Grilled Chili Lime Chicken Salad

Three for three! Don’t get use to me posting so much but I had to share this recipe today!

While visiting with some friends in Prince Edward Island this summer, we had an amazing dinner together. Great company, great weather, amazing food and drinks, kids off playing together = best summer days!!!!!

My friend made this dish called “Grilled Chili Lime Chicken Fajita Salad“. It was so good, I got the recipe from her and made it myself. Now, being a family with a vegan, I couldn’t just make it with chicken. I made two batched of the marinade and used tofu for my husband’s meal.

Grilled Chili Lime Chicken PR

This meal was amazing and probably my go to recipe for the rest of the summer. I’ve had it as left overs and my girls actually really liked it as well – parent win for sure!

I did a couple of things different:

1 – I used 4 chicken breasts not thigh fillets.

2 – I made three batched of marinade. One for the chicken, one for the tofu and one as the salad dressing for left overs.

3 – I grilled my veggies (peppers) and chicken on the BBQ.

4 – As for left overs, I actually paired the chicken with some rice and it was delicious!

For the recipe, head on over to Karin’s blog called Cafe Delites! I’ve also made her Chili Lime Texas Caviar before and it did not disappoint!

I’m actually making this tonight for dinner for my girls and I, my husband has to work the night shift, so no grillin’ tofu tonight. My chicken is marinating all day and I might text my husband as ask him to “shake up my chicken” when he gets up for the day – so the marinade can redistribute.  Is that an odd text to send to your vegan husband…….ah yes, yes it is on a few accounts!!!

Enjoy!

What’s your summer to-go recipe?

Any favourite ways to cook chicken?

Do you have multiple diets (for lack of better word) in your house?

Friday – Get Your Happy On

IT’s FRIDAY…….get your happy on!

The Happiness questions - and how to reach it.:

I’m really happy it’s Friday…just looking forward to being with my girls and hopefully spending some time outside! This morning I got up early, did my 1:15 minute plank and then painted my nails….cause that’s what this mama does at 6am and her kids are still sleeping. What I didn’t really plan out was how much my outfit would match today!

IMG_20151106_110807_edit

Devour! Food Truck Rally

At lunch today, a co-worker and I took in the Devour! Food Truck Rally in Wolfville. Though I was rather disappointed with the turn out of actual food trucks (3 if you count the hot dog guy), the food was awesome! There were supposed to be four trucks at today’s rally but there was two and a hot dog guy. Apparently last night there were 8 trucks and up to an hour to wait for food – woah!

Devour Food Truck Rally

It was tacos all around. From the “Edible Sideshow Food Truck”: I got 1 refried beans/cheese taco and one pulled pork taco. I loved the pulled pork one – it may have been the hot sauce I put on it or just the amazing taste of the pulled pork. Oh and of course I got desert. It was called “Banoffee Bites” from the “Nomad Gourmet”. Naan bread with baked bananas in a drizzle of caramel/ nutella sauce and whip cream……so, so good!

This was a pretty good way to start the weekend! I’m pretty sure we have some leaf piling and jumping to do this weekend with a side of bike riding in what will probably be our last warm weekend for a while.

What are your weekend plans? 

Anyone going to the Devour! Food Film Festival this weekend?

Favourite food truck you’ve been to?

Fall Eats & Treats for Thanksgiving Dinner

With Thanksgiving coming up this weekend, all I can think about (besides pacing the 10k) is all the yummy food we’ll be eating. Turkey, ham, sour cream potatoes, sweet potato bake, veggies galore and special family recipes that we *hope* the person brings to meal.

My aunt always makes these amazing chocolate coconut {Queen Anne Squares} that are to die for – I’m holding out that she’s making this. I’m on the sweet potato bake (mashed potatoes with peanut butter and maple syrup on top) and of course a few vegan treats!

Last night instead of running *gasp*, don’t worry I went to a great yoga class at lunch time 🙂 Last night I did a little baking…muffins, cookies and pie crusts for the weekend.

Since we went apple picking last weekend we have a bag full of apples to use up: apple pie, apple crisp and I might even make some apple muffins this week too! Since Saï is a vegan, I do all my baking vegan so he can enjoy it. Okay, that’s a lie, I do 90% of my baking vegan.

Some of what I made last night and still to come…..

Vegan Apple Pie

pie

Pumpkin Muffins

SONY DSC

Pumpkin Pie (maybe)

SONY DSC

I’m not sure if I’ll get to the pumpkin pie but I’m pretty sure I’ll be hungry {or should I say “rungry”} after my 10k on Sunday. I’m a few days and a 1 hour drive with the girls and Saï away from Thanksgiving dinner!

What’s your favourite part of Thanksgiving dinner?

What’s your favourite part of fall?

Do you make a secret family recipe to bring to your family dinner?

Anna

Curried Cauliflower & Chickpeas with Coconut Milk

We are a big fan of curry in our family. Well, my husband is a big fan and I enjoy it, the girls on the other hand…I would say they have come to accept it 🙂

I am sharing one of our favourite curry recipes this week and will share another one in the coming weeks. They are not my original recipes. I got this recipe from my running buddy Kyrstol. She had us over for dinner a few months ago and made this – it’s awesome!

curried cauliflower coconut milk PR

Curried Cauliflower & Chickpeas with Coconut Milk  (with Rice / Fries).

Original recipe from Pampered Chef Cookbook – but this version is adapted for a vegan. It’s originally made with Chicken and Couscous instead of chickpeas/cauliflower and rice/fries. 

  • 1 can of chick peas (drained)
  • 1 head of cauliflower (broken into small pieces)
  • 3/4 tsp (4ml) salt
  • 1/4 tsp (1 ml) ground black pepper
  • 4 medium carrots (cut up in small pieces)
  • 1 medium onion (cut up in small pieces)
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) vegetable oil  (I used Olive Oil)
  • 2 tsp (30 ml) curry powder (I never measure this and put more in 😉 )
  • 1/2 Cup (125 ml) golden raisins (I use red Thompson raisins)
  • 1 can (13.5oz/398ml) coconut milk
  • Rice OR Long thin French Fries (large bag – follow directions on bag)

1.If serving on rice – make rice. If serving on French Fries (I know….it’s awesome), prep the oven and get baking.

2. Chopped up onion into small pieces and cook in olive oil (or vegetable oil) until soft.

3. Add in cauliflower, pepper, salt, carrots and curry powder – cook for 5-8 minutes (until cauliflower/carrots soften a little).

4. Add in raisins and chickpeas, then your coconut milk and cook for another 10 minutes or so. (Make sure you don’t burn it).

5. Once all cooked serve over rice or FRIES!!! I’ve never had curry over fries until having this at Krystol house months ago. It was the best idea ever! Might not be the healthiest choice….however, you can always make it with rice, couscous or another grain that you love.

Again – I altered the recipe from its original. 

Do you like chickpeas?

Ever tried curried cauliflower?

What’s your favourite way to eat curry? On Rice, Fries, or something else?

When Runners Can’t Run

Sometimes not running can be a good thing {I can’t believe I just wrote that down!}. But seriously, it can be good for your body and even sometimes your mind.

You may have noticed I’ve been doing a little reading around here with Dr. Jordan Metzl’s and Meb for Mortals book reviews. I’ve also been reading “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” and am really enjoying it. It’s chalk full of running tips, stories, training plans for 5k – full marathons and soundtracks of music!!! Interesting, eh!!!

Well, last night I think this mother runner hit the all time high of what to do when you can’t run. I decided to bake. I had planned to make these amazing cookies: Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies. If you’ve never made them, it’s a must. Anyway….

I figured since I was turning on the oven I’d make some muffins as well. Again, I didn’t just make one kind. In the end I made a batch of carrot cake oatmeal cookies, blueberry muffin’s and banana muffins.

IMG_20150506_215100_edit

The banana muffins were supposed to be “chocolate chip banana muffins” as requested by the girls but I kinda forgot about the chocolate chips as they were hiding under the cooling racks, dang! Guess I’ll just have to bake again in a few days 😉 Oh and, none of these are vegan!!!! My poor husband will come home to all this – or half of it – and realise he can’t eat any of it.

Let me just say, I could eat it all right now and may have tested all three last night and for breakfast this morning.

What’s a girl do to?

What do you do when you can’t run (or workout)?

If you bake, do you bake more than one thing at a time?

Ever forget a key ingredient in a recipe before?

PS – I’m hoping to run tonight…..can’t eat all the muffin’s and cookies and not run 😉

Manitoba Hemp Hearts Review & Giveaway (US & CAN)

For the last month or so I’ve been adding these little hemp hearts to almost everything I eat! Manitoba Hemp Hearts to be exact!

I add them to smoothies, yogurt and granola, salads, you name it and I usually add them into the meal! I’m not going to lie, I was a little unsure before I tried them as I thought they would be really grainy.

hemp hearts

After trying them the first time, I actually really liked them. They are soft and taste good. Not grainy or hard like I thought they might be. I liked them so much that I went and bought a big bag from our local grocery store.

I plan on using them in some other foods I make: banana bread, no bake energy bites (I’ve altered my recipe and will share soon) and in the Oh She Glow’s granola bars I make. These are definitely a daily eat for me now.

What are hemp hearts?

Hemp Hearts are shelled hemp seeds.

Fun facts:

  • At the ‘heart’ of all our hemp foods is the Hemp Heart (aka raw shelled hemp seed).
  • Hemp Hearts contain 10 grams of omegas per 30 gram serving
  • Hemp Hearts are a complete vegetarian protein
  • Hemp Hearts contain 10 grams of protein per 30 grams servings
  • Hemp Hearts are hypoallergenic
  • Hemp Hearts are Non-GMO Project Verified

You can check out their website at Manitoba Hemp Hearts and find recipes there too!

To enter the contest please…

  1. Followed @ManitobaHarvest on Instagram 
  2. Followed @ManitobaHarvest on Twitter 

BONUS entries:

  1. Followed @Piper’s Run on Instagram 
  2. Followed @Piper’s Run on Twitter 

LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH ENTRY. Contest is open to those in the US and CANADA! Contest is open Wednesday March 4th until Monday March 9th, Atlantic Standard Time. 

 I was provided Manitoba Hemp Hearts as part of a review with FitApproach. 

Baked Blueberry Coconut Oatmeal {vegan}

Since we are having a SNOW DAY in Nova Scotia today (yes, even Government offices are closed!) I thought I would make a nice breakfast for our family. I’ve wanted to make this Baked Blueberry Coconut Oatmeal (From Two Peas & Their Pod) dish for a long time. I figured today was going to be the perfect opportunity. Of course, I had to make it vegan for my husband to enjoy with us.

Baked Blueberry #2 PR

Baked Blueberry Coconut Oatmeal {vegan} 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups skim milk {Coconut OR Almond milk}
  • 1 large egg {1 large banana OR 1/4 cup of maple syrup}
  • 3 tbsp spoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Grease 8 x 8 baking pan.
  2. Mix oats, coconut flakes, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  3. Mix together milk, egg {banana}, melted coconut oil and vanilla.
  4. Place 2/3 of the blueberries on the bottom of the pan.
  5. Pour over the oat mixture evenly over blueberries.
  6. Next, pour the milk mixture over the oats – covering all of them.
  7. Sprinkle remaining blueberries on top.
  8. Bake for 40 minutes until top is golden and oats are set.

Baked Blueberry Coconut Oatmeal vegan PR

ENJOY!!!

Oh, and we made bacon; normal yummy delicious bacon and….vegan bacon. Now we are off to enjoy the day together, stuck in our house and hopefully outside later to enjoy the snow.

Do you make special breakfast on snow days?

Are you getting this crazy blizzard?

What are your go-to activities when stuck inside with your family?