Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

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Here’s a tropical twist on your regular chia seed pudding.  The best thing about this pudding is that you can make a batch ahead of time and then keep them ready-to-grab, perfectly pre-portioned breakfasts or snacks throughout the week. The coconut milk adds a rich flavour not to mention some healthy fats that will keep you feeling full longer. I love to switch up the fruits toppings (based on whatever I have on hand), but mango and coconut just go so well together.  

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Ingredients (amounts per 1 serving)

  • 1 ½ cups Coconut Milk

  • 2 tbsp Chia Seeds

  • 1 tsp Maple Syrup

  • ½ tsp Vanilla

  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon

  • Fruit to top (here I used mango, peach and blueberries)

  • Shredded Coconut

  • Toasted Almonds

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Method:

I like to prepare and portion out the puddings in separate 250mL mason jars (although any container with a lid will do). Line up the jars and first add in your coconut milk then your chia seeds. Mix well, since the chia seeds might like to hang out at the bottom. Add in the vanilla, maple syrup and cinnamon and mix well once again. Let the pudding sit for a few minutes to thicken up while you cut up the fruit. Give it another quick mix and add in the fruits, coconut and almonds to the top. Cover and store in the fridge for up to 4 days. Feel free to add in more fresh fruits & nuts when you’re about to eat.

Enjoy!

Chicken Noodle Soup - a healthy twist on an old fave!

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Soup that will soothe your soul! This recipe came about on a busy weekday when I was scrambling to find a quick, healthy and filling dinner. I settled on Chicken Noodle Soup, but instead of falling back on my traditional recipe, I tried coming up with a healthier take, and .. voila! A new delicious family fave was born! You know you’ve won when they say “it tastes like restaurant soup”, and they ask you to please make it this way every time

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This recipe is super simple and will win over even the pickiest eater. I’m sharing the basic recipe below, but feel free to add in a few more veggies (for example, I’d added mushroom and spinach into the mix as well).

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs chicken legs & thighs (skinless)

  • 2 tbsp grated fresh garlic

  • 2 tbsp grated fresh ginger

  • 4  tbsp soy sauce, divided (I like to use ‘BRAGGS liquid aminos’ as a substitute)

  • 1 tsp fish sauce

  • 1 tsp chilli garlic sauce

  • 2 tbsp oil (any unflavoured)

  • 1 medium white onion chopped

  • 2 medium carrots peeled and grated

  • 1 ½ cups frozen corn

  • half bunch coriander, washed

  • 10 cups chicken stock

  • ⅓ packet of rice noodles, thick (around 200g)

  • Salt and Pepper to taste

  • 1-2 tsps Sriracha (optional)




Method:

Wash chicken and marinate in 2 tbsps soy sauce, fish sauce, garlic, ginger and chilli sauce. Let the chicken sit while you cut the onions and carrots and any other veggies you’d like to add. Heat a large stock pot on medium high heat and add oil. Once oil is heated, add in the chicken and let brown for 3-4 minutes per side. Chicken does not have to be cooked through.

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Remove chicken from the pot and set aside. In the same pot, add in onions and cook till onions start to soften then add in grated carrots. Mix well, add in chicken stock and bring to a boil. Once stock comes to a boil add the chicken back in, bunch of coriander, corn and rice noodles,  reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 25-30 mins.

Remove  coriander and chicken from soup, take the meat off the bones, shred to whatever size you like and add back in to soup. Mix well and taste the soup, add in salt and pepper to taste and add in sriracha sauce to taste.

Serve soup with fresh coriander and extra sriracha.  Enjoy!





Cumin Lentil Soup

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Fall is just around the corner, and you can already feel the air getting a bit cooler. I was craving something warm but not too heavy and this soup hit the spot perfectly.  It’s simple to make and a yummy recipe that the whole family enjoys. I love the taste of the cumin and the little hints of ginger. 

I like topping my bowl with a splash of fresh lime juice and fresh coriander.

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Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil

  • 1 medium Onion, chopped

  • 2 Carrots, chopped

  • 1 large Zucchini, chopped

  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced

  • 1 inch Ginger, grated

  • 2 tbsp Cumin

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • 1 ½ cups Red Lentils, (soaked in water, discard water and rinse before adding to soup.Around 10 mins)

  • 6 cups Chicken/Veggie stock

  • Lime wedges

  • Cilantro

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Method:

Heat a large saucepan on medium high heat, add in olive oil, onions and carrots. Cook onions and carrots for 3-4 minutes until they begin to soften. Add in minced garlic and ginger, stir well. Add in chopped zucchini and cumin, mix till well combined, cook for 4-5 minutes. Once the veggies are softened, add in salt, pepper and stock. Allow soup to come to a boil, add in rinsed lentils and mix well. Let soup come back to a boil and then bring down to a simmer and cover for 20-25 minutes. Taste soup and adjust salt and pepper to taste.

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Serve soup with lemon wedges and fresh cilantro.

 

Enjoy!

Summer Berry and Rhubarb Crisp

Summer Berry and Rhubarb Crisp

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This crisp just screams S-U-M-M-E-R!  Sweet & tart with a lovely crunchy nutty top-layer, you'll be making this over and over again. It's a healthy twist on the traditional crisp recipe and it's a great way to enjoy one of your favourite desserts while getting in some fruits, fibre and healthy fats with every bite! Feel free to switch up the berries and try different combinations. I can't wait for you to try this out! Your house will smell amazing and you'll have everyone running into the kitchen:)

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Topping:

  • 1 cup, Old Fashioned Oats

  • ½ cup, Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

  • 1/3 cup, Sliced Almonds

  • 1/3 cup, Coconut Sugar

  • 1/4 tsp, Sea Salt

  • 1/2 tsp, Cinnamon

  • 6 Tbsp, Coconut Oil

  • 2 Tbsp, Maple Syrup

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 Filling:

  • 4 cups, Fresh Berries (I used a mix of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, you can try your own!)

  • 1 cup, Chopped Rhubarb

  • 1 Tbsp, Honey or Maple Syrup

  • 1 tsp, Lemon Juice

  • 1 tsp, Pure Vanilla Extract

  • 1/4 cup, Coconut Sugar

  • 2 Tbsp, Corn Starch

  • 1/4 tsp, Cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp, Sea Salt
     

Instructions

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9-inch pie plate, or 9x9” baking dish, or 4-6 small ramekins

Make topping:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine oats, coconut, almonds, coconut sugar, cinnamon and salt.

  2. Add coconut oil and maple syrup and stir until combined. Set aside.

Make the Filling:

  1. In a small bowl mix together the coconut sugar, tapioca, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.

  2. Put the berries and rhubarb in a large bowl and add honey, lemon juice and vanilla, stir to combine.

  3. Add the dry mixture to the berries and stir until evenly combined.

  4. Pour the berry mixture into the prepared pie plate or ramekins.

  5. Evenly sprinkle the crumb topping over the filling.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until the filling bubbles and topping is golden-brown, about 45 to 50 minutes for large baking dish or 25 -30 minutes for ramekins.

  7. Let cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature, with any type of vanilla ice cream and Enjoy!!!

 

Cauliflower Fried Rice

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Oh, Cauliflower Rice! Where have you been all my life?!? I don't know, maybe I'm just a bit late to the game, but I'm so glad I finally tried this delicious rice substitute! If you haven’t tried it yet, here's a super simple and flavourful way to prepare cauliflower rice and get a ton of veggies into your meal. You might even get lucky (like I did) and slip it by the kids without them realizing it isn't actually rice! 

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I chopped the cauliflower myself, but you can also just as easily pop it into a food processor to make small rice-sized pieces.  You can also find pre-cut bags of "cauliflower rice" in your produce section.

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As for the veggies, you can use whatever you have on hand (although the flavours of the combination in the recipe below works really well together). Serve it up with some Asian-style chicken, beef, shrimp or tofu. It keeps really well in the fridge for a few days.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bag Cauliflower “rice” or 2/3 head of a large cauliflower, chopped into small “rice size” pieces

  • ½ large white onion, cut into thin slices

  • 2 large cloves garlic

  • 1½ tsps fresh ginger, grated

  • 2 carrots, chopped

  • ¾ cups cremini mushrooms, chopped

  • ½ cup frozen peas

  • ½ cup frozen corn

  • 1 cup broccoli, cut into florets

  • 3 tsps sesame oil

  • 3 tbsp soy sauce or soy alternative (Braggs Liquid Aminos)

  • 1 tsp oyster sauce

  • 1 tsp sriracha sauce

  • 1 egg, scrambled

  • 1 tsp sesame seeds

  • Pepper

  • 2-3 tbsp chopped coriander

METHOD

Heat Sesame oil in a large sauté pan on medium-high heat, add onions, garlic and ginger, mix till onions soften and become translucent 4-6 minutes. Add in chopped carrots and mushrooms and mix through.

Add in frozen peas and corn and mix all the veggies until they're well combined.

In a separate bowl, mix soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sriracha in a bowl and pour over vegetables. Mix well and make sure the sauce coats all the veggies. Add in cauliflower. Mix for another 5-7 minutes (until the cauliflower softens)

Crack the egg in a small bowl and whisk, make a little crater in the cauliflower rice mixture and drop the scrambled egg into the middle. Mix the egg in the middle (until it looks like scrambled eggs) and then mix that into the rest of the cauliflower rice mixture.

Cook for 2-3 more minutes, add pepper and taste to adjust any flavours you’d like. Finish off with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and chopped fresh coriander.

Enjoy!