Wear Black, Eat What?

Quick and Easy Meal: Stuffed Peppers

IMG_0083This is a meal I really enjoy cooking because it’s super fast, really easy, not too pricey and very tasty! This meal costs about $15 to make for about 3 people, depending on what/how many veggies you’re using. This can easily be modified for vegans (vegan cheese/meatless), vegetarians, or if you’re a meat lover throw a protein in there. I usually do a tofu version or shredded chicken when I make this meal.

What you need:

  • 2 cups of rice (depending on how many veggies you’re stuffing/how many you’re feeding).
  • 1 Package of taco seasoning (pick your spice level)
  • A jar of your favourite salsa
  • Tofu, or a meat of choice
  • Sometimes I like to throw in a can of black beans or corn, or BOTH!
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 3 Zucchinis, 2 peps (depends how many people you’re feeding)
  • Coriander in rice and for garnish

How to:

Boil your rice according to the package. Usually 2 cups of water per 1 cup of rice ratio. In the meantime prep your peppers and zucchini. I cut the tops off the peppers but keep them because they’re still edible! Scoop out the seedy middle and give them a good rinse. For the zucchini, I cut them in half longways and scoop out their insides. I like to keep the insides and add it to my rice, less food waste! Pour about a tablespoon of oil in your hand and massage the veggies and let them sit.

Once your rice is finished toss in your salsa ( at least a cup but eyeball more if you need), your taco seasoning, and cayenne pepper. At this point if you’ve prepared your tofu or chicken pop it into the rice now with any veggies you’d like to add as well. This is my favourite meal because you can be super creative and change it up every time depending on what you’d like to add in or have in the pantry, so get funky!

While everything is meshing together in the rice and sitting on a low heat, pop your oiled veggies with their hollow sides down onto a pan and into the oven for about 15mins on 350 degrees. This will help them soften a little bit so it’s easier to eat them later. After 15 mins take the veggies out and start stuffing! Once stuffed, add your fave cheese on top to get all melty. I prefer a jack cheese for another added kick! A really sharp cheddar would also be great. For Vegans grab your fave non-dairy cheese and pop some on top. Throw the veggies back in the oven for about 10/15 mins, maybe less, on 500 degrees/broil setting just to melt your cheese.

I like to serve my stuffed veggies with a healthy dollop of sour cream, more salsa and jalapeΓ±o hot sauce from Tabasco. Also if you like guacamole I would say add that as a dipper as well! (I’m allergic to avocados!)

et VOILA! Honestly this is sooo easy and quick and the leftovers are the best! They last for about a week in your fridge depending on the ingredients you’ve popped inside.IMG_0077Thanks for reading! Now I’m hungry..Tootles!

Wear Black, Eat Brunch: My Favourite Brunch Spots in Toronto

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If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen some of these photos before and now I’m here to explain to you why I LOVE eating at these spots for brunch.

 I love exploring Toronto’s food scene. There are always new spots opening or old gems reinventing themselves, it’s also a great excuse for date night!  Yet, I always fall back on my fave places for brunch (listed below); or if I’ve only been once they made quite the impact. The reasoning is because they stand out in flavour or experience, or both!

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ESG — Eggs Sunrise Grill

This is your classic diner style breakfast. My boyfriend lives around the corner so this is a go-to for us when we don’t feel like cooking or are abysmally hungover. The food is always good, the service is on point, and the price doesn’t hurt (around $6.95 for a standard eggs/meat/potats plate). This is no-fuss eating, you get exactly what you would expect and want for breakfast with great service. 

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The Federal

This place is fucking delicious. If you make it to the Federal I have a few rules: you MUST order the soup of the day and you MUST get a fresh Mimosa of the day, if you don’t you’re just ruining your own life… I mean breakfast. My favourite thing on the breakfast menu is the eggs federal with kale, featured in the image above, which is their take on Eggs Benedict. Instead of Hollandaise sauce it’s a mushroom tarragon cream sauce that’s to die for accompanied by the simplest sides of rosti potatoes and an arugula salad. On this particular day I had a watermelon rhubarb mimosa, as per my birthday celebrations. 

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Aunties and Uncles

OH M GEEEEE! I almost have no words for how good this place is. Every single time I go I get the omelette of the day because it does not dissapoint. Fresh vegetables of the season, cheese and perfectly fluffy eggs folded over top. I love a good omelette. As for sides their potato salad (their option instead of roasted potatoes) is unreal. I’ve never put dill in my potato salad but after this one I’ll be adding it all the time. I also have no clue what they do to their olives but they’re mouth watering and delicious. My mouth is filling with saliva thinking about them. I always go to this spot with my best friend Amanda whom always gets the french toast. ‘Cinnamony’ and fluffy, served with a seasonal fruit compote. Dessert for breakfast anyone? Her and I always go on Monday because she has Monday off as a hairdresser and we get to a table right away,  so if you go on the weekend bring a novel because the line up is usually long.

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Le Petit Dejeuner

I am a sausage and eggs person, I rarely order bacon, and this is one of my favourite places to order sausage because like The Federal, it’s more like meatloaf. It’s crunchy on the outside as each piece is seared to order and soft and juicy on the inside. The odd standout item at this place is their apple slaw. Fresh and juicy on the side of a semi-heavy breakfast plate with this sauce that comes on top that I have NO IDEA what it is but it’s SO GOOD! Also always a line on the weekend so get there early. This place is on my list for my next dinner date with the boy. When I eat here I feel like I’m eating my mommas cooking, and that’s always a compliment.

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Gusto 101

The fact that gusto popped a brown bag of delicious bread on my table is an instant win, am I right? I’ve been seriously trying to hold back on the carbs lately as I find I am always bloated, but how can you resist delicious crusty bread? Gusto is a great spot for a meal at any time of day and would be on my go-to list for a date spot. Amazing service, laid back dining but really good food with fresh ingredients, not to mention a wine list the size of the bible! If you’re there passed breakfast I highly recommend the black garlic and truffle brussel sprouts because they’re to die for.  

Screen Shot 2017-06-15 at 2.06.37 PM             The Drake (weekend brunch)

The drake has an unreal eggs benedict. I don’t order it often when I go out for breakfast because I’ve had bad hollandaise sauce (from boom breakfast co.) and man does that ruin your morning; and they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day! The patio is super adorable so if you can get there on a nice day grab a seat and duh, a caeser! The Drake recently reinvented their menu so I’m not too sure if this is still on it but god do I hope so because I crave it. Definitely a good spot if you’re doing some vintage shopping in the west end on the weekend in Toronto.