Sriracha aioli

 

Easy aioli

Easy aioli

 

Need a quick pick me up for a sandwich, cracker or some type of finger food? Look no further. This little ditty is a great go-to back pocket kitchen friend. You won’t forget the recipe because it’s just too darn easy. I use this in my Bahn Mi sandwich and it’s just the cats patoot. Icing on a beauty Thai cake. Try the recipe out if you want to have your socks knocked off.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup veganaise

1.5 tbsp sriracha sauce

2 tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice

2 cloves garlic diced or pressed

Method:

Mix it all together and let it sit for an hour or so. Reduce the sriracha if you’re not a fan of too much spice.

 

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Maple glazed rosemary almonds

 

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This recipe was whipped together for the express purpose of trying out some new lighting and our new camera….upgrading the food photography to get your salivary glands going!

Delicious and slightly sinful. Sweet and savory. Luckily for the three of us, we went on a little hike on active rest day.

Enjoy.

Ingredients: 

1 1/4 cup raw unsalted almonds

1 cup maple syrup

1 tbsp rosemary salt (homemade recipe link)

1/2 tbsp dried rosemary needles

Method: 

Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees

Combine all ingredients in bowl. Place on cookie sheet and bake for 7-10 minutes. Stir about every minute or so to avoid burning. Once syrup is reduced remove from oven and cool for one minute.

 

 

Roasted beet & kale salad with hemp

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January is here. It’s time to get on the fit train. This is an easy and protein-packed salad to help you on your way.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

 

Ingredients: 

6 small beets washed

1 head kale torn into bite-sized pieces

1 medium tomato diced

2 tbsp hemp seeds

1/2 tsp Rosemary salt

1 tsp Dried rosemary

1 tbsp Spiced olive oil

Cracked tri-colour pepper to taste

Dressing: 

1/3 cup water

3 tbsp nutritional yeast

3 cloves garlic

1.5 tbsp raw miso

1 tbsp tahini

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1/2 tsp cracked pepper

Method: 

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Wash beets and quarter. (I never peel my beets…but you can choose to if you wish)

Toss in salt, rosemary, pepper and oil.

Arrange on non-stick or greased baking sheet and roast for 1 hour turning often or at least every 15 minutes. Bake until they are easily pierced with a fork.

Once cooked set aside to cool.

In the meanwhile, wash and prepare remainder of veggies

Dressing: I use a hand blender for all my dressings – it is the easiest method and then leaves you with any remaining dressing in a nice small container….Braun is a decent model.

Place all dressing ingredients in hand blending vessel. Blend for 1 minute.

Coat kale and tomatoes in dressing, top with cooled beets and hemp seeds.

Serves 4.

Breakfast Sammy – 5 minutes

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If you only have 5 minutes. you STILL have enough time to have something scrumptious and colourful and delish. When you’ve always got great ingredients around, your creativity in the kitchen will start to flourish.

Ingredients: 

Vegan or regular croissant

3 Field roast Italian or apple sausages diced

1/2 cup arugula

1/2 cup spinach

1/2 cucumber sliced

1 medium tomato sliced

German grainy mustard sweet & hot

Method: 

Pan fry diced sausages.

In meantime cut croissant and later on goodness.

Add sausages, smoosh together and serve halved.

 

Vegetarian Naan Pizza in 15 minutes

A meal on the fly.

A meal on the fly.

It was another one of those nights when you get home to “nothing” in the fridge or cupboards. I remembered (luckily) that I had a couple of frozen balls of naan bread dough in the freezer & with our recent local and organic fresh food order, we had PIZZA!

By far, Pizza  has to be our favourite fast food meal and if done right, isn’t unhealthy in the least. I opt out of any type of traditional pizza sauce with this one so that the flavour of the bread can be enjoyed.

Enjoy this one.

Ingredients:

1 small yam grated

1 cup spinach packed

1 tomato diced

1.5 cups broccoli florets

1 cup cheese or cheeselike product shredded

1/2 red pepper sliced

1 jalepeno cut into small rings

Naan – enough to roll into a 8-10 inch thin crust for pizza. Follow THIS RECIPE for my homemade Garlic Naan.

Method:

Preheat oven to 500 degrees and let run at this temp while prepping.

Roll out Naan dough on floured surface until SUPER thin.

Layer all ingredients however you wish onto naan. Top with cheese OR top with cheese and finish with jalepenos in case they are too hot for you. This way, the cheese absorbs some flavour and you can still pick off the hot bits before chowing down.

Place on baking sheet or pizza sheet or pre-heated pizza stone.

Cook in oven for 5-7 minutes or until edges begin to brown.

Enjoy.

Serves 2 starving adults or can be sliced up into small squares as an appy.

Health tips: 

Broccoli – full of iron & vitamin Common cold killer.

Spinach – loaded with protein, high in potassium and magnesium. Great for Veg-heads.

Holy Guacamole

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I’ve already ranted about lazy Larry’s and store bought sauces…add this one to your list too!

Ingredients:

2 ripe hass avocados

Juice of 1/2 a lime

1/2 tsp garlic salt

1 tbsp fresh diced cilantro

Method:

Mash avocado with fork or cream with hand blender. Add remaining ingredients. Serve.

Zingy homemade salsa

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There is nothing I dislike more than having to eat pre-made sauces and dips that can easily be made at home. There are so many sauces that are easy to create, taste fresh, have more nutrient content and have no preservatives! For these reasons, I accept no excuses for why homemade salsa cannot be added to the repertoire of all would-be foodies, busy moms and lazy Larry’s out there.

Use this recipe on eggs, nachos, burritos, as a tapenade or for your bruschetta.

Ingredients:

1 juicy lime

2 medium tomatoes

1/2 red onion diced

1/3 cup diced cilantro

1/4 tsp garlic salt OR 1 clove freshly pressed garlic

1/2 tbsp coconut or avocado oil

Fresh ground pepper

Optional: 1 diced red hot pepper or jalapeno

Method:

Dice up all ingredients, sprinkle with salt, toss with liquid ingredients, top with freshly ground pepper.

Serves 2-4

 

Health Facts:

Cilantro is a natural preservative, antioxidant, detoxifier and anti-bacterial.