Thursday, November 19, 2015

Adventures in Thai cooking!

Hiya! I dropped the ball on posting this week-oops! Not a heck of a lot has been going on anyway. I managed to catch my first cold, & have been eating the usual suspects (like soup) for the most part. 

Last week, before getting sick thank goodness, Paul and I took our first cooking class! We actually decided to buy a package for two classes, for each others b-days(in December). They were hosted by Roni from Roni's kitchen. She is a vegan/vegetarian chef out of Calgary.
The two classes we choose were the Thai & vegan cheese making. The one last week was the Thai. I wasn't so sure how it was going to be. We arrived at a little (and I do mean VERY little) bakery with very little room to move. There was a long table with cutting boards and aprons at everyone's stations.

Roni started out telling us a bit about herself, and how she got into cooking and then explained what we would be making. 
We all listened as she explained the steps, we washed up and helped prep all the veggies and sauces for each dish, and Roni did the cooking at the front of the room, explaining as she went.
We were served Thai style iced tea (holy yum!), and ended up with a large feast. We sat around the table, chatting and learning a bit about each other, as we ate. I can honestly say I have never sat around a table having dinner with a bunch of strangers, but it was really fun!
After our meal we all helped ourselves, to filling up take home containers, of the leftovers.

We ended up making everything from scratch. The sauces for each dish, and the dishes themselves. Does it ever taste so much better than bottled!!

We learned how to make;

-Thai green curry paste
-Green Curry (this was my favorite of the night!!)

Served over 
-Coconut Brown Rice

-Pad Thai

-Fresh Salad Rolls with the peanut sauce

-Green Papaya salad(Som Tum) 

and Thai iced tea.

It was a great experience and something totally off the radar for Paul and me. He was the only guy there, but he really enjoyed it! I am looking forward to our upcoming cheese class ;)

Have you ever taken a cooking class? 
What is your favorite style of food?

In the new year, I would love to take her Mediterranean and Indian classes too!

I'm off to make the Salad Rolls for lunch now!

Have a great  Thursday friends!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Banana Double Chocolate Muffins

Thought I would share an oldie but goodie today! These are rich and moist and freeze beautifully!

Banana Double Chocolate Muffins

by Natasha Hurst
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 25-27 min
Ingredients (12 muffins)
  • 2 cups flour (I used Robin Hood Tastes like white Nutri blend)
  • 2 Tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tsp baking soda
  • 2 Tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Tsp salt
  • 1/4 Tsp cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 large, very ripe banana's, mashed
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup mini vegan chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350F
In a large bowl whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder, & cinnamon, until blended.
In another bowl mix mashed banana's,vanilla,almond milk, coconut oil, and sugar. Stir until well combined.
Slowly add the wet mixture to the dry, folding in until just mixed. Add chocolate chips. Stir until just mixed.
Pour mixture into foil lined muffin liners in a muffin tin, or a well greased muffin tin.
Fill nearly to the top (3/4).
Bake for 25-27 min or until a toothpick inserted through the center top comes out clean.
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Monday, November 9, 2015

Deluxe Chili Baked Potato

Hiya friends! I worked on fixing up my recipe page to make it more user friendly. I really hope you find it easier to use now! I plan to start sharing a lot of our easy vegan meals and snacks with you all! 
Tonight we had a Deluxe chili baked potato! We make these on a weekly basis as they are healthy, point friendly and come together really quickly! Out of all the meals I have shared, this is probably the one I get asked about the most. 
To save time we often use a can of Amy's chili, but if you make your own chili, even better! You can skip the extra corn, peppers and tomato's if you are tight on time. It is just as good, but the added ingredients give this meal added volume and nutrition.


Deluxe Chili Baked Potato
by Natasha Hurst
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Keywords: entree vegan fall winter
Ingredients (Serves 2-3)
  • 2 large potato's (I prefer white or red skin)
  • 1 398ml of Amy's Chili or 1.5 cups of chili of your choice
  • 1/2 cup of corn, frozen
  • 1/2 cup fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1/2 a Bell Pepper, diced (any color)
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 small avocado, diced
  • 4 Tbsp non-dairy sour cream ( we like Tofutti brand)
  • 1/4 cup green onions, diced
  • 1/2 cup baby tomatoes, diced
  • 2 Tbsp black olives, sliced (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp jalapeno's, finely diced (optional)
Using a medium sized pot, over med/high heat add the Amy's Chili, diced bell pepper, fire roasted tomatoes, and corn. Heat, stirring frequently. Once hot, turn heat to low to simmer, stirring occasionally.
Microwave the potatoes on high for 10 min (or until potato's are soft), making sure to poke them well with a fork first! Flip half way through the cooking time.
While the potatoes are cooking, wash and dice all your toppings.
When the potato is finished cooking slice open or gently mash with your fork until opened.
Place 1 cup of spinach over each potato.
Top each potato with half of the hot chili mix.
Finish topping each potato with sour cream, olives, jalapeno's, tomatoes, green onions and avocado.
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Sunday, November 8, 2015

November Goals & October highlights!

Oh goodness, I suck at this blogging thing! I really want to get back at it, then life gets busy and I put it on the back burner :-(

Well October has come and gone and we are almost into the second week of November already! Eeek! Where has this year gone?! I didn't make all my goals for October but I did some. I had avocado twice only, I did do 2 water aerobics classes, I got 8,000 almost 5 days a week, and I had no alcohol at all!! What can I say? I am trying! ;)  

So, my Happy Herbivore meal plans expire December 1st. I desperately wanted to renew them, even though I do not 100% follow them, but alas I have decided not to for now. Hubby and I are on a tight budget and with the current exchange rate, especially just before Christmas, I just can't afford to. In all honesty I don't really need to do it right away. I have a year's worth of meal plans saved, I have all her cookbooks, so I have access to more than enough recipes for now. I hope to rejoin again next summer if another huge sale on the yearly membership takes place again. I will miss the private FB group the most, but I can't justify the expense just for that, at this time!  

I ended up missing 3 of my weight watchers meetings in a row, and will be missing this Wednesday too because it is closed for the holiday. I was sick for one, I accidentally slept in and missed the second, and I had to work the third.

I have been weighing at home and I am down 1lb. Not enough. It's frustrating me. I have been hitting pretty high step counts, keeping busy 4-5 days of the week. I have been eating well, but it's a slow go. 

I need to improve on my water consumption but I don't think I am going to make my 10lb loss I needed by November 18th to receive my 2 free extra months (although I would only need to lose 6 more by then, so if I keep to eating really clean it is a possibility.) I am keeping my November goals pretty simple:

  1. No alcohol
  2. Drink 2L water everyday!!
  3. Vitamins daily
  4. Track all my meals
  5. No eating out for the rest of the month!
  6. 6 lbs off by Dec.2nd.
Six goals. 22 days.

Let's do this!

Highlights from the past several weeks:

Paul and I spent a couple Saturdays at The Alice Sanctuary, which we loved! The first visit was learning about the farm & meeting the animals and the second we got to visit and do some volunteer work around the farm. 

The farm is home to sheep, horses, cows, pigs, a turkey, ducks, chickens and roosters! I LOVE being there. I feel so calm and grounded. We spent time with Bindy and Beanu the miniature horses, Matilda the sheep was my buddy, & Oliver the pig was Paul's favorite! There is also Ray, Oreo and Hanna the cows. I hope to become a regular visitor and be a regular person the animals come to trust and get to know. It was such a warm experience that made my heart full and ignited my passion for sharing the importance of compassionate living. 

Paul and I did a fundraiser & collected Halloween pumpkins for the animals at The Alice Sanctuary. We had a great response to our request for donations and we ended up with 150 total!! I can't wait to do it again next year!

I finished my First Aid re-certification training for work. Good for another 3 years!

But the highlight of October goes to...

My BFF gave birth to two BEAUTIFUL babies on October 30th...

Meet Evelyn & Benson <3

Nothing gives me baby fever more than this ;-) I cannot wait to meet them!!

Have a great day friends! I will make an honest effort to be back on a weekly bases!
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