Monthly Archives: May 2016

Waiting game

I have never been a very patient person… it’s just not in my nature (my poor poor un born child! thankfully the man friend has more patience than anyone I know- Balance! it’s important).

Any who, waiting of any kind- let alone the life changing kind- has never been my strong suit. The only way I can survive is by keeping myself busy with odd jobs here and there. Everyone keeps telling me to rest and relax while I can but I honestly find keeping busy more relaxing then sitting around like a bump on a log.

Todays ‘job’ was to prep some make ahead breakfast foods for the crazy moments ahead of me and I came up with a totally delicious ‘kitchen sink’ granola. You are going to want to make some of this- SO GOOD!

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Measurements are a little hazy as I did a little of this a little of that but i’ll share anyways 🙂

4 cups gluten free oats

1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/2 cup chopped raw peanuts

1/2 cup chopped raw almonds

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

3/4 cup chopped raw pecans

1 cup dried cranberries

1/4-1/2 cup coconut flakes

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup- 1/2 cup flax seed (whole)

1.5 teaspoons cinnamon

6 tablespoons of melted coconut oil

1/2 cup maple syrup

Preheat to 325 degrees.

Stir all dry ingredients together. Add wet and stir to combine.

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Pour out on parchment lined baking sheets (I needed 3) and bake for 30 minutes- stirring half way. Allow to cool completely before storing. I like to keep granola in glass jars in my freezer :).

I just threw in whatever nuts and seeds I had on hand- just use whatever you have and adjust your liquid ingredients as needed.

This granola is great on its own, with a little almond milk, on top of a smoothie, mixed with a little yogurt etc.,

That’s it. Easy peasy! Hope you enjoy 🙂

 

 

 

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Oodles of Noodles

The count down is on! Less than 3 weeks to go till my due date. At this point bubs can make his/her appearance any day now (i’m not so silently praying its sooner than later). I’m off work at the moment enjoying my last moments of rest, relaxation and freedom! I feel extremely blessed to have this time to myself and the weather is really helping me enjoy it.

I’ve been spending lots of time on our deck and hanging at the river with my favourite little lady :). At first I was worried I would get bored not working- NOPE! loving every moment over here. I’m ready for retirement 😉

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It hasn’t been all lazing around.

Nesting is in full force. I’ve done tons of meal prep for those first few hectic weeks, lots of cleaning and organizing every drawer and every room. It feels so good to get everything in place (even though it won’t stay that way for long).

Our deep freeze could not be more full and I couldn’t be happier :).

That garbage bag is FULL of organic grass fed beef ready to hit the grill mmmmm. I love grilling season.

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Okay, i’ll get to the point now. The last few weeks I have definitely been craving more carby meals- AKA lots of noodles. I always try and incorporate lots of veggies in all of my meals so I thought I’d share 2 easy delicious recipes that are well balanced (in my opinion).

First up

Tomato basil pasta 

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4 organic field tomatoes chopped

4 cloves of garlic minced

1 large onion diced

1 bunch of basil julienned

avocado oil for cooking and finishing

salt and pepper to taste

1 package of gluten free pasta

Cook onion over medium high heat in a touch of avocado oil. Once translucent (a few minutes) throw in the garlic and sautĂ© until fragrant (another few mins). Add in tomatoes and let cook until nice and juicy. Add in half the bunch of basil, salt and pepper to your liking. While cooking up the ‘sauce’, cook the pasta until el dente. Toss pasta with ‘sauce’ and sprinkle with remaining basil. This pasta is perfect with a grilled chicken breast or some grilled prawns. Super easy to put together and really delicious.

Summer is a great time to make this dish because all of the ingredients are so fresh and can be found at your local farmers market.

Next up

Pad Thai

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1 red pepper thinly sliced

1/2 cup snow peas thinly sliced

4 green onions chopped

1 bunch cilantro diced

2 cups bean sprouts

4 cloves of garlic diced

1 egg whisked

protein of choice (tofu, shrimp, chicken…)

1/4 cup chopped peanuts

1 package of stick rice noodles

Sauce:

2 tablespoons fish sauce

2 tablespoons of soy aminos

2 tablespoons of maple syrup

A dash of sweet chili sauce

 

1 lime for finishing

Prep everything ahead- this meal comes together extremely fast!

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Prepare noodles and put aside. Cook whisked egg and put aside. Put together sauce and put aside. Cook protein up and put aside.

In a large stir fry pan saute garlic in a little cooking oil (I use coconut oil). Add in green onions and red peppers. Stir until combined. Add in cooked noodles. Pour sauce in and turn heat off. Stir until combined. Add in egg, protein, bean sprouts, snow peas and cilantro. Toss until everything is coated in sauce.

Sprinkle chopped peanuts and squeeze lime over dish and serve it up.

Super easy but very yummy and flavourful. This isn’t a super saucy dish-the man friend and I prefer it to be more subtle. If you would like a deeper flavour just double the sauce recipe. Easy peasy.

Hope you enjoy!!

 

 

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