Monday, February 25, 2013

Baked Bubble and Squeak

Meal Idea Mondays: Baked Bubble and Squeak by Custom Taste

Not too many people know what bubble and squeak is, but essentially it is a skillet casserole made of potatoes and cabbage mixed together into a sort of flat cake. Typically it is cooked on a stove-top and flipped like a pancake, however this would also mean using egg to make it stay together and I did not want to do that. Instead I omitted the egg added some more potato and baked it in the oven until it was browned. It was tasty and very filling, and is also delicious the next day! Not too mention it also can help in using any leftover mashed potatoes.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Green Bean Potato Salad

Green Bean Potato Salad by Custom Taste

Like I have previously mentioned, my husband loves pasta salad, but recently I started thinking about potato salad. Potatoes are said to be better for you than pasta mainly because they have less carbs and more nutrients. So I decided to make a potato salad, a healthy one that is! Omit the eggs and mayo and you can get something filling, nutritious and satisfying! It will be all the rage this summer at the family BBQs.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Corn Dog Poppers

Corn Dog Poppers by Custom Taste

This is another one of our recipe experiments gone completely different than expected, but oh so worth it. At frist the idea started out to make them peppery but ended up cajun style. When we first tired them they send us on a fun taste trip to a good old fashioned Louisiana crawfish boil. So if you are craving some cajun love and want to make a quick snack, this is a great recipe. May we also mention that they are low cal, super filling and of course delicious!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Creamy Garlic and Spinach Pasta Salad

Creamy Garlic and Spinach Pasta Salad by Custom Taste

My husband loves pasta salad. Do not know why, he just does. However, like most pastas it can get pretty boring and redundant so I finally decided to jazz it up a bit. This salad is creamy, low fat and high in protein which makes it a great midday meal during a busy work day. Not to mention it is loaded wit heart friendly foods and foods that can help you maintain health and weight. You can make it on a day off and have a great lunch already prepared for the rest of the week.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Oven Baked Garlic Chicken

Oven Baked Garlic Chicken by Custom Taste
We eat a lot of chicken in our household and sometimes it can get pretty boring and tasteless, so we always like coming up with new ways to give our baked chicken a facelift. With it being garlic week and having a plethora of garlic in our kitchen, we always do actually, I decided to infuse our chicken with the garlic and bake it on a bed of veggies. It did not turn out howI though it would originally  it turned out better! The veggie flavour actually baked into the chicken giving more flavour than i was expecting and the garlic gave it a great mellow sweet flavour. Making this will definitely renew your love for chicken, and might even become a new favourite!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Good For Your Heart Meatloaf by Custom Taste. A great dinner for a Valentine's night in.
 Typically meatloaf and heart health aren't seen in the same sentence. In my childhood, and i'm sure many of you can relate, my mother or grandmother would make meatloaf from fatty red meat and mix it with eggs then top it was tons of ketchup. Well, forget that recipe. This meatloaf is as friendly for your heart as you can get and still keep the flavour high and cost low. We used lean turkey to replace the red meat, spinach and flax to make sure it stays together and other heart friendly ingredients. Being very hands-off and can be made a few hours in advance it is perfect for a busy day dinner or for a very filling romantic dinner for 2. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Mixed Veggie Salad w/ Browned Garlic

Mixed Veggie Salas w/ Browned Garlic by Custom Taste

In our home we like to eat healthy and load veggies in wherever we can, but sometimes we will get a hankering for a salad. Most people would either think "boring" or "not filling enough for me", however we love to dress up our salads to where they move from side show to main attraction. With a simple and tasty dressing this salad has all the health benefits plus it won't leave you hungry 30 minutes later. This salad is loaded in heart friendly vitamins and fiber, so you're body will thank you for this refreshing twist on the a would be normal and boring salad. Not to mention that it smells incredible, however a quick breath mint afterwards will keep people from running. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Oven Roasted Garlic Butter

Oven-Roasted Garlic Butter by Custom Taste
 Not your average butter. Mind you can't use this in baking but it makes your toast, rolls, veggies and meats taste incredibly savory and sweet! We first had something similar at a restaurant and raved about it for a few days, so we finally had enough garlic to just make our own! Soon we realized that not only does it taste great but makes your kitchen and, if you are lucky enough, you entire home smell delicious. The preparation can be a bit messy, but well wroth it! Trust us, people will be asking for more!

Garlic: More than just for warding off Dracula

We have all heard the stories and legends of how garlic was widely used in the dark ages to ward off vampires and even the plague. But, have you ever wondered why? I sure did! I did not really understand why that might be true until a school trip to Thailand caused me to have my epiphany (as well as having teachers explain it) as to why garlic was used and not some other herb. We were given garlic pills one day on our way up to farm lands. The reason was because they would ward off any mosquitos from trying to suck out blood. The pill would make our blood smell undesirable to the mosquitos therefore they would leave us alone and fly off to find some sweet blood. It hit me that that was why garlic was used to ward off vampires! But what about the plague? How did that work? After all viruses don't really have sensory organs to detect smells. I did not learn the reason until much later, in fact I learned it quite recently!
          Garlic is a natural anti-septic and a great cleaner for your blood, hence they would use it during the black plague to keep their blood clean, much like how we wash our hands a lot when we are sick. However the best and most important reason why garlic is so good for not just warding off mosquitos and keeping the black plague at bay is that it is GREAT for your heart. Studies have shown that garlic helps to lower cholesterol and helps in reducing chances of heart disease, heart attacks as well as strokes. So with February being American Heart Month we are giving you a weeks worth of garlic oriented recipes that can be used year round! We hope you enjoy them!
Now here is a picture of us cutting up some garlic!


Sunday, February 3, 2013

Out Of The Office

Okay, no we aren't actually "out of the office", however we will not be posting again until February 12th, 2013. No vacation, no sicknesses, we are doing great! We are working on some pretty big and exciting changes for Custom Taste, and since we started these changes a lot of our energy and focus has gone to getting everything ready. We sort of got side-tracked you could say. February 12th we will be starting a Week-O-Garlic. Garlic recipes, meals and other uses for garlic, so come back and visit us then! We promise you wil not be let down. :)
Oh, and here is a picture of a cookie and some tea. Now go treat yourself you wonderful thing you.

Tea and Cookie by Custom Taste