When I first started this healthy living journey, I had a few struggles along the way. One of my biggest hurdles was giving up my beloved “breakfast bars” that were anything but nourishing. I was starting my mornings off with a bar of many different kinds of added sugars and about twenty other ingredients you would not find in a granola bar had you made it yourself.Read More
Hello lovelies! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! I know that this recipe finds Winnipeg at the right time as our weather takes a bit of a dip this week. Last week we were graced with +20’s and this week calls for snow, slush, and temperatures below 0. Nothing surprising for Winnipeg, really. Believe it or not, I’m not too bothered about it because I have tons of work to do and that is much harder to do when it’s gorgeous outside!Read More
I had never heard the word doula before last year. And even once I had, I still didn’t fully understand what it meant. Last May I took a weekend course on becoming a Labour Support Provider. By enrolling in this course, I found out that a doula and a Labour Support Provider is one in the same. As a Registered Massage Therapist, annual continuing education is required in order for me to keep my license. I’m not going to lie; usually the courses that are available are far from exciting. Sometimes I’m paying hundreds of dollars on a course to learn stretching techniques….super fun right? But last year, this doula course was an option.Read More
Happy belated Easter everyone! I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend spent with family, friends, and pets! Easter Sunday, my husband and I had lunch with family and it was scrumptious. We had homemade tacos with tortillas made from scratch with just corn flour and water. I’ve always wanted to attempt making my own tortillas and after seeing it in action, I will be having a go at it as soon as possible. I love the simplicity of them, how thin they are, and how authentic they taste. We also had lots of fruit, coffee, and semita (a Salvadorian coffee cake kind of dessert that is delish). This is definitely not your traditional Easter meal and I’m A-OK with that. I grew up on meat and potatoes covered in gravy and I’m so over it.Read More
Hello friends I’m back in Winnipeg, finally unpacked, and a shade darker than Casper the ghost. For those of you who missed it, my perfect husband of mine surprised me with a trip to Los Angeles. It was a short getaway, but we had 6 days to spend with family and reset ourselves. Now I’m back feeling as refreshed as ever and I’m so eagerly inspired to fulfill this passionate life of mine! Although Winnipeg’s winter was nowhere near as treacherous as last year’s, I mentally really needed a vacation this season. My loving husband recognized this and made it happen for the both of us, for which I am so grateful. We have both been working hard towards individual goals that in the end connect our lives as a truly content, fulfilled, and thriving married couple. Walter is such a hard working character who is so determined it blows me away. I am so thrilled that I got to spend some quality time with him. Over the course of our vacation, I realized that we are headed in such a grounded direction together. I am nothing but bursting with excitement for our future because I truly believe that our best years are yet to come! And no, that doesn’t mean I’m pregnant (insert eye roll emoji).Read More
Well hello friends! I hope everyone has recovered from losing an hour of precious sleep but are all enjoying the extra hour of brightness-I know I am! Leaving work at the end of the day with a light and sunny sky makes my soul dance with happiness. Spring is on it's way and I couldn't be more grateful! Hopefully once I get back from my spontaneous trip to LA that my amazing love planned for us-Spring will have officially sprung!Read More
Oats are a fabulous and nutritious choice for breakfast. They are quite a popular staple for many as they are affordable and provide family members with long lasting energy to take on the day. Many people are confused as to whether or not oats are gluten free. This worldwide favourite grain is in fact gluten free however the issue is cross contamination. Oats are generally processed and packaged in factories where other gluten filled grains are handled. If gluten affects you or any of your family members negatively in any way I recommend purchasing certified gluten free oats. This certification label promises that the oats have not come into intact with gluten products.Read More
I used to make these cookies ALL. THE. TIME! I totally forgot about their existence somewhere along the journey of striving for health. I was watching my new favourtie show, Scandal, while I remembered these easy peasy cookies. First of all, Scandal: have you guys seen this show?! I always heard it was worth watching but I was leary as I'm SO not into politics at all. Turns out, there is more than enough drama and gossip to keep a girl like me entertained. It's also a story line written by Shonda Rhimes, the same writter for Grey's Anatomy. I'm a long time lover of Grey's although I did take a break when it got all musical on me. Anyways, Scandal-do it.Read More
Who loves strawberries? And who loves coconut? What about cheesecake? If you don't-get outta here, you are officially diagnosed as crazy-by me! This cake has been part of my life for a couple of years now and it is a staple. It definitely is more of a summer staple but it's my go to when I need an easy yet delicious (and always nutritious) dessert when I'm in a bind. My friends rave over this cake and that's a great thing. Wine night accompanied with a more health conscious sweet treat is never a bad thing!Read More
Meal prepping is an activity in which people participate for several reasons. Such preparation allows us to stay on track with our health and nutrition goals and provides efficiency in our busy lives. Many have flirted with the idea of meal prepping but often feel that they just don’t know where to start. Well for those who are interested, here are my top tips for mastering the art of meal prepping. Before going into details, I do want to stress that when it comes to preparing your own meals always remember that there are no rules. Whatever method works for you and your family that is the method you should adopt and stick with. So without further ado, let’s get you startedRead More
Soups hold a special place in my heart. They are so warm and comforting and can be so health promoting when using the right ingredients. You would think that all Canadians would adore a big bowl of soul caressing soup granted that our winters are so chilly, but my husband is a strange one. He is not the biggest fan of soup which I am okay with because well, more for me. Whenever I do make soup I live off of the large batch for a whole week straight. I have no problem eating a hearty bowl of the same soup every day. I frickin' love soup.Read More
Hi friends! So here is the hit of a recipe that will change up your lasagna game forever. This tried (many times), tested and true meal is a recipe completely inspired by my firend, Sheereen (aka @Dieffs). Sheereen is a sister from another mister that I have yet to meet. She lives in Toronto and we have been texting buddies for a couple of years now. She actually is the one single person I have ever facetimed with haha! This was another Instagram found friendship-one of many. We hope to finally meet this summer-fingers crossed. Check out her blog for more fabulous recipe ideas (specifically more paleo friendly recipes than not) [here].Read More
Most weekends I end up making pancakes at some point. I mean, that is what weekends are for right? And yet I ironically do not have one pancake recipe up on my blog yet. I have made tons of amazing pancake recipes in my day and many that I need to remake and retake pictures for to post. Unfortunately, all of my recent creations have been edible but not quite blog worthy. I'm very picky about my pancakes and I will not share a recipe that does not satisfy me all around. Today however, was a different story.Read More
I specifically remember the day I whipped up this bright and yellow juice. I was jumping for joy that my best friend (aka the sun) had come around after a long and dreary hibernation. If I don’t have SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) I’m riding that fine line. I feel so energetic, happy, and full of life when the sun is out. I don’t care how cold it is outside, as long as the sun is out and about, I’m A-Okay.Read More
Hello friends! Hope everyone is ready for a so not Valentine’s Day recipe! I won’t apologize for not being a part of the sparkly heart, chocolate coated everything, and dessert craze madness. I mean, if any of those indulgences are offered to me hell yes, I’ll eat them but I won’t be making them. I’m not a Valentine’s Day hater or anything I just don’t have time to make treats when I should to be putting forth my energy into eating some quality meals. And just the thought of V-day picture taking…oh god the picture taking.
I have a confession: The picture taking aspect is by far my most dreaded part of food blogging. Snapping solid pics is just not as easy as 1, 2, 3 for me. First, there is the light issue. I live in Winnipeg where it’s winter for months on end with not a lot of sunshine-(especially during the hours when I’m free to snap). Second, I also have two mischievous photo bombers (my cats) that I need to lock up for the duration of my photo shoot or else there will be mayhem. This is a fact. A little ways back, Poncho managed to dump over my entire cup of my D.I.Y Salted Caramel Mocha mid photo-shoot. I actually cried. Not a hard ugly cry or anything-I’m not a drama queen. It was more so a defeated “I would hate you if you weren’t so cute” cry. Pet owners, you know what’s up. Third, I’m lazy haha. After cooking and baking my tush off the last thing I want to do is make it look all pretty, dirty some more dishes, fumble around with my camera, board placing’s, and the whole white foam board bit. Yes, I know…what I really need is a course on photography. And equipment. Or maybe I could just have a talented professional follow my every move in my kitchen and all of those problems would be solved!
Now don’t get me wrong, once I do get a good shot (and I mean a good shot for me), I am so happy. It’s worth the effort. And I totally understand the importance of a good food porn picture. My eyes work just as everyone else’s when I’m scoping out recipes. I need a visual and if it looks phenomenal then there’s a 99% increase in the chances of me wanting to replicate it. We are human; we do in fact judge books by the cover even though we know we are shallow if we do ;) This is the reason I include a picture with every single one of my recipes in both of my eBooks. People like and some people need that visual aid. I hear ya my friends. This is why I will continue to take my half ass shots of my recipes and suck it up. Unless anyone is considering that position where you just follow me around in my kitchen and do the dirty work….you’ll get to eat for free haha!? On a side note, I am aware that food bloggers often purchase professional pictures online from photographers. As wonderful and convenient as that sounds...I feel like it's cheating. I mean the food featured on my blog should at least be food that I have made...well, that's how I see it anyway. I'll stick to my own handy work for now. Hopefully I eventually get around to some further self-education on the art of food photography and maybe eventually take a course and upgrade my equipment…maybe. No promises are being made.I think I would be more motivated to if money making was my main goal here, but it’s not. I’m just a passionate girl wanting to share the fun of real food.
Any who, that was all very off topic but that’s how I roll. Once I start with a thought there is no stopping me. You would’ve been bored listening to a detailed and lengthy explanation on Cajun seasonings and pretty vegetables tossed in a bowl anyway, trust me. So here it is. The not so Valentine’s Day but oh so nutritious- Cajun Carnival Bowl. The chipotle mayo was a recipe from Thug Kitchen’s "Eat Like you Give a F*ck" cookbook and it really is not necessary for this recipe to turn out fabulous. The spices added right into the veggie skillet compliment the dish perfectly just as is, I promise. I just whipped up the mayo because I had all of the ingredients in stock and I had been eyeing out that bad boy of a recipe since I got the book.
Cajun Carnival Bowl with Chipotle Mayo
- 1 medium sweet potato, cubed
- ½ Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- ½ cup white onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 red pepper, chopped
- 1 cup of cooked black beans
- 1 cup of cooked quinoa (so ~1/2 cup uncooked)
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 tsp. chilli powder
- ½ tsp. ground cumin
- ½ tsp. paprika
- ½ tsp. oregano
- 1 cup kale, massaged and chopped
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup canned coconut milk
- 1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. sriracha hot sauce
- 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 Tbsp. ground chia seeds
- 1/4 tsp. lemon juice
- 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
- Pinch of sea salt
- To make the chipotle mayo, blend all ingredients together and set aside.
- Boil your sweet potato cubes in a medium pot for a few minutes or until tender.
- Meanwhile, heat the extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and garlic and cook over medium-low heat until fragrant.
- Add the chopped red pepper and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Add the cooked sweet potato, black beans, quinoa, cilantro, and all of the spices and mix thoroughly.
- Turn off the element and add the massaged and chopped kale and stir it into the veggie mix.
- Serve right away with or without the chipotle mayo and extra cilantro on top for garnish.
So what is everyone doing for Valentine's Day? My hubby is away this weekend (not that we celebrate the holiday anyway haha) so I have a whole self loving weekend to myself! I have a breakfast date planned with a friend and I can't wait. Breakfast dates are my favourite kind of dates!
I have been at this healthy lifestyle living bit for a few years now. When I first started, I had a loooooong way to go. I essentially needed to make a complete 180 in every aspect of my life. Years later, I still have a ways to go. I’m convinced and comforted in knowing that there is no end to this journey. As we continue to grow emotionally and physically, we continue to grow into the lifestyle we are striving to lead. For the longest time I focused only on dietary changes that needed to be made. That was challenging enough in itself. I was determined to mould these changes into long lasting habits so I moved very slowly. I’m a big advocate for the tortoise and the hare tale and I am proud to classify myself as a successful tortoise.Read More
Yay, it's Monday! I know most people hate on Mondays but I personally love them. I feel like every Monday is a fresh new start; a chance to make this week better than the last! I am always energized with new goals and I love seeing them through as the week goes on. What I also love is the fact that so many people have made "Meatless Monday" a lifestyle habit. I love seeing what others come up with when they think outside the box! Today's Crunchy Quinoa Salad recipe ties in perfectly with Meatless Monday. Perhaps this could be your dinner tonight if you haven't had a chance to think ahead-you're welcome ;)Read More
I have recently stepped up my smoothie game. I have not been keeping it a secret but in case you happened to miss it; my new favourite smoothie ingredient is cauliflower. I know, I know, it sounds hideous but trust me-it’s a life changer. I steam my cauli in advance and leave it in the fridge to add into my morning blend. The nutritious white flower adds a sensational creaminess (I’m 100% a texture person) all while fully taking on the sweet flavours of the fruits that are in the mix.Read More
I discovered Meghan Telpner one day at Indigo. As usual, I was lurking in the healthy cookbook and diet section and her newly released book, "UnDiet" immediately caught my eye. I grabbed the colorful book, flipped it open and sifted through it for longer than I probably even realize. I could not part with it so I bought it and since that day, I have read it several times now-learning something new with each read. Her book is fabulous for beginners to healthy living or for those who are pros at the lifestyle. You can never learn enough. Undiet is full of essential information and recipes but most importantly, it teaches you how to UnDiet and live a happy and healthy life. I was so shocked and proud when I learned that Meghan is originally from Winnipeg (my small and central prairie town). Last spring, I took this nutritionista's Culinary Nutrition Expert online course through her Academy and it was life changing. I have learned most of what I know from this shining bright star of a being. When I tell people that raw honey works miracles on burns, that cayenne is the answer to scrapes and scratches, and that ideally every meal we eat should include a source of protein, healthy fat, and fiber, I get looks of confusion and interest. Everyone always asks me "how in the h-e- double hockey sticks do you know all of this stuff?" My answer is a) because I never stop wanting to learn and b) Meghan Telpner.Read More
When I first started juicing, the thought of a green juice was scary. I mean I loved the color but I knew that green meant veggie town. Therefore as most people do, I eased into it with the sweeter juices containing carrots and beets mixed with fruits. Both carrots and beets tend to give off a special sweetness when they are juiced, unlike um...the greens haha. Now as much as I love the red, purple, and orange juices I currently favor my beloved green juices. Our taste buds change my friends and I cannot repeat that enough. The more we weasel in the veggies, the more our tolerance for sweetness lessens.Read More