Creative in the Kitchen: 6 Quick, Easy, Customizable Recipes

BREAKFASTS

Nut butter + sliced banana + cinnamon in a sandwich, then toast both sides on the stovetop with coconut oil

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1/3 cup quick oats cooked with 2/3 cup any type of milk, 2 tbsp cocoa powder, chia and flax, and a whole mashed overripe banana. Top with nut butter and crushed nuts

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Make a sandwich with nut butter and banana, dip the sandwich in a mixture of egg + milk + cinnamon + vanilla and fry lightly with coconut oil. Serve with berries and creamy yogurt!

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Delicious with some maple syrup

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Oatmeal cooked with apple and topped with crumbled muffin and yogurt

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Blueberry pancakes topped with banana and maple-almond yogurt, hemp hearts

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Make a simple but sophisticated sandwich by grilling two slices of bread with thin apple slices and brie cheese.

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Breakfast pancakes with yogurt globs, berries, banana

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Add frozen blueberries to oatmeal and top with crushed nuts and nut butter

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Enjoy the end piece of toast with peanut butter, banana slices, and cinnamon

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LUNCHES

Lasagna with broccoli with a special dessert of yogurt + cocoa powder + maple syrup topped with almond butter, blackberries, hemp hearts

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Snack of crackers, brie, and grapes while preparing lunch

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Way-too-cheesy grilled cheese with Dijon mustard, arugula, tons of cheddar, apple

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More lasagna

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Look at all the layers! Squash in here is amazing – I used yellow and green zucchinis

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A lazy Sunday morning meant I had time to make this easy, cheesy quinoa casserole. I cooked mushrooms with garlic and butter before adding a bit more butter and some flour to make a roux. Some milk and chicken broth were added to make a luscious sauce, and then I grated in some extra sharp white cheddar.

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Steamed broccoli and quinoa were tossed in, mixed, topped with cheese, and broiled. The melty, bubbly cheese on top was out of this world.

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Enjoyed my meal with grapes, soup, and neuroscience. Hardest class I’ve ever taken.

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Random ingredients in a sandwich: goat cheese, hummus, arugula

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Cheese and grapes, hummus and crackers, leftover quinoa bake

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Mexican-style quinoa: mix cooked quinoa with corn and scallions, black beans, peppers (roasted are great too!), cheddar, and a scoop of salsa. Top with avocado and fresh lime juice.

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Mmmm this was yummy! I used a mixture of goat cheese and cheddar. The best!

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More lasagna for a quick lunch afterΒ yoga. I wasn’t super hungry so had half of a (large!) piece.

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Lunch the next day was unphotographed, but I made a mixture of leftovers – roasted cauliflower and sweet potato, zucchini, goat cheese, and couscous. Made a satisfying “salad” of sorts! Actually, I do have a photo – taken on my iPhone when my camera was “broken”. πŸ˜‰ You can see a horrible photo of the mixed up salad here.

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Not really food related, but they’re puppies! Seeing these wonderful service dogs at school made me miss my little boy at home. Well, he’s not really little. In terms of age and size. He’s actually six and pretty fat. Still love him though!

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DINNERS

Oooooh guys, this was good! I mixed chopped leftover chicken and goat cheese meatballs with pasta sauce, spinach, and mushrooms, then topped it all with mozzarella and goat cheese to broil.

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One of my favourite dinners! I had seconds and thirds of this. And more bites as I packed it up.

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Cook scallions and corn (I used frozen) and add spinach, then cooked couscous or quinoa. Top with some pan-fried fish (salmon for me!) and drizzle with any sauce or even fresh lemon juice. I had a sweet potato aioli on top!

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Tomato scrambled eggs are a weekly thing for me! Served on couscous with broccoli

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Thai-style peanut sauce noodles with every single veggie in the fridge

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x2. This easy peanut sauce would be good on anything! I’m thinking of making a sunflower butter version.

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More Mexican quinoa bake

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Roasted cauliflower and sauteed garlic zucchini with couscous and maple-soy salmon

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Madhulika’s special chicken lasagna with broccoli. Topped the lasagna with goat cheese!

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Another day, another piece of lasagna.

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And leftovers of that quinoa, mushroom, broccoli cheddar bake! Yummy.

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DESSERTS

Some of this vegan pumpkin “muffin” topped with crushed nuts and peanut butter

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Apple strudel with vanilla ice cream

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This dessert was part of a meal that I enjoyed when meeting the donors and communications team of the Schulich Leaders Scholarship Committee. My first apple strudel! It was quite yummy.

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Yogurt topped with muffin, raspberries, and nut butter

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This is super weird but I needed something sweet so I turned to banana slices, nut butter, and chocolate to make these little “sandwiches”

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Yogurt, muffin, nut butter

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Cocoa powder in yogurt with maple syrup, topped with raspberries, crushed nuts, nut butter. This is a classic Cindy dessert πŸ˜›

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A favourite! Pumpkin loaf topped with a piece of hazelnut chocolate and microwaved until melty, with some peanut butter and chopped nuts

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Pumpkin pie! Definitely the most time-consuming of these desserts πŸ˜‰

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That’s it! Did you eat anything delicious recently?

19 thoughts on “Creative in the Kitchen: 6 Quick, Easy, Customizable Recipes

    1. Your comment made my Monday! That is really so kind of you πŸ™‚
      Sandwiches, oatmeal, and cheese are a daily thing for me – I love them so much and I’m glad you think they look good too πŸ™‚ Have an awesome week!

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    1. I know right? I used spelt flour and that worked, surprisingly! But a cheese sauce can really make or break a dish! What do you make cheese sauce for?!

      Thank you! ❀ Maybe we can have teamwork: you'll make all the soups and salads and I'll do the sandwiches – then we'll bake dessert together?!

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  1. Okay, I was sold the moment I saw that breakfast sandwich dipped in egg and vanilla and all that and fried up!? Um… yes!!!! The mexican quinoa, lasagna and that apple dessert looks out of this world! Can you believe I’ve never even thought of putting cocoa in yogurt? I’m doing that the next time!! Loved this post, so many great ideas!

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    1. You’ve never done cocoa in yogurt?! Girl, please get ON that! Like now.
      I used to HATE plain Greek yogurt until I started adding cocoa powder and maple syrup to it. Now it’s a daily dessert! πŸ™‚ SOOO good with peanut butter. Yes.

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