My Favourite Healthy Meal: Tuna Poke

Oh my gosh do I have a good one for you. Just the thought of this recipe makes my mouth water 🤤

This recipe combines all of my favourite things: fresh fruit and veg, seafood and so many sauces to top them off.

The best thing about this recipe is you can mix and match with so many different veggies and toppings it will always be delicious.

When I make Tuna Poke I always make enough for two because it is one of my boyfriends absolute favourite meals. I’ve been perfecting it for a while and I think I get a little better every time.

The ingredients are:

250 grams of Ahi Tuna (however much you enjoy really) or about $10 worth.

2 cups of Prepared sushi rice or regular is good too

2 Avocados

2 Mangos

1 cup of bean or pea sprouts

1/2 Cucumber sliced thin

The Marinade for Tuna:

1 Tablespoon of Sesame Oil

1 Teaspoon Wasabi

A pinch of Salt and Pepper

Splash of pickled ginger juice

1 Tablespoon of chopped pickled ginger

And some assorted sauces!!! This is the fun part where you get to make a custom dressing to top your Ahi Tuna.

One of my favourite and most simple sauces is mixing a 2 to 1 ratio of wasabi and mayonnaise. Just so easy and tasty. You can mix it to your taste too if you like a more spicy Mayo, just add more wasabi.

I also use an in store Chipotle Mayo as a topping and then lots of ginger to garnish the side.

With the actual plating of the food you can display it in so many different ways. I use my handy bamboo boards but using a regular bowl and placing all your ingredients on top is just as lovely.

I tend to mix up all the ingredients when I eat it, so the display never lasts very long anyway. 😂

When I first had a Poke bowl is when I learned that healthy food can taste good, be enjoyable AND be within budget.

While we might not eat it every week it’s still a fairly budget friendly meal. Especially with the amount of takeout that is being ordered right now during this whole Pandemic, it’s been relaxing to make a really nice meal to sit and enjoy at home.

I hope this inspires you to take the time to make your own meal and sit and enjoy! There is something very therapeutic about cooking and then enjoying your own food.

Sunday Apple Festival

Hello lovely people!

This weekend was the Apple Festival in my quiet little town. Not only was this a special occasion because my Aunty is up visiting from the states, but it is the first time I truly felt immersed in the magic of the Autumn season this year.

It was a cloudy day, and rather grey as the clouds threatened to rain, but it held off for the time that we ventured out. My Mum, Aunty and I, all bundled up and hopped in the car excited for our little tourist time in our own town.

We were delighted to see just how many people from our little community were out and about, enjoying everything from caramel apples, to the delightful apple butter being turned over a hot coal fire. Many onlookers stood around in hope of catching a whiff of the tangy sweet scent. Others stood by, merely looking for good stoop to warm their hands.

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After following our noses all over the festival, we decided to have ourselves a little apple tasting. I had no idea just how many kinds of apples exist in the world. And to think the ones we tried are only a small fraction of them!

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Just when we thought this festival was a one trick pony, we were surprised  and delighted all over again. That delightful surprise was pastry!

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I’m not going to lie. This was probably one of the best cinnamon buns I have had in my life. If a delicious buttery cinnamon bun, had made sweet love to a crisp fall apple, this would be their flaky, caramelized love child.

Basically the festival was one big taste test on everything delicious and Autumnal. One of the local stores was there serving up soup samplers for $5, and when you decided the one you like, you got a free cup of your choice soup. I picked the Beet and fennel soup, but it was a hard victory over the Moroccan Chicken.

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Cheers everyone! Hot soup on a chilly day. There’s nothing better!

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It was truly heart warming to walk around and take in the cheer from all the locals. Easily making acquaintances with a nice lady on the beach, kindly snapping a photo of my Aunty and I. I even shared a little cheers moment with another stranger as we both enjoyed our cinnamon buns, saluting each other with our pastries.

The day overall was just a wonderful occasion and so festive. The trees were rich in color despite the dull grey sky, and the cheer of having loved ones close kept us warm and toasty the whole day.

Cheers to everyone who came out and put it together!

~M

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Avocado bread sticks!

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Hello lovely people!

I have found a new love in the form of a super food. Or super vegetable should I say?

As usual I am very late to the bandwagon on this trend. With most things I eventually fall in love with, there is some scepticism in the beginning. Then I totally fall head over heels. Following along with fads is something I convince myself I don’t do, but in the end I realize I’ve been missing out all along.

And that is what brings me to my avocado love and this amazing snack!
The idea what brought to me courtesy of my fellow foody friend at work.

The 3 main ingredients you need are:

⭐Panko bread crumbs (or just crushed up crutons)

⭐Avocado (peeled and sliced)

⭐And a bit of milk for dipping.

The secret to these are all in the spices. The first time around I made these, they were very bland. Just using the bread crumbs did not work out. So I decided to add a little ‘pizazz’ to them. Que the smoked paprika, chipolte cayanne, and Montreal steak seasoning. Bingo! Taste town, population: me. (So corny, I know) but honestly they were just that delectable.

The set up is very simple for these. Dip the avocado in the milk, then the crumbs, and pan fry immediately. I use coconut oil or olive oil to cook with.
The other alternative is to bake in the oven.

On the side I dressed it up with a tequila spiked salsa, but I thought a lovely chipolte mayo would be a wonderful companion for them as well.

I hope this has helped you enjoy another healthy yet indulgent snack! Thanks for reading!
Any comments on posts you like seeing is much appreciated! Appreciate y’all so much!

~M

Go Bananas!

Hello lovely people!

I apologize for my absence from this blog! It feels like forever since my last post. But my excuse is quite good. Since December is just around the corner, and the holiday season has already started for those who work in customer service. Its amazing how quick the decorations fly up, and suddenly the check outs are miles long!

Each day it gets colder and colder. And the more baking and cooking I love to do. One super food that shows up amply is the one and only Banana.

So I come baring gifts! Here I have 3 of my most favorite banana recipes of all time.

#1. Lazy Morning Banana Pancakes :

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Not just a Jack Johnson song! Banana pancakes are one of my favorite foods. No kidding around,  I would love to eat these bad boys for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Unfortunately my hips don’t allow that. So I’ve come up with a healthier (sorta) alternative.

  1. 1 egg
  2. 1/2 cup flour (your choice of white, whole wheat ect.)
  3. 1/4 cup finely ground almond
  4. 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  5. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  6. 1 mashed banana
  7. a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg for flavor
  8. heaping spoon of vanilla Greek yogurt (for texture)
  9. milk (add until correct consistency)

Mix the wet ingredients. Mix the dry together. Add both together. Cook in frying pan medium heat. Boom. Add pumpkin seeds to garnish.

#2. Big Breaky Bowl:

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Okay, so this technically isn’t a real “recipe”, but still deserves the credit of one. This beautiful invention arose when I had many ingredients for a lovely breakfast, but no motivation to cook.

It is made of four basic compartments: A fruit, a protein, a dairy (or non dairy. This is a zero effort recipe so go nuts! or seeds. Hehe) and a complex carbohydrate.

You can do this any way you want. I prefer to mix it all together after I’ve put it together nicely.

#3. Scrumptious Banana Bread:

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If bananas and chocolate got together and made love, this would be the product. A beautiful bundle of joy. Or should I say Bundt of joy? (Okay, I will stop with the baking puns.)

Now all jokes aside, this bread means business. All you need:

  1. 3 over ripe bananas (The more ripe, the more flavor. But not rotten)
  2. 2 cups of flour
  3. 1/4 cup of butter, and 1/4 cup of coconut oil (trying to be healthy here)
  4. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  5. 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts.
  6. 2 eggs
  7. a pinch of salt
  8. chocolate chips (some for in the bread, some for on top, and some for me)
  9. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  10. 1 teaspoon baking powder

First cream together your butter and coconut oil, adding in your sugar. then mix in your banana and beaten eggs. Stir in vanilla extract.

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add wet ingredients to dry. Then stir in walnuts, chocolate chips, add any other goodies you desire.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Voila! 🙂

I hope you all enjoyed this post! Let me know of your favorite banana recipes!

Cheers!

~M