Leanne is a writer and baker from Vancouver, Canada. She started her career in the food industry early, working in a butcher shop during her teen years, and now combines her passion for food with her love of writing. She favors wholesome ingredients and unprocessed foods, but has been known to indulge in her fair share of bacon, frosting, and other treats.
Store-bought taco seasoning has three downsides: 1) It’s full of sodium and other additives, 2) It comes in single-serve packs, and 3) You have to go to the store to buy it. Next time, try this homemade version instead for tastier tacos!
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Measure and combine all ingredients in a small bowl, then whisk until evenly mixed. Store in an airtight container.
Brown 1lb of meat in a medium saucepan, drain excess liquids, then add seasoning with 1/2 cup water. Cook over medium until the majority of the liquid evaporates.
Kale might be sliding over to make room for cauliflower at the top of the list for everyone’s favourite superfood, but it’s still delicious and full of healthy vitamins and minerals. Try this easy recipe for kale chips to help curb carb cravings!
1 bunch fresh kale, washed and chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp each, chile pepper and paprika
dash of sea salt
Preheat the oven the 325F.
In a large bowl, combine the chopped kale and olive oil, tossing to cover evenly.
Spread the kale pieces out on a baking sheet, and sprinkle lightly with spice mix and sea salt.
Bake for 15 or so minutes, until it begins to crisp.
Cupcakes are inexpensive and easy to make, but making them look professional requires a bit more effort. This recipe is for a classic American buttercream, and the directions are for a basic cupcake swirl. Feel free to experiment with tips and icing flavors for cool new designs.
Classic American Buttercream
3/4 unsalted butter
4-5 cups icing sugar, sifted
3 tbsp cream (optional)
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the icing sugar, one cup at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Add the cream if the icing needs to be creamier.
Place cupcakes on a level surface.
Attach a large icing tip to a pastry bag, and fill 3/4 full with frosting. Twist the end to avoid spillage.
Starting in the middle of the cupcake, gently squeeze the bag to get a slow flow of frosting. Bring it to the edge of the cupcake, and gently swirl upwards, like an ice cream cone.
Store bought croutons are so expensive they almost feel like a scam, especially once you realize how easy they are to make. I like to save the ends of bread and stale bread in the freezer until I’ve accumulated enough to make a batch of croutons. Not only do you get delicious croutons for a fraction of the price of store-bought ones, but you cut down on food waste, too.
2 cups cubed stale bread
2-3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp cayenne powder
1/4 tsp pepper
Preheat oven to 275F.
Combine spices in a large plastic freezer bag. Gently drizzle the cubed bread with olive oil, tossing to coat evenly, and add to the bag. Seal the bag and toss the contents, ensuring the bread is well seasoned.
Pour croutons onto a large baking sheet in a single layer, and bake, watching carefully and flipping occasionally, until the croutons are golden brown, about 20-40 minutes.
Applesauce is great on its own or in baking as a healthy substitute for oil and fat in recipes. Keep the homemade applesauce refrigerated for one week, or store in the freezer to have it on hand when you need it.
4-6 apples, any variety, cored and cut into large chunks.
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
dash of cloves
2 tsp brown sugar
lemon juice, splash
In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients and give them a quick stir. Cook on low until the apple pieces can be easily mashed down with a fork, about an hour to two hours.
Remove from the heat, and mash down the apples, then strain to remove skins and any spare seeds.