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

Sauce

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

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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 🙂 

Beet Salad with Carrot, Quinoa and Spinach 

This recipe is vegan and gluten free 

Serves about 4 

Salad ingredients ( put them all in 1 bowl)

1 cup of cooked quinoa

1 cup of edamame

1/3 cup of toasted slivered almonds ( make sure ya toast them!! )

1-2 cooked beets chopped small 

2 medium carrots – grated

2 cups of mixed greens – chopped 

1 avocado – chopped 

Toss er up

Dressing 

3 TBsp of apple cider vinegar

2 TBsp of lime juice

2 TBSP  olive oil

2 TBSP maple syrup

1 tsp of chopped cilantro 

1 tsp Dijon mustard 

1/4 tsp of sea salt 

Fresh ground pepper 

Toss it into th Salad and 
Get in your belly!!! 

Healthy chocolate peanut butter cups

For when you have that crazy urg ya just can’t fight


1/2 cup coconut oil ( got mine at Costco )


1/2 cup cacao powder ( got this online but you could use unsweetened cocoa powder


2-3 TBsp maple syrup ( Briggs is from Moncton ) 


Melt and pour 1 TBsp into each of 12 mini muffin tins – lined with papers 🙂 

Chill in the freezer for 10 min

Top with 1 TBsp of melted natural peanut butter (1/3 cup should be enough)

I got this kind at the Superstore 


Top with another TBsp of the chocolate mixture and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt 

Chill in freezer and keep cool 🙂 

Enjoy 🙂 

Cauliflower and Asparagus Salad with a fresh herb vinaigrette 

I’m in Ottawa with my sister and her husband is a vegetarian o we’ve been experimenting with a lot of new vegetable dishes…I had to take time out to blog this concoction!!! So good!!! You can put as much or as little as you want… But the combo is wicked. 

Ingredients

1/2 head of cauliflower ( break up into bite sized flowerettes and boil in salted hot water until they are soft. Rinse in cold water )

1/2 a bunch of asparagus ( grill them in a frying pan with a log of olive oil till they brown a bit and chop them up into bit sized pieces )

Beet greens ( as much or as little as you want)

3-4 TBSP dried cranberries

3-4 TBSP toasted pine nuts ( just toss them a bit in a frying pan till they get toasty 🙂 )

1 cup of cooked quinoa ( we cooked 1/2 a cup in 1 cup of water and brought it to a boil and covered it to simmer for 12-15 minutes)

Toss it all up in a bowl and then toss it in the dressing 

Dressing 

3-4 TBSP red wine vinegar 

4-5 TBSP olive oil 

A few sprigs of chives

A few sprigs of basil

Chop em up fine and whisk with the oil and vinegar – season with sea salt and fresh pepper.

Then serve with 1/2-1 boiled egg!