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.

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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?

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Manitoba Hemp Heart Bars {Contest & Review}

Lately it seems as if I can’t get a hold on my hunger especially after I run. I’m just rungry all the time. I’ve been doing my best to eat “good for you foods” but as life goes on, that doesn’t always happen.

As part of being a Sweat Pink Ambassador with Fit Approach, I had the opportunity to test out the Manitoba Hemp Heart Bars! I can’t lie, I LOVED the Apple Cinnamon bar. They filled me up when I needed the extra fuel.

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What are they?

They are these soft bars filled with hemp hearts and yummy other ingredients. Manitoba Harvest whipped up three different delicious flavours to choose from: vanilla, chocolate and apple cinnamon. Each 45 gram bar contains 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of omegas, so whether you grab one for a pre-workout snack or nutrition on the go, these convenient bars are sure to get you through even your busiest day.

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What I liked about them:

  • Super soft.
  • Lots of protein.
  • Not overly processed with crap.
  • Great as a snack or after a workout when you need a little something
  • Loved the taste of the Apple Cinnamon bar – my favourite.
  • They are also vegan….no I didn’t let my husband try them…whoops!

What I didn’t like about them:

  • The Vanilla and Chocolate lacked flavour; kind of bland.
  • That’s it.

Nutrition Content:

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You can check out more at their website here: Manitoba Harvest 

PHOTO CONTEST:

You can win!!! Join this contest by tagging @manitobaharvest #hempheartbar #fuelledbyhemp #sweatpink @fitapproach on Instagram or Twitter for a chance to win a box of your favorite flavor of Hemp Heart Bars! Photos do not need to include Manitoba Harvest products, but of course it’s fabulous if they do.

Eligibility: open to US and Canada residents. Full contest details are here

Also: You can use this discount code hhbarlaunch1015 will get you 15% off! Expires 3/31/2016. 

Have you tried Hemp Heart Bars?

What’s your favourite go-to bar?

Which flavour would you want to try?

Note: I was provided this opportunity through Fit Approach as part of being a Sweat Pink Ambassador; all opinions are my own.

Also the photos taken are terrible but I didn’t realise this until after all the bars were consumed 😦 Blogger fail….apparently my eyes are failing me.

Meals On The Run {Book Review}

Just before the holidays I received a copy of the “Meals On The Run” book. I quickly looked through it and found a number of recipes I wanted to make. Conveniently, the next day we were getting groceries so I planned most of our meals around the new recipes.

I’ve taken a little more time with the cook book and made a few more things that did not disappoint! There are 150 energy-packed recipes you can make in 30 minutes or less (and it’s true!).

THE BOOK: Runner’s World Meals on The Run. 

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It’s broken up into into your typical chapters:

  • Breakfast
  • Smoothies & Juices
  • Snacks & Sweets
  • Salads
  • Soups & Stews
  • Pasta & Noodles
  • Vegetarian Mains & Sides
  • Seafood Mains, and
  • Meat & Poultry Mains.

There is also a section that breaks down the foods into a list of categories:

  • Prerun
  • Recovery
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Low Calories
  • Gluten-Free
  • 5-Minute Fixes
  • 10 Minute Tops
  • Hydrating.

We tried everything from Cranberry-beet smoothie, El Guapo’s Great Energy Bars (amazing), Sweet Potato-Black Bean Falafel, Orange-Chipotle Chicken Thighs and Chunky Tomato-Beef Soup.

Even our girls tried everything. The Orange-Chipotle Chicken Thighs were a little spicy for the girls but the Chunky Tomato-Beef Soup was a major hit with my family. We even made it on Boxing Day (Dec 26th) for my entire family who wanted to recipe right away.

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What I like about the book….

  • Easy to make
  • Not an enormous amount of ingredients that it’s overwhelming
  • Variety/lots of choice
  • The break down: Pre/Mid/Post Run; Vegan/Veg/GF, Hydrating etc.
  • Helpful tips
  • Combinations I’d never think of: Bacon-Apple Cheddar Oatmeal!
  • Recipes are provided by different people
  • Colour coded margins
  • Last but not least – the pictures of the foods. I’m a picture girl when it comes to recipes. I like to see it before I made it.

Honestly, this has been my go-to cookbook for the last month and I’m loving it. So many good recipes that I probably would have never made before.

What’s your favourite way to fuel for running or working out?

Do you have a favourite winter soup?

 

Friday – Get Your Happy On

IT’s FRIDAY…….get your happy on!

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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!

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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!

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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?

Curried Cauliflower with Spinach & ChickPeas

We eat a fair amount of curry and chick peas in our house. Now I’m not talking all the time but everyone will eat it which is a big success when you have two little kids and a vegan. One of our other favourites is Curried Cauliflower & Chickpeas with Coconut Milk that I shared back in August and wanted to share this one today!

It’s so easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of prep time. Though you need to make sure you have all the ingredients (as with any recipe). Yesterday, I had to run to the store – literally – to pick up an onion. I wasn’t to upset as I wanted to get my first post half marathon run in and my hamstring was feeling good.

I got the recipe from my mother a few years ago. She found it in a magazine and thought my husband would like it since it was vegan. She’s always trying new vegan recipes for him and follows all the directions 100%, me not so much 😉

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Curried Cauliflower, Chick Peas and Spinach. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh ginger (yum)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced (I always put way more 3-5 cloves)
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 1 small head of cauliflower
  • 1 can (19oz/540ml) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 4 cups of baby spinach
  • Rice or quinoa or other grain.

Directions:

1. In frying pan heat oil and cook onion and sugar, stiring occasionally until beginning to brown.

2. Add ginger, garlic, garam masala, vinegar, cayenne, salt and pepper; reduce heat to medium-low and cook until onion is golden brown.

3. Cut cauliflower into florets to make 6 cups (I never measure this). Add to pan along with chickpeas and raisins; cover and cook, stirring once or twice until cauliflower is tender (about 18 minutes).

4. Remove from heat and stir in spinach. ( I don’t remove it from the heat when I put in the spinach).

5. Surve over rice of your choice.

Our girls actually eat this!!!!!!! I find this one really good after a day as the flavour is that much stronger. What’s even better – apparently I’ve shared this recipe on my blog before, whoops! Oh well, I took the time to write this up so I’m going to hit publish anyway. Enjoy 🙂

Do you find curry better the day you make it or a day later ?

Ever run (or walk) to the store for an ingredient you forgot?

Ever shared a recipe twice on your blog? Or something else?

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

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Pumpkin Muffins

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Pumpkin Pie (maybe)

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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!

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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?