Monthly Archives: December 2012

New Year’s Resolutions?

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… I don’t know what New Year’s I will have but I do know that this year was pretty good for me. There has been lots of events and people met along the way that I am thankful for. Obviously there were times which lead me to a not so happy place but I took something away from it; I learnt from these experiences.

I was never good in keeping promises maybe because I tend to put my bar really high, not realistic I guess. So last year  I didn’t make a resolution  but I did wanted to be a better person, better in what I do and the person I want to become. I believe I am on a right path..
I can promise you to be a better blogger – I think I will include more information and share my fitness goals, workouts so at least you know what the heck I am doing with myself.
I will try to include more yoga in my posts-this was initially the purpose of this blog btw. And this is really all my life so it should
be here already;)
I will continue on my path to be healthier. It was something that really scared me last year, all the situations that I had to face and
I didn’t know how to say:”No” and stand up for myself –  now I know that this is actually pretty easy. You want to be healthy, you make it work.
One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things. John Burroughs – I love this one
I just have one wish for this year. I wish could finally figure out and decide where am I going in my life. Where is my happy place that will fulfill gaps..
I wish you All to find your path, be happy and be well.
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013 WALLPAPER xnys1

Life is a challenge, meet it! Life is a dream, realize it! Life is a game, play it! Life is love, enjoy it!

 Sri Sathya Sai Baba
with Love

Izabela

Festive Tofu Pilaf

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Hello friends,

Slowly things get back to normal at least for next few days.

I started my Friday with Rise and Shine class and still I have to go back for my evening class but for now I just wanted to share with you one of the dishes that I ‘ve made for the Christmas Eve.

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One time I saw Mairlyn Smith preparing this meal in TV and I thought that this would be a great addition to our traditional dishes on the Christmas Eve dinner, especially because it’s vegetarian.

You will need:

1 cup of red quinoa rinsed and drained ( then cooked in 2 cups of water)

block of organic extra firm tofu, cut into cubes

1 leek+1/2 onion chopped

3-4 white mushrooms

1 clove garlic, crashed

1 cup of vegetable broth

2 Tbsp olive oil

*1/4 c roasted pecan halves and pomegranate seeds to sprinkle of top – Add when you are ready to serve

spices: 1 tsp ground sage, 2 tsp thyme leaves, black pepper, salt. 1/4 c fresh parsley chopped

Start by cooking quinoa according to the package instruction and let it cool. Heat the olive in a separate pan over medium heat; cook leek, mushrooms, onion, garlic, tofu, broth and spices for a while to get the flavour out. When you are ready to sever, add quinoa, pecans, parsley and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds for some extra crunch.

It came out really good. And you know that it’s good-when all the meat eaters around the table are digging in.

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Maybe you can try in on the weekend;)

Happy Friday, I am going back to work,

xoxo

Izabela

Christmas highlights

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.

After 3 days of celebrating, eating and spending time with our family and friends we are feeling exhausted today. So the plan for today is just to take it easy and rest😉 Ironically this is what you supposed to be doing  during the holiday season. Ha!

We hosted a dinner at our house on the Christmas Eve, spent  the Christmas Day at Tom’s parent’s house and visited our friends in Waterdown on the next day. Unfortunately we didn’t take our camera with us but here you have highlights from the Christmas Eve

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Food was lovely. Lots of traditional dishes with a healthy spin. Santa was very generous and very thoughtful. I will just say it looks like I will keep up with my fitness goals and passion for cooking in the upcoming year.

Take care of yourself guys,

xoxo

Izabela

 

Peanut Butter Crunch Goodies

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Something delicious for the weekend

Process until fine

1 c of nuts (pecans, cashews, almonds, hazelnuts anything you want)

I added 1 tbsp of chia seeds and dry cranberries, 1/4 c of coconut

Melt

1/2 c Peanut butter

1tbsp coconut oil

1-2 tbsp Maple syrup or honey

1 tbsp chocolate chips

Pour together in a bowl. Spoon onto the baking paper or a pan. Cool in a fridge or a freezer.

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Yummy!!!

Stay well and have a great weekend,

Izabela

Spaghetti squash with walnuts

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Just take a look

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Are you hungry now?

Eassyyyyyyy

1/2 walnuts 5(soaked) sundried tomatoes
1 tbsp tamari, 1 tbsp dijon mustard, 1 tsp cumin and 1 tsp turmeric

Process everything in a food processor until you see crumbs.

Add  1-2 tbsp “Sabra” hummus ( my fav. Roasted red peppers)

1/2 baked spaghetti squash and steamed asparagus

Mix together and enjoy your lunch,

Izabela