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Weekend Chili to the Rescue!

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Weekends at our house are for exploring! Being from Miami, Florida, the move to British Columbia is a whole new world for us! Mountains & hiking & snow…oh my! I like to pack our picnic basket, head out early, & come back in time for dinner. The only problem is, I usually have to get home from a long day of adventures & start cooking. That’s no fun! Until the Weekend Chili came along! Slow-cooked in the crock pot while we’re gone, & hot & ready by the time we get back! We especially love this hearty, protein-packed meal on cold & rainy days.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Total Vegetable Protein
  • 1 can Organic Black Beans (drained & rinsed)
  • 1 can Organic Pinto Beans (drained & rinsed)
  • 1 cup Chopped Carrots
  • 1 cup Chopped Celery
  • 4 Diced Tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup Chopped Onions
  • 1 tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 cup Tomato Sauce
  • 2-3 cups Organic Vegetable Broth
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste

Steps:

  1. Set your crock pot to the low setting.
  2. In a pan, sauté carrots, celery & onions in some of the vegetable broth.
  3. Place sautéed vegetables & remaining ingredients in crock pot. (Add more or less broth depending on your desired density.)
  4. Stir & cook on low for 6 hours.
  5. Top with vegan sour cream & chopped green onions & enjoy!

* Tip: Serve it over quinoa or as a taco filling!

Have a wonderful weekend & happy eating!

– Lesley

Vegan French Toast – A Brunch for Dinner Valentine

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I love French Toast & I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t agree. So, I thought, why not make a meal we all love on a “lovey-dovey” day like today? (I also figured the boys would be thrilled &, hopefully, stuffing their faces which meant the hubby & I could enjoy a somewhat peaceful meal.)

Now, I’ve made vegan French Toast before & I’ve always used Ezekiel 4:9 Bread (which you’re more than welcome to use in this recipe) but I wanted something extra special tonight. Something that breaks a few “rules”. Something like…Texas Toast! *gasp* Ooooh calm down, it’s only 1 night!

Like I said, we usually eat the sprouted grain breads, but when I managed to find 100% Whole Wheat Texas Toast, I thought, “It’s still kinda healthy & perfect for the occassion!” Was it ever!

Ingredients:

  • Bread of your choice
  • 1 1/2 cups Almond Milk
  • 1 tbs Ground Flax Seed
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Ripe Banana
  • 4 tbs Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp Pure Coconut Oil

Steps:

    1. Put all ingredients (except for the bread) in a blender & blend until smooth.
    2. Pour the mixture from the blender to a bowl.
    3. Dip your bread in the mixture to coat. (Make sure you let excess mixture drip back into the bowl.)
    4. Place bread slices on a medium-heat, non-stick, pan or skillet & cook until golden brown on both sides.

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*Served with Tempeh Maple Bacon, fresh fruit, & orange juice.

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It worked out perfectly…stomachs were full & hearts were happy. I hope you try it & enjoy it as much as we did!

Happy Eating!

– Lesley

Super Breakfast Smoothie

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I’ve decided that my 1st recipe post is going to be about the 1st thing we eat every morning here at home…the SUPER BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE!

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I pack our smoothies with as many nutrients as I know how while still keeping it tasty, of course! After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, no? Yes.

It’s very easy to make. All you need is a blender & the following:

– 1 Ripe Banana
– 1 cup Frozen Strawberries
– 1 cup Frozen Blueberries
– 2 tbs Vega Smoothie Powder
– 3 tbs Shelled Hemp Seeds
– 2 tbs Milled Flax Seeds
– Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice from 1 Orange
– 1 cup Almond Milk (you may add more for a thinner consistency)

That’s it! Just blend all the ingredients together, pour it into a to-go cup, & go! (Makes about 16oz – One 8oz smoothie has about 16 grams of protein, 339 calories & 12 grams of fibre.)

Here’s why I use what I use:

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Banana,Orange, Strawberries & Blueberries: I’m not going too in depth here. We all know fruit is super healthy & should be eaten everyday. Fruit is a wonderful source of fiber, antioxidants & other nutrients. I found this nifty little site with lots of facts & information on different types of fruit: Link to nifty fruit site.

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Vega Smoothie Powder: I love this stuff! 2 tbs of this is packed with all types of natural plant-based ingredients. It’s a great source of fiber, protein, & Omega 3. It’s sugar, dairy, gluten & soy free. I even use it when I bake sometimes if I want to hide some veggies in dessert. (I’m a sneaky mom.)

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Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds: I discovered these when I was Googling around ways to add protein to our diet. These tiny seeds are chewy & have a very mild nutty flavor making them easy to use anywhere: smoothies, salad dressings & topping, dips, sauces, etc…
They contain 10 essential amino acids, antioxidants, & an array of vitamins & minerals including iron & vitamin E. Oh! & all the protein I was looking for…3 tablespoons = 10grams of protein!

Flax Seeds: An amazing source of omega-3 fatty acids & fiber. It’s also been known to lower cholesterol & prevent cancer growth. American Cancer Society for more on flax.

Fortified Almond Milk: Tastes delicious & creamy! We actually prefer it over cow’s milk at our house. Contains calcium, vitamin D & B12 which is extra important for those of you on a vegetarian or vegan eating plan.

I had to make a lot of smoothies, & try to calculate nutrition facts, & all sorts of trial & error to come to this recipe. I really feel this is the most nutritious meal we have everyday! Give it a try!

Happy Eating!

Lesley

Hello! My very 1st blog post…

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Finally! After debating the idea of a food blog, I’ve finally given in & decided to do it. Thanks in large part to my amazing family & friends that have pushed & encouraged me…you know who you are & I love you.

So, down to business…

Eating healthy (like really healthy) in my house started almost 2 years ago after my hubby & I moved with our 2 kiddos to Vancouver, British Columbia from Miami, Florida. Huge move…heck yeah! However, it was the best decision we could have made. We decided to embrace the way of life here &, little by little, away went fast-food joints, fried foods, sugar, etc…

The intentions of this blog are not to point fingers but simply to share some vegeterian, vegan, raw, or just really healthy stuff we eat at home or around town.

I’m a baby at this & try to learn something new about healthy eating & living everyday…follow me on my journey!

– Lesley

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