Thai Red Curry Coconut Soup

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The trend of this past month has been meal prep. With busy school days and cold winter weather soups & stews have been my go to. Recently the traditional soups have stopped exciting me, and I’ve grown tired of eating out of a mason jar. Enter a simple broth that can be prepped ahead of time & then filled up with deliciousness at the time of eating.

The coconut curry broth is created in less than 15 minutes and turning it into a meal takes even less time. It lets me be a little creative in the kitchen each night, but gets me back to studying in under an hour. Perfection.
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Apple Cranberry Breakfast Crisp

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This amazing breakfast recipe will fill you up with fiber, protein, healthy fats & a good serving of fruit all before 10am!

Check out my classmate Kelsey’s blog here for the full recipe!

Tea Time

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That winter wind has definitely arrived in Ontario this week. But I’m not a winter hater like many of the others in Toronto. Winter brings snowy activities, Christmas holidays (thank goodness) and cozy times snuggled under a blanket and a hot cup of TEA.

When the temperature dips I like to have a hot beverage by my side at all times. Tea is a favourite as there seems to be a different variety for every occasion. And many have added health benefits. This is my quick guide to some of your standard varietals.
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Mastering the Single Serving (+ Pancakes!)

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After 6 years of cooking for myself while in school I think I’ve finally mastered the art of cooking for one. It’s taken a lot of trial and error. I have witnessed an unfortunate amount of produce has rot in my fridge. I have eaten too many pots of chili for weeks on end. And numerous favourites have been missed as the task of making a single serving seemed impossible. This all ends here.

The first step to mastery is meal planning. Entering the store with a good grocery list means to less money spent and less funky smells wafting from the fridge. My list generally includes ingredients to make a large batch of something hearty that can easily be packed for a weeks worth of lunches. And for dinners I plan 2-3 seasonal vegetables and 1-2 protein sources can be easily intermingled in multiple meals.
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the mighty apple cider vinegar

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Fall. The leaves, the crisp air, the pumpkin! I love everything about it. Travelling has reminded me of this.

A character flaw I have, and I know many others can empathize with, is that I’m never quite satisfied with my location, no matter where I am. I think this is what drives me to travel. After spending my second summer in the Canadian Rockies, the mountain air, the natural beauty, I really wasn’t ready to leave. That place grips a piece of my heart tighter than I ever expected. Ontario wasn’t looking so bright when I returned home. But all it took was the metamorphosis of that first maple tree. The reds, the oranges, I don’t know if I could live without it.

With fall comes apples. I reserve my apple eating for this time of year. I’ll admit, i’m a bit of an apple snob. Apples are meant to be served obnoxiously crunchy and dripping with juice. These varieties are found exclusively at your local farmer’s market. If I must succumb to an ordinary apple it will be smothered in cinnamon and peanut butter for maximal enjoyment. This fall I’ve been experimenting with another apple product, apple cider vinegar. Continue reading

Maple Molasses Quinoa Granola

The past 5 years have involved more dietary changes than I can count to try and get my digestive system happy again. I’ve eaten dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, grain-free. I’ve followed a Candida diet, vegan diet, SCD diet, and FODMAPs diet. It’s been a challenge but I’ve most definitely benefited.

FODMAPs stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols. The FODMAP diet eliminates these 3 types of carbohydrates and polyols (a sugar alcohol) from the diet. These molecules are easily fermentable and poorly absorbed in the gut, and thus have been linked to multiple symptoms seen in IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). If you want to learn more, this article published in Alive magazine provides a good summary.

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February Foodie PenPals

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Think back to elementary school. Remember that pen pal you had in Grade 3? Remember how exciting it was to get letters from them? That friend you never actually met, but cherished their handwritten tales. A fond childhood memory of mine.

Needless to say I was thrilled when a friend of mine introduced me to Foodie PenPals. The concept is the exact same as my beloved grade school pen pals, but instead of letters you exchange FOOD! What could be better.

If you’re interested in checking it out, the program is run by Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean.

For the month of February I was paired up with Deborah from Gourmet Mom. We both seemed to have similar tastes in food so I was excited to see what she had packed up for me. The timing of the box arrival could not have been better. 3 days before midterm season started. Excitement and sustenance for the week ahead. Thanks Deborah! Continue reading