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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.