Asian Soba Noodle Salad

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Have you ever bought a ready made salad at a grocery store or restaurant and thought, hey I can make this?! Well I had this salad at a Whole Foods one day, and it was so delish that I absolutely had to try recreating it at home .. it turned out so great! 

It's a super tasty & filling salad and the addition of the tofu makes it a perfect full meal.  It's flavourful and comforting without feeling heavy.  These kinds of salads are awesome because you can customize them any way you like - think of it as the perfect "clean out the fridge kind of meal".  So, are you ready to take your salad game up a notch? :)

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Here is what you'll need:

1 packet soba noodles (cook according to package directions and let cool)

1 cup of firm tofu, marinated & sautéed with 1 tsp soy sauce and 1 tsp sesame oil

3/4 cup mushrooms, sautéed with 1/2 tsp soy sauce and 1/2 tsp sesame oil

3/4 cup asparagus, cut into small pieces sautéed with 1/2 tsp soy sauce and 1/2 tsp sesame oil

1 cup shredded carrot

1 cup shredded red cabbage

1/2 cup thinly sliced yellow pepper

1/2 cup fresh coriander, chopped

1/4 cup sesame seeds

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl



3 tbsp sesame oil

3 tbsp soy sauce (can also use Bragg liquid aminos as a soy sauce alternative)

1 tsp coconut sugar

1 glove garlic minced

1 large piece of ginger, grated 

1 tbsp sriracha sauce (optional)

Whisk all the dressing ingredients in a bowl or shake in a jar and pour over salad

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Serve cold & Enjoy!

Curry Roasted Cauliflower


Ever have a head of cauliflower staring at you from the fridge and you just don't know what to do with it? Well this simple Curry Roasted Cauliflower is a game changer. It's now on weekly rotation in our house. It's perfect as a side dish or as an after-school snack (especially if Asiyah gets her hands on them)!  Love the amazing blend of spices, it's a quick & delicious way to get in some healthy veggies.


I remember learning as a child that many fruits & veggies resembling body parts often had direct health benefits related to that part of the body.  While I don't know if that's always the case,  the brainy-looking cauliflower is packed with lots of anti-oxidants so it definitely helps promote good brain function (it's also great for heart health & digestion). 



- 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into large florettes

- 3-4 tbsp olive oil

- 1 tbsp garlic powder

- 1.5 tbsp curry powder

- 1.5 tbsp smoked paprika

- 1 tsp turmeric

- 1 tsp ground cumin

- 1.2 tsp salt

- 1.5 tbsp chopped fresh coriander


Preheat oven to 375'. Transfer the cut cauliflower to a large mixing bowl. Add olive oil, spices and fresh coriander to the cauliflower and mix well (don't be afraid to hand-mix to make sure the spices get into all the nooks of the cauliflower)

Once the cauliflower is well coated with the spices, lay them flat on a baking sheet. If you like the cauliflower to crisp up, keep a little space in between each piece and be sure not to overcrowd the baking tray. Depending on the amount of cauliflower you have it may take up 2-3 trays.

Place the trays in the oven and bake for 20-22 minutes, flipping once halfway through. Once the cauliflower is cooked through and nice & crispy at the ends, remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes. Enjoy as a side, on top of a salad or as a snack!

Remember, these are just guidelines, if you like more kick, go for it and add more spices, uf you want more of a mellow flavour, you can totally tone it down:)





Moroccan Shepherd's Pie


Talk about comfort food, this Moroccan Shepherd's Pie is perfect for those cold winter days. Not only is it delicious, filling, and healthy, the fragrant spices will leave your entire house smelling wonderful.

I love traditional Shepherds Pies, but find they can be a little too heavy at times, and I actually prefer the taste of this healthier variation. It's just the thing if you're looking to clean up your diet a bit, but still want to enjoy those delicious comfort foods. I like to load mine with different veggies to make sure I’m packing in the nutrients!


You can make a big batch to feed a crowd, or prepare smaller beautiful portions for a lovely dinner for one or two.



For the filling:

  • 1 lb grass-fed ground lamb or beef (I like to do half and half)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 leek, chopped

  • 1 red onion, chopped

  • 1 large carrot chopped

  • 1 large handful of spinach

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 1/2 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root

  • 1-2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)

  • 1 ½  cup chopped plum tomatoes

  • ½ cup stock (vegetable, chicken or beef) + salt to taste

  • ½ bunch cilantro, chopped


For the mash:

  • 1 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chucks

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk (may need to add more if needed for consistency)



For the filling:

  1. Brown the ground meat in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add in the garlic and ginger and cook till meat is cooked through.

  2. Remove meat from skillet and set aside.

  3. Add olive oil to the pan along with the onions, leek, and carrots. Cook for about 4-5 minutes then add in all the spices. Cook for another 6-8 minutes, till the veggies begin to soften.

  4. Add the cooked meat back to the pan with the veggies. Stir to combine everything together.

  5. Add in tomatoes, chicken stock and honey.

  6. Bring to a boil and simmer until the sauce is thickened, about 10 minutes more.

  7. Add spinach and chopped cilantro, stir and remove from heat.

  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


For the mash:

  1. Peel and cut the sweet potato into large pieces.

  2. Boil the potatoes in salted water for 15 minutes or until tender.

  3. Drain well, add the olive oil, cumin, garlic powder, salt and milk.

  4. With a hand blender (or potato masher), blend until they reach a creamy consistency.



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Fill a 13 in x 9 in casserole dish (or a few small ramekins) with the filling and spread the mash on top.

  3. Bake for 40 minutes until the topping is beginning to brown.

  4. Garnish with extra chopped cilantro, if desired.




6 Stretches You Should Do In Bed To Energize The Rest Of Your Day

6 Stretches You Should Do In Bed To Energize The Rest Of Your Day


Many of us start the New Year with plans to pretty much revamp our entire lives, and while it’s  great to have lofty goals for ourselves, sometimes it’s useful to start with making a few small and practical changes. You might think it doesn’t get any easier than stretching, but it does… how about stretching right from the comfort of your own bed??  :)  

When your bed is as comfy as mine, you may just not want to get out. Some of you guys know that we have an Endy mattress, it's been almost a year since we purchased it. We decided to make the jump from a Queen to a King sized bed and I am so glad we did. The mattress is super comfortable and holds well with our very active little monkeys jumping and flipping on it all the time. So I can def attest to the fact that it will hold up to the stretches below.

Try these moves first thing in the morning and you’ll be reaping the rewards for the rest of your day.  It’s such a simple yet effective way to to get your blood flowing, wake up your muscles, and centre your breath, body, and mind, so you can go about the rest of your morning with more clarity, calm, and focus. 

1. Elevate legs against wall/bed frame


2. Seated spinal twist


3. Full stretch to knee hug   <click right for carousel>

4. Bridge hold (bring arms together underneath your body)   <click right for carousel>

5. Plank to Downward Dog   <click right for carousel>

6. Cat/Cow stretch   <click right for carousel>

7. Cobra stretch   <click right for carousel>

Hold each stretch for about 30-45 seconds. As you hold the stretch, don’t forget to take nice deep breaths into your belly and diaphragm. Try to feel your stomach expanding and contracting as you breathe.

Also keep a water bottle by your bedside every night so you can easily drink some first thing in the morning to start your day hydrated.  Not only does this jump-start your metabolism and help flush out toxins, but it also helps wake you up! I definitely feel more alert once I’ve had 1 or 2 glasses of water to start the day :)


Be sure to give these a try!  :)



Turmeric Latte

Ok, so in case you haven't noticed, the thermostat has been creeping downwards in these parts.  That means we all need a little something to keep us warm & cozy on those dark and cold nights, amiright? 

This beautiful Turmeric Latte is just the thing to leave you feeling relaxed and toasty all over. I love it's  gorgeous golden colour and it also smells divine, with notes of fresh ginger, honey and cinnamon.

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I've been drinking a version of this milk since I was a little kid. Every time I got sick, my mom would bust out the "Haldi" milk, warm it up to just the right temperature, and I'd sit down on the couch, feeling very grown-up sipping it out of my big person mug :)

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As always, mom knew best.  This delicious drink has so many immune boosting properties (something we can all use this time of year) and it's also great for helping to relieve achy muscles.

Turmeric is a true wonder spice. Coming from a root similar to ginger, it contains curcumin which is loaded with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties (not to mention it helps to promote healthy & glowing skin!).

Ginger also has so many healing benefits and is super friendly on our digestive system. If you’re feeling nauseous, a little ginger might be the cure. With natural cold-fighting properties, it helps with congestion, while boosting immunity.

Cinnamon is warming and calming, while also balancing blood sugar levels and stimulating digestion. There's also a small pinch of black pepper in this latte (it's crucial to help get maximum absorption of the curcumin in the turmeric, but don't worry, you won't taste it!). 

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So here's what you'll need:

  • 1.5 cups Milk (any type)

  • 1 tsp Honey

  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric, ground

  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon, ground

  • 1/2 tsp Ginger, ground

  • 1 small pinch Black Pepper


Heat milk in a sauce pan on med-high. Just heat it to a simmer, do not boil. After it's heated through you can add all the ingredients and whisk the honey until it's melted and everything is well mixed.

Another method is to pour the hot milk into a blender, add the rest of the ingredients and blend till combined and frothy. This is the way I like to do it, just be careful when handling hot liquids in your blender.

I'm so excited for you to give this a try!

Yours in health,

Zehra   :)