Posted at 7:14 am , on September 15, 2014
I can’t believe how fast the summer went. September is here and that means it’s time to get serious! My son has started full-time kindergarten this year and he already has a whole week under his belt. I prepare most of the food in the home so I’m forced to quickly get organized so that I can provide healthy breakfasts, packed lunches and weeknight dinners. Sometimes a little routine after a busy summer doesn’t feel too bad. But I’m still going to miss those gorgeous evenings and the warm summer breezes!
For school I like to prepare nutrient dense meals to fill my kiddies and keep them as healthy as I can. Sending your kid to school is a bit like putting a sponge in a petri dish. The best thing we can do as parents is to give our kids the proper nutrition to give them a fighting chance and to help them recover from bugs quickly. I love Autumn but the sicknesses I could certainly live without. My son already has the sniffles today after the first week. Continue reading
Posted at 7:43 am , on July 14, 2014
Do you make time for yourself each day?
When the kiddies go down, I love taking the opportunity to sit back, steep a hot tea and spend a few minutes to reflect on the day or life in general. Life gets very busy and sometimes carving out a break is about as easy as getting toothpaste back in the tube. But even if you only manage 5-15 minutes before there’s another matter to attend to it’s very important to make some time for yourself. It is just so beneficial to your well-being and also your loved ones. A happy mommy makes a happy family they say!
Refreshing your body and mind aside, it’s also easier to appreciate everything you have when you take a step back and reflect.
Posted at 6:50 am , on June 17, 2014
I love the versatility of pulled pork! Add it to salad bowls, lettuce wraps, cauliflower rice or use as filling for your homemade taco shells. The options are endless and don’t get me started on all of the possible flavour combinations! Ok I’m starting: Smoky BBQ, chipotle, garlicky honey mmm…sooo many delicious flavours! I want them all.
I’m VERY pleased with how this Slow Cooker Sweet Orange Pulled Pork turned out. I implore you, PLEASE – DO NOT SLEEP on this recipe. After slow cooking in citrus and pure maple syrup for 6 hours the pork is falling apart and literally bursting with mouthwatering flavour. Continue reading
Posted at 3:23 pm , on June 8, 2014
Oh sure you might know about kale chips… but did you know about brussel chips??
Crispy, salty, bite size deliciousness… these characteristics make for some quality snacking. I have pencilled in some quality snacking for today’s agenda and I always keep my appointments!
Next time you make some brussels sprouts, don’t toss out the outer leaves that are sometimes removed for cleaning. Set them aside and wash them well. These are the lovelies that will be getting crisped up with some lemon and dill. They make an awesome healthy snack for movie night (or whatever crazy shenanigans you’re getting into tonight). Your movie might not be great but this idea certainly gets two thumbs up. Continue reading
Posted at 11:29 am , on May 21, 2014
I decided I needed to make something today with the delicious organic strawberries and fresh bunch of fragrant basil I had sitting on my counter. I opened my fridge and found a lonely bag of organic carrots. I wasn’t sure if the pairing would work but what the heck, I gave it a shot!
After one lick of the spoon I knew I had made a good choice. The sweet carrots, juicy strawberries, fresh squeezed lemon and coconut oil combined into one creamy, smooth, melt-in-your mouth puree dish. What about the basil? It definitely came through. The puree had a very subtle pepper & slightly sweet basil flavour. Perfect!
I really love how simple this puree is to make. I steamed the carrots until super soft, drained and then tossed them into the Vitamix blender with the remaining ingredients. Voila! A delicious and elegant side dish. This dish looks fabulous garnished with fresh slices of strawberry. Continue reading