Energy Balls

Simple and Delicious, my two favourite words when in the kitchen.

Checkout this simple recipe that I have created using various ingredients from different recipes.

The beauty of these energy balls is that you can throw anything into the mix and they will taste great! Go ahead and experiment! 

Ingredients:

-1 cup ot oats

-1/2 cup of coconut

-1/2 cup of crunchy peanut butter

-1/3 cup of chocolate chips

-1/3 cup ofcraisins

-1/3 cup of almonds

-1/3 cup of honey

-1 tbsp of flaxseed

-1 tsp of vanilla

Directions

-Combine all ingredients in the food processor and blend until pieces of ingredients are chopped finely.

-Roll and compress into rounds and place in refrigerator, in an air tight containers.

Enjoy!

  

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Salmon Patties

Last night I bought fresh salmon to make sushi and only ended up using a tiny bit. I am not a big fan of salmon, but I do enjoy a good fishcake. 

With the leftover salmon, I decided to create my own salmon fishcake recipe. Take a look! This recipe made 8 large patties! 🙂

Ingredients:

– 1 fillet of fresh salmon

– 3 tbsp of olive oil

– 6 small potatoes

– 1 egg

– 1 tbsp of Sriracha sauce 

– 1/2 cup of diced fresh parsely and green onion

– 1/2 small onion

– 1 tsp of garlic

– salt and pepper to taste (your preference) 

– lemon zest to taste

– 1/2 cup of flour

Directions:

1 – Cook salmon in 1 tbsp of oil for ten minutes – add salt and pepper to salmon, if you wish

2 – Boil potatoes, peel, then mash

3 – Fry onions and garlic in 1 tbsp of oil

4 – Add all ingredients together with the potatoes (salmon, Sriracha, lemon zest, salt/pepper, parsley/green onion, egg) and mix well

5 – Form into small balls, roll in flour, and then flatten into a patties

6 – Fry in 1 tbsp of oil for 3-4 minutes on each side, on medium heat

Bellow are my pictures of the step-by-step process to making these salmon patties. 

One of the main ingredients, the salmon  

The cooked salmon – It only took about 10 minutes to cook on medium 

 The other main ingredient

 Mashed potatoes 

SautĂ©ed onions and garlic  

All of the ingredients in the bowl, waiting to be lighty mashed 🙂  

All mixed up!

Roll the mixture into balls then roll in flour (will help to keep the mixture together) then flatten into patties  

Place in pan, 4 at a time, and fry for 3-4 minutes on each side  

Almost ready!  

The finished product! 

I have to admit, these were some of the best fishcakes that I have made 

Try out my recipe and let me know what you think!

Enjoy!

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt 

What a beautiful weekend! The sun was shinning, the birds were singing, people were walking with only sweaters on – what a great feeling! Summer is definitely coming, and that means more sun, more birds, more people walking, and… ice cream…ice cream everywhere. 

I am not an ice cream lover, yet, do not get me wrong, I do enjoy a good cone on a hot summer day or an oreo McFlurry once and a while. However, lately, I have been craving ice cream…not the healthiest craving to have.

Due to beach season quickly approaching and my ice cream cravings, I decided to make my own ice cream…well frozen yogurt (the healthier choice). I have searched online for frozen yogurt recipes and there are many, but I have chosen my favorite ingredients from various recipes and came up with my own frozen yogurt recipe. I have made a Strawberry Frozen Yogurt tonight.

Here are the ingredients that I used:

  

– 2 cups of frozen strawberrries

– 1/2 lemon (squeezed juice)

– 1 tbsp of honey

– 1/2 cup of plain greekyogurt 

I simply put all of the ingredients in the food processor and blended until smooth – about 3-5 minutes.

  

Here is the finished product – the fresh-tasting, curb-craving strawberry frozen yogurt:

  

I really enjoyed this frozen yogurt! It was so simple to make and it tastes very healthy. I love knowing exactly what I am eating!

Next time, I will make peach frozen yogurt…maybe even peaunut butter frozen yogurt, mango frozen yogurt…oh, the options are endless! 

Enjoy this recipe!

Holly

Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potato Fries are a new favorite of mine. This is my recipe:

I (Andrew, most of the time) cut up the sweet potatoes (2 medium) into a fry-style shape. I usually cut them on the thinner side because I like them crunchy. 

I place pieces on a pan and drizzle 1-2 tbsp of olive oil, sprinkle pepper, and a dash of garlic powder.

Place into oven and *bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or so, until soft. Then I will take them out of the oven, move them around and then put back into the oven. However, this time I will put the oven on *broil for 10 minutes or so. 

After ten minutes, I will take them out once more and sprinkle a tad bit of parmesan and sea salt. Finally, I will place back in the oven and will *bake for another 10 minutes.

Here are the steps once again:

– 20 minutes baking the fries

– 10 minutes on broil

– 10 minutes baking the fries

I was not specific with the ingredients because it really is up to you how much/what you want to use.

Not all the fries will be crunchy, but most of them will. I believe that putting the oven on broil and then baking once more does help the fries get that crunch you are looking for.

Enjoy this recipe! If you have not made sweet potato fries before, take a look at my picture….it just might motivate you to make your own healthy fries tonight! 🙂

 

Stuffed Haddock

This morning I took out three haddock fillets that I had frozen a couple of weeks ago, knowing that I wanted to make haddock this evening for supper, BUT, ‘how?’ was the question (and the question I often have when cooking haddock). I usually fry haddock in a pan with a little bit of olive oil, lemon, and dill or I will make fish cakes – I rarely get creative when making haddock. I want that to change!

This morning, I jumped online (my large cookbook) and quickly found a recipe from The Canadian Living website. When I read this recipe it seemed so simple and better yet, I had all of the ingredients. Reading this recipe, I knew that I wanted to add a couple extra ingredients and that I wanted to make a few changes. 

So…

Using this recipe as an inspiration, here is my own rendition on Canadian Living’s Haddock Stuffed with Broccoli and Canadian Cheese Pilaf. Enjoy!

Here is the finished product to start… to get you excited about making this recipe!

  

Ingredients:

– 1 small onion

– 1 cup of kale 

– 1/2 cup of broccoli floret – small pieces

– 9 or so pieces of asparagus 

– 1/2 cup of diced tomato

– 1/2 cup of medium cheddar cheese (40% less fat)

– 1/2 cup of brown rice 

– 4 large haddock fillets

– 1 tbsp of oilive oil

– 1 tsp of minced garlic

– 1 tbsp of fresh parsley 

– 1 tsp of salt, pepper, dill, red pepper flakes

Directions:

1 – Cook rice (follow directions on box)

2 – Steam broccoli and pieces of asparagus 

  

3 – In a large pan, add olive oil. Fry onions and garlic for a few minutes and then add cooked rice and broccoli. *Place steamed asparagus aside.

  

4 – Add kale and diced tomatoes in the mix. Also, add red pepper flakes.

5 – Cook ingredients until the onions and kale are soft. Then add the cheese.

  

  

6 – Place rice mixture in centre of the haddock fillets, add 2-3 asparagus inside as well, then roll up. Place fillets on greased tinfoil (on a baking pan). 

  

*I needed to use toothpicks to keep the haddock together.

7 – Sprinkle salt, pepper, dill, and parsely on top of fish and then bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

VoilĂ ! The finished product.

  

  

This recipe makes four servings and best served with a mixed green salad.

I only had three pieces of fish so I had left over rice mixture, but it will be good to eat tomorrow with a salad. Therefore, in the fridge it goes!

Enjoy this healthy, straightforward, and most importantly, full-flavored recipe.

Holly

Cabbage Rolls

On this snowy night at the end of March (yes, I said snowy night…end of March), I was feeling comfort food (who wouldn’t be), but not the calories that go along with it. 

So…

I decided to make up my own recipe of cabbage rolls using healthier alternatives, such as ground turkey, light soup, and light cheese.

If you enjoy cabbage rolls, I suggest that you try this recipe. It is simple, cheap, tasty, and better yet, healthy. You could even make it more healthier and not add cheese….yeah, probably not. 

VoilĂ , my recipe… and my pictures…my not so professional pictures.

What you will need for the meat mixture:

– 1 package of extra lean ground turkey

– 2 tsp of garlic

– 1 small onion

-1 small red and orange pepper

– 1/2 tsp of pepper

– 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes

– 1/2 tsp of paprika

Chop veggies and then cook with spices and ground turkey

 

  

You will also need:

– 1 cup of brown rice *Next time I will only use 3/4 cup of rice – 1 cup of cooked rice is a little too much

After the rice is cooked, mix with the meat, veggies, and spices

  

– 1 head of cabbage (6 pieces) and boil for a few minutes, until cabbage is soft (but not too soft)

  

For the sauce, this is what I used:

– 2 cans of light Campbells tomato soup

– 1 tbsp of lemon juice

– 1 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce

– 2 tbsp of Ketchup

I combined half of the sauce mixture with the rice and with the ground turkey.

  

Then I placed the meat/rice mix in the cabbage pieces and then formed my rolls. Take a look:

  

  

Once the rolls were made, I poured the rest of the sauce on top of the cabbage rolls. I also added 1 cup of light medium chedar cheese and then baked the rolls at 350 for 30 minutes.

  

Fresh from the oven – my colorie friendly cabbage rolls! 

  

I Just had my first bite…delish! 

Enjoy!

Homemade Granola Bars

Who does not like granola bars? I rarely buy them, but sometimes wish I had them in my cupboard. I wanted to make my own over the March Break, but had no idea what recipe to use. Therefore, I checked out a few recipes online on how to make chewey granolar bars. I have made some bars before (check out the post on Quinoa Granola Bars) and really loved them, but I wanted to try a new recipe. So what I did, I looked up a bunch of recipes and then decided to create my own bars instead, due to the fact that there are thousands of different recipes out there and I could not pick one. Take a look at my pictures/directions on how to make the granola bars.

Start off with the main ingredients:

-1 cup of oats

-1/2 cup of chocolate chips (optional)

-2 cups of mixed trailmix (I used craisins, mango, flax seeds, almonds, sunflower seeds, coconut flakes, etc.) You can use any type of nut/dried fruit.

*I bought all of these ingredients at the Bulk Barn. 

 

-Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.  

-Melt 1/2 cup of honey and 1/3 cup of coconut oil.  *Note: Next time I will be using less honey and less coconut oil. 

-Add 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract. 

-Poor wet ingredients into the dry mixture.  

-I also added 1/4 cup of Peanut Butter into the mix. 

-Mix all ingredients together and then place in a pan (on parchment paper) and then place in fridge for 90 minutes (or until hardened). 

-Fini! Cut bars any way you like! I cut the bars up and then individually packaged in tinfoil and then placed back into the fridge. 

  

Andrew and I did enjoy these bars. We liked how they were chewey (what I wanted), but still had the crunch from the variety of nuts. 

Next time, I will only use oats and nuts, no fruit and chocolate chips. I will also add less honey and less coconut oil. 

Enjoy! Let me know how these turn out for you.