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Open Faced Pea, Avocado and Smoked Salmon Sandwich

Spring finally reared its much anticipated head with a full day of sunshine today, and I doubt anyone is complaining. It has been a very looooonnnngg and grey winter so I definitely got my fix of vitamin D today. Not only was I craving a change in weather, but I was needing a change in my meal plans. There is only so much soup and stews you can eat over the course of winter. I am ready for fresh foods, fresh produce and quick meal ideas that allow us more time outside and less time in the kitchen. This recipe is unlike any sandwich I’ve tried and it is so satisfying. It is packed with lean protein, healthy fats and flavor. I forgot the pea shoots in these pictures so I threw on fresh cilantro instead. Either way it is a great dinner, lunch idea or snack. Happy Spring!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 125 g cream cheese,
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • dark rye bread
  • 300 grams smoked salmon
  • 1/4 cup pea shoots
  • 2 radishes, sliced
  • 1 tbsp chopped dill weed
  • 4 lemon wedges

 

Directions:

  1.  Blend peas with avocado, cream cheese, lemon zest and lemon juice in a food processor until combined.
  2. Spread 1/4 cup pea mixture over each bread slice. Top with smoked salmon slices, radishes and pea shoots. Sprinkle with dill. Season with fresh pepper. Squeeze a lemon wedge over each sandwich before serving.

Not yet, not yet, not yet, not yet. Quick eat me! Oops. Too Late. ~ Avocado


Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchilada

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This recipe is straight from the pages of Oh She Glows and it is by far the best vegan recipe I have ever tasted, let alone made. I myself am not vegetarian, but I aim for at least 3 vegetarian meals per week. However sometimes it can be hard to find a meatless alternative that remotely resembles the original full fat, full flavor or full ingredient recipe you desire. This savory dish will not leave any of your taste buds disappointed and I can guarantee Continue reading


Train Like A Girl

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I never accepted being a girl as a reason for not being able to physically do something. As a little girl I always looked up to my older brother. I watched him in envy as he raced his dirt bike through the trees and as soon as my little four year old feet could reach the kick start I was right behind him. When he signed up for BMX racing, so did I. When other girls were on their way to piano lessons I was more interested in racing my bike off a dock into the lake. When the backyard apple trees were no longer difficult to climb my dad would simply harness me up with a rope and let me climb something taller. I realized my love for adrenaline at a Continue reading


Apple Lentil Sloppy Joes

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Fall is right around the corner…. seven days to be exact. So my summer recipe ideas are slowly converting to heavier meals that resonate with comfort food and not bikinis. I try to eat at least three vegetarian meals a week but over the past few months I have tried more and more vegan recipes. I like to challenge my taste buds a little and also switch up traditional recipes. It expands my knowledge of flavor profiles and also stocks up my pantry with different ingredients that I wouldn’t otherwise use.

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Passion is the Reward When You Realize Fear is a Choice

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Everyone is meant to feel passion in life. Our culture tends to associate passion with relationships exclusively, but passion is simply feeling the fullest expression of love. However, the most common obstacle in the way of living a passionate and fulfilling life is fear. A great friend of mine shared a simple quote with me about how fear manifests in all of us. Fear is simply, False Evidence Appearing Real.

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My Open Apology As A Mom

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Before I had kids I thought I was prepared for the unexpected. I had been a full time nanny, my career was in childcare, I looked after numerous babies, my friends had kids, I read the equivalent of a small library when it came to parenting books, I had a beautiful nursery and I figured it was no news to me that kids say the darndest thing. I thought I was prepared for motherhood when I left my house a pregnant mess of contractions.

Fast forward through the sleepless nights, teething, nursing issues, growth spurts, sleep regressions and first year milestones of a baby. Gone are the rock eating, drooling, clumbsy, gibberish speaking stages of toddlers. Enter the crazy stages of a preschooler. I was not prepared nor did I anticipate the awkward scenarios in which my son would place me in, all because of his budding sense of curiosity in the world around him. I myself love his inquisitive mind but others may not see it that way when put in these situations. So here is my open apology to those who have witnessed these moments…. Continue reading


Laksa Soup

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It may be July but our weather has been far from the typical sunshine and heat that covers the valley this time of year. With cool and rainy mornings and afternoons of thunder and overcast it feels a lot more like fall is rolling in. I’ve traded in my sundresses for jeans and hoodies and swapped my summer meals  for comfort food. I know as of tomorrow the weather will soar right back up so I took advantage of the cooler days and tried some new recipes. I absolutely love Laksa soup and for those of you that haven’t tried it, it’s an amazing mix of coconut, curry and spice in one delicious noodle bowl. Usually it’s pretty difficult to recreate ethnic restaurant meals at home but this recipe was right on par and by no means difficult to make. It will satisfy your sweet, savoury, and spicy tastebuds all in one bowl!

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When a Healthy Lifestyle Becomes Unhealthy Living

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Most people only ever associate fitness with positive connotations and results, however this has become far from the truth for many individuals, especially women. In a society obsessed with outward images, the healthy approach to fitness has  shifted to an unhealthy obsession and addiction.

Facebook, Twitter, Snapcrap and Instagam is saturated with Continue reading


DIY Starfish Wall Art

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I’m sure most of you have recognized a theme when it comes to the majority of my household DIY projects. Most of it is nautical ocean themed. No I do not live near the ocean, but that doesn’t mean I can’t bring the ocean to me. I was a water baby when I was little and I never outgrew my love for it. Maybe it is from growing up in the Okanagan or maybe from spending every summer on road trips to the coast. Either way I find my peace and relaxation close to the water, so naturally when it came time to decorate my home and get my DIY on, I instantly gravitated towards anything that reminded me of the sea.

A while back I did this diy craft for homemade salt dough starfish. Click on the link HERE.

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I used them in containers, as Christmas tree ornaments, as garland, and lastly for this wall art. I love the natural elements and how easy it was. Seriously, if you’ve already made the starfish it takes about 60 seconds to hammer in the nails, a few minutes to tie the starfish and bow on the top and seconds to hang your lil creations. Nobody loves a 5 minute diy project more than a stay at home mom during nap time!

All you need is:

  • a piece of wood in your desired length and color
  • 5 nails
  • 5 salt dough starfish
  • jute/hemp string for starfish
  • string or rope for top of wood

Step 1. Hammer in your nails evenly spaced apart, leaving a little extra space at the top for wrapping string.

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Step 2. Using your jute, wrap a small loop on the top of your starfish and then wrap several times around the base. It’s optional, but I used a hot glue gun to secure the loop and wrapping so that I didn’t have to rely on my knot tying skills.

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Step 3. Wrap second string/rope around the top of the wood and tie a simple bow in the front. This doubles as a nice finishing touch and also a simple way to hang your art on the wall.

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Then just hang your little starfish! Ta da!!

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On the beach you can live in bliss ~ The Beach Boys

 


Asian Turkey Meatballs with Sesame Lime Dressing

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When the weather gets hotter I find myself craving ice cream sandwiches and margaritas lighter dinner ideas. Unfortunately there are only so many ways you can eat salads before realizing that it’s the same dish… different leaves. And even though you may not want heavy comfort food, you also don’t want to be left hungry a few hours after dinner.
 I absolutely love Asian inspired dishes so this recipe does not disappoint. Who doesn’t love spaghetti and meatballs? But even that can get boring. These Asian turkey meatballs with lime dressing are the perfect twist on traditional beef meatballs and tomato sauce. The fresh ingredients and leaner protein are a great summer meal that leave you feeling full without feeling fat. Serve them over a bed of rice or even over greens if you are really determined to stick to yours salads. Either way you will love em!

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