Monthly Archives: September 2015

Meatless Monday Baked Beans

With the cold weather approaching  I wanted a warm comfort meal. What better way to get that comfort then with baked beans and fresh baked bread.

What you need:
2 cups dried navy beans (8 oz), sorted and rinsed
3/4 cup water
1 medium onion, chopped 
3/4 cup real maple syrup
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

How to make it:

Soak beans overnight. In the morning drain and rinse. Put all all the ingredients in the crockpot and let cook on low for 8 hours. Serve with some fresh bread.

You could also make this as a side dish instead of the main dish as well. I just really love beans 🙂

Banana nut oatmeal

I’ve decided to give oatmeal a try for the next 7 days.  I will be adding pictures later on this week to my posts but for now here’s the recipe! And I am posting pics on my facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/FastHealthyClean?ref=hl  if you can’t wait to see the pics 🙂

What you need (makes 2 servings)

1 cup water

1/2 cup oats

1 banana. sliced

1 tbsp walnuts ( I used chopped)

1 tsp cinnamon

 

Bring water and oatmeal to a boil reduce heat and cook until desired doneness. Separate oats in two bowls top each bowl with 1/2 banana, 1/2 tbsp walnuts and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon.  Serve and Enjoy!

Crockpot beef fajitas 

So normally I use chicken in my fajitas but I had a small roast defrosted and didn’t feel like making a traditional roast beef dinner. So this recipe can be made with beef, chicken, turkey or pork.

What you need

1 lbs of beef

1 onion slices

2 peppers ( or more if you really like peppers) sliced

1/2 cup of chicken broth or water

1.5 tbsp cumin

1 tbsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp salt

Juice of one lime

Place sliced veggies in crockpot. Add chicken broth. Place meat on top of veggies and add spices and pour lime juice on the meat. Cook 4-8 hours on low. Remove meat and shred it return to crockpot and mix with veggies. Serve with toppings of your choice.
I like to serve mine on a bed of salad instead of on a wrap but the possibilities are endless.  

 

What I’ve made Tuesday Poptarts!!

So I know that oatmeal is healthy for you but for the life of me I cannot get use to the texture. And neither can my children apparently. So I decided I was going to disguise something healthy into something they thought was a treat and I also let my inner child think this too. I decided what’s the easiest breakfast where I can precook them and not have to actually cook them the morning I was serving them. I came up with two ideas Pop tarts and pancakes(will give you the recipe in another post)

So here’s what I came up with

WHAT YOU NEED:

2 cups oatmeal flour (if you have oatmeal at home just throw it in the food                     processor till it has flour texture)

1/4 cup coconut oil (make sure it’s solid)

1/4 cup applesauce

1tsp vanilla extract

a pinch of salt

2 Tbsp cold water

1 egg for egg wash

Jam for filling

HOW TO MAKE IT

Mix all ingredients except jam and egg in a food processor until a dough is formed. Form into a ball cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate 10-15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 F

Place dough between two sheets of plastic wrap and roll out till an 1/8 of an inch think.

Cut out your poptarts using various shapes or a rectangle cookie cutter. Make sure you have 2 of every shape if using different shapes to form a top and a bottom for your poptart

Put cut shapes on a greased parchment paper. On half of the cut out shapes put some jam (the amount depends on the size you make them, you want to make sure you have a good amount of edges left so the jam doesn’t ooze out).

Take the other half of the shapes and put on top of your jam shapes. Seal edges with a fork and poke hole in the middle to let steam escape.

Brush tops with egg.

Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown. They great warm or cold and you can reheat them in the oven or the microwave.

I forgot to take pictures as I went this time but will make sure to add some pictures to this blog next time

 

 

Meatless Monday Chana Dahl Stew

This crockpot Stew was delicious and I served it with some naan bread so the kids could dip.

1 lb Chana Dahl

1 onion finely chopped

2-3 TBSP curry powder

6 cups of chicken stock

4 ribs of celery finely chopped

Soak your Chana Dahl overnight. Make sure to rinse them after soaking. Put everything in the crockpot and cook on low 8-10 hours. Feel free to adjust the curry I really like curry so I tend to use a lot. Serve with naan bread or crackers.

 

I’m done with Shakes

I’ve been on a pretty strict 1000 calorie diet for a while now. Don’t worry it’s medically supervised. I have been doing great with it until I couldn’t keep my shakes down any more. I don’t mind the taste or the texture I just can’t keep them down.

So what’s a girl to do but gather a bunch of healthy recipe and get back to focusing on losing weight. I’ll keep sharing my recipes Oh and I’m bumping my calories to 1200 calories since I’ve now getting off the shakes.

Well that’s it for tonight short and sweet. Have a great night!

Stop feeling like your missing out

I have struggled with the feeling of missing out every time I start a new diet/lifestyle. Here’s what I’ve learned from over the years that just recently clicked in. YOU ARE NOT MISSING OUT ON ANYTHING. I have changed the way I eat does that mean I eat at home most of the time? Yes Does that mean I never go out to the restaurant? No I’ve just learned to manipulate the menus so it satisfies me. Another thing I am not missing out on is all the processed foods. Our bodies aren’t designed to eat this concoctions. Their meant to eat real food and once you learn how to cook simple meals you really won’t need them anyways.  And what about cake and cookies and chocolate you say…Well you can make healthy versions of all your favourite foods. I’ve even made home made pop tarts( see blog next Tuesday for recipe). Or have whatever you want outside your house in a normal portion. But again trust me when I say if it’s home made it tastes way better and you won’t want the store bought or restaurant version of your meal or dessert.

 

Often on our weight loss journeys we get derailed by one of our favourite restaurant meals and it sends us into a crazy weight loss spiral. The we get refocused and start our journey over again. I can’t tell you the amount of times that one big mac has derailed my progress for months. And not because it’s a big mac but because there is something hard wired in my brain that only the big mac can turn on.

 

Here’s the thing we can retrain our bodies and our minds. If you stop eating the processed foods and eat everyday foods(fruits, veggies, meat, dairy, grains) that apple that was plain and boring becomes sweet or tart. The crackers that you make with the children become memories and taste 100 times better. That bread that was boring that you now make is better.

 

I know we all have busy lives and we can’t be making foods from scratch everyday but once you start making your foods it will take less and less time to make and you can also batch cook a lot of things like bread and your favourite meals.

What will you attempt to make today?

Are you an enabler

What you see on the outside isn’t necessarily what is happening on the inside…

People that have low self esteem tend to want to please everyone. You are constantly seeking approval from everyone in your life to really just love and accept you. The thing is the people that have low self esteem and want to feel accepted also enable people to miss use them. We let them repeatedly use us and hurt us. We take on the world in order to help others having an issue or a problem to make that persons world seem right and make that person feel heard and accepted.
The thing is that people that have low self esteem also have something from their past that their holding on to.
I was not accepted in elementary and high school. I was constantly bullied about my weight. I might have smiled and survived school but having lived thru being bullied I have this need to make everyone else’s pain go away. I tend to give and give and give. My friends and my family mean the world to me. So if they need anything I tend to drop everything and just go to them. The thing is I can’t count the amount of times where I have been hurt by the favour/ sentiment whatever you want to call it not being returned in my time of need. It can be something  simple that sends me right back to feeling like the teenager that wanted to be anywhere but in school. Where I felt that I had people in my life that where friends out of convenience or because they wanted something from me… If I was to ask the people I use to hang out with in high school who  I was in high school or now  I am 99% sure they have no idea who the hell I am.
I’ve also noticed that along with my low self esteem I have really high anxiety. My anxiety can make me go two ways. I can either get really angry, resulting in me saying things feeling bad and then having to fix it ; or it makes me feel sad and hurt.
What you see on the outside isn’t necessarily what is happening on the inside… so please before you say or do anything think about it…

Dear new person at the gym 

Dear new person at the gym. I know that you are feeling intimidated. I know that your scared because you don’t know the steps in Zumba class or you can’t complete the spin class. Dear new person I am here to tell you that we have all been the newbie at the gym. We walked into a group class with the high anxiety and  the sweaty palms and we survived. I also want you to know that you are more worried about people staring at you then the number of people that will actually care that your there. I want you to know that we have all had to learn how to use the equipment and take those first steps across the gym. I’m here to tell you that I probably won’t notice you there but I am proud that you have taken the first steps into becoming a healthier you. I’m also here to tell you not to let anyone make you feel guilty or ashamed for taking those first steps you have every right to be in the gym. Enjoy discovering what your body can do for you.

What I’ve made Tuesday

So since I love the meatless Monday blog posts I decided I would introduce What I’ve made Tuesday. I make a lot of food from scratch from bread to floor cleaners and I want to share all this knowledge with you. So today I am sharing my ketchup recipe. My kids were addicted to the commercial ketchup. We would go thru a bottle every two days and I started to worry about what was in there and how it was affecting them. The kids have taken some time to get use to this ketchup but now that we have transitioned they are using ketchup as a condiment and using less of it. We are still testing ketchup recipes but so far this is the best one I have found and there’s no cooking it.

home made ketchup

WHAT YOU NEED
1 can (156 ml) tomato paste
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tbsp vinegar
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp cinnamon
pinch of cloves and allspice
a little water to thin it out
HOW TO MAKE IT
Combine everything except the water together. Add a small amount of water at a time and mix till it’s the consistency you like. Makes about 1 cup lasts up to 1 month in the fridge but it won’t last that long.