With tomorrow being the first day of fall you would think I would be in full pumpkin mode. Truth is, I'm always in pumpkin mode. On a gorgeous day like today, where it feels like summer, tropical flavours must be incorporated and enjoyed. I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba which is located smack in the center of the Canada where the winters are so frigid and long that we earned the nickname "Winterpeg" and rightfully so. Any single day where the sun is shining bright is a damn good day that must be taken advantage of. Give me all of that Vitamin D baby. Today reached plus 30 I believe and it was incredible considering Calgary, a neighbouring prairie city had a 3 day snow storm only a few weeks ago...yes, in September.
On this lovely Monday (I'm weird and I love Mondays), my last massage therapy client cancelled on me and ironically I was not able to fill it. My last appointment time is the most popular of times and I have a waiting list in case anyone cancels but today was just a day where it did not work out. How could I be upset with that blazing sunshine waiting for me outside!? I went home and jumped right onto my bike and went for an amazing ride and got in some much needed "me time." I made it a No Phone Zone so I did not even have any music. I love music. It makes my world go round but oddly enough, I prefer to enjoy relaxing activities like walking, bike riding, stretching, and even cooking in silence. I was captivated by the healing sounds of nature on this hour long journey. I listened to the gentle air breezing, the sounds of children playing, the birds singing, and the colourful leaves crunching underneath my tires. I'm sure I looked like an idiot to anyone passing me by because I couldn't even hold back my grin of gratitude. Good thing I don't care...I live by the rule that if you look like an idiot but are enjoying yourself...who cares. I'll never see those people again and even if I do, at least I will be known as the girl grinning on her bike instead of the girl with the resting bitch face because I can definitely rock that look too ;)
When I got home I felt inspired to make a bright, colourful, summery dinner to finish off the perfect warm day. I did not have anything in mind...it was one of those moments where I opened my fridge, my pantry, and my mind and went to it. My meal was incredible. The savoury flavours stood out that much more with the addition of the perfectly ripe pineapple pieces complementing each bite. The pasta sauce was so creamy yet so subtle that it did not take away any of the colourful statements that the bright ingredients had to offer. It is definitely a new staple, and will for sure be enjoyed on those cold - 50 degrees Celsius days in winter when I'm missing the warmth of our generous September days! Enjoy!
Pineapple Paradise Plate
*Makes 2 servings
- 1/2 cup of dried pasta of your choice (I used brown rice fettuccine noodles)
- ½ cup mushrooms, chopped
- ½ cup edamame beans
- ½ cup pineapple, chopped
- ½ cup of my “DIY ROASTED PEPPERS”
- ¼ cup red onion, chopped
For the sauce:
- 1 small, ripe avocado
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ½ cup coconut cream (solid cream from a can of coconut milk)
- 1 tbsp. coconut milk (liquid from a can of coconut milk)
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- ½ tsp. tamari sauce
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste
- Cook your pasta according to its individual package instructions and set aside.
- Meanwhile sauté the mushrooms, red onion, edamame, and pineapple over medium heat in coconut oil.
- Combine your sauce ingredients in a food processor or blender until you reach a rich and creamy texture.
- Toss the sauce with your cooked pasta.
- Add the sautéed ingredients and the roasted peppers to your pasta.
- Garnish with fresh herbs and enjoy!