raw + grain-free “tabbouleh” salad

Hello Monday!

I hope you had a great weekend. Ours was awesome and I had a muchly needed girls night on Saturday. There is nothing quite like enjoying a little vino, good eats and a lot of laughs with your best girlfriends.

However you spent your weekend, I hope you are feeling energized for a fun week ahead!

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Here is a new salad that I mixed up last week, a raw and grain free “tabbouleh”.

Our days here in Canada are coming to an end before we pack up and head back overseas to meet up with the hubs.

You know what that means….project-clean-out-the-fridge is in full force.

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I was craving a salad… sans greens obviously.

Boo.

As I mentioned before I’m not able to eat anything green because it sends Roman into a tailspin. Thankfully, it only took me a few hard days of a lot of crying and discomfort for him to figure it out. Now we are good go but I am finding it so weird avoiding green veggies altogether.

I suppose the “up” side to this is that it’s challenging me as a Holistic Nutritionist to think outside the box and really work at using other vegetables.

So I had a cauliflower and since cauliflower is the new kale…. I landed on this fun salad that resembled tabbouleh, felt oh-so mediterranean and is also incredibly detoxifying and beautifying. Yeah!

Ingredients: 

  • Head of cauliflower
  • Tomatoes {I used some cherry tomatoes from my CSA basket}
  • Fresh parsley {feel free to use some mint too, I didn’t have any on hand}
  • Can of sardines {I buy THESE}
  • EVOO
  • Juice of a lemon
  • Sea salt + black peppers
  • 3 Tbsp hemp seeds
  • Tsp turmeric and/or curry powder
  • Optional: capers and/or olives, sun dried tomatoes {I didn’t have either but that would’ve taken this to the next level!}

Method:

  1. Okay, so I grated the cauliflower because my food processor died on me recently. A food processor would make the process faster and cleaner – but who doesn’t like to get a little down and dirty :) Add the cauliflower to a medium sized bowl.
  2. Chop your tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes and/or olives, sardines and parsley then  add to bowl with cauliflower.
  3. Add hemp seeds and capers {optional} and then season by adding your turmeric/curry powder {I used both}, a good drizzle of EVOO, juice of a lemon, sea salt and black pepper. Combine well and then serve!

This a honestly so fresh and light tasting but super satisfying that makes a great stand alone lunch or dinner or as a tasty side dish for your next summer BBQ.

Have a fabulous day my friend and I hope to see you back here again soon!

 

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peach pops!

Who wants ice cream for breakfast?!?

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Okay, so let me start by saying my daughter thinks that popsicles are ice cream.

When you  make your own “ice cream” at home and jam it full of delicious healthy foods….you can in fact have ice cream for breakfast.

I’m totally in line for mom of the year ;)

Kidding.

Okay so just as with a smoothie, you can have a different flavour every time. This week I made some PEACH POPS and here is how.

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Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups coconut milk {OR another dairy free alternative like almond, hemp, flax or rice milk}
  • 4 peaches
  • Avocado
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey {or maple syrup}
  • Juice of a lemon
  • OPTION: Add a handful of greens! Your babe’s will never know, I promise.

Method: 

  1. Wash and chop your fruits/veggies
  2. Add to a blender, and blend on high for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add to your moulds and place in the freezer.

Who wouldn’t want to eat a rocket ship for breaky?

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Here is why these POPS aka “ice cream” can be the perfect addition to breakfast or a great snack option – it includes vitamins, minerals, fat and protein – all of which are very necessary building blocks for your kids.

They taste yummy and will give them the energy they need for a healthy body and brain.

Here is a basic formula for a great popsicle {and similarly a smoothie} ….

  • Liquid – water/coconut water/dairy free milk
  • Fruits – fresh or frozen and seasonal/local/organic is always best
  • Veg – try to amp up the nutrition punch with some greens, cucumber
  • Fat – avocado, hemp seeds, chia seeds and nut butters are my go to.
  • Protein – while you can use a protein powder, I prefer to use the hemp seeds, chia seeds and nut butters for kids.
  • Natural sweetener – I like using raw honey or maple syrup to sweeten it up a bit
  • Other options: superfoods like goji berries and cacao nibs, yogurt, cinnamon, cacao powder just to name a few

Take a few minutes to try and whip up some homemade POPS that will also be a hit at your next BBQ, summer play date or after dinner treat for the whole family.

If you have a fabulous homemade popsicle recipe please share! 

Have an excellent rest of the week!

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