Mediterranean Chicken with Goat Cheese

Mediterranean Chicken with Goat Cheese

February 02, 2019

Our family loves eating out.  We love searching out hidden restaurants and discovering gems that serve authentic, high quality, good food.  However, there are times (especially in a group setting) where we go to a ‘mainstream’ restaurant.  When I say ‘mainstream’ I mean chains, family restaurants, or generally North American food restaurants.  As someone who values nutrition, creativity, and unique flavours, I’m usually disappointed with the meals served at ‘mainstream’ restaurants.  Most of the time when my husband or I eat at these restaurants, we think “we could totally make this better.”  That’s exactly what happened with this recipe.  I saw a “Mediterranean Chicken with Goat Cheese” at a popular restaurant and thought it sounded good.  However, when I ate it, the flavor was very bland and I left hungry.  So this recipe was inspired by the idea from that restaurant but (other than the chicken and the goat cheese) is changed and (hopefully to your liking as well!) improved drastically in both flavour and nutrition!

 

Try it and let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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Zucchini Pasta with Simple Green Curry Sauce, Sweet Potato Fries, and Baked Mediterranean Chicken Breast

Zucchini Pasta with Simple Green Curry Sauce, Sweet Potato Fries, and Baked Mediterranean Chicken Breast

January 31, 2019

I whipped this meal up because it was simple, quick, delicious and very nutritious: Easy Green Curry Zucchini Pasta, Sweet Potato Fries and Mediterranean Chicken Breast

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VEGAN | GF | NF | WALNUT CRUST PUMPKIN PIE SQUARES

VEGAN | GF | NF | WALNUT CRUST PUMPKIN PIE SQUARES

October 15, 2018

I love the fall season.  It's the perfect mix of cooler crisp weather, yet the sunshine still manages to come out and play often enough!  Outdoor pictures are gorgeous with the changing auburn leaves and who doesn't love cozy-ing' up with a nice sweater?  

Of course, who can go through the fall season without an abundance of pumpkin recipes?  I've got a few to post this week on the blog. 

This Pumpkin Pie Squares recipe would be great to try out for your next gathering.  It's simple, allergy friendly (no grain, gluten or dairy) and tastes like pumpkin pie!

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Vegan Pumpkin Chia Pudding

Vegan Pumpkin Chia Pudding

October 15, 2018

The crisp fall season brings a sense of calm and comfort.  We gather in familiar groups (family or friends) and often eat warm, satisfying meals together.  This can be hard if you have food allergies.  My husband is allergic to gluten, dairy, nuts and eggs.  He brings a bag of bananas with him to group meals in case there's nothing available for him to eat (poor guy!). 

This past Thanksgiving I made this Pumpkin Chia Pudding and it was a hit!  My husband loved it and because it tasted so good, everyone else loved it too.  It is allergy friendly (no gluten, dairy, soy or nuts) and is very nutritious!  Chia seeds are an amazing superfood source of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, potassium and antioxidants.

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Healthy Delicious Unsweetened Chunky Applesauce Homemade DIY Recipe

Healthy Delicious Unsweetened Chunky Applesauce Homemade DIY Recipe

October 02, 2018

This is the best and most simple applesauce recipe!  It is so easy, healthy, tastes incredible, and only requires 2 ingredients! You can use any type of apple.  We were given 3 large bags of gala apples from a friend's tree... yay for Fall Harvest time!  My plan was to make a huge batch of applesauce with them and then have my mom teach me how to can and preserve them.  I thought we'd have enough to can and last us through the winter.  I was wrong  There was enough applesauce to fill a massive 10 quart pot . .  within the weekend we had devoured it!  It tasted so good and was so satisfying.

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Refreshing & Health Boosting Summer Drinks with Essential Oils

Refreshing & Health Boosting Summer Drinks with Essential Oils

August 12, 2018

Last night we had a summer party!  On the menu were several drinks that not only tasted refreshing and delicious, but also had amazing health benefits.  I am sharing those recipes below as well as the benefits each one can bring to your body and emotions. 

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Homemade Electrolyte Sport Drink

Homemade Electrolyte Sport Drink

July 28, 2018

I made my sister this simple, healthy and refreshingly tasty homemade electrolyte drink.  Due to the intensity of her competition in the heat, this drink is important for my sister and other athletes.  However, for the rest of us who exercise on a less ‘extreme’ basis’, the general rule to replenish electrolytes would be a workout that is longer than 90min or 60min in the heat.  Occasionally when we are ill, we may need to supplement with electrolytes as well. 

Here is the recipe for this healthy, natural,homemade version of a sport drink

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SMOKED SALMON BEAN SALAD

SMOKED SALMON BEAN SALAD

July 17, 2018

Summer is salad time!  Fresh, hearty, healthy salads are a perfect summer meal.  With the delicious addition of smoked salmon, avocado and an olive oil based dressing, this one is bursting with healthy Omega-3 fats.  The mixed beans along with the salmon make this salad rich in protein.  This is a fantastic after-workout recovery meal!  The corn (use only organic non-GMO corn), greens and any additional veggies you add will pack in a ton of nutrients.

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Apple Crisp-- Allergy Friendly, Healthy, Delicious, and Guilt-Free (grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, vegan, paleo)

Apple Crisp-- Allergy Friendly, Healthy, Delicious, and Guilt-Free (grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, vegan, paleo)

July 12, 2018

This apple crisp is grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, vegan and paleo.  My husband and I have different allergies and combined, the list is long.  It’s always a challenge to create a dish that we can BOTH enjoy and that our toddler will also like. Recently we discovered that WALNUTS are not actually a nut!  They are actually the seeds of drupes and those who are allergic to “nuts” are generally ok with walnuts.  The same goes for coconuts. 

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Fresh Summer Salad

Fresh Summer Salad

June 22, 2018

This salad is full of nutritional value.  You can incorporate any salad greens.  I chose an asian-style mixture of pak-choi, kale, mizuna, tatsoi and spinach.  This is packed full of calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamins A, K and folate.  Radishes will bring fiber, zinc, phosphorus, iron, Vitamins E, A, C, K and more calcium, magnesium and potassium.  The sugar plum grape tomatoes are so sweet and delicious.  They are also naturally high in Vitamin C!

The avocado and dressing is where you'll get your healthy fats and some protein.  Additional protein of course will be found in the chicken breast.

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Protein & Omega-3 Rich Superfoods Summer Smoothie

Protein & Omega-3 Rich Superfoods Summer Smoothie

May 22, 2018

Summer is almost here, which means it's smoothie time! 

Smoothies don't just taste good and feel amazing on a hot summer day, they also have the potential to be incredibly healthy and packed with nutrients.  Another great perk is that babies and children love smoothies too!  So it's a win-win for the entire family.

This smoothie recipe tastes amazing, is packed with superfoods, rich in protein (about 28 grams), omega-3 fatty-acids, antioxidants, fiber (about 25 grams), vitamins and trace minerals.  

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Super Greens Pesto- Dairy & Nut Free

Super Greens Pesto- Dairy & Nut Free

May 15, 2018

Credit for this powerhouse, nutrient dense, allergy friendly, delicious recipe goes to my husband Alex.  Going grain-free, dairy-free and nut-free has been an interesting challenge.  We value both nutrition and flavor, so it has really forced us to create our own recipes and not stop until we are satisfied with both those factors.  Alex likes things as simple as possible, with the least amount of dishes to clean up.

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