Spring notes

Just enjoying my last days in Ottawa.

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Going green

As you may know, I am a smoothie lover. Berries, bananas, coconut and all that good stuff. But I have recently decided that green smoothies just might be the way to go. Especially after a long weekend indulging in chocolate and other goodies.

I decided to tread lightly at first, fearing the worst when it came to taste but craving that extra boost of energy. I’m always up for trying something new, but a liquid salad didn’t exactly seem all that appealing.

The first step towards getting to know your green smoothie is by adding spinach to your regular smoothie. I usually add about half a cup, and due to it’s light flavour, you can barely taste the difference. I was perfectly okay with this and have been doing it for a few months now.

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Then I decided it was time to take the plunge. I would go full green for my post work out snack.

Surprisingly enough, it didn’t taste too bad at all. I actually enjoyed it. There are a few tricks to making it a little less bitter and a little more sweet. Here’s what I did.

1. Started with about 1 cup of water in the blender and some fresh lemon juice.

2. Throw in some greens! I used cucumber, red leaf lettuce, spinach, celery, and bok choy. Then blended.

3. After blending this through, I added an apple, some blueberries, 2 cubes of ice, and some chia seeds.

The final step is to enjoy! Of course you can add in a lot more or switch things up.

Other things to try in your green smoothie are bananas, carrots, parsley, cilantro, and kale.

Enjoy!

Easy eats

I love cooking, I really do, but sometimes I just lack the time to put a lot of effort into my meals. Any time I find a way to make something delicious in less time, I get pretty excited.

My latest food obsession combines tuna and avocado, two favourites of mine.

Being pesco-vegetarian, I tend to get most of my protein from legumes. Although I do eat fish, it’s on rare occasion. I could never give up sushi, to be perfectly honest, though.

The other day I had a craving for tuna but wasn’t really feeling the classic tuna and mayo combo. So I switched it up. Instead of mayo, I mashed up my tuna with and avocado, lemon, and some pepper and basil.

Once it’s combined, you can spread onto crackers or make a sandwich. I opted for the sandwich route.

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Hangover breakfast

Something delicious that uses a range of foods from your cupboard! I threw this together by chance, and it was delicious in every way.

It looked a little something like this:

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What to do:

Make two over easy eggs and toast two piece of bread to golden brown.

Slice avacado and chop tomato.

Put all this together and smother salsa on top. The spicier the better. Add cheese it you like (havarti or brie, mmmm)

The final step would be to pour some coffee, open the newspaper and not think about the outside world for approximately 15-20 minutes while basking in the glory of your amazing hangover breakfast. Even if you’re not hungover.

What I do

I find that cooking and baking make me feel better when I’m down. I don’t know why…it just does.

The last few days have been pretty awesome. I bought a bunch of avocados so I’ve been thinking of different things I could do with them. I’ve had them on mini pizzas, in pasta, blended up for some guacamole, and even on sandwiches.

My next avocado project will be a soup! Probably made tomorrow…just in time for a lovely picnic in the park!

The other day I made rice with lemon and almonds. I also put in some parsley and yellow peppers, as well as some ginger.

I’m working on this whole pictures of food thing…it’s actually more difficult than you would think!

I also decided to make my roommates and I a little treat, and one that also happens to be vegan friendly if made with soy milk!

Blueberry and raspberry cobbler…it is a little bit of heaven. I think a peach cobbler will be in order for the next round of deserts.

And as for my avocado fix of the day…

pasta, with pesto, garlic, tomato sauce, yellow peppers, and avocado, obviously. Also, I put a few cubes of brie on top. So good.

Foodies

It’s happening. I am becoming obsessed with cooking and making creations out of what could have been “plain jane”. If I’m not careful, this could totally become a food blog.

All of my creations of the past week have been great, and without failure so far. I am waiting to take a bite of my lunch soon and have it be disgusting…woops!

I guess I should start taking pictures before I feast, because most of the time I find pictures more effective than a description. Also, who wants to read when you can look? I have learned this from my recent museum of nature experience!

Creations of the week include:

a) mandarin dijon chicken with rice. The trick is to add corn starch to the mandarin juice and dijon, it thickens up when heat is added quite nicely. Also, don’t throw the actual mandarins into the frying pan until the last 30 seconds, or else they could get mushy and gross. Ick.

b) honey and oat bread, and cinnamon oat bread. YUM!

c) banana muffins!

d) pesto mini pizzas. I found myself lacking pizza sauce, and with plenty of pesto! cheese, veggies, and maybe some ham if you’re up to it. Also…pineapple!

e) apple and brie grilled sandwich.

f) tuna mixed with arugula and almond dip (PC, new, and amazing, and introduced to me by a co-worker), with slices of apples and pineapple inside a pita! Delish! Chicken would probably do the trick as well!

g) Sandwiches can be great meatless! In fact I find the meatless ones to be the most enjoyable! Although I’m not a vegetarian, I eat very little meat, and I find veggie dishes to be amazing. Today I made a sandwich with the following on it (and grilled of course, because I have a weird obsession with grilled sandwiches): pesto, avocado, tomato, cucumber, red pepper, and brie. I was lacking beets and sprouts which would have made an awesome addition!

h) linguine with broccoli and peppers. Make your own sauce! Because it’s boring to always have the same old tomato sauce. Try sunflower oil with spices like oregano, parsley and pepper. You can also add pesto, which as you can probably see by now is a staple of mine.

I will probably go on some cooking spree tomorrow for my lunch. Hopefully this time I remember to take pictures before mowing down. Hope you try some of my ideas, because you probably will not regret it!