What I Ate Wednesday – Home Sweet Homemade

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For this weeks What I Ate Wednesday we have a special treat.

Earlier this week my amazing friend slaved in the kitchen for our dinner. She made homemade bread, tomato sauce and pasta. I got to help with the meatballs.

homemade pasta

If you ever have the time. I highly recommend trying out these recipes. They are quick and simple and taste delicious.

For our meatballs we used this recipe and substituted ground chicken to make Ground Turkey Meatballs.

Homemade pasta is super delicious and quite easy (which is a surprise for most). Check out this Canadian Living Recipe for a quick and easy dinner option.

What I Ate Wednesday – Pesto Pasta Salad

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Well folks it’s Wendesday! We made it past hump day! WOO HOO.

That also means we get to look at delicious food.
For today’s edition of What I Ate Wednesday, after a busy day of classes, I had a delicious pesto pasta salad with rotisserie chicken. 

pasta salad

In our pesto pasta salad we have: whole wheat noodles, red pesto sauce from President’s Choice, green olives, red onion, green pepper, feta cheese, and olive oil; topped with a rotisserie chicken breast.

Pasta salad can be a quick addition to lunch or dinner or even as a snack. And it can even be nutritious. By using the following swaps you can give your pasta salad an A+ for nutrition:

1. Swap mayo for plain Greek yogurt

2. Use oil based salad dressings such as balsamic or red wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil instead of ranch of Cesar salad dressing

3. Add extra veggies (try 2 part veggies, 1 part pasta)

4. Use low fat cheese instead of full fat

5. Swap white noodles for whole wheat noodles 

 

For great pasta salad ideas, check out this Kraft Canada site: http://bit.ly/ZhsXvr

 

Question:

1. What’s your go to side dish?

Tomorrow is Monday

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Tomorrow is Monday..It is also the first day of a new internship placement for some, the first day at a new job, or even just a new week for others. For me its the first day of scheduled classes for the MScFN program.

As I reflect back on the last year; the good and the bad. It all puts a smile on my face. It astonishes me how fast a year can go. And how true it is that the older you get the quicker time goes. 

I am excited for this new door to open and the challenges it will bring. Best of luck to everyone in their new beginnings this week!

door open

 

Questions:

What are you doing this Monday?

What door will you let open this week and embrace the challenge?

What I Ate Wednesday – Sweet Potato, Beet, and Feta Tower

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Happy Wednesday everyone!

I hope your first few days of September are going well.

For today’s edition of “What I Ate Wednesday” we have a Sweet Potato, Beet, and Feta Tower. How delicious does that sound? Try it out yourself!!

sweet potato, beet, feta tower

Ingredients:

1 can of pickled beets

2 sweet potatoes

6 oz feta cheese

2 tablespoon low fat greek yogurt cream cheese

4 tablespoons sunflower seeds

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400

2. Scrub the sweet potatoes clean and slice them into thick rounds (1/4″ – 1/2″ or so). Toss the rounds with olive oil. Lay them in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet roast in the oven on 400 for 10-15 minutes until soft and starting to show a few toasted spots.

3. Open the can of beets and drain liquid

4. Whip together cream cheese and half of the feta in a food processor

5. Once the sweet potato are cooked proceed to layer two slices of sweet potato, whipped feta, two beets, and a little crumbled feta, repeat stack. At the top place crumbled feta and sunflower seeds

Sunday Funday August 31

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As we quickly approach everything September has to offer; the fall, Back to School, #PSL  drinks at Starbucks, and the craziness that comes with life. We need to remember something.

 

live a little

 

This weekend I got to relax and do what ever I wanted. Naturally I chose to go to a sports game, in fact the Toronto Blue Jays game. It was Jeter’s last game before retirement and they played the New York Yankees. We ended up coming out on top 4-3 and it was a great game. More importantly was the company. I got to spend the day with some great people. A friend who moved from Brazil 3 months ago got to experience her first baseball game – which she loved. My brother who just started teachers college and my boyfriend.

 

 

bluejaysaug31

 

It’s been a great summer, friends.. As we get ready to head back to school tomorrow. Make sure you remember one thing

like is fun

 

Have a wonderful week.

Question:

What did you do this weekend?
What’s your favourite way to relax?

Time to Smell the Flowers

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Happy Thursday!!

Recently, someone had stumbled across my blog and asked why I stopped writing. Quite frankly my excuse was bad.
I mentioned to him that life got busy and that I was focusing on other things. But truthfully, I enjoy blogging.

I’m not sure if it boils down to time management or making time to smell the flowers in life. I think as get busier and busier in life we need to consider both. As I closed a chapter in my life today a new door opens my goal is to make time to smell the flowers and do things that make me happy.

Here’s some food for thought on managing your time: http://bit.ly/1vqTCmF.

Smell the Flowers

 

 

Pork Tacos

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Looking for something light and refreshing that is also quick to make. Try this delicious Pork Taco recipe from Cook Yourself Thin a show on the foodnetwork.ca that I absolutely love, and even bought the recipe books.

Ingredients

 3/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 pound pork tenderloin, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
cooking spray
1 onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
8 corn tortillas
4 tbsp salsa
4 tbsp greek plain yogurt

Directions

1. Combine the pork, chili powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt and toss in the pork
2. Coat a skillet with cooking spray and set over medium heat add the pork and brown for approximately 5 minutes then transfer to a bowl
3. In the same skillet saute onion and peppers until tender then add pork and its juices
4.  Put salsa and greek yogurt on the tortilla and top with pork and vegetables