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! 

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 🙂 

Maple Garlic Ginger Chicken

Ohhhhhh this dish will melt in your mouth!!!! All clean fresh health ingredients makes this a must try!!!! 

Mix together 

1 TBsp maple sugar ( you could use brown sugar if you don’t normally have maple in the house )

2 TBsp maple syrup 

1/4 cup Liquid soy seasoning ( we use Braggs but any soya sauce could do )

2 tsp of fresh ginger minced 

2 crushed cloves of fresh garlic ( we use more cause we love garlic!)

Set aside….

Heat a wok or deep skillet with 2 tsp of oil ( avacado oil is awesome but olive oil is good too ) 

Add and cook 4 chicken breasts sliced into 1/2 inch slices 

Season with salt and pepper and cook for about 6-7 min. Toss. 

Add sauce and 3-4 big handfuls of thin green beans or broccoli – any veg you like really but ones that won’t produce too much water while cooking

Simmer until sauce is less watery – almost thick. 

Serve over rice 🍚 
Mmmmmmm

Sweet Potato Nachoes

Gluten and dairy free


Peel and slice a large sweet potato thin – preferably with a mandolin to get them nicexand thin. Spray a pan that has holes in it ( I use an epicure chipster pan) and lay out the slices. Spray them again and sprinkle with seasoning – salt, pepper – I used the maple bacon salt from epicure. 

Bake at 400F until browning – watch carefully.

Top with taco beef or chicken – chopped onion, green pepper, salsa and then marble goat cheese.

Bake for 5-6 min till cheese melts 
Super easy and great substitute for our regular nachoes 🙂 

Crockpot Pork Roast with Sweet Potatoes and Carrots

So we have a really busy week and in order to have healthy meals on the table… that I can actually eat, while on this gluten and dairy free eating plan …and no potatoes, corn or peas… we are researching all the time. Mike has been awesome and enjoys the hunt to so he organized this crock pot meal for tonight’s supper. It was blog worthy! 

Ingredients 

1 large pork roast ( 3 pounds with the bone in )

3 large sweet potatoes- peeled and diced 

3 large carrots – peeled and chopped 

1 large onion – chopped

1 cup of chicken stock 

Rub the following spices on the pork 

– 1 tsp dried oregano

– 1 tsp paprika 

– 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder 

– 1/2 tsp. salt

– 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Place a bed of veggies on the crock pot the place the pork on the veggies and put the rest of them around the pork – pour the chicken stock over and cover. 

Cook on low for 8-9 hours 

We puréed the veggies with some of the juice and placed the pork on top. Delish!