Monthly Archives: October 2013

I am a foodie

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no questions about it. Recent weeks has been crazy for me. No time for being bored. Sometimes I feel like I run through my days without even realizing what day/week is it. The only time that I am actually stopping to enjoy the present moment is when I am cooking or when I am teaching my classes.

Here you have some of my recent creations. I loved them all and enjoyed every bite of it. (All of them are gluten free)

Butternut squash,  steamed veggies and bbq tofu bowl

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Plantain fries, BBQ organic chicken breast, steamed veggies with Dijon-Balsamic Vinegar

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Eggplant rolls with organic ground turkey, spinach and tomato marinara sauce 

IMG_20131024_150147 I was experimenting with this one, next time I will make notes and share the recipe. I tried to recreate PB chocolate bars from out trip to Ottawa. I think I did a pretty good job with these ones.

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I called this one: NO time for cooking a quick salad with eggs /bacon and guacamole on top

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Spicy tomato and roasted pepper soup with kelp noodles and tofu

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My fav. roasted veggies with organic chicken legs, tomato sauce and eggs and Daiya cheese

There has been more obviously but often I am forgetting to take pictures. I hope some of it makes you feel hungry. Go and play in the kitchen.

It’s my favorite part.

Enjoy your day Everybody,

Love

Izabela

Fall escape to Ottawa

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Hello Friends,

I hope you had an amazing weekend as I did. Finally we had a chance to get away for a weekend. We were having problems with the decision this time but at the last minute we decided to go to Ottawa and check out the city. I was looking forward to this trip for a long time so I was sure that pretty much anywhere we go I will be just happy to spend some time away.

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We didn’t plan anything specific to do there but for the first time we took our bikes on the trip. So after spending almost 5 h in a car we head out for a bike ride-and it was a fantastic experience. We were very lucky with the beautiful warm weather. I was enjoying the ride by Ottawa’s Rideau Canal.

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Biking is such a great idea in this city, you can explore all sorts of green spaces, parks, see architectural and historic landmarks. Ottawa has excellent bike path and it’s a beautiful place for sightseeing.

We got hungry pretty soon so we got back to the hotel to leave our bikes and then we went to find something to eat. First place we tried was: The Freshii. the food was just OK; a little bit too cold and it looked better on the menu than in a reality. Still.. they have gluten free options and that’s what matters to me. We went for a walk after and wandered around the city for the rest of the day

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We found BYWARD MARKET…so many things to see, try and do there. I Love places like that

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“Obviously I had to mark my territory” and do a little bit of yoga here and there;) Tom is not surprised anymore and he ceased to protest;))))

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On a late afternoon we had a little break, got some yummy cupcakes at Thimble Cakes and coffee and we got back to out hotel to rest up a bit.

After we were out again to see Ottawa at night

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First thing on Sunday morning we went to the swimming pool ( I have to use it when I have a chance) to release some legs soreness and then we head out biking again;) The weather still was just great and I couldn’t resist to see beautiful fall colors around the city once again.

For our late breakfast/lunch we decided to try: The Daily Grind Art Cafe. I was very pleased that everything on the menu is Gluten free and I don’t have to explain everything and look for a specific choice. I just picked up whatever I wanted. It might sound silly for all of you who don’t have this problem…but for me… peace of mind when I am eating out it’s a luxury (unfortunately). I was extremely satisfied with my food choice ( an omelet with bacon and fries), It was delicious and I could eat mine and Tom’s portion without any problem;) Thank you The Daily Grind Cafe!!!

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and that was pretty much it;  slowly you found our way to go back home.

This Thanksgiving weekend I am very grateful to my Hubby to take me for this trip…to reset my battery. Oh man, I needed it.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone,

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Izabela

 

My favorite meals of the week

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Hello Friends,

I hope your week is fabulous so far and before Friday begins I want to share with you my last week cooking adventures.

I was very pleased with some of the meals that were pretty much last minute experiments:

All of them are Paleo friendly, grain free, dairy and gluten free

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Gluten free wrap with BBQ tempeh, eggplant and lots of veggies

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My absolute fav.: Turkey chili topped with Goat yogurt and avocado

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My beloved BBQ Tofu, veggies, creamy dressing and plantain fries

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Chorizo chicken with rice and cauliflower wraps

I have a crazy busy day at work tomorrow with no plans for dinner so if you have any ideas, Please share!!!

Talk to you soon,

Izabela

 

Hello October

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and colorful autumn nature…

It’s really my favorite season and  I am embracing it as much as I can.

We have October already and I am actually looking forward to it. September was a hard month for me, I had lots of work related activities and I just couldn’t wait until I am done. There is always something additional “to do” in my field but I will do my best to get some rest this month.

By the way, the goal for October I have is to go somewhere with my hubby for a weekend. We both just need to escape-any suggestions???

On the other note I wanted to share with you that I finished the Pre/Post natal Teacher’s Training over this past weekend. I need to say that it was very very exciting. I was a little worried that I may not “feel” it as much as I should but I was super pumped up with this training. My big hope is that I will start teaching this class soon. I can’t wait to help out all these pregnant women and bring some relief to them.

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Finally on Sunday afternoon we went to the new restaurant – CJ’s Cafe. I am trying not to be critic here but I felt disappointed. They advertise as a gluten free place and yes, they can make your order without any gluten. Having said that my sandwich was so small that I was not satisfied with my meal. Tom got another sandwich on panini bread and we took a soup with that. I believe they should tell me that my swap sandwich will be for 3 bites. To be honest I could not taste what was inside….obviously it’s my personal preference and opinion. The soup was great, very filling and tasty. I would love to recreate this in my kitchen.

After we ate we went for a nice walk on the lake.

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Now you tell my what is goal for October?

Izabela