Month: February 2014

An alternative to juicing

Carrots, Beets, Apple

I’ve been wanting a juicer for a long time. But I have neither the budget nor the counter space to accommodate one. So I continue to pretend it doesn’t matter because I have my blender and make plenty of green smoothies in it.

I realized tonight that as I looked a beet, some carrots and an apple on my counter (3 very popular juicing ingredients), that I could grate them with the grating attachment on my food processor (you can also do it by hand if you have the patience).

Homemade coleslaw is the bomb. And so, so, so much better for you and tastier than the store bought stuff. Make it at least an hour before you want to eat it and all the raw vegetables soften up, sweeten up together and are so yummy. Probably better than a juice!

Food Processor Coleslaw

This is  my favourite coleslaw recipe but feel free to cut out the red cabbage and bump up the beets and carrots.

Coleslaw Recipe

Zoë’s Kitchen – Fajitas

Eating as a family has been studied and proved to increase children’s vocabulary, concentration and behaviour. It’s also a great form of downtime where everybody can enjoy each other’s company and feel connected.

Even though we eat dinner every night together, engaging the kids in their meal can sometimes be a challenge. So building their own food gives even the Zoë’s Kitchen concept a further step forward.

Fajitas are always a favourite with kids. Simple to prep, they do the legwork at the table and keeping them occupied cuts down on the whining that often comes with dinner.

Whether it was the autonomy or the recipe, I don’t know. But I’m not sure I care too much. This dinner was a hit!

Chicken Fajitas

Zoe's Kitchen - Fajitas

4 large tortillas
2 chicken breasts, cut into strips
1 large onion, sliced
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 lime, juiced
1/2 tsp each of: sea salt, cumin, chili pepper
¼ cup chopped cilantro

Toppings
1 avocado, peeled and sliced
2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped
Sliced peppers, red, orange or green
1/2 can black beans dressed with vinaigrette
Mixed greens
Sour cream

Marinade chicken strips in onion, oil, lime juice, spices and cilantro.

In a skillet, sauté chicken and onions until cooked, 5-10 minutes. Warm tortillas in skillet (keep the chicken warm) or in an oven. Prepare toppings in individual bowls.

Fill each tortillas as desired. Roll up and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Simply Recipes Food and Cooking Blog

Wild Fish

I know I’ve been MIA. My intention was to spend some time cleaning up this blog and making it easier to search subjects. Instead, I’ve been researching essential oils as I want to include them in my daily life more. More on that when I have something put together.

In the meantime, I continue to keep my eyes open for new information and I was drawn to this website this morning with information on which wild fish to purchase.

It’s a thorough, easy to use, information source on wild fish. This info has generally been around for ages but the use of smartphones have made it easier to look up the relevant information right in the store. It’s very nice have these sites available to us but not much good when we are standing at the fish counter at Loblaws. Now you can browse the fish, step away – look it up and then make your choice.

http://blueocean.org/seafoods/