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.

Green is Gold!

Hello everyone!

Since spring has officially sprung, it usually symbolizes warmer weather and colorful patterns. My new favorite goodies that spring has been offering is from the earth itself, and what it has to offer. The beautiful wildlife, and the fruits, berries and vegetables that this beautiful country has given us.

Hopefully I didn’t get too poetic out there for everyone 😛

Back to the point, my goal this spring was to get back into healthy eating. I took a slight detour around Valentines day, and Easter lead me down a dark…yet delicious chocolatey path.

My new love is juicing. A really quick way to nourish your body with a lot of vitamins and a plethora of flavor.

Here is my Kale, Grapefruit, Orange, and Cucumber juice blend!

It’s a serious hit of vitamin c after the flu season, and kale offers a boost of calcium and protein.

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Green Gold for sure!

And I wanted to try a new format for my recipes, so here is a cute little video I made explaining the recipe! Let me know if you like it with a thumbs up (if you want) 😛

Hope you enjoy!

~M

 

Unreal Banana Pancakes!

Hello hello hello!

How is everyone on this beautiful Tuesday afternoon?

I am wonderful today, I can tell you that! I started my day off right with a delicious, but also ‘flukey’ breakfast, and I am here to tell you how I achieved that, leaving out the parts that are to do with my lack of preparation and shopping skills 😛

If it wasn’t already apparent, pancakes are my favorite ‘go to’ breakfast when I have a day off, and enough time in her morning to putter and really put a lot of effort into my cooking.

As you can imagine I was off to the races this morning, boyfriend by my side pulling out all the fixings for pancakes that I had promised to make. Things were looking good until I got to the eggs. Or rather, the lack of them. I had zero eggs in my fridge, and a damper on the morning. I was close to giving up on my pancake-y dream when I had a swell idea.

Time to substitute! I remembered something a friend of mine told me about making pancakes just out of banana and a bit of egg. While I obviously didn’t have the egg, I devised a recipe that worked out to be delicious!

  • 1 moderately ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup vanilla or plain yogurt
  • milk (you can add as much or as little, until you get the right consistency)

Other good stuff you can add would be nutmeg, or cinnamon, both go super with bananas.

Mash your banana with a fork very well; you can decide for lumpy bananas or smooth. I decided to mix mine quite well because I wanted it to mimic the texture of an egg.

After you add the yogurt and flour, add in your milk and give it all a good whisk together. These pancakes are more like crepes, considering how flat they are.

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Because the banana and yogurt have a bit of sugar the pancakes will brown a bit more than your regular ol pancakes, but the flavor is still wonderful and they do not taste burnt at all.

To top it off, simply add a mix of your favorite berries in a sauce pan on medium heat to make your own delicious berry toppings!

In addition to the pancakes I had a couple yummy breakfast links because why not 😛

Hope you have a delightful day and thank you for reading! ❤

~M

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

Hello January! :)

Hello lovely people! So happy to be back and writing again on this blog.

As you could probably tell, things got a little nutty over the holidays (as they always do), and this blog has been rather lonely since.

So I am back, and I have a rather fun little post for you! I decided to share a few of my ‘mini resolutions’ with you. Just the fun ones to be honest though, I don’t think anyone cares too much that I’m going to “finally get contact lenses”, or that I am going to “be more active” .

So time to get on with it!

#1. I am going to eat a better breakfast!

Often in the morning it is way too easy to reach for a bagel, or muffin for breakfast. Especially when running late or working quite early like I do.

To kick off this resolution I made myself a really yummy shake today!

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My lovely shake today was comprised of:

·         1 Banana

·         1 cup of shake mix (that honestly does not taste good alone)

·         almond milk

·         peanut butter for protein

·         a bit of cocoa mix to ‘aid’ the flavor of the shake  😛

·         and a handful of yummy pecans for added nutty flavor

I was quite pleased with the flavor and it kept me going well into the afternoon!

My second mini resolution is to moisturize more. My hands, my hair, even my feet! I’ve already started by making the switch between my Lush shampoo bar, that works wonders in the summer, and started using a argan oil of morocco shampoo. I just find I need more moisturizing on my hair in the winter. But the lush bar is amazing for the summer when I need a longer lasting wash.

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And lastly, I want to do more of what I love and am interested in. Which includes writing more on this blog, and not being shy in exploring things I am curious about. I think everyone should be able to enjoy their passions and not have to hide them.

I like to make these “mini resolutions” because I think it is important that everyone is proud of themselves. Not everyone’s goals are going to match up. Some peoples victories are smaller than others. Some are bigger, but it doesn’t mean one is more important. For example, a person who suffers from social anxiety might find a great victory in making them self go through a checkout, while other people find that to be a simple task. Those little victories should be celebrated as well as the big ones.

I just went very deep into that topic suddenly! Sorry for the tangent guys!

Thanks for reading as usual! You’ll be reading more from me I promise!

~M

You can find this particular Lush shampoo bar here 🙂

And the Argan Oil of Morocco shampoo here 😛

Another breaky bowl!

Once again I stared into my fridge with a zombie-like droop to my face early this a.m.  This morning was yet another of those “I’m so hungry, but also too lazy to really cook mornings”. So I whipped together another of my famous “Breaky Bowls”, as I mentioned first here!

I’m pretty much just sharing this because I am a bit of a food nerd and love the way fruit looks haha! 😀

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The holidays have been approaching quicker, and I have been trying to stay healthy before the big splurge.

I chose a delicious blend of Kiwi and mandarin orange, along side whole wheat toast, vanilla Greek yogurt , and topped it all with blueberries and cinnamon!

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Time to dig in! (Sorry if this is a bit boring, I’m just a bit of a food nerd :P)

I am happy to say that that meal kept me going through 3 hours of Christmas shopping! haha!

~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