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! 🙂

 

Cauliflower Rice

For some, this will be an amazing recipe, for others…not so much. For those who do not think they will like this recipe, I suggest that you have a try, before you make any calls. Take a read below for my honest opinion on this “faux rice” dish.

As I was browsing Pinterest, I came across cauliflower rice and instantly, I thought that it would be a unique and healthy recipe to try – a nice change from rice and quinoa. I knew that this recipe could either go really badly, or really good (like any new recipe, I guess). SO, I searched around for a few recipes to compare and decided to make my OWN cauliflower rice recipe.

How did it turn out, you are probably wondering? WELL, it was…surprisingly, really good! Andrew even liked it! He said it was “awesome!” Yet, he opted for the baked potato instead…

I was actually quite surprised with the consistency, as it was almost the same consistency as rice. It definitely did not have the cauliflower crunch. Also, I found that it barely taste like cauliflower – probably because of the goodness that I added. This is what I used and what I did…

Ingredients:
-1/2 head of cauliflower
-1 tbsp of coconut oil
-1 small onion
-1 tsp of minced garlic
-1/3 fresh cilantro
-1 cup of chopped green,red,orange pepper
-dash of salt and pepper
-1/2 of a lemon (its juice)
-soya sauce (as much as you want)

This is the final product:

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I sautéed the garlic, onion, pepper, cilantro in coconut oil. While that was sautéing, I used the food processor to chop up the cauliflower.

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Once I mixed all of the ingredients together, I let the rice cook, on low, for 15 minutes – until it became soft. Then I added soya sauce, salt/pepper, and fresh lemon juice.

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This rice dish went very well with my perfectly cooked steak and my avocado/mango kale salad.

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Let me know what you think of cauliflower rice! Happy cooking!

Butternut Squash Soup

I love fall. I love the cool breeze, wearing a sweater comfortably, and shopping at the markets!
I have always wanted to make a butternut squash soup and today, I finally did! Check out where I found the recipe at the link below:
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I really enjoyed this recipe. Yet, I did modify it slightly. I added brown sugar and did not add nutmeg. It is very flavourful, warm, and hearty. It taste like fall in a bowl. Instead of using the crockpot, I boiled the squash, apple, onion, and carrot in a pot. Once the vegetables and the apples were cooked, I used the food processor to puree the soup. Once pureed, I poured the soup back in the pot, then added the rest of the ingredients. I let the soup warm up on low for 15 minutes or so. Enjoy!

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On the blog where I found this recipe, they made roasted chickpeas to add as garnish on the soup, which looked amazing, but I could not be bothered. Why don’t you try out the roasted chickpeas and let me know how they taste!

Garlic Hummus

Finally! I used my new Cuisinart Food Processor today, and let me tell you something, it works amazingly – it purrs like a kitten. It is so quiet and it works so very well. I am so happy that I got a food processor for Christmas! Thanks Mom! : )

Today, I made hummus. I checked out a few recipes online and then I combined a few recipes to make this garlic hummus recipe below.

Try it out! Feel free to add more/less. Taste as you go – that is what I did. Enjoy : )

Ingredients:
– 4 tsp of garlic – you may want to add more/less
– 4 tbsp of olive oil
– 3 tbsp lemon juice
– 2 tbsp of tahini
– pinch of salt and pepper and pepper flakes
– For the garnish: a pinch of peprika and parsely.

Directions:
– Put all ingredients in the food processor and mix for 1 minute or so.

Rinse the can of chickpeas.
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Place in food procesor.
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*This is what Tahini looks like.
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Add tahini, garlic, olive oil, pepper, pepper flakes, and lemon juice. Taste! Add more of the ingredients, if need be.
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Begin processing…
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Once put into dish, I topped hummus with a bit of olive oil, peprika, parsely, and pepper flakes.
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Leftover lunch

I had leftover turkey from my vegetable turkey chowder that I made the other day and thought that I would make a sandwich with it, instead, I came up with this little concoction.
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Firstly, I cut up the leftover turkey, diced one celery stick, and a bit of red onion. Secondly, I added low fat mayonaise (add as much or as little as you want), a bit of pepper, and then mixed all of the ingredients together. Thirdly and lastly, I placed the turkey mixture on a few Toppables crackers, then topped it with a bit of agrugula.

VoilĂ , my appetizing, yet resourceful lunch!

Now, I am energized and ready to get back to school work.

Tea Biscuits

On a wintery blizzard kind of day, a nice hearty soup is always the right choice. A tea biscuit, on the side of that soup, is also the right choice that adds a nice warm touch of comfort to your cozy meal.

I found this cozy recipe at 100 Days of real food.

Enjoy this easy tea biscuit recipe! *I did not have whole-wheat flour, so I used the regular kind.
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Finished product : )
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Perfect! Can’t wait to have one of these with my chowder for supper. *The chowder recipe will be on the blog tonight.
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Could not wait…had to have one! They are great with jam too! : )
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