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Curried Cauliflower

One of my goals this year is to increase my vegetable intake. Now to be very honest with you I am a picky vegetable eater. I have a thing against crunchy vegetables (will not even touch lettuce!). So I like my vegetables cooked, boiled, steamed, roasted and I am sure you get the picture! I was on Pinterest ‘researching’ and I found a whole bunch of pins on curried cauliflower – I thought it was brilliant and tried out my own take on it (most of the recipes called for roasting them and I chose to cook my in water and olive oil to ensure a nice soft crunch).
One cauliflower head
1-2 tbsp of curry powder (to suit your own taste)
1-2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil (just enough to fry the cauliflower)
salt and pepper to taste
1. Cut up the cauliflowers into small pieces.
2. Combine the olive oil and cauliflower in a pot.

3. Top with curry powder, salt and pepper and mix.
4. Add in enough water to almost cover the cauliflower (this will all boil away in the end to allow the cauliflower to fry at the end).
5. On medium heat boil the cauliflower until the water has evaporated.
6. Still on medium heat, fry the cauliflower until golden. This took roughly five minutes.
NOTE: If you are not the biggest fan of spicy food stick with one tbsp of curry powder – I found that 2 tbsp will make it spicier. Also stove top cooking times can vary so please adjust your cooking times and temperatures to your oven.
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Hemp Heart Balls

My co-worker recently introduced me to the world of hemp hearts and chia seeds. She has been on a clean eating diet and has done so well with weight loss and a healthy living lifestyle. I am slowly following her wisdom and getting on board with a cleaner way of eating. 
She created a super tasty “protein” ball recipe which I altered to suit my own personal likes. It is an excellent afternoon pick me up or even an after work snack (I am always starving when I first get home from work but I am still in the process of cooking so the only thing to munch on is unhealthy snacks in the house!). The recipe is so simple and involves no baking.

You can add in chia seeds or flax seed if you want to or even substitute dried cranberries for the chocolate chips.
– 1/2 cup of oats
– 1/2 cup of hemp hearts
– 1 tbsp of honey
-1/4 cup of natural peanut butter
– chocolate chips (enough for two to three pieces a ball)

1. Combine all ingredients into a ball. Mix together until mixture is well mixed and is able to stick together.

2. Form the mixture into balls. Place in fridge and enjoy!
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Banana Apple Bread

I decided to play around with my Dad’s Banana Cinnamon Bread recipe (gasp! If he knew….) and throw in some apples and a pear. It turned out so well – very soft and moist. The recipe is very similar to the Banana Cinnamon Bread recipe posted with some new tweeks.
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup of sugar
1 egg beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
3 medium apples
1 pear
1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. Peel and core the apples and pear. Soften the apples and pear by cooking them on low heat in a small amount of butter. Once softened enough to be able to mash with a fork, combine them with the bananas and melted butter.

3. Add the sugar, beaten egg, vanilla and mix.

4. Add the baking soda and salt, mix.

5. Add the flour, mix.

6. Sprinkle the cinnamon on top (add more if you love the taste of the cinnamon – I’m sure I added more than a teaspoon!!) and mix thoroughly.

7. Pour the mix into a buttered 4×9 loaf pan. Bake for roughly forty five minutes to an hour. Always make sure to use a toothpick to check if it is cooked in the centre! Allow to cool and then serve.

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Lunch Box Lessons for Back to School #cbias

Are you already in the back to school mode for lunches? To be honest I am a bit dreading it! The summer has brought a nice break from the stress of packing the “perfect” lunch.

Live So Fab looked into the five basics to help prepare a healthy lunch and snacks for school. I love the way they have broken it down to include items from every food group so that your child receives a wealth of nutrition through out the day.
The five food basics for the perfect school lunch according to Live So Fab and parents are:
  • Healthy Snack: The fruits or vegetable portion of the lunch box. My children love to have strawberries, grapes, cucumbers, carrots and celery here. Peppers are another great option.
  • The Sandwich: Now this seems to be very popular among a lot of parents but what I have found with my kids is that they become too grumpy and irritable if they don’t eat more than a sandwich at lunch (I am blaming their high metabolism on this one!). When we do sandwiches we use breaded chicken or veal on a bun. The favourite in our house is penne in a tomato sauce or fajitas.
  • Drink: My children both bring a water bottle with them but I still fill up a container of juice for them to bring as well – usually orange or apple juice.
  • Homemade treat: My eldest son’s favourite part!! He likes to bake muffins, cupcakes and cookies so we always incorporate this into his lunch!
  • Salty Snack: I have to confess I personally do not include this part but pretzels are a family favourite.

What are your basics for the perfect lunch? Do you have basics that you like to include?
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Turkey Chili

Walmart had Maple Leaf Prime ground turkey and chicken on sale last week so I stocked up as much as my freezer could hold! Our family loves chili all year long so I decided to make a healthier version for us. Here is what we did:
– 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
– 1 large onion
– 2 medium carrots sliced
– 1 cup of fresh spinach
– 3 garlic cloves diced
– 1 1/2 cups of freshly diced tomatoes
– 1 can diced tomatoes
– 1 pound of ground extra lean turkey or chicken
– 4 tbsp dry black lentils 
– 4 tbsp cumin
– 1 tbsp chili powder
1. On medium heat, saute the onion, garlic cloves, carrots in a large pot until slightly golden.
2. Add the turkey or chicken meat. Stir until the meat is cooked through.
3. Add the spinach and continue to cook until the spinach has been cooked through.
4. Add the cumin and chili powder and cook for another minute to absorb the spices.
5. Add the fresh tomatoes and cook for another minute to two minutes or until the tomatoes become slightly absorbed. 
6. Add the diced tomatoes and allow to cook on medium heat for roughly 30 minutes or until the majority of the tomatoes have been absorbed. 
Enjoy! I was able to make not only dinner with this recipe but also two freezer lunch meals with this – perfect for busy work weeks!
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