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Chicken Wings + Fries

 

Slow Cooker Chicken Wings

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs organic chicken wings 
  • 1/2 bottle chosen foods chipotle ranch (or another healthy sauce alternative)
  • 1 tbsp. ghee or butter

Instructions

  1. Place all the wings in a slow cooker and cover with sauce and butter
  2. Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 5-6 hours
  3. Optional: after wings have been slow cooked, spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cook for 10 minutes at 375 degrees until crispier

That's it! Serve with baked fries, mashed potatoes, celery, carrots, salad, you name it!

Notes:

  • The dip is Primal Kitchen Ranch (from Whole Foods)
  • The fries are Alexia brand waffle fries (baked in the oven)
  • Organic chicken wings were purchased at Costco
  • Chosen Foods Chipotle Ranch was purchased at Healthy Planet

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Turtles

Still working on perfecting these babies, but here is my recipe in the meantime!

 

Turtles

gluten , dairy + refined sugar free

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dairy free chocolate chips
  • 20-30 pecan halves
  • 1 cup caramel*

*caramel:

  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/4 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1 tsp. sea salt

 

Instructions

  • First, mix together all the caramel ingredients in a food processor and blend until fully combined into a sticky paste. If it is too soft, add more dates or place in the freezer
  • Next, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and scoop 1 tbsp. of the caramel mixture onto the pan. Flatten with the back of spoon and place 2 pecans on top of the caramel (see below photo for clarity). Repeat until caramel has been used up + place in freezer for at least 30 minutes

  • Once the caramel/pecan have frozen, melt chocolate in double broiler (my preference) or microwave. Drizzle approximately 1 tbsp. of melted chocolate onto each caramel/pecan and cover as much as possible. Repeat until each caramel is covered entirely and place in freezer again for at least 30 minutes

 

VOILA! easy, peasy + delicious

 

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Salted Caramel Bites

Ingredients
  • 1 cup dates
  • 3/4 cup natural nut butter (cashew, almond or peanut)
  • 3/4 cup vegan or regular chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil (melted)
  • Sea salt crystals (regular sea salt works too)

Instructions

  1. Mix together dates, nut butter + coconut oil in a food processor until fully combined 
  2. Roll mixture into balls and place in fridge or freezer for at least 15 mins
  3. Melt chocolate chips in double broiler or microwave (I suggest double broiler if possible as I don't love microwaves!)
  4. Roll each ball in melted chocolate and cover entirely. Sprinkle with sea salt right away before chocolate hardens
  5. Place bites in freezer or fridge for at least 15 more minutes

 

I HOPE YOU ENJOY THEM AS MUCH AS I DO!! enjoy xo

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Bruschetta (Gluten Free) ✨

Ingredients

  • 2 x O'Doughs (Gluten Free) Flatbreads 
  • 2-3 heirloom tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 tbsp. basil (chopped finely)
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 
  • Balsamic glaze (for drizzle)

Normally I would include some garlic or onion (so feel free to add some, I would suggest 1 tsp. chopped garlic and around 1/4 cup diced red onions!) but I made this for one of my friends who is allergic to both onions and garlic so omitted!

Instructions

  1. Roast or BBQ (this is what I did) flatbread for 10 minutes (flipping halfway)
  2. In the meantime, mix together diced tomatoes, olive oil + basil in a bowl until well combined
  3. Once the flatbreads are cooked, cut into shape of your choosing and top with bruschetta mixture
  4. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and serve

Voila, easy peasy and SO delicious!

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Brownies + Cashew Buttercream Frosting (Paleo, Gluten Free!)

I merged two recipes here (and altered it slightly) + made some paleo, gluten free brownies with cashew buttercream frosting!

Brownies:

  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/4 cup coconut (or almond) milk
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons paleo or vegan chocolate protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

 

Cashew Butter Frosting:

  • 1 cup cashew butter
  • 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk 
  • 3 tbsp. maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and grease the a cake pan/baking dish with coconut oil
  2. Combine all the ingredients for the BROWNIES ONLY in a food processor and blend until completely smooth
  3. Pour the batter into the pan and cook for 30-35 minutes. Use a toothpick to test (if it comes out clean, its done)
  4. Next, blend all FROSTING INGREDIENTS in a food processor until completely smooth
  5. Once the brownies are fully cooked, spread the frosting evenly over them

The recipe's I merged were from Paleo Gluten Free + Minimalist Baker (2 amazing healthy food bloggers!):

https://paleoglutenfree.com/recipes/best-coconut-flour-brownies-and-peanut-butter-frosting/ (except I used cacao instead of cocoa powder, added some vanilla)

https://minimalistbaker.com/cashew-buttercream-frosting/ (except I substituted with cashew butter and omitted some of their ingredients)

 

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi + Sage Cream Sauce (Gluten + Dairy Free)

I have been having serious FOMO in the Instagram world as everyone in the US is having Trader Joe's cauliflower gnocchi. I was going to attempt to make this myself but then remembered in cooking school I learned how to make sweet potato gnocchi and it was delicious! I searched the internet and found this recipe and had to try it. The verdict: WOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!

Kylie from Paleo Gluten Free, you are the best! THANK YOU for this recipe! I altered it a bit and here are my tips:

  • I tripled the portions of the gnocchi so I could freeze them for later (I kept the sauce recipe as is)
  • After tripling the gnocchi recipe, I added 1/2 cup more of cassava flour (I ordered this from Amazon.ca)
  • Since I was mashing my sweet potatoes after boiling them, the process made them very hot so I stuck the mashed sweet potatoes in the freezer for 10 minutes before I made the gnocchi as it was too mushy to form! 
  • It took me about 1.5 hours in total to make all this, likely because I was a slow poke and it was my first time making!
  • I added in some Trader Joe's spices to both the sauce and gnocchi
  • I added in more spinach than it called for because, you can never have too much spinach!

Here is her recipe (with a few of my adjustments)! Gluten free, dairy free, paleo baby!

Ingredients

Gnocchi*
  • 1 cup mashed sweet potato (*I did 3 cups sweet potato)
  • 1/2 cup cassava flour (*I used 2 cups cassava flour because I added in more and did not use the brand she suggested)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • pinch of sea salt optional
  • 1 tsp. chili powder (I used Trader Joe's chili lime powder)

*because I tripled the recipe

Sauce

Instructions

Gnocchi
  1. In a bowl stir together the cooked mashed sweet potato and flour for the gnocchi until completely smooth. If you don't have cooked sweet potato on hand, make it by peeling a large sweet potato, cutting into 2" chunks, and boiling in water until soft (drain water from sweet potatoes after boiling).
  2. Separate dough into four equal parts and roll out into 3/4" diameter tubes on a surface dusted lightly with cassava flour. Cut the tubes of dough into 1" pieces.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and drop gnocchi into it. Once they have risen to the surface, remove, and drizzle lightly with olive oil.
  4. Heat a skillet over medium heat and pour 1 tablespoon olive oil into the pan. Add gnocchi and cook on each side until golden, then remove.
Sauce
  1. In a skillet saute the minced onion and garlic in 1 tablespoon olive oil for the sauce until golden then set aside.
  2. Add rest of ingredients for the sauce (except spinach and leave out tapioca flour if you want the sauce to be thinner) to the sautéed onion and garlic. Bring sauce to a low boil and boil for 1-2 minutes, stirring continuously (otherwise the flour will clump in the sauce) until sauce thickens. Then stir in spinach, let it wilt, and add gnocchi.

 

I HOPE YOU ENJOY THIS AS MUCH AS I DID! Once again, click on the word "recipe" up top to get her recipe and see her beautiful site!

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Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

My apologies for my blog absence! I have been in summer mode and enjoying the outdoors and all that summer has to offer!

A few months ago I decided to finally give up peanuts and almonds for good. I have taken food sensitivity tests and they are major inflammatory foods for me. They make my tongue itch, and I was starting to get hives all over my arms when I ate them so I decided to give them up because if they are causing external issues I can only imagine what they are doing internally! With all that being said, I have been using cashews a lot more in recipes. It is not the worst thing either as they have always been my favourite nut. So here we have...

Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (Gluten Free + Vegan-ish)

You will need:

  • 2 cups gluten free oats
  • 1/2 cup natural cashew butter
  • 1/3 cup mixed super seeds (I have a ziplock bag that I have pumpkin, chia + hemp seeds in and use to garnish different meals, etc)
  • 1/3 cup honey (this is why they are vegan-ish, some vegans don't consume honey so if you fall into that category, substitute with maple syrup)
  • 1/3 cup dairy free mini chocolate chips
  • Either a silicone mold or a parchment lined square baking pan

Instructions

  1. Mix together all the ingredients except for the chocolate chips in a food processor or a blender until well combined. You should be able to grab the mixture and form it into balls without it crumbling apart too much. If they do not hold together at all, add more cashew butter or honey.
  2. Finally, add in chocolate chips and stir them in manually (if you blend them in they will still taste the same but I like them with chocolate chips showing as I am a small child at heart)
  3. Either scoop into the molds or the baking pan and freeze for at least 3 hours. If you are using a baking pan, cut evenly into bars after the 3 hours. Keep frozen or store in the refrigerator for best results

 

HAPPY SUMMER! XO

 

 

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ICE CREAM SANDWICHES! (gluten + dairy free)

OMG. I saw Erin Ireland (@erinireland) make @feastingonfruit recipe and had to try them out and I'm sure glad I did!

I am going to keep this link here so people can circle back!

summary/cole's notes version:

  • they are amazing and you can make them in bulk to have in your freezer for your family! (or just yourself)
  • the cookies: dates, vanilla, coconut flour + vegan chocolate chips
  • the filling: bananas, coconut milk + dates
  • they need to be made the day before you want to eat!
  • MAKE THEM!!!

 

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211: my spiritual side

211: my spiritual side

This post is a little bit different than my regular ones. For those of you who don’t know, I consider myself a very spiritual person. This spirituality began at an early age with my fascination of the unknown and the afterlife.  I see a spiritual medium on a regular basis, do reiki, acupuncture, spiritual meditations and workshops, which all have one thing in common: they are energy workers. To be completely honest, I went to Catholic school for grade/high school but never felt very connected to some of the teachings just the idea of “something bigger” and universal love. My favourite lesson in religion class was when we learned about world religions and I made the connection that all religions had one thing in common: faith in a higher power. 

When my mom passed away 3 years ago I can honestly say that it brought a deeper and more beautiful meaning to my spirituality. It is what got me through the past three years and made the grieving process that much easier. In my eyes my relationship with my mom isn’t over it is just different. As cliché as it sounds, I feel her every single day (and I don’t mean just think of her) I mean I hear her voice in my head, I hear her witty remarks to things going on in my life, I get signs from her every single day, she is with me always. I truly believe that everything positive that has happened for me over the past three years was guided and orchestrated by her. I have angels in my court, we all do. So that leads me to “211”. My birthday is February 11th, i.e 2/11, a date that forever connected and bonded me to my mom. There are some days of the year that are harder than others without my mom, but my birthday is the one I find the hardest. I didn’t fully appreciate how big of a bonding my birthday was with her until she passed. I never thought much about what she had to go through to get me here or what a SPECIAL connection that was. The closer I get to motherhood (I am not pregnant, I just mean to the idea of becoming a mother myself), the more I realize these points too and am blown away it took me this long to realize it. Anyways, back to 211. I started to see this number about six months ago everywhere and I mean everywhere and at the times I needed it the most. My spiritual medium I go to confirmed that she is sending me numerical signs to show how much she is around. On my mom’s birthday this past week, I saw “211” at least 10 times! Whether that means on a license plate, billboard, the gas in my tank, the price of something. I truly believe it is no coincidence and they are signs from my mom that she is with me at that moment I see it but quite frankly she is always there and that is so comforting. People often asked how I got through her death and how I was able to maintain positivity (for the most part) and it is simple: my spirituality and the idea our relationship is still carrying on.

Today is my third half marathon. My first I did one while my mom was alive, the other was right after her death and it was emotionally and physically crippling. For anyone who has trained for anything physical or endurance based, you know how mental and emotional it is. When you are in a darker place it is even more of an obstacle. Needless to say, my last half marathon did not go well. This time I feel very emotionally/psychically/mentally strong. Throughout my training I have felt my mom with me, especially on the longer runs and I can hear her encouraging voice in my head and it pushes me. Then one day it hit me (and this wasn’t new information to me), a half marathon is 21.1k, 211. I had never made the connection and I knew that was confirmation she would be with me throughout it all. Now I know there are some people that might think that all of these are coincidences or not a big deal. To those people I say, I hope one day you experience life’s little magic and open your heart and eyes to these little reminders and signs from the universe. Every day to me is full of magical moments like this and I truly believe this is what keeps my spirits high. So if I end up running this race in 2 hours and 11 minutes, I hope I open up at least one person’s eyes to the magic that this universe has to offer. 

 

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What I Ate Last Week!

My oh-so-lovely acupuncturist Anne Matthews (of Energy Tree Studios) asked me to keep a food journal so I thought I would share it with you all so you can get a glimpse into how I eat (+ how it makes me feel) , when I eat, my workouts, as well as my indulgences (spoiler alert: it's usually sugary, creamy or carby)!

I am seeing Anne to work on my digestion! I have a very sensitive digestive system and have had issues with it for as long as I can remember (I think it stems from my childhood diet based heavily on processed foods- that story is for another day though!) Anne thinks that I might not be assimilating nutrients as best as possible so is helping me get to the bottom of it. Since seeing Anne, I already feel so much better and am hooked on acupuncture! I had never done acupuncture before seeing Anne and the craziest part is, I HATE NEEDLES. I know people don't usually LOVE needles but I pass out every time I get blood taken so needless to say, I am slightly traumatized by them (I am not even exaggerating that I have passed out every single time! It is funny when I say it but so scary when it happens = cold sweats, disoriented, panic) 

Anywayssssss, here it is! 6 days in the life of MOI!

 

Sunday (April snow storm day, "snowed in")

supplements: probiotics, tumeric pill, vitamin b complex, c + d. 
  • 9am: bulletproof coffee with collagen creamer + coconut milk
  • 11am: 5k run 
  • 12:30pm: homemade french toast with sprouted bread, coconut milk, cinnamon, 1/2 banana, 2 strawberries, butter + maple syrup 
  • 3pm: homemade energy ball (dates, chia, hemp, pumpkin seed)
  • 330pm: 1 cup gluten free Annie’s Mac + cheese with Valentina hot sauce 
    • Felt tired within 30 minutes (of course)! Lol it was worth it. Took a digestive enzyme to help me break it down
  • 7pm: homemade broccoli chicken and brown rice casserole + mini individual cheesecake 

 

Monday 

supplements: tumeric, probiotics, vitamins b/c/d
  • 730am: bulletproof coffee + energy ball (made with protein powder, dates, chia, peanut butter)
  • 930am: spin class 
  • 1030am: energy ball + banana 
    •  Felt very energized + mentally clear 
  • 12pm: scrambled eggs (2 eggs + coconut milk) with 1/3 avocado + 1 tbsp 7 layer dip (tomatoes, cheese, pinto beans, onions)
  • 3pm: mint tea 
    •  Started to feel sleepy + slight brain fog 
  • 4pm: 1 cup quinoa, 1/2 cup Brussels sprouts, 1/2 cup sweet potato 
    • Mental fog better
  • 430pm: 2 homemade cauliflower bites (cauliflower, eggs, carrots, cheese)
    • Felt very bloated after this!

 

Tuesday

supplements: probiotics, chlorella, tumeric , vitamin b + c, milk thistle 
  • 9am: bulletproof coffee + 2 energy balls
    • Woke up feeling great 
  • 10am: 70 min run (10k)
  • 12:30pm: green smoothie: 1 cup spinach, 1 banana, 1 cup coconut milk, 1 cup water, 1/2 cup avocado, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1 tbsp hemp seed powder, 1 tsp ashwaganda, 1 tsp spirulina, 1 tsp moringa powder
  • 3pm: Impact Kitchen Harvest Salad (quinoa, arugula, Brussels, hemp, egg, apple, onions, cauliflower, substituted bacon for more Brussels) + raw chocolate chip cookie 
  • 5pm: kombucha 
    • Feel really good! Usually hard boiled egg (harvest salad) makes me bloated but the kombucha prevented this! WOO! 

 

Wednesday 

supplements: turmeric, vitamin b/d, milk thistle, multi women’s 
  • 9am: bulletproof coffee + energy ball
  • 1130am: quinoa, shredded chicken, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes + hot sauce 
  • 330pm: banana + energy ball
  • 530pm: spin class
  • 7pm: 1 oz. mozzarella cheese 
    • Felt slightly hungry going to bed but my laziness got the best of me and I did not want to make food

 

Thursday

supplements: probiotics, b/c/d, tumeric
  • 730am: energy ball + coffee with cream
  • 11am: green smoothie (same as one from a few days ago)
  • 1pm: Vega protein bar (my lazy on the go snack)
  • 2pm: GF English muffin + butter 
    • Carbing up for my Friday run!
  • 6pm: quinoa pasta with pesto 
    • CARBS, CARBS, CARBS! I LOVE CARBS!
  • 8pm: popcorn + sparkling water 

 

Friday 

supplements: tumeric, probiotic
  • 9am: bulletproof coffee + gluten free English muffin with butter 
    • More carbs for my run!
  • 11am: 15K for 100mins
  • 130pm: vega chocolate coconut protein bar
    • Kept one in my car to eat right after my run, I was SO hungry after it
  • 330pm: gluten free toast with 2 poached eggs, 1/2 avocado + sea salt 
  • 530pm: 1/2 small gluten free vegetarian pizza with onions + jalapeño 
    • As expected, this bad boy did not sit well. TOO processed + too much dairy for my system. Was delish though!
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