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Easy Mediterranean Chicken Salad

There are tons of grilled chicken salad recipes where chicken takes the stage as the main protein source. You can mix and match vegetables, fruits, nuts and dressings to go with the grilled chicken breast meat.  This Mediterranean chicken salad is healthy and inviting. Picture lots of olives, cheeses, vibrant vegetables and tart, citrusy vinaigrettes. Yum! I like this recipe because it’s so easy to put together, with so many variations at your disposal. Say hello to your next appetizer!  Is This Recipe Really Healthy? I believe in living a moderate lifestyle and eating balanced...

Best Canadian Caesar Cocktail

If you could be any cocktail, what would you be? For me, it’s gotta be a Canadian Caesar. Why? It’s funky, it’s spicy, and a unique fusion of the best things!  I love myself a Canadian Caesar cocktail - always have and always will. It is our country’s national drink, after all, and it’s perfect for Canada Day which is just around the corner!  Walk into any bar, order a Caesar, and get ready to be mind blown by this funky fusion of clamato juice, vodka, sauces, and toppings. Or better yet, make it yourself with the best recipe below.  Oh, and in case you were wondering –...

Delicious Steak Salad With Yogurt Dressing

Here’s the thing about barbecues: they’re fun and delicious, but can sometimes get pretty unhealthy. All that meat, burger and hot dog buns, potato dishes, beer… not exactly the most heart-friendly!  But Cassandra, I have salad on the side at my barbecue parties! 😉 Sure, but are you really filling up on boring salad greens when the grill’s going? My tip to make that salad more interesting? Make it an appetizing steak salad with yogurt dressing!  This steak salad features scrumptiously marinated, thinly sliced steak atop a bed of fresh vegetables complete with cheese and a...

Easy Bruschetta Recipe

One of the reasons why I enjoy summer (besides barbecues and sunshine) is because of all the produce that is in-season. Melon and berries often get the spotlight as summer fruits, but think about all the fresh tomatoes! This fruit (we aren’t going to debate on whether tomatoes are fruits or vegetables!) is perfect for one of my favorite appetizers: bruschetta.  Bruschetta — a traditional Italian antipasto — is essentially a tomato mixture on grilled bread slices and is great as an appetizer, snack, side dish or even on its own. They look fancy, but are so easy to make!  With...

Asparagus Puff Pastry Bundles

So, here is my recipe for fresh asparagus with puff pastry, a lovely side dish for any dinner party.  I’ll be honest: it doesn’t look like much at first, and it’s definitely not as tantalizing as a colorful berry salad. But don’t be fooled, one bite into this asparagus with puff pastry and you’ll be amazed: glazed with honey, oozing with the best cheese mixture, and simply robust asparagus, this is definitely going to be one of the most memorable dishes you’ll ever have.  It is very similar to cheesy asparagus tarts, except this one has already been apportioned and is shaped...

Easy Peach Crisp

If anyone asks you what a peach crisp is, it's essentially the same as a peach cobbler.  This double-layered dessert of sweet, juicy peach filling topped with healthy rolled oats is oven-baked to perfection!  Whether you’re going for a party or just a midday snack, bring these with you and everyone will be sinking their teeth into them in no time. Even better if you serve it with some vanilla ice cream. Here is my comprehensive guide to making peach crisp just like my dear grandmother would. Talk about throwback Thursday!  Recipe Ingredients  This peach crisp is made...

Greek Chicken Kabobs with Tzatziki Sauce

Greek Chicken Kabobs With Tzatziki The juiciest, tender chicken kabobs soaked in the absolute best zesty marinade! Make these easy Greek chicken kabobs on the grill and serve them with a homemade Greek yogurt tzatziki sauce! The perfect summer meal. GREEK CHICKEN KABOBS8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs or chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/4-inch chunks½ cup extra-virgin olive oil2 lemons, juiced1 lemon, zested10 garlic cloves, minced2 large shallots, chopped finely1 ½ tablespoons oregano1 ½ tablespoons basil½ teaspoon paprikaTZATZIKI1 ½ cups grated cucumber (from about 1 medium cucumber)2...

Easy Red Sangria – Perfect for Summer

There is no better drink to enjoy during summer than a red sangria!  Traditional sangria is a cocktail made of Spanish red wine and a variety of fresh fruits and berries. Think of it as a fruit punch that has red wine and is infused for a few hours. This allows the taste of the wine to change depending on the types of fruit mixed in.  It’s the best beverage to cool down with whether you’re by the beach, at the pool, or winding down in the summer evening. If you’re having a few friends over dinner, why not try pairing it with this summer berries, candied almonds and goat cheese...

How to Grill the Perfect Hamburgers

Look no further - here’s a recipe for a mouthwatering gourmet-style hamburger that you can handcraft at home. It features a juicy beef and pork patty, marble cheddar, pickles, onions, and garlic, laced with fragrant Italian herbs.  Stop right here if you’re hungry because this post will get your stomach growling even louder!  Burgers have always been my thing, and I can never say no to a meaty, juicy grilled burger that’s slightly burnt and covered in melted cheddar cheese. The cheeseburger at Brazen Hall Kitchen & Brewery in Winnipeg is EVERYTHING.    That...

Easy Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Growing up, I was surrounded by loads of Mediterranean food influences. My beautiful Grandma would always make the best dishes from scratch, and now that I’m older, I realize that I was incredibly lucky to have had someone cook for me.  In Mediterranean cooking, we use a lot of flavorful plant-based foods like legumes, grains, and herbs. But, we also love our sauces and dressings.  People tend to think of Mediterranean food like Italian, but it actually is a melting pot of European, Middle Eastern, Asian, and African cuisines. This Mediterranean pasta salad is healthy, appetizing,...

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce

I was beyond words when I found out PF Chang’s was launching here in Canada. My husband and I are huge fans of Asian food, so we rushed to book a table there for dinner. Needless to say, we were impressed! Of all the amazing dishes we had, I knew I had to try and replicate PF Chang’s chicken lettuce wraps. Tender, juicy and just so full of flavor.   These chicken lettuce wraps are so versatile - they work really well as starters or as part of a main course, depending on how many people are at the table.  What I absolutely love about these delicious wraps is that they’re...

Summer Berry Salad With Candied Almonds & Goat Cheese

Call me obsessed, but anytime I get to add berries to a dish, I’ll do it. I mean, what’s not to love? They’re juicy, bite-sized and rich in antioxidants! Plus, they bring back all of those happy childhood memories of snacking on blackberries by the pool with my family. This summer berry salad is loaded with blueberries, blackberries, arugula, cucumbers, avocados, goat cheese and sugared almonds. Sweet, refreshing and just a hint of balsamic vinegar to top it off! It is the perfect side dish to go with a seafood or red meat dish.  Recipe Ingredients Let me preface this by saying that...

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Welcome Friends, to Cooking With Cassandra! Thank you for stopping by. Here you will find simple, delicious recipes that are tested and perfected, kitchen tips every home cook needs to know + lifestyle advice on changing your mindset on health from restriction and overwhelm to balance and enjoyment! My goal is to provide you with inspiration, whether it’s in your kitchen or in your life. Let’s get cooking!

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