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One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta

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It’s officially the last day of the September long weekend….. can you believe it?! Since no one should be slaving over dinner on the last day of a long weekend…. treat yourself to this no-fail pasta dish! My girlfriend made this for us one night after seeing it on Pinterest and it truly is a One Pot Wonder. Continue reading


Vegetarian Pad Thai

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Happy Tuesday everyone! I would have posted this recipe last night but the thunderstorm knocked out our power. I don’t know what it is about a power outage that excites me but it gets me every time. Maybe it’s a combination of having to temporarily resort back to a Amish lifestyle or the fact that storms are a rare occurrence where we live (when they do happen, they usually last all of 10 minutes.) My hubby and I were organizing our filing cabinet and all of a sudden we found ourselves in the dark…… not what you’re thinking. Continue reading


Spicy Peanut Soba with Chicken

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Okay so is it just me or did the alarm clock come way to quick for some of you?! I gotta admit…. I’m a big time snoozer in the morning. I hit that darn button at least 4 times, and logically speaking…. it’s probably the worst sleep pattern you can get into. You’re better off to set the alarm for the correct time you wish to get up and actually get continuous sleep until then. But no…. for some reason I’d rather set my alarm earlier than necessary, sleep in pathetic 5 minute increments for half an hour and be jolted awake not once but multiple times by that nagging alarm sound. It’s nonsense I know, but somehow it’s my way of being defiant to my alarm as if to say “you think you’re gonna wake me up now….NOPE. I’m going back to sleep.” This is a habit I am trying to break. But none the less it’s Monday afternoon and I made it through the day.

I thought I’d share this recipe that I tried last week. Continue reading


Kale and Vegetable Soup

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For those of you that work a regular Monday to Friday schedule…. it’s officially half way through the week and only a couple of days till the weekend! This week I have been feeling extra domesticated in the kitchen. I have been on a creative spree and have managed to try a new recipe every night for the past five days and so far each one has been successful! My cooking creativity was partially inspired by a boredom of dinner ideas and partially because I’m paying closer attention to the quality of food I take in. This soup is a combination of several different soup recipes that I felt should all be united into one slow cooker. Continue reading


Quinoa Fiesta Salad

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Ohhhhh fresh veggies. How I’ve neglected you. I’ll be the first to confess that this week hasn’t been the healthiest for me. I don’t know if it’s because I’m still getting over my lingering cold, or the cold weather itself…. but I’ve been lazy when it comes to preparing nutritious meals. I’ve managed to devour the finest of burgers, coffee shop oil nuggets muffins, and not to mention the movie night snacking that’s reared it’s ugly head, in the form of caramel corn. But hey…..nobody’s perfect.

 I’ve never been one to diet…… EVER. My motto is eat 100% healthy 80% of the time. If I want ice cream I get frozen yogurt, if I want a burger I make homemade patties, if I want pasta I create a healthier version of it, and if I want sweets than I make myself homemade granola bars. I’ve never been one to deprive myself of any food but I also enjoy taking care of myself and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. So as a fitness nut, I just always make sure that my gym routine is a constant. So at worst…… at least I’m breaking even.  But after making this salad, I’m ready to kick my laziness to the curb.

This is hands-down my favourite salad! Continue reading


Healthy Cajun French Fries

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Like I promised the other day, here is my latest and greatest fry recipe. I am a bit of a french fry nut, so I used our road trip as the perfect excuse to become a french fry connoisseur. I tried them all. Beer battered fries, oven baked fries, thick cut, thin cut, garlic fries, parmesan fries…. mmmm those greasy little sticks were my nemesis. However…. fast food fries have a serious conflict of interest with my usual healthy eating lifestyle so I’ve had to cut some corners. Most people make oven fries by tossing them in oil, but I’ve chosen something even healthier…. egg whites! That way you never have to feel guilty because all you are enjoying is the simplicity of a potato with the added protein of eggs. And in my opinion, the egg whites give a much crispier coating than the oil anyways. I have a regular healthy french fry recipe here, but I wanted to spice things up a bit. This cajun/creole french fry seasoning is from Emeril Lagasse and the flavor combination is outstanding with the perfect amount of kick. These fries are a great sidekick to any BBQ entrée so fire up the barbie and grab your ketchup!

Ingredients

  • 2 large baking potatoes, scrubbed (or one per person)
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 teaspoons seasoning, recipe follows

 French Fry Seasoning

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and grease a large non-stick baking sheet.

2. Pat the potatoes dry and slice lengthwise into 1/2-inch thick slices. Turn each slice flat and slice again lengthwise into even fries. Put fries into large ziplock bag.

3. In a small bowl, whisk the egg whites until very light and foamy. Add to ziplock bag and shake to coat.

4. In small mixing bowl, combine seasonings and sprinkle desired amount into the ziplock bag (I ended up having a lot of seasoning mix leftover which just means easier preparation next time)

5. Spread the coated potatoes on the prepared baking sheet, not touching. Bake for 15 minutes then flip the fries. Bake 10-15 minutes longer until golden and crispy.

The smell of French Fries is the one most enticing smell. As soon as you smell them, you start making excuses for yourself.


Skinny Minestrone

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I hope all of you are enjoying your weekend, because I know I am! Last night my girlfriend and I went to see the movie Silver Linings Playbook. I personally find that my opinion on a movie is always affected by the reviews I hear before-hand. Movie reviews to me are silly because your feelings towards a movie are about as personal as your food and wine preferences. To each their own. So when everyone says Continue reading


Vegetarian Chana Masala

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I found this awesome recipe in a Canadian Living magazine while sitting at the dentist. And yes…. I did ask before I ripped it out of the magazine.  Since the internet has become so easy when it comes to recipes, there aren’t as many subscribers to cooking magazines anymore. So how would one know to search this up on the internet?! It’d be a shame to miss. I love indian food! And if you like spice and wanna kick it up a notch, just add some red chili peppers! Only takes 30 minutes to make and serves four. (Or three if you really like it)

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp garam masala *
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tsp packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cans (19 oz/540 mL each) chickpeas , drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

Garam Masala is just a pre-made mixture of 5-12 different Indian spices. Most of these spices are already in the recipe so if you can’t find this is the store don’t fret. It’ll still be good!

Preparation

1. In saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook onions, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.
2. Add garlic and ginger; cook for 1 minute. Stir in chili powder, coriander, cumin and garam masala; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
3. Stir in 1 cup water, tomato paste, brown sugar, salt and chickpeas, scraping up any browned bits.
4. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until thickened slightly, about 15 minutes. Stir in lemon juice.