Tropical Brown Rice Pudding

Could there be anything more comforting that warm rice pudding? Especially since it’s only -2847596 oc outside today. WHY-IS-IT-SO-COLD?!?! … don’t answer that, I know I live in Canada. I love it. I hate it … not the country, just the cold. I bleed maple syrup … seriously, I’m such a sap ( haha – get it, maple syrup .. sap … I’ll stop!)

Oh, look at this!!

Rich

creamy

cinnamon-clove-y

sweet, but not too sweet

like a warm hug, ready for you any time you are.

Since it’s January and I’ll be throwing chocolate in your face before you know it, – I’ve healthified this recipe.

Sort of.

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I also use coconut water.

Dude, can we talk?! For the longest time, I remember my parents drinking coconut water – ever since I was little. Now, the price has skyrocketed since it’s now the coolest thing on the block to drink. Blah.

My pudding, I want to believe it’s healthier.

It’s healthier – and packs pretty dried fruit jewels and nuts.

And Rum. Note: you can totally use water instead of rum. But if you like rum, use rum. I’m now annoyed with my over use of the word rum – because it reminds me of bum.

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Eat pudding with me please. Another note, to completely annoy the skittles out of your rainbow, as I made this recipe I pranced around my condo singing p-u-ding-ding, makes me want to sing-sing.

Seriously, my husband – he’s the luckiest chap in town.

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Tropical Brown Rice Pudding

1/2 C dried cranberries

¼ cup Malibu rum

2 ½ cups coconut water

1 C short-grain brown rice

¼ Tsp Sea Salt

4 C milk

1/3 C honey

½  tbsp vanilla extract

1 tsp coconut extract

1 tsp ground cinnamon

¼ cup chopped apricots

¼ cup chopped walnuts

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In a small bowl combine dried cranberries and Malibu rum. Set aside and allow to soak.

In a pot, combine coconut water, brown rice and sea salt.  Bring to a boil and then cover and simmer 40 minutes.  You will notice, the rice will slowly begin to absorb all of the coconut water

Remove rice from the heat.  Add the milk, honey,  vanilla, coconut extract and cinnamon to the pot with the rice and stir well.

Bring to a low boil over medium-low heat, stirring often. Cook for 30 minutes.

Remove from heat – add cranberries, apricots and walnuts stir to combine well.

Top with apricots and walnuts and a drizzle of extra honey, for a little extra pizzazz!!

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Happy Friday, Darlings

xox

Open-faced Pineapple Turkey Summer Slider

It’s Monday, and it seems like your socks need to be rocked.

 Drop your glasses, shake your asses

Face screwed up like you having hot flashes

Which one, pick one, this one, classic

 … *gasp* bad words

Also, that song will now be in my head all day … I’ll be strolling down the street , yelling Eve at the top of my lungs.

 That’s some classy stuff right thhhuuurr.

I annoy myself … on the constant. True story. 

I like it when my food looks pretty, I feel like it’s half the battle.

Especially these days, I’m trying to eat healthy and I know that healthy doesn’t have to taste or look like cardboard but sometimes it can get boring. A woman can only drink so many smoothies, and eat so many kale / spinach salads.

 I’m on a new sweet-salty-savory combo kick these days. And pretty – when life fails, get pretty.

 And then I made this pish-posh meal. It looks fancy pants, but is a breeze – that’s the good stuff. Wow your tummy and guest by making it seem like you got all Haute and bothered, when actually you’ve been sipping margaritas with your feet in the pool all day.

 I actually had no intention of writing about this recipe, therefore I have little to no pictures, but then I tasted it.

And it would be wrong ( and probably a little greedy) if I didn’t sprinkle some sum-sum-summaaa time in your life.

Annoyed. I know. Sorry.

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Grilled Pineapple:

Ingredients:

1 Large Pineapple

 Directions:

Slice the pineapple into 1inch rounds – set aside, as you will grill these at the very end.

 

 Sweet Onion Bourbon Jam:

Ingredients:

5 Large onions

1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Tbsp Bourbon Rum

1 Tsp. Sea salt

 Directions:

Finely slice each of the onions – no need to be neat, they will melt down either way.

Over medium heat, add 1 Tbsp Extra virgin Olive Oil.

Add onions to pan and brown for 25 minutes.

Add 1 tbsp. of bourbon, cover and reduce heat to low.

Allow to cook for 40 minutes, mixing occasionally.

 The onions will caramelize and begin to melt down. Add sea salt.

Remove from the heat and set aside for your burger

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Turkey Rye Burger:

Ingredients:

1 Lb Ground Turkey

1 large egg

4 Cloves of Garlic – minced

¼ cup fresh parsley – chopped

1/2 Tbsp Sea Salt

½ Tbsp Ground pepper

½ Tbsp chilli flakes

2 slices of day old rye bread broken into small pieces ( you should end up with about a cup and a half of pieces)

 

Directions:

Mix together all of your ingredients, forming 4 large-thick patties.

Grill your burgers to your liking.

Before turning off the grill, add your pineapples to the BBQ for 2 minutes on each side ( just long enough, to get those delicious char marks)

 

Cranberry Compote:

Ingredients:

4 cups Fresh Cranberries

¼ Tbsp Cinnamon

 Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 oc

Wash and dry your cranberries. Scatter onto a baking tray.

Roast for 40 minutes, turning half way through to avoid sticking.

 Remove from the heat, place in large bowl and add cinnamon. Using a potato masher, mash until smooth.

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 Layer all of your components and chow down!!

Spicy Apple Carrot Ginger Soup

Easter is right around the corner!!

He’s coming – the master chocolate monster – except he’s not a monster.

The Easter Bunny.

Cute – fluffy – and filled with chocolate … what’s not to love?

And so you can save the sweet treats and let’s face it the calories for when the Easter bunny leaves behind his sweet surprised, let’s start the week on a healthy note.

Comforting.

Creamy.

Slightly Sweet – A little Spicy and  Oh so incredibly delicious.

Also, shall we discuss the amazing pop of colour?

I love it when delicious food looks as great as it taste … and that extra punch of added health benefits – – winning!!

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Carrot Ginger Soup

1 Large Red Onion ~ Chopped

4 Stocks of celery ~ Chopped

2 Gala Apples ~ Chopped

6 Large Carrots ~ Peeled and Chopped

1 Tbsp Ginger ~ Chopped

4 Cloves of Garlic ~ Chopped

1 Tbsp Fresh Thyme

1 Tbsp Fresh Rosemary

1/2 Cup Plain Yogurt

1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Tsp Sriracha Sauce

2 Tsp Sea Salt

1 Tsp (each) Black Pepper , Paprika, ground ginger powder

4 1/2 Liters of Water

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Directions: 

In a large soup pot, bring the water to a boil.

Add onion, celery, apples, carrots, ginger & garlic. Allow to boil for 25 minutes.

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Add fresh thyme and rosemary. Allow to boil for an additional 10 minutes.

Remove from heat and blend 2 cups of soup to create a smooth – velvety texture. After every 2 cups, return to soup pot. Continue until all of the soup is as smooth as a bunny😉

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Once all of the soup has been blended, return to heat. Add yogurt, apple cider vinegar  sriracha sauce, salt, pepper, paprika and ginger powder.

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Simmer for 10 minuets to allow the flavours to get to know each other.

Then, dig in!!

Besides keeping you healthy, I’m helping to sharpen your eyes so come next weekend when hunting season begins, you’ll be right on top of your chocolate game ;) 

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Have a great week, ladies & gents

xox

Sunday’s With Joy: Shrimp Mango Salad with Maple Mustard Almonds

With all the cookie munching going on around here and while burying myself in mounds of butter, sugar and flour I noticed LTSL has been lacking something.

Something VERY important.

A salad.

Children of the playground, the fact is life is about balance.

It should be a mix of eating healthy, exercising, laughing, loving, having great friends and family … aaannndd of course a cupcake – – or two. But all in moderation.

Personally, I work out and eat well Monday to Thursday and then on the weekend (yes, my weekend starts on a Friday:) )  I allow my body to rest and indulge in a little sweet satisfaction.  Honestly, I hate working out. HATE IT. I cry, scream and curse the entire time. But after – – I feel like superwoman and I’m happy to go about my day.

I also do it because I like eating things like this … and do we even have to go into my cookie cravings.  But I save that for the weekend.

During the week, I need salads – whole grains – lean meats and to have my cupcake kicked when I work out. I crave fresh vegetables and the crunch of an apple … or two.

I need it all. And it needs to be pretty. And delicious.

This week, I worked my magic and added a splash of Sunday’s with Joy and….

Taaadaaaa!!

Shrimp Mango Salad with Maple Mustard Almonds

1/2 Cup of Joy The Baker‘s Honey Mustard Cashews (see below for alterations)

2 Firm Mangos ~ thinly sliced

1/2 Sweet Bell Pepper ~ thinly sliced

1 Medium Carrot ~ thinly sliced

2 Cloves of Garlic ~minced

2 Tbsp each of fresh Cilantro ,Basil, Mint and Thyme ~minced

2 Tbsp Lime Juice

1 Tsp Granulated Sugar

1 Tbsp Fish Sauce

1 Tbsp Sriracha Sauce

1 Cup of pre-cooked shrimp, seasoned to taste with Salt and Pepper

Directions:

Joy The Baker’s Honey Mustard Cashews

*Note: I used Joy’s recipe, that can be found in her fantastic book … buy it, trust me. It’s a classic and a keeper. It doesn’t even have time to sit on my shelf. I substitution Maple Syrup for the mustard and used Almonds instead of cashews.

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Shrimp Mango Salad

Prepare all of the ingredients, as advised above.

Toss together all of your vegetables and seasonings.

In a small bowl, whisk lime juice, sugar, fish sauce and Sriracha.

Add your salad dressing, to your vegetable and herb mixture and toss.

Top with shrimp and sprinkle with Almonds.

With all this yummy action, I don’t mind skimping on the sweet treats for a while.

Enjoy my sugarpies

Xoxox

Opa! Quinoa Kale Greek Salad

I’ve come to the conclusion that I need a pool boy.

A young good-looking man, that is well toned but not huge. He should have great hair, and the greatest smile.

He would be kind, and have amazing hands to delicately massage sunscreen on me.

His day would be spent brining me iced cold drinks and yummy snacks as I sit by the pool lounging in the sun – in a classy but still sexy bikini.

In this little wonder world, I would also be a size 2 and continuously scarfing down cupcakes …

A girl can dream can’t she?

Instead, I work Monday to Friday – suffer from humidity inflicted frizz ball hair and I don’t even have a pool.  

Size 2 – nope.

Scarfing down cupcakes … well that still happens :) 

In both my dreams and reality one thing stays the same – – I don’t want to do anything when it’s scorching hot outside.  

So we resort to bingeing on  salads.

This week, we went Greek and it was perfection. Add some grilled chicken or salmon and you’ve got yourself a meal!!

Opa! Quinoa Kale Greek Salad

1/4 Cup Quinoa

1 Tsp Black Pepper

1 Tsp Onion Powder

1 Tsp Salt

1 Tsp Garlic Powder

1 Tsp Dried Parsley

1 1/2 Cup Water

1/2 Cup Chopped Cucumber

1/2 Cup Baby Tomatoes

1/4 Cup Chopped Red Onions

1/2 Cup Kalamata Olives

1 Cup Shredded Kale

1/4 Cup Goat Cheese

Directions: 

Over medium heat, bring water to a boil.

Add the black pepper, onion powder, salt and garlic powder.

Add the quinoa and boil for 20 minutes ( or until all the water has absorbed).

Once the quinoa has become soft and yummy, fluff-er up!

In a medium-sized bowl, mix together quinoa – tomatoes – cucumber – onions – olives and kale.

Last but not least, top with crumbled goat cheese.

Refrigerate until ready to chow down on !! 

 

Stay sweet my loves, if anyone minds lending me their pool boy … let me know😀

ohh and one more thing – – don’t forget to enter my tripple whammy cookbook giveaway😀 … and now,

Stay Sweet xox

Sunday’s With Joy : Baked Avocado Fries and Sriracha Mayo

Sunday’s with Joy are back!! I missed last week’s recipe since it was mother’s day

….. and my grocery store ran out of leeks😦 – how is that even possible? I don’t know.

So ixnay on the Quiche and heeeellllloooo Avocado Fries.

If you haven’t gotten the bible of these yum-tastic recipes … what are you waiting for?!!? Get-er DONE.

I couldn’t wait to chomp down on these little crunch-crescents!! And they were ppeerrfect, equal parts creamy and crunchy.

I also made a little Sriracha Mayo dippy sauce to add another level of yumm.

Go ahead, it’s Monday … indulge a little:)

While Joy’s recipe was flawless, I thought it was a little too hot to get in front of a bubbling pot of oil – so I baked them ( and I think it may be a little healthier … you know without taking away from the yum factor)

Paired with the Sriracha Mayo … we are in business.

Baked Avocado Fries

Arrange on baking tray, bake for 25 minuets at 400 0c.

Sriracha Mayo Dipping Sauce

1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Oil Mayonnaise

2 Tbsp Sriracha Hot Sauce ( you can add more, if you can handle the heat😀 )

1 Tsp Cayenne Pepper

1 Tsp Onion Powder

1 Tsp Black Pepper

2 Tbsp Milk

Directions

Add all of the above ingredients, minus the milk into a small bowl.

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Add Milk.

Serve.

Happy Avocado Fries Munching Kids

xox

Triple Grain Trail Mix Breakfast Cookie

Hola, mi amigas … how is everyone doing today?!?!

I’ve been in a mood lately – – a cookie kind of mood ( when am I not in a cookie kind of mood)

And when I’m in a mood … I gotta gotta gootttaaa do something about it.

So I did.

And taaa-daaaaa!!

Remember how I was telling you guys about Sarah, my April Foodie Pen Pal … (side note: STOP SLACKING sign up for May buddies … you get yummy stuff in the mail, and get to meet spanky people!!)  

Back on track … remember how I was telling you about Sarah. Well I sent her these … as well as some gourmet chocolate… a cute cupcake change purse and I also sent her these cookies.

And now I want to share them with you:)

I don’t mean to be bossy … but make them.

They’re yummy ….

They’re relatively healthy … relatively … or so I told myself.

I’ve actually been able to convince myself that these are so healthy I need to have them for breakfast😀

Cookies for breakfast.

Ohhh what a concept – what an idea – – what a dream come true!!

Besides taking over the world, my other ambition in life is to completely satisfy the cookie monster.

True story.

Now that I think about it, it’s possible that we were probably meant to be best friends – he’s cute, cuddly, eats cookies 24-7…  what else do you need in a BFF?!?!

Go ahead … have a cookie or two (dozen) for breakfast!!

Triple Grain Trail Mix Breakfast Cookie

1/2 cup Butter, room temperature

¼ Cup Brown Sugar

1 Egg

½ Tsp Vanilla

¾ Cup Flour

½ Tsp Baking Soda

½ Tsp Cinnamon

½ Tsp Nutmeg

½ Tsp Sea Salt

1 Cup Oats

¼ Cup Barley + ¼ cup boiling water (allow to sit until the water is absorbed and barley puffs)

¼ Cup Quinoa + ¼ cup boiling water (allow to sit until the water is absorbed)

½ Cup water

1 Cup Trail Mix dried fruit and nut mix

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 oc. Prepare Cookie sheet ( I used a muffin top pan … :D)

Over low heat, in a small pot add puffed barley and quinoa – add ½ cup of water and allow to simmer until all of the water is absorbed ~ approximately 15 minutes. When finished, remove from heat and allow to cool.

In the meantime, cream butter,  brown sugar, egg and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.

Mix’er up!! Add your dry mixture to the wet stuff. Next, add the oats. Then the cooled barley/quinoa mixture

And last but not least … the trail mix.

Fill your pan/ form into 12 large cookies.

Bake 15 minuets.

Allow to cool (well… at least don’t chomp them when they are still hot enough to burn the roof of your mouth :))

Breakfast of Champions😀

Breakfast is served.

Have a great weekend my loves, I’ll be back on Sunday – brining a little joy to your life

xoxox