Thursday, 1 December 2016

Apple Cinnamon Whole Wheat Pancakes

Anyone else love breakfast for dinner?  Our family loves it and it's a great quick dinner during a busy weeknight too!  

Fraser has been asking for pancakes since lunch time today so I decided to make a batch of whole wheat pancakes for dinner.  I threw in some chopped apple to spice things up since plain pancakes are a bit boring!  

Here is the recipe I used for our pancakes!  I love having a go to healthy whole wheat pancake recipe base that I can use to add fruit or other tasty things to it to mix things up.  Here is my Basic Whole Wheat Pancake Recipe that you can change up, add any type of fruit or even chocolate chips too!  You can also swap out the apple sauce for banana too!  




Apple Cinnamon Whole Wheat Pancakes

Ingredients

2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 Tbsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp Cinnamon
2 Eggs
1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1 3/4 Cups Almond Milk (or regular milk)
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1/4 Cup Apple Sauce
1 Tsp Pure Vanilla
1 Apple Chopped

Directions

  • Mix together Whole wheat Flour, Baking Powder, Cinnamon and chopped apple. Set Aside
  • In medium mixing bowl, whisk eggs with Almond Milk, Maple Syrup, Olive oil, Apple Sauce and Vanilla.  
  • Add wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir to combine. 
  • Spoon batter onto pan and cook first side until you see bubbles then flip and cook on the other side until golden brown. 

Pictured above is 2 Whole wheat pancakes topped with 1/2 banana, sliced strawberries and homemade peanut butter. 

You can top them with any fruit you have. Yogurt is also delicious on pancakes! 

Monday, 21 November 2016

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Beachbody's Annual Holiday Sale starts today!  First the US deals will roll out this afternoon and then tomorrow the Canadian deals will be available!  Sale items should be available by 12PM PT for both countries and dates so be ready!  Below are images with of some of the items available including the discount percent and sale price for your reference! Just CLICK on the Photo to link you to the sale.  OR you can also use one of the two links below to quickly view the full sales page for each country. 


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Thursday, 17 November 2016

Sesame Sauce




Several years ago I fell in love with the "Japanese village steak sauce" but boy it it expensive to even just get a simple bowl of rice and Steak sauce there now... plus who should really just be having a bowl of rice and sauce anyways!  It's a guilty pleasure for sure to have a bowl if I'm going there for sushi or a special dinner out.  But last night I was seriously craving a hearty bowl with a savory sauce not sweet like teriyaki so I threw together this Sesame Sauce recipe that I found years ago and modified to make it just right! 





We had Chicken with Organic Wild Rice, Broccoli and Carrots topped with Sesame Sauce and man was it GOOD!!

It's certainly not the healthiest choice as it's a high salt high fat sauce but at least all the ingredients are real food, no preservatives or strange ingredients!  And it hits the spot too!!






Sesame Sauce Recipe


Ingredients


¾ cup low sodium Soy Sauce
½ cup Toasted Sesame Seeds 
1 Clove Garlic, large (Minced) 
½ cup Chopped Onion (One small Onion)
1 cup Olive Oil 
1 Egg yolk 
 ½ cup Cream 

Directions


  • Place soy sauce, sesame seeds, onion and garlic in a blender and mix on high for 30 seconds. 
  • Add remaining ingredients and blend until fine. 
  • Pour into small sauce pan and cook until thickened and hot.  
  • Drizzle over top stir-fry, rice or any dish you like. 


Friday, 4 November 2016

Overnight Oats Tutorial



I've posted a few Oatmeal recipes on the blog; from baked oatmeal to oatmeal bowls but I haven't touched on Overnight oats much. I've shared a few recipes on my social media sites (Instagram and facebook) but I've been holding off on a blog post because I really wanted to do a tutorial.  Here's the thing, it took me FOREVER to get on the overnight oats train because somewhere in my mind I assumed that you ate them COLD.... Yuck!  

I don't like eating many cold foods, especially if they are usually hot or were once hot. That's right, I don't like cold pizza!  So cold oatmeal hasn't been on the top of my must try list.  But somewhere along the line I figured out that after they sit in the fridge over night you can warm them up and then top them with delicious toppings!  So I figured I'd give it a try and now I make overnight oats for work almost every night before I go to bed.  

I did a little digging around about how to make over night oats and I found that almost every recipe is different and some don't turn out well at all.  The first couple I made worked beautifully and then a few turned out really runny and the oats didn't really a thicken all the liquid.  But my trial and error can be your asset as I learned how much milk to use based on the type of oats you use!


Below I have provided a very basic over night oats Tutorial for those who want to keep it simple.  I have personally taken to adding additional ingredients the night before including cinnamon and chia seeds as my go to dry ingredients.  My husband likes to have raisins or dried cranberries added into his as well so that's often a staple ingredient in ours.  With adding additional dry ingredients, the almond milk measurements might be slightly off so you will just want to make sure that the almond milk covers the oats but is not "Soupy".  

At the end of the Basic tutorial I will include my go to Overnight oats recipe. 

Basic Over night Oats tutorial 

Ingredients 

Old-Fashioned Oats:
  • ½ cup old-fashioned oats
  • ¾ cup almond milk

Quick-Cooking Oats:
  • ½ quick-cooking oats
  • ¾ cup almond milk

Steel-Cut Oats:
  • ¼ cup steel-cut oats
  • ¾ cup almond milk

Instructions


Old-Fashioned Oats

  1. In a mason Jar with a lid, mix oats with almond milk. Refrigerator overnight.
  1. In the morning, stir the oats, add toppings of your choice or warm up the oats in the microwave before adding toppings.
Quick-Cooking Oats
  1. In a mason Jar with a lid, mix oats with almond milk. Refrigerate overnight.
  1. In the morning, stir the oats, add toppings of your choice or warm up the oats in the microwave before adding toppings.
Steel-Cut Oats
  1. In a microwave safe bowl, mix oats with almond milk. Microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes, keeping an eye on the oats so the milk does not boil over. You may have to stop and stir couple times.
  1. Immediately, transfer the oats to a mason jar with a lid, close it shut, and refrigerate overnight.
  1. In the morning, stir the oats, add toppings of your choice or warm up the oats in the microwave before adding toppings.

Topping Ideas
  1. fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries); brown sugar; coconut chips; almond butter; peanut butter; raisins; almonds; fruit preserves; walnuts; cinnamon; dry fruit; maple syrup; honey


My Go to Overnight Oats Recipe


Dry mixture

1/2 cup Organic Whole Oats
1 Tbsp Chia seeds
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/8 cup pumpkin seeds

Wet Mixture

3/4 cup almond milk (just enough to coat the dry mixture but not too much that it's soupy)
1/2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp homemade peanut butter

Directions

Mix dry ingredients together in a mason jar.  Stir just to mix cinnamon into the mixture so that it doesn't clump together when the wet ingredients are added.

Add in Almond milk, stirring to make sure that it covers dry ingredients without being too soupy.  Is should just be coating all the oats.

Add in maple syrup and vanilla extract and stir to combine.

If you like, add in a table spoon of natural peanut butter and stir just slightly so that it does not full mix into the oats.  You kinda want it chunky through out the mixture.

Refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, warm up the oats in the microwave for 1-2 minutes then stir and enjoy!


Note: If you want to prep these ahead you can add all the dry ingredients into your jars at the beginning of the week and just add in your liquids the night before.  You could also make ahead a few days in advance as the oats will say fresh for 2-3 days in the fridge. 

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