 2015 14:42:37 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pear-pomegranate-and-pecan-quinoa-breakfast-bowls/ Pear, Pomegranate and Pecan Quinoa Breakfast Bowls https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pear-pomegranate-and-pecan-quinoa-breakfast-bowls/ Pear, Pomegranate and Pecan Quinoa Breakfast Bowls

Have you tried quinoa for breakfast yet? If you’re looking for a delicious, filling and healthy breakfast to start your mornings off right, consider making these incredibly tasty and healthy Pear, Pomegranate and Pecan Quinoa Breakfast Bowls.

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Pear, Pomegranate and Pecan Quinoa Breakfast BowlsDid you know that quinoa is rather well suited for breakfast? Its naturally nutty and slightly sweet taste makes it a great alternative to the same old bowl of oatmeal, cereal, or granola in the morning….

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Looking for a delicious, filling and healthy breakfast? Try this incredibly tasty and healthy Pear, Pomegranate and Pecan Quinoa Breakfast Bowl.
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Sun, 01 Feb 2015 05:37:35 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/nutella-and-hazelnut-brownies/ Nutella and Hazelnut Brownies https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/nutella-and-hazelnut-brownies/
Nutella and Hazelnut Brownies

These scrumptious Nutella and Hazelnut Brownies are gooey, chewy, fudgy, and loaded with delicious toasted hazelnut pieces.

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Nutella and Hazelnut BrowniesIf you’re looking for an insanely delicious and easy homemade brownie recipe that can be put together quickly, then look no further because this is the one for you! …

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Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:13:12 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/smoked-salmon-and-boursin-crostini/ Smoked Salmon and Boursin Crostini https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/smoked-salmon-and-boursin-crostini/ Smoked Salmon and Boursin Crostini

This Smoked Salmon and Boursin Crostini has only a few ingredients, can be assembled in minutes and is sure to impress your guests.

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Smoked Salmon and Boursin CrostiniAppetizers made with smoked salmon have always been a favourite with my family and friends and so today I’m sharing this amazingly delicious yet so easy and quick to make Smoked Salmon and Boursin Crostini….

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This Smoked Salmon and Boursin Crostini has only a few ingredients, can be assembled in minutes and is sure to impress your guests.
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Sat, 10 Jan 2015 02:11:10 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/browned-butter-whole-wheat-chocolate-chip-muffins/ Browned Butter Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/browned-butter-whole-wheat-chocolate-chip-muffins/ Jump to Recipe Print Recipe

Browned Butter Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip MuffinsLooks like my girls are developing a taste for baking, so when they asked if we could bake something together I thought it would be a good idea to make some muffins for their lunch boxes. For me, this meant the muffins would have to be healthy, for my girls, it meant that there would have to be some chocolate chips in them.

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Sun, 04 Jan 2015 15:12:26 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/roasted-butternut-squash-and-pear-soup/ Roasted Butternut Squash and Pear Soup https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/roasted-butternut-squash-and-pear-soup/ This delicious, healthy and easy to make Roasted Butternut Squash and Pear Soup is silky and creamy without the addition of any cream.

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Roasted Butternut Squash and Pear SoupHappy New Year everyone! I thought I would start off 2015 by posting something healthy on my blog. Since it’s so cold outside, I wanted something hot that would warm me up, so I decided on making this Roasted Butternut Squash and Pear Soup. I just love the bright colour of this soup and how smooth and creamy it is.

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Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:17:27 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/espresso-gingerbread-bundt-cake/ Espresso Gingerbread Bundt Cake https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/espresso-gingerbread-bundt-cake/ This Espresso Gingerbread Bundt Cake smells just like Christmas. Spiced with cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg, it’s the perfect cake for the holidays.

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Espresso Gingerbread Bundt CakeThe holidays are fast approaching and one of my favourite recipes that I crave every year during the holiday season is this Espresso Gingerbread Bundt Cake. Made with molasses and fragrant spices such as cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg, it’s a classic gingerbread cake with a twist. The espresso added to this cake gives it even greater depth of flavour and reminds me of a gingerbread flavoured coffee drink….

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This Espresso Gingerbread Bundt Cake smells just like Christmas. Flavoured with espresso and molasses and spiced with cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg, it's a classic gingerbread cake with an espresso twist.
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Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:23:55 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/powdered-sugar-almond-cookies/ Powdered Sugar Almond Cookies https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/powdered-sugar-almond-cookies/ If you are planning on preparing a cookie tray for this holiday season, then you’ll want to include these Powdered Sugar Almond Cookies.  Nut cookies covered in powdered sugar are a holiday classic and are guaranteed to make your cookie tray look festive!

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Powdered Sugar Almond CookiesThese Powdered Sugar Almond Cookies are made with ground and toasted almonds. They’re a classic and delicate cookie, and though they’re covered in icing sugar, they’re not  overly sweet.  You can often find a variation of these cookies served during the holidays.

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Sun, 30 Nov 2014 15:04:31 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pumpkin-walnut-loaf/ Pumpkin Walnut Loaf https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pumpkin-walnut-loaf/ This Pumpkin Walnut Loaf is incredibly moist, scrumptious and so easy to make. Baking it will fill your home with the comforting aromas of fall spices.

Pumpkin Walnut LoafYesterday was my one year blog anniversary, so to celebrate I made my favourite Pumpkin Walnut Loaf.  I’ve made this recipe several times and it always comes out delicious. So today I’m sharing it with you. This Pumpkin Walnut Loaf is incredibly moist, scrumptious and so easy to make. Best of all, baking it will fill your home with the comforting aromas of fall spices….

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This Pumpkin Walnut Loaf is moist, scrumptious and so easy to make. Baking it will fill your home with the comforting aromas of fall spices.
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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:11:57 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pear-and-brie-crostini/ Pear and Brie Crostini https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pear-and-brie-crostini/ Pear and Brie Crostini

Built on the classic combination of fruit, cheese and nuts, this Pear and Brie Crostini is a delicious, elegant and simple to make appetizer.

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Pear and Brie CrostiniHave you ever been to a dinner party where all they served were appetizers? Well I love such parties. I think it’s so much fun to be able to sample so many different nibbles and experience all the various flavours and textures. Some of my favourite appetizers are those that combine both sweet and savoury elements in the same bite. This Pear and Brie Crostini does exactly that. …

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Built on the classic combination of fruit, cheese and nuts, this Pear and Brie Crostini is a delicious, elegant and simple to make appetizer
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Fri, 10 Oct 2014 01:52:31 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/spiced-apple-galettes/ Spiced Apple Galettes https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/spiced-apple-galettes/ These rustic Spiced Apple Galettes makes a perfect fall dessert, they’re light, not overly sweet and are delicately spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg.

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Children apple pickingChild picking apples from tree
I love the fall, to celebrate its arrival my family and I went apple picking at a beautiful orchard not far from our home. Apple picking is a really great activity to do with the kids, my daughters and I had so much fun. Some of our favourite desserts to bake and eat are those made with apples, pumpkins and pears. Such treats are abundant this time of the year, and that makes us quite happy. …

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Rustic Spiced Apple Galettes makes a perfect fall dessert, they're light, not overly sweet and are delicately spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg.
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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:21:09 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/quinoa-chocolate-chip-cookies/ Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/quinoa-chocolate-chip-cookies/ Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies

A delicious, quick and easy recipe for chewy Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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Quinoa Chocolate Chip CookiesMy eldest daughter loves chocolate chip cookies, and I love baking them for her so whenever I have a bit of extra time I like to make a batch of these Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies for her.

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Mon, 25 Aug 2014 02:06:59 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/triple-chocolate-brownies/ Triple Chocolate Brownies https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/triple-chocolate-brownies/ These Triple Chocolate Brownies are not overly sweet and have a wonderful chewy texture. Delicious served warm with a scoop of ice cream!

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Dish of stacked Triple Chocolate BrowniesThis Triple Chocolate Brownie recipe is for all of the chocolate addicts out there.  If you are looking for something to satisfy your chocolate craving then I recommend a batch of these brownies! These brownies are a cross between a chewy and a cakey brownie and have an intense chocolate flavour….

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These Triple Chocolate Brownies are not overly sweet and have a wonderful chewy texture. Delicious served warm with a scoop of ice cream!
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Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:55:15 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/raspberry-buttermilk-cake/ Raspberry Buttermilk Cake https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/raspberry-buttermilk-cake/ A delicious, moist and light Raspberry Buttermilk Cake perfect for casual entertaining.

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Raspberry Buttermilk CakeRaspberries are in season! They are my daughter’s absolute favourite berry and she loves to help me pick them and eat them while still warm from the sun. I couldn’t be happier that she loves them so much since raspberries are a great source of dietary fibre, antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties.

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Mon, 07 Jul 2014 04:19:25 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/cherry-almond-cake/ Cherry Almond Cake https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/cherry-almond-cake/ This beautiful, simple and delicious Cherry Almond Cake is studded with juicy fresh cherries and has a delicate almond flavour.

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Cherry Almond CakeMy favourite fruit is the cherry. I just can’t resist sweet fresh cherries and when I’m at the market I always end up buying way too much. After enjoying many au naturel, I thought it would be nice to bake something with the remaining cherries. I knew that I wanted something almond flavoured since almonds and cherries complement each other so well.

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Sat, 14 Jun 2014 16:14:39 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/blueberry-and-lemon-scones/ Blueberry and Lemon Scones https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/blueberry-and-lemon-scones/ Tender, moist and lemony, these delicious fresh Blueberry and Lemon Scones make a perfect weekend treat for you and your loved ones!

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Blueberry and Lemon Scones
There is something about blueberries and lemon, they just go so well together, so when I came upon this recipe from the Pastry Affair blog, I just had to try it. This past month has been crazy busy, and I’ve really missed my mixer and oven. I’m so happy to have had a small break today so that I could make these incredibly delicious Blueberry and Lemon Scones….

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Sat, 24 May 2014 01:25:26 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chicken-and-vegetable-lettuce-bundles/ Chicken and Vegetable Lettuce Bundles https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chicken-and-vegetable-lettuce-bundles/ Use leftover roast chicken to easily and quickly create a new dish by making these simple and delicious Chicken and Vegetable Lettuce Bundles.

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Chicken and Vegetable Lettuce BundlesIt’s getting warmer out there, so lately I’ve been wanting lighter meals with lots of crispy and refreshing vegetables.  Being short on time, I thought I would make use of some leftover roast chicken to make these delicious Chicken and Vegetable Lettuce Bundles….

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Use leftover roast chicken to easily and quickly create a new dish by making these simple and delicious Chicken and Vegetable Lettuce Bundles.
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Thu, 15 May 2014 14:54:36 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/avocado-and-chocolate-smoothie/ Avocado and Chocolate Smoothie https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/avocado-and-chocolate-smoothie/ This delicious Avocado and Chocolate Smoothie is so chocolatey and creamy, it’s hard to believe it’s actually good for you!

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Avocado and Chocolate Smoothie
Smoothies have been popular for so long but I’m really just discovering how delicious they can be.  I’ve been experimenting with different flavour combinations, there are so many possibilities! But for today, I’ll be sharing this Avocado and Chocolate Smoothie with you.  It’s so incredibly chocolatey, creamy and delicious its hard to believe that it’s actually good for you! Did you know that avocado is a nutrient booster. Eating avocados actually helps your body to absorb more of the nutrients of the foods that you eat with the avocados. It’s also a great source of dietary fibre, and per gram, contains more potassium than bananas (California Avocado Commission, Live Science)….

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Mon, 05 May 2014 02:44:46 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pineapple-mango-and-orange-smoothie/ Pineapple, Mango and Orange Smoothie https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/pineapple-mango-and-orange-smoothie/ This sunshine in a glass Pineapple, Mango and Orange Smoothie is refreshing, filling, loaded with vitamins and can be ready in less than 5 minutes.

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Pineapple, Mango and Orange SmoothieWe’re having yet another cloudy and rainy day here, and I’m really in the need of some serious sunshine. I decided the best way to get it would be to create it in a drink.  So after looking in the freezer and finding some frozen pineapple and mango chunks, I decided to make a Pineapple, Mango and Orange Juice Smoothie. So delicious and refreshing! …

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Tue, 29 Apr 2014 01:42:41 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/asian-salad-with-peanut-butter-dressing/ Asian Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/asian-salad-with-peanut-butter-dressing/ The sweet, salty, sour and just slightly spicy peanut butter dressing will keep you craving this Asian salad full of crunchy and healthy vegetables!

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Large bowl with Asian Salad and a small bowl with Peanut Butter Dressing on the side.This Asian style salad with peanut butter dressing is so delicious and addictive, you’ll want to have this salad over and over again!  …

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Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:07:13 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/coffee-smoothie/ Coffee Smoothie https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/coffee-smoothie/ This quick and easy recipe for a delicious and healthy coffee smoothie will help you get your day started right!

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Coffee Smoothie
If there’s one thing I love about smoothies is how quick and easy they are. To be honest, smoothies are not my favourite way to get my breakfast but there are days when all I have time for is a smoothie. And if I can incorporate my coffee into a smoothie then I’m a happy woman.   …

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Sun, 20 Apr 2014 04:27:44 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/carrot-cake-with-cream-cheese-frosting/ Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/carrot-cake-with-cream-cheese-frosting/ This moist and dense Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is one of the best carrot cakes you will ever taste, the cream cheese icing is simply amazing!

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Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese FrostingThis is my favourite recipe for Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting. It is by far the most delicious carrot cake I’ve ever tasted.  The cake is moist and dense and the cream cheese frosting has a nice tang to it which makes this cake taste so absolutely amazing!

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese FrostingThis recipe deviates very little from the original recipe entitled Canada’s Best Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing from Canadian Living.  I have made the carrot cake from Canadian Living several times just the way it is and always get so many compliments for it. I think sometimes a recipe is so good that there really is no need to change it.

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Sat, 12 Apr 2014 03:25:00 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/peanut-butter-and-chocolate-cheesecake/ Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cheesecake https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/peanut-butter-and-chocolate-cheesecake/ This Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cheesecake combines two favourite flavours to create one incredibly delicious cheesecake recipe.

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate CheesecakeCheesecakes are definitely one of my favourite desserts. I have tried many varieties and as of yet I don’t think I have a favourite, but this Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cheesecake is definitely a strong contender. The thing about cheesecakes is you don’t make them unless you have a large group of people you can share it with so it’s really a perfect dessert for a party!

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This Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cheesecake combines two favourite flavours to create one incredibly delicious cheesecake recipe.
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Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:07:21 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/mascarpone-espresso-cream-and-amaretti-parfaits/ Mascarpone Espresso Cream and Amaretti Parfaits https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/mascarpone-espresso-cream-and-amaretti-parfaits/ These delicious Mascarpone Espresso Cream and Amaretti Parfaits taste like coffee flavoured cheesecake but take very little time and work to prepare!

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Mascarpone Espresso Cream and Amaretti ParfaitsGrowing up, one of my favourite cakes was a vanilla cake with a coffee flavoured icing that my mother would make for special occasions. This Mascarpone Espresso Cream and Amaretti Parfaits reminds me of that cake. Though this mascarpone parfait dessert is more similar to cheesecake in texture, it’s an easy and quick solution to my cravings for that coffee flavoured cake. …

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These delicious Mascarpone Espresso Cream and Amaretti Parfaits taste like coffee flavoured cheesecake but take very little time and work to prepare!
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Thu, 03 Apr 2014 04:15:47 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/sundried-tomato-pesto-pasta/ Sundried Tomato Pesto Pasta https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/sundried-tomato-pesto-pasta/ Ready in less than 30 minutes, this Sundried Tomato Pesto Pasta makes a great weeknight meal that everyone will love!

Sundried Tomato Pesto PastaThis Sundried Tomato Pesto Pasta is a delicious simple dish with only a few ingredients and is perfect when you need something in a hurry. It makes a great weeknight dinner that can be ready in less than 30 minutes. If you have picky eaters in your household then you know how important it is to have good recipes that are easily adaptable, this recipe is perfect for that….

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Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:03:37 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/banana-maple-walnut-muffins/ Banana Maple Walnut Muffins https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/banana-maple-walnut-muffins/ Made with whole wheat pastry flour, these Banana Maple Walnut Muffins are delicious, moist and tender. They’re perfect for breakfast or a quick snack on the go.

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Banana Maple Walnut MuffinsMy favourite way to make use of overripe bananas is to make banana muffins or quick breads with them. Muffins are great because they’re already individually portioned, stay fresh for a few days and can easily be frozen for consumption later on. I love to treat myself to a muffin still warm from the oven with a dab of butter on it, yum!…

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Sun, 23 Mar 2014 02:58:12 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/cakey-oat-fruit-and-seed-bars/ Cakey Oat, Fruit and Seed Bars https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/cakey-oat-fruit-and-seed-bars/ Made with whole grains, dried fruit, nuts and seeds, these delicious Cakey Oat, Fruit and Seed Bars make a great breakfast or snack on the go.

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Cakey Oat, Fruit and Seed BarsMy weekday mornings are usually so rushed that I rarely have time for a sit down breakfast.  I usually pack one to go, usually boiled eggs, fruit or granola and yogurt. Problem is that by the time I’ve dropped the kids off at school and get to the office I’m super hungry. Not so easy eating granola and yogurt while driving! No worries, I’ve never actually attempted it, I know my limits!  So I like to grab something I can eat on the go, but really dislike eating dry granola bars filled with sugar and not so good for you ingredients. So this weekend, I decided to make a version of granola bars that would be made with wholesome ingredients….

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Mon, 17 Mar 2014 00:23:48 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/spinach-and-clementine-salad/ Spinach and Clementine Salad https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/spinach-and-clementine-salad/ Baby spinach, crunchy almonds, red onions, and clementines bursting with sweet juice are combined to make this easy and delicious Spinach and Clementine Salad.

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Spinach and Clementine Salad topped with goat cheese and almonds on white dish.I just love this Spinach and Clementine Salad.  In fact, I have become somewhat addicted to it and have had it at least 4 times in the last 10 days! What’s really great about it is that it is made up of complementing flavours and contrasting textures. The baby spinach with the soft goat cheese and the crunchy almonds, the sweet clementines and the sharp flavour of the red onions all come together to make a simple yet yummy spinach salad….

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Baby spinach and clementines bursting with sweet juice are combined to make this easy and delicious Spinach and Clementine Salad.
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Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:54:00 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/date-and-walnut-coffee-cake/ Date and Walnut Coffee Cake https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/date-and-walnut-coffee-cake/ This old fashion Date and Walnut Coffee Cake is filled with dates and walnuts and is spiced with cinnamon. It makes a perfect treat for tea time.

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Date and Walnut Coffee CakeThis old fashion Date and Walnut Coffee Cake reminds me of something that would be served in the Middle East. It’s filled with dates and walnuts and perfumed with cinnamon. It’s a simple cake, yet sophisticated at the same time and is a perfect treat for tea time.

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Sun, 02 Mar 2014 02:48:09 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/whole-wheat-apricot-and-almond-bars/ Whole Wheat Apricot and Almond Bars https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/whole-wheat-apricot-and-almond-bars/ Made with whole grains, nuts and dried fruit, these Whole Wheat Apricot and Almond Bars are great for breakfast on the go.

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Whole Wheat Apricot and Almond BarsThese Whole Wheat Apricot and Almond Bars are great for breakfast on the go.  Made with whole wheat pastry flour, oats, apricots, almonds and coconut, they are healthy and delicious.  The chopped apricots make them chewy and sweet and the pieces of almonds gives them a nice crunch.  The flavours and textures come together nicely to create an excellent bar that is quick and easy to make, perfect on its own and even better with a good cup of coffee.

Whole Wheat Apricot and Almond BarsA couple of notes about this recipe: The author in the original recipe calls for a 9×9 baking pan, but when I came to make this I could not find my 9×9 pan, so I ended up using my 8×8.  The bars still came out great but a bit to thick in my opinion, so a 9×9 baking pan is ideal for this recipe.  In an 8×8, the bars took 25 minutes to bake up nicely, I think that in a 9×9, 20 to 22 minutes would be enough time for them.  I also recommend cutting the bars while they are still slightly warm. I found them to be a little crumbly and more difficult to slice after they cooled.

Whole Wheat Apricot and Almond BarsEnjoy!

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Whole Wheat Apricot and Almond Bars

Made with whole grains, nuts and dried fruit, these Whole Wheat Apricot and Almond Bars are great for breakfast on the go.
Course Dessert/ snack
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 169 kcal
Author Adapted from Woman’s Day Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

Instructions

  1. Place a rack in the centre of your oven and preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Line a 9×9-in baking pan with parchment paper and lightly butter the paper.
  3. In the bowl of your mixer, combine butter and sugar and beat on medium speed until smooth. Add egg, almond extract and orange zest. Beat until well mixed.
  4. Add in flour, oats, salt and baking soda. Beat until combined.
  5. Add apricots, almonds and coconut. Beat until thoroughly mixed.
  6. Spread the dough into the pan and bake for approximately 22 minutes, until top is light golden brown.

  7. Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan, and then using the ends of the paper liner, lift out of the pan and transfer on a wire rack to cool a bit more.

  8. While still slightly warm cut bars into desired size and let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
Whole Wheat Apricot and Almond Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 169 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 87mg 4%
Potassium 185mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 13g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 10.2%
Vitamin C 0.6%
Calcium 4.1%
Iron 9.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Thu, 27 Feb 2014 03:36:51 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/caramelized-onion-and-goat-cheese-phyllo-tartelettes/ Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Phyllo Tartelettes https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/caramelized-onion-and-goat-cheese-phyllo-tartelettes/ These delicious and beautiful Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Phyllo Tartelettes are filled with sweet caramelized onions and then topped with a savoury goat cheese filling. They make a fantastic appetizer!

Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Phyllo Tartelettes on serving dish. Are you looking for something to serve as an appetizer for an upcoming party?  If you like goat cheese then you will love these Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Phyllo Tartelettes! They are filled with sweet caramelized onions and then topped with a savoury goat cheese filling. But that’s not all, the shell that holds this delicious filling is made out of phyllo dough which gives these tartelettes a nice crunch and a contrasting texture. And as a bonus, the phyllo dough makes these a beautiful appetizer….

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Tue, 18 Feb 2014 00:24:35 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/peanut-butter-and-chocolate-chip-cookies/ Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/peanut-butter-and-chocolate-chip-cookies/ Treat yourself and your loved ones with these delicious soft and tender melt-in-your-mouth Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip CookiesThese Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies are just what I needed today. Soft and tender with that melt in your mouth texture, these peanut butter cookies are hard to resist. Though I’ve always enjoyed peanut butter cookies I’ve never really had serious cravings for them, well at least not until I made these. …

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Fri, 14 Feb 2014 03:11:14 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chocolate-beet-cupcakes-with-cream-cheese-icing/ Chocolate Beet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/chocolate-beet-cupcakes-with-cream-cheese-icing/ Chocolate Beet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

Surprise your loved ones with these decadent Chocolate Beet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing, they’re moist, fluffy and so very chocolatey!

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Chocolate Beet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese IcingHappy Valentine’s Day!  This post is very last-minute, but I’m sure you can all agree that sometimes life can get a little crazy. It’s been one of those weeks, but it’s all ok, because these Chocolate Beet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing are simply the best chocolate cupcakes ever.  I know it’s a bold statement but I simply can’t help myself, they are that good!…

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Delicious, moist and fluffy chocolate cupcakes made with beet purée and topped with cream cheese icing.
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Tue, 28 Jan 2014 03:29:15 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/mini-cornbread-muffins/ Mini Cornbread Muffins https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/mini-cornbread-muffins/ Moist and flavourful, these Mini Cornbread Muffins make a great side to your main dish and are also delicious as a snack or breakfast on the go!

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Mini Cornbread MuffinsThese Mini Cornbread Muffins with corn kernels are absolutely delicious! Cornbread definitely fits into the comfort food category and is great served as a side dish with a hot bowl of chili or soup on a cold day.  It’s also makes a great appetizer or snack and is delicious for breakfast as well. Cornbread isn’t food that I grew up eating. In fact, I can’t remember having it before last year when I needed something to serve alongside my chili. Well, it was a hit and I’ve been making it regularly since then….

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Sat, 25 Jan 2014 14:23:55 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/caramelized-onion-hummus/ Caramelized Onion Hummus https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/caramelized-onion-hummus/ This Caramelized Onion Hummus dip is savoury, creamy and delicious. Serve it with pita chips, tortilla chips or vegetables for a delicious appetizer or snack!

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Caramelized Onion HummusAre you planning a Super Bowl party?  Or maybe you are attending one and are looking for something to bring.  If you are looking for a healthy snack to serve then you will want to try this Caramelized Onion Hummus. This recipe is already party sized so no need to double it.  If you want to make a smaller batch then I recommend dividing the ingredients in half.  …

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Sun, 19 Jan 2014 05:03:02 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/southwestern-quinoa-salad/ Southwestern Quinoa Salad https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/southwestern-quinoa-salad/ This flavour packed vegetarian Southwestern Quinoa Salad is loaded with protein, fibre and is gluten-free. Perfect as a side for dinner or main for lunch!

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Southwestern Quinoa SaladI don’t know about you but I’m craving some serious sunshine.  I find that by this time of the year I’ve often had enough of winter, unfortunately we are nowhere near the end.  So to get my little bit of sunshine today, I decided to make this fabulous Southwestern Quinoa Salad. It’s filled with colourful veggies and the citrus dressing brightens up the salad and makes me feel like I’m absorbing some much needed sunshine!…

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This flavour packed vegetarian Southwestern Quinoa Salad is loaded with protein, fibre and is gluten-free. Perfect as a side for dinner or main for lunch!
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Fri, 10 Jan 2014 02:48:49 +0000 https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/red-lentil-and-cauliflower-soup/ Red Lentil and Cauliflower Soup https://www.sweetandsavourypursuits.com/red-lentil-and-cauliflower-soup/ Red Lentil and Cauliflower Soup

This easy and delicious pureed Red Lentil and Cauliflower Soup is flavourful, nutritious and perfect for warming you up on a cold day.

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