M.I.A…..

No not in Miami, but in Hawaii!  I haven’t blogged in awhile…I know “bad blogger”! I just haven’t had the same motivation to post lately. There seems to be less time because I walk my baby I mean Puppy Stella every morning and night if I can-unless it rains like now! I also haven’t taken many pics of my good eats , we are busy eating and trying to get the kids off to soccer 3 times a week sometimes.

I had a fantastic month, Tony and I went to Hawaii (Maui & Honolulu) for 1 week-it was magical and felt like our second honeymoon, just so romantic and laid back as if we were the only 2 people in the world! My son received 2 certificates of Honour and has finished Sec 1 today…we are so proud!

I was very honored to be my niece’s sponsor on her Confirmation this past week-end…isn’t she a darling!

We had some good eats in Maui…the pineapple and shrimp were to die for! This was a dish of avocado, shrimp, pear and pineapple…so yummy!

Quinoa Quick!

Seriously a quick but versatile grain that is so filling and nutritious…I add any veggie -but my favorite is chopped onion and tomato with fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro. I use a lime, garlic and olive oil dressing…really simple but so good!

rawlicious with chickpeas

How fresh is this salad…it’s so easy to eat raw veggies so full of energy, enzymes and makes for a great lunch!

Broccoli provides daily calcium needs and fibre as well as chick peas with protein.

Chili and Chocolate…

I got this recipe from trying to change it up a little bit…my son loves chili and he loves chocolate so I thought of trying this recipe for him-he has no idea! 

2 tsp cumin
2 tsp coriander seeds
2 large dried chillies

2 onions chopped
2 sticks of celery chopped
2 cloves of garlic
2 tsp sunflower oil

2 tins plum tomatoes (or use fresh)
1 tin haricot beans
1 tin black eyed beans
1 tin aduki beans
1 tin kidney beans
1 tin black beans (I used soaked and coked dried beans)

1tbs cocoa powder
1tbs paprika
1 tbs sweet chili sauce (or tomato ketchup)
2 tbs tomato puree
S&P to taste

Dry fry the cumin, coriander and whole chillies and when aromatic grind, add to the slow cooker pot. Add the tinned tomatoes and rinsed and drained beans (I reserved half the black beans and their liquid and blitzed them with a stick blender before adding – this will add colour and thicken the sauce).

Fry the onion, celery and garlic and add to the chilli. Add the cocoa, paprika, sweet chilli sauce and tomato puree, stir and allow to gentle bubble for a few hours.

Serve with any of rice, grated cheese, guacamole, salsa.

Beans & Fennel au Gratin….


1 Small bulb of fennel
½ can Cannellini beans (rinsed well)
Butter
Splash Milk
1 oz Cheddar or other cheese
½ oz Parmesan or other hard cheese

Slice the fennel into ½ inch slices, place in a sieve and pour a kettle of boiling water over, arrange with the beans in a buttered gratin dish, top with a few knobs of butter and a splash of milk and grate the cheese over. Season to taste with S&P.

Bake in oven ( 350F) for 20mins until piping hot and the cheese is starting to turn golden.

BLACK BEAN QUESADILLA…sin QUESO!

 

Black Bean & Butternut Squash Tortillas
Handful black beans
Handful aduki beans
½ small butternut squash cooked
¼ green pepper finely chopped
¼ yellow pepper finely chopped
Handful peas & corn
1 tbsp chilli powder

Tortillas….there are so many out there…any would work great, just mix all gredients and spread over tortilla and fold. Grill on hot BBQ plate or pan!

Quinoa and black bean salad

This is another quick dish with so much flavor and fibre 😉

1 cup cooked quinoa

1 cup cooked black beans

chopped yellow pepper

chopped green onion

fresh parsley or cilantro

dressing: some olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and herbamare (cumin I love with cilantro)

goat, dry cottage cheese or feta sprinkled over top (optional)

Keeps for a great lunch too!