Saturday, 15 February 2014

Goat Cheese Spaghetti [ Squash ] Alfredo //

Hello lovelies (if anyone truly does read this sporadic blog - my Pinterest following has lead me to believe some do) .. hope you all had an amazing Valentine's Day. I certainly did! Skyler and I stuffed our self with sushi - bought from the Grocery store and it was actually AMAZING, I feel like was saved so much money not getting all you can eat - and I have leftovers for days. We also drank an amazing bottle of red wine, and watched some Netflix. So not fancy - but we are so not fancy so it works. Don't get me wrong, I love fancy things ONCE in a while, when we have the money for it but at this moment getting out of student debt is our(my) number one priority so we budget where we can. 

Food is the easiest place to budget, and when I decided to go gluten-free I thought for sure I would be spending loads more on gluten free substitutes but oddly enough now that I have cut out gluten for the last month and a bit, I find myself not craving products with gluten in it. Like, bread, crackers, cookies, etc. It's super easy. Of course I am not a gluten Nazi, and I don't have diagnosed celiacs so if there is (which there was yesterday) high quality bread - Skyler picked up a jalapeño cheddar loaf from Art is In bakery, I of course indulge a little. But wow I'm getting away from the point of this post, so what I'm trying to get at is that pasta can be substituted entirely by a veggie. A cheap veggie, which will give you a TON of leftovers. Drumroll... SPAGHETTI SQUASH! No shit, right? It is AMAZING. So upsetting it took me this long in my life to recognize it as something other than a Halloween decoration.. like squash ain't the cutest veggie in the bunch. But it's insides are so yummy and with just a couple more high quality ingredients it's turned into an amazing dish.

Goat Cheese Spaghetti [ Squash ] Alfredo // 

Ingredients (seriously like 6+ servings)
1 large Spaghetti Squash
4 tbsp Organic Coconut Oil
1 bunch of organic green Kale
1 sweet onion
Fresh Goat Cheese
Salt & Pepper 

Directions (Baking part borrowed from here) :
1. Cut the squash in half lengthwise with a sharp knife. Be careful, go slow, and cautiously slice the squash in half.

2. Scoop out and discard the seeds.

3. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place squash halves cut side up on a heavy-bottomed roasting pan. Brush with coconut oil or olive oil and season with salt and pepper. You don't have to be too careful here: just slather, sprinkle, and it's ready!

4. Roast for about 45 to 50 minutes, or until a fork punctures the flesh of the squash easily. If the squash seems to be drying out while baking, brush with an additional tablespoon of olive oil.

5. Remove squash from the oven and allow it to cool just enough so you can handle it, about 3 to 4 minutes. Scrape the flesh from the squash into wonderful, stringy "noodles" with a sturdy fork and place in a small serving bowl. If some of the strands clump or gather together, simply separate them using your hands. (Borrowed directions end here)

6. Toss noodles with coconut oil, and let sit and cool some more.

7. In a pan, combine coconut oil, chopped sweet onion, and kale. Heat until kale is wilted and onion has started caramelizing.

8. Add pan contents to noodles, toss evenly.

9. Finish dish by serving with fresh, crumbled goat cheese and sprinkle some salt and pepper.
YUM. Enjoy :)

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Thursday, 23 January 2014

\\ Spicy Peanut [Tofu] Noodles //

So it is SO FREAKING cold in Ottawa[Canada] right now. It is -19 aka -28 degrees outside right now with the windchill. Sorry but it makes me SICK, I can't even breathe outside it's so cold. So I thought I'd warm things up with a spicy recipe. Let's talk low carb. Let's talk gluten-free. Let's talk the lack of pasta that has been in my life since I gave up gluten, it's pretty upsetting. Luckily there are these cool little water filled packages you can pick up in your produce aisle by the fake meats and tofu which actually contain these miracle noodles. I purchased the Tofu Shirataki fettuccine shaped noodles for about $3 after seeing them on pinterest. 

"Tofu Shirataki has been pegged as a pasta alternative because unlike pasta, it's gluten-free, low in calories and low in carbs! It’s also cholesterol-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, vegan and kosher certified. Offered in a variety of shapes including, macaroni, spaghetti, fettuccine and angel-hair we have enough to satisfy all your noodle needs!"

These noodles rock. They are 20 calories per serving! They don't really have a taste to them, and you have to rinse them before you heat them up a couple times, but the result is so satisfying. I was in a pad thai sort of mood, hense the spicy peanut sauce, but you can totally add a creamy cheese or tomato sauce to them to curb your italian cravings. 

Spicy Peanut [Tofu] Noodles

Ingredients (2 servings)
1 bag Tofu Shirataki noodles
2 tbsp Organic Coconut Oil
1 pinch Red pepper flakes
Cayenne Pepper
2 tbsp Szechuan Sauce
Organic frozen veggies (optional)
1 tbsp Natural Peanut Butter

Drain the water out of the tofu noodles bag, and pat down noodles with paper towel to get the majority of the moisture out. The dryer the better as they can seem a bit slimy at first. Pop them in the microwave for a minute to get rid of their natural (fish-like) odor. Pat down again. In a saucepan heat up 2 tablespoons of coconut oil over medium heat and add in veggies. When the veggies are just about done start mixing the sauce together. I melt my peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds, add in the szechuan sauce, and stir to make sure it is well blended, then pour over the veggies. Add in the noodles last. As they don't need to be heated for too long. Simmer until veggies and noodles are completely heated. If your a spice fan like me, add your cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes. 

Enjoy and keep warm!


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tofu noodles, spicy peanut noodles, thai, asian food, low cal, low carb

tofu noodles, spicy peanut noodles, thai, asian food, low cal, low carb

tofu noodles, spicy peanut noodles, thai, asian food, low cal, low carb

tofu noodles, spicy peanut noodles, thai, asian food, low cal, low carb

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Making, Cooking, Drinking...

2014, I love you already. I don't know if it's because the number 13 has such a negative connotation or what but 2013 was a little bit nasty to me. I learned a lot though, and learned that 2014 is going to be amazing. Everyone says that though right? I probably said this last January, but whatever. I mean it. I have such high hopes for this year and it's starting with a complete detox. Well, really just trying to balance my inner and outer soul by not drinking any booze until February. Who knows, maybe it will last longer. I'm also testing out the Gluten detox. I've always had a bit of an issue with my tummy, but lately it's been over the top - and I've already cut out Caffeine (December is when my Caffeine Addiction died, RIP) but I still have some troubles. So next on the docket is Gluten..  It ain't easy. I do like how I can still eat rice and quinoa though, but Gluten Free bread from the supermarket is so bad it makes me want to cry. I've noticed since cutting out breads, I crave sugary chocolate more and more, but maybe that's just the lack of processed refined sugars & gmos talking. I'm getting better. One thing at a time. So, two weeks in I am noticing my skin looking a LOT better ( I hate putting this out there cause I feel like every time I say it, I jinx it, so I'm knocking on wood ). And my digestion is slowly getting better. Lots of teas, hot yoga, and spin classes are also helping me through this Gluten purge.  :) Looking forward to posting some yummy gluten free vegetarian dishes on the blog this year. I already have a bunch saved from the end of 2013 that just couldn't get put up until I was confident I wanted to commit to this blog again. And I do. And to begin again I "stole" this cute little post idea from one of my fav blogs, The Daybook, to get some inspiration and insight. 

Making : Plans to see The Wolf of Wallstreet with Skyler later tonight - heard it's an amazing movie!
Cooking : Last night I cooked up some coconut curry tempeh, topped on a romaine salad with carrots, avacado, pickled beets and goat cheese - SO yummy.
Drinking : Toasted Walnut tea from David's Tea.. mmm.
Reading : Oh god, litereally the WORST reader ever but Skyler's mom lent me the 50 shades of grey trilogy so I guess I should start reading them.. but I did skim-read Flare last night.
Wanting : our hot water to come back on at the house - it's getting fixed (hopefully) today.
Looking: forward to warm weather - summer come faster.
Playing: with my kitties!
Wasting: some avocados as I always seem to have at least 2 in the bag go bad before I can eat them..
Sewing: no sewing here
Wishing: for my runny nose to go away
Enjoying: finally paying off my student debt loan, feels amazing.
Waiting: for Saturday so I can sleep in again, I love sleeping in.
Liking: the though of my hair growing out.
Wondering: where all the time goes - it's already 2 weeks into January.. uhm..
Loving: my new lululemon hot yoga mat Skyler got me for Christmas, I'm actually obsessed. NO slipping.
Hoping: for a lot of new experiences in 2014.
Marveling: at how content I can be just sitting on a couch watching Netflix for hours.. 
Needing: some more groceries.. but payday isn't until Friday
Smelling: Viva la Juicy perfume
Wearing: moccasins, skinny khakis, forever 21 heart sweater
Noticing: Marley looks to be finally losing some weight.. 
Knowing: what works for my body and what doesn't ... screw you gluten :(
Thinking: about spring/summer 2015 colours for work - it's almost too much to process
Feeling: grateful for all my lovely friends, family, and love
Bookmarking: hair colours
Opening: New bath & body works candles that haven't been lit
Giggling: always
Feeling: content

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Famous Perry

My famous kitty, Perry ( of Marley&Perry ;) ) won the Blue Buffalo Cover Pet contest for the month of December :) so proud of her! 
Blue Buffalo is an amazing, holistic, all-natural pet food/products company - check them out here