Pine Nut and Pea Sprouted Brown Rice

I’ve looked everywhere for sprouted brown rice since I tried it this summer and I finally came across it this week at the Bulk Barn!  I couldn’t wait to make something like this and it is exactly what I was envisioning.  Not only did we love it, but the kids actually sat down and ate like civilized human beings for once.  Score!

We ate this along with salmon and salad for dinner.  If I were making as a stand alone lunch dish I would add a few large handfuls of spinach to the last step and let the heat of the rice wilt it, which is exactly what’s on the lunch menu tomorrow!

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Pine Nut and Pea Sprouted Brown Rice

  • 2 cups sprouted brown rice
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup peas, fresh or frozen
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Cook the sprouted brown rice as per the package directions.

While the rice is cooking, place the pine nuts in a large pot over low to moderate heat and lightly toast them, tossing frequently.  Be sure to keep an eye on them because they can go from lightly browned to black pretty quickly!  Alternatively, you can leave them untoasted.

Empty the pine nuts into a bowl and set aside.

Using the same large pot, cook the onion in the coconut oil over medium heat until translucent.  Add the garlic and peas and cook for 2 more minutes.  Turn off the heat, toss in the pine nuts and set aside.

Once the rice has finished cooking, add it to the onion mixture along with the coconut aminos, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar.  Mix well and serve!

Banana Chocolate Walnut Muffins

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I have finally found the perfect recipe base for muffins!  I am so excited for where my Saturdays are going.  This recipe was first on my list to tackle and I am proud to say that the recipe is finally finished!

If you love walnuts you can add a few handfuls to base of the recipe as well.  I was scared the kids wouldn’t eat them if I loaded the recipe with them but several test batches later and apparently they love walnuts as much as we do.  Though I do measure chocolate chips/chunks generously so maybe that’s why they don’t have a problem with it!

Banana Chocolate Walnut Muffins

Makes 12 muffins

  • 2 overripe bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder (vanilla extract works also)
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup chocolate chunks
  • walnuts for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 F and line a muffin pan with silicon muffin cups.

Mash bananas, and mix in eggs and maple syrup.

Add almond flour, vanilla powder, chia seeds, baking soda, and sea salt.  Mix well.

Warm coconut oil until just melted and mix in.

Lastly, mix in chocolate chunks.

Full muffin cups 3/4 full, and top muffins with walnuts.

Bake for 20-25 minutes (I usually do 23) and let cool in the pan for best results.

Once cooled, gently pull the muffins away from the silicon cups and they will pop out perfectly!

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Peanut Butter Balls

I realize there are about a million peanut butter ball recipes out there but I just had to add one more.  I’ve been craving these like mad lately and got hit by some inspiration this morning to add coconut flour as a thickening agent, so here they are!  These are about as healthy as peanut butter balls can possibly get, and they taste so much better than their graham cracker and butter counterpart.  If you can get your hands on some coconut milk powder, it is an amazing addition.

Obviously these are a hit with everyone in the house, and we seem to have a never-ending supply since I keep trying to perfect the recipe.  Most of the recipes I’ve been playing around with lately include protein powder to increase the acceptability of me eating them for breakfast – see notes below. Of course, they also make a great post-workout treat!

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Peanut Butter Balls

  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp coconut flour
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • optional: 2 tbsp coconut milk powder

Chocolate Covering:

  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil

Mix the first 5 (or 6)  ingredients together in a bowl.

Let sit for a few minutes to let the coconut flour absorb thicken the mixture and then form into tablespoon sized balls.

Refrigerate while you melt the chocolate.

Using a double boiler, or a bowl placed over a pot of simmering water, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil, stirring frequently. If the chocolate mixture seems too thick, just add a little more coconut oil to thin it out.

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Roll peanut butter balls in chocolate using a spoon and place on a silpat sheet or any other non-stick paper.  A plate will do!

Store in the refrigerator.

Notes:

  • If you want to increase the protein content of the balls you can add 1/4 cup of protein powder and decrease the almond flour to 1/4 cup.
  • If you want the coconut taste but don’t have coconut milk powder, you can use 1/2 cup peanut butter and 1/2 cup coconut/almond butter by MaraNatha.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sour Cream Kale Chips

I make sure there is a healthy supply of these kale chips in the pantry at all times.  They put packaged sour cream chips to shame in both the health and flavour categories and are the perfect no guilt snack for movie night!

I used to grab a bag of kale chips for $8.99 every time I went to the health food store.  The thing is, they’re actually really easy to make, and your dollar will stretch further.  Here is the catch: a food dehydrator is highly recommended.  We have the Excalibur 9-tray, which runs around $260 CAN – totally worth the price tag.

You can always make them in the oven by using the lowest heat setting, but you’ll have to check and mix often to avoid burning.  Since I pretty much forget everything all the time, I prefer to use the dehydrator rather than end up with burnt kale chips!

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Sour Cream Kale Chips

  • 1 large head of kale
  • 1 1/2 cups cashews
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup diced chives
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Pull kale leaves off of stalk and rip into bite sized pieces.  Wash and dry using a salad spinner, getting as much water off as possible.  Set aside.

Place the rest of the ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth.  Add more water if necessary.

If you don’t have a high speed blender, blend ingredients in a regular blender until as smooth as possible.  Let sit in the blender for 30 minutes and then re-blend until smooth!  This is my “pre-soak the cashews” life hack.

Pour the sour cream mixture onto the kale and mix thoroughly.  Use your hands and get messy to ensure every tiny piece of kale is covered!

Spread kale out onto non-stick dehydrator sheets and dehydrate at 118 F until the top is dry and crisp, about 2-3 hours.  Turn over onto the mesh screen (removing the non-stick sheet) and dehydrate until fully dry.  Store in an air-tight container or devour all at once.  You know you want to.

Chickpea “Tuna” Salad

This mock tuna salad recipe always makes me feel so good because I get to pretend I’m eating a lot of mayonnaise without all the guilt.  Use it to top a salad, use it as a dip, or do what our 21 month old did and eat it with a spoon.  Either way, it’s something that you can feel good about eating! IMG_7774.JPG Chickpea “Tuna” Salad

  • 1 can chick peas, rinsed
  • 1 rib celery, minced
  • 1/4 red onion, minced
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/3 cup cashew mayo
  • 1 tsp celery salt

Pulse chickpeas in a food processor until broken up but not fine.  Mix well with the rest of the ingredients.

What Are You Telling Yourself?

There is a line we’ve been quoting lately from Suits: “Tell yourself whatever you want…as long as you tell it to yourself.”  Such a good show!  All hilarity aside, that line makes me think about our “silent” self talk.  The thing is, there is always someone listening – and that someone is you.  You can focus on what bothers you or you can focus on all of the good things in your life.  You can focus on the trials and tribulations of the past, or you can focus on creating the life of your dreams.   You can focus on the reasons you can’t live the life of your dreams, or you can plow right through the blockages! 

Do people and situations get you down?  People and situations are powerless without your reaction, so don’t give away your power by letting someone or something get under your skin.  Can you see how powerful you are?  Your thoughts are powerful messages to yourself, and you are responsible for how you feel.  How do you want to feel?

Powerful Questions

What are you telling yourself?  Is your mental chatter on the positive side or does it tend to be more negative?  On that note, what do you notice?  Are you constantly judging people and things or are noticing how beautiful our world truly is?  Your thoughts are shaping your reality.  Start paying attention to what floats around in your head!

Cheering myself on: My personal fitness quest

I have an intention to be fitter than I’ve ever been, which means I must take charge of my mental chatter in many, many areas.  What do I tell myself?  For starters, I know that I’m worth it.  I deserve the body of my dreams and I tell myself that I deserve to spend time on something that makes me happy.  No Mommy guilt.  I know that working out will make me happier and more energetic.  Increasing the heart rate increases the amount of oxygen that reaches the cells and working out at a moderate to high intensity will release natural endorphins that makes exercise feel great. 

Since working out makes me happy, I’m always figuring out how I can get my workout in for the day, no matter what the day brings.  If I don’t want to work out, then I know it’s imperative that I work out at the next available opportunity!  I always feel better after.

Today I found myself unable to get to the gym when I wanted so I decided to do some kettlebell swings while the kids played. 96 kettlebell swings, a firetruck repair, a baby down for a nap, 1533 stairs, and 3 Lego Batman car repairs later I finished my hour-long workout.  I did roughly 30 minutes of work, had 30 minutes of rest, burned roughly 525 calories, and managed to give all 3 of my kids attention!  Amazing.

I could have sat on the couch annoyed that I couldn’t go to the gym.  But those actions and emotions wouldn’t make me happy and they certainly won’t get me to my fitness goal.  I’m sure they would have been my modus operandi in the past, but my focus has shifted and I choose to be the best version of myself.  I choose to do things that make me happy.  When that doesn’t seem possible I look for the gratitude in whatever may be hijacking my bliss at that moment.  Trust me, even in the darkest of moments there is gratitude and light to be found, and finding it is definitely worth the effort.  If you’re in a mental rut, the only one who can dig you out of the deep abyss is you.  In these times you must shift your focus.  What you focus on expands, so focus on that which makes you happy.  What you tell yourself is shaping your future; You can either make excuses or you can make plans and follow your bliss.

Strawberry Chia Pudding

This pudding immediately became the household go-to breakfast meal.  It’s more filling than your basic almond milk and chia variety and it’s way more delicious.  It tastes like strawberry shortcake, if strawberry shortcake was healthy and even more tasty.  I currently have 3L of this in the fridge because it gets eaten so fast.  Of course there is a chocolate version coming to the blog in the very near future.  The recipe has finally been perfected and you’re going to LOVE it!

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Strawberry Chia Pudding

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1  1/2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Place all ingredients except the chia seeds in a high speed blender and blend until smooth.  Pour into any container that closes liquid tight, add chia seeds, screw lid on tightly and vigorously shake until mixed.  Alternatively, but less fun is to just stir the chia seeds in with a spoon…

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, shaking occasionally initially so the seeds don’t clump together.  Best results if refrigerated overnight.