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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Granola Cups

  
What a great treat! 

1/4 banana mashed

1/4 cup honey

1/2 tsp. Almond extract

Wisk together till smooth then add

1 1/4 cup of oats – I use spearville as it is locally sourced

1/2 tsp. Cinnimon 

1/4 tsp salt

Press into 6 muffin tins ( I spray with coconut oil)

Refrigerate for 1-2 hours

Pre heat the oven to 350.

Bake for 10-12 mins push down with a spoon and let cool for 20 mins.

Fill with Greek yogurt and top with berries…. I drizzle with maple syrup…. Mmmmm

Kid and Mike approved 😜😜😜

Storm Day Cooking 

Kay so whenever there is a storm day my kids and I have a tradition of staying in our PJs and watch movies and I usually can’t sit still so I get up and cook and bake and clean!! So today I’m blogging some of the things I came up with 🙂

Energy Balls


  

Kay so I didn’t really measure this shit so I guesstamating – and yes I do that a lot… 

1 1/2 cups of oatmeal

1/2 cup of coconut 

1/4 cup flaxseeds

1/2 cup of pecans 

1/8 cup of chia seeds

1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

1 tsp vanilla 

1 tsp cinnimon 

1 cup natural peanutbutter

1/3 cup honey 

Mix up and roll into balls – optional to roll in cacao powder! Yum yum!!!!

Made 25
Mini Quinoa frittatas

  

Really these are a great way to use up some veggies in your fridge 🙂 

Today I used 

Zucchini

Button mushrooms

Onion

Red pepper

Leeks 

Parsley

About 1/8 of a cup of homemade cured/smoked bacon ( I just love bragging about it…. Frig it’s good!!! ) 

I used 3/4 cup of quinoa cooked in 1 1/2 cups of water- cook it and throw it in. 

Salt and pepper ( I used the maple bacon salt from epicure ) 

Divide up in 12 cups and top with Parmasean 

Cook at 375 for 20-25 min 

Sorry for the delays!!!

Ok so summer hasn’t been my best friend for keeping up with my blogging. I was so good at it when school was it but it all went ta hell since vacation kicked in. And it’s not like I’ve been layin around doing nothing! I haven’t stopped since school was out! I took on a masters course (#7) on creativity, I took on a fundraiser with Mike (good thing I love him cause it’s been a pain in my ass) and we’ve had family visiting for awhile…still getting ready to head to Cape Breton on Friday and I just wrote a 10 page paper….gahhhh….

Oh and this happened 🙂

 

Keeping up with workouts has been going pretty good and eating clean is always top on my list…but ohhhhhh the wine has been flowing…summer … is ….hard. BUT I haven’t gained any of my weight back and I am determined to reign everything in! I just started a new challenge group for myself doing the new CIZE beachbody program. I LOVE IT!!!!!

I’m a complete nut and love to do this in the privacy of my own home…as you can see why!!!

 

Hehehehehehe

Seriously though if you are interested in this program – message me!!! We have lots of challenge groups you can join!! It’s a ton of fun and the eating plan is the same as 21 day fix! The best ever!!!

Kay so here are some recipes ya’ll…cause I know thats why your here lol

  A Taco Turkey Burger with fresh homemade salsa

Salsa 

4 Roma tomatoes – seeds removed and diced

1/2 red onion

1 jalapeño pepper

2 tap minced garlic

1/2 cup cilantro leaves – chopped

1 lime – juiced

Salt & Pepper

Directions- mix it up – duh

Taco Turkey Burger

1 pound of ground turkey

1 Tblsp minced garlic

1/8 cup southwest seasoning – in the 21 day fix book

Seasoning mix

1 Tbsp chili powder

2 tsp. Ground cumin

1 tap coriander

1/2 tsp. Onion powder

1/2 tsp. Garlic powder

1/2 tsp. Dried oregano 

1/2 tsp. Smoked parprika

1 tsp. Sea salt

I make big batches of this as we use it a lot! 
Mix er up and into parties and BBq away!!

Containers are 1 yellow for the bun, 1 red for the meat and 1/4-1/2 of a green for the salsa! 
  
Kay so 21 day fix Nachoes are soooo easy!!!

I take 2 corn tortillas and cut them into triangles with a pizza cutter – toast them in the oven at 350 till toasty 

Top with Turkey meat that’s been seasoned with the Southwest Seasoning 

Then add chopped veggies of your choice and some salsa

I add a little hot sauce 🙂 and a blue container of some cheese – Feta is really good 🙂 

Containers – 1 yellow, 1 red, 1 green and 1 blue