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Waldorf Chicken Sandwiches

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This weekend was ridiculously hot! We reached highs of 39 degrees all weekend!! Although we live near a beautiful lake with endless beaches, there is only so much sun and heat you can take in two days, and this is coming from a heat lover. I spent the majority of my mornings dipping in our kiddie pool and lounging beside the mister and the afternoons were spent fully submerged in the cool lake to elude the scorching rays at the peek of the heat. But after a long day under the sun, it’s hard to have much of an appetite, much less an appetite for anything warm or heavy. And since I can’t live off watermelon alone, I decided to try this waldorf chicken salad recipe. I am not much of a chicken salad fan but this recipe was delicious! With nutty toasted pine nuts tossed in a tangy dressing with fresh ingredients, it was a perfect summer night dinner. So if you are feeling worn out by Mother Nature and need a light refreshing dinner that replenishes all the nutrients you sweat out, this is the one to try! Enjoy!

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Chickpea Falafels

 

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Okay this heat is getting crazy!! It’s only the first week in June and it’s already 33 degrees! There is only so much you can do outside without feeling like a human slice of bacon frying in the sun. So I like to take my little guy to the park or the farmers markets early in the morning before it gets too hot. Last summer I was strolling through the local farmers market and I came across a booth with authentic middle eastern products. Tabbouleh, hummus, mutabbal, falafels, and kabebs were calling my name, but as soon as I saw the falafels I knew I had to pick some up. Of course they were absolutely amazing so the other week when I was craving them I decided to make my own. Since the main ingredient is chickpeas, they are very inexpensive to make and I love how dense and flavorful they are. I make mine and serve them over salads, in wraps, served with breakfast or simply just dipped in homemade tzatziki. I chose to oven bake mine but authentically they are deep-fried so it’s all in your preference. Continue reading


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Easy Orange Chicken

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Hey everyone!! Lets just start by saying that spring is in the air and I am loving every minute. So far this year has been filled with tons of fun. It was my hubby’s birthday in January, I went on a child-free girls weekend to Calgary in February to take in an NHL game, shopping and great company and in only a few short months of 2015 we have enjoyed some great date nights, weekends away and also memorable time as a family. I am getting so excited for this summer to enjoy camping, swimming, beach days and the Okanagan at it’s best! But until then I am sneaking in as much sunshine and fresh air as I can. However, once the sun goes down (which is getting later and later…. yippee) it is still pretty darn chilly so I am indulging in my comfort food recipes for a few more weeks. This recipe is a great combination of sweet and savory and without the traditional deep frying of the chicken, this recipe is only a fraction of the fat and calories. It is super quick and easy to make so it’s ideal  for those nights when the Chinese take out menu seems to be calling your name. Enjoy!

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Sweet and Sour Pork

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This week has been a bit of a blur, because no matter how much I sleep I get I feel like my eyelids are fighting against me in the morning to open. My energy has been low so aside from trying to curb my daytime narcolepsy, I’m definitely feeling less than enthusiastic lately about cooking. But I found some great recipes so I’m hoping that will put a little pep in my step. I despise am not a big fan of cooked pineapple, so this was a bit of a stretch for me but turns out I absolutely loved it! It’s the perfect mix of spicy, sweet, tangy and fresh. The creole seasoning is great, and since this recipe only uses a portion of the seasoning you will have plenty leftover. I love using it to season oven fries or roasted potatoes. So give it a shot and let me know what you think!

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Mexican Bean Salad

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Happy Family Day to all of my B.C readers! We just got back from a very wet and drizzly walk by the lake this morning, but with rain coats, hot tea and rain boots we were quite prepared.  He is now fast asleep and I thought I would share this great recipe. With the weather starting to feel more like spring than winter, I am already excited for lighter dinner ideas as opposed to heavy comfort food. This bean salad is fresh, flavorful and full of great ingredients! Beans are nutritional powerhouses packed with protein, fiber, B vitamins, iron, potassium, and are also low in fat, so I incorporate them into our diet on a regular basis for these reasons. But try for yourself. This is the perfect side dish for BBQ meats and quinoa dishes. Enjoy! Continue reading


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Perfect Sticky Sushi Rice

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My hubby and I try to get out at least every two weeks for date night and usually when we do… sushi is on the menu. It is my fool proof choice for date night dining because you really can’t go wrong. Fresh ingredients, warm rice and wasabi is taste bud heaven.
But I always assumed it was a cuisine that was far above my skills in the kitchen, until my girlfriend showed me how easy it is to make! So for those nights when the perfect date sounds like your own comfy couch and pajama’s, become your own sushi chef! No oven, no baking, and very little dishes. As long as you have the right sticky rice to hold everything together, it’s easy peasy. When choosing our ingredients, we deep fried some yam sticks, and chopped fresh avocado, cucumbers, peppers and crab meat.
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Sweet & Spicy Pecans

I absolutely love any and all types of  lil’ snack mixes. Nuts and bolts, bits and bites, glazed walnuts, spiced pecans….. the list goes on. I also love the contrasting mix of sweet and salty, so these sweet & spicy pecans are the perfect combination of both. They are soooo good and a much healthier option than toasting them in butter. I usually only make these when I’m asked to bring my favourite potluck salad for dinner (pictured below). If I just make them for no reason, then I’ll eat the whole batch before they’re even cooled off. These are easy to make, healthy and cheaper then buying preservative covered premade spiced nuts. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons water
  • 1-1/2 cups pecan halves
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
 
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a medium bowl, beat together the egg white and water. Stir in the pecans and mix until coated
  3. In a small bowl, mix together sugars, salt, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and cayenne. Sprinkle over the nuts and gently stir.
  4. Spread pecans on sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes checking often to avoid burning (learn from my mistakes)

Spinach and Strawberry Summer Salad

Toss together fresh spinach, sliced strawberries, diced red onion and Sweet & Spicy pecans. Drizzle with creamy poppyseed dressing! Voila!

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