As much as we like dining out and trying new dishes, we really enjoy our time at home and cooking in our kitchen. Not only can you control what goes into your food, but you can also have fun while cooking, whether it’s in the form of having a glass of wine in between chopping, or dancing and singing along to your favourite tunes as you clean.
There’s no particular meal that we prefer cooking more, but here is a glimpse into some of the meals we’ve made recently using a few Avalon Dairy products.
Breakfast: Sausage Hash with Organic Fried Egg
2 breakfast sausages
2 organic eggs from Avalon
1 medium yam, chopped into 3/4 inch cubes
1 medium potato, chopped into 3/4 inch cubes
1 shallot, sliced thin
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/4 cup sage leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
In a skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add sage, and infuse for 5 minutes in low heat. Ensure butter does not burn. Remove sage leaves spoon out half the butter. Add shallots, yam, and potato to skillet. Add salt and pepper and cook for 10 minutes over medium heat until soft. Meanwhile, cook sausages in a separate skillet. Once cooked, slice sausages and add them to the potato and yam. Drizzle the rest of the butter over the skillet, and mix the sage leaves in with the hash. Fry an egg on the skillet used to cook the sausages. Sprinkle salt and pepper. Plate the hash, and add the fried egg on top. Garnish with a couple of fresh sage leaves. Serves 2.
— May (@em_pang) June 28, 2014
Morning Smoothie with Organic Probiotic Yogurt
2 1/2 tbsp Avalon Organic Probiotic Yogurt
2-3 tsp Greens+ (or 1 cup combo of fresh greens)
1 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp of honey (or agave syrup)
1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup of your favourite fruit (fresh or frozen)
Directions Add ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth. Serves 1.
Lunch: Ricotta Cheese Lasagna
1.5 pound lean ground beef
1 (32 oz) jar spaghetti sauce
500ml (approx. 16 oz) Avalon Organic Cottage Cheese
2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tsp dried parsley, or 1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley
salt and pepper to taste
12-15 oven-ready lasagna noodles
Preheat oven to 350 degree F(175 degrees C). In a large skillet, brown the ground beef over medium heat. Drain grease. Add spaghetti sauce and simmer for 5 minutes.
In a large bowl, mix together the cottage cheese, 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, half of the grated Parmesan cheese, eggs, parsley, salt and ground black pepper.
To assemble, spread 3/4 cup of the sauce mixture on to the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish evenly. Cover with 3 full length lasagna noodles, and adjust the length of 1 additional noodle to cover up the rest of the bottom. Then layer with 1 cup of the cheese mixture, and 1/2 cup sauce. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining noodles, sauce, and mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover with aluminum foil.
Bake for 45 minutes. Uncover, and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Let it stand for 10 minutes before serving. Serves 9.
Dinner: Buttermilk Oven Fried Chicken
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup Avalon buttermilk
1 teaspoon hot sauce
2 cups panko
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (2 1/2 ounces)
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 chicken legs, rinsed and patted dry
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Generously rub a baking sheet with oil.
In a large bowl, stir together buttermilk, hot sauce, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. In a separate bowl, mix panko, Parmesan, thyme, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Place the chicken in the buttermilk mixture, turning to coat evenly. Working with one piece at a time, remove chicken from liquid, letting excess drip back into bowl; dredge in the breadcrumb mixture, turning to coat evenly. Place coated chicken pieces on prepared baking sheet. Bake until chicken is golden brown, about 35 minutes. Serves 2.
Avalon carries a pretty extensive line of organic products, from milk to sour cream, and they’re available in select grocery stores across the province. A couple of months ago, we toured their production plant in Burnaby. Click here to read all about it.
Since we didn’t make any dessert with their products, we’ll leave this one for you to come up with. To help, we are giving away a Cuisinart ice cream maker to one lucky reader who can answer this question:
How do you incorporate Avalon dairy products into your summer diet?
Wow your friends with homemade ice cream, frozen yogurt, or sorbet this summer. To enter, tweet your answer to @Pangcouver, or share a picture on Twitter and/or Instagram. Make sure you include the hashtag #IceCreamPangs with your entry. All entries will be accepted until August 4, 2014 at 12pm PDT, at which time a winner will be randomly drawn and contacted via Twitter or Instagram.
— Dennis & May Pang (@Pangcouver) August 4, 2014