Category Archives: Gluten-Free

Official Homeowners and Good Buys

Hey everyone! Well, it’s official, Josh and I are homeowners. The closing date was May 30. After many appointments last week and getting more and more bills to pay, it’s finally ours. I can’t believe how much everything costs these days – there’s insurance for everything and it isn’t cheap! Now we’re looking at paint colours and all the different renovations we want to complete. The kitchen is going to be our biggest expense as we are completely redesigning it. It’s an older house, so we’re hoping to fix it up and sell it for more in a few years. I just can’t wait to get started on everything. It feels good to not be paying rent and to be putting our money into an investment.

Today, Shelley (Josh’s mom) and I went to some garage sales and farmer’s markets. I used to tell my mom she was crazy buying used things when I was younger, but you can actually find some pretty cool stuff (well, sometimes). I hadn’t been to the markets here in Prince George yet, so I was excited to see what they have to offer. I have to say, although it’s not even comparable to what they are like in Vancouver, there is still quite a bit.

At the garage sales I bought a set of 6 wine glasses and a set of baking dishes.

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At the farmer’s market I got a gluten-free banana cupcake with peanut butter icing and some raw local honey. I also got a loaf of gluten-free pumpernickel bread. I will be doing some posts on these local vendors in the near future as I think they deserve a mention because their products are delicious! I wanted to get a lot more such as some veggies and local meats, but I couldn’t decide on anything. I’m going to go next Saturday morning.

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Also, this is not completely worth mentioning, but it’s driving me insane. We have an invasion of caterpillars here and it’s absolutely disgusting. The back of the house is covered in them, they are all over the grass, the fence, patio set and anything else in the backyard. I’m scared to go in and out of the house because they keep falling from everywhere. Josh is gone for 12 more days and I have to mow the lawn within the next couple days before it gets too long. I’m going to have to get all geared up in my rubber boots, rain suit, hood, gloves and glasses. I know I might be over exaggerating, but you have no idea how bad they are here. I feel like a prisoner in my own home!

Well, that’s all the news I have for today! Hope you’re enjoying your weekend (free of caterpillars).

Lemon and Herb Quinoa

Happy Monday! I had the whole weekend off, but I haven’t gotten called in yet today, so I just might have a 3-day weekend. Last week I was called in every day, so it’s been nice to get some stuff done in the last few days. Josh’s brother, girlfriend and our niece, Hannah, are coming to visit this week. We’ve been running around trying to get everything organized and clean. I accomplished a lot on the weekend including a bunch of cooking and homework! This morning I’ve already done a lot too. I woke up, had lemon and hot water, then made myself a energy-packed breakfast. I had 3 scrambled eggs and 2 pieces of toast with sliced avocado on top.

On Saturday I got my Mother-in-law to eat quinoa! I think this was my greatest accomplishment of the weekend and the best part is that she liked it. I cooked salmon on a cedar plank on the BBQ and served it with lemon and herb quinoa and sauteed spinach. It turned out absolutely amazing and was packed full of flavour and nutrients! Below is the recipe for the quinoa.

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Lemon and Herb Quinoa

1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 tbsp. olive or coconut oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 shallot, finely diced
2 tbsp. white wine
2 cups vegetable stock (I only had one cup, so I used water for the second one)
4 big slices of lemon zest
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. finely grated lemon zest
1 tbsp. each of chives and parsley (or herb of your choice)
Sea salt and pepper to taste
 
  1. Sweat garlic, shallot and a little salt and pepper in pot with oil on medium heat until cooked (about 2 minutes). Add the quinoa and stir for 2 minutes to toast and coat in mixture . Add the white wine and let cook for a minute.
  2. Add the lemon zest and vegetable stock, then increase the heat until it begins to simmer. Turn the heat down to low and cover. Cook for 15 minutes.
  3. When done, stir in the lemon juice, zest, and herbs. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper.

I’m off to a Rypped class at the YMCA, so hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

Come on Summer

I don’t know about the rest of Canada, but the weather here in Prince George hasn’t been too promising.. Yesterday morning I woke up to blue skies and sunshine. I thought it would have been at least a little warmer outside, but it was still sitting at 0 and didn’t get above 2 degrees all day. I want to be able to go for long walks, runs, wear shorts, sit outside and read and go on picnics. It even snowed last weekend!

Besides complaining about the weather, I’ve been doing a lot of cooking. I also ordered Meghan Telpner’s new book, Undiet. I made the granola recipe found in the book the day I got it. It turned out awesome! I had some last night with some goat’s yogurt. So far this book has been great and very interesting – it’s hard to put it down! I would especially recommend it to anyone that is looking to clean up their diet. Her story about overcoming her diagnosis of Crohn’s is very inspiring and motivating. It shows just how powerful food and a clear mind could be.

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Besides that I’ve made Jamaican Jerked Chicken, which turned out good, but I want to perfect the recipe before I post it. I’ve made Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies and I’ve also been eating a lot of colourful salads!

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If you seen on Instagram, I also baked a cake. It’s a Red Velvet Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing. It was at my boyfriend’s request, and I can tell you that there is nothing healthy about it. However, it turned out great and I happily enjoyed a piece. There is a bakery in Vancouver called Edible Flours that makes the most amazing gluten-free (as well as egg and soy-free) cakes and pastries. They make donuts there that are to die for too!

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I enjoy decorating cakes, what can I say? Well that’s it for today. It’s beautiful again outside, so I’m going to take the dogs out for a walk. I definitely miss the 30+ degree weather in Jamaica!

Homemade Bars and Weekend Fun

Can’t believe the long weekend is over already. I was off work for most of it minus Sunday. I’ve done a lot of visiting and running around, and some relaxing of course.

On Saturday I was in a cooking mood, so I made homemade granola bars. I got the recipe from Oh She Glows. I can’t even tell you how many recipes I end up trying from her site. I made an AMAZING avocado chocolate pudding from her site as well. It’s definitely my go-to site.

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The only thing I did differently in this recipe is that I added 2 tablespoons of hemp and chia seeds. I’ve been bringing them in my lunch!

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You definitely need to try this recipe – OMG. It’s so decadent, delicious and healthy! I’ve made it before, but this recipe OWNS every one I’ve ever tried.

I also did a lot of juicing on the weekend too. One day, I juiced a pineapple and had some of it with coconut milk. It was like a pina colada! It almost felt like I was in Jamaica again.

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I also did some more indulging. It’s been a while since I bought this ice cream. I’m not sure why because it’s delicious!!

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It was a great weekend, and I’m happy to say that Josh is finally home after 2 weeks. I’m one happy lady right now! Oh and before I forget, here is a picture of our niece, Kori, in her Jolly Jumper. I can’t get over how fast she is growing and changing. I can’t wait to see our other 2 nieces Hannah and soon-to-be-born Kylee in May.

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Have a great day!!

What a Good Friday

Happy Good Friday. I’m off today which is nice, although, I was hoping to get called in for the extra pay. It’s absolutely beautiful outside today – Spring is finally here! I’m hoping to go for a walk and enjoy the gorgeous weather.

This weekend I’m house sitting for some family. They have a beautiful house close to downtown and she has everything I could possibly want/need in her kitchen. This morning I woke up and made myself a juice. I have a juicer at home, but it was nice to not have to bring it over here.

Last night I had been looking up some breakfast recipes. I came across a website that had a ton of gluten-free pancake recipes that looked delicious. I decided to make Banana Rice Flour Pancakes. They turned out great. I spread a little bit of coconut oil, with a drizzle of agave and then sprinkled them shredded coconut on top. I got the recipe from this site.

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There is also an espresso machine here. I asked Josh if we could get one when we get home. I told him it would save us money as we get Starbucks every now and then (and you know how expensive that gets). Plus, I don’t drink a lot of dairy and I don’t like drinking soy. So, this morning I made myself and almond milk latte, and I’m enjoying it as I write this post!

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That’s all I have for today as I have to go get ready. I’m going to take our niece, Kori, for a walk. Looking forward to some exercise and quality vitamin D. Hope you have a fantastic day and Good Friday!

Lentil, Mushroom and Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie

Hey! Happy Wednesday! The week is already going by quick. My weekend was very relaxing. I visited family and did some cooking (of course). As I mentioned, it’s sooooo nice to be able to eat healthy and cook my own meals. I don’t regret my decision to change jobs one bit. And, 6 more sleeps until Josh is home already!

I’ve been going to the gym as much as possible. I took Sunday off to relax. I feel myself getting stronger and more toned, so hopefully I will be ready to reach my goal of 10 successful push-ups by March 3rd. This week I’ve been working 7-3, so I’ve been getting up at 5:00 am and going from 5:30-6:30 before work. It gives me energy at work and then I can relax and get other things done afterwards. Today is Day 20 of my 90 day challenge and I’m feeling amazing!

Sunday night I made something new. I’ve seen this recipe before and have been wanting to try it for a while. Lentil, Mushroom and Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie. I found the recipe from this site. Josh’s Mom was a little skeptical about it as it’s not a traditional Shepard’s pie, but to her surprise, it was delicious! She even had seconds. I made mini pies to bring in my lunch too. I even had someone at work ask me for the recipe. This is definitely a recipe I recommend you try.

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Something I found interesting about this recipe is that steel cut oats is one of the ingredients. It helps bind the first layer together and gives it even more nutrients. This recipe is packed with flavour and it’s good for you. The only thing I changed is that I put 2 cloves of garlic instead of one.

Well hope your week is rocking like mine. Definitely looking forward to the long weekend. Please send any of your favourite Easter recipes.

More Snow and Good Eats

Hey guys! How is everyone doing? I guess the weekend has finally arrived for some of you. It hasn’t quite yet for me as I have 6 more days of work to go. It’s still snowing here a little bit every day; I think we have about a foot of snow on the ground. It would be nice if I brought some boots and a winter jacket with me, but it was not this kind of weather when I left Prince George to come here. This picture was taken a few days ago. We probably have at least 4 more inches than what is shown here.

As I promised, I’m going to share with you what I bring to work with me to keep me fueled and healthy. In case you don’t know, I actually work in a Coal Mine close to Chetwynd which is 4 hours north of Prince George. Yes, I know, I’m way up there! That’s why we have a foot of snow right now. After being completely broke in Vancouver trying to pay off loans and finish school, I decided to finish school by distance and make some money. I wanted to not only just pay them off, but I wanted to go travelling, be able to afford to go on awesome adventures and have money to build my blog (which I’m in the process of doing right now and am extremely excited for the changes to come) and start doing what I’m passionate about. It’s hard to start a business with no money! I work 14 days straight and then I have 14 days off. It’s definitely hard being here sometimes, especially when all I want to do is cook and have fun. At the same time, working here is an adventure in itself. After work we go fishing sometimes, and in the winter we go sliding down the big hills or snow shoeing in the mountains. When we had the quad here we were always out on some adventure. You also don’t spend money while you’re here. We might go for lunch or dinner a couple times, but that’s it. So when you get home, you are free to do what you please! Just in the last year we have gone to Edmonton, Calgary twice, Banff twice, Jasper, Vancouver, Kamloops, a big fishing road trip in Prince Rupert, and went home to Ontario where we travelled all over and even made a trip to Montreal. We almost went to Mexico last month, but we had to be a little responsible and save for some bigger better things (like Thailand next year).

So, as I was saying, the food is not very good here. I know I have high expectations, but I want to put delicious, amazing and healthy food into my body, not the high volume, greasy stuff. My favourite snack when I’m on break is full-fat greek organic yogurt, Granola Girl granola (it’s soooo good) and a chia hemp mix made by Nature’s Path. It’s completely satisfying and gives me the boost to get through the rest of the day/night. I always bring up a container of cooked Quinoa to put in my mini fridge. It keeps up to a week, so I usually eat it for breakfast or as a snack.

I always bring a different type of milk with me such as almond or coconut. I love everything with coconut flavour, especially Larabars.

Sometimes I buy a few cans of this soup too. And usually I bring a bunch of avocados with me, but last time I think I ate avocado for 20 days straight. I love them, but I had to give it a little break. It’s also hard eating on night shift. I work from 7pm-7am. By the end of the night I’m a zombie.

I always bring a few of my favourite beverages with me too such as Kombucha and coconut water.

Sometimes these are my guilty pleasure – chips. I found this brand at Save On Foods. They are baked, and have a lot less fat than regular potato chips. I usually only have a handful here and there, but trust me, I could eat the whole bag. I have will power!

Here are a few other items I usually always have with me.

I love tea! I have a whole collection of David’s Tea at home, but I only brought a couple kinds this time. I do drink a bit of coffee when I’m here. We usually buy our own (the coffee is gross here) and use a French press. We even make it at home like this – it’s so good!

These are one of my treats while I am here. A co-worker told me about them, so I had to try them. If you want your chocolate fix, these are them.

For my regular meals, I try and eat as many vegetables as possible, while choosing leaner proteins. I also eat less when I’m working nights as your digestive system slows down – since you should be sleeping! That’s all I have for today. I’ve already been looking up recipes to make in 6 days from now when I get home. Trying to find some awesome squash recipes, so if you have any delicious ones you think I should try, let me know! Hope you have an awesome weekend!