Ginger Pork Stir-Fry

Ginger Pork Stirfry

This Ginger Pork Stir-Fry is an absolute WIN.

From pan to plate in under 15 minutes, this ginger pork stir-fry is SO yummy you’ll need to make extra next time and DEFINITELY add to the weekly rotation!

We start with thinly sliced boneless pork, I bought a large package of the boneless pork loin chops and then cut them on the diagonal until the pieces were paper thin. That also cuts down on the cooking time! Next up the ginger. I believe to really get the flavour PUNCH needed, you’ll want to use fresh ginger. One big chunk will only cost about 90 cents and you can store it in a plastic bag in the freezer until you need it again.

TIP: Once your ginger is frozen you can grate it right into your recipe!

How do you feel about Oyster sauce? Here’s the thing. I don’t enjoy seafood (gasp), I just don’t. I am a terrible Maritimer but it’s true! But something about oyster sauce and how sticky and sweet it is, gets me every time! To get technical with the definition: “The most common in modern use is a viscous dark brown condiment made from oyster extracts, sugar, salt and water thickened with corn starch. Some versions may be darkened with caramel, though high-quality oyster sauce is naturally dark.”– Wikipedia

So to recap. We have the fresh spicy ginger and the umami of sweet sticky oyster sauce paired with the crunchy peas and sweet pop of the corn knocks this dinner out of the park! PS You can easily switch the pork to chicken, and change the sweetness level of the sauce by adding or reducing the amount of sugar.

Enjoy! Meg xo

Ginger Pork Stirfry

Thinly sliced pork quick stir fried with fresh ginger, garlic and a combo of soy, oyster sauce and sugar makes this flavour packed dinner a delight! And from pan to plate in under 15 minutes, you cannot go wrong! 

Course dinner
Cuisine asian
Keyword stir fry
Author Meg Tucker

Ingredients

  • 3 thinly sliced boneless pork chops
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil (olive, peanut, canola)
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 c snap peas
  • 1/2 c frozen corn
  • pinch pepper

Instructions

  1. Thinly slice pork chops and place in bowl.

  2. Toss with sesame oil, ginger, garlic and pepper.

  3. Heat oil to medium high and quick stir fry pork, about 5 minutes. Take out of pan and let rest on plate.

  4. In a small bowl, whisk all wet ingredients and set aside. 

  5. To pan, add corn, snap peas, cooking about 3-4 minutes.

  6. Add pork back to pan, add sauce, toss to coat, heat through. Serve on rice! Enjoy! Meg xo

Want another quick and easy go to dinner? Try Balsamic Chicken Burgers! 

4 Days in Austin!

4 Days in Austin!

4 Days in Austin

Recently my hubby Wade and I traveled to Austin, Texas where I attended a social marketing summit, Mom2.0. During the four days there, we were able to do some exploring throughout this amazing Texas city of just under a million people. What was the biggest thing we noticed? Austin is just so FUNKY! There are SO many colourful murals, paintings, installations and just pure happiness, everywhere you look! Their entire motto is KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD, and let me tell you, they practice this daily!

Austin WEIRD

NOW…THE FOOD

We had many amazing meals in the short time we were in Austin. They truly have it all, delicious “Texas BBQ”, tacos, and super unique finds. We could have stayed for weeks but in the short time we were there, we want to share with you our TOP 4 SPOTS!

1.We started with Cooper’s BBQ 217 Congress Ave, Austin, TX.

Coopers BBQ

SO MUCH FOOD!

If you are a meat lovers brace yourself, it is out of this world! Word to the wise. SHARE! We ordered far too much, but it was authentic, delicious and MASSIVE! Brisket (that I seriously think Wade would marry if possible), jalepeno sausage, pork ribs, and the greatest peach cobbler we have EVER eaten!

2. The next night, an Austin staple, Torchy’s Tacos. 2801 Guadalupe St St 5-b, Austin, TX.

Torchys Tacos

For under $25 our entire table was filled with tacos, sides and drinks. My highlight was the “Hillbilly Queso with Chips” – their classic queso with green chiles topped with chorizo. My hubby’s fave: Trailer Trash Taco: fried chicken, green chiles, lettuce, pico de gallo & cheddar jack cheese with poblano sauce.

3. A trip to Austin would not be complete without a stop to the infamous Voodoo Doughnuts. 212 E 6th St, Austin, TX

Voodoo Doughnuts

After a short line we were handed a menu by the super friendly manager, then we made the agonizing pick of which donuts to get. We ended up splitting the glazed cake based Butterbar made with buttermilk dough, the Grape Ape, a raised yeast doughnut with vanilla frosting, grape dust, and lavender sprinkles, and the original and trademarked Voodoo Doll doughnut. A raised yeast doughnut filled with raspberry jelly topped with chocolate frosting and a pretzel stake. They were all SO interesting and a wild departure from what we’ve ever had. By that I mean the grape ape, get ready for pucker power! Not sure I would get this on my own, but…when in Austin!

4. As tough as it is to decide on a fave, I think we both unanimously pick Holy Roller. 509 Rio Grande St. Downtown Austin, TX. *Also featured in Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins & Dives!

“INSPIRED BY THE SPIRIT OF PUNK ROCK WITH A HINT OF RELIGIOUS KITSCH, WE’RE PUTTING OUT NOSTALGIC FOOD WITH A BIT OF WHIMSY, STARTING AT 10AM EACH DAY.”- Holy Roller, Austin Texas.

Holy Roller Austin Texas

This super eclectic spot enticed us in for breakfast, then back again two days later for dinner and dessert. For brunch, we had the addictive yellow cake pancakes topped with banana pudding, caramelized bananas and whipped cream. With a side of bacon, obviously. Wade had the churro french toast with cinnamon sugar crumble with lemon creme fraiche. When we returned for dinner a couple nights later, we shared the trash fries (fries topped with green chili, sunny egg, sour cream, corn, lime, cotija, jalapeno, cilantro) which were out of this world delicious. Then we both chose the blue plate specials, mine was a butternut squash penne with brick chicken, and Wade had the pastor pork chop. DELISH! TIP: please get drinks! For breakfast we had the gold lion (pineapple, lime, fiery ginger and ginger brew), and for dinner a drink called “not today satan”. Too funny! Oh and pictured above was our dessert…homemade banana pudding. Guys. Go. Now.

Austin truly has something for everyone.

We are so happy we got to sneak away from the conference to explore a little in this amazing Texas city. Beautiful water, gorgeous homes, funky shops, eclectic food, friendly people and more. Definitely a “must visit again” city, thank you Austin! Keep being weird!

Want more fun eats? Let’s go to NYC!

Meg xo

 

 

Join Meg’s OMG Book Club!

meg's omg book club

Want to join my book club?

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I’ve decided to start a book club. We’re calling it “Meg’s-OMG-Book-Club”, mainly because the choices I gravitate towards are THRILLERS, edge of your seat, holy cow where did that twist come from, this TOTALLY needs to be made into a movie type books! 🌈I’ve seen lots of book clubs happening lately and I love that people are committing to using their brain a little more than vegging in front of the TV. Now don’t get me wrong, I am a Netflix, Amazon Prime QUEEN but lately I have been negligent in my book exploration.

I have always been an avid reader. I know it comes from all of my parents being teachers, instilling from before I was on this earth, how much fun reading can be. I tend to read quickly, and when I dive into an especially amazing book, I can finish in a couple days. As I mentioned above though, lately it’s been too much Riverdale, Dynasty and Jane the Virgin, and less time with my nose in a good book. SO. I have made a choice to make the next couple months filled with reading. 🌟

My latest picks

Yesterday I found 4 amazing new reads at Chapters/Indigo and many of you have said you want in, so here we are! Our club is NO pressure, NO dues and NO hassle. Just a gang reading thrillers then gabbing about who should be cast in the leads when they become movies!

Our May Selection is…

Our MAY pick is “Then She Was Gone” by #Lisajewell. I am already finding I can’t put it down, even Dustin at Chapters said he read it in one sitting! 💥HERE IS THE SYNOPSIS from Goodreads: “She was fifteen, her mother’s golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone. NOW.  It’s been ten years since Ellie disappeared, but Laurel has never given up hope of finding her daughter. And then one day a charming and charismatic stranger called Floyd walks into a café and sweeps Laurel off her feet. Before too long she’s staying the night at this house and being introduced to his nine year old daughter. Poppy is precocious and pretty – and meeting her completely takes Laurel’s breath away. Because Poppy is the spitting image of Ellie when she was that age. And now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back. What happened to Ellie? Where did she go? Who still has secrets to hide”?

If you’re interested in reading this with me, head to your local library, shop, or grab online and let’s read together! Then at the end of May, we can have a livestream + IG Stories recap/review! 📚

Enjoy! Meg xo

PS here is the haul I got yesterday, in case you see sales at the store! You see many of these were either $15 or 2 for $15, that’s when I stock up! Then when I am finished, I trade, giveaway, or keep the best on my fun bookshelf!

Meg's book picks

Here is my haul from yesterday at Chapters/Indigo!

Ez-clean and Our First Dog!

Ollie Baby

BRINGING HOME A PUPPY

Two years ago next month, we brought home our baby Oliver. A healthy bouncing baby black Lab! New dog. First dog. Yes, you’re reading that correctly, he is the first dog I have ever owned. Needless to say it was a big undertaking for our family and we were all a touch overwhelmed. Dogs are just so different than cats in almost every way! In preparation for our new bundle, we visited our local Bone & Biscuit pet store and stocked up on the necessities. One thing that came highly recommended was an enzyme cleaner called ez-clean. I had NO clue what that even was, let alone why we would need it. Boy did I have a lot to learn!

I quickly learned that Ez-clean is a bio-degradable, non-toxic cleaning agent that can be used to clean floors, carpets, dog runs, kennels and a million other things. Ez-clean actually breaks down the tough stains with natural enzymes, removing them naturally, without bringing any harmful chemicals into the picture. And without rubbing, scrubbing or even blotting! Just get the area wet (if it’s already dry), then apply the ez-clean and walk away. It’s basically THAT easy! That’s when the lightbulb went off for me. Safely remove the odour and stain at the source = no urge to go back to that same spot! PERFECT.

Tired puppy

Tired puppy, DIRTY FLOORS!

THE FIRST MONTH

I have to say we were pretty lucky with Ollie. He had already gotten a month or so head start on learning how to pee outside, but like any new puppy there were a few accidents. It really was cool though to see the results that ez-clean gave us. Not only did it remove the stain, but he didn’t go back and repeat “his business” in that same spot! How can a little bottle bring such peace of mind? Trust us it does. Ez-clean came home with us and quickly became our go to product when little Ollie had the odd accident. Little did I know however, just how many more places we could use it!

OTHER EZ-CLEAN USES

Ez-clean uses

From couches to laundry, beds and horse stables, ez-clean does it all!

As I mentioned, in the beginning I thought ez-clean was basically for pee on the floor. But then, after meeting Joel and Jennifer Stockford of Vagabond Pet Supply I connected the dots that not only were they the couple behind Four Dog Night products, but they also CREATED ez-clean! They began to educate me on all the uses of ez-clean, and my mind was blown. You don’t have to own a dog to use ez-clean. Cat? Yep! Deck? YES, a deck! Camper? Yes you too! ​Ez-clean can be used EVERYWHERE. Dog kennels, training facilities and groomers across Canada choose Ez-clean as a safe, cost effective odour eliminator. Take a look below to just 10 places your bottle of ez-clean will work. Trust me when I say, we could go on forever.

  1. dog runs and kennels
  2. decks
  3. fridge and freezer
  4. garbage cans
  5. horse trailers
  6. vehicles
  7. mattress stains
  8. medical scrubs
  9. organic carpet stains
  10. organic upholstery stains

I could go on. There really are no limits to where you can use your ez-clean. And the best part? Made right here in Canada!

HOW DOES EZ-CLEAN STACK UP?

Well let’s get right to it. There are other products on the market. We’ve heard their names and/or seen the commercials. So what makes ez-clean different from the other choices out there? What stands out to me the most is the price. Ez-clean comes in 5 different sizes, but for the sake of this math lesson, let’s use the 1L bottle of concentrate. Oh, that’s the other thing I need to share. When you are buying a bottle of ez-clean, you’re buying a super concentrate.

The average cost for the competition is $18.99/Litre but because you can dilute your 1L bottle of ez-clean 1:3, it then magically turns it into 4L bottle. That takes the price per litre to $6.25.

Want to get even deeper? The dilution for ez-clean to match the current competitor on the shelf is 1:10 so that makes the price per litre LESS than $2.50.

If you were to dilute ALL the way to 1:64, say for your backyard, driveway or lawn, you’re making your bottle cost less than $0.24/Litre.

I like to look at it like this. I take the stain and odour, then I decide how much I want to dilute, if any! You can even add a capful straight to each load of laundry, just to get that “smell” out of towels, your favourite shirts and more. Ez-clean really is my go to product.

Cost comparison of ez-clean

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THERE IS NO COMPARISON!

Now that you have some of the facts, make sure to follow ez-clean on Instagram, Facebook, and check out their website for all your online ordering needs, as well as the store locator. I cannot sing the praises enough, not just because I am a new dog mom.

I love ez-clean because it’s sensible.

It’s economical.

It’s made in Canada with care and attention.

It stretches my dollar. AND IT WORKS. EVERYWHERE.

Thanks Joel and Jen for making a product we really can get excited about!

Try Ez-clean today.

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My Day On Set of Jann

Last fall I had the great chance to spend the day on set of Jann Arden’s new TV show airing on CTV, aptly named JANN. A small group of North American journalists and media were invited to cover what’s known in the business as a “press junket”. Spend the day on set in beautiful Bragg Creek, Alberta, watching them film, round table interviews with the cast and crew, getting some behind the scenes glimpses, all to support the launch of a new show.

Well did we ever have a great day, despite the fact that the snow decided to fall just days before they were to wrap their 19 day production schedule. SO much snow in fact that it caused a MASSIVE kink in the production team’s vision. They were shooting fall scenes. Sitting on the dock scenes. Now we had a TON of snow. What to do? I am not joking when I say I heard that some of the team were out in the fields with brooms, literally sweeping the snow out of the shots. Oh Alberta how we love you!

While we left the logistics to the experts, it was such an amazing day, watching the magic happen in Bragg Creek. PS I’ve decided one day I will live there on the weekends.

ROAD TRIP TO BRAGG CREEK

Enroute to Bragg Creek

Enroute to Bragg Creek, Alberta

We all met at the beautiful Westin Hotel in downtown Calgary and boarded a van driven by crew to take us to set. Once on board we all introduced ourselves and set out on the 45 minute trip southwest to Bragg Creek. When we arrived, we were immediately ushered into a small tent to wait quietly, as they were filming a scene adjacent to the tent, inside a garage. In the scenes we watched them shoot, Jann and her mother Nora (played by the incredibly talented Deborah Grover) are dealing with some emotional dialogue. But first, let’s back up.

On set with Jann

On location of Jann in Bragg Creek, Alberta

Watching the filming

Jann in action

WHAT IS JANN ABOUT?

CTV- In Jann, Jann Arden plays a fictionalized, self-deprecating version of herself: a singer songwriter of a “certain age” in severe denial of the harsh reality that her former music career is slowly (okay rapidly) fading away. But it’s not just Jann’s career that’s on life support – she’s newly single (don’t remind her), her sister may disown her, and her mother may be showing early signs of memory loss. Jann’s personal life is in shambles and she’s convinced that the cure-all is to enlist a new manager to help rebrand her image. Filled with plenty of LOL moments, she embarks on a quest to return to greatness and go viral, but instead gets tangled in the pressures of her ‘real’ life. Jann is at the crossroads between who she was and who she wants to be. Can Jann stage a comeback, reclaim fame…and be there for the people who love her?For more Jann and to watch online, look no further!

THE CAST

Round table interview at Jann

Round Table with some of the cast: Debroah Grover, Zoie Palmer, Jann Arden

The cast is absolutely amazing, we can see this from spending just 1 day with them all. We had the chance to meet Jann, Deborah Grover (Nora), Zoie Palmer (Max), Elena Juatco (Cale), Jason Blicker (Todd), Alexa Ray Steele (Charlie), along with co-creators Jennica Harper, Leah Gauthier. I can honestly say the all around vibe was just so warm, welcoming and supportive…everything you hope TV should be. Jann referenced a few times that this was her first turn at acting, but you would truly never guess it. She brings the utmost professionalism, humor and again, WARMTH to every room she enters.

 

Co-Creators Leah Gauthier and Jennica Harper

Co-Creators Leah Gauthier and Jennica Harper

Amazing cast of Jann

L to R: Jason Blicker, Deborah Grover, Jann Arden, Zoie Palmer, Elena Juatco, Alexa Ray Steele.

LUNCH IS SERVED

When they finished shooting the scene, we piled back into the van and headed for a quick bathroom break and then lunch, just a minute away from set. It was so much fun to see a working set in action. Everyone had a job, everyone knew their marks, everyone was on TASK. That’s also the case when you shoot an entire season of a show in under a month, you don’t have time to waste. Focused cast and crew!

Bathroom Break

Snowy bathroom break!

Little known fact: you are driven everywhere on set, for safety reasons. Quick bathroom break and we all headed into the building to eat some lunch.

EAT WE DID – my hats off to the craft service team on set. There were SO many choices! Of course being the foodie I am, I was so excited to see just how much variety they provide to the cast and crew. Really, when you think about it, they arrive in the dark and often leave in the dark so the long days make for hungry actors and crew members! This catering department had really done their homework, you had every dietary need and want covered, even those who fall into the “non cilantro” camp were covered.

What also warmed my heart was seeing some of the cast eating with the crew. You hear so often of it being quite separated, but certainly not this day in Bragg Creek!

PS in case you’re curious, I had the bacon prosciutto wrapped pork tenderloin and salad. And a homemade peanut butter cookie. DIVINE. Then later in the day I had veggie tempura as I stood in the snow waiting for a shot to finish. YES, tempura being rolled around in a warming station on a wagon, along with potstickers! So good. #setlife

craft service JANN

Lunch is served for cast and crew!

QUIET ON THE SET!

After lunch we settled back into our tent to watch them shooting the final scenes of the day. You could honestly hear a pin drop on that set, in the beautiful snowy mountains. This scene was a particularly emotional one between Jann and Deborah. Despite the chilly temperatures, our spirits were high as we felt so lucky to have been a part of this unique day on set. I also might have needed a couple tissues during these scenes, even though the show is part comedy. It’s just so good.

Jann and Deborah

Deborah Grover and Jann Arden shooting a scene from JANN.

THAT’S A WRAP

With the last scenes for the day “in the can”, some of the cast and crew met us at a nearby Bragg Creek treasure, The Italian Farmhouse for some yummy food and drinks. A perfect end to a wonderful day on set. Thanks CTV, cast, crew and of course Jann Arden for having us on set, a day we won’t ever forget!

Day of Jann Set

What an amazing day on set of Jann!

UPDATE as of April 16, 2019: Jann is an amazing show, we are more than halfway through Season 1 and cannot WAIT for Season 2 to be announced. It’s THAT good. Thank you to the cast and crew who made us all feel so welcome on set.

Enjoy! Meg xo

To catch up on all the episodes of JANN, here you go! 

For PR Inquiries: MATTHEW ALMEIDA- Publicist, CTV– matthew.almeida@bellmedia.ca

 

Spring Pavlova with Lemon Curd

 

Spring pavlova

Celebrate with Spring Pavlova and Lemon Curd!

I love working with the Egg Farmers of Alberta. I have learned SO much in the past few months, so we wanted to celebrate with a delicious Spring pavlova with lemon curd recipe, just in time for Easter! I invited Susan Schafers, a 2nd generation egg farmer from Stony Plain, Alberta to join me on a new episode of Cook with Meg. Susan and her family have been farming free run brown eggs with Hyline Brown hens for 24 years!

Susan and I make a delicious egg white baked meringue, topped with buttery sweet lemon curd, finished with fresh berries! The toppings are endless, as are the facts I learned spending the morning with Susan!

Watch us cook below!

WANT THE RECIPE?

We followed the recipe directly on the Egg Farmers of Alberta website, but I am also including my recipe below!

Meg and Susan Pavlova

It’s important to test the final product!

Spring Pavlova with Lemon Curd

Crispy sweet meringues, crunchy on the outside with a fluffy marshmallow center, filled with creamy, buttery lemon curd. The perfect dessert with an endless number of toppings options!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Comfort Flavour
Keyword pavlova
Author Meg Tucker

Ingredients

MERINGUES

  • 6 egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1.5 c granulated sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract

LEMON CURD

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1/2 c fresh lemon juice
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 6 tbsp cubed cold butter

FRUIT TOPPINGS - optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 250F.

  2. MERINGUES: Separate your egg whites from the yolks and divide into 2 bowls.

  3. Add your egg whites, salt, cream of tartar into your bowl and beat until soft peaks form (super frothy). 

  4. Slowly add in your sugar mixed with cornstarch, add almond extract and beat until you see stiff peaks - approximately 5-8 mins. It will look SUPER GLOSSY and you can almost turn the bowl upside down at this stage.

  5. Spoon onto parchment covered sheet pans in the shapes you want. Large domed circle for a single pavlova (think the size of a cake pedestal), or smaller individual meringues. 

  6. If you want to make them look like sunny side up eggs, hollow out a little well in each meringue.

  7. Place both sheet pans in the oven, on the 2nd and 4th racks. Bake for 30 minutes. Rotate pans. 

  8. After 60 mins, turn oven off and open the door just a touch, letting the meringues cool for a full hour in the cooling off oven.

  9. When the times up, take them out and place on a platter, or in a sealed container until you need to fill/top them. They'll last up to a week.

  10. LEMON CURD: Whisk egg yolks with sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and salt in medium saucepan. Cook on medium to low heat, for about 10 minutes until it's thick enough that it coats the back of a spoon. Do not walk away! 

  11. OPTIONAL: You can pass the whole mixture through a fine sieve to make super soft before you add your butter cubes, or you can take off the heat as is and add your butter cubes! Let cool and then serve. Will keep in fridge up to a week. Enjoy! xo Meg

Spring Pavlova with Tulips

Topping choices are endless! We chose fresh berries.

TWIST IT UP!

Want more curd? If you want to mix it up, try my YUMMY Rhubarb Curd in your Pavlovas too!

Enjoy! Meg xo

Sunny Side Up Pavlova

Sunny Side Up Pavlova!

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Experience the Ooodles Difference

The Ooodles Difference

PLANNING TO BRING HOME A NEW PUPPY?

If you are looking for a doodle, look no further. Watch and learn about “The Ooodles Difference” as Meg chats with owner and chief puppy mama Candice Farrell! Here we discover how these puppies are birthed, socialized, raised and loved before they reach their new homes!

WHO ARE OOODLES OF DOODLES?

Candice Farrell’s love of animals began when she was a child in Northern BC. After she and Bill were married they raised and showed Rough Collies for a number of years. After hearing about and being intrigued by Goldendoodles they got Peaches, a female mini Goldendoodle and Fez, a miniature male poodle. They had their 1st litter of Goldendoodles in the summer of 2007 and Ooodles of Doodles was born. They then began slowly growing and in 2014 Candice decided to devote all her energy to raising quality Goldendoodles.

Candice has brought happiness to many families with puppies she has raised and she has had lots of repeat customers. Her passion for raising top quality dogs and compassion for people has made her one of the top Doodle breeders and her puppies are in homes across Canada and the US.

Experience the Ooodles of Doodles difference!

If you want to learn more about these amazing doodles, check them out here!

Want more puppy love? Watch the Ooodles of Doodles Christmas Puppy Giveaway!

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Caesar Inspired Devilled Eggs

Caesar Inspired Devilled Eggs

WHO WANTS APPIES?

Spring is in the air, which means PATIO TIME is just around the corner! Whether you’re on a patio or planning your next get together, making these “caesar inspired” devilled eggs will sure to be a HIT! All the flavours of the classic caesar cocktail, mixed into yummy Alberta eggs with a twist. A bacon twist that is!

 

Caesar Inspired Devilled Eggs

Here’s the printable recipe!

Caesar Inspired Devilled Eggs

All the flavours of the classic caesar cocktail, mixed into yummy Alberta devilled eggs with a twist. A bacon twist that is! 

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Comfort Flavour
Keyword eggs
Author Meg Tucker

Ingredients

  • 5-6 hard boiled eggs
  • 2 tsp chopped pickles
  • 2 tsp chopped celery
  • 2 tbsp mayo
  • 1 tsp clamato or tomato juice
  • 1 tsp tobasco
  • 1/2 tsp caesar rimmer spices
  • 3 strips bacon
  • 1 stalk celery

Instructions

  1. Cut eggs in half, scooping out yolks.

  2. Blend with pickles, celery, mayo, juice, tobasco, spices.

  3. Spoon into plastic storage bag and pipe into whites.

  4. Garnish and serve! 

  5. BACON TWISTS: tightly twist one strip of bacon like a corkscrew. Place onto a piece of paper towel, corner to corner diagonally. Fold the paper towel in half over the bacon then roll tightly and place on plate. Microwave on high for 90 seconds *microwave ovens may vary. Unwrap, slice and garnish! 

  6. Enjoy! Meg xo

*this is a sponsored post. I am grateful to partner with The Egg Farmers of Alberta, who represent the province’s more than 170 registered egg farming families, who are dedicated to providing Albertans with a stable supply of fresh, high quality, nutritious, locally produced eggs. 

Chicken Basil Balsamic Burgers

Chicken Basil Balsamic Burger

Every time I pass the ground chicken in the grocery store, I pause and think, I really need to make more things with ground chicken. Then I usually keep walking. Last week however, I grabbed a package and decided to make burgers. If you’ve used ground chicken before, you will understand when I say it’s VERY sticky. Very goopy. Very messy. BUT, if you can get past that, you can transform a $6 package into the most glorious, FLAVOUR packed delight you’ve ever had. A total twist on the every day burger, and buns aren’t even needed!

Mix and Match the “Extras”

Don’t be afraid to mix and match the “accessories”. Some of my favourite additions to the burgers include:

  • Balsamic
  • Parmesan
  • Pine nuts
  • Minced shallot
  • Garlic
  • Thyme
  • Bread crumbs
  • Caramelized onion

chicken burger

Flavour Up Your Mayo

Regular mayo is delicious, but with just a few quick choices,  you can change the whole taste of the burger to make it amazing! Start with 1/2 c of mayo and add in one or more of the following:

  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tbsp ketchup + 1 squirt of relish + squirt of yellow mustard + = “big mac sauce”
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, flavour of your choice = “taste of Italy”
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter + 1 tbsp of cider vinegar + 1 tsp sesame oil = Asian “satay”

Pro Tips

  • Once you’ve formed the patties, let them chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Not only does this give the ingredients a chance to settle in, but the patties themselves have a chance to “set up”.
  • If you are pan frying the burgers, make sure you add a little water to the pan, then pop a lid on JUST for a few minutes. This steam will help progress the cooking faster, and make a more even cook.
  • Make sure you cook on medium, to medium high only. Watch the pan so they don’t burn
  • Don’t make your patties TOO thick, or the outer crust will form before the insides are cooked!

Chicken Basil Balsamic Burgers

A deliciously juicy chicken burger packed with the flavours of basil, parmesan and balsamic. Buns are optional!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Comfort Flavour
Servings 4 patties
Author Meg Tucker

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 2 tbsp parmesan
  • 2 tbsp bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp basil fresh or powder
  • 1 tsp garlic fresh or powder
  • 2 tbsp balsamic glaze
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • olive oil for frying
  • 1/2 c mayo
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 pinch salt/pepper

Instructions

  1. Add ground chicken to bowl.

  2. Add parm, bread crumbs, basil, garlic, balsamic glaze, salt, pepper to bowl.

  3. Mix to combine (don't overmix) and form into 4 patties.

  4. Let rest in fridge for about 30 minutes, freeze the patties you're not cooking today. **separate with parchment

  5. Pan fry in a little oil until cooked through and caramelized on both sides. 

  6. Combine your mayo with basil and top your burgers. Enjoy! Meg xo

I would love to see how yours turn out, send me a pic or tag me @Tuckermeg on Instagram! #megtuckertalks

Want more chicken? Try my Chicken Lazone!

Enjoy, Meg xo

Energy Bites

Energy Bites

Such a Quick Snack!

Energy Bites are one of my favourite snacks that I honestly need to make more often. They’re a quick snack that boosts your energy, super easy to make, and no baking required! When I get around to making them, I make a double batch, pop into a container and store in the freezer. I admit I don’t always use a recipe but recently I made this batch for a girlfriend, so I made myself write it down!

I will admit I am a big fan of dates, but even if they’re not a fave our yours, once they marry the peanut butter and maple syrup you don’t really taste them. I roll mine in coconut when I finish rolling them into little balls, but you could also use ground peanuts, almonds, or even sprinkles for the kids!

Question: do you need a food processor? Ideally, it makes it easier to blend everything together and reduces the time to make them, BUT it’s not necessary. Just consider it your little workout for the day.

Substitutions allowed?

ALWAYS WELCOME! Honey instead of maple syrup, almond or cashew butter instead of peanut butter, hemp seed instead of flax, it’s all good! You can also add sunflower seeds, dried raisins, cranberries – the list is endless!

Have fun and happy chopping!

Energy Bites

Course Snack
Keyword energy bites
Author Meg Tucker

Ingredients

  • 2 c pitted dates
  • 1 c natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 c shredded coconut
  • 1/4 c maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions

  1. Pulse in food processor until combined. Roll into balls and then into more coconut (optional). Store in freezer. Enjoy! Meg xo

I would love to see how yours turn out, send me a pic or tag me @Tuckermeg on Instagram! #megtuckertalks

Want another snack-spiration? Try Meg’s Morning Muffins!

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