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Easy Peasy Mashed Pea Toast

Breaking news! Avocado toast is out and mashed pea toast is in! If you are on instagram you probably saw a million pictures of avocado toast last year. I am going to say avo toast is so 2018 and 2019 is all about mashed pea toast. Don’t get me wrong avo toast is still a favorite of mine but its good to switch things up.

Easy Peasy Mashed Pea Toast

Mashed pea toast is really easy to make and I know what you are thinking. Mashed peas on toast? When they are mashed, peas get a little creamy and the skins give some delicious texture. I love to add some, basil, parmesan and olive oil to elevate the flavor and give it pesto vibe but you certainly mash them with simple salt, pepper and olive oil.

I also love the variation of a lemony mashed pea toast. Bon Appetit has a great recipe for toast with lemony pea mash. You can add different herbs like parsley, mint or chives to mashed peas. For this recipe I topped the toast with boiled eggs to make it a complete meal.

Mashed Pea Toast
Easy Mashed Pea Toast with boiled eggs
Easy Mashed Pea Toast with boiled eggs

Recipe notes for Mashed Pea Toast

The Parmesan cheese is already salty so adding salt is optional in this recipe. It is very important to use a good quality olive oil and fresh basil to get the best pop of flavor in the recipe. Also choosing a whole grain and seedy bread is the best choice for this dish. White or plain bread just won’t do it justice.

Not only is this recipe delicious it also good for you. Peas are a great source of nutrients. Including being a good source of anti aging, healthy immune system promoting antioxidants. They are also a great source of fibre without being too heavy. I used frozen peas out of convenience but you can certainly use fresh peas. Just remember to choose the smaller ones as they are sweeter and more tender.

Want more delicious breakfast ideas, check out my Kale, Egg and Cheese quesadilla recipe here!

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Mashed Pea Toast Recipe
Easy Peasy Mashed Pea Toast
Course Breakfast
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp toasted pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 1 clove fresh garlic
  • 4 boiled eggs
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
Course Breakfast
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp toasted pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 1 clove fresh garlic
  • 4 boiled eggs
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
Easy Peasy Mashed Pea Toast
Instructions
  1. Boil peas for 5 minutes till tender. While peas are cooking place garlic, pine nuts, basil, parmesan in a food processor.
  2. Once peas are cooked add them to the food processor with the rest of the ingredients and pulse for 2 minutes. Add the olive oil and blend in the food processor till it reaches a consistency you like. Add more olive if necessary and serve over toast, with boiled eggs.

Loaded Greek Salad Spaghetti Recipe

You have heard of Greek Salad but have you tried Greek Salad Spaghetti? Think of all the flavors of Quinoa spaghetti wrapped in a rich and tasty greek salad dressing with fresh garlic, herbs and mixed with sliced cucumbers, fresh basil, sweet cherry tomatoes. roasted red peppers, radishes, red onion, olives, sun-dried tomatoes and feta cheese. Now you see why I called it the loaded Greek Salad spaghetti. It’s literally loaded with all sorts of delicious ingredients. 

Loaded Greek Salad Spaghetti Recipe

Putting together a Loaded Greek Salad Spaghetti recipe is pretty easy and is one of the quickest meals you will ever create. We love to serve it alone on meatless Monday. If you must have meat you can serve it with grilled chicken, fish or steak.

The Recipe

The key to a delicious main-course salad recipe like this one is to use the best quality ingredients and load it with filling and nutrient rich ingredients. I used Tresomega Nutrition Quinoa Spaghetti which is made with a blend of organic quinoa, organic amaranth and organic rice. Tastes so much better and has more nutritive value than regular spaghetti. For those following a gluten free diet you will be happy to know Tresomega nutrition spaghetti is gluten free, corn free and certified organic

Olives and sun-dried tomatoes

Recipe Tips: 

  • Very important to use good quality olive oil for this recipe. Always shop for the best and recently harvested olive oil . Good olive oil brands will have the date behind the bottle. 
  • Don’t use the crumbled feta! Buy a block and cut it into bite sized pieces. Another tip; you can make feta cheese less salty by soaking in water for a few minutes before serving. 
  • Use olives sparingly as the flavor can be overpowering. 
  • Always toss your salad in a bigger bowl than the one you will serve it in. 
Loaded Greek Salad Spaghetti Recipe
Loaded Greek Salad Spaghetti

We cannot stop eating this salad at home and I can’t wait for you to try it.  It’s great for parties because the vegetables taste even better after sitting in the dressing for a while. It is just the simplest and tastiest salad recipe that you will ever need.

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Loaded Greek Salad Spaghetti Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Dressing
  • 5 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 large clove fresh garlic minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
Salad
  • 1 box Tresomega Nutrition Quinoa Spaghetti
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 2 small Persian cucumbers sliced
  • 2 medium radishes halved and sliced
  • 1/2 medium red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 large roasted red pepper sliced
  • 3 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pitted olives roughly chopped
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves torn
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Dressing
  • 5 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 large clove fresh garlic minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
Salad
  • 1 box Tresomega Nutrition Quinoa Spaghetti
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 2 small Persian cucumbers sliced
  • 2 medium radishes halved and sliced
  • 1/2 medium red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 large roasted red pepper sliced
  • 3 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pitted olives roughly chopped
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves torn
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
Instructions
  1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta until al dente, rinse under cold water, drain and mix with a tsp of olive oil.
  2. Add all of the dressing ingredients to a small mixing bowl and whisk well. Season with salt and pepper to taste then store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  3. Pour the vinaigrette over the spaghetti and vegetables. Add the feta, basil and olives and toss lightly. Set aside for 30 minutes to let the flavors combine. Serve at room temperature.

Cranberry Glazed Hatfield® Uncured Ham Recipe

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You have probably seen many glazed ham recipes floating around this time of year and there is a reason why this dish is so popular. It looks amazing, is easy to make and tastes great. What makes this Cranberry Glazed Hatfield® Uncured Ham Recipe a step above the rest is the use of uncured, nitrate free, artificial ingredient free, juicy and smoky Hatfield Uncured Ham.

Sliced Hatfield Uncured Ham

If you follow Spoons and Stilettos you probably know that I am a big fan of Hatfield products because of their full flavor, high quality and convenience. When it comes to meat my goal is to always serve ethically raised local products which Hatfield does.

Because not everyone has a big family, Hatfield now makes it easier to serve delicious holiday meals to families big or small. They have new smaller sized ham products which are available in ½ Pre-Sliced Pit Ham, ¼ Pre-Sliced Ham with Natural Juices or With Water added.

The Recipe:

I made this particular recipe recently and OMG, it turned out to be the best ham I’ve ever made. Everyone loved it and raved about how impressive, moist and flavorful it was. The leftover ham can be used for sandwiches, salads, frittatas and more. I love to use it for ham sandwiches for work. You can even use the left over sauce on so many things.

Looking at it you would think I spent hours in the kitchen but on the contrary it was pretty easy to make. The convenience of buying the already cooked Hatfield® Uncured Ham is a huge plus. With only 5 ingredients and minimal prep it is the perfect dish for busy parents and beginner cooks.

Useful Cranberry Glazed Hatfield® Ham Recipe Tips:
  • You can substitute honey for maple syrup
  • If you do not have any Dijon mustard you can substitute with dry mustard.
  • For extra flavor, insert a whole clove into each cut intersection or in the water used when baking the ham
  • The glaze can burn quickly, so check it frequently to prevent a blackened skin.

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Cranberry Glazed Hatfield® Ham

Sliced Hatfield Uncured Ham

Course Main Dish
Cuisine American

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour

Servings
people


Ingredients
  • 1 package Hatfield® Uncured Ham
  • 1 can (14 ounces) Whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 cup Cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard

Course Main Dish
Cuisine American

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour

Servings
people


Ingredients
  • 1 package Hatfield® Uncured Ham
  • 1 can (14 ounces) Whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 cup Cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard

Sliced Hatfield Uncured Ham


Instructions
  1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees F. Line Roasting pan with foil add 1/4 cup of water, ham and cover completely with foil. Bake for 30 minutes.

  2. While Ham is cooking mix remaining ingredients until blended, reserving 1 cup of the mixture for the glaze and the rest for the sauce.

  3. After 30 minutes uncover the ham and brush with some of the glaze mixture. Bake, uncovered for 30 minutes making sure to brush the ham with the glaze mixture every 10 minutes.

  4. Warm remaining sauce mixture over medium heat and serve with ham.

Apple Cider Glazed Hatfield® Bacon-Wrapped Pork Loin Medallions

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Apple Cider Glazed Bacon-Wrapped Pork Loin Medallions. Sounds amazing, right? This dish is absolutely tasty and you will love how easy it is to make too. With the holidays finally upon us; that means plenty of cooking, eating and having a good old merry time with friends and family. If you are one of those people inviting people over for dinner this holiday; you probably want to make a meal that is very easy but still delicious and impressive. This Bacon-Wrapped Pork Loin Medallion recipe is a winner.

Apple Cider Glazed Bacon-Wrapped Pork Loin Medallions

Why I choose Hatfield® Premium Reserve Pork®

I am very picky when it comes to pork and Hatfield® Premium Reserve Pork® is the one brand that always get’s it right. Hatfield® Premium Reserve Pork® is the best tasting, highest quality pork that you can find out there, and this is coming from a pork snob.

I love the Hatfield® Premium Reserve Pork® Uncured Bacon-Wrapped Pork Loin Medallions for this recipe. They come perfectly portioned and are highly marbled for maximum flavor. An authentic brining and larding technique is used which results in a flavorful, tender and steakhouse-quality meat. I find it almost impossible to overcook these medallions. With Hatfield® Premium Reserve Pork®, you can be confident that every cut is Tasty. Tender. Every Time.™

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The Recipe:

These Apple Cider Glazed Bacon-Wrapped Pork Loin Medallions only need 6 ingredients which is great. Nobody ever believes I made this dish in less than 40 minutes. What I love about the recipe is that you can serve it for a fancy holiday gathering or even a quick and simple weeknight meal. It’s like an outfit that you can dress up or down.

Other Ingredients include Apple Cider, Apple Cider Vinegar, Dijon Mustard, Garlic and Rosemary which are all easy to find and most likely in your pantry. The Hatfield® Premium Reserve Pork® Uncured Bacon-Wrapped Pork Loin Medallions can be found at your local Stop & Shop grocery store in the Meat and Seafood department. You will find them with the marinated meats right by the butchers counter.

Useful Bacon-Wrapped Pork Loin Medallions Recipe Tips:
  • You can substitute apple juice or applesauce for the apple cider. Both work out just as well.
  • Use dried rosemary as a last option. Fresh rosemary is essential for this recipe and gives the best flavor. As we can all agree, fresh is always better.
  • Although it may seem like the sauce is taking a while to reduce; don’t move away from the pan for too long as you don’t want to take the chance of burning your glaze. Trust me, this is coming from experience.
  • I like my bacon soft but if you like yours crispy, I suggest preheating oven to 375ºF and cooking the medallions for a few more minutes to your desired crispiness.
  • The blue heat-resistant pin used to keep the bacon around the medallion can be left in during cooking.

The meat was juicy, very tender and the glaze went well with the garlic and herb mashed potatoes I served it with. Sautéed spinach and soft grilled apples were perfect accompaniments to the dish. Even the hubs was very impressed and went on about how I did not spend hours in the kitchen.


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Apple Cider Glazed Bacon Wrapped Pork Medallions
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 4 Hatfield® Premium Reserve® Uncured Bacon-Wrapped Pork Loin Medallions
  • 1/4 cup Apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups Apple Cider
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Canola Oil
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp Finely chopped rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 4 Hatfield® Premium Reserve® Uncured Bacon-Wrapped Pork Loin Medallions
  • 1/4 cup Apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups Apple Cider
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Canola Oil
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp Finely chopped rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Pat the 4 bacon wrapped medallions dry with a paper towel and sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat oil and butter in a heavy skillet preferably cast iron over medium-high heat. Cook medallions in the oil and butter mixture until browned on both sides about 5-6 minutes per side. Aim for at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C) on a instant read meat thermomerter. Remove pan from the heat and transfer meat to a plate.
  3. In the same skillet, add minced garlic and cook for about 20 seconds. Add the Apple Cider Vinegar and loosen browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the Apple Cider, Dijon mustard and bring mixture to boil. Cook until mixture is a thick, syrupy glaze. Stir in rosemary, red pepper flakes; season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  4. Return meat to the pan and cook 1 minute per side. Drizzle glaze over pork chops when serving.

Sweet and Sour Bow Tie Pasta Salad

If you were given the challenge to make an easy dish with one unlikely ingredient what would you make? I was recently working on a campaign with the Soy Vay brand and they encouraged us to make a simple dish with an unlikely combination of ingredients. This got my creative juices flowing but after much debate I decided to go with a Sweet and Sour Bow Tie Pasta salad. What makes this salad unique is the addition of fresh mandarins to it.

Sweet and Sour Bow Tie Pasta Salad

I must admit that I was not a big fan of sweet and sour dishes for a very long time until I had an amazing orange chicken dish at an Asian restaurant. Since then I have opened up more to the sweet and sour world.

I initially thought of adding sliced peaches but I scratched that idea because these are out of season and the ones I found at the store were flavorless and expensive. Pineapple is a popular sweet addition to savory dishes but I figured the fibrous texture and tartness may not go too well with the other ingredients. Mandarins were the next best choice as they complement spinach very well and offer a great flavor contrast to the other ingredients.

Sweet and Sour Bow Tie Pasta Salad

I know what you are thinking….this can’t possibly taste good, but let me tell you it really does!

Why bow tie pasta? I chose bow tie pasta because it’s flat surface can be easily picked up with a fork in a salad. Hoisin garlic sauce which has a strong salty and slightly sweet flavor provides the perfect contrast to the fresh mandarins. Green onions, carrots and red cabbage, fresh ginger all elevate the flavor of this salad and together they created a party of bold flavors.

Sweet and Sour Bow Tie Pasta Salad

A salad like this is best served for a light Saturday lunch or packed lunch for work on a weekday. It even tastes better the next day plus it’s easy, unique and very tasty!

If you are looking for a more traditional pasta salad you will love my Zesty Orzo and Veggie Salad.

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Sweet and Sour Bow Tie Pasta Salad
Sweet and Sour bow Tie Pasta Salad
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 16 ounce package Bow Tie Pasta
  • 4 cups Fresh organic spinach
  • 1 cup Sliced red cabbage
  • 1 cup Shredded carrots
  • 3 tbsp Hoisin Garlic Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp Minced Fresh ginger
  • 3 small Peeled and segmented mandarins
  • 2 Green onions sliced
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 16 ounce package Bow Tie Pasta
  • 4 cups Fresh organic spinach
  • 1 cup Sliced red cabbage
  • 1 cup Shredded carrots
  • 3 tbsp Hoisin Garlic Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp Minced Fresh ginger
  • 3 small Peeled and segmented mandarins
  • 2 Green onions sliced
Sweet and Sour bow Tie Pasta Salad
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook bowtie pasta at a boil till al dente i.e tender but with a bite, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water.
  2. Mix pasta, spinach, cabbage, onion, carrots, ginger and mandarins in a large bowl.
  3. Mix Hoisin sauce and oil together and pour over pasta mixture. Stir to coat. Serve warm or cold.

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