Hello everyone! Today I had a day that was all about me! Yes, I took an entire day to myself. I woke up early this morning even though I decided not to set an alarm. The first thing I did was make myself a delicious drink with my juicer. It was a great wake up!
I relaxed a bit and looked my favourite blogs and then made myself some breakfast. I had no school or work today and it felt great! I was able to take my time and do what I needed to do this morning. I went for a run and it made me feel even more fabulous. I haven’t been able to run for about a week because I hurt my ankles. I’ve been pretty upset about it, but today I had a good run! It was great to get back at it.
Around 12:30, after looking at the clock many times, I finally got my delivery -vegan and gluten free cookies I ordered from BBelles Bakery! Kris Britton (one of the owners of the bakery) delivered them herself! I was so happy to have finally met her. What she has done with her business is amazing and I’m truly inspired by her. She has her blog, I heart wellness; her bakery, BBelles Bakery; and now her new site helping other women start businesses, Skinny Girl Fat Passion. She posts recipes every day and writes inspiring stories. I hope that one day I will be as successful as her. It was so great to meet her in person.
I tried one of the cookies immediately and they were delicious! They were wrapped up all cute with a pink ribbon around the box and a card thanking me for my purchase. People think vegan or gluten-free mean tasteless, but these cookies are far from that – they are AH-mazing!
After indulging in a cookie, I got ready to head to Granville Island Market – one of my favourite places to be. I decided that I was going to get something extra special to make for dinner – after all today was a day for me!
I walked around looking at all the food – desserts, fruits, vegetables, seafood, fresh pasta, etc. I finally decided to get fish. I got one whole local rainbow trout; it was the perfect size for me. I eat vegetarian/vegan most of the week, but I do love fish! I also bought myself a beautiful pink gerbera daisy. It’s gorgeous!
For dinner I had baked trout with brown rice, butternut squash and spinach (it almost turned out like a risotto). I wanted to have asparagus too, but I completely forgot. I also had a few prawns for an appetizer.
Note: This is an update to this post. I would like to apologize to any vegans or vegetarians, or anyone who would not enjoy a whole fish on their plate looking them in the eyes. I never really thought about it as I was looking, but you can cut the head off and serve it that way. I’m a small town girl who grew up fishing, camping and all that outdoor fun. I fillet my own fish and don’t mind getting a little dirty. I will keep everyone else in mind next time!
Brown Rice with Butternut Squash and Spinach (Serves 2)
½ cup brown rice
1 ¼ cup water (or vegetable stock)
¼ cup chopped onion
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 tbsp. coconut oil
1 cup butternut squash, diced
1 large handful of spinach
Splash of apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. cumin
Sea salt and pepper to taste
- In small saucepan, sauté onions and garlic in coconut oil. Once cooked, add brown rice and sauté for a couple minutes.
- Add water (or vegetable stock) and bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer until done.
- Meanwhile, sauté butternut squash in a little coconut oil.
- When almost cooked, add the splash of apple cider vinegar and add spinach.
- Cook until spinach is done. Once the rice is cooked add this mixture to the rice. Season to your preference!
Baked Rainbow Trout
1 whole rainbow trout
6-7 slices of lemon
1-2 cloves of chopped garlic
Any fresh (or dried) herbs such as oregano or thyme
1 tbsp. organic butter
Sea salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Rinse off trout and place on baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.
- Stuff with lemon slices, garlic, butter and herbs. Place a few lemon slices on top as well.
- Bake for about 10-15 minutes (it might take more time depending on the size and how you like it cooked, mine was quite small).
Note: You can wrap the fish in foil paper and bake it in the oven and you can also grill it – it is the best way to have it!
As most of you can see, I like to keep my recipes simple and with little ingredients. Sometimes I tackle a recipe with many ingredients, but as a student on a budget and with limited time, I’ve been choosing more simple (but still delicious) recipes!
I really enjoyed my dinner. I had it with a glass of Borrowing Owl’s Pinot Gris. I took a trip to the Okanagan in the fall and had the opportunity to visit many vineyards. As a result I have a little collection of wine that I save for special occasions.
Today was truly a wonderful day for me. I feel so relaxed and happy. I have to work all weekend, so I needed to have some down time after a busy week. What do you do to relax? I usually end up cooking something or doing something that I have been itching to do for a while!
I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend! Looking forward to sharing more recipes with you!