Let me be honest, I prefer savoury to sweet food, especially breakfast foods. However my family enjoys things that are on the sweeter side for breakfast, and brunch was soon on the horizon for the before Christmas festivities. I wanted to make something sweet, quick and easy and I thought what would be more fun than a make it yourself yogurt bar? I bought the fruits and the yogurt, but I was missing the most important element, the crunchy granola. So using a few things that are staples in my pantry I put together this delicious coconut granola recipe. And although I like savoury breakfast foods more, I truly think this granola has converted me to giving the sweeter things in life another chance.
▪ 1 cup rolled oats
▪ 1 cup all natural flaked coconut
▪ 1/3 cup hemp seeds
▪ 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
▪ 1 tsp cinnamon
▪ 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
▪ 1/4 cup honey (or agave nectar to make it vegan)
▪ Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
▪ In a large mixing bowl place all ingredients. Stir very well to combine and allow honey to coat everything, I stirred this mixture for about 3 minutes to get it well incorporated.
▪ Spread granola mixture in a thin layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
▪ Once out of the oven pile granola together and let cool completely, this allows the granola to set in nice big “clumps”
▪ Store in an air tight glass container for up to three weeks. Enjoy!
Fall is all about comfort foods. Something about the cold weather has me wanting to curl up inside with a warm blanket and a warm cozy bowl of food, and this chilli hits the spot. This fiery turkey chilli is warming, spicy, hearty and delicious, it is the perfect thing to warm you up after spending an afternoon out at the pumpkin patch, trust me, that’s exactly what I did. I also love this dinner because everything is made in just one pot, so the clean-up is a breeze. My word of advice: triple the amount of chilli powder you make and store it in a mason jar, that way when you have a chilli craving next time, it will be ready, and trust me you will get cravings…
I serve this chilli with some guacamole, crackers and tortilla chips, but you can add any topping you want. A little cheese wouldn’t hurt either… let me know what you top your chilli with.
For the chilli powder:
▪ 2 tbsp paprika
▪ 2 tbsp garlic powder
▪ 2 tbsp onion powder
▪ 2 tbsp ancho Chile powder (regular chilis powder is also fine)
▪ 1 tbsp cumin
▪ 1 tbsp oregano
▪ 1 tbsp black pepper
▪ 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
▪ 1 tsp cinnamon
▪ 1 tbsp salt
For the turkey chilli:
▪ 2 lbs ground turkey
▪ 2 large onions, diced
▪ 2 red bell peppers, diced
▪ 2 jalapeño peppers, diced (you can add less or more, depending on your desired level of spice)
▪ 5 large cloves of garlic
▪ 1 cup corn ( about three ears of corn)
▪ 1 cup black beans
▪ 1 cup red kidney beans
▪ 2 tbsp tomato paste
▪ 1 large can organic diced tomatoes
▪ 3 tbsp homemade chilli powder
▪ 1 tbsp avocado oil
▪ In a mixing bowl, place all ingredients for chilli powder and stir well to combine. Store in an air tight container or mason jar for up to three months.
▪ In a large pot add avocado oil and ground turkey, cook until meat is browned; about 10-15 minutes.
▪ Add diced onion, bell pepper, jalapeño and garlic to browned turkey. Cook until translucent and fragrant.
▪ Once onions and peppers are soft add your homemade chilli powder and tomato paste, cooking for 3 minutes to toast spices and tomato paste.
▪ Add both beans and corn and coat in spices. Finally add diced tomatoes, place lid on and let simmer for an hour.
▪ If the chilli mixture is too thick you can add vegetable broth, chicken broth or water to thin it out.
▪ Once an hour has passed give your chilli a taste and adjust with salt accordingly. Enjoy!
Side dishes don’t have to be boring. I for one like to shake up my side dishes and serve different flavourful and textural components to compliment my meal. This salad is definitely not boring. The spice, salt and deep umami flavour of the sesame makes this full of punchy flavours. If you are not keen on spice don’t worry, this salad is equally as good without the jalapeño and chili sauce, however, if you do like spice then you can adjust the spice level by adding more jalapeños or chili sauce. Up to you! I like to serve this up with grilled meat or tofu, it’s even delicious by itself over brown rice. Let me know what you guys think and what you serve this yummy salad with!
For the salad:
▪ 1 large English cucumber, cut in diamond shapes (or half moons)
▪ 1 bunch radishes (about 6), cut into quarters
▪ 1 jalapeño or serrano pepper
▪ 1 tbsp sesame seeds
For the dressing:
▪ 1 tbsp rice vinegar
▪ 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
▪ 1 tbsp avocado oil (or any other neutral tasting oil)
▪ 1 tsp Sriracha or other hot chilli sauce
▪ 1 tsp soy sauce
▪ 2 tsp honey or agave nectar
▪ salt to taste
▪ In a small mixing bowl, place all ingredients for dressing. Stir well to combine, set aside.
▪ In a medium sized mixing bowl place chopped cucumber, quartered radishes, thinly sliced jalapeño and sesame seeds. I like to keep the seeds in my jalapeño peppers for added spice, however, you can remove them to tone down the heat.
▪ Pour dressing over chopped up vegetables, mix well to combine. Set aside for 10 minutes to let marinate before serving. Garnish with more sesame seeds, enjoy!
For the Tartar:
▪ 1 6-8oz filet of salmon, chopped into a small dice
▪ 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
▪ 2 tbsp fresh chives, finely chopped
▪ 1 tbsp sesame seeds
▪ 1/2 a lime, juice
▪ 2 tsp sesame oil
▪ 2 tsp hot chilli sauce of your choice (add more or less, depending on your desired level of spice.)
▪ 1 tbsp cilantro stems
▪ 2 tsp soy sauce
▪ Salt to taste (soy sauce may be salty enough, add salt only if you feel it needs more seasoning)
▪ 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
▪ 1/2 baguette, thinly sliced
▪ 12 whole leaves of butter (Boston) lettuce
▪ 2 tsp sesame seeds
▪ 1/2 lime, quartered
▪ In a mixing bowl add grated ginger, minced chives cilantro stem, and sesame seeds, set aside.
▪ Slice 1/2 a baguette into thin rounds, making crostini shapes. Place the bread in a 450 degree oven for about 5 minutes, to dry toast them. Once they are golden and crisp remove from oven and set aside. It is important to note that these toast really fast and can burn easily, so keep a close eye on your bread.
▪ Separate about 12 whole leaves of lettuce, wash and set aside.
▪ On a clean cutting board, chop salmon into a small dice, adding the fish to the bowl with the ginger, sesame, cilantro stem and chives. Once the fish is all cut and in the bowl add hot chilli sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil and lime juice. Mix well to combine, taste and adjust seasoning.
▪ Top the Tartar with cilantro leaves and sesame seeds as garnish, serve with toasted baguette, lettuce cups and lime wedges. Enjoy!
I don’t know about you guys but lately I’ve been feeling a serious decline in energy. Maybe it’s due to the fact that the days are slowly getting shorter and the cold is slowly starting to creep in. Or maybe it’s the lack of coffee in my life, either way, I’ve been needing a serious pick me up lately. I like to make simple grab and go snacks at the beginning of each week so that I always have healthy and nutritious options on hand. This also help me not grab a bag of chips or other junk food when I’m hungry and lacking the time to make something good. This week I thought to myself what better snack to make then energy bites, these little bite sized beauties will give me just the energy I need, and most importantly this is a snack where I can incorporate some chocolatey goodness. It’s a win-win situation! These are pretty simple to make if you have all the ingredients on hand; you just dump everything into a bowl, mix all together and then form them into small bite sized balls. This recipe is pretty versatile as well, so feel free to add your creativity. Let me know what you guys think, and I hope these snacks will give you the chocolate boost of energy you need!
▪ 1/2 cup rolled oats
▪ 1/3 cup toasted sliced almonds
▪ 1/3 cup ground chia seeds (can substitute whole chia seeds)
▪ 1/3 cup puffed quinoa (or other small puffed grain or rice cereal)
▪ 8 pitted dates roughly chopped
▪ 2 tbsp good cacao powder
▪ 1/2 cup almond butter
▪ 2 tbsp honey (can substitute with agave)
▪ 1tsp good vanilla extract
▪ Toast the almonds in a dry pan until golden brown and fragrant. Add the toasted almonds, oats, quinoa, chia and cacao into a bowl, stir well to combine.
▪ Add the roughly chopped dates, almond butter, honey and vanilla. Mix well until mixture is completely combined and you are able to form small balls.
▪ Form into 12 bite size balls (Optional: you could roll them in crushed almond or toasted coconut at this point). Allow them to chill in the fridge for an hour to completely set and keep its shape.
▪ Note: if the mixture is too dry add a bit more almond butter to help it come together.