Monthly Archives: January 2013

Collard wraps with baked falafels

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Quick lunch anyone?

Collard wraps with baked falafels, steamed vegetables, avocado and quinoa on the side

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xoxo

Izabela

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Healthy Moroccan Vegetable Stew that will heal your tummy

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Since I have so many tummy issues I have started seeing a specialist to work on my diet. His first recommendation was: “cook your food as often as you can”. Apparently I should avoid eating anything that’s is raw so it will help my tummy with digestion. As simple as it seems to be, my traditional cuisine is heavy and a stew always reminds me of loaded with meat and oil meal…

…but not this one. This lightened version has no impact on my tummy, spells delicious and tastes even better. And of course when my tummy is happy I am happy.

Healthy Moroccan Vegetable Stew

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1 cup of diced butternut squash

1 cup of diced carrots

1-2 chopped celery

1/2 of leek

1 cup of green lentils

3 plum tomatoes

3 cups low sodium vegetable broth

2 tbsp coconut oil

spices: 2 tsp grated ginger,  1 cinnamon stick, 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, salt & ground pepper to taste

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the leek and saute for 2 min. Add squash, carrots, celery; saute for another 5-8  minutes. Add broth, lentil, tomatoes, cinnamon stick and other spices. Bring to boil then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1 hour. Stir occasionally. When it’s ready, remove cinnamon stick

Serve with a gluten free slice of bread.

Enjoy,

 

Izabela

PS. My knee is better. It took me 2 days to recover…Eh, these winter sports..

I hit the ice…and a recovery bowl recipe

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I fell and hit the ice really hard today. Just after this picture was taken…

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Since we had a warm-ish, lovely Sunday, we decided to hit the ice and go skating. All the preparations were done, we went to buy new skates for me, came home-argued whether we should or should not take our dog with us. Finally we went across the street to the pond! 15 minutes is all it took for me.  I simply fell on my knee …I just could not believe how hard I hit the ice. I was crying like a baby; I couldn’t even pretend it was funny. Tom helped me to take my NEW SKATES off my feet and dragged me home. Icing Icing icing…I feel really helpless now. I can not really move and my bruised knee is “screaming” with pain..Hopefully I will be able to walk tomorrow and go to work.

I don’t like winter!

After I stopped biting my lips from the pain I started to plan our dinner with hope that Tom can do most of the work. I craved a rice bowl for a few days now- so here it is-(so simple your man can follow your directions when you are on the couch)

Recovery bowl to cheer me up.

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I even gave him permission to take pictures today, and he did a pretty good job-don’t you think?

Recovery bowl

1 cup of cooked brown basmati rice

3-4 plum tomatoes

1 cup drained chickpea

1/2 cup chopped carrots (I added to the pot with rice when it was almost ready)

some red/orange chopped peppers

fresh parsley

Feel free to add any veggies you have in your fridge.

Tahini dressing

1/2 cup (raw) tahini butter

1 garlic clove, minced

1Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

1Tbsp Tamari

1Tbsp lemon juice

a bit of filtered water

pepper to taste

Prepare your dressing in a food processor, simple mix all the ingredients together until smooth and add to your bowl. Stir it and OMG-Enjoy!!!

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My knee is still “killing me” but at least my tummy is satisfied.

Take care,

 

Izabela

Birthday weekend recap

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How do you like my roses?You would think that birthday should be fun and exciting when in fact they stress me out a lot-every year. Maybe beacuse it was a pretty round number this year I kept thinking about where am I at this point of my life and where I should be …The weirdest part about it that it’s me who has some expectations from myself, who set the bar higher all the time. And that brings stress and mood swings and I just need to learn how to let go some of this thoughts when I don’t need them…Thanks to Tom my birthday was great. He took care about everything for me. On Saturday we went to Paradiso Resaurant in Oakville for a dinner with a bunch of our friends. I really like this place. I enjoyed my food and a company. They have special menu for gluten allergies and let me tell you:I had the best spicy chicken ever. Especially that Tom is never jealous about my food and he actually wanted my meal;)IMG_20130119_180141Later we came back to our house to chill out and here are some pics:IMG_5091yummy gluten free cake from my hubbyIMG_5102Magda, Winni & meIMG_5109Tom & meIMG_5125Please, don’t judge-we are an average couple who loves their dog;) that’s all.Thank you Tom for a lovely Birthday,Till next time friends,

Izabela

Almond Crusted Tofu

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Hi All,

Happy Friday,

IMG_5068I hope you don’t feel overwhelmed with tofu recipes and NO, we don’t eat only tofu here;) But the truth is that I like to experiment with it until I get it right. And my meat eater in the house will be delighted that we have tofu for dinner;)  This recipe is definitely worth to try. It looks delicious but also it tastes amazing.Almond Crusted TofuIMG_50721/2 block of extra firm organic tofu1-1,5 Tbsp Tamari1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard or any spicy mustard1 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes1.8 tsp ground black pepper ans salt3 Tbsp almond flour1-2  Tbsp ground flaxseedsPreheat the oven to 375 F. First in a bowl combine the tamari, mustard, salt and pepper, nutritional yeast. On a plate mix almonds and flaxseeds. Squeeze  the tofu with a paper towel to remove any excess water, then place it in a marinate and use a spatula to coat evenly. After a few minutes dip the tofu into the nut mixture. When you are ready place the tofu on the baking sheet and bake for around 30 min. Serve on rice with balsamic glazed veggies.Enjoy,

Izabela