Remember me?!

Oh, hey! Remember me? Well after a longer-than-planned break I am back in action!

So what the heck have I been up to over the past month? Here’s the highlight reel…

Trying out some new smoothie recipes

Smoothie

…and more smoothies

Smoothie

Eating my eggs and plantain fries…what else is new…

Eggs and Plantains

Trying out some new recipes… say hello to dijon salmon

Dijon Salmon

And cherry ‘icecream’ with chickpea brownie pieces

Cherry Icecream

Drinking this beauty of a drink in the mornings

Morning drink

Having a kombucha ‘pop’ when I go to my favourite local natural foods store

Kombucha

Wearing some pretty outrageous workout pants…what can I say, I like to keep it fun!

Pants

And did I mention I’ve been drinking a lot of smoothies? 🙂

Smoothie

There you have it – some highlights from my month of being MIA. As you may have suspected from all of the pictures… there may be the odd recipe coming your way soon!

And, on a completely separate note, you might have noticed a few changes around here! I may have been away, but didn’t forget about this little blog! I have lots of exciting things planned, starting with this new blog design!

It feels good to be back! Thanks to everyone who stuck around despite my being away!  🙂

Until next time,
Sam

Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

Today I had chocolate ice cream for breakfast. Okay…maybe I didn’t, but it was just as delicious, and an incredibly healthy version of ice cream!

Chocolate 'Icecream'

Ingredients:

  • ½ avocado (ripe)
  • 1 heaping tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds (1 in recipe and 1 to garnish)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or unpasteurized honey
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup coconut milk (approx.)
  • 1 cup ice (approx.)
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter

Instructions:

Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Garnish with chia seeds and freeze for 10 minutes (uncovered).

Enjoy this amazing bowl of ice cream whenever you crave a sweet treat, or you can add your favourite protein powder for a post-workout snack.

Other than the delicious taste of this treat, there’s another big reason why I love this recipe SO much – it includes some serious power foods!

Avocados contain monounsaturated fatty acids, dietary fibre, essential nutrients and phytochemicals. Some studies show that eating avocado can even support weight management, cardiovascular health, and healthy aging! Who can say no to a super-food that does all of that?? And, in this recipe, the avocado makes the ice cream deliciously creamy.

The chia seeds in this recipe add to the texture while packing a punch by providing omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, protein, and minerals!

And that’s just a snapshot of this amazing ice cream, so run, don’t walk to your kitchen and make this delicious ‘treat’ 😉

Until next time,
Sam

Sources:

  1. http://www.nutritionj.com/content/12/1/1
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3664913/
  3. http://www.naturalnews.com/048362_avocado_heart_disease_LDL_cholesterol.html
  4. http://www.naturalnews.com/040564_chia_seeds_omega-3_sources_healthy.html

Recipe of the Weekend: Turkey Burger with Pesto Sauce

Happy Saturday friends, and happy Spring!

I have been craving lighter foods lately, and one of the signature staples of BBQ season (which I keep telling myself is right around the corner)…burgers!

We aren’t quite at that BBQ time of year yet, but that didn’t stop me from craving a burger, so the other night, I whipped up a quick, but delicious burger recipe with an amazing pesto sauce to top it off.

The burger is delicious, but let’s face it – the pesto sauce totally makes this recipe.

Turkey Burger with Pesto Sauce

Burger (makes 8 patties):

  • 1 package ground turkey
  • Finely chopped onion slices (amount depends on your preference – I put about half of a small sweet onion)
  • 4 tablespoons garbanzo bean flour
  • 1 egg
  • Paprika (again, amount depends on your preference – I used about ½ tsp)
  • 1 tsp finely chopped garlic

Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, scoop into ‘burger’ shapes (I used an ice-cream scoop…sounds weird, but hey, it works)

Cook using your method of choice: I fried these in a pan with coconut oil, but come spring and summer weather, hello barbeque!

Pesto:

  • Handful fresh basil
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • Olive oil (approx. 1 – 2 tbsp)
  • Salt (to taste)

Mix all ingredients in blender or food processor (I used a Magic Bullet) – add oil slowly until you reach your desired consistency.

Turkey Burger with pesto

Then voila, put your burger and your pesto on a bed of greens and you’ve got yourself an amazing dinner! And another great thing about these burgers – they are versatile – say hello to an amazing breakfast with your leftovers!

Breakfast with leftover burgers

Enjoy!

Are you excited for lighter Spring foods?

What are your favourite Spring staples?

Enjoying a Quiet Moment, and Plantain Fries!

Hello friends!

For those of you in Southern Ontario, I hope you’re staying nice and warm (and safe) in this glorious winter weather.

Today didn’t actually start out with crazy, blowing snow – it was quite lovely this morning! There was a beautiful, mostly clear sky, with a gorgeous sunrise. A sunrise that I almost missed! No, not because I overslept, but because I was so caught up in the morning rush (and this morning felt particularly chaotic for some reason) that I did not even look outside. Even after my sister told me to look at the beautiful sunrise, I initially said “I’m sure it’s beautiful, but I’m busy!”. Seriously, who is too busy to look outside for 30 seconds?! Apparently I thought I was. After realizing how utterly stupid that was, I luckily had not missed the sunrise, and I took a moment to take it all in. I am so glad that I was able to snap out of it and take a quiet moment to look at the breathtaking sunrise that I thought I was ‘too busy’ to see. Lesson learned for me today (thanks Nikki!).

In other news, I am happy to report that the breakfast fry saga has a happy ending! Third time, really is the charm!

After one completely failed attempt at parsnip fries (you can read about it here if you missed it), and one mediocre attempt at plantain fries,I realized I should give up on trying to use a toaster oven to make fries. So, on my third attempt on breakfast fries, I was inspired by Meg (at Adashofmeg.com), and tried pan-fried plantain fries. They were so easy, and oh so good! Hello new breakfast staple!

The winner!

The winner!

I cut the plantain into fries (fyi – one plantain makes a lot of fries!), and fried them in a pan with olive oil, garlic, and salt. Yum!

Plantain fries

If you are looking for a new savoury breakfast food to try, learn from my mistakes and jump right to the pan-fried plantain fries! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Until next time,

Sam