Category Archives: Salad

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!

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Random Creations

Hello! Sorry for the delay on the blog post, I’ve been slowly settling into my new apartment, but luckily we’re finally unpacked and organized. The walls are a little bare, so we’re in the process of getting some pictures and art up! I’m loving every minute of living here. On our first night we sat on our balcony with candles lit all over, sipping on wine, listening to music and overlooking city. I could hardly describe how happy I was in that moment; I was in complete bliss. As I write this post I’m lounging on my balcony sipping on a smoothie. Blue skies and a warm breeze coming off of the water – how could I possibly complain?

On Tuesday, Marika and I went to the beach. It was gorgeous. We lounged out, did some reading for school, did some napping and just enjoyed the fabulous weather. For those of you who are in Vancouver, are you as relieved as me to see that summer has finally come? It’s about time – it took long enough!

I’ve also been doing a bit of cooking since we’ve moved. I think Marika has been very happy about it as well. On Sunday I made us brunch. I made a delicious omelette packed with veggies. It was the perfect fuel for the unpacking and cleaning we were doing that afternoon. I have also made us a few dinners, a salad to bring to school with us and some smoothies for breakfast. I think I’m a pretty awesome roommate (I hope so anyway)! What do you think you would find in the cupboard and refrigerator of two holistic nutrition students? We had a great laugh of all of our random health products, superfoods, and veggies. I love it!

As a busy working girl and student, I often try and prepare something quick and easy for some meals. I love cooking and enjoy spending time in the kitchen, but sometimes I need some down time to do other things I enjoy. Last night I made a “what’s in your fridge” salad for dinner. It was a little lacking in the colour, but tasted great. It had a lot of green veggies in it, which is very nutritious! I’m going to do some groceries tomorrow, so I’ll have a little more selection for my random creations.

This is what I put in my salad:

Cooked quinoa
Broccoli
Bean sprouts
Green pepper
Alfalfa sprouts
Avocado
Cilantro
Cucumber
Spinach

Sliced apple

Maple balsamic dressing:

1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
Drizzle of maple syrup

Sea salt and pepper to taste

Looking at this, it sounds kind of weird, but I’m telling you it was good! Got to love those nights where you just throw random things together and hope for the best! It’s how you invent new dishes. Anyone have any random recipes to share?

I’m off to school for the day! I hope every one’s week is going great. I plan on trying a new recipe tonight, so check back in the next couple days. Now that we are settled in I’m definitely going to be back on track in the blogging world.

A Few Salad Dressing Recipes

Happy Earth Day and Easter Weekend if you are celebrating! Unfortunately I don’t get much of a break for the holiday as I have to work all weekend. I find it completely unfair, but I suppose I have to pay my bills somehow. Student life is tough sometimes, but it will pay off when I’m done. I can’t even describe how busy I’ve been. I haven’t written a blog post in a week! I’ve also been working all evenings this week too, so I have not been home to make myself a wonderful dinner in a while. Don’t worry; I’ve been bringing healthy snacks and lunches with me. I’ve been eating a lot of salads, quinoa, muffins, overnight oats, smoothies, fresh veggies, fruit and larabars. Larabars have been saving me especially when I’m at the job where I hostess and don’t get a break for a while.

Student life can be hard, especially when making healthier choices. I’m hardly at home and I really have to plan out my days. A year ago when I was a student, I was exhausted and had no energy. Because of my lifestyle and diet changes, I now have a lot more energy and I can handle being this busy. I’m working on a bunch of easy, quick and healthy recipes to share with you for when you are on-the-go. I’m hoping to make it a three part blog post.

Yesterday the girls and I were enjoying our lunches in our favourite coffee shop. We’re always picking at each other’s lunches to see what we made. Being a cook, I’m usually the first one in there trying someone else’s recipe. I had a salad with me yesterday. Renata asked me to send a few of my salad dressing recipes to her, so I figured I would do a post on them as well. Salad dressings are so easy to make and you can add whatever you want to them.

The ratio is usually one part vinegar to three or four parts olive oil. I don’t really measure too much at home, but it’s a general idea of how much you should have of each. When I’m in a rush, I usually just do the good olive oil and lemon juice drizzle over my salads.

Strawberry Balsamic Dressing

1 cup strawberries
1 cup olive oil
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
½ tsp. sea salt
¼ tsp. black pepper

Dried or fresh basil to taste (optional) 

Directions: Blend everything together except the olive oil. Once smooth, start slowly adding the olive oil to the mixture in the blender. Taste, adjust to your preferences and enjoy!

Seasame Tahini Dressing

2 tbsp. tahini
¼ cup olive oil
1-2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. honey
1-2 garlic cloves minced
½ tsp. sesame oil
1 tsp. ground cumin

Salt and pepper to taste 

Directions: Wisk all ingredients together! 

Tahini Avocado Dressing (From Oh She Glows)

Makes ¾ cup

1 small avocado (about 1/2 cup flesh)
1-2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, chopped finely
3 tbsp tahini (or to taste)
2-4 tablespoons water (depending on the thickness desired)
2 tablespoon lemon juice (or to taste)
1/2 tbsp lime juice (if preferred)
3/4 teaspoon cumin, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon coriander

1/4-1/2 tsp kosher salt

Directions: In a food processor (or blender if you think it will work!), process the above ingredients together to make a sauce. I suggest adding the ingredients slowly to taste. You can adapt this recipe to suit your own taste buds! You might like more or less tahini or more EVOO, etc.

Basic Lemon Vinaigrette

1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tbsp. lemon juice
4 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. honey

Salt and pepper to taste 

Directions: Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!

These are just a few of the dressings that have been popular in my kitchen lately. I will be posting much more, especially since the wonderful weather is on its way. Summer salads are my favourite! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!