Night Cycle with Onlia- LIght up the Night!

One of my fondest childhood summer memories growing up was biking around the

neighborhood late into the evening with my besties. There’s something empowering about

taking to the streets on your own two wheels. As our kids have gotten older and more

comfortable on their bikes, we’ve taken on more and more adventurous family rides. Biking is

such a great family activity, not only is it such great exercise and environmentally friendly, but

it’s also an amazing way to spend quality time together. I’m so happy to see our little ones

building their own early biking memories.

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As happy as I am to pass on the joy of bike riding to our little ones, I do want to make sure they

always remember to put safety first. Anyone who’s ever ridden their bikes in a big city has likely

had their fair share of close calls (I know it’s happened to me). That’s why I was so happy to

take part in a fun night ride through the busy streets of Toronto to help raise awareness of bike

safety in our city about a month back. A group of us braved the cold February weather with the

folks from Onlia and Switchback Cyclery for a fun and educational ride. Onlia is a new digital

company based in Toronto that offers a safe driving rewards app and digital auto insurance, and

they’re on a mission to work with Canadians to make our roads and communities safer for

everyone. It was great to see so many riders come out and share their experiences and insights

into how riders and drivers can work together to make the streets safer, especially at night.

If you’re planning on heading out onto the roads with your kids this summer, remember to keep

these quick safety tips in mind to help make sure that every ride is your safest ride!

Here’s a Video from our Night Ride!



1. Make yourself visible - Add reflective tape and lights to your bike and wheels (or take it

one step further and wear reflective clothing).


2. Try to ride on a lighted path - While it may not always be possible, you’re much more

likely to be seen if you stick to well-lit roads & paths.


3. Have a plan - It’s important to plan your route out ahead of time. Avoid roads where the

lighting is poor. Even if the alternatives take you a few minutes out of your way, you’ll

feel a lot safer knowing that drivers will see you clearly.


4. Make sure you can hear your surroundings - Avoid using earphones to listen to music or

anything that would distract you from hearing what’s going on around you.


5. Assume you’re invisible to drivers - Slow down and be a little extra vigilant. While you

may think a driver can see you, it’s best to assume that drivers can’t see you at night. So be

extra careful as they turn, park and open their doors near you.


Remember that one of the best ways to help kids learn safe bike riding is to set a good example

yourself. So strap on that helmet and get out there so you can show them exactly what safe

riding looks like. I hope these tips help give you the confidence to get out there and light up the

night with your bike!

To learn more about Onlia’s safety movement, visit Onlia.ca or follow along on Facebook.


Lamb Kebobs on a Stick

Wanna know the trick to getting your kids to eat something? Easy! Just put it on a stick! But seriously, these Lamb Kebobs disappeared in 5 minutes flat, they didn’t even make it to the dinner table.

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Super moist and full of flavour, these kebobs are a perfect protein packed meal! They might even get the pickiest eater in your gang to try out some new flavours. So go ahead, get your hands a little dirty and make these for the fam! They will thank you for sure!

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 pounds of Ground Lamb (or you could do a Lamb-Beef mix)

  • 1 medium Red Onion

  • 4-5 large cloves Garlic

  • 1 tbsp Ginger, pureed

  • 1 cup Coriander or Parsley

  • 1-2 small slices of Bread (I used sprouted bread)

  • 1 Eggs

  • 1 tbsp Sumac

  • 1 tbsp Ground Cumin/Coriander mix

  • 1 tsp Garam Masala

  • 1 tsp Salt

  • 1 1/2 tsp Paprika

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Method:

Soak bamboo sticks in cold water for 20-30 minutes.

Place ground meat in a large bowl. Set aside.

In a food processor, mix onion, garlic, ginger, coriander, bread and egg till well combined. Pour the mixture into the bowl with the ground meat. Add in the spices and mix well to combine everything together.

Take skewers and shape the kebobs around the top of the skewers. Place on a baking tray in a line. You can broil the kebobs in the oven or cook them on the grill. Cook till the outsides are browned and the inside is cooked through.

Serve with naan and coconut mint yogurt.


Enjoy!

Banana Oat Cookies

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I’m always looking for quick simple recipes to have on hand as ‘after school snacks’ for the kids and myself :) I want something that we can just grab on our way out the door that’s yummy, filling and that will give us energy.

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These banana oat cookies totally hit the spot! It’s a great way to use up those super ripe bananas you’ve got lying around when you’re not in the mood for banana bread. I can quickly whip these up and they’ll be ready in less than 20 minutes! The kids love them for breakfast too!

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Ingredients:

Cookies

2 super ripe bananas

2 cups old fashioned oats

1/2 cup natural peanut butter

1 tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Chocolate sauce

1 tbsp coconut oil melted

1 1/2 tsp cacao powder

1 tsp maple syrup

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Method:

Preheat oven to 350’ degrees. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork, add in oats, peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla and salt. Mix well until everything is combined. Add in the chocolate chips and mix a bit more.

Using a large spoon, scoop batter into small rounds and place on the baking sheet, pressing cookies flat a little. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Take out of oven and cool.

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For the sauce, melt the coconut oil and mix in cacao powder and maple syrup. Taste and adjust the sweetness accordingly. Pour over cookies or dip the edges of the cookies into the sauce.

These yummy cookies can be stored in an airtight container for 3-4 days :)


Enjoy!

 

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Cilantro & Basil Pesto Chicken

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The kids were playing in the other room while I was making this pesto. All of a sudden they went really quiet, and a moment later they both walked into the kitchen to ask what smelled so good! I’m telling you, make this pesto and your kitchen will smell like Italy! Fresh basil and cilantro, garlic and olive oil .. these flavours were just meant to be together! The best thing is that you can add it to to everything .. pastas, zoodles, salads, wraps and I even used it to marinate my chicken and salmon! :)

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Traditional pesto calls for just basil, but I always have so much cilantro in the fridge that I thought this would be a good way to use it up!

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It’s super easy to whip up in your food processor and a great thing to make every few weeks so you always have a batch to throw in and add a little more flavour to your meals.

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups Cilantro

  • 1.5 cups basil

  • 1/4 cups Pine Nuts

  • 1/4 cups Olive Oil

  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Zest

  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice

  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced

  • 1/4 cup Pecorino Romano Cheese, grated

  • Salt + Pepper to Taste

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Method:

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, add the pine nuts and toast until golden.

  2. Remove from heat to cool.

  3. In a blender or food processor, add the cilantro and basil, pine nuts, olive oil, zest, juice and garlic.

  4. Pulse until a thick paste forms.

  5. Stir in the cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste.

You can store in an airtight container in the fridge. See below for my Pesto Chicken recipe, but you can also add to pastas, salads and sandwiches.

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Pesto Chicken:

Just add a few tablespoons of the pesto to your chopped chicken breast. Mix and pan fry with a little olive oil till chicken is cooked through. You could use the chicken to top your pasta, add it to a wrap or salad, or just have the chicken with a side of brown rice and veggies. Enjoy! :)

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Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies

These are some of the best “clean” brownies I’ve ever made! Deliciously chocolatey and oh so moist. They take no time at all to whip up and are definitely kid approved!

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I’ve tried different recipes for brownies before, but I especially love how this one is super simple and clean .. and still tastes delicious!

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I get the feeling this recipe’s gonna become a staple in our house (I’ve already made 2 batches in the last week) and it could become one in yours too :)

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Ingredients:

½ cup Hazelnut Butter

3 large Eggs

½ cup Maple Syrup

1 tbsp Vanilla

1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar

½ cup Cacao Powder

½ tsp Sea Salt

½ tsp Baking Soda

½ cup Almonds (you could use chocolate chips or any other nuts as well)

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a food processor mix hazelnut butter, eggs and maple syrup until well combined. Add in the rest of the ingredients (except for the nuts or chocolate chips) and pulse until all are combined. Stir in the nuts and/or chocolate chips into the batter.

Grease a 9x11 baking dish with coconut oil and pour batter in, tap to evenly distribute the batter. Top with a few nuts.

Bake for 15-17 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean in the center of the pan.

Let brownies cool for 30-45 mins. You can keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

Enjoy!