loaded tex mex sweet potato fries

Loaded Tex Mex Sweet Potato Fries

Yesterday I went to the farmers market and the poutine truck was there. They have some pretty impressive renditions on the classic poutine, including donair poutine and buffalo blue cheese poutine, tempting to say the least. But instead we got some gorgeous fresh northern pike and breaded it with shredded coconut, yum. But the craving for poutine, once you have it, doesn't just go away. So today I whipped up a worthy equivalent, minus the gravy, and oh my did it hit the spot. In case you were wondering, loaded implies a bunch of spicy beef cooked with onions and garlic, goat feta and aged raw cheddar cheese,fresh tomatoes, peppers and a big ole pile a guacamole in the middle. These loaded tex mex sweet potato fries are healthy yet satisfying enough to meet any comfort food criteria. This is a filling meal for two, or a nice snack or starter for four. Once you start, its hard to stop, and you are pretty much guaranteed to lick the plate clean. [amd-yrecipe-recipe:16]   ... read more

Coconut Orange Creamsicles

Coconut Orange Creamsicles

These are so lip smacking simple and a zillion times better than those neon coloured chemical bombs filled with who knows what.  I used to love those crack pops, arrrrrgh like my life depended on them. But this of Coconut Orange Creamsicles is waaaaaaaay better and ultimately super easy to make. Especially if you have one of these handy dandy zoku popsicle makers which give you perfectly frozen pops in mere minutes. Yes such a thing exists. Yes they are a bitch to get out of the moulds. But when yo baby is screaming his face off because he's getting four new molars all at the same time, they are a godsend, and momma muscles kick into full swing. I kid you not, my child at two and half of these all in one go and he was SO stupendously happy. And since they have barely any sweetener, just a touch of maple syrup, and are packed with healthy fats from coconut milk and vitamin sunshine from oranges, momma was stoked. No more waiting hours for popsicle heaven to unfold. No more teething death screams. Just pure popsicle bliss ahhhh.     [amd-yrecipe-recipe:15]       ... read more

Raw Raspberry Lemonade Bars

Raw Raspberry Lemonade Bars

Lets be real. Nobody in their right mind is cranking up the oven this time of year. It's just not happening unless you're making pie and have a kiddy pool on the kitchen floor. So the raw raspberry lemonade bars goodness is where it's at and this light as air pillowy cloud of tangy lemon and raspberry on a decadent nutty crust without any added sugar is DA bomb. Top it with some coconut whipped cream and you will be in the land of blissful nummies (it's a real place, I swear). Have you ever thought what it would be like to be psychic? Maybe you are psychic. Please comment if so, I want to know how many psychics are reading my blog. I disgress, my writing challenge postulated the idea and I wrote a little piece on a day in the life of moi, as a psychic. She stepped up into the precociously parked bus only to be bombarded with the inner screams of impatience of it’s inhabitants. A common chord amongst many in the busy city, nothing is ever fast enough. Places to go, people to see, and a massive shortage of time. She was always quick to scan for the ones that held an inner stillness, that didn’t let their feathers ruffle at the mere drop of a pin or tick tock of the ... read more

Summer Harvest Noodle Bowl

Summer Harvest Noodle Bowls

I made these after work one day. I got home dying of heat and starving for a combination of comfort food and healthy raw veggies. My foray into the new Asian market that just opened up didn't last long as my son took to throwing his first public temper tantrum (milestones!). But I did manage to sneak out with some rice noodles and a jar of tamarind. I didn't plan on posting this recipe, but the end result was so beautiful and vibrant and it just oozed with the taste of summer times bounty so I had to share it. The beauty of these Summer Harvest Noodle Bowls is that you can just use whatever fruits and veggies are in season. Every bite is different and the fruitiness of the fresh strawberries goes amazingly well with the umami Thai inspired sunshine sauce. [amd-yrecipe-recipe:11] For the month of August I'm doing this 30 day writing challenge with Andrea Balt and Tyler Greg Knotson called Write Yourself Alive. It's super fun and engaging so far, the whole community is so supportive and encouraging. I thought I would share some of my writing on here too, just for kicks.  Write a letter to the person you thought you would be by now and explain why you're better off where ... read more

Summer Quinoa Salad

Summer Quinoa Salad

I have a quinoa salad for every season. But summer is my favourite, when there's so much abundance all you really need is a simple dressing and whatever local vegetables you have on hand. In my car I only have the radio, I wish this wasn't the case but #firstworldproblem. Anyhow, I don't normally listen to top 40 and I never even had it on the radio until moving back to the city recently. It's weird, popular music isn't necessarily any good for the most part but it is fucking catchy. One song that I can't get out of my head, and I don't even know what it's called is, I can't feel my face when I'm with you, but I love it, but I love it. What does this mean? Does anyone know? I love singing it, and its one top 40 song that doesn't immediately make me switch the station, but I really don't get it. Maybe I just need to crank it, nosh some of this super summer quinoa salad and let my imagination dream of numb faced star crossed lovers whacking each other without sensation. My friend Amanda says I'm 3 years behind on everything to do with pop culture. This is pretty accurate. I didn't know who Nicki Minaj was until like, a week ago. I like her new song too, even though ... read more

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Zucchini Taco Shells

Zutacos may just be the next zoodles. Just maybe. Zucchini Taco Shells are delightful and such a tasty way to enjoy summers abundance of zucchini. I cannot take the credit for this marvellous invention at all. Those gardening and food photography geniuses consisting of Todd and Diane invented them, I just made them gluten free. You can pile whatever your favourite taco adornments are, I made some spicy smoked paprika ground pork topped with kimchi and fresh veggies, YUM. This is my first post in a long while. It's not that I haven't been cooking up a storm and enjoying the hell out of summers abundance. It's just a matter of taking an extended break to focus on other projects and make sense of life, all that jazz. Not that I've made sense of anything at all, aside from loving food, and the inevitable company it brings.     My sister got me hooked on this useless facts website. A dragon fly has a lifespan of 24 hours. I'm really not sure they are all accurate. There's an entire section devoted to Chuck Norris, I mean reeeeeeeally. 7 Up pop used to contain lithium, too bad it still doesn't, we could call it crazy pop. They say nutritious food costs 10 ... read more

Experiments in cultivating non picky eaters

Experiments in Cultivating a Non-picky Eater with Baby Led Weaning

Experiments in Cultivating a Non-picky Eater Raising a healthy eater who is open to a variety of foods starts with us moms during pregnancy. Depending on what we eat during pregnancy we start to shape our childs palate. "Things like vanilla, carrot, garlic, anise, mint — these are some of the flavors that have been shown to be transmitted to amniotic fluid or mother's milk," says Julie Mennella, who studies taste in infants at the Monell Chemical Senses Center. In fact, Mennella says there isn't a single flavor they have found that doesn't show up in utero. Her work has been published in the journal Pediatrics." Knowing this now, it makes sense that my son has never liked boring purees or flavourless cereals. Those foods certainly weren't something my pregnancy diet primed him for. Instead, he's interested in much of the same things I ate in abundance when pregnant. Fresh berries, intensely flavoured curries, plenty of fatty meats and fermented foods. Of course he hasn't yet tasted those double fudge quinoa brownies that I love so much, but I'm sure once he does he'll love those too. My son is just starting to decide for himself which foods he likes and which he ... read more

Maple Pecan Paleo Protein Cookies

Maple Pecan Paleo Protein Cookies

So I kind of missed my blogs first anniversary. It came and went so quickly, and so much has been happening in my life lately. My baby boy was 1 month old when I started this website, and now he is on the run, stealing dog treats,giving kisses and throwing limp noodle temper tantrums. The last year has been filled with learning experiences, and they continue on stronger than ever. Am I actually supposed to be an adult by now? The longer I'm on this planet, the less I think I know about anything. I sure hope this trend doesn't last forever, though I have a feeling it does. As we get older, those strong resilient egos start to lighten up and if we're lucky we become humbled by this precious human experience. Though I forgot my blogiversary, it certainly doesn't mean that this space, the opportunity to create and share what I love isn't monumentally appreciated. Looking back, it wasn't until a year ago that I even knew anyone could start a website (or even profit of it for that matter). If you know me at all, you know that I don't have a cell phone and I don't own a television. I'm probably the most real deal cave-woman millennial out there. But seriously, I somehow managed to ... read more

bacon and scallion paleo pancakes

Bacon and Scallion Paleo Pancakes

Okay I'll just let the cat right out of the bag...these pancakes were supposed to be waffles. Never buy a waffle iron at a second hand store, there is a reason its there. After one very sticky pile of nothing I thought it would be best to turn them into pancakes which luckily was a massive success. I've never been a huge fan of sweet breakfasts, so savoury pancakes are right up my alley. If you're into cheese, you can throw some aged raw cheddar in these for an extra special treat. I like to smother them in butter with a bit of maple syrup. [amd-yrecipe-recipe:7] ... read more

These Cucumber Mango Gluten Free Ramen Bowls served in a Thai Peanut broth

Cucumber Mango Gluten Free Ramen Bowls

As the fresh prince of bel air would say, my life got flip turned upside down. Sometimes self love is the hardest thing. Especially if you're like me and continually put others first. Even when doing so does them a disservice. Life's a real B sometimes, forcing you to make those tough decisions and question your self worth. My gusto for culinary delights has decreased over the stress of these past weeks, along with my waistline. Again with the self love thing, food often tops the list of things I have tortured myself with in the past. Emotional eating, or its opposite is a reality for so many of us under duress (and who isn't). Inspiration is creeping back in to my life, mostly thanks to Jamie Oliver's cookbooks and food gawker. I'm not worried about macros or calories or paleo right now, my focus is on enjoyment and quality, something that will cheer me up without creating digestive havoc. Enter: gluten free rice ramen noodles. As many of you can surely relate I was obsessed with ramen noodles as a child and ate them raw or cooked day and night. It's slightly terrifying just how many MSG packages I must have consumed along with my favourite comfort food. After reading Dr. ... read more