Easy Guacamole

 

Makes aprox. 2 1/3 cup servings. (Depending on the size of your avocado)Image1 avocado

1 tbsp finely chopped red onion

Squeeze of half a lime

Salt & Pepper to taste

1 tsp minced jalapeno or habanero pepper (depending on how spicy you like it!)

Mash the avocado flesh. Mix in everything else! Eat immediately. If you store this in the fridge it will keep for another day, and the flavors will intensify, however the beautiful green colour will darken and slightly brown. *Pet Peeve. My spell check is american apparently. It keeps telling me colour isn’t spelt with a U. Gah.* I like to eat my guac. with 100% corn chips, mixed with some fresh pico de gallo.

**NOTE*** If any of you fellow wordpress users could assist me, it would be greatly appreciate it. Despite categorizing my recipes as ‘recipes’, they don’t seem to show up on my recipe page! HELP!

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Greek Night!

 

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Chicken Souvlaki

Makes 6 Souvlaki

3 skinless, boneless chicken breast

1 tbsp oregano

0.5 tbsp garlic

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

Squeeze of half a lemon

1. Chop chicken into 1 inch cubes, toss with spices and lemon juice

2. Thread onto wood skewers

3. Bake balanced on edges of a pan (so the fat drips onto the pan, and the chicken isn’t touching the pan) at 410 C for 40 minutes.

Greek Salad

Makes 2 large servings, or 4 side salads.

3 tomatoes, chopped

1 cucumber, chopped

1 can sliced black olives

1 green pepper, chopped

1 tbsp dried oregano

1 tbsp dried dill

1 tbsp olive oil

1/3 cup shredded feta cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients in large bowl. Set aside to marinate aprox. 15 minutes. Serve.

Tatziki

Makes aprox. 1 1/4 cup

1 cup non-fat plain greek yogurt (we like oikos)

1 tbsp chopped fresh dill

Juice of half a lemon

1 tsp minced garlic

1/4 cucumber, shredded

Salt and pepper to taste

Mix in a bowl. Let sit 2-3 hours or overnight.

Pico De Gallo

Pico De Gallo

Makes 1L mason jar’s worth. Inspired by the fantastic fresh salsa we ate at Amigo’s Cantina!

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6 tomatoes

0.5 red onion

2 chili peppers

0.5 green bell pepper

1 orange bell pepper

0.25 cup white vinegar

2 tbsp granulated sugar

0.5 tbsp chili powder

0.5 tbsp garlic powder

0.25 tbsp onion powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

If you like a smoother salsa, puree ingredients from hardest to softest, adding spices at the end. If you like a chunkier salsa, finely chop all vegetables, leaving one tomato to puree with spices. Mix vegetables and tomato puree. Store in mason jar in fridge for up to one week.

Sunny Saturday

Started off this sunny saturday by cozy-ing up in my new knit wool infinity scarf I picked up while out shopping with the hubbie yesterday. Bought it at GAP for $49.99. Expensive for a scarf, but I felt for the quality and warmth, it was worth it. I absolutely adore it. Also cracked open a new MAC studio fix pressed powder and concealer (I have been wearing tinted moisturizer lately and it was killing my skin!) and a little 12$ perfume I picked up at Aeropostal. Smells like a mix of cotton candy and spring. De-light-ful!

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Next, I went to pick up some groceries. I didn’t even have an egg in the house and couldn’t stomach any carbs(oatmeal) so early in the morning today! Got the usual fruits, veg, yogurt, milk and eggs….on my way to the cash register I saw this:

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As someone who dosen’t drink, I was super excited. Most alcohol-free wines still have about 0.5% alcohol, so I have never partook. This one is pretty much fancy grape juice. I thought we would give it at try. I think it is great. I looked it up online.

“For over 25 years, MADD Canada (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) has successfully educated the public to the perils of drinking and driving.  Not only have they changed the way most of us view drinking and driving, in doing so, they have saved thousands of lives. 

However, MADD Canada’s work needs to continue, and that was the inspiration for MADD Virgin Drinks.

MADD Virgin Drinks were conceived to support the work of MADD Canada, both philosophically and financially.

In fact, MADD Virgin Drinks proudly contributes 10% of net sales to MADD Canada in support of their ongoing efforts to reduce the incidence of impaired driving, and support the victims of this completely preventable crime.

We hope you’ll join us in supporting the efforts of MADD Canada.                      

Include MADD Virgin Drinks whenever and wherever alcohol is served”

So basically. In an effort to support designated drivers, they have made this line of alcohol-free beverages that look just as ‘swank'(for lack of a better word) as most beverages, and are 100% alcohol free. 10% of profits go to M.A.D.D. Also, the nutritional stats are pretty good:

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So if you don’t drink, like myself. Or you are pregnant, trying to be pregnant, or the designated driver, check it out! Support this awesome cause!!

When I got home from the grocery store I had to feed my veins with my addiction: had no milk or cream, or even whitener in the house for coffee this morning. While the coffee was brewing I made this super-simple low-calorie coffee creamer. So excited as I am addicted to international delight creamer but HATE that there is no actual dairy in it! (ew!)

Low Calorie French Vanilla Coffee Creamer

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1 can low fat sweetened condensed milk

28 oz.(aprox.) skim or low fat milk (I used organic skim)

1.5 tbsp pure vanilla extract

0.25 tsp ground cinnamon

32 oz. Mason Jar

Combine everything in the mason jar, seal. Shake your little heart out until the condensed milk is no longer clumped on the bottom! Its just that easy!

** Only 12 calories per TBSP if you use skim milk!=) **

Have a great day! Don’t forget to check out MADD’s great new line. Available at Sobey’s in Saskatoon!

Jalapeno Cheddar Bacon Spinach Quiche

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Serves 5

Quick and easy. A favorite to make for leftovers when working shift-work, or for lazy Saturdays!

1 Pilsbury Pie Crust (come in packs of 2) or homemade pie crust [Betty Crocker’s is my fav. recipe]

9 Eggs

1/2 lb bacon(aprox. 7 slices)

1 cup fresh spinach

1 tbsp dried basil

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

3/4 cup 1% milk

1 cup shredded jalapeno cheddar cheese

1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Wisk spices, eggs, milk and cheese in a large bowl.

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2. Let sit, covered, in fridge while cooking bacon to a crisp in a pan: aprox. 10 minutes on med-high heat.

3. Crumble bacon

4. In a pie plate, roll out pie pastry. Cover bottom of pastry with spinach and bacon.

5. Pour egg mixture over spinach and bacon.

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6. Bake for 45 minutes. Reduce heat to 200 F after 20 minutes- at this point your quiche should appear cooked, but jiggle in the middle when disturbed. If you don’t reduce heat, the outter eggs will be over cooked by the time the middle eggs are set.

7. Allow to cool 10-15 minutes, slice and serve warm.

*Can be frozen 1-2 months.

**To reheat in microwave, place half a cup of water beside plate of quiche to help retain moisture.

 Nutritional Facts: Per 1/5 Quiche: 379 calories, 23g fat, 2.8g carbohydrates, 21.4g protein, 0.1g fibre