CSA 2015 – Week 4 Recap

CSA 2015 – Week 4 Recap

It’s the summer of good food!! Josh says that he’s loving my cooking more than ever because of the CSA share. I’ve been experimenting more and you just can’t beat how fresh the produce is…that makes a HUGE difference in the the taste! Week 4 was probably my favourite week so far because I was home and able to use everything up with no problems. Also, I’ve been battling a cold ever since last weekend so it was great to have all sorts of fresh veggies to boost my immune system. Without further ado, here’s what Week 4 included: – snow peas – summer turnips – mixed lettuce – pea shoots – Chinese (napa) cabbage For our size share (1/2 share) it initially included raspberries but since we grow them here at home, I opted for the cabbage instead. I’m kind of obsessed with stir fry’s lately so twice this week I cooked up really quick one pot dinners. I’ve been using my mandolin slicer to make things REALLY quick to throw together, I’m not sure how I got this far in life without one of these things! Stir fry #1 had snow peas, red onion,  and red pepper. Once the veggies cooked I added in a can of light coconut milk, 2 tsp of garam masala and a Tbsp of hot curry paste. I have been experimenting a little bit with tofu lately so I threw some in and let everything simmer for a while. I served it with rice and topped everything with some pea shoots! Stir fry #2 had red onion, red pepper, snow peas and broccoli. To... read more
CSA 2015 – Week 3 Recap

CSA 2015 – Week 3 Recap

Ok I think I’m back up to speed on the recaps!  As I mentioned in my post last week, even though life is busy, the whole point of this blog (and my budding  Health Coaching Practice!) is to show other busy people how they can be healthy in the midst of all the craziness!!! One thing that’s going great right now….the summers CSA shares! I am pretty much obsessed with making sure none of our goods go to waste and that I try to get creative with our ingredients. Weeks 2 and 3 were difficult since we weren’t home much but I did manage to experiment some! The day I took our share home I only had time to fire it into the fridge before taking off, but was able to grab this picture from the farms facebook page, so here’s a quick run down of what Week 3 offered: – baby kale – swiss chard – summer turnips – baby beets (with greens) – small head of romaine lettuce – chives The kale went into salmon curry (….again) and there was lots left over for smoothies (in fact, I used it right through Week 4 as well). I also ended up throwing the chives in with the curry as well! I haven’t used the summer turnips yet, I saved them for Week 4 and was really excited to try them out along with the baby beets (Week 4 recap will be Monday but we ate them last night and they were goooood). I had saved several recipes on Pinterest and then time got away from me and I didn’t do a whole... read more
Lobster Pad Thai (and Date on the Deck)

Lobster Pad Thai (and Date on the Deck)

Last Friday I posted a picture on Facebook of our date night dinner and had several comments and private messages for the recipe…so I thought I’d share it here!! We have recently decided that we need to set some sort of dating schedule. Josh and I are both busy and since we run out of steam a lot, we don’t often have dates anymore. That paired with the fact that the town we live in has no desirable date locations. Last Friday Josh called me on the way home from work and said he was going to pick up some lobster (which wasn’t on our meal plan for the week). He had to pop out again after he got home so I quickly put together one of his favourite meals, set the table on the deck with a candle and queued up a playlist all before he returned home. While it looks fancy and possibly even intimidating, it couldn’t be any easier. I have made this in the past with chicken as well and just added in lots of garlic and whatever veggies I had on hand (red peppers typically). It’s not what I would consider to be a healthy meal so we save it for special occasions (date nights!). Print Lobster Pad Thai   Quick and easy lobster pad thai for when you're feeling fancy but don't want to put in lots of work. Ingredients 1 lb of shelled lobster meat sesame oil 1-2 cups mung bean sprouts ¼ cup white vinegar ¼ organic cane sugar 2 Tbsp fish sauce 1 Tbsp hot sauce (I love Franks Extra Hot!)... read more
CSA 2015 – Week 2 Recap

CSA 2015 – Week 2 Recap

Another week and lots of great farm fresh goods to experiment with! Week 2 came with some new-to-me foods as well as a PILE of strawberries to play with. In addition to the strawberries, Week 2 included garlic scapes, baby kale, mixed greens, beet greens and pea shoots. Since things were busy with family visiting, I didn’t get to use everything quite the way I had wanted but was able to experiment a little bit, which of course made me happy! I used the garlic scapes in a stir fry and also to make my favourite vegan Caesar salad dressing – http://ohsheglows.com/2010/06/25/easy-vegan-caesar-salad/ We used the pea shoots on top of the greens in salads and also threw them into the stir fry (where I also used the broccoli from Week 1) for some added greens. Since I didn’t have time to get creative, the baby kale went into the easy salmon curry that I posted last week. Right now that recipe is still one of my favs so it’s nowhere near getting old. The beet greens and the rest of the baby kale were used up in smoothies to sneak in some extra greens. I love blending greens in with my daily smoothie since it’s an incredibly easy way to get an extra serving in. My favourite experiment of the week was with the strawberries. After eating a box of them from the Week 1 delivery and also gorging on the strawberries growing in my own backyard, I wanted to try out a recipe with them this time.  I found a recipe for strawberry oat squares oh the Oh... read more
Slowing Down and a Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Slowing Down and a Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Good morning!!! How are things? It’s been an incredibly busy couple weeks around here with family home visiting, weddings and work but I somehow managed to survive it all while enjoying every bit of it. My goals for the last couple months have been to 1) try not to be so busy (where possible) and 2) when I am busy to slow down and enjoy everything that’s happening. Now, if you know me you know neither of those things comes easily to me….especially #2. Doing anything slowly is NOT in my nature. I walk fast, talk fast…..it doesn’t matter what you see me doing I look like I’m in a rush. I can officially report that even though these last couple weeks have been insane, I constantly checked in with myself to make sure I slowed down and enjoyed everything while still getting everything I needed to done. For some people that might not sound like much, but for me it’s been incredibly eye opening and transformative! I was in a wedding this past Wednesday and everything about the day was so enjoyable from the minute I met up with my cousin at the apartment she rented in Charlottetown for the week (Airbnb for the win!!). The wedding was beautiful, the bride and groom looked stunning and happy, and the guests were all well fed and incredibly festive. Now for the ever so slight downside…..Josh was sick earlier this week and while I managed to dodge it then, several guests at the wedding were also sick and it seems that today being overtired and around cold bugs has caught... read more

I’m Back!!!

I’m back!!!  I finally got my website set up, I started blogging…..and then life hit and I disappeared.  My intent with blogging was to produce two posts a week (on Monday and Thursday) filled with  helpful healthy living content and great recipes for you guys. Then life happened. I work a day job as an environmental scientist and as you may assume from the job title, the summer is our busiest time of year! In addition to my day job, I am going to school at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition to get my Holistic Health Coach Certification. While I find that SUPER interesting and not overly demanding on my brain, it does take time to watch the lectures and do the additional reading assignments. As if that’s not enough but I also have my partnership with Beachbody as a coach so I run monthly fitness motivation and accountability groups as well as help get new coaches on my team started with their own business ventures. So all that plus being an active puppy mama, spending time with Josh, and keeping up with my own fitness goals….well that hasn’t left a lot of time for researching great content to post on here. I felt a little like I had failed but then I took a closer look at my posts and traffic generated by each one and found something really interesting. The posts that have had the most traffic have been the ones where I take the time to talk a little bit about what’s going on in my day to day life.  After noticing that it hit me,... read more
CSA 2015 – Week 1 Recap

CSA 2015 – Week 1 Recap

If you follow me on facebook then you saw my post last week about getting our first CSA (community supported agriculture) delivery for the year! It seems like SO many people I know have been getting CSA shares for years and I kept wanting to jump on the bandwagon but never got my act together in time to sign up early in the season. That plus I have been planting my own garden for a few years now (but not this year since we will be moving!).  This year I was on top of things and found RJR 100 Acre Farm, a pesticide free farm very close to my office. I rounded up a few coworkers and we each put in an order. The idea is, that we pay up front for our ‘shares’ in the farm and every week during the growing season we get farm fresh produce as the return on our investment!! Our Week 1 share included spinach, kale, rhubarb, broccoli, strawberries and chive blossom vinegar. As a theme for this summer I thought I would share each week what I made with our goods! No recipes were needed for the strawberries, those were devoured as is. The spinach has been making it’s way into my daily smoothies and the broccoli is going into tonight’s stir fry (so I’m sure you’ll see it pop up in the Week 2 recap next week 😉 ). Here are links to some of the recipes I tried out last week. Rhubarb muffins (gluten-free/vegan) – http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2009/05/gluten-free-vegan-rhubarb-muffins.html Chive vinaigrette – http://growagoodlife.com/chive-vinaigrette-recipe/ And  now for my favourite recipe. I’ve been making this for a while... read more
Canada Day Love

Canada Day Love

“Guess who’s back, back again…..”. Sorry for the obscure 2002 Eminem reference. Every time I hear “I’m back!” that song pops into my head. Anyway, more about being back in another post! Today is my favourite holiday of the year…Canada Day!!! For as long as I can remember I’ve enjoyed celebrating Canada Day more than any other holiday throughout the year. When I was younger my parents hosted a Canada Day party at our house, then I got older there were the big festival concerts to partake in, street dances, and general shenanigans.  This year we can’t stray from home since Josh is on call but at least it’s a beautiful day and I can get caught up on school work! Started off the day with a coffee and then headed out for what I dubbed the “Canada Day 5 k”…but then fell short by 1 km. I am like Goldie Locks when it comes to running, it can’t be too cold, it can’t be too hot, it has to be juuuuust right. Today was definitely in the too hot category. So I settled for 4 k and as a bonus this was my best time of the year. Followed it up with a 10 minute stretch out on my shaded deck (I love following the Stretch 10 class from Chalene Johnson’s TurboFire program after running) and then it was time to figure out what to make for breakfast. I had planned on making a fancy breakfast to eat out on the deck but after roasting outside on my run my ambition was a little low so I went... read more
The Perfect Diet….And Why It Doesn’t Exist

The Perfect Diet….And Why It Doesn’t Exist

The quest for a perfect diet is much like that of the search for a unicorn….it doesn’t exist. These days you hear about all sorts of ways of eating, fad weight loss ‘diets’, allergen friendly diets, etc. There are people that have success with optimum health and/or weight loss with each of these so people run out to buy a shopping cart full of grapefruit to sustain them for a week or declare they are going vegan because so-and-so A list movie star said that’s what cleared up their bad skin. Don’t get me wrong, I’m in full support of being vegan, vegetarian, paleo, etc. but what I’m saying is…..there is no perfect diet for EVERYONE. Every person on the planet is unique. Therefore, there are ways of eating that will work for some people, while for others, that way of eating makes them feel bloated, lethargic and all around crummy. It’s not because that way of eating is bad, but maybe you’re digestive season can’t handle raw food very well, which is why your raw food diet didn’t work out so well. Or maybe you feel best when you have a small amount of animal protein so the vegan lifestyle just wasn’t your cup of tea. The other side of the story is that you don’t have to stick to just one way of eating to find your own unique “perfect diet”. I see too many people think they have to follow the ‘rules’ for certain diets and if they don’t then they can’t do it at all. But who says your way of eating can’t be a blend... read more
How to Make Steel Cut Oatmeal {Quickly}

How to Make Steel Cut Oatmeal {Quickly}

Believe it or not, one of the questions I get asked the most lately is how to make steel cut oatmeal! It seems that more and more people are reading about the benefits of eating steel cut oats and want to know how to make steel cut oatmeal for a healthy and hearty breakfast. In case you aren’t familiar with steel cut oats then lets back up a step shall we?  Steel cut oats  are different from the rolled oats you might be more familiar with.  Steel cut oats are the whole toasted oat grains (otherwise knows as “groats”) that have chopped into smaller pieces. Other names you may have heard for them are Scotch, Irish or Pinhead oats.  They’re an excellent source of protein, soluble and insoluble fiber as well as vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B-6, iron, thiamine, vitamin A, niacin, folate, riboflavin, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and zinc. I’ve been a huge fan of steel cut oats for some time now, but it was only recently that I figured out how to make steel cut oatmeal QUICKLY!!! By processing steel cut oats (and I like adding chia seeds for good measure) until they are a flour like consistency, you can cook them in a fraction of the time as opposed to cooking the whole groats.  They don’t have that same chewy texture, it’s more like a cream of wheat, but they are quick and nutritious so that’s a fair trade off in my books.  I like to add a mashed banana to mine when cooking them and playing with toppings makes these different every time you eat them. Some of my... read more

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