Apple Granola

When I first looked into Whole30, I was most worried about what to eat for breakfast. I can’t eat eggs early in the morning and like my breakfast to take approximately 2 minutes to make in the morning. Aka. An Oatmeal pack…at least the healthy kinds..usually at my desk. So, I really wanted to find some non-egg, easy breakfasts that are not boring. Here it is, apple granola.There isn’t actually a whole lot granola-y about it, but it sure is tasty and super easy to make once you have the ingredients on hand, and you’ll see the resemblance to granola once it’s all buzzed together!

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This recipe is for one serving as it needs to be eaten pretty quickly so that the apple doesn’t oxidize. Make the recipe for how many servings you need!

My Ingredients:
1 Medium Apple
1 Heaping Tbsp Unsweetened Coconut
1 Heaping Tbsp Slivered Almonds
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1 Date + 2 Tbsp Hot Water
Pinch of Cinnamon
1/4 Unsweetened Almond Milk

My Method:
Chop apple into rough pieces for the food processor.
Cover date with hot water to soften. I mush it up with my fingers once softened.
Pulse all ingredients in the food processor including hot water until combined and resembles coarse granola.
Top with almond milk and any other toppings.

Tipsy:
-This small food processor is the perfect size for this and honestly comes in handy for so many things!
– Fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, hemp hearts, almond butter etc. are all great toppings for this!

Details:
1 Serving
Approx. 5 minutes to make

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Shepherd’s Pie

When I ventured out into Whole30, this was one of the first recipes I wanted to try. It meets so many of my criteria for delicious-ness and a good recipe. Potatoes, left overs, chunky ground meat, bubbly goodness, and did I mention potatoes? Yes, that’s right, there are two kinds of potatoes! Now I know a lot of people have fond childhood memories of this dish but this isn’t something I remember eating a lot of.But, that will definitely change with this recipe. It looks so unassuming but it is packed full of flavour and nutrients, but I mean common, look at those volcanoes of sauce pockets!

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My Ingredients:
1/2 lb ground meat
1 Onion
3 Cloves of Garlic
2 Medium Potatoes
2 Medium Sweet Potatoes
1-2 Sweet Peppers
1 Large Carrot
2 Portobello Mushrooms or 10 Small Mushrooms
1 Tbsp Oil
1 Tsp Garlic Powder
1 Tsp Italian Seasoning
1/2 Tsp Smoked Paprika
1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
2 Tbsp Tomato Paste
2 Tbsp Arrowroot Starch
1 1/2 Cup Broth
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
1/4 Cup Almond Milk
S & P

My Method:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Put a large pot of water on to boil.

Peel and dice potatoes into even size pieces and place carefully in water and bring to a boil together. Boil until tender. Drain, and set aside.
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Prep your veggies, chop onions, peppers, carrots, and mushrooms into bite sized pieces.

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Add oil to a sauté pan on med/high heat. Add in onions, peppers, and carrots and cook through, approximately 5 minutes.

Grate or chop garlic and add to the pan along with the meat, cook through for 1-2 minutes.

Add in mushrooms, seasoning, tomato paste, and mustard, cooking through until the mushrooms start to break down.
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Lastly, add in arrowroot starch and broth, S & P,  and simmer until thickened

While you are waiting for your meat mixture to thicken, mash potatoes with coconut oil, nutritional yeast, almond milk, and S & P.

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Dump your meat sauce into a medium/large casserole and spread the potato mixture on top evenly.

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Bake for 20 minutes until it is bubbling and delicious, serve and enjoy!

Tipsy:

  • You can easily sub any of these ingredients to fit your lifestyle. Coconut oil for butter, arrowroot for corn starch, almond for regular milk, etc.
  • Any meat will do. I happened to use a ground pork/beef blend as that is what was on sale.
  • Smoked paprika has a really distinct flavour. If you don’t have this, you could use a chipotle or ancho chili powder, or if you it works for you, add a Tbsp of BBQ sauce.

Details:
Oven at 350 degrees
Serves 6-8 portions
20 minutes of baking

 

Whole30

I am starting on my first 30 day adventure with Whole30. I have started a new tab that will follow me along that journey. Check it out (at the top of the page or click this link)!
I will also be posting some fab-u-lous recipes that you can cook along with me, or you can keep for later if you want to try this lifestyle out!

Tomatillo Casserole

This Mexican inspired layered casserole is perfect in any season, tangy and fresh in the summer and hearty in the winter. This is one of the most delicious casseroles, it is easy to make, extremely flavourful, and a definite crowd pleaser. You can make this as spicy as you want and customize it to your palate!
I love to serve this with a simple coleslaw and devour the whole plate without any guilt!

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My Ingredients:
1 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
16 Corn Tortillas
8-10 Tomatillos (Husked, Rinsed, and Chopped into bite sized pieces)
1/2 cup Cilantro
1-2 Jalapeños or Serrano Peppers
2 Garlic Cloves
1.5 cups Low Fat Shredded Cheese (Tex Mex if you can find it)
3/4 cups Low Fat Sour Cream
2 Limes (Zest and Juice)
Garlic Powder, Cumin, Chili Powder
Salt and Pepper

My Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray, cut chicken into manageable pieces, sprinkle with spices, salt and pepper, zest and juice of one lime and bake until cooked through. When cooked through chop into bite sized pieces.
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Blend together half of your tomatillos, lime juice and zest, garlic, cilantro, and jalapeños, salt and pepper.
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Layer in four tortillas, spread with sour cream, sprinkle with cheese, tomatillos, and green onions.

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Continue this method until you have four layers. Smear the last of the sour cream and sprinkle with cheese.

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Cover and bake for approximately 20 minutes, uncover and cook for another 10 until cheese is brown and bubbly.

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Tipsy:
-Buy chicken tenders. Since you are cutting it up, it often saves you money

-If you aren’t going to make your own, linked above, use good quality corn tortillas, they make a lot of difference in the flavour.

-A tex mex blend of cheese saves you some time and can be used in tons of recipes for added goodness!

Details:
Serves 6
350 Degrees
Bakes for 30 minutes

 

Corny Tortillas

There is honestly very few things in the world better than simple homemade food. Once you have learned how to make corn tortillas (which is soooo easy) you wont ever want to buy the prepackaged tortillas from a store. Although it is much easier to use a tortilla press, you can also use a rolling pin or a bottle of wine, anything where you are able to roll it out thinly.

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Ingredients:
1 3/4 Cup Masa Harina (Golden Corn Flour if you can find it)
1 1/8 Cups Warm Water
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
Pinch of Chili Powder

My Method:

Mix all dry ingredients together. If you want traditional tortillas you can just use the masa and a pinch of salt, or take the opportunity to add some bonus flavour to your tortillas.

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Add the water in slowly just until all ingredients are incorporated.

If your tortillas are a bit dry add a smidge of water, if it’s a little wet add a bit more masa.

Cover and let rest for about a half an hour.

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Divide mixture into about 16 balls and using your press, rolling pin etc. magically turn them into tortillas.

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Heat a pan (preferably cast iron) to medium high. Each tortilla needs about 30 sec. on each side until perfectly golden brown.

Tipsy:

-Use wax paper or saran wrap as it helps tortillas to not stick

-If you have rips in the tortilla, you can form it back into a ball and try again!

Details:
Makes approx. 16 tortillas

Skinny Spanakopita

I pretty much love anything with cheese, so these spanakopitas not only fulfill my love of cheese but also a satisfying crunch of baked phyllo dough. Because of the familiar flavours and cheesy goodness, these are also a great way to get kids to eat a few more vegetables. These are so quick to make and easy to freeze for an in a pinch meal!

I love to serve this with a quick vegetable salad on the side!

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My Ingredients:
10 Sheet of Phyllo Dough
1.5 cups of Low-Fat Ricotta Cheese
1/2 cup of Low-Fat Feta, crumbled
(Dont buy the pre-crumbled, use your fingers, so much better)
1 Package of Frozen Spinach (Thawed, Drained, and Squeezed)
1 Medium Onion
2-3 Cloves of Garlic
1 Lemon (Zest and Juice)
1 Egg
1 Tbsp Fresh Dill (1 tsp dried) and a few sprigs of mint if you have it around
Nutmeg
S and P

My Method:

Take your phyllo dough out of freezer early and make sure it is fully defrosted!!

Finley chop onions, garlic, and herbs.

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Mix together your cheeses, prepared spinach, and egg.

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Add in your onions and garlic, lemon juice and zest, chopped herbs, grated nutmeg, and salt and pepper. Mix just until mixture comes together.

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Lay out one sheet of phyllo dough and spoon out mixture. Roll up into a tight little package and put on sprayed baking sheet.

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Repeat until all 10 are made! Bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until deep golden brown.

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Tipsy:

-Take out your phyllo and spinach early! These are both easier to use when fully defrosted. You need to be able to drain your spinach, so in a pinch, microwave on medium heat!

Details:
350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Killer Key Lime Pie

So when I say that this is a Killer Key Lime Pie. I. Am. Not. Joking.
I put together a few recipes to make this one, and oh my lordy, you will not be able to leave a piece in your fridge. SO make sure you have enough friends and family over so that you can eat all of it at once. I am firmly planted in the notion that it is fairly impossible to make a ‘healthy’ pie, so therefor I am happy with the fact that this one isn’t gonna stick to your butt like a fat kid on cake, more like stuck to you like a sad girl and a glass of wine. If you followed that, you probably understand that that meant it was soooo delicious but you dont have to feel so guilty about eating one piece.
I really hope you love this as much as my family and I did, if you did not, you are strange and I probably cant help you.

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My Ingredients:
Crust:
48 Nilla Wafers
¼ cup Water
1 tbsp Vanilla
2 tbsp Margarine or Butter, melted
¼ cup Shredded Coconut

Deliciously Velvety Pie Insides:
3 Egg Yolks
1 300ml can of Low-Fat Condensed Milk
½ cup Light Sour Cream
½ cup Light Cool Whip
1 lb Key Limes, 8 zested, all juiced. (Reserve zest and juice of one/two limes for topping.)
1 tsp Vanilla

Topping:
2 cups Light Cool Whip
Reserved Lime Juice and Zest
1 tsp Vanilla
1/4 cup Toasted Coconut

My Method:

Grind up the nilla wafers until they are crumb consistency. Mix this with the other crust ingredients. Pack into your pie plate and bake for 8-10 minutes at 350.

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Beat your egg yolks for a minute or so until velvety. Add in your sour cream, cool whip and condensed milk. Mix in your vanilla, lime juice and lime zest.

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Bake pie for 13-15 minutes at 350. It is cooked when it no longer jiggles and a toothpick comes out clean.

Put on wire rack and cool completely. 2 hours-overnight.

Mix together your topping ingredients and spread on pie.

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Toast coconut on medium heat and sprinkle onto pie. (You can also sprinkle with some lime zest).

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DO YOU LOVE PIE THIS MUCH? (Courtesy of my beautiful and hungry niece)

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Tipsy:

-You can make this into a lemon pie as well. But make sure you dont use regular limes, you will get a very bitter and sour pie. If you can get your hands on meyer lemons or sweet lemons you are good to go!

– Change out the nilla wafers for graham crackers, chocolate cookies, oreos, or a coconut cookie!

Details:
350, bake crust 8-10 min, pie 13-15 minutes.8-10 Servings
8-10 Servings

 

Better Banana Muffins

I love eating Banana Bread and so does my sister Caitlin. When she requested a recipe for healthier Banana Bread, I had to deliver! Banana Bread is always something I seem to have the ingredients to whip up a quick batch and I bet you do too! When your bananas are starting to turn brown, throw them in your freezer and you will have them ready to go next time you want a banana bread fix. I dont love how much extra fat and not so good things are in banana bread that really aren’t needed. Since bananas are a natural binder, you dont need a lot of extra fat. I think peanut butter and bananas are pretty much a food marriage from the Gods, but if you aren’t nuts for peanuts, feel free to use another type of nut butter! I make this recipe into muffins because I find that it is so much more satisfying to eat a whole muffin rather than a thin slice of bread. It is also much easier to just eat one this way, and it’s very portable, but feel free to make this into a loaf it will take about an hour to bake, just wait until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.

Enjoy this skinnier banana bread, it is soooo good!

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My Ingredients:
½ cup Brown Sugar
½ cup Peanut Butter
1 cup Quick Cooking Oats
1 cup All Purpose Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
¼ tsp Salt
3 Bananas, over ripe and mashed
1 medium Zucchini, shredded
1 Whole Egg
2 egg whites
1 tsp Vanilla
¼ cup Almond Milk
1/4 cup Peanut Butter or Chocolate Chips, I like a mix of the two.

My Method:

Mix your Oats, Flour, Baking Soda, and Salt in a bowl and set aside.

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In a mixer, cream the Brown Sugar with the Peanut Butter until well incorporated.

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Mix in your Bananas and mix until the whole mixture is creamy and satiny.

Add in your Eggs and Vanilla.

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Slowly add in your dry ingredients just until mixed together.

Slowly add in your 1/4 cup of Almond Milk just until the mix is fully incorporated and liquid.

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Mix in your shredded Zucchini and Chocolate or Peanut Butter Chips.

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Tipsy:

– Add in  shredded carrot for added nutrition and flavour!

-If you microwave your Bananas for a a minute or so to defrost, they come out perfectly for baking. Use a potato masher to mush them up to perfect consistency!

-Use an ice cream scoop to measure out your muffins, they end up all come out the same size and it’s easier to get in the tin!

The Details:

Bake at 350 Degrees for 20-22 minutes, flipping halfway through, or until golden brown and your toothpick comes out clean.

Makes 18-20 muffins.

Lemony Couscous Salad

This is one of my absolute favourite, go to, quick and delicious and healthy dinners that I came up with in University as a mix of two of my favourite fast food salads. My salad recipe is also one of the most requested that I get, so I figured I had to share. This is scrumptious as is, or add in your favourite vegetables, or some lean meat. If I want to make this more protein packed, I cook up some cubed chicken and mix it in when I serve.
It is also great to bring to a party or BBQ.
To make it a bit more chic, serve in small cups or endive leaves for a crowd pleasing treat.
I pretty much could eat this whole bowl, so I’m sure you will love it too!

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My Ingredients:
One Box Couscous – I use the roasted garlic and olive oil.
(Check out my Tipsy’s for how to make fresh couscous)
2 tsp Lemon and Herb Seasoning, adjust to your liking!
Vegetables:
1/2 package of Cherry Tomatoes (Halved)
1/2 Cucumber
1-2 Bell Peppers
1/2 bunch of Green Onions
1 small head of Kale or other green. (If you are going to serve in small cups or endive leaves, omit or chop very small)
1 large can of Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 Lemons (zest and juice)
1 container Light Feta

My Method:
Cook the couscous according to the package directions.

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Let the Couscous cool, you dont have to let it be cold, but the warmer it is, the salad gets a little gummy.

Chop all of your vegetables into bite size pieces.

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Mix your vegetables, chick peas, lemon herb seasoning, lemon juice, and lemon zest into the cous cous.

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Serve with feta crumbled on top!

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Tipsy:
– I use boxed couscous because it is easy, and already has seasoning with it. If you want to make fresh couscous with your own seasoning here is the recipe:
1 cup Couscous
1 cup Water
1 tbsp Olive Oil
Salt and Seasoning, I would just use some of the Lemon Herb seasoning that you would use for this recipe.
Bring couscous, water, and olive oil to a boil and remove from heat, keeping covered for 5 minutes. Mix in seasoning.

-Use a fork to fluff up your couscous. The fork breaks up the couscous and adds air.

-If you know you are going to eat over a few days you can keep all of the parts separate and then mix together so that there is no sogginess!

Details:
Serves 6

 

Winning Wonton Soup

I love wonton soup and once you have made it, you realize how easy it is to make yourself. Since I couldn’t eat shrimp and other shellfish for such a long time, I often couldn’t eat wonton soup when I went out to restaurants. For this recipe, I have made it completely pork, but by all means you could sub some of the pork for shrimp! This is an easy soup to make lots for a large group of people or to have leftovers for a week. It’s easy to customize this to your own tastes, but I dare you to try to only eat one bowl!

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My Ingredients:
Filling:
2 tbs Low-Sodium Soy Sauce
2 tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
¼ tsp Sesame Oil
2 tsp Brown Sugar
1 package pork (About 1/2 lb)
1 large nub Ginger, roughly chopped
3 cloves Garlic
½ bunch Green Onions
½ can Water Chestnuts
2 tbsp Cilantro

Broth:
5 Carrots
5-6 baby Bok Choi
1 bunch Green Onions
1/2 can Water Chestnuts
1 crown Broccoli
2 L  Low-Sodium Chicken Stock
4 tbsp Low Sodium Soy Sauce
1 teaspoon Sesame Oil

My Method:
Mix together Soy Sauce, Rice Wine Vinegar, Sesame Oil, and Brown Sugar in a small bowl.

In a food processor, add in the Ginger, Garlic, Water Chestnuts, Green Onions, Cilantro, and pulse until finely ground.

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Add in the pork and Soy Sauce mixture into the food processor and pulse just until mixed.

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Make your wonton station with your pork mixture, stack of wonton wrappers and a small bowl of warm water.

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Add a small teaspoon of pork mixture into the corner of the wrapper, wet two sides, and seal together. If you have the larger wonton wrappers you can make the traditional shape, where you ball the wrapper around the filling, like a jellyfish!

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Bring your two litres of Chicken Stock and one litre of Water, Soy Sauce, and Sesame Oil to a boil.

Add in your Broccoli, Carrots and Wontons and simmer for about 5-7 minutes.

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Add in your Bok Choi, Water Chestnuts and Green Onions, simmering just until cooked.

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Serve in large bowls, devour, and enjoy!

Tipsy:

-This recipe will make more wontons that needed for one soup pot. My suggestion is to freeze them on a cookie sheet and then store in freezer. Keep for next time you make wonton soup or pop them in the oven for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees and you have a fabulous snack, appetizer, or dinner!

– If the soup isn’t going to be eaten all at once, use half of the broth and cook your vegetables and wontons the next night. Wontons and vegetables will get soggy and are much better with a bit of a bite to it.

-Take the time to make sure your wontons are sealed and without air bubbles. They will explode in the soup and no one wants that.

Details:
(6-8 wontons is usually what I eat, depending on how hungry you are)