Fuel For Gold
Lemongrass Turkey Meatballs with Red Curry Coconut SauceThese Asian-inspired meatballs are a nice departure from their Italian cousins. Easy, quick, and super filling, these meatballs are a great make-ahead meal for the week. Just reheat at the end of a long day and add the luscious sauce. Another option would be to make a Bahn Mi sandwich by adding some cucumber, cilantro, basil, mint, shredded carrots, and Sriracha mayonnaise on a crusty baguette.
Toasted Breakfast Bagel SandwichThe classic bacon, egg, and cheese on a bagel gets a classy makeover with this healthy breakfast recipe. Arugula and prosciutto give this morning sandwich tons of depth and bright flavor.
Disappearing Zucchini OrzoInspired by Barbara Kingsolver's book Animal Vegetable Miracle, this recipe is an amazing way to get your kids to eat tons of veggies without even knowing it. It takes less than 20min to prepare and is so tasty you will have to drag yourself away from the table before you eat the whole pot! A great way to use up those fall harvest Zuchini's and leftover chicken
Health Kick BrowniesNo way, a healthy brownie? That actually tastes good? Yup, folks, that's right. Be prepared to be amazed. When I first baked these, I set them out on the counter, chuckling to myself and pondering whether or not they would even be edible. After a quick walk with the dogs, I came back to ONE BROWNIE left. Mike, Julia and Melissa ate them ALL!! So kind of them to leave one for.... the dogs:)
Training Snax- Protein Carrot Cake Balls!I absolutely love these when I am out training. Pop one on your mouth and you are good to go for another few hours! I first tried them when I was at a yoga retreat, and honestly could not get enough of them. For training they have the perfect balance of carbs, protein and fat, plus, the great part is no tummy aches!! The ginger helps you digest them quickly, the all natural ingredients will leave you feeling perfectly satiated and energized.
Quinoa Dark Chocolate CakeIf you are a chocoholic this is your cake! Raw cocoa powder is what foodies call cacao, as chocolate is from the seed of the cacao tree. Cocoa is high in magnesium, which helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function (and thus prevents cramping), keeps our heart rhythms steady, and our bones strong, and supports a healthy immune system. Chocolate contains caffeine, so if you’re eating it at night, go easy!
Chocolate Orange Cheescake- Vegan and Gluten FreeWant an incredible dessert that is sure to please your guests AND-believe it or not- your body, you've got to try this!
Summertime bruschettaPeach season is in full bloom here in Ontario and what better way to celebrate this delicious stone fruit than as the centrepiece of a summerlicious bruschetta recipe. This fancy appetizer consists of crusty baguette slices, spread with a creamy, buttery basil macadamia nut cheese, and topped with a sweet peach salsa. It’s seriously heaven on a plate and perfect to whip up for your next backyard BBQ party. It got rave reviews when I recently served it to a group of omnivore friends—in fact, most of them asked for seconds!
Maple cinnamon multi-seed butterIs it just me, or have flavoured nut butters surpassed the almighty hummus in popularity? Although I would like to think I stay away from most food fads, I suppose this recipe would qualify as trendy. I gave in and made a maple cinnamon almond butter variation a few months ago and I was immediately love struck. There is something so satisfying and wonderful about the combination of almonds, cinnamon and maple syrup.
Yummy in my Tummy Sweet Green SmoothieNot gonna lie, sipping on green smoothies in the morning makes me happy. If you haven't tried this, you may want to start. That bland bowl of cereal you have been eating for the last 25 years will be thrown out the window. Fuel up, and put a smile on your face!So delicious you might forget how good it is for you! Rich in fiber, protein, magnesium, vitamins and leafy green goodness. (I like VEGA), vanilla or chocolate (chocolate will turn this into a brown smoothy, but as appealing to look at but still just as tasty)
Feel Good Hearty Granola BarsThese lightly-sweet granola bars are a great option because they are only sweetened with bananas and sweetened dried fruit. No sugar crashes here! Tips: To wrap these up for freezing, I wrapped the bars individually in parchment paper using 6-inch by 12-inch pieces of parchment. After wrapping up a bar, tie it with string or tape it to secure. Finally, place all of the bars into a freezer-safe zip lock bag, press out all the air, and then seal it shut. I will update this note when I know how long the bars last for, but I expect they will keep for over 1 month in the freezer. 2) These bars aren't super sweet, so if you prefer something sweeter you can always add a touch of sweetener. 3) I also expect these would be great with chopped dark chocolate added in!
Spicy Mexican Black Bean Soup with Avocado CreamThis soup full of surprises. The chipotle paired with the unexpected addition of cocoa makes it taste a little like Mexican mole. I like to pair it with a simple avocado cream,fresh tomato salsa, and some corn tortilla chips. These add a creamy coolness, pop of bright acid, and crunchy texture to the smooth soup. It is heaven in every bite!
Spiced Beet Ginger Soup with Lime Coconut CreamWhat can I say, I love beets. I love all the different ways you can cook with them. One night Mike and I went to our favourite Canmore Restaurant, The Crazy Weed and I was served the most amazing beet and ginger soup. Since then I've been trying to recreate something that is equally as mouth watering. I didn't have much luck until Chef Amy Chaplin saved the day!! Here is a rendition of her delicious soup.
Homeage to the Glory BowlThis is my all time favorite dressing- and meal! A Whitewater Cookbook all time favorite (if you do not own a copy of Whitewater cooks, you MUST get it). I've played around with the ingredients to suit my love of ginger. Make a double quantity of salad, and dress only what you will eat, as I guarantee you will want more the next day!
Lemon Yogurt DressingAdapted from my mom's amazing broccoli salad- this dressing can change shape and flavor depending on the herbs you add, making an tasty, quick dressing for any occasion. Fav combos for added dill: blanched broccoli, toasted sesame seeds, cranberries and parmesan cheese Fav combo for added basil: arugula, cucumber, lots of fresh tomatoes, thinly sliced red onion, sweet snap peas Fav combo for added thyme: tender greens or radicchio, grated raw beet, sliced pear/pomegranate/apple, sliced radish, toasted pumpkin seeds
Raisin-Date Chutney!I first discovered a good chutney this summer when I got my Yoga Instructor's Certification out in Baja. Both my instructor and her daughter (our vegan chef), were excellent cooks. I got my first taste of really good, every day Indian cooking. One thing they served up daily were fresh chutneys. I was HOOKED> Chutneys went on everything served for breakfast and lunch. They help with digestion and give the dish a really powerful flavor. When I returned I even started putting this chutney on my toast- that's how good it was!!
Ginger Raisin ChutneyAnother one of my favorite chutneys from my Yoga course. This chutney is amazing before a meal to increase your "digestive fire" as my instructor so called it, or with a meal. Raw ginger is an amazing cleanser. If you are feeling that your energy is low and you are "off", increasing your intake of fresh ginger will really help detox the body. It goes well with Japanese meals as well, and is a neat and tastier replacement for pickled ginger!
Sweet n' Spicy Peanut SauceWho doesn't like a great peanut sauce?! This creation will not disappoint! Serve as: dipping sauce for home-made vegetable spring rolls or veggies a salad dressing or veggie dip a dipping sauce for any meat/seafood skewer dinner or the classic stir fry/pad thai noodle sauce I love to actually just stir fry a bunch of veggies together for a quick and easy lunch or dinner.
Satayed Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Dipping Sauce and Home-Made RotiOne of my all time favorite dishes to make on the road. Note, there will be absolutely NO leftovers. It is a guaranteed hit
Vietnamese Dipping SauceThai... I really can't get enough of this cuisine! Here is a randition of Thailand's staple dipping sauce I learned from a local chef. It is the base of many of their dishes. It is a great and easy dip for fresh veggies. I love dipping snap peas, carrots and celery in this as a snack. It is also a great sauce for salad wraps, pork, chicken or seafood, as well as a tasty dressing. Try it over a bed of greens and mango/papaya.
Killer Greek Salad and DressingThis recipe is inspired by Canmores Mountain Mercato's AMAZING greek salad. I had the pleasure of learning it from the Chef and owner. The key? GOOD FRESH LOCAL ingredients. Especially the tomatoes! Buy the sweetest, tastiest tomatoes you can find.... as well as the best feta, the freshest olives, sweet peppers, and fresh thyme and basil. If you have all these things, you will have a killer greek salad.
Fennel, Apple and Date Salad with Sweet n' Salty Cinnamon DressingThis was one of my sporadic creations- an accident in the kitchen that turned into a salad to die for!
Dragonboat Rice Bowl with Miso Tofu DressingIf you are unfamiliar with Miso other than in soup form in Japanese restaurants I suggest you get to know it a bit better! Not only does miso give added flavor and gusto to soups, stir fry's and rice bowls, but it's also amazing in salad dressings. The tofu in this dressing makes it really creamy, and is a great alternative to oil. This miso dressing goes well with a variety of salads and grilled veggies. It is featured here with brown basmati rice and crisp vegetables, for a satisfying vegetarian meal.
Mom's Balsamic VinaigretteI attribute my love of good food (and good taste!) to my mom. She is one of the most amazing cooks I know, and I feel so lucky to have learned from her! This Vinaigrette has always been tucked into the side of our (moms) fridge at home, and it is now tucked into the side of mine! And my sisters! Time to tuck it into yours too!
Spiced Pecans, Raisins and Popcorn!These are a definite crowd pleaser- and make great little Christmas gifts! I actually find myself gobbling this little appi up like there is no tomorrow, and even pop downstairs for an midnight snack:) hey, what's better than midnight popcorn!
Roasted beet and Walnut DipThis dip offers mouth watering flavour, brilliant colour, and some great health benefits all in one! Serve with your favorite veggies. The best part is, you don't have to feel guilty! It has only 80 calories per 1/4 cup and offers a great antioxidant boost too!
Not Just Another Dip.YUM. That's all I can say- and others will say too. This little veggie dip also makes a great spread on bagels, toast, sandwiches and also pairs well as a fish topper.
Mango SalsaThis delicious colorful mango salsa can be eaten with chips as an appetizer. Mango salsa also makes a great side or topping for meat, poultry and seafood dishes – especially during the summer for grilled dishes. You can make the mango salsa ahead of time and keep it refrigerated until ready to use.
Salsa VerdeThis salsa made a wonderful creation over poached eggs and grilled bread with green beans and tomatoes...perfect spring brunch or light dinner! An amazing topper and pairing for any burrito, fish taco, chips, or salad.
Thriple Citrus VinaigretteI absolutely love this versatile dressing on any salad. It is best with fresh green produce from a summer garden. It is a great dressing for an all veggie salad, which is always the healthiest choice. Make sure you add in lots of different vibrant coloured veggies to the mix! It is also great on steamed summer green beans.
Lemon Caper Vinaigrette paired with Smoked Salmon and WatercressAn amazingly versatile dressing, this are one of my staple "always in the fridge" dressing, but it is absolutely to die for when you combine it with this salad!
Creamy Walnut/Sherry DressingNothing pairs better with bitter greens such as endive, radicchio or peppery arugula than walnuts and sherry vinegar. Combine greens such as this and top with blue cheese, spiced pear, a bit of finely chopped fresh thyme or rosemary for a finger licking good salad. This salad goes really well with lamb and a good Zinfandel wine!
Black Rice, Kale & Aubergine PilafThis little concoction is from my all time favorite vegetarian cooking blog- Green Kitchen Stories. A must visit!! I was actually congratulated by a chef himself that it was the best salad he had ever tasted. Well, not my creation, unfortunately, but I was happy to give the credit to this lovely young couple and daughter!
Curried Cod on a bed of Coconut Infused Spinach and ChickpeasEasy and Incredible. I repeat incredible! You don't have to use cod if it isn't fresh or on sale. Halibut, whitefish, swordfish (now we are getting pricey) or any thick whitefish will be wonderful.
Dark Chocolate and Ginger trail MixMy favorite trail mix! It is great for camping but also wonderful as a gift With handfuls of rich dark chocolate, dried fruit and toasted nuts, your office mate will feel spoiled by this haute afternoon snack. Give a jar with some hot cocoa mix or a bottle of red wine or port.
Sprouted Mung Beans- the Camping Veggie!I first discovered sprouted mung beans when I was on my Yoga Teacher Training course. We would be given these tasty little things at every meal. They're a great source of protein, and packed with antioxidants and fibre. Other than sprinkling them on every salad, soup and curry we had, my yoga teacher told me she never went camping without them. Bingo! I gave them a try and they passed with flying colors.
The Best Quinoa SaladCanadian living combined with star chef MOM= brilliant meals. Mom added and subtracted a few ingredients eh voila, unsurprisingly produced the best quinoa salad I have yet to come across. She recommended adding figs to the mixture, I actually added fig jam and really loved it. Give it a try!
Japanese Carrot Ginger DressingMany Japanese restaurants in the U.S. serve a salad with either Sesame Dressing or Carrot Ginger Dressing. While sesame dressing is more creamy and mild, this carrot ginger dressing is light and refreshing with a kick of ginger.
Japanese Sesame DressingThis particular dressing is actually my fiance's favorite. I wrote down the recipe so that I can make it again, but usually I keep altering the recipe to see if I can improve it. He likes this particular one because he likes the taste of vinegar in it (so yes, it may be a little sour for some of you).
Artichoke Dip- the healthier versionIf you are anything like me, I cannot seem to keep my hands off of the delicious in store Artichoke Dip that PC sells. I was a little put out, to say the least, when after I had just consumed 1/2 the container and was feeling quite frumpy, I looked at the calorie content. Oh-my-god, I thought, I just ate a days calorie allottment in dip! Well, here is your solution!
Gotta Love that Ciabatta!This is my all time favorite bread. My fiance is Italian so we indulge in this quite frequently. There is nothing better than a stacked sandwhich with this amazingly moist and tasty bread.
Toddler Baking! No Knead BreadThis wonderful bread is a staple among all of my cross-country skiing friends. I first learned it from Brent McMurtry (then boyfriend, skier extraordinaire and amazing cook), who learned it from Dan Roycroft, who taught it to Devon Kershaw, who.... well, you get the picture. I quite enjoy teaching kids to bake this bread on my babysitting adventures. It is so easy and such a great thing to do in an afternoon! This bread delivers. Period.
Spelt Focaccia with Kale, Squash and PecorinoA great bread and healthy alternative to regular focaccia, this spelt focaccia goes well with anything (including becoming your toast for breakfast!). My absolute favorite thing to do though is make a tasty flatbread out of it. Try this for a twist on a healthy pizza!
Prosciutto-wrapped Scallops with Basil Aioli & HoneydewA Whitewater cookbook original- this recipe is slightly adapted to be more of a main than an appetizer. It will be a hit regardless of which way you serve it!
Beef Tenderloin topped with Cambozola&Horseradish Creme Fraiche, with Spicey GreensBeing a full-time athlete it is important to eat healthy, but one of the misconceptions is that eating healthy means eating lower fat, less red meat, cheese, cream, and wine. I would actually beg to differ. Eliminating red meat from an athletes diet will more often than not result in low iron levels, which have a direct effect on performance. I eat red meat at least 2, if not 3 times a week for dinner, but am always careful to choose a lean cut like beef tenderloin as a meal. This is one of my fav's. Easy and delicious, and sure to please unexpected company!
A Pizza Party!!- The DOUGHAlways in search of the best pizza crust. Finally, I think I found it! Thank you Bon Appetit, this one is no fuss and no mess ups!! Perfect, fluffy, puffy and thin in every way
SoBo Smoked Salmon ChowderBy the time I had finally made my way to the SoBo food truck in Tofino, it was a legend. I had heard rave reviews from my friends and food bloggers alike. I had swooned over their cookbook (which I finally ended up buying last week), and I had read about them in papers in Calgary and Vancouver. This has got to be the best chowder I have ever had, and of course, it is from the SoBo cookbook and food truck.
Mom's Easy Finger Lickin Good RibsI had these growing up and have yet to find a recipe as easy and delicious for ribs as hers. A family secret, shhhh!!!
My Favorite GranolaThis granola is crisp, flavourful, and addicting. Have fun mixing up the nuts and seeds. Enjoy it with your favourite milk poured over top for a delicious breakfast. Next time, I might try adding an extra 1 tablespoon of brown rice syrup to help it clump up a bit more as this granola was not as clumpy as I wanted it to be. It will keep for about 1 month refrigerated in an air-tight container.
Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Spinach Enchiladas!I absolutely love mexican. I could eat it every night, but the problem is, if I did eat it every night I would probably struggle to hold a stable weight:) I've been experimenting with vegetarian/vegan twists on mexican cuisine, and I can proudly say that it is totally do-able! Here, I substituted the pulled pork for black beans and sweet potatoes. Instead of 2 cups of cheese dumped on top of them tasty buggers, try the avocado cream sauce. It is pretty darn tasty too, and one heck of a lot healthier!
Training Snax- Hearty Cinnamon Almond PancakesGreat for breakfast, apres ski, and during training. These pancakes are low in sugar and overall carbohydrates while high in protein and fibre- much different than the typical nutrition profile of a normal pancake! And trust me, when you need energy on a long day, they deliver. The almond flour delivers the right ratio of carbs, protein and fat, allowing you to skip a sugar crash midway through the morning.
Training Snax- Date and Honey Rice CakesEver heard of a rice cake? If you are an athlete and you haven't I suggest getting to know this term real quick. Original thought of by Biju Thomas, chef for the Garmin Pro Cycling Team and Author of The Feed Zone Cookbook, these rice cakes are staples of my training days. Stuff them in your drink belt, lunch bag, or jersey and use them for energy during long workouts or recovery after workouts. Some ask, why go to the effort of making your own bars? 1)packaged bars are processed 2) often packaged things give people gut reactions like stomach aches or cramping during races 3)these homemmade bars are clean fuel 4)gluten free 5) lower in sugar When I was in highschool I would constantly be eating nutigrain bars before workouts and I would find myself double over with both hunger from a sugar crash and (embarrassing) gassy from the preservatives and gluten in the bars. These rice cakes have solved all my probelms
Banana Chocolate Chip LoafOne of my favorite treats! This recipe is so simple, but honestly I have yet to find one equally as delicious!
Chef Katie Mitzel's Pipestone Pork TenderloinBackcountry lodges are a mountain lovers haven. Among the most spectacular and well known is Skoki Lodge. Nestled in the Rockies of Banff National Park, Skoki offers not only some of the best backcountry adventure in the world, but also a gourmet meal plan TO DIE FOR. No wonder the Prince William and Princess Kate took their Canadian vacation there! Here is one of Chef Katie's famous recipes she served the Royals: her pipestone pork tenderloin.
Rosemary Infused Leg of LambWhenever I go over to my parents place, they grill up the most spectacular meals. Dad is a huge fan of lamb, and thanks to his pricey tastes, so, now, am I. This is one of my all time favorite recipes for grilled lamb. Foolproof and famous!
Oatmeal! My Favorite BreakfastOne thing I love in the morning is a tasty bowl of oatmeal (with lots of salt:)). I am lucky to be sponsored by the Company Stoked Oats, but there are times I feel like making my own version of oats too. Here are my two favorites inspired by the GreenKitchenStories Blog.
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