Recipes

Here you will find simple and delicious recipes from our kitchen with the goal to inspire you in yours! The ingredients I use are simple and easily accessible; no hoity-toity here! Everything from the super healthy to the super indulgent, family friendly everyday 30-minute dinners, to weekend pastas that are worth the extra time! Count on finding plenty of entertaining and holiday meals, appetizers, make ahead breakfast options, desserts, one pan meals and so much more! Welcome to Cooking With Cassandra!

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

Do you know how some days you just crave a Snickers bar for no absolute reason? And I don’t know about you guys, but it makes my stomach feel quite bloated at the end of it. It does keep me full for a few hours, but they’re way too sugary to keep having them every time.  But, you guys. I’ve been CRAZY obsessed with these no-bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal bars! As a healthier replacement for the high-calorie and sugar-loaded Snickers, these are so addictive and for good reason: It’s a slice of heaven in a small square!  The best part is that you can keep having them without...

One Pan Honey Lemon Chicken With Asparagus & Baby Potatoes

Here’s another one-pan recipe that I know you’re going to love. This recipe is a honey lemon chicken baked with asparagus and baby potatoes. It’s a well-rounded dish that has most of the food groups and can be a complete meal on its own. But the best part is actually the flavor of the dish. The chicken is slathered with a sauce made of sweet honey and savory soy sauce. It is oh-so-zesty with a capital Z! We’re talking 5 lemons kind of citrusy flavor that will perk you right up and leave you wanting more. The sauce is also drizzled over soft spears of asparagus and baby potatoes that would...

Best Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

A delicious, healthy breakfast is the one crucial thing to check off in the morning. Start the day right with these easy carrot cake overnight oats which are full of fiber, vegetables, and are completely free from refined sugars. These overnight oats are made with grated carrots, coconut shreds, walnuts, rolled oats, and cinnamon powder all soaked in almond milk.  This is a recipe for my gluten-free friends who haven’t been able to enjoy traditional carrot cake that uses flour. It is also dairy-free and vegan-friendly, hooray! Breakfast meal-prep just got so much better.  I...

 Baked Sesame Ginger Salmon

pan with salmon

This baked sesame ginger salmon is my answer to a lunch meal-prep or a simple weeknight dinner alongside some brown rice and steamed vegetables. This Asian-inspired seafood dish is marinated in sesame oil, ginger, garlic, white wine vinegar, and brown sugar. We will also make a thick honey ginger glaze that tastes sweet, tangy, and a little spicy.  Sesame oil is a key ingredient in this salmon recipe. It is normally stocked in the international foods aisle in the supermarket. Just a little splash of it imparts a deep nutty flavor that makes this salmon pretty irresistible. You’ll...

Arugula Beet Feta Salad with Candied Pecans

Bowl of salad with pecans beets and arugula

Beets are way underrated – if you have never cooked with this delicious and versatile superfood, today is the day to start.  Beneath that tough exterior and that gorgeous deep purple hue, beetroots are a very nutritious root vegetable. They are rich sources of potassium, iron, vitamin A, and vitamin C. It doesn’t get the credit it deserves! The latest addition to my salad recipes is this stunning beet salad with feta, arugula, and candied pecans. I would describe it as fresh, nutty, sweet, and salty. There’s also a balsamic vinaigrette that brings out all the best flavors of this...

Best Baked Caesar Chicken

Pan full of chicken covered in cream caesar sauce

What do you get if you cross a Caesar salad with your favorite summer roast? Baked Caesar chicken! Because of its low fat content, chicken breast is known for having a tough, dry texture when cooked. Generally, people tend to associate chicken breasts with clean eating which means boring. But today, let’s forget about bland and dry baked chicken.   This delicious anytime dish is cooked with love, and it shows. Smothered in a luscious homemade Caesar dressing, topped with parmesan, and baked to perfection, this chicken will melt in your mouth. It’s guaranteed to get people...

One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken With Broccoli & Potatoes

This one-pan honey garlic chicken recipe is the answer for those who are after a quick, delicious dinner. File this recipe under healthy, gluten-free, and meal-prep friendly. Keep it within reach – it’s a recipe you’re gonna come back to again and again.  Chicken is the main source of protein in this dish and is accompanied by broccoli and roasted baby red potatoes. The potatoes give you the carbs, the broccoli provides fiber and minerals, and the olive oil drizzled over the potatoes has good fats. It’s got the green light from the food pyramid. Winner winner, chicken dinner!  I...

Easy Pulled Pork Burgers

pulled pork burger on plate

This recipe is a true labor of love. There are quite a number of ingredients to prepare and it takes time to cook the different parts of it. Each time I’ve served this, though, it never fails to put a smile on people’s faces. So, so worth it!  It consists of tender, juicy shredded pork cooked for nearly 4 hours and marinated in a spiced dry rub. Sandwiched between toasted brioche buns, the burger is finished with homemade barbecue sauce and fresh coleslaw.  Every bite packs a punch and is bursting with flavor – savory, sweet, spicy, buttery, smoky, tangy. Just writing this now...

Creamy Zucchini Pasta With Avocado Spinach Sauce

Toss out that packet of spaghetti and swap it for zoodles.  These zucchini noodles are ten times healthier than store-bought spaghetti: they are low-carb, nutrient-packed, and are better for the gut, too. If you’re someone who doesn’t hesitate before digging into regular pasta, I’m sure your body will thank you for changing things up a bit.  With a bit of spiralizing and sauce-making, you’ll have a hearty bowl of soft zucchini pasta with the creamiest avocado spinach sauce that’s just as healthy. We get the cream entirely from the avocado, and the blended spinach turns into a...

Flourless Peanut Butter, Oatmeal and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies lined on a parchment paper

Um, I think I may have found my new favorite cookies… right here within my own kitchen. Hear me out: flourless peanut butter oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips enveloped in a soft and chewy cookie dough that’s sweet and a little salty.  I vaguely remember how I stumbled upon the inspiration for these little balls of delight: I figured that if I could make a peanut butter oatmeal bar, it shouldn’t be that difficult to make a spin-off… and so, here we are!  I present to you: the most satisfying gluten-free peanut butter oatmeal cookies.  I used to only fully enjoy cookies...

Easy Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Jar of overnight oats with apples and cinnamon. Spoon scooping out a bite.

In case you haven’t noticed, I have been experimenting with a plethora of recipes that use rolled oats. I mean, have you noticed how super versatile they are? Sure, they work best with sweet recipes, but they’re a great gluten-free replacement for flour, and a healthy source of carbohydrates. That’s good enough for me. I may have accidentally bought too many bags of rolled oats… 😁 which might explain the sporadic appearance of oat-rageous recipes on my blog like these oat-based banana chocolate chip muffins, Snicker oat bars, and peanut butter oatmeal cookies.  Thankfully, Walt has...

Persian Chicken Joojeh Kebabs

This recipe has a special place in my heart. I called my Dad in for this joojeh kabob recipe because he knows it like the back of his hand.  To give you some context, my maiden name is Shahinfar. My Dad moved from Iran to Canada with my Shahinfar family when he was 16 years old. Even though we were born in Canada, my Dad made it a point to keep our heritage and our traditions.  I have memories of growing up eating the most delicious Persian cuisine and my Dad’s flavor-packed joojeh kabob recipe was always one of my favorites. My cousins and I would drop whatever we were playing...

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