Maple-fennel bacon

 

                                                   Ingredients

12 slices  bacon
3 tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp fennel seeds

Instructions

  •  PREHEAT oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with foil, then top with a wire rack.
  •  ARRANGE bacon in a single layer, over- lapping slightly if needed, across rack. Stir maple syrup with sugar in a small bowl. Brush maple mixture over bacon. Sprinkle with fennel seeds. Season with fresh pepper.
  •  BAKE in centre of oven until cooked through and dark golden, 25 to 35 min. Gently loosen bacon from rack, then let stand 5 min before serving.

Nutrition

Calories 102
Protein 5 g
Carbohydrates 8 g
Fat 5 g
Sodium 295 mg               credit:chatelaine.com

SPICY FRUIT SALAD

 

How can mango get any more delicious, you ask?

Put some chili powder on it and experience a serious flavor bomb.

 

 

This fruit salad is beckoning to be made. It’s:

Naturally sweet
Subtly spiced
Citrusy
Summery
Easy
Super healthy
& Wonderfully delicious

Make this dish to take along to your next BBQ or dinner party.

4.9 from 8 reviews
SPICY FRUIT SALAD
Prep time
10 mins
Total time
10 mins
A simple, 15-minute fruit salad with mango, blueberry, strawberry, and kiwi, dressed with lime juice and chili powder! Spicy-sweet, healthy, and so delicious. Perfect for summer BBQs and heat-free meals!Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe mangos, peeled and cubed
  • 4 kiwi, peeled and sliced or quartered
  • 1 cup (166 g) sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup (148 g) blueberries
  • 1 small lime, juiced (~2 Tbsp, 30 ml)
  • optional: 1 Tbsp (15 ml) maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • pinch sea salt
  • optional: 1 ounce ( ml) silver tequila or white rum
Instructions
  1. Add all fruit to a large mixing/serving bowl.
  2. Add lime juice and maple syrup (optional depending on ripeness of fruit) to a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Then pour over fruit and gently toss to coat.
  3. Add sea salt, then sprinkle on chili powder a little at a time, gently folding/stirring the salad as you go. I found 1/4 tsp to be the perfect amount, but add more or less depending on preference.
  4. Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more chili powder, maple syrup, or lime juice as needed. Add tequila or white rum for a boozy kick (optional).
  5. Serve immediately, or cover and chill for 2-3 days (sometimes longer depending on freshness of fruit). See notes for freezing tip.

 

Hawaiian Ham and Pineapple Skewers

Ingredients

1 Fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into bite sized pieces
1 (700)grams Smoked Ham, cut into bite sized pieces
1 Large red pepper, cut into bite sized pieces
2 cups (500 mL) Cubed Haloumi cheese (optional)
.5 cup (125 mL) Sweet Thai chili sauce
3 tbsp (45 mL) Teriyaki sauce

Directions

PREHEAT BBQ to medium-high. Lightly coat the grill with non-stick cooking spray.

THREAD pineapple, ham, red pepper and cheese if using, alternating, onto wooden skewers.

MIX the Thai chili sauce with teriyaki sauce.

PLACE skewers on the hot grill and brush lightly with sauce. Cook for 6-7 minutes, turning and brushing occasionally with sauce. Cook until nice grill marks appear and ham is heated through.

Notes

Soak wooden skewers in water for  30 minutes before using to prevent burning

Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Ice Cream

Ingredients

4 bananas, sliced and frozen ahead of time
1/4 cup almond milk, unsweetened
1/8 teaspoon peppermint or mint extract
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 scoops Chocolate Fuel-6 Protein Powder
1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Preparation

  1. Place all ingredients in a large food processor or blender.
  2. Process until bananas are pulverized and mixture is light and fluffy, about two minutes. If your blender or food processor is having trouble mixing everything at once, add more almond milk a little at a time, which will help the blades break up the frozen bananas. You can eat the ice cream now, or proceed to the next step.
  3. To freeze ice cream, line a bread tin with parchment paper.
  4. Pour mixture into the pan and smooth out with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle on chocolate chips if desired.
  5. Freeze for about one hour before serving.

credit: FitFoodieFinds.com

Roast Chicken With Spring Vegetables

Ingredients

Directions

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Rinse the chicken and pat dry. Season with salt and pepper, then place skin-side up on a rimmed baking sheet. Squeeze 1/2 lemon over the chicken and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Roast 15 minutes. Meanwhile, cut the potatoes and radishes in half and cut the scallions into thirds. Toss the potatoes, radishes, carrots and the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a bowl; season with salt and pepper. Remove the chicken from the oven and scatter the vegetables around it. Continue to roast until the vegetables are tender and the chicken is golden and cooked through, about 20 more minutes. Squeeze the remaining 1/2 lemon over the chicken and vegetables. Top with the dill and season with salt.

Photograph by Antonis Achilleos

 
 
 
 

Lunch and Learn: Introduction to Body Acceptance as a Self-Care Practice

Introduction to Body Acceptance as a Self-Care Practice

General Admission $19.00

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Relish Cooking Studio
56 Regina St. N Waterloo, ON

Whether you know it or not you might be a victim to diet culture.

Diet culture is an enormous contributor to the body image and self-esteem issues that many people experience on a daily basis. Come for a casual and informative chat on self-care, easy to implement stress reducers and learn to start giving your body a little more kindness and a lot less guilt! Lunch is included.

DanaMeet The Speaker…Dana Rourke

Dana graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2009 and is studying to become an Intuitive Eating Counselor and Certified Body Trust Practitioner. Driven by a deep desire to present an alternative way of living, Dana’s work with her clients is rooted in a non-diet based approach, focusing on weight-neutral self-care and body positive practices to hold space for her clients while their navigate their way to a kinder and more natural relationship with food and their body.

Find details and registration here!

Granola

Granola

Ingredients

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar.

In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. Combine both mixtures and pour onto 2 sheet pans. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to achieve an even color.

Remove from oven and transfer into a large bowl. Add raisins and mix until evenly distributed.

 
 
 
 

Basic Chia Seed Pudding

Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, no bake/raw, oil-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free

Thrown together in just a couple minutes! Be sure to make this in advance (I like making it before bed) so it has time to thicken up. The thickness of the chia pudding will vary based on the kind of almond milk you use, so don’t worry if it looks a bit thick or thin when you first try it out. If your pudding is too thin you can add more chia seeds and let it sit for 30 minutes more; if it’s too thick, try adding a touch more almond milk.

Yield
3-3.5 cups (4-6 servings)
Soak time
2.5 hours or overnight
Prep Time
5 Minutes
Cook time
0 Minutes

Ingredients:

For the chia pudding:
  • 3 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1-3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup, to taste
Suggested toppings:
  • Granola
  • Fresh fruit
  • Coconut flakes
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Cinnamon
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Banana Soft Serve

Directions:

  1. Whisk the almond milk, chia seeds, and sweetener together in a large bowl. Let sit for 5-10 minutes and then whisk again (this just helps prevent clumping).
  2. Cover and chill in the fridge for 2.5-3 hours, or overnight. It helps to stir the mixture every so often during this time, but don’t worry if you can’t.
  3. Stir well before serving. Portion into bowl(s) and add your desired toppings. Leftovers will keep in an air-tight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.

credit:ohsheglows.com

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Coffee Cake (Grain Free, Gaps, Paleo, Primal)

Coffee Cake (Grain Free, Gaps, Paleo, Primal)

A coffee cake that's not too sweet. Moist, with a crumbly topping. A delicious, organic breakfast suggestion, from my family to yours.
 

Ingredients

 
    • 1 cup coconut flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 8 large eggs (organic and pastured preferred)
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 cup plain whole yogurt (use strained plain, coconut milk yogurt for Paleo)
    • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter or coconut oil , melted
    • 1/2 cup honey (I used clover)
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Topping:
  • 1 1/2 cups nuts (almonds, pecans, cashews, etc.)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons honey (I used clover)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter or coconut oil, cold, cut into tablespoons

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF and adjust rack to middle position. Place all the batter ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Pour batter into a buttered 8 x 8 – inch baking dish. Wipe out food processor bowl with a paper towel or cloth. Place nuts, cinnamon, honey and butter in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until nuts are coarsely chopped and ingredients bind together. Drop spoonfuls of topping over batter and then using a butter knife, swirl the topping into the top layer of the batter. Bake for 40-45 minutes until golden brown. Let cool for 20 minutes. Cut and serve. Coffee cake is best served the day it is prepared.
Topping:
  • 1 1/2 cups nuts (almonds, pecans, cashews, etc.)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons honey (I used clover)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter or coconut oil, cold, cut into tablespoons
Credit to:   http://deliciouslyorganic.net/coffee-cake-coconut-flour-recipe-gluten-free/

Egg White Frittata with Lox and Arugula

 
  • Egg White Frittata with Lox and Arugula

    Mother’s Day brunch idea

    Ingredients

Directions

Put an oven rack in the centre  of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, whisk the egg whites until fluffy, about 30 seconds. Add the cream, lox, lemon zest, salt, and pepper.

In a 10-inch, ovenproof, nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the arugula and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until the arugula has wilted, about 1 minute. Pour the egg mixture into the pan and stir to combine the ingredients. Cook, without stirring for 4 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until set, about 10 to 12 minutes.

Slide the frittata onto a platter. Using a serrated knife, cut the frittata into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis