Happy Monday guys!!
The weekend has come and gone. Mine was quite eventful since Sean and I went up to Fredericton to see my new nephew and celebrate my niece's 3rd birthday! It was great to see all the family and finally get to hold baby Jacob. He was tiny to say the least.. and handsome as ever!!
So... for the past couple of weeks I have been eating very clean but I found I was just over doing the portions a bit. I feel like I have room to tighten the strings up a bit and set some goals for myself for the next 7 days! A bit of a cleanse I guess you could say.
#1 - My biggest goal... NO CHOCOLATE / REFINED SUGARS!! I don't usually eat refined sugars anyways, but I usually allow myself 70% dark chocolate every day. There are many health benefits to 70% dark chocolate BUT I feel it was starting to get out of hand.. so I am eliminating all types of chocolate for the next 7 days. I just want to see how I will feel after it all. Now, believe me when I say this is going to be very hard for me. Some people like salt (chips) and some people like sweet (chocolate) and I am definitely a sweet person. I could pass on chips any day!
#2 - Follow the Bodyrock workouts EVERY morning for the next 7 days for 30 minutes in the morning before I shower up. No Excuses!! As I confessed in my last post, I had a rough time last week being overtired from our trip away, so I didnt get many workouts in at all.
#3 - Consume at least 3 cups of green tea each day (organic strawberry long island green tea I purchase from The Feel Good Store in the uptown Saint John area) and at least 8 glasses of water a day. I am very good at getting my water in for the day but I thought I would set this as a goal since I don't always get as much green tea in as much as I would like.
#4 - And finally... Absolutely positively no eating past 7pm. Again, I don't usually eat past 7 anyways, but as I mentioned the past couple of weeks has been a bit off so I just want to remind myself how important this goal is.
I will continue to post recipes every second day but I will also update you guys on how I am feeling from my new goals and this sugar cleanse. So far so good today.. I packed lots of fruit for snacks (yes I am aware there is sugars in fruit but I am just focusing on refined sugars and actual chocolate) and a veggie packed lunch.
BEFORE I GO...
Alot of you guys have been asking about my Holy Crap breakfast I mentioned I was eating every morning. Well, I ran out a month or so ago and didn't have the chance to reorder. So, I thought to myself "Why couldn't I just make this myself"... so that is exactly what I did :)
Basically I mix 4 Tbsp of Plain Greek yogurt with: 1 Tbsp of organic chia seeds, 1 Tbsp of Hemp hearts, and 1 Tbsp ground flax. Technically the Holy Crap mixture was a mix of chia seeds and hemp hearts and then they added their own dried fruit.. which I wasn't fond of to begin with. So.. this works perfectly. I love it. I stir it up and let it sit a couple of minutes before adding a bunch of fresh fruit on top... banana and strawberries.
Do you guys know the difference between regular plain yogurt and Greek plain yogurt?! I didn't until just recently. Greek plain yogurt is packed with protein. Like.. alot!! Per serving I think it is between 18-20 grams compared to around 4 grams of protein usually in the other yogurts. I find the Greek yogurt completes your breakfast perfectly... and no I am not being biased ;)
The organic chia seeds are bought from Cochrane's Market in Quispamsis. Great little place to get all your produce, meats and fruit. They also carry a lot of Speerville products. The hemp hearts come from a supplier of mine "Nature's Best Products".. if you are interested in these just contact me. OR you can get them at the bulk barn. And then the ground flax is from the organic aisle at the Superstore and it is the Bob's Red Mill brand.
There ya go! Just a tad bit of info for ya in case any of you out there wanted to give it a whirl.
Well Have a great day!! Wish me luck on Day #1!!
Lots of love!
Last night (well actually tonight but you won't be reading this until tomorrow), Sean and I went to a Simply for Life cooking class out in the valley. Keith and Nela are great! They own SFL Quispamsis and they try and interact with the community as much as possible with these cooking classes throughout the year. The classes are a great way to learn new clean recipes as well as just getting out and interacting with people who have a similar interest :)
On the menu last night... Turkey meatballs and spaghetti clean style!!
Nela ventured into the concept of adding the pureed veggies into the meatballs and sauce to add an even bigger nutritional punch. She really kept her audience interested with tips and ideas as she narrated throughout the class. We even got our own little bowl to try once everything was finished :) It was delish! If you aren't aware of these classes I would definitely check out their facebook page for updates on their next ones. Actually their Facebook page is interesting all around since SFL Saint John and Quispamsis collaborate and add photos, tips and videos on nutrition and ideal eating habits. You are always learning new things! Such as last week, Bruce S., owner of SFL, posted a video talking about how powerful kiwi's are!! I did not know that! So.. that afternoon I went and bought some kiwi and have had one every day since :) I love the knowledge we are all sharing to help make a healthier community.
Ok, now on to the good stuff!! RECIPE BELOW!!!
We listened. We learned. We ate. And if I didn't think people would have looked at me funny... I would have licked the bowl clean ;)
Well it's the weekend again. Thank goodness! I am not going to lie... this week has been a little slack on the morning workouts. I need to catch up on my sleep from our trip last weekend. Sometimes you just need a small break, but this just means I will be back full force on Monday morning with another Bodyrock routine. I am excited already!!
Have a great weekend!!
Lots of Love
Spaghetti and turkey meatballs with tomato sauce
Source: Simply for Life
1 pound ground turkey
1 tsp olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
½ red pepper, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
Optional: ½ cup broccoli puree
1 egg white
1 Tbsp whole wheat bread crumbs
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground pepper
1 tsp oregano
1 pkg whole wheat spaghetti
For the sauce
1 tsp olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28oz) can crushed tomatoes, no salt added
1 small can tomato puree (optional)
1 cup carrot puree or grated carrots
10 fresh basil leaves, chopped or 1 tsp dried
Pinch of salt and pepper
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
Optional: ¼ tsp sugar
Pre-heat oven to 375. Heat a bit of olive oil in a large skillet on med-low heat. Add onion, pepper and garlic and cook for about 10 minutes or until they start to caramelize, stirring once or twice, then remove from stove to cool. In a large bowl, mix together the ground turkey, sautéed veggies, egg, bread crumbs, salt, pepper and oregano (and broccoli pure). Form a tablespoon size of the mixture in the shape of ball and repeat with the rest of the mixture. Place the meatballs on a cookie sheet, preferably over an oiled rack or parchment paper and bake for 30 minutes. Makes about 25 meatballs.
To make the sauce, heat olive oil in a large pot on medium heat. Cook the onions and garlic for 3-5 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes, carrot pure, and basil, stir, bring to a simmer and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. If you prefer a thicker sauce, add the tomato paste. Add salt, pepper and cayenne and stir. Add sugar if it turns out a bit bitter (depends on the tomatoes). Add meatballs to the sauce and simmer for another 5-10 minutes.
Cook spaghetti according to package directions and serve immediately topped with meatballs and sauce
I was so excited for tonight's new recipe I went out and bought a new item for our kitchen collection... a real cast iron pan. And I mean real! This thing is just like the cartoons and I am pretty sure I could take someone out if I hit them over the head with it.
To be honest, I had never made a Frittata before. I had heard of them but never tried one before. When i was looking around in my collection of websites, I found a recipe for a Veggie Frittata and figured I would give it a whirl especially since I had just gotten a new dozen of fresh free range eggs. Sean loves omelets’ so I knew this would be a favorite if it turned out right. And in our household, the rare occasion of breakfast for supper is welcomed with open arms.
The trick to a Frittata is making sure you have a pan that can go on the stove top AND right into the oven. (hence me buying the cast iron pan) I actually found mine at Superstore on sale for $9.99!!
- Any Veggies you want. I used...
* yellow & green peppers
* red onions
- 3 whole eggs and 3 egg whites (I use free range eggs)
- Light cheese (whatever your favorite; cheddar, mozzarella, etc)
- Sprinkle of feta cheese
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Dried Thyme
- Sea salt & pepper
1) Chop all of your veggies into chunks and beat eggs in a bowl and set aside. Also, have your oven warming on broil 350.
2) Get your pan hot over medium to high heat and a spray of oil.
3) Add all of your veggies to your pan and saute them for about 5 minutes or so until they are nice and incorporated. Also sprinkle some thyme into the mix and some salt and pepper to taste.
4) Even out all your veggies on your pan and then pour your egg mixture evenly on top of the veggies. Let it set for about a minute.
5) Sprinkle your cheese on top of the liquidy eggs.
6) Transfer the pan from the stove to the oven (with oven mitts!).
7) Let it sit about 5-7 minutes until the eggs cook and the cheese brown.
Cut and Serve!! The pan is round so you can almost cut it like a pizza. We cut it into 4 equal slices and I served it with a spinach salad and a piece of dark rye toast.
Tonight we have a house guest with us... Lady! My mom's dog. She is so cute. She is a tiny Papillon that gets along great with our Bella. They love to play and run around the house, since this isn't the first time we have puppy sat her. I tried to get a picture of the two for you guys but they just weren't having it. I'll see what I can do.
I also wanted to show you a great workout for you to try this week. It is a 15 minute total body workout from Bodyrock. A great workout to get your sweat on!!
Have a great day!! Lots of Love
I apologize for my absence but I have been away in the mountains. I spent a beautiful weekend away with Sean and some friends skiing, shopping and enjoying North Conway, NH. I was lucky enough to find a local Natural Foods store nestled in the mountains as well as shopping at Whole Foods on the drive home in Portland, ME. I was in HEAVEN!! I was like a kid in a candy store and I was able to see all of the new and interesting natural ingredients I have been reading so much about these days. I will fill you in on all that later... for now, a new recipe!!!
I started today thinking I was going to share with you a recipe I tried last week BUUUT when I came home last night I tried some new cookies that turned out amazing. I had to skip a step and these are coming first!
As you guys know, I love having healthy treats around in the house so that when I need something in a hurry, it is healthy. I love food. So I will always be eating my 5-6 small meals in a day and sometimes that includes a cookie here and there. But as I have said before, it all comes down to how that cookie is made. And what I am about to show you is some darn good ingredients!!
[Almond Butter] Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- 1 cup All Natural Almond Butter
- 3/4 cup Sucanat (Organic brown sugar)
- 1 free range Egg
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda (aluminum free)
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 2 Tbsp hemp hearts
- 1 Tbsp Chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp Ground flax
- 3/4 of a Dark Chocolate bar (70% of course) OR Dark chocolate chips
MIX EVERYTHING TOGETHER!
It gets thick, which makes the perfect consistency of a cookie batter... with NO flour!!
Drop little balls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and baked for 10-12 minutes at 350.
My batch made 19 cookies, but the chia seeds actually made them get quite a bit bigger so I am going to make them a bit smaller next time. I think it would make at least 2 dozen next time.
After the cookies came out of the oven, i heard a voice in the living room say "What ya got there?". After I told him, Sean asked for one and when I brought it out on a napkin, he looked closely and asked what "the little seedy things are". I mumbled something and he ate it. After two more trips to the kitchen and 3 cookies later, I dont think he could taste all the healthy seeds :) So even for all the fussy ones out there, these are the perfect cookie!!
I found the original recipe for these cookies at The Eat Clean Diet as well as Oxygen... but I have since added quite a few things that gives them their nutritious crunch!
I Hope you guys had an amazing Monday!
Lots of Love
My goal for the last little while has been to bake a loaf of bread. I have a bread machine but for some reason it just seemed like something that never got done. So.. over the weekend when we were out of bread I decided this was the best time if ever. Now usually I don't eat much bread. If I do, I usually buy Ezekiel bread/english muffins. Ezekiel bread is 100% Flourless Sprouted Whole Grain made with wheat, barley, beans, lentils and millet. I know that sounds a bit weird but I LOVE them and to me they taste no different.
But I make the exception if I make the bread myself and I know what ingredients are in it. So I set out to make a Honey Whole Wheat Flax bread and it turned out amazing. It is great for sandwiches, toast in the morning or... anything! :) This original recipe came from Robin Hood with a few tiny modifications.
Honey Whole Wheat Flax Bread
- 1 cup of water
- 1 free range egg
- 2 Tbsp Earth Balance (or butter)
- 2 Tbsp Organic honey
- 3 cups of Whole wheat flour for Bread (I used Speerville)
- 1.5 tsp sea salt
- 1 Tbsp ground flax
- 1.25 tsp bread machine yeast
1) If you own a bread machine, you will know that you basically just put everything into the machine as listed; wet to dry and yeast is always last. I selected the smallest loaf (2.0) and "light" in color. If you play around with the settings you will find what works best for you.
And 3 or so hours later... you have a finished loaf of bread! About 10 minutes after I took it out I had a warm piece with earth balance butter and I think my eyes actually rolled into the back of my head. LOL
That night for supper I decided to use the fresh baked bread somehow... so I decided on panini's.
[Grilled Chicken] Panini's with Salad
- 2 slices of fresh homemade whole wheat bread
- homemade red pepper hummus spread on both slices
- Slices Chicken (Organic free run chicken - I cooked a whole chicken a few days before)
- red/yellow peppers
- organic spinach
- A little bit of Earth Balance on the outside of both slices
... Then on the grill!! I used our George Foreman grill because it is new and I am obsessed with it :)
I bought a couple new white plates today and I had a blast taking the photos of this beautiful colorful dinner. It felt really good to know that I not only made the dinner, but also made some of the components from scratch too!
Lots of Love
Admitting you have a problem is the first step, right?! lol
I am just lovin chickpeas these days. I mean I have always liked them and i liked hummus, but i LOVE them now. In all different ways. So far I have introduced you to hummus (pureed chickpeas), roasted chickpeas, and now grilled chickpeas!! I saw a photo on KathEats blog last week and even though she wasn't able to give out the recipe, I decided to try and figure it out by seeing the photo. It is somewhat of a Hawaiian stir fry and it is truly one of my favorites these days. Do I say that about all of them?! lol
[Hawaiin] Chickpea Stirfry
- 1 cup brown rice
- 1 can of organic chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 red pepper, chopped
- 1/2 a sweet potato, cubed (Microwave in a paper bag for 2 minutes first)
- 4 slices of pineapple, chopped into bite size pieces
- 1 Tbsp hemp hearts
- 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- dash of curry
- dash of cilantro
- drizzle of honey or pure maple syrup
- sea salt and pepper to taste
1) Cook the brown rice and set it aside.
2) In a large pan on medium heat, add the oil and balsamic vinegar. In the meantime, microwave the sweet potato in a paper bag for 2 minutes.
3) Then, once your pan is heated up, add the chickpeas, pineapple, sweet potato, pineapple, red pepper and hemp hearts. Stir occasionally and let everything incorporate for about 7-10 minutes.
4) Once everything is nicely grilled up, add your spices and drizzle a tad bit of honey or maple syrup. Let it sit for another few minutes.
Once everything is all done, spoon the stirfry on top of a dish of brown rice. It looks sooo pretty.
I hope everyone had a romantic Valentine's Day. Did anyone try the clean lava cakes? Let me know what you thought.
I was one lucky girl and got flowers from Sean and he took me out for dinner. Wowzas! We went to Thandi's uptown Saint John and I got the Atlantic seafood dish with Salmon and Haddock braided together!! Yup! With sweet potato and veggies. I was proud of myself for staying on a clean routine even though we went out for dinner. Do you find it hard to stay on track when you eat out at a restaurant?
Well, the Bachelor is almost on so I think that is it for tonight. Happy Tuesday!! If I disappear for a day it only means that I have become an Aunt agaiN!!! Yes, my brother and sister in law are very close to having their second child... this time it is ganna be a boy! I'm so happy.
OH one more thing... I am attending a workshop Tuesday night (Feb 15th) at Naturally For Life called "How to Cut Through the Maze of Natural Health." It sounds very interesting... for those of your who are interested in attending, you can contact Terri Ann at 848-0044 to see if there are any tickets left ($10). I love learning new things about natural health so I will be sure to share my new learnings with you guys tomorrow!
Have a great day!
Lots of love <3
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!
I racked my brain trying to think of the best recipe to share with you guys and then it dawned on me... Clean Lava cakes! Yes you heard me right. The photos speak for themselves ;) During the holidays it almost seems unfair because as you see everyone else with boxes of chocolates and other unclean "love" treats, you feel like it is almost impossible not to crack under the pressure. But the point to this whole journey, is trying to enjoy anything but with a clean twist to it.
Now, the important thing with Valentine's Day is just making whatever you do as special as possible! As a girl, I could care less if I got a gift or anything expensive. I just want to know that they put effort into it! Whatever it is! So, I think this recipe is an amazing idea for an girl or guy out there trying to make their love feel extra special. What is the saying... "The way into a man's heart is through his stomach" ;) Well you want him to stick around for awhile and be happy right?! So you may as well fill that stomach with healthy and clean foods.
This recipe originally came from Clean Eating Magazine with only a few tiny modifications.
Clean [Ooooohy Gooooooey] Lava Cakes
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp organic unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup Sucanat (organic brown sugar)
- 3 Tbsp organic unsweetened Applesauce
- 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 free range egg
- 1 free range egg white
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (i use speerville)
- 1 Tbsp ground flax
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Olive oil spray
- Garnish: Strawberry slices, yogurt
1) Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly spray 4 (4 ounce) custard cups with the cooking spray.
2) In a medium bowl, mix the cocoa powder, ground flax and sucanat together and then whisk in the applesauce and oil.
3) In a small bowl, lightly whisk the egg and egg white and then add it to the cocoa mix. Whisk until smooth. Stir in the flour and vanilla until everything is incorporated well.
4) Pour the mixture evenly into the 4 custard cups and place into a cooking sheet. Bake for 9-10 minutes.
5) Centers should be soft but sides should be firm. Turn the cups upside down onto your serving plate, let stand a couple minutes before removing cups. Garnish with yogurt and fruit slices (strawberries or whatever you prefer).
NOW these photos look great BUT I forgot to spray the cups before pouring the batter in so they were a bit sticky. Sorry :( At least it shows how true this blog is and it is all trial and error just like you guys. No professionals here! :)
This clean dessert can be served at the table for dessert, as a snack, or maybe even in the bedroom with a little extra yogurt and strawberries. LOL Whatever you prefer.. just promise me you will make it special :)
My weekend was insanely relaxed but I think I needed it. Since I got my workouts in all 5 days last week I took the weekend off and enjoyed some active rest time. I also did a lot of extra cooking and baking to share with you this week including a homemade loaf of bread. mmmmmmmm
Well guys... I hope you have a very Happy Valentine's Day. Cherish your loved ones close to you and treat them with the love they deserve.
Lots of love!
"Touch is a powerful healing tool; use it lovingly and often." - unknown
This week has been... just another week. It's been busy at work and we got more snow, so I have just been having fun going home at nights and cuddling on the couch. The good thing about working out in the morning is that I can do that without feeling guilty. How have you guys been doing with your workouts? When is the best time you feel it is the most effective for you?
So, let's get started. This hummus recipe is one I have been making for awhile. Actually I make it at least once a week because Sean is now addicted to it :) It is such an amazing snack to partner with fresh cut veggies, crackers or pita/veggie chips.
As I have mentioned before, chickpeas are high in both soluble and insoluble fiber with a low glycaemic index, chickpeas can help you to feel fuller for longer, thereby helping to control appetite and manage weight. They are also an excellent low-fat source of protein. (http://www.suite101.com/content/the-chickpea-a135622) Not everyone is as brave though to eat them straight up like the Roasted Chickpeas we introduced last week. Sooo that's why hummus is so great! I always make regular garlic hummus, but today I have decided to try roasted red pepper hummus...
[Roasted Red Pepper] Hummus
- 1 can of Organic Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1/3 cup of organic Tahini
- 2 gloves of garlic
- 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 3 tbsp Water
- 3 tbsp Lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- Half - a full red pepper, roasted in the oven for 15 minutes
- 1/4 dried Basil
1) Preheat your oven to 350. Placed sliced red pepper onto a sheet with a tiny bit of oil and roast for 15 minutes.
2) In your food processor, put the garlic gloves and oil and pulse until incorporated.
3) Add the chickpeas, tahini, water, lemon juice, sea salt, red pepper and basil. Then blend until smooth consistency. It usually takes 30-60 seconds. (If you wish to just make a regular garlic hummus, DO NOT add the red pepper and basil.)
4) After blended, spoon into your desired dish and serve. Enjoy!
Next week I will show you how to make whole wheat pita chips because who can have hummus without homemade pita chips?! lol
Tonight for supper I really had fun with a Hawaiian style Stir fry that I was VERY happy with. I documented the whole thing so i will definitely be posting that early next week. This is one you are ganna want to try.
Is there any healthy recipe you guys want to see? Let me know. Monday I will be showing you the perfect Valentine's day dessert!! Delicious, beautiful and romantic ;)
Have a happy friday and stay healthy!
Lots of love
Beans. People love them. People hate them.
We all know they are healthy for us and packed full of protein and amazing nutrients. I can't express to you enough how much you should at least try to venture into the "bean world". Come join us. Right now a lot of people are going through the withdrawal from meat since our everyday sources are so questionable. If you have watched movies like Food Inc. you will realize that the meat you buy in the grocery stores aren't exactly up to our standards. There are great companies out there like Farmers Bundle located in Saint John, NB that give us hope! Another way to make sure you get all your daily protein is from beans! Let's give it a try...
 Bean Soup
- 2 cups of 13 bean soup mix, soaked overnight, rinsed. (Bob's red Mill)
- 2 liters of water
- 1 can of organic crushed tomato's, no salt added
- 1 cup of brown wild rice
- 5 organic grown carrots, peeled and chopped
- kale, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 tsbp chili powder
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tbsp hemp hearts
- 2 tbsp ground flax
1) Soak the beans overnight in a bowl of water. In the morning, drain and rinse the beans.
2) In a large pot, bring the 2 liters of water and beans to a boil. Reduce heat.
3) Add all your rice, beautiful vegetables, herbs and spices.
4) Let simmer for 3-3.5 hours, stirring occasionally.
5) Serve warm. It's nice with a dollop of plain yogurt. Enjoy!
This was the dish I made on Sunday for my week of lunches. I don't get tired of eating the same thing every day for lunch so this method works for me. I also save alot of money by making sure I have a lunch packed everyday for my work day. As I have said before, it is very important to pack a day's worth of snacks as well.
As we all know, eating goes hand and hand with exercise to maintain a healthy figure. I wanted to share with you another Bodyrock workout since these are the workouts I follow every day.
Also, I thought I would share with you a video of me announcing the nominees for The Salty's Social Media Awards (Vote Today!). I was asked to do this video about 5 minutes prior to filming and was very nervous.. but ever since I started my healthy clean eating and active lifestyle, I have adopted a new confidence that allows me to just go with whatever comes me way. So.. it was fun! And now i get to share it with you.
Have a great day and stay healthy.
Lots of love
It was Saturday night and we had just gotten home from a day of shopping. Sean and I were both very hungry and we didn't want to wait too long before we could eat. I had been meaning to try a new recipe i found on OhSheGlows so this seemed like the perfect night. It really was quick.. I am famous for quick easy healthy meals.. so believe me when I saw it was easy.
Creamy Avocado Pasta
- 1 medium sized avocado, pitted
- 1/2 lemon juiced. Lemon zest to garnish
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup fresh basil
- 2 tsbp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 servings of whole wheat spaghetti pasta
- 1 package of fresh mushrooms, chopped
- Fresh ground pepper
1) Cook your pasta as per directions. This is a new 100% Organic spaghetti I tried out. I found it at the bulk barn.
2) While the pasta is cooking, start to saute the mushrooms in a small saucepan with a touch of extra virgin olive oil.
3) Meanwhile, make the sauce by putting the garlic, olive oil and lemon juice into a food processor and blend until smooth. Now add in the avocado, basil and salt and process until creamy.
4) When your pasta is done cooking, drain it and put into a large bowl. Add your sautéed mushrooms as well. Then pour the sauce over top and toss until fully incorporated. Garnish with lemon zest and black pepper and serve immediately.
As you can see, the sauce is very GREEN. As I was making it I caught Sean peeking over and giving it a weird look. I ignored it and then called him in for supper a few moments later. He walked in.. slowly. He usually gives everything a try at least once. He. took. the. first. bite. and he was hooked. I don't even think he looked up once and after he cleaned his plate, he glanced up and asked me when I can make it again LOL. Soooo don't judge a book by its color :) These photos do not even do it justice. This is one of my favorite new recipes I've tried. The mix of the lemon, avocado and basil gave it such an amazingly zesty taste! Yum!
*SNACK TIP - While I was cooking, I was very hungry and wanted a quick snack. I recently found these Wasa crackers at the Bulk barn and wanted to share my find with you. They are made with all natural ingredients, nothing scary and the nutritional info is great. For 3 crackers the calories are very low and high in fiber. I had one cracker with some of my homemade roasted maple cinnamon almond butter with it. Great little snack.
*TIP - If you just don't have the time to make your own almond butter, you can buy the all natural variety in the organic aisle at the superstore. BUT it is quite pricey. I think for a small container it is $5.99. Well as we know, Costco does have better deals in some products. This is one of them! You can buy the exact same brand, same everything double the size and it is only $7.99. This is an amazing deal and I just wanted to share this with you :)
Have an amazing day! This week has been going great and so far I have gotten up early every morning for my workouts. I will post the new routines I have been trying soon.
Lots of love!