Monday, November 24, 2014

So delicious!

Hey there! I'm so excited to be doing this post on my new laptop!  I work so much on my desktop in my office that sometimes it just gets to be too much - I want to break free from that chair! Now that I have my laptop I feel like its a whole new work world! I'm even looking forward to taking this baby out some place like Starbucks or Chapters to work every once in awhile! 

In all seriousness I'm really hoping that by being able to change my work environment and scenery from time to time I'll be more likely to blog. When you just spent all day at the computer that last thing you want to do is crawl back into that office at night to blog. I have so many pictures to share but unfortunately my camera cord seems to by mia. But my husband is stopping to buy a new one tomorrow so we should be back in business!

Anyways, I'm so excited to report that finally, FINALLY, we have the So Delicious Mint Chocolate and Pumpkin Spice coconut milk beverages available here in Canada!!!! I bought 4 cartons of the mint chocolate (for hot chocolate for the girls) and one of the pumpkin spice. We tried the mint chocolate today and it was a HUGE hit (with the girls anyways - I didn't try it). I'll report back with our thoughts on the pumpkin spice once we try it but I really have my fingers crossed that we'll get the Nog one here too. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Lots and lots of food pics.....

I'm finally working my way through my backlog of pictures. Prepare yourself for a lenghty-ish post!

The girls started at a new school this year and the hours are a little different then their last school so its been an adjustment with the morning and afternoon routines. School starts a little earlier for them now and they are done 30 minutes earlier than they used to be. Because they are home so much earlier now I'm trying to eat supper earlier so they have more time for bath/reading/relaxing at night before bed. its taking me a bit to get used to having supper ready earlier but I'm starting to get into the swing of things and it makes for a much more relaxed evening so its well worth it.

Sometimes a simple supper of whatever we have in the fridge is the best I can do! Above is one such supper - roasted chickpeas, garlic quinoa, broccoli, local organic corn on the cob!, and mashed new red potatoes. The kids really seem to like when they get a little bit of lots of different things on their plate. Kinda like a buffet I guess :)

Sometimes you need something to dress up an ordinary meal. We have been spoiled with some much beautiful local organic produce right now. We always like salad but when everything is just so fresh - you can't beat it! All organic - red leaf lettuce, cucumbers, green peppers, red onions (lots & lots because my kids love red onions) and roma tomatoes. With a homemade simple balsamic dressing - so so good!

The other day at the store the kids wanted me to by some crispy seasoned french fries. Nope - but I took a look at the ingredient list for some inspiration and went to work at home with some really lovely organic Red Norland potatoes from our Organic Box. I made a coating mixture of tapioca starch, onion and garlic powder, smoked paprika and salt and pepper. I lined a baking tray with parchment paper, but some coconut oil on the tray and put it in a preheated oven to melt the oil then I pulled the tray out and tossed the potatoe wedges in the oil. I then took the oiled wedges and tossed them in the coating bag and gave them a good shake then dumped them back on the tray. Pupped the tray in the oven till the wedges were nice and crispy. Kids loved them!

Don't they look good?!

I made them to go along with these - the new hand formed field roast burgers. Above is a patty off the bbq all ready to get dressed up.

And here is is all ready to eat - on a sesame silver hills hamburger bun with lettuce tomatoe, red onion, pickles and vegenaise. Gabbie LOVED these - seriously loved them. Ollie had maybe half -  she is not a big veggie burger fan. Me - I thought they were ok. I'm super fond of homemade veggie burgers and I also really like the Amy's california burger so I still put those ones above these but these were good too. 

Making lunches - I try to pack leftover lots for the kids. Here is a random lunch of strawberries and peaches, cucumbers and carrot sticks with dip, quesadillas made with hummus and green onions, a momma chia chia squeeze, a powerball and a cookie.

Whats a powerball - these are powerballs! Date/hemp seed/sunflower seed/cocoa powder mixture courtesy of the lovely Dreena Burton. Recipe is here!

And finally, yesterday was kinda of a weird night for a sunday supper for us. Usually I try to do a big sunday supper since I typically have more time to cook on a sunday but yesterday my husband had to leave right after supper for his football draft. I didn't want a billion dishes to do on a sunday night when the kids need their hair washed and dried and trying to get them ready for the school week. So I thought it would be a great night to try out a new recipe I had my eye on for awhile now - this "tuna" sandwich recipe. I followed the recipe almost to a "T" but I doubled the lemon and i added a very generous sprinkle of dried dill weed. AMAZING!

Here is the mixture in a bowl. I would say make it atleast 4 hours before you want to eat it so the flavours have time to meld togather.

Gabbie's sandwich - I spread some smashed avocado on both pieces of bread, plus she had cucumber slices and spinach on hers. She loved it too and ate ever last bite! Ollie had the same but she also had red onion slices on hers too and a thicker spread of avocado and a little less "tuna".  She only had her crust leftover (no surprise there).

Enjoying their sammies!

They also had some organic apple slices (the galas are so nice and crisp right now!), a b12 and a multi vitamin. Oh and a nice cold glass of almond milk to wash it all down. Ollie has no nut allergies in her class so I could send this sandwich for lunch for her (still checking for Gabbies class) but I'm worried that it might get soggy. Im thinking of sending the "tuna" in a container and giving them crackers to spoon it on and eat. It would make a really nice lunch for sure I think! 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

What we've been eating

A few months back at the store I saw these sprouted quinoa chia burgers calling my name. I try to make all of our veggie burger patties but sometimes you need a quick supper and last spring Ollie was playing outdoor soccer which meant 2 nights a week we needed to eat an pretty early supper to but out the door for soccer practice/games. Paired with the silver hills sprouted hamburger buns they were pretty tasty and decently healthy.

The burgers.

The buns.

The patty.

The verdict - two thumbs up!

A dinner made just for me - sauteed dino kale, roasted tamari chickpeas, sauteed mushrooms with a garlic cashew cream sauce. Sometimes trying to clean out the fridge taste really good!

These also tasted pretty good - nachos! I made a taco "meat" with lentils (cooked in my pressure cooker) and mixed them with taco seasoning, tortilla chips, chopped tomatoes, green onions, daiya cheddar shreds, pico, guac, cashew sour cream and a sprinkle of cilantro. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

What its mofo already?!

Today I'm feeling really behind because tomorrow is back to school and of course I feel totally unprepared for it (even thought I have all their school stuff ready to go).  Then I find out mofo starts today - what?! I thought it started October first. Now I feel double behind :(

No matter - I have a million food pics stored up. But I have none ready to go at this very moment (like i said I thought I had a whole month to get ready!) But I do have a recipe link to share with you! Tonight I made the Crispy Quinoa Cakes from Oh She Glows. These are so good and so easy to make. I highly recommend them. Gabbie said they weren't her favourite but Ollie gave them 2 thumbs up and so do I. Gabbie ate hers with ketchup and said she started to like them more towards the end so we'll see what she says next time I make them. I'm liking them so much I might make them for Thanksgiving this year.

I'm off to finish the last few things for back to school tomorrow.  Good night!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Trying new recipes

I just finished going through all my photos from recently - I have so many yummy food pics to share and I'm so behind!. I keep snapping pics of our food then it seems a few weeks go by before I get them off my camera and ready to share. I find this time of the year to be very busy - its getting nice out so we are spending more time outside plus we have outside work to do now. Soccer season has started so we are busy a few nights a week with that plus art lessons and swimming lessons, etc. I know, I always have an excuse ;)

On to the food, a few months back I got the Oh She Glows cookbook at Costco. I love her blog and her book is excellent too. So this first recipe is on her blog, not in her book. Its called the Dinosaur Dill Crunch Salad with Salt & Vinegar Roasted Chickpeas. Her picture is much much prettier than mine but really it all taste them same in your mouth right!

So how did it taste? Well the 2 bites I had were delicious but as soon as my kids saw me eating they were right there asking for a bite which ended up (as usual) with me splitting my lunch between the two of them. And they gobbled it up so I guess thats 2 thumbs up times 3! I especially liked the dressing and my kids liked it on just a regular tossed salad so check it out. 

That Saturday was cold - it was a mixture of rain and snow out and barely above zero. So soup was in order for supper. I had a big batch of chickpeas that I had made in my pressure cooker to use up and I had some red pepper in my fridge that also needed to be used up and so the roasted red pepper and chickpea soup was born. I basically just roasted the red peppers in the oven then I sauteed carrots, celery and onion in a large pot, added the chickpeas and covered with veg. stock (just till there was maybe an inch over the chickpeas) threw in the roasted peppers and let the whole thing simmer for about 30 min. Then I pureed the whole thing in my vitamix with about half a cup of raw cashews to give it some creaminess. Everyone loved it and I've made it a few times since.

Brownies. I have been on the search for the perfect vegan brownie recipe for the last 6.5 years. Well search no more. Below is the perfect rich, fudgy, decadent vegan brownie. Don't believe me? Check it out.

This recipe is in the Oh She Glows cookbook and honestly it is worth purchasing the book for this recipe alone. Certainly not an everyday recipe but perfect when you want a decadent treat. Needless to say that pan did not last long.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Happy May the 4th!

Happy May the 4th everyone! My kids are obsessed with this video even though they haven't ever watched any of the Star Wars movies. I actually posted this a few years back but thought it would be fun to repost it today :)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! Today was a beautiful warm day so to kick off our earth day celebrations we enjoyed a sunny walk to school this morning. The girls always take a snack in either their planetboxes if they bring a lunch to school or a reuseable container if they are coming home for lunch (which is more often than not these days)  but today they decided to bring an apple and banana for a snack - something that had its own compostible wrapper :)

As I mentioned above the girls are often coming home for lunch which has actually been really nice for me. Its easier to make them something at home for lunch than to pack a lunch for them in the morning. Plus I feel like the benefit from having a break from school for a bit. They don't get to come home every day but 3 or 4 days of the week they do. I often give them leftovers for lunch. Last night they wanted tacos for dinner so we had roasted chickpeas with all the fixings (chapped tomatoes, green onions, guac, salsa, black olives and lettuce).  Today for lunch they opted to have all the taco fillings on a plate and scoop it up with organic tortilla chips. I have noticed that since they come home for lunch they are eating a lot more at lunch. They also had some organic strawberries and watermelon on the side.

For dinner I was going to make the pad thai from the vegan table with the sauteed asparagus from the same book. Unfortunately when I went to prep the asparagus it was all slimy and funky :(  We had really been looking forward to it - we haven't had that recipe for quite some time and we thought it would be a treat for earth day. So we had our pad thai with some broccolini and it was really good. I was going to make roasted tamari chickpeas to go on top but I realized that we had already had chickpeas in our tacos from lunch and thought the kids might not be too happy with that so instead I made some gardein chickin fingers on the side. What can I say - we try to eat whole foods all the time but sometimes in a pinch....

Yesterday at Costco I picked up the Oh She glows cookbook. After flipping through it the girls picked out the chocolate pudding cake recipe as the first to try. Apparently we had to have a special dessert to celebrate Earth Day (any excuse for dessert!). I was a little unsure when I put it in the oven but it came out awesome!

With a little scoop of vanilla coconut milk ice cream on the top it was fabulous. I found it super rich and only had a few bites but it was great and I would certainly make it again for guest. It felt like a decadent dessert so if you wanted to make something that will impress give this one a whirl. There is a gluten free brownie recipe in the book that looks fantastic so I plan on making that one very soon.