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Breakfast Sausage 

There is something empowering in making your own food, knowing what’s in it! 

This recipe has become a family favourite. We can eat these at every meal and great for breakfast on the go and school lunches. 

You can play with the spices to fine tune it to your liking but below is what my family likes. 

When I make this recipe, I always double it and put 1/2 of the cooked sausage rounds in the freezer. 


What you will need;

2 pounds of ground pork

Mix in:

2 tsp salt 

2 tsp black pepper 

1 1/2 tsp dried sage

1/2 tsp dried ground oregano 

1/4 tsp dried savory 

1/8 tsp ground ginger

Pinch of cloves

Pinch of cayenne pepper

1/4 cup cold water 

2 tbs of olive oil

⚪️Using my hands, I get in there and knead and squeeze the mixture until it’s all well blended. 

⚪️⚪️Once blended, I make about 2oz balls, flattened into sausage rounds. 

⚪️⚪️Heat a large frying pan on medium to high heat with approx. 2 tbs of olive oil and pan fry both sides till cooked through. About 5-6 minutes each side. I like to cut one open to make sure it’s cooked. (No pink) *You can also make ground sausage and skip the whole making sausage rounds step. 


If you’re not using all the mixture at once, you can freeze it in a freezer bag up to 2 months. 

Enjoy!!

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Spring Roll Stir-fry Bowl! 

I always seem to have left over meat that I need to get eaten! Whether it is chicken, a roast beef pork chop or eggs.  It can be tossed in with this vegetable combo and be very satisfying and healthy! 

What you need – 

1 cup of shredded cabbage 

1/4 cup shredded carrot

1-2 cups baby spinach 

(1-2 cups of Bok choy would be fabulous too) 

1 cup steamed broccoli cut into bite sizes

2 tbs of fresh cilantro cilantro

1 tbs olive oil 

1/4 cup cashews 

Salt and pepper 

Add 3oz protein, I use whatever left overs I have, chicken diced up or use pork, steak or bacon!

Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add all the ingredients, stirring frequently. It doesn’t take long, maybe 3 -5 minutes till everything is heated through. 

Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper or your favourite seasoning and voila! 

Serves 2 or one of me 😉

Enjoy. 

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I found this Asian inspired salad kit at Costco that consists of cabbage, carrot and cilantro if you are feeling a tad lazy like me. (I just didn’t use the dressing kit for this meal)

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Thinking about doing a Whole30? …here is my take on it. 

Before I did my first Whole30, I was terrified! All the stories I had read online and with friends made me question if it was all worth it. The list of detox symptoms and crazy feelings didn’t leave me excited and jumping for joy to start. But I knew I needed to jump in with both feet, because I needed to get a grip on my health, needed a better understanding of food and what food was doing to me, and to discover how it was making me feel. Of course I wanted to lose some weight and to figure out a healthy food balance, too.

I knew there was something in my diet that was giving me bloat, mood swings and weight gain. Obviously the candy and chips was a big part of it, but I needed to learn what MY body wanted and what would make it run better. I figured, it’s only 30 days, I can do ANYTHING for 30 days.

I Instagrammed the shit out of the subject and joined a Facebook Whole30 group. I learned the hard way that there are some tough Whole30 divas that don’t want to hear about your banana and egg concoction because it breaks the rules. BEWARE: not everyone is on the same journey. I don’t follow all the rules of life so why would I doing this! 🤷🏻‍♀️

Everything was compliant in my books, and I left that group soon after to join another W30 Facebook group that had kind gentle souls who didn’t pass judgment. 

The weekend before my Monday Whole30 Day 1, I prepped and cleaned and prepped and cleaned, I listed and made a menu. Got my hubby in on it too! Gahhh, it’s a lot of work, but being prepared brings you peace when that sugar dragon appears. 


Day 1, 2, 3 and 4 were surprisingly easy and exciting. I felt in control and had all my meals ready; I had the plan! Well, Day 5 rolled around, and look the fook out! I woke up with a raging headache and attitude! I would have eaten anything sugary to make my dragon go back to sleep. Sugar is a crazy drug and I definitely felt the urge of it, so scary! 


I had a few days of fighting the demands. I had a lot of alone time, walks, hot baths. I went to bed super early every night. By day 15 I was on track, super bored of food and wanted my life back. I made no plans with friends, I didn’t want to be put in any situation that would lead me to “failing”. 

When I reached Day 30, I felt pretty bad ass. I felt so good and people noticed the difference. My skin felt better, I slept better, my insides functioned better, I was nice to my kids! I told EVERYBODY that would listen to read Whole30 and to give it a try. I just felt amazing. 

Whole30 is not a forever thing and I don’t recommend you do many full rounds but a 5-10 day reset every couple months is very helpful to clean it up if you’ve fallen. It always reminds me how great I feel when my body has the right ingredients to work. 

Whole30 was a life changer and I will forever cook this way and lean towards the foods my body craves. 

So, if you are planning your first Whole30, keep it simple!, plan to be bored and miserable for many days of it but keep in mind that it is ONLY 30 days and it’s only food. 

My simple menu consisted mostly of the below. I would stir fry it or make it into a salads. I would purchase fresh herbs to make it flavourful. 

▪️coconut milk and cream (in my tea, coffee, curry, soups)

▪️shredded chicken 

▪️flank steaks 

▪️cut up raw veggies, steamed and or roasted veggies

▪️ sweet potato hash or just noodles sweet potato 

▪️avocado/guacamole 

▪️ Nuts. Lots of nuts!! 

▪️hard boiled eggs (so many eggs in all forms)

▪️baby spinach was added to EVERYTHING

▪️chunky tuna salad with all the veggies was a winner at least 3x a week.

▪️pickles!!! 


I had the Whole30 shopping list on my refrigerator to remind myself what I could have.  I felt like if I just ate whole foods, I was safe with no added crappy ingredients, but I always read the labels of canned or boxed items. Also, when it came to meats, even though I couldn’t afford to buy all organic and free-range this and that, I bought the best that I could afford. 

Don’t overthink it, keep it simple, and remember to be kind. 🤗😂

Good luck 😉 

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Cilantro Lime Chicken 

My friend gave me this recipe and I was a little skeptical because I’ve never marinated chicken in lime juice before, but I was blown away by all the favours in this dish! New family fav!

What you’ll need:

Boneless/ skinless chicken thighs-10 small or 6 large. (I used 10 small)

Juice of two limes

1/2 cup olive oil 

4 cloves of garlic, minces

1 tbs cumin

1 cup of fresh cilantro leaves/no stems 

Dash of red pepper flakes (I used about 1 tsp, add more if you want more heat)

Sprinkle of salt (approximately 1 tsp)


⚪️ Combine all the ingredients in a shallow casserole dish and mix well, add the chicken thighs and stir so they are all coated in the marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and leave refrigerated for a min of 30 min, max 3 hours. You may add more olive oil if you need to beef up the marinade so all the chicken is good and coated. 


⚪️⚪️ Heat a large frying pan with olive oil, approximately 2 tbs of olive oil. Once the pan is nice and hot, place the chicken one by one into the pan, don’t overcrowd. Cook for approximately 5-10 minutes, then flip. 


Timing depends on the thickness of your thighs. Once both sides are golden brown, cut a thick part of a thigh to see if it’s cooked through. 

Once cooked, serve with your favourite rice and grilled veggies. I drizzle the drippings from the pan onto the rice before serving. 

Also amazing served on your favourite salad or wrap sandwich. 

Enjoy! 

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Simple Tomato Sauce

This recipe is our family go to. Clean ingredients and can be served as is or with ground beef or meatballs.


Simple and clean ingredients


What you will need-

Blender, food processor or a hand held blender can work too

2 cans of whole tomato(796 ml or 28 oz)

3 cups of fresh baby spinach, chopped small

2 small onions diced

4 cloves of garlic, sliced

2 tbs dry basil

1 tbs dry parsley

3 tbs olive oil

Salt and pepper for taste (about 2 tsp each)
Add olive oil to a deep pot and heat. Add onion and garlic and cook till softened, approximately 5 minutes.

Add the rest of the ingredients except the spinach and simmer on low to medium heat for 30+ minutes.


If I’m home all day, I’ll get this going early and let simmer for a couple hours stirring every 15 minutes with a little added water. If I’m short on time, I’ll simmer for 30 then process in my blender.

Before I add the sauce to my blender, I measure out 1-2 cups of the chunky sauce and set it aside to add back in later (I do this to add some extra texture to the blended sauce)  Blend the sauce till smooth or less chunky.


Once blended, put back in the deep pot with that chuncky sauce that you had put aside.

Add baby spinach and simmer till the spinach is soft and a little “lost” in the sauce.

If your kids don’t like the sight of green stuff, you can add the spinach in the beginning and process in the blender with the sauce so it appears to not even be there !

Enjoy!

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Lara Bar Energy Balls

I found this recipe during my first Whole30 and was amazed how easy it was. I would snack on one or two after a run or workout. These are so easy and cheap to make,  I have not bought any Lara bars since! 


This recipe is the easiest and such a healthy treat for the family. My kids love them and think they taste like caramel. I always triple the recipe!!

Prep time – 15 minutes

Serving – 15 balls (when I triple the recipe)

What you will need:

Food processor or heavy duty blender

30 grams cashews

80 grams of pitted dates

Pinch of salt 

Only 3 ingredients!
⚪️ Measure and combine all the ingredients in the food processor, pulse/blend till you reach a good crumble. If your dates are on the dry side, add a teaspoon or two of warm water and pulse a few times to make the mixture sticky. 

⚪️⚪️ Roll into bite sized balls 

I prefer to store them in a sealed container in the refrigerator. I enjoy them more when serves cold. 
Enjoy! 

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Loaded Sweet Potato


This dish was created using an Oh She Glows recipe. 

This is the best meal that I have made in a very very long time. The layers of flavours are simply perfection. What a satisfying dish!

Serves 2

Preparation – 70-90 minutes

What you’ll need:

2 medium sweet potatos

⚪️ Preheat oven to 350.  Poke holes all around the potato, bake on a roasting pan for about 40-60 minutes. It may take longer depending on your oven. Bake till soft, knife slides right through.

For the Avocado Cilantro Crema layer–  (I doubled this part)

1/2 cup of fresh cilantro, large stems removed

1 small clove of garlic

1 medium avocado

4 tsp fresh lime juice

1 tbs water

1/2 tsp fine sea salt

⚪️ Add garlic and cilantro to food processor and process till minced. Add the rest of the ingredients and process till smooth. I like small bits of cilantro still showing.

For the Chili Beans layer

1 tbs olive oil

1 cup diced sweet onion

2 medium garlic cloves, minced

1/4 tsp chili powder

1/4 tsp ground cumin

1 (14-ounce/398 ml) can of black beans, drained and rinsed.

Salt and pepper for taste

2 green onion, thinly sliced

⚪️ Using a medium skillet, heat the oil, add onion and garlic and sauté for a few minutes, until soft. Stir in the chili powder, cumin and black beans and cook for another minute or two. Add salt and pepper at the end and stir to combine.


The assembly: 

Slice the sweet potato in half lengthwise. Using a fork, gently mash the flesh to loosen and fluff. Sprinkle in some salt and pepper.

Layer with the avocado crema and black beans by the spoonful. Garnish with green onion,  pinch of chili powder and cumin and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

I added a little Greek yogurt to the top of mine.
Enjoy!

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Roasted Sweet Potato Hash

Perfect side for any meal !

I make a few  batches of this most weeks for my family. It’s a perfect match to eggs, chicken, salad… it’s great with everything really. The sweet potato provides a healthy carb to fuel your toughest workouts. You can use any fat for the recipe, whether oil, butter or ghee – I prefer bacon fat because it’s non-dairy, provides a good flavor, and is available once the bacon is cooked.


What you’ll need:

1 sweet potato

3 celery stalks 

2 small potatoes

1 small onion

1/2 package of  bacon (cook ahead of time)

1 tbs bacon fat

Season to taste: salt, pepper, sage, paprika- *Use the spices you love

⚪️ Cook your bacon ahead of time.

⚪️ ⚪️Cut all vegetables and bacon to bite sized pieces.

Place all your vegetables and cooked bacon into a large bowl,  drizzle with bacon fat and your spices. Mix together until rhe vegetables are evenly covered. Place the veggies on parchment-paper lined roasting pan and roast at 400F for approximately 30-40 minutes or until potatoes are soft. Stir the veggies every ten minutes.

Enjoy!

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Basil and Spinach Pesto 

During my Whole30,  I really needed flavour for my meals and this basil recipe was it! Such a perfect match to all my dishes,  gives them a pop of flavour. This Pesto is amazing on roasted potatoes, roasted veggies, chicken, steak, salads, fish, rice, pasta.. You can add it to everything! 

Pesto Chicken Sandwich

What you’ll need: 


1/2 cup walnuts (sometimes I use cashews)

3 cloves of garlic 

3 cups packed fresh basil leaves

1 cup spinach leaves 

Juice of 1/2 lemon 

1 1/2 cups of extra/virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

⚪️ heat pan, when a its good and hot place the nuts on the pan and toss around till lightly brown. About 2 minutes 

⚪️⚪️Combine the walnuts and garlic in a food processor and pulse a few times. Add the basil and spinach and pulse until chopped. Add the lemon juice. While mixing on low speed, add the olive oil in a slow stream until all the ingredients are fully blended. Add the salt and pepper and pulse a few more times to combine.


This can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze in serving sizes inside cube tray. 

Enjoy!

Recipe http://whole30.com/2015/04/pesto/

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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins 

Tweaked an old recipe to give it a healthier twist. Your kids won’t even notice.


These came out perfectly, not too sweet and so moist!

What you’ll need:

2 cups all purpose flour 

1 cup coconut sugar 

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp pure vanilla extract 

1 egg

1 small mashed avocado

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt 

1/2 cup milk or nut milk 

1/2 cup light olive oil 

1 tbs coconut oil to grease the muffin pan or use muffin paper cups.

1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips (sprinkle on top of each muffin)

⚪️Blend all dry ingredients in your mixing bowl (I use my KitchenAid mixer), once well blended, add all your wet ingredients and mix till nice and smooth.

⚪️⚪️ Fill each muffin 3/4 full and sprinkle each with chocoate chips.

⚪️⚪️⚪️Preheat oven to 400 and bake for approximately 18-20 minutes.

Makes a bakers dozen !
Enjoy!

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Dairy Free Caesar Salad dressing 


Being lactose intolerant I stray away from dairy as often as I can. My husband borrowed a cook book from a coworker, Oh She Glows Every Day. What a gorgeous looking book! I’ll be ordering this book as soon as I can, I can’t wait to try more of her dishes. 

There were a couple ingredients that we didn’t have on hand like capers and chickpeas but we made a delicious chicken Caesar salad with what we had and from following her directions for a dressing. 

Instead of making the roasted chickpea we made our own garlic croutons using a whole grain sour dough bread. We also added baked chicken breast for an added protein. 

We were surprises how creamy this dressing came out. This was so flavourful and satisfying, and definitely adding it to our monthly meal plan. Next time I’ll double the dressing and store it in the refrigerator for a few days. 

⚪️Requires two hours minimum for the cashews to soak

What you’ll need:

1/2 cup raw cashews

1/4 cup water

2 tbs extra virgin olive oil 

1 tbs fresh lemon juice 

2 tsp Dijon mustard 

1-2 cloves garlic

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 

1/2 tsp ground pepper

1/2 tsp sea salt 



⚪️⚪️ place cashews in a bowl and add water to cover by a couple inches. Soak for 2 hours minimum or over night. 

Using a high speed blender or food processor , add the cashews and remaining ingredients except the salt. Blend till super smooth, you may add a splash of water to help mix it, then add your salt at the end. Adjust any spices as needed at the end. 

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Breakfast Frittata

Breakfast on the go!

Make your mornings easier with this protein packed recipe. You really can’t go wrong with the ingredients you pick, I normally use whatever I have in the refrigerator or whatever needs to get eaten up. These are amazing with cooked bacon! Add whatever you want! 


What I used today: 

12 eggs whisked 

1/2 an orange pepper- chopped small

1/2 a yellow pepper- chopped small 

2 cups of baby spinach

1/4 – 1/2 small yellow onion- chopped small 

1 cup of broccoli (chopped up in small bits) 

1 tbs chopped green onion

12 small roasted baby potatoes 

Salt and pepper for taste 

1-2 tbs bacon fat (for greasing pan and cooking vegetables 

I always use my saved bacon fat to grease my pans and sauté my vegetables. You can use any oil of your choice. 

⚪️⚪️ Grease your muffin tin really well or use parchment paper circles.

Sauté your peppers, broccoli, onion and green onion in bacon fat or your choice of oil. Add spinach to the pan at the very end or sauté it on its own because it cooks down so much faster then the rest of your vegetables. 
Add 2 broken up potatos to each muffin, add your sautéed vegetables and whisked eggs. Top with salt and pepper. 


Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until slightly firm to the touch. 
Allow the muffins to cool a little before removing them from the tin.  Run a knife along the muffins to assist with getting them out. They can be tricky if you don’t grease really well! 


Let them cool completely before storing them in the refrigerator or I find they go soggy. 

These are so great warmed up with a piece of toast, bacon or on its own! 

My son clearly enjoys them  



Enjoy! 🌱