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Snack Time Woes

Courtenay Henderson

In the past few weeks I've been trying to be more conscious about what I'm putting in this body of mine. Currently I'm also sustaining a tiny human so I've tried to be mindful of what I eat because, inevitably she'll get some too.

I've developed a little 3 o'clock habit which I affectionately call latte time. It consists of my sweet babe having a nap, and me having a latte and raiding my fridge/freezer for treats.

While I fully believe, and stand behind the statement treat yoself, I think it's time for this lady to reel it in!

I've been looking for good snack options because, let's be real, I'm going to snack. And my dark chocolate freezer stash is getting dangerously low-- I need options! I've found a few winners so far.

I was given the Oh She Glows cookbook for Christmas and it's sort of been decorating my counter since then. But! It has been opened and I've been making all the yummy things.

This Glo bar is not only delicious but is packed with so much goodness to fuel the body and satisfy your sweet tooth. It is a big hit over here! Norrie's even taking them to work, which is crazy because he doesn't even like granola bars.

He's more of a Lucky Charms bar kinda guy and if you don't know what those are, they're pretty much just sugar on processed sugar.

I've made both her versions, but since I'm not vegan I used honey instead of brown rice syrup. They turned out perfectly!

One of my friends was on a juice cleanse last week so I asked if I could have some of the leftover pulp. Lots of fibre in there, and truthfully I felt like it would help me benefit even though I didn't actually participate in the cleanse. I used her leftovers to make Juice Pulp Muffins

These muffins turned out well. I baked them in mini muffin tins and they seemed to cook better. I also added a few extra bananas since I had them hanging out in the freezer. These guys are definitely kid approved and Courtenay approved.

What are your favourite recipes for those hangry moments? I want to set myself up for success because another one of my goals at the moment is to find my abs... I know they're in there somewhere. I'm sure they're hiding at my favourite bakery in Fort Langley, I'll look there tomorrow.

-C

 

{February} Cinnamon Butter Popcorn

Courtenay Henderson

February has gotten away from me! It's a good thing it's a leap year. I needed that extra day-- anyone else?!

I'm constantly feeling like I am super busy and won't be able to accomplish all the things I've signed myself up for and yet so bored I want to poke my own eye out. It's such a weird place to be in. I'm not entirely sure if it's because I'm on mat leave but I can only imagine it will get worse as soon as I add in a job and, and, and...

I can barely keep up with one new popcorn recipe a month. But I mean, who is pressuring me to make them up? No one really, except me. Classic over achiever over here! 

"And these are my confessions..." Thanks for that one Usher.

I've been thinking about this recipe all month, and I've made it several times BUT tonight was by far the best and I wrote down all my measurements (which doesn't happen that often).

So here you have it, just in time for The Bachelor because we know that snacks and girl talk are what makes watching it so much better.

Cinnamon Butter Popcorn

3/4 popcorn kernels

1 T coconut oil

1 T + 1/2 t brown/raw sugar

2 T butter

1/2 t cinnamon

Place the popcorn, 1 tablespoon coconut oil and 1 tablespoon sugar into the whirley pop and heat on medium high until all kernels are popped. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter and mix in 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon sugar. Drizzle over popcorn and enjoy! 

* You don't really need the drizzle but I mean, butter. Sometimes I've just left the drizzle off and added a little salt onto the popped popcorn-- delish!

-C

Asian lettuce wraps

Courtenay Henderson

This recipe just came to me as I glared at the ground turkey I had pulled out of the freezer earlier. I love cramming as many vegetables as possible into whatever I make, and this recipe has SO many! It would be a great one to bring to a potluck and it's perfect for leftovers. We ate this one night in a bowl with a little green onion on top and then another night in some butter lettuce. Delish!

My friends always bug me about not making things with any sauces. I think sauces are fun sometimes, but for the most part I am a sauce-less wonder. Although, after these little guys become wraps a dip might be nice. I'll leave it up to you.

One other comment! Almost every recipe I find has 1-2 cloves of garlic for the whole recipe. Let's be real, you need at least 6. Gimme all that garlic breath. 

Asian Lettuce Wraps (30 min)

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 c uncooked quinoa
  • 3 c water
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 5-7 cloves of garlic
  • 2 inch piece of ginger (grated)
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 20 baby (2 regular) carrots
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 2 T tamari or soy sauce*
  • Pepper and chili flakes to taste
  • Butter lettuce 

Add the water and quinoa to a pot, bring it to a boil, reduce heat to low and cover. It will continue to cook while you're working on the rest. Brown the turkey in a tablespoon of coconut oil, drain and set aside. Add onion and celery to the turkey pan and saute until translucent (3-4 min). Use a garlic press or a grater and add in the garlic, grated ginger and the rest of the veggies. Season with pepper and chill flakes. Add the turkey and cooked quinoa to the veggies. Warm all the friends up together and add your tamari (or soy sauce). Spoon a few tablespoons of the mixture into the butter lettuce and enjoy!

*Tamari is similar to soy sauce, it's made with less or no wheat, is thicker than soy sauce and less salty. The one I use is gluten-free but you'll need to check the label to be sure.

Done and done! If you don't feel like making wraps, I would double the quinoa. Dinner for tonight and lunch for the week! Super healthy, full of flavour and speedy enough to make while you're steering your baby away from the dog's dish... Just me? Ok then.

-C