Monthly Archives: September 2013

Eggplant a’la Lasagna

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Hi Guys,

As promised I have for you a new recipe that literally it’s worth to ” die for”

I wanted to try it before but first of all I am not an eggplant fun and second, each time I played with this vegetable it came out not too great. But I was tempted by seeing some pictures in a newspaper, unfortunately there wasn’t any recipe with it. So here you go-my own creation

Eggplant a’la Lasagna (gluten free, dairy , soy, grain free, Paleo friendly)

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It required a little bit of preparation so I spread it out throughout  the day.

You will need (portion for 2)

Step 1.

0.7lb organic ground turkey

1 big Potrobello mushroom

onion or celery sticks if you like

Fry them together with 1Tbsp of coconut oil in the pan; allow to cool off completely. additional spices: salt&pepper, paprika and my fav. turmeric.

Step 2

I made my own but you need a thick tomato sauce. If you are making your own, do it ahead of time so there is not so much mess to clean up;)

Step 3

1 big eggplant

use  a sharp knife and cut your eggplant into thin slices; place on the counter , sprinkle with see salt and cover with paper towel for a few hours. This helps to remove excess water. After a while roast your eggplant in a oven for about 15 min. Check it often make sure it’s only to the point when it’s soft.

Step 4

prepared 1 cup of spinach + 1 cup non dairy cheese (I used Daiya -Mozzarella Style Shreds)

lots of basil, oregano, chilli pepper, black pepper, salt

Last Step 5

Preheat the oven to 400 F. In a lightly  greased baking dish place layers: eggplant-turkey-spinach, tomato sauce, cheese and start over again until you run out of ingredients. It will take from 45min-1h . But it’s soo worth it. I was honestly surprised, I could eat it all by myself. It was exactly what I needed: very cheesy, comfort dinner on a cold day.

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Give it a try and your husband will love you forever and ever;)))

Have a beautiful day and take care,

Love

Izabela

Weekend: lots of yoga and some good food

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How are you guys?

I meant to post before the weekend but I just didn’t get a chance to do so. Today’s post is about the past weekend and some of my new tasty discovery…

On Saturday we had a really heavy rain over here (and I mean it when I say “heavy”), since we had a work event scheduled. It was an outdoor 24hour yoga challenge. I was schedule to teach at 4pm but I went there around noon time just to hang out with my ” yoga circle”. Even thou it was super duper cold it was a great experience to practice outside with the rain in the background. Besides the place was beautiful…

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I am really sorry I didn’t take any other pictures, I just completely forgot that I took my camera. I taught a Mandala style class, sometimes I like to do that in the class too, to shift things around,,,,;)

Sunday: I was happy to have a half day off. I was pretty tired physically to begin with, then I had my regular class and after I just wanted to enjoy the rest of my day. Tom took us for a drive to Toronto; finding some new places and enjoying the ride

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I found a new place that I am already in love with. The Bunner’s bakery-(gluten free of course). Honestly I heard about it before but never had a chance to get there. They have the best Cinnamon buns in the world and delicious cupcakes and yummy bread….I highly recommend that place.

There would be no trip to Toronto without stopping at Fresh Restaurant to eat. I just adore this place , the culture there and the food …

IMG_20130922_155043 I know IWe should give a chance to some other places. (I have a few on my list to check it out already) but each time we talk where to go we both end up with the same conclusion. The only thing I would say is:” a bit too much sprouts guys”

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One the way home we stopped at Starbucks for our Americano and we enjoyed our goods in the car-messy stuff;)

The end.

I have a recipe ready for you so stay tune,

xoxo

Izabela

 

 

 

Weekend Adventure and Blueberry Turkey Burgers

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Hello friends,

How is this week for you? It got hot over here (again) and I can’t say I like it. But the weekend was beautiful, perfect weather for biking adventure. I was working a lot on Saturday but I promised that I will treat myself the next day with something fun and exciting.

After I finished my class, drove straight home and Tom was already waiting for me. We recently bought a bike rack and we both couldn’t wait to use it. We drove all the way to Toronto and parked at Humber Bay Shores Park. We took our bikes from the car and went for a bike ride along the lake. I can’t tell you how much joy and happiness it gave me. I love this area and often I dream I could live there… The Lakeshore is beautiful, lots of parks there, people are active and look like they love their life; everyone are biking, running, walking the dogs. You can really feel alive.

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Obviously;) half way there we took short break for some yoga and stretch

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Overall we did a little bit over 20 k. We both got hungry and it was time to get back. But next time we will get better in organizing it. I felt exhausted but Happy at the end of my day;)))

Back to business …I got for you very quick lunch/dinner idea today. My friend mentioned it to me a few weeks ago and it sparkled something in me. I had to try it:

Blueberry Turkey Burgers ( quick!!! gluten free, Paleo friendly)

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1/3 c blueberries

1/2 lb organic white ground turkey

1 egg white

1-2 tbsp almond meal (or any flour)

spices: salt ,black pepper, tarragon, coriander, cumin

Transfer everything to a bowl and use your hands to mix it well. Make 1/2 inch thick patties. I used a little bit of spay oil to grease the foil and grill it for about 6 min on each side. Serve with crumbled feta on top any kind of salad of your choice with balsamic/Dijon/olive dressing.

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That’s All. I hope you will try it.

Have a great rest of your week, till next time

Izabela

Yummy meatloaf

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Hello Everyone,

How is your week going?

I can feel fall weather in the air, and I LOVE IT. Days are still nice and warm but it’s cooling down at night. I like Summer time but here, in Canada humidity is super high for most of the summer and I don’t feel great on these days. I don’t have the energy to do much as well. So today I started my morning with a nice run. It was great not to feel overheated after all.

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Naturally on the training days your body needs more calories and I find that my body craves lots of carbs and a solid meal. Recently I got into cooking a lot ground turkey or chicken and so far I am enjoying it;) Let me introduce you to my newest creation:

Yummy meatloaf (Paleo friendly, grain free, gluten free)

1/2 lb ground chicken

1 egg

1,5 Tbsp almond meal (you can use any flour you like)

1 garlic clove

1 stalk of celery, diced

1/4 onion, diced

some fresh parsley

3 Tbsp Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce ( or any hot sauce)

spices: 1 tsp: paprika, oregano, turmeric,cumin, crushed red pepper, salt & pepper

nutritional yeast to sprinkle on top

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Preheat the oven to 375 F.

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix it well. Grease the loaf pan with coconut oil and put your mixture into it. Bake for around 40 min. or until your chicken is cooked. Sever with some warm salad. It could not get any easier!!!

Enjoy,

xoxo

Izabela