Breakfast is hard for me. Most mornings, when I am still rubbing ‘lack of sleep’ out of my eyes and feeling unambitious, I end up giving my children a bowl of cereal and I dish up a bowl of the same. There is nothing wrong with cereal, but reading the ingredients list on even bland and boring cereal is shocking! Most have lots of sugar, preservatives, and other ingredients I can’t even read. My solution? Super Granola!
It’s my 7th birthday. I’m just like any ordinary 7-year-old, complete with two missing front teeth, a bad haircut, and a love for the girl band “Spice Girls”. Grandma asks me what I would like for my birthday and my immediate response is, “A jar of relish!”
You may be thinking my claim to being ordinary is incorrect, as any 7 year old in the 90’s would surely be asking for a Furby or a new cassette tape. Although the assumption that I was (am?) strange may be true, to truly understand my passionate response for preserved vegetables, you need to try this relish. My Grandmother’s Sweet Relish recipe is the most exquisite blend of concocted garden produce to ever hit your kitchen table.
Here is the same recipe my grandmother used to follow. My mom started making it when I kept begging for it as a child, so I no longer needed to ask for it as a birthday gift. I plan on keeping this stocked in my own kitchen cupboards. My Grandma’s Sweet Relish Recipe:
The blueberries were sitting on the produce store shelf in a big cardboard box, a yellow sign below them read “fresh BC blueberries” (for Americans, BC stands for British Columbia, my neighboring province). Each blueberry looked plump and delicious, causing the tiny overpriced cartons of shipped in blueberries sitting beside them to look pitiful. I had to have those BC blueberries. I put one box in my shopping cart and ended up coming back to add another box a few minutes later. We have been in blueberry heaven around here, eating them by the handful.
What does one do with so many blueberries? We have many favorite blueberry recipes that are easy and delicious. I have compiled a list of 6 fantastic blueberry breakfast, muffin, and dessert recipes. 80% of the year we don’t have access to good quality fresh blueberries; frozen berries can be used in all of these recipes. Local fresh berries have a way of making things taste better, but that doesn’t mean frozen ones can’t be wonderful too.
We love feeling fresh and smelling great. Deodorant helps us feel confident and at ease knowing that our natural body odor is being held at bay. About 90% of us apply it daily, that’s a lot of pit sticks! Although a key factor in choosing a deodorant is the effectiveness, it is also important to know the ingredients. Did you know that many deodorant products contain numerous harmful chemicals?
This Chicken Gnocchi [nok-ee] Soup is to die for!
If you love eating at the Olive Garden this recipe is for you! This soup is spot on, and so delicious. I can’t take any credit for the recipe. This is literally a copy and paste from CopyKat, she gets all the credit. She takes her favourite restaurant dishes and recreates them. Brilliant. After making this last night I knew I had to share it. Even my kids liked it! So here you go, Chicken Gnocchi Soup; a creamy, flavour filled, Italian soup.
This afternoon while filling up at the gas station, a poster advertising taquitos caught my eye. Man they looked delicious, and unhealthy. When dinner time rolled around I was still craving them. I looked up a couple recipes, and combined a couple to my liking. I was looking for healthier recipes to make me feel better about eating them. I decided to throw in some shredded zucchini (you could probably add shredded carrot as well), use whole wheat tortillas, and bake them. Here is what I came up with.
- 3 tbsp olive oil (plus more)
- 1/2 a medium zuchinni
- 1 med onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1.5 lbs ground beef
- 1/2 cup salsa (plus more for dipping)
- 3 Tbsp chili powder
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 16 6-inch tortillas (I used whole wheat)
- 2 cups of cheese of your choice (I used marble)
- sour cream *optional
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Shred zucchini using the large holes of a grater. Squeeze dry (you should have about 1 cup).
- Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the zucchini, onion and garlic. Saute until onion is clear.
- Add beef. Cook, stirring, until the beef is cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. (If your beef will need to be drained, wait to add the spices. If you have extra lean beef, add the spices while it is cooking)
- Add chili powder, onion powder, cumin, salt, salsa, and cilantro. Turn burner down to medium low and cook until it becomes thick.
- Microwave tortillas in paper towel for about 45 seconds, until warm and soft.
- Cover baking sheet with parchment paper or tinfoil.
- Working quickly, spread a generous 1/4 cup beef mixture along the side of a tortilla, sprinkle with about 3 tablespoon cheese and tightly roll. Place the taquito seam-side down on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining tortillas, filling and cheese.
- Generously coat the top and sides of the taquitos with olive oil.
- Bake the taquitos until browned and crispy, 14 to 18 minutes.
- Dip in salsa and sourcream. Enjoy!
Put extras in a freezer safe bag, and freeze them to have easy on the go lunches! Reheat in the microwave or toaster oven.
Here are some photos for some step by step instructions:
My kids and I were having an at home (recoup from craziness) day. The only problem with this is they need something interactive and fun to keep them happy. They asked for play dough, and ours was looking a little worse for wear. Uhg. There is something about cooking play dough over the stove that rubs me the wrong way. The dough just sticks to the pot, creating a mess, and you stir and stir wondering the whole time if you are cooking it long enough or too long. So I looked up a non-cook recipe and found one on the imagination tree blog. I changed a few things on the ingredients list (I didn’t use glycerin, and added essential oils)
A no cook, simple play dough recipe.
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
- Up to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)
- food colouring
- essential oil (Optional)
- Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
- Add food colouring and essential oil TO the boiling water then into the dry ingredients (colour optional)
- Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
- Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. * This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!*
- (If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right)
Lasts for 6 months
This morning I was craving a lot of things. Baking. Chocolate. and Muffins.
Holidays are always hard for me, as there are sugary treats everywhere! Easter is coming up, and I was thinking about our festivities, and chocolate. I started googling muffin recipes, but didn’t find anything that looked good, but still (slightly) healthy. I morphed a couple of recipes together, and have to say I was pleasantly surprised. These are AMAZING.