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-- curried cauliflower bites

Courtenay Henderson

My hubs is working his tail off in Calgary for the next 2 weeks. It's been a solid 4 days and I'm not going to lie, I've already started a countdown for when he returns. Currently we're at 10 more sleeps. While he's away though, I decided to try going vegan. I'm not entirely sure why but partly it's because I can and partly it's because I'm in love with my Oh She Glows cookbook. This recipe however is straight from Chef Coco herself (that's me). I always forget about how easy and delicious these are but I'll be honest, my house smelled like curry for a couple days. #worthit

 

Curried Cauliflower Bites

1 head of Cauliflower

2-3 T Olive Oil

1 1/2 t Curry Powder

1/2 t Tumeric

1 t Cumin

S+P to taste

Preheat your oven to 375F. Break up the cauliflower into sections, I usually do 4 because it's easier to slice that way. Slice each section thinly, making bite sized pieces. The thiner the better, it makes them extra crispy. Parts of the cauliflower will flake off but use them anyway. Add the slices/pieces to a bowl and add all other ingredients. Toss to coat evenly and lay them flat on a baking sheet. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until nice and brown. 

 

These are super tasty and make a really nice snack or side dish. I would also eat them cold, and I may or may not have eaten 3/4 of the cauliflower myself. 

 

Only 2 sleeps till Friday friends, we can do this!

-C

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

We be travelin'

Courtenay Henderson


Happy weekend!

-C




My pastor says: You can tell what people value by where they spend their time and money.

Love that! For us, we save up for trips and like to spend our free time traveling and exploring.

There is just something that I find so fascinating and exciting about other places. Probably because I have a wild imagination and I start dreaming up all sorts of scenarios where I'm from a far off place, and I speak at least 10 languages and take the train with my squad to get fresh veggies from various markets and then visit a million coffee shops where the people all know my name and order. That's clearly just one scene, but it's a good one. And actually... it's not all that different from my normal life (minus the language thing).

My husband and I love to travel- surprise! We usually try to get away once a year, although it's worked out be more like two or three times a year in the short time we've been married. Every year I think, 'This year we probably won't go anywhere' but here we are. We've been really fortunate in that we've been able to see a lot of places together in the past two and a half years. This year, I'm on maternity leave so we planned a few trips and added a spontaneous one to the UK-- thank-you WestJet for your seat sale.

First up: A roadtrip to Southern California.

A road trip with a baby? Are you crazy!? Maybe. Our babe is almost 9 months old and loves to crawl and stand and get into everything. She's an active child. That was probably my main concern with strapping her into a carseat for the better part of 3 days. She wouldn't be able to get her wiggles out and/or she would sleep all day and be up all night which is pretty much my worst nightmare. I need my sleep, like, real bad.

Turns out she was a champ. We did learn a few things on our first long road trip with a baby though. Here are a few things that helped us:

  1. Music: Moms like it. Dads like it. Babies like it! It makes the trip go by quicker, gives it a soundtrack for memories later and I mean, who doesn't like a good old fashioned singalong? I also learned something new about the hubs... He loves Elton John. Who knew?
  2. Scheduled stops: I'm kind of the 'let's just push through-no bathroom breaks-don't drink too much water-go until we run out of gas' type of road tripper. It's been hard for me to change my way of thinking after having a baby, but babies can't go 6 hours with no stops. We stopped every 3-4 hours depending on how the babe was doing. It was good for all of us to get out, stretch our legs, and get some fresh air. The stops weren't super long but it helped to break up the trip and enjoy our little journey, not just the final destination.
  3. Snacks: Road trip food is a big deal! Normally, we gravitate to junk food but the hubs actually requested that I make some healthy food for our trip, "like quinoa or something." I made muffins, trail mix (with M&M's because, vacation) and granola bars. It helped having healthy options ready for our tummies and also for our budget! London also ate rice crackers, which kept her entertained and happy.

Our road trip was not without its bumps (for example: Mom and Dad getting the stomach flu) but overall it was really successful. I would definitely recommend it! Plus the car does magical things for nap times, just sayin.

{January} Garlic Bread Popcorn

Courtenay Henderson

It's no secret that I'm a popcorn addict. I just find that it's the perfect snack and I can make it salty or sweet depending on how I'm feeling. Typically I just like coconut oil and pink sea salt but lately I've been getting creative. 

I've decided to share a popcorn recipe once a month. I have a feeling it'll be a challenge, however I'm really excited about all the new combos! 

Which brings us to this month's flavour: Garlic Bread. I have no idea why this didn't come to me sooner. Who doesn't like garlic bread? I mean, come on! I was inspired by a friend who told me she added rosemary to her popcorn and then it just snowballed from there. 

Here's the recipe:

1/2 cup organic kernels

1/2 t +2 T coconut oil

1 clove of garlic (pressed)

1/2 t rosemary (crushed)

1/2 t black pepper

1/2 t pink salt

Add 1/2 teaspoon of coconut into the Whirley Pop with the kernels over medium heat until all the kernels are popped. Add two tablespoons of coconut oil, garlic, rosemary and pepper and melt in the microwave or over low heat in a saucepan. Pour over popped kernels as is or strain it if you don't want garlic pieces in your popcorn. Add the salt* and enjoy!

*I like to add the salt last, so it doesn't melt into the coconut oil but you could add it into the coconut oil mix if you like.

This will make a Courtenay sized bowl... So enough for 2-3 to share.

You are welcome!

-C