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In Health, Recipe on
August 3, 2017

Cardamom Grilled Peach Recipe

MMMMMMMM Peaches!

Peach season is here! I love peaches, especially when they are fresh right from B.C. I got a big bag of them in my Organic Box BC Best Bag and thought I would make a grilled peach recipe.

The recipe is super simple and so good topped with a cold vanilla ice cream while it’s still warm. Mmmmmmmmm.

Halved and pitted peaches

Ingredients

  • peaches, halved and pits removed
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp cardamom (cinnamon works well if you don’t have cardamom)
  • optional but highly recommended vanilla ice cream.

Grillin peaches

Make it

  1. Heat up the grill to a medium temperature. You can use the bbq, I used the grill I have for my stove top.
  2. Butter the peaches on both sides.
  3. Cook peaches on both sides for about 2-4 minutes. Just to soften the peach a bit and start to caramelize.
  4. Sprinkle the peaches with cardamom and top with ice cream!

Cardamom is a spice that’s slightly sweet and aromatic. It’s a great spice to be used in the summer because it creates a cooling effect on the body. It’s related to ginger and can help with digestion as ginger can. It’s known to help the body eliminate waste through the kidneys.

 

 

As an Organic Box ambassador the BC Best Bag was provided by provided by The Organic Box. Thank you!

You can get $20 off your first order from The Organic Box using the code ORGANICBUNCH20. 

 

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Jen is a yoga teacher, fitness enthusiast and health blogger over at www.BitchinHousewife.com

In Recipe on
July 18, 2017

Life Changing Muffin Tin Meals

By Amanda Cook, C.H.N.

I was introduced to muffin tin meals about a year ago and ever since then, I have become addicted to them. Why? Because they are THE EASIEST meal you will ever assemble in your life. I’m serious. It’s all about filling the cups with uncomplicated and whole food. That’s it.

As a busy mother who is currently trying to balance (funny word, right?) being an entrepreneur as well as a full-time mom, all from home… I need meals fast. However, I also need them to be healthy and nutritious.

Enter: Muffin tin meals

From what I have learned by creating muffin tin meals over the last year, is there is some art to making an inviting and healthy meal, one in which your kids will fall in love. A muffin tin meal should be one of variety and a combination of things you know your kids like as well as foods they haven’t yet tried or don’t know if they like. The food in the muffin cups that your child does like, will get them to the table and get them eating. The other food will be sitting there, staring at them, enticing them to give it a try and take a bite.

Here’s a few other reason’s why muffin tin meals work so well:

  1. It separates food, so if kids don’t like their food touching, then it doesn’t unless they decide it does.
  2. Variety! It makes me think of creative ways to full each cup. I never leave an empty cup, always fill it with something.
  3. Presentation: how fun to eat out of a muffin tray instead of a plate!

Muffin tin meals are huge at my house, mostly at lunch. I personally love them because this it’s about using what’s got in my fridge and pantry, already prepared and just needing to be assembled; tapas style. I mean, who doesn’t love tapas?!

Here are some healthy ideas to throw into your muffin tin meals. Be creative!

Vegetables

  • carrots
  • cucumbers
  • snap peas
  • english peas
  • sweet peppers
  • cauliflower popcorn (cauliflower cut up into small bites)
  • broccoli
  • olives
  • sauerkraut: seriously, try it with your kids if you haven’t yet!
  • salsa (for dipping)

Fruit

  • berries
  • cherries
  • pear slices
  • apple slices
  • dried fruit like apple chips, an apricot or a date

Protein

  • hummus: there are some great store brands or you can make large batches of your own like this one or this one.
  • nitrate free, filler free sausages
  • tuna salad
  • salmon salad
  • egg salad
  • leftover roast chicken
  • nuts or seeds
  • chickpeas, nothing fancy, just rinsed and served.
  • an egg, either scrambled or hard boiled

Grains

  • pre-cook a batch of your favourite grain and then use that throughout the week. Quinoa and brown rice are our favourites.
  • leftover pasta
  • every kind of seed bread

Treats

These ideas are a general guide. Just remember to create a dish that is rich in whole foods because then you’re creating a meal that is really nutrient dense. More nutrients = beautiful childhood and healthy development.

Originally posted on More Life.
Amanda is a holistic nutritionist, a busy mama of two and a self taught home cook who is passionate about healthy eating that is gluten, dairy and sugar free. She is a wiz when it comes to knowing her way around a kitchen and who loves figuring out how to make life easier. Amanda loves sharing how to simplify healthy eating and how to have a balanced diet using clean ingredients, nothing fancy or complicated. Amanda is the author of three e-books, teaches cooking classes, works with clients and teaches workshops, sharing the message of health. Learn/Follow more about Amanda here Facebook,  Instagram,  
In Recipe on
July 6, 2017

Summer Banana Lime Cooling Smoothie

Summer Smoothie Recipe

It ‘s Summer and it’s hot and nobody wants to cook. Or eat heavy for that matter. This simple recipe is easy to modify based off what you have in your fridge (or garden). It’s super refreshing and the foods used have nice cooling qualities on the body to get through the heat!

This recipe is also super kid friendly since it’s a bit on the sweeter side and you can omit the greens to keep it a more kid friendly colour.

I believe in creating recipes that should be pretty simple, so I offer many variations of the same recipe so you can use what you have on hand, rather then needing to make special trips to the grocery store to make a smoothie! Check out below the recipe for great substitution options and tips.

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp of seeds or nut butter
  • 1/2 lime juice
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • handful of greens
  • 1/2 – 1 cup of milk of choice

Blend and enjoy!

Tips and Substitute options:

  • When bananas are starting to brown I peel them and put them in the freezer so I always have bananas on hand for smoothies. Frozen bananas add creaminess to smoothies and make them extra cold.
  • I use hemp hearts in this smoothie but chia seeds, pumpkin seeds or even a tbsp of a nut butter would be a great option.
  • Cardamom is a spice that help reduce that summer time water retention swelling. Can be omitted however if you don’t have it in your home. Fresh ginger might be a good option too.
  • I added some cilantro believe it or not to mine this morning. Just a bit of it, since it has great detoxifying properties. You can add spinach, kale, swiss chard or parsley as good substitutes to boost the nutrients.
  • I used homogenized milk since that’s what we had. Coconut milk would really round out the refreshing flavour on this, but use whatever you have on hand.
  • Make extra and pour into popsicle molds for quick easy treats!

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Jennifer Neilson is the creator and write over at BitchinHousewife.com. She is a yoga teacher, sport nutritional advisor as well as a health and fitness enthusiast.

In Health, Recipe on
May 25, 2017

Spinach Strawberry Summer Salad

Spinach Strawberry Summer Salad

Say that 5 times fast! This spinach salad is light for those hot summer Alberta days, full of nutrition and super yummy. I can even get my kids to eat it. (As long as I remove the onions of course).

Ingredients:

  • 3-5 cups of raw washed spinach
  • 2 cups of strawberries sliced lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds. Any of your favourite nut would work well here. Walnuts would be a good replacement!
  • 1/4 thinly sliced red onion
  • 1-2 tbsp of balsamic vinegrette dressing. I’ve also used Catalina style and it’s worked really well.

Toss everything together and enjoy. I like the crispiness you get when it’s eaten right away, but I also like when it’s sat overnight and the onions have softened a bit and the flavours have had a chance to come together as well. Good leftover possibly for an omelette the next morning? (I’d remove the strawberries however ha ha!)

Health benefits of Spinach:

Did you know spinach is high in vitamins and minerals including iron? Having more then 12 different antioxidants it helps neutralize free radicals and is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Spinach is great for bone health and reducing cancer risk, making your strong like Popeye!

Health benefits of Strawberries:

High in Vitamin C to boost immunity and since they contain their seeds they have a small amount of omega-3 fatty acids to aid in digestion.

Since strawberries are on the Dirty Dozen list of fruits that have high amount of pesticides use, I recommend buying Organic strawberries.

You can try out some organic strawberries at The Organic Box! Use the code ORGANICBUNCH20 to receive $20 off your order of $50 or more.

 

The Bitchin' Housewife

About the Author

Jen is a health, fitness and lifestyle blogger over at www.BitchinHousewife.com. She is a yoga teacher and a fitness and nutrition enthusiast.

 

In Recipe on
May 18, 2017

Super Easy Pineapple Salsa Recipe

Super Easy Pineapple Salsa Recipe

Spring has FINALLY sprung and it’s BBQ and backyard gatherings season! This simple salsa is easy to make and a crowd pleaser! I was in the grocery store the other day and say the pineapple display and just HAD to buy some pineapple!

The VERY first step is picking the right pineapple. So how do you select the right one? Turn it upside down and smell it!  People sometimes stare as I stand there smelling all the pineapples, but I swear by this technique. Flip it over and smell the bottom. If you smell not much i find they are quite ripe enough, making them not as juicy or sweet. Of course always watching out for overripe signs such as a fowl or mold smell. It basically should smell like a pineapple!

Now for the recipe:
  • 2 cups of fresh pineapple cut into cubes
  • 1 cup of fresh cut strawberries
  • 1 tbsp of fresh mint leaves (basil would also be a great version too!)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Mix it all together and enjoy! I find if you leave this one for a little bit or even night the flavours have a chance to come together, making this EVEN BETTER!

Did you also know that pineapples are a great anti-inflamamtory and has lots of vitamin C? Pineapples also contain a high amount of bromelain which can help treat inflamamtory conditions such as arthritis and sport injuries and is a wonderful digestive aid.

The Bitchin' Housewife

About The Author

Jen is a health, fitness and lifestyle blogger over at www.BitchinHousewife.com. She is a yoga teacher and a fitness and nutrition enthusiast.