Desserts that won’t ruin your resolutions

Desserts that won’t ruin your resolutions

A brand new year has just begun and that means making some resolutions. If you are like most people, eating healthy may be at the top of your list. Fortunately for you, eating healthy doesn’t mean that you have to give up desserts. TheGreenrock Property Management blog team is here to bring a little sweetness into your new year with some dessert ideas that won’t ruin your resolutions. These are just a few ideas for delicious and nutritious treats that are easy to make at home at Wingreen Court.

 

Paleo Lemon Squares

 

The recipe refers to them as Paleo Lemon Brownies, but we think these delicious desserts are more like lemon squares. They are light, lemony and moist, rather than chocolatey and fudgey. When something is referred to as ‘Paleo’, it means that it is low in carbohydrates, free from refined sugar, gluten-free, dairy-free and usually high in protein and healthy fats. These squares, as well as the glorious lemon glaze on top, are made primarily from almond flour and coconut (oil, milk, and butter) and gently sweetened with honey.

 

Vegan Fudge Brownies

 

Do healthy fudge brownies sound too good to be true? There must be a secret! The ‘fudge’ in these Vegan Fudge Brownies is actually made from black beans. Try it before you pass judgement. Let your family and friends try them, without saying the word ‘beans’, and see if they notice. Instead of being a guilty pleasure, this dessert is actually a good source of protein.

 

Crustless Apple Pie Baked Apples

 

These delicious and nutritious Crustless Apple Pie Baked Apples are a perfect treat, not only for fall, but for anytime of year. They taste amazing, and smell even better! You will love filling your Wingreen Court apartment with the aroma of apple and cinnamon on a chilly winter afternoon. And filling your mouth with the flavours of apple and cinnamon, especially when topped with a little ice cream, is the recipe for a perfect day.

 

Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches

 

These Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches taste incredibly good, while still being good for you. They are so delicious, you’ll be happy eating “ice cream” in the dead of winter! The banana cream is made by combining frozen bananas with soaked, raw cashews, coconut milk, maple syrup and few other wholesome ingredients. The cookie sandwich layers are made from almond butter, coconut oil, honey and sea salt. To top it all off – they are sprinkled with crumbled cacao nibs, nuts and toasted coconut.

 
Don’t deny your sweet tooth to keep your new year’s resolutions! The Greenrock blog team is here to make healthy living fun and accessible. We hope these dessert ideas help make 2017 a healthier and happier year. If you would like more information on Greenrock, including the quiet cul-de-sac location of our Wingreen Court Apartments, click here.

Delicious dinner recipes for a healthy 2017

Delicious dinner recipes for a healthy 2017

It’s a brand new year — have you made your resolutions yet? If you’re like most people, eating healthier is at the top of your list. Diet is the single most important factor for taking control of your health and weight. Even more important than exercise! No one wants to sacrifice flavour, however, so the Greenrock Property Management blog team has some suggestions for delicious dinner recipes for a healthy 2017. They are all easy to make in about a half an hour or less, at home, at 166 Eastbourne.

 

Salmon with Pesto Veggies

 

This Salmon with Pesto Dressed Veggies is a super easy, super healthy and most importantly — super tasty, dinner idea. It looks fancy and elegant, but all you need is 30 to prepare this amazing meal at 166 Eastbourne. Salmon is rich in omega 3 fats, which are great for your heart, and vitamin D for strong bones and teeth. It is especially important to have a good source of vitamin D during the cold and sun-starved Canadian winter. The pesto veggies and potatoes make it a comforting and satisfying dinner, while still being less than 500 calories.

 

Burger with Mushrooms and Radicchio

 

Sometimes, nothing but a burger will do. Rather that rolling through the drive-through on the way home, give thisBurger with Mushrooms and Radicchio a try. It provides half of your daily protein requirements, is rich in iron and the mushrooms are high in antioxidants and help to reduce cholesterol. All this and it’s still under 500 calories. Serve it with a side salad, or oven baked fries, they’ll only add about another 150 calories.

 

Stuffed Chicken Divan with Sherry Dijon Sauce

 

Treat yourself to a healthy gourmet meal that is ready to eat in less than an hour, with only 20 minutes of hands on prep time! This Stuffed Chicken Divan with Sherry Dijon Sauce is full of flavour from the juicy chicken, stuffed with gooey Gruyere cheese, and fresh garlic and broccoli, topped with a creamy homemade sauce made from evaporated milk, dry sherry, dijon and parmesan. You won’t believe it’s less than 400 calories per serving!

 

Eggplant Pomodoro Pasta

 

What is more satisfying on a chilly winter evening than a hot bowl of pasta? This Eggplant Pomodoro will hit the spot, without expanding your waistline. Tender eggplant, sautéed in garlic and olive oil with fresh plum tomatoes, olives and capers and your choice of pasta — including gluten-free options. It’s also vegan, high fibre and low calorie, coming in at less than 300 calories per serving.

 
The Greenrock blog team wishes you a happy, healthy and delicious 2017! For more information on Greenrock Rental Communities, including the comfort and convenience of life in the heart of midtown at 166 Eastbourne Avenue, please visit our website.

How to roast a turkey with all the trimmings

How to roast a turkey with all the trimmings

The holiday meal of turkey and all the trimmings is a tradition that is tough to beat, it can also be a tradition that is tough to make — but it doesn’t have to be. With the right preparation and the right attitude, anyone can tackle this sometimes-intimidating task. If you are hosting the holiday at your Wingreen Court apartment, or helping out at someone else’s, the Greenrock blog team is here to help relieve your stress with our guide for how to roast a turkey with all the trimmings!

 

Planning

 

As with most things in life, putting a plan into place will help you to complete the task with as little stress as possible. Do not try to do everything all at once, break the task down into bite-sized pieces. You can prepare the stuffing several days ahead of the big day and keep it in the freezer. Move it to the fridge the day before to let it thaw. Making the stuffing outside of the bird, in advance, will save you time on the day and the turkey will cook faster without stuffing. Remember to begin thawing the bird in the fridge the day before as well.

 

Classic Roast Turkey with Gravy

 

Cooking a turkey is actually pretty straightforward as long as you give yourself enough time to thaw and cook it. It’s going to take at least 3 to 4 hours to roast, so remember to baste it every 30 minutes or so. It’s all done when your meat thermometer reads 170F or the juices run clear when the turkey is pierced. Remove the turkey from the oven and tent it with aluminum foil for 30 minutes before carving.

 

Saucy Brussel Sprouts

 

Save even more time on the big day by preparing these Saucy Brussel Sprouts in advance and keep them in the fridge for up to 24 hours.

 

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

 

These classic Mashed Potatoes are made with Yukon Gold potatoes, cream cheese, garlic and butter and topped with Parmesan. Best of all, they only take about 20 minutes to prepare, so you can make them when the turkey comes out of the oven. They are a classic holiday side dish that are sure to please. They go exceptionally well with the gravy you’ve prepared with the turkey recipe.

 

Old Fashioned Apple Pie

 

You can’t go wrong when you serve this Old Fashioned Apple Pie for the holidays. Tart Granny Smith apples, tucked into a flaky, buttery crust. Perhaps best of all, is the aroma that will fill your Wingreen Court kitchen with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. It’s hard to top this dessert, except with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

 
The Greenrock Property Management blog team hopes this guide for how to roast a turkey with all the trimmings helps to make your holiday a delicious day to be remembered. For more information on Greenrock Rental Communities, including the comfortable, quiet cul-de-sac location of Wingreen Court (2,4,6,8,9,10 & 11 Wingreen Court, North York) – please visit our website.

Peppermint: Our favourite holiday flavour!

Peppermint: Our favourite holiday flavour!

The busy holiday season is upon us. It’s a time to gather with family and friends and eat great food. The cool, wintery taste of peppermint fits perfectly with the holidays. It may be our favourite holiday flavour. The Greenrock Property Management blog team wants to share some of our favourite peppermint recipes for you to enjoy this holiday at yourVillage Green apartment.

 

Lemon Braised Chicken with Beans and Peppermint Pesto

 

This Lemon Braised Chicken with Beans and Mint Pesto is a great, savoury way to use peppermint this winter. This easy to make, one pot wonder is perfect for winter or summer when the extreme temperatures may lead you toward more hands off cooking that makes a lot of food, so you don’t have to worry about what’s for dinner tomorrow night. This dish is great during the busy holidays for easy and informal meals.

 

Peppermint Red Velvet Cake

 

Add an extra layer of flavour to regular red velvet cake with this Peppermint Red Velvet Cake. The red and white colour of the cake, combined with the cool, wintery flavour of peppermint and the rich, smooth, luxurious chocolate taste of red velvet make this perhaps the perfect winter dessert. This time of year can be busy and stressful, the good news is that this impressive cake requires only 20 minutes of prep time and 25 minutes of baking. You can also prepare the cake layers in advance, when you have a moment, and keep them in the freezer for up to a month.

 

Peppermint Brownie Tarts

 

The cool, wintery taste of peppermint perfectly enhances the rich, fudgy flavour of these Peppermint Brownie Tarts. To top it off, this tart is garnished with red and white striped candy canes for a festive dessert that you’ll want to share with those you love – and keep all to yourself. Don’t worry, this recipe makes two tarts, so you can have your tart (to share or give) and eat one too.

 

Candy Cane Marshmallows

 

These cool and colourful Candy Cane Marshmallows, with their pretty white and red marble swirl, make a perfect gift. They are amazing in hot chocolate, or all on their own and they are very easy to make with only a few ingredients: sugar, light corn syrup, eggs, gelatin, peppermint extract and some red colouring to make the marble swirl.

 

Happy holidays from the Greenrock blog team! We hope these recipes make this season a little cooler and a little sweeter. For more information on Greenrock Rental Communities, including the comfort and convenience in the downtown core of Village Green (40 & 50 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street)- please visit our website.

Holiday party hosting tips

 Holiday party hosting tips/

The holidays should be a time of joy. Hosting a holiday party at your Greenrock at Davisville Village apartment shouldn’t send your stress levels through the roof, you should be able to enjoy your own party. The blog team at Greenrock Property Management is here to help take away your troubles with some holiday party hosting tips that will let you enjoy the evening as much as your friends and family.

 

Make A List

 

You’ve got enough to worry about, make a list and check it twice to avoid the inevitable ‘did I remember to…?’ feeling. During the planning stage of your holiday party, make a list of everything that has to be taken care of. Plan out what you are capable and comfortable doing alone, and ask for help with the rest. People like to be helpful, especially at this time of year. Let them chip in, you’ll be glad you did. Once everything is crossed off your list, then you are ready to simply enjoy yourself.

 

Prepare Food in Advance

 

Hosting a holiday party should be fun, but if you are stuck in the kitchen instead of mingling with your guests, you may not enjoy it yourself. You can avoid relegating yourself to the confinement of the kitchen by preparing some food in advance. Check out a sample menu here.

 

Create a Holiday Playlist

 

You may not have time to play DJ at your holiday party, and constantly looking for the next perfect song can eat up valuable time. You may want to create (or have a friend create) a holiday playlist. Think about the atmosphere you want to have at your holiday party and choose some songs that fit. If you are sitting down to a formal dinner, instrumental songs may work better during the meal so that the voices of your guests don’t have to compete with the music.

 

Open Up

 

You can take some stress off your plate by hosting a more casual open house. Guests can drop by for as long as they like, which can make things less stressful for their holiday schedules as well. Small dishes are great  for this type of party, served over the course of the evening, rather than a sit down dinner.

 

Happy (stress-free) Holidays from the blog team at Greenrock Property Management! For more information ofGreenrock’s rental communities, including the comfort and convenience of the centrally located Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 & 225 Davisville Ave, 45 Balliol Street) please visit our website.

Hanukkah recipes to fry this year

Hanukkah recipes to fry this year

Hanukkah is almost here! This year, the eight days of Hanukkah commence on December 24th and end on January 1st. It’s a time to gather with friends and family, and eat! It is traditional to eat fried foods during the holiday, to recognize and celebrate the miracle of the oil lamp that burned for eight days and nights, despite only having enough oil for a single night. If you are hosting a gathering at your Village Green apartment, the Greenrock blog team has some great Hanukkah recipes for you to fry this year.

 

 Latkes

 

 Perhaps the most popular and famous Hanukkah dish is Latkes. These fried potato pancakes are super crispy and get raised to an even higher level of deliciousness when served with the traditional sour cream and applesauce. For the crispiest latkes possible, use the starchiest potatoes – Yukon Gold.

 

Sufganiyot

 

There is an old Israeli folk tale that says after Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden, God tried to cheer them up with Sufganiyot, or jelly donuts. That’s how good they are. No matter what kind of day you’re having, it can be made a little better with a few jelly donuts.

 

Lemony Fried Chicken

 

 Fried chicken is always delicious, but Lemony Fried Chicken is almost unfair. This traditional Tuscan Jewish dish is marinated in lemon juice and olive oil for a flavour that is almost divine. Best of all, it only takes about 30 minutes to make.

 

Poached Pear Fritters

 

These Poached Pear Fritters aren’t strictly traditional, but you can create a new tradition with these fried delights. The pears are poached in orange and lemon juice with sugar and water. The poaching liquid is then simmered and reduced, after the pears are removed, to create a delicious syrup to drizzle over the breaded, fried, poached pears. Dust with a little confectioners sugar to push them over the top!

Happy Hanukkah from the blog team at Greenrock Property Management. For more information on Greenrock Rental Communities, including the quiet oasis in the heart of the city that is Village Green (40 & 50 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street) -please visit our website.

Chicken, five ways

Chicken, five ways

Tired of the chicken recipes you make for dinner all the time? If you’re looking to shake up your recipe repertoire atWingreen Court, the Greenrock Property Management blog team has five new chicken recipes you’re going to love.

 

Ginger Teriyaki Chicken

 

This chicken recipe features a Ginger Teriyaki sauce for spicy and exotic flavour. Infused with ginger, garlic and a hint of bourbon, this sauce is great for chicken, pork chops, ribs, and steak. You may want to make some extra sauce since it will keep in the fridge for up to a week. Best of all, it’s super easy to whip up.

 

Lemon and Garlic Roast Chicken

 

This Lemon and Garlic Roast Chicken is the perfect Sunday dinner. A whole roasted chicken is stuffed with lots of garlic, lemon and fresh thyme.You can feed a crowd with this recipe or enjoy it solo all week long. It requires only about 20 minutes of hands-on preparation time and it’s ready in an hour and fifteen minutes.

 

Butterflied Grilled Whole Chicken

 

Roasting isn’t the only way to prepare a whole chicken. Before you give up grilling for the season, make this Butterflied Grilled Whole Chicken. Its seasoned with your favourite herbs and spices and is ready in far less time than a traditional roasted chicken. This recipe requires about 10 minutes of prep time and only 40 minutes of cooking time.

 

Poached Whole Chicken

 

Poached Chicken goes a long way. It makes a tasty chicken dinner and a delicious broth at the same time. You can use that broth for many other recipes. All you need to do is place the chicken in a pot, cover it with water and add whatever seasonal vegetables and herbs that you have on hand. Bring it all to a boil and simmer for about an hour an and twenty minutes.

 

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

 

What could be better than coming home after a long day to the delicious smell of chicken that is ready to eat?! This Slow Cooker Whole Chicken makes that dream a reality and only takes about 5 minutes to prepare. You can season it anyway you like before placing the whole bird in your slow cooker. If you want a crispier skin, simply pop the cooked chicken in a pot under the broiler in your oven for a 3 to 5 minutes until crispy.

 

The Greenrock Property Management blog team hopes these chicken recipes make dinner time a little more interesting this winter. For more information on Greenrock’s rental communities, including Wingreen Court (2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10 & 11 Wingreen Court) – please visit our website.

Fall for these fall cakes

Fall for these fall cakes

Fall is baking season. There is something so satisfying about baking a cake on a cool fall day. There is something even more satisfying about eating one! The Greenrock blog team wants to help you fill your kitchen at Village Green with the aromas of fall. We know you’ll fall for these fall cakes.

 

Pumpkin Torte

 

This Pumpkin Torte is a delicious layer cake with a creamy, mild pumpkin flavour and just the perfect amount of spice. It’s topped with chopped pecans and caramel. It’s an elegant dessert that looks impressively complicated, but it’s actually simple to make with only about 30 minutes of prep time and 25 minutes in the oven.

 

Cranberry Orange Upside Down Cake

 

This Cranberry Orange Upside Down Cake is perfectly sweetened with brown sugar and perfectly spiced with ginger and cinnamon. It’s called ‘upside down cake’ because of the way it’s baked. The fruit is added first and the batter for the crust is poured over top. It can be prepared in about 20 minutes, and then baked for 35 to 40 minutes before inverting the cake while it’s still warm.

 

White Chocolate Sweet Potato Cake

 

What’s not to love about a lightly spiced White Chocolate Sweet Potato Cake?! This fabulous fall layer cake is loaded with white chocolate mousse and toasted macadamia nuts on top, plus a hint of brandy to warm you down to your toes.

 

Apple Pecan Spice Cake

 

Apple season is in full swing right now, so make the most of it with this Apple Pecan Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting – even the name sounds delicious! The spice cake itself is tender and moist with chunks of baked apples, but the brown sugar cream cheese frosting is what really puts this cake over the top.

 

Pumpkin Cake Roll

 

All your favourite fall flavours are rolled into one in this Pumpkin Cake Roll. This rolled cake recipe looks elegant, but it’s also easy! All you need is 25 minutes of prep time to make a layer of pumpkin cake perfection with a sweet cream cheese and butter filling. Let the good times roll this fall.

 

The blog team at Greenrock Property Management hopes you’ll fall for these fall cakes. For more information onGreenrock rental communities, like the quiet oasis in the heart of the city that is Village Green (40 & 50 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street) please visit our website.

Vegetarian roasts for chilly nights

Vegetarian roasts for chilly nights

Chilly nights are inevitable in the fall. The earlier the sun sets, the more it feels right to settle in at home and prepare some hot food that warms your soul. The Greenrock Property Management blog team has some recipes featuring vegetarian roasts for chilly nights that you can curl up with at home, at 166 Eastbourne Avenue.

 

Nut Loaf

 

Packed with protein, this satisfying and substantial roasted veggie loaf made is made with red lentils, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, eggs and cheese. It’s all rounded out with vegetables, bread crumbs, butter, olive oil and herbs. It’s served with a delicious garlic tomato sauce. It pairs amazingly well with all the classic roast dinner trimmings.

 

Vegan ‘Cheesy’ Whole Roasted Cauliflower

 

Even if you’re not a cauliflower fan, this ‘cheesy’ Whole Roasted Cauliflower may be the recipe that wins you over. The ‘cheese’ flavour comes from nutritional yeast. It’s a healthy vegan option with a nutty, tangy, cheese flavour that you’ll wish you discovered years ago!

 

Roasted Zucchini Casserole

 

This Roasted Zucchini Casserole is a perfect all-in-one dish for a chilly fall evening. Layers of roasted zucchini, onions and pasta are topped with parmesan cheese for an irresistible meal. It requires only 20 minutes of prep time, and an hour and twenty minutes in the oven. Serve with a side salad and dinner rolls for a comforting chilly night creation that will make you feel cozy.

 

Stuffed Squash

 

Stuffed Squash is a sweet and savoury option for chilly autumn nights. No matter what squash you choose, or which grains and vegetables you choose to stuff it with, the aroma that will fill your 166 Eastbourne apartment is almost as satisfying as the taste. This squash stuffing tutorial will show you how to customize and create your personal favourite roasted squash for a chilly night.

 

The Greenrock Property Management blog team hopes these recipes will make your fall a little more cozy, comforting, and delicious. For more information on Greenrock’s rental communities, including the elegant apartments at 166 Eastbourne in the heart of midtown Toronto – please visit our website

Save big with DIY café drinks

Save big with DIY café drinks

Now and then, splurging on a café drink is totally worth it, especially with so many great cafés located near ourToronto apartments. For those of us who crave lattes and mochaccinos daily, homemade café style drinks are a great option. Today’s post from the blog team at Greenrock Property Management features four awesome DIY café drink hacks that will satisfy your craving and help you save a lot of money long term.

 

Chai Tea

 

Chai tea and lattes may be the easiest café style drinks to recreate at home. All you have to do is add a chai blend plus warm milk. For the cost of three of these drinks at a café, you can buy nearly two pounds of spiced chai mix online. Better yet, you can make your own inexpensive Chai Tea Concentrate and tweak the ingredients to bring out whichever spice you love most in this beloved fall beverage.

 

Pumpkin Spice Latte

 

Fall is Pumpkin Spice Latte season. It’s easy to fall into a $5 a day habit at Starbucks or your local coffee shop. Did you know that you could save hundreds of dollars by making this autumn staple yourself? Pick up canned pumpkin at your local grocery store and try this homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe today.

 

Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino

 

Peppermint season is just around the corner. This homemade Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino is super affordable and easy to make at home. To save big, buy brown sugar, cocoa powder and peppermint extract in bulk. You likely already have the final ingredients, coffee and milk, in your kitchen in our Toronto apartments. Here’s another fun option: Make your own peppermint simple syrup and add a touch of the holidays to whatever café drink you choose.

 

Hot Chocolate

 

Skip overpriced café hot chocolate and make your own this fall and winter. It only takes four basic ingredients to make this Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix. Looking for a fun and tasty gift? Pour this mix into a mason jar, add a few broken peppermint sticks on top, seal and adorn with a festive ribbon.

Do your budget and your tastebuds a favour. The Greenrock Property Management blog team hopes you give one of these delicious DIY café drinks a try and save big. For more information about our Toronto apartments, please visit our website.