All posts filed under: healthy eating

Food: Chicken or Beef Tacos – Another Version Added To My Collection of Taco Recipes

Tacos it is – again – but I am not complaining and after testing out this recipe, I doubt the family will complain either. Except for one thing – I do not like ground chicken – I preferred pulled chicken instead. So, that’s how this recipe will go down in my household. Feel free to add you favorite protein. INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 pound ground chicken, beef, or turkey 1 yellow onion, chopped 2-3 teaspoons chipotle chili powder use to your taste 2 teaspoons smoked paprika 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4-1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper use to your taste 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon kosher salt 12 hard shell tacos 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese CILANTRO LIME RANCH 1 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt 3/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/4 cup pickled jalapeños, chopped + 2 tablespoons brine juice from 2 limes 1 teaspoon kosher salt  {more} On another note – would you take a trip to New York just to see this Broadway musical – about Princess Diana?  

Food: Dinner Tonight – Gluten Free Lasagna

Gluten-free is always a good idea in my household – considering the different health concerns my family seems to have, and since Italian is is one of my favorite, I mean who doesn’t love Italian, this recipe is the perfect meal for dinner tonight.  And yes, even if I am running around like a chicken with her head cut off, I always insist on cooking for the fam – it’s the only solid or consistent therapy I am committed to, besides my happy color app on my iPhone. SAUCE 1 Tbsp avocado or olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 tsp red pepper flake (optional) 1 lb grass-fed ground beef 1/4 tsp sea salt, plus more to taste 2 25-oz jars favorite marinara sauce (or DIY* // we like Organico Bella brand) 1-2 tsp dried Italian herbs (basil and oregano // optional) 1-2 tsp sweetener of choice (such as maple syrup, cane sugar, or stevia // optional) CHEESE 2 ¼ cups raw macadamia nuts (or sub slivered blanched almonds or raw cashews soaked for 1 hour in hot water, then drained) 3 ½ Tbsp lemon juice 4 Tbsp nutritional yeast (plus more to taste) 3/4 tsp garlic powder 1/3 scant tsp sea salt 2/3 – 1 cup water (if using soaked cashews, add …

Food: Dinner Tonight – Mushroom Taco and Garlic Lime Sauce

Haven’t written much about what I am aiming to cook for the fam – but tonight, we are excited that my American football team, the 49ers will be playing in the Superbowl. There was a crazy madness to the city yesterday as everyone was shopping for Superbowl snacks, and beverages, as well as the usual Taco, nachos and other finger foods ingredients to be served at a Superbowl gathering all over the city in anticipation for a Superbowl win. So naturally, tacos will be served with beer in our household and this recipe seems like a pretty good addition to the usual shredded chicken or beef tacos I make every year. INGREDIENTS 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated 2 tablespoons chili powder 2 teaspoons smoked paprika 2 chipotle peppers in adobo ¼ cup apple cider or white vinegar 2 cups fresh pineapple chunks 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, chopped 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced 3 cups shiitake mushrooms, sliced 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 12 …

Food: Tuscan Beef and Lentil Soup

I miss my kitchen while in England or perhaps just the cooking. My grandmother used to say while I watched her extensive meal preps over the summers I spent with her in Montreal, the best meals are the ones you make in your own kitchen. So with that in mind, I am gathering up recipes, and preparing my grocery list for a dozen recipe I want try out this week. First up, Tuscan Beef and Lentil soup. SOUP 1-2 Tbsp neutral oil (such as avocado oil) 1/2 large white or yellow onion, diced 1/2 tsp each sea salt and black pepper, DIVIDED plus more to taste 6 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 tsp red pepper flake (omit for less heat) 1 lb. ground beef or bison (grass-fed, organic, pasture-raised whenever possible // if vegan, omit and double amount of beans listed below) 3 Tbsp tomato paste (plus more to taste) 1 15-oz can diced tomatoes (with salt, add with juices) 1 quart chicken broth (or sub beef // sub vegetable broth if vegan // 1 quart = 4 cups) 1 Tbsp dried basil (or sub fresh to taste) 1 Tbsp dried oregano (or sub fresh to taste) 1 15-oz can white beans or lentils*, slightly drained (double amount if …

England Travel Continues

One of the things I miss the most while on the road, is making a home cooked meal. Even though that’s the case,  I still am intrigued by the many helpful hints or suggestions for cooking and recipes. Do you have cooking secrets you wish to share? Are you more of a traditional cook or one who prefers a slow-cooker {featured image – recipe to the lemoniest roast chicken}

Food: Dinner Tonight – Spicy Vegetarian and Tortilla Soup

After a week or more of pure sunshine, we experienced heavy rains overnight – and colder temps. So, soup is in order – especially since I am really craving Mexican food. This vegetarian and tortilla soup will do the trick minus the crockpot suggestion for my love of cooking. INGREDIENTS 1 medium yellow onion, diced 1 poblano pepper, diced 2 jalapeños, seeded and chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon dried oregano 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth 2-3 canned chipotle peppers in adobo, finely chopped 1 (28 ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes kosher salt and pepper 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa juice and zest of 1 lime 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped, plus more for serving tortilla chips, diced mango, sliced avocado, feta, and yogurt, for serving  {more} On another note – what movies have you seen at home or at the movie theater?  Here’s what I’ve been up to.  

Food: Dinner Tonight – Mexican Shredded Chicken

I have been on a Mexican food crave this week, which is about right – before the holidays I crave Mexican or Asian cuisine. So Mexican shredded chicken it is for that soft taco meal we’ll be having, except for my mum, who prefers a pita bread to any other variation. I can see her now, stuffing fork full of the chicken inside the pita bread, and spreading yogurt for flavor instead of the guacamole or sour cream the rest of the family insists upon: CHICKEN 1/2 tsp sea salt, divided 1 tsp ground cumin, divided 1 tsp smoked paprika, divided 1 tsp chili powder, divided (NOT cayenne or just ground chilies — see notes*) 1 Tbsp avocado oil (or other neutral oil, or sub water) 2 (~8 ounce) chicken breasts*, boneless skinless (and organic, pasture-raised when possible) 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (omit or reduce for less heat) 1/4 cup vegetable or chicken broth 2 Tbsp lime juice {more} On another note – love this suggestion on how to stock your pantry for beginners to healthy cooking 

Holiday Series: Thanksgiving Preliminary Prep

I start out with one menu – and then shift it throughout the week leading to Thanksgiving, so with that mindset, here’s what I am considering for the holiday, perhaps even leading to smaller dinner parties up to New Year’s eve. {featured source and inspiration for this blog post}

Food: Holiday Series – Thanksgiving Main Course

I am not a fan of Turkey, never have been and I doubt I’ll ever be. So this year, while searching for a main dish recipe I can live with, I stumbled upon this one, while reading an article on ‘how to have a sustainable Thanksgiving.’  And guess what? We are having A butternut Squash Vegducken! INGREDIENTS 1 cup pecans 1 (7 1/2″-long) zucchini 1 (9 1/2″-long) globe eggplant 1 (11 1/2″-long) butternut squash 2 scallions 2 garlic cloves, divided 1 shallot, coarsely chopped 1/4 pound shiitake mushrooms, trimmed, coarsely chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil 9 sprigs thyme, divided 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup 2 large eggs 1 cup finely grated Parmesan 1/2 cup fine plain breadcrumbs 6 tablespoons coarsely chopped parsley, divided Kosher salt 2 tablespoons mint, coarsely chopped 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Special equipment: Kitchen twine  {follow recipe here} And in case you are curious about the sustainable Thanksgiving suggestions, I have included the article here.    {featured image credit}

Holiday Series: Vegan Pumpkin Mousse

I am not a fan of pumpkin pie, or cake but I am a fan of pudding or mousse alternative, so I feel like this year, we are going to have this vegan pumpkin mousse on our dessert table for thanksgiving.  So easy to make and naturally spoon right out of the blender. Okay, no I’ll do my best to scoop the masterpiece into serving bowls for a more civilized way of indulging. Ingredients 1 cup (225g) full fat coconut yogurt or coconut cream* 1/2 cup (125g) pumpkin puree  1/4 cup (80g) maple syrup 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/4 tsp salt  {more} On another healthier alternative to desserts – here’s a banana Chia pudding recipe – although this one I’m considering for breakfast come Sunday morning.  {featured image source and inspiration for this post}