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Malaysian Sweet Potatoe Stew

IMG_0796  Maybe your New Years Resolutions have faded a little, or maybe you just need a little more motivation to keep going. Either way, if you are searching for some more exciting healthy recipes, this is the perfect fit. With fresh ingredients and no shortage of flavor, this stew is sure to leave you Continue reading


Sweet Slow Cooker Chicken

Long weeks and late nights are my nemesis when it comes to feeling inspired in the kitchen. The last thing I want to do after a long day is cook a labor intensive meal. Heck the idea of making mac and cheese can sound exhausting some days. So this is where the trusty slow cooker comes in. You can prep this meal in less than 5 minutes and Continue reading


Sirloin Strip Sandwich

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If you’re looking for a mouthwatering sandwich worthy of it’s place on a pub menu, look no further. This is my favorite steak sandwich recipe and considering that I am not much of a big meat eater, that says a lot in itself. This recipe is quick and easy but the end result is nothing short of delicious. Although the ingredients don’t sell themselves to be that exciting, whose to say that complicated equals great. Peanut butter and jam sandwiches never needed any fancy ingredients to be amazing? So if you are craving a hearty sandwich but don’t feel like adding inches to your waist line by induldging in a greasy fast food sandwich drowning in processed condiments then this is a must try on the menu this weekend! Enjoy!

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Hungarian Crepes

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This meal brings back the most memories for me as a child. My Hungarian grandmother would make these for me and my brother anytime we asked, which was almost every time we went over to visit. We were never entirely sure what she was making at first because, like most grandmothers cooking, it is a recipe they can recreate with their eyes closed in no time. Continue reading


Baked Parmesan Fish Sticks with Healthy Tartar Sauce

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Hello!!! I just had the best weekend soaking up the sun with great company! I spent an entire evening and day sans baby and hubby and enjoyed my time at a beautiful lakeside cabin with my girlfriend. We spent the evening on a patio overlooking the lake and woke up the next day bright and early to enjoy a hot cup of coffee on the dock in the early morning sunshine. It was absolute bliss! I feel like a new woman but Monday came too fast as always. Swimming with the fishes one minute and preparing them for dinner the next. Does that make me a sadist…. haha. Nonetheless this recipe was great! I rarely have fish although I know how great it is to include in my diet so I finally decided to give it a try. Frozen fish sticks are loaded with unnecessary additives and unknown ingredients so I opted for a homemade version. And what are fish sticks without tartar?? But sadly store bought tartar is also loaded with fat and processed ingredients, so this greek yogurt tartar sauce was a win win for flavor and nutrients! Give it a try and let me know what you think!!

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Spicy Coconut Vegetarian Rotini

 

IMG_0012Hello July! How nice of you to greet us with 39 degree weather and smoky forest fire air, but none the less here you are! We have been having extremely higher than normal weather for the past two months so it’s hard to believe that summer is just starting! So the other day when it was a cool 28 degrees out I decided to try to this recipe. I was craving something full of flavor and full of nutrients. Enter in my love for pasta! It is simply something that I have never attempted to eliminate from my life, instead I have just opted for healthier ingredients and gluten free noodles. Although this recipe is meant to be vegetarian, I added some cooked chicken last minute which is completely optional. And don’t be scared of the spice, it is very mild, unlike the July temperatures outside my kitchen door. Happy cooking!

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Waldorf Chicken Sandwiches

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This weekend was ridiculously hot! We reached highs of 39 degrees all weekend!! Although we live near a beautiful lake with endless beaches, there is only so much sun and heat you can take in two days, and this is coming from a heat lover. I spent the majority of my mornings dipping in our kiddie pool and lounging beside the mister and the afternoons were spent fully submerged in the cool lake to elude the scorching rays at the peek of the heat. But after a long day under the sun, it’s hard to have much of an appetite, much less an appetite for anything warm or heavy. And since I can’t live off watermelon alone, I decided to try this waldorf chicken salad recipe. I am not much of a chicken salad fan but this recipe was delicious! With nutty toasted pine nuts tossed in a tangy dressing with fresh ingredients, it was a perfect summer night dinner. So if you are feeling worn out by Mother Nature and need a light refreshing dinner that replenishes all the nutrients you sweat out, this is the one to try! Enjoy!

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Chickpea Falafels

 

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Okay this heat is getting crazy!! It’s only the first week in June and it’s already 33 degrees! There is only so much you can do outside without feeling like a human slice of bacon frying in the sun. So I like to take my little guy to the park or the farmers markets early in the morning before it gets too hot. Last summer I was strolling through the local farmers market and I came across a booth with authentic middle eastern products. Tabbouleh, hummus, mutabbal, falafels, and kabebs were calling my name, but as soon as I saw the falafels I knew I had to pick some up. Of course they were absolutely amazing so the other week when I was craving them I decided to make my own. Since the main ingredient is chickpeas, they are very inexpensive to make and I love how dense and flavorful they are. I make mine and serve them over salads, in wraps, served with breakfast or simply just dipped in homemade tzatziki. I chose to oven bake mine but authentically they are deep-fried so it’s all in your preference. Continue reading


Easy Orange Chicken

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Hey everyone!! Lets just start by saying that spring is in the air and I am loving every minute. So far this year has been filled with tons of fun. It was my hubby’s birthday in January, I went on a child-free girls weekend to Calgary in February to take in an NHL game, shopping and great company and in only a few short months of 2015 we have enjoyed some great date nights, weekends away and also memorable time as a family. I am getting so excited for this summer to enjoy camping, swimming, beach days and the Okanagan at it’s best! But until then I am sneaking in as much sunshine and fresh air as I can. However, once the sun goes down (which is getting later and later…. yippee) it is still pretty darn chilly so I am indulging in my comfort food recipes for a few more weeks. This recipe is a great combination of sweet and savory and without the traditional deep frying of the chicken, this recipe is only a fraction of the fat and calories. It is super quick and easy to make so it’s ideal  for those nights when the Chinese take out menu seems to be calling your name. Enjoy!

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Sweet and Sour Pork

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This week has been a bit of a blur, because no matter how much I sleep I get I feel like my eyelids are fighting against me in the morning to open. My energy has been low so aside from trying to curb my daytime narcolepsy, I’m definitely feeling less than enthusiastic lately about cooking. But I found some great recipes so I’m hoping that will put a little pep in my step. I despise am not a big fan of cooked pineapple, so this was a bit of a stretch for me but turns out I absolutely loved it! It’s the perfect mix of spicy, sweet, tangy and fresh. The creole seasoning is great, and since this recipe only uses a portion of the seasoning you will have plenty leftover. I love using it to season oven fries or roasted potatoes. So give it a shot and let me know what you think!

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