Makes 6 sandwiches.
Skip the drive-thru and make your own breakfast sandwich. Stored in the freezer, these make a great grab-and-go option for egg lovers. Heat one up while you’re getting ready for work or school and wrap it back up in parchment to enjoy on your commute—just don’t forget a napkin and thermal mug of tea or coffee!
Switch it upSpinach can be replaced with chopped steamed kale or diced red bell pepper, and eggs can be livened up with your favourite herb, spice, or hot sauce.
Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C). Line 9 x 13 in (23 x 33 cm) glass or metal dish with parchment paper, leaving some overhang.
In large bowl, beat eggs. Whisk in spinach and milk. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. Cool eggs completely. Leave oven on.
Place English muffin halves on large baking sheet, cut-side up. Toast in oven for 5 minutes. Turn oven off.
Remove eggs from pan using parchment overhang. Using cookie cutter or rim of a glass roughly the same size as English muffin, cut 6 egg rounds. Save scraps for extra breakfast sandwiches, salads, stir-fries, or pasta. Top 6 English muffin halves with 1 egg round per half, sprinkle cheese on each, and top with other half of muffin. Tightly wrap each sandwich in parchment paper and place in single layer in reusable container. Freeze overnight, or for up to 1 month.
To reheat, preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Place 1 or more frozen sandwiches on baking sheet. Bake from frozen for 25 to 30 minutes. Or, reheat in microwave for 1 to 2 minutes.
These whimsical weeknight quesadillas offer a great excuse to break out the long-forgotten waffle iron. The smoky, tangy pepper sauce is the perfect sidekick for this dish, but it’s also wonderful when tossed with pasta, stuffed into sandwiches, and slathered on burgers. TIP : When assembling quesadillas, keep fillings centred 1/2 in (1.25 cm) from the edge of the tortilla so they don’t spill over. TIP : Chipotle chiles are dried, smoked jalapenos. Adobo is a slightly sweet red sauce. Put them together in a can and they become a versatile pantry staple to add deep smoky heat to sauces, dips, marinades, and soups. No waffle iron? Then make these quesadillas using this skillet method. Place 1 tortilla in skillet, preferably cast iron, and cook over medium heat until dark spots appear and bottom is crispy, about 1 1/2 minutes. Turn over and cook until crispy and darkened on the other side. Remove tortilla from skillet and replace with another tortilla. Cook until darkened and crispy on one side, flip, and top with stuffing ingredients. Place crispy tortilla on top, press down gently, cover pan, and cook for 1 minute, or until cheese has melted.
This Mexican-Mediterranean hybrid dish gleans its tempered kick from parched ancho chilies, the dried form of poblano peppers known for their smoky quality and sweet to moderate heat. It’s a fantastic saucy, and comforting, appetizer or meal on its own. Serve with crusty bread to sop up every last bit of the red sauce, or spoon over cooked grain. Chili choices Experiment with different dried Mexican chili peppers in your dishes. Instead of ancho, other options, each with different heat levels and flavour nuances, include pasilla, guajillo, or morita. Look for them in Latin markets and some supermarkets. For leftover lovers Because the flavours in this dish only deepen with resting time, it’s a definite candidate for serving as leftovers; simply reheat in the oven or microwave. Cheezy choices If possible, compare labels and look for lower-sodium feta options. A ball of fresh mozzarella or bocconcini are great alternatives, or try a block of medium-firm tofu and substitute agave syrup in place of the honey for a vegan-friendly dish.
A good option for both backyard barbecues and healthy snacking, this creamy dip benefits from a little spicy crunch, courtesy of quick-pickled peppers. If you want your dip to have a smoky edge, blend in a chipotle-flavoured salsa. Or forgo the salsa and, instead, blend in a couple tablespoons of tomato paste and a single canned chipotle chili pepper. Extras of the pickled peppers are an exciting topping for burgers, sandwiches, and tacos. TIP : When using prepared chili pepper products such as bottled salsas, examine the ingredient list for items you really don’t want or need, namely sugar and high amounts of sodium.
Treat yourself to a steak dinner, using tofu instead of meat. The tangy chili-spiked marinade does double-duty as a finishing sauce and transforms otherwise bland tofu into a dish that’ll sound your taste buds’ fire alarm. Bird’s eye pepper would be a good substitute for habanero if needed. Dousing the fire If you find yourself with a mouth on fire after taking a bite of a chili-infused dish, don’t try to douse it with water. Instead, reach for a glass of milk. The protein casein in dairy is known to help subdue the flame. Water won’t help nearly as much.