I’m Back

Wow… so I couldn’t get on this for the longest time cause I had lost my password – damn things… I have a thousand of them and can never remember them – ugh.

Today ended up being a “snow day” – so as a teacher, I stay home when there is no school. The kids and I stay in our Jammie’s all day and I usually find cool things to cook. So keeping with tradition, I started researching what to cook.

I said to myself… ” I should try logging into WordPress again ” and for whatever reason, it worked. Now looking at my last post, which was in March 2017, a LOT has happened in our lives.

In May 2017, my Mike died. None of us saw it coming… he committed suicide.

Cooking was something we loved to do together, and gathering around the table was his favourite thing to do. So, after he died, we just couldn’t do it. We got rid of the table. I threw out a lot of kitchenware and we really didn’t have great appetites for a long time. One day this fall my 14 year old son asked me when we were going to start eating better again…. wow, slap of reality right there. I was having a hard time keeping it together let alone get back to cooking but the guilt of not being a good enough mother took over ( I know I’m a good mama, just didn’t feel it at the time ) and I put myself through the motions. We got a new dining table made for us and when it arrived we were all to scared to sit at it.

Fast forward to the Christmas holidays. I went to Italy on kind of a healing trip. Mike had booked it before he died so I wanted to follow through with his plans. I’m in Florence, eating incredible food and my son texted me…. ” Mom, I’ve done a lot of research and I’ve decided I want to start eating only plant based foods. I want to be a vegan.”

Holy geez… I better get my act together. Vegan food is a lot of work!!! What the heck is he doing to me!

I have him to thank cause I’m cooking a lot more now and I realized how much I missed it.

So my first post back has two recipes in it. Vegan protein balls AND non-vegan Asian Turkey Meatballs 😜.

Vegan Protein Balls

1 cup of rolled oats

1/2 cup natural peanut butter ( we used crunchy )

2 scoops of chocolate protein – we found a vegan one

1/3 cup honey

1/4 cup sunflower seeds ( unsalted )

2 Tblsp chia seeds

A splash of cashew milk – just to help it stick

Mix it all up and roll into balls and refrigerate

Asian Turkey Meatballs

Two pounds of Turkey

1 1/4 cups of Panko breadcrumbs

1 egg

3 large cloves of garlic

2 green onions chopped

1 tsp of sesame oil

2 TBSP soy seasoning – we used Braggs

Mix all this up and roll into 24 balls- put them on a cookie sheet and bake at 400F for about 20 min- but check em and make sure they are cooked through. Ain’t nobody got time for raw turkey lol


1/2 cup hoisin sauce

1/4 cup of soy seasoning

2 tsp sesame oil

Toss the balls in the sauce and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds 😜❤️ yummo


Breakfast Quesadillas 

So we’ve been looking for new breakfast ideas and we saw breakfast burritos (which are awesome FYI) and thought these could work too! 

In a large skillet 🍳 heat up 2 tsp of olive or avacado oil 

Sauté 1/2 chopped onion and a chopped red pepper.(4-5 min)

While it’s cooking – whisk 8 eggs with 1/4 milk and season with 1/4 tsp of salt and pepper – add to the skillet and scramble up 

Add 4 handfuls of spinach ( it looks like a lot but once it’s whilted it’s fine :-)) and 1/2 cup of crumbled feta.

Set aside 

In a clean skillet – spray the pan and lay a tortilla down – put about 1/2 cup on half of the tortilla and sprinkle 1/8 cup of mozzarella cheese on top of that – fold the other half over and press down. In a minute or so flip over to crisp the other side and voila 🙂 so yummy! 

Peanut butter Oat bites 

A quick and easy treat to keep handy 🙂 I do these up and keep them in a container in the freezer. Healthy and a great grab for a zap of energy 🙂 

2 cups of oats 

1 mashed banana

1/2 cup of peanut butter 

1/3 cup of honey

1/2 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp salt

Mix it all up good and chill for 10-15 min then form into 1 inch balls ( it makes anywheres from 30-40 balls ) It’s very sticky so they don’t have to roll perfectly 🙂 

Place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment and put the pan in the freezer. Freeze for 30 min or so and then put in a container ( put parchment paper in between layers of them so they don’t stick ) and place back in freezer – take them out as ya “need” them 🙂 

Fantastic Easy Stir Fry Sauce

Ok quick and easy 🙂 

2 TBSP of the sesame Ginger epicure dressing mix 

2 TBSP brags Liquid soy seasoning ( or regular soya sauce – but that’s a lotta sodium)

1/3 cup of avacado oil 

1/3 cup of rice vinegar 

We sliced up 3 chicken breasts for 5 of us. Threw in a bag of stir fry veggies ( precut  and washed ) and served it over brown rice 

Easy, healthy and quick 

A Great Breakfast to try! 

My daughter asked for this today. We had a big storm so we had a slower morning as we didn’t have school. After having avacado on toast with poached eggs, when we were in Montreal this summer, she wanted that again but with my hollandaise sauce 🙂 amazing FYI

Soooo toast an English muffin ( the Ezekiel ones are great )

Mash an avacado and add a splash of lime juice and a pinch of sea salt. Spread that all over 🙂 

Poach an egg ( soft is best! )

Top with Hollandaise sauce 🙂 here is my recipe that I adapted from the Fixate cookbook

1/4 cup of plain Greek Yogurt 

1 egg yolk

2 TBSP lemon juice 

Stir and cook in a double boiler ( I actually just use a pot fit tightly on top of another pot) for 6-7 min ( until creamy ) and I add a dash of sea salt and fresh ground pepper.

Remove from stove and add 2 TBSP of butter 

Let it sit for 2 mins then drizzle some on your eggs 
Soooo goooooddddd and good for ya 🙂 

Best Fajita Marinade!!!

Well this was a bit of a guess but it turned out amazing!!! You HAVE to try this!!!! Best fajita taste ever!!!! 

1/4 cup of chopped cilantro ( we had a tube of the puréed cilantro in the fridge so I just used that )

1/4 cup of olive oil 

1/3 cup of orange juice 

3 TBSP lime juice 

3 cloves of crushed garlic 

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp of cumin

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 

Whisk together and marinade sliced chicken breasts for at least an hour… longer will taste better 

I then laid out the chicken in a pan ( spray it first ) and baked it for 30 minutes 

Save a bit of the marinade to cook the veggies in 

Absolutely – hands down, the best we’ve ever had 

Steamed stuffed Zucchini Rounds with New Years Fried Rice

So Mike and I haven’t had very many nights alone over this past year and although we are not complaining – cause we absolutely love every minute with our kids, we were really excited to try some new recipes that the kids wouldn’t necessarily like ( other than Mylaine cause she’s a major foodie ). After eating this we figure the kids would actually like it and the only thing they might not consume would be the zucchini shell. 😜 and even that might get eaten 😜😍

Stuffed Zucchini Rounds 

4 zucchinis – 6-7 inches in length – not too fat around 

1/2 pound lean ground beef 

1/2 cup of teriyaki sauce 

1/2 cup of plain bread crumbs 

1/4 cup of chopped green onions 

Chop the ends of the Zucchinis off. Slice them into 1 inch Rounds. Scoop out the flesh of the Rounds leaving 1/8 inch around the sides and bottom. Put them in a large ziplock and add the teriyaki sauce. Marinade them for 30 mins or so – flipping the bag a few times.

Meanwhile mix the beef, green onions, bread crumbs and then add the reserved marinade once the zucchini Rounds are taken out. 

Fill each marinaded zucchini round With the meat mixture and place them in a steamer ( I used the epicure large square steamer ) make sure the water in the steamer doesn’t touch the zucchini. Place in the oven at 350 for 10 mins and voila! 

New Years Fried Rice 

4 cups of cooked basmati rice 

3 slices of bacon 🥓 chopped 

1/4 cup of frozen peas 

1/3 cup of chopped red pepper

1/3 cup of chopped green onion 

1 egg beaten 

2 Tablespoons of soya sauce 

Cook the bacon in a deep skillet. When crispy, add the red pepper, green onions, and peas.Stirfry for about a minute then add egg and scramble. Add rice and stir fry with thensoya sauce until mixed through. 

Serve hot