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Valentine Quinoa Chickpea Latkes

You know what I love more than overpriced chocolate and flowers? These Valentine Quinoa Chickpea Latkes of course!

Seriously, I truly adore quinoa, chickpea and latkes. Coming together as one, in perfect harmony.

I’ve always been more of a savoury kind of gal.

Valentine Quinoa Chickpea Latkes

Valentine Quinoa Chickpea Latkes

Here’s the deal with Valentine’s Day. I love the story of Saint Valentine, a priest who was imprisoned for ministering Christians who were being persecuted by the Roman Empire. He performed weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. While imprisoned, he healed the daughter of his jailer, and on the day of his execution he left her a letter signed “Your Valentine”.

I’m all about celebrating a day of love, but c’mon do we have to ruin another holiday with excessive consumerism? (But of course we do!). Somewhere deep within my dark soul lies a cheesy romantic, but it’s going to take more than shitty chocolate and expensive flowers to make me swoon.

What’s that you say? Would I like some brie and baguette? Oh well, you shouldn’t have…<<blush>> <<eyelash flutter>>

Valentine Quinoa Chickpea Latkes

Valentine Quinoa Chickpea Latkes

I know we all say “but you should be celebrating your love all the time, not just on Valentine’s Day”. Every day kinda does feel like Valentine’s Day with my boyfriend, because I always feel loved, and hope I make him feel the same. I like the spontaneity of nice gestures or when we give each other little gifts throughout the year. Like when he bought me this cute skull egg mold:

Valentine Quinoa Chickpea Latkes-Skull Eggs

Skull Eggs

I know, so sweet right?  Skulls are always better than hearts, in my opinion.

However if you read my blog, you know I love any excuse to create thematic food. I’ve had this heart shaped mold sitting in my drawer for ages, so for my Valentine’s Day post I decided to make my Quinoa Chickpea Latkes and give them some extra love!

This was a recipe I developed during the first year of my blog, and I actually won third place in a local newspaper contest. My recipe was featured in the Toronto Star and I won a free ticket to this awesome local food event called Feast of Fields. The inspiration behind the recipe was to create a gluten free pancake-latke hybrid for my friend who suffers from many food allergies.

The Quinoa Chickpea Latke was born.

Valentine Quinoa Chickpea Latkes

Valentine Quinoa Chickpea Latkes

Originally I named my creation a “latcake”, a potato-like pancake, but now I feel it leans more towards a latke. But my latke is made with all kinds of tasty and nutritious ingredients. Quinoa is the base and the egg mashed with the chickpea binds the whole patty together. Packed full of protein from the quinoa and chickpeas, these latkes are also high in fibre with the addition of flax seed and spinach.

Super food latke? I think so!

I love these patties because they can be eaten for breakfast, as a snack, or even as a vegatarian burger for lunch or dinner. They’re so versatile and go with any number of sweet or savory toppings. My favourites are tofu mayonnaise with pickles, salsa or apple butter. My boyfriend loves them with red chili jelly!

Quinoa Chickpea Latkes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Quinoa Chickpea Latkes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked organic quinoa
  • 19-oz (540-mL) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cups flax seeds
  • 2 tablespoons basil pesto
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 cups organic baby spinach
  • sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • oil for frying (I prefer avocado oil)
  • Possible toppings:
  • tofu mayonaise
  • gherkins
  • red chili jelly
  • mango chutney
  • apple butter
  • broccoli sprouts
  • hummus
  • tzaziki
  • cottage cheese
  • avocado

Instructions

  1. Cook the quinoa as per directions or in a rice cooker.
  2. Drain and rinse chick peas.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the eggs and chick peas and mash well with a potato masher.
  4. Add flax seeds, pesto, curry, salt and pepper.
  5. When the quinoa is cooked, add to the large bowl along with the spinach.
  6. Mix well until the spinach wilts from the hot quinoa. Shape into six to eight 2.5"-3" round latkes.
  7. Heat a thin layer of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place 3-4 latkes in the skillet and cook for 4 minutes until golden brown.
  8. Carefully flip and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Remove and cover with foil to keep warm.
  9. Repeat for remaining latkes. Top as desired.
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Valentine Quinoa Chickpea Latkes

Valentine Quinoa Chickpea Latkes

I like to look at Valentine’s Day as a day of love for anyone in your life, and <<cliché>> the best way to say “I love you” is with a homemade gift. I remember as a kid we would make a valentine for every kid in class so that no one was left out. Maybe we can still turn this holiday around folks! Cook up a batch of these latkes, and bring them to the office, or give some to your neighbours.  Spread the love!

What was the last nice gesture you made for someone you love? Let me know what toppings would be tasty on these Valentine Quinoa Chickpea Latkes!

Valentine Quinoa Chickpea Latkes

Valentine Quinoa Chickpea Latkes

Healthy Chocolate Green Smoothie

Healthy Chocolate Green Smoothie

Healthy Chocolate Green Smoothie

How super cute is this Healthy Chocolate Green Smoothie in a mason jar?  

OK I admit, I’ve kind of been on a mason jar kick ever since I started canning two years ago.  Everything is better in mason jars!  I’ve been using mason jars for all kinds of things from tea to herbs to hair clips.  I actually received this one at a fund raiser.  They handed them out as labeled drinking glasses, such a good idea right?  

For my absolute fave smoothie, I wanted a special presentation but I confess <<looks sheepish>>, I just don’t get the smoothie bowl thing, they just look like pretty bowls of cold soup.  But a 500ml mason jar worked beautifully, and the best part about using a mason jar is that you can save some for later or take it to go! No matter how you have it, one thing is for certain: my Healthy Chocolate Green Smoothie is a real treat!     

For years I religiously started my mornings off with a smoothie, but during the winter season my body started craving a warm breakfast.  This smoothie became my go-to recovery snack, or sometimes I’ll make it for a light lunch or healthy dessert.  This smoothie is super nutritious but you’d never know it because it tastes oh-so-creamy and chocolate-y.  

Did I mention how lusciously rich this smoothie is?  I did?  Ohh…

Using a frozen banana really gives it that milkshake texture. I highly recommend freezing all your bananas right now!  But the best part is that the only sweetener is organic honey, and even though it contains sugar, honey also contains powerful antioxidants.  

Gotta love those blessed antioxidants!

The key ingredient to this smoothie is the raw cocoa powder. Be sure you buy the raw, plain powder as cocoa mixes often contain sugar.  Also, BONUS >> cocoa powder also contains antioxidants.  When consumed with high levels of fiber, raw cocoa powder actually helps improve digestion.  Good thing this smoothie has a big chunk of fibrous avocado!

But enough with those boring health facts (I love health facts!).

Healthy Chocolate Green Smoothie

Healthy Chocolate Green Smoothie

I was inspired to combine avocado and cocoa after trying the Goop Chocolate Love Smoothie. The cocoa blended with the avocado creates a rich, chocolate creaminess, plus I love avocados in general.  Bring on those healthy fats!  I also added cocoa nibs because I like a bit of crunchiness, it reminds me of a chocolate chip shake (but be sure to check your teeth after, they will give you a wicked smile). Finally as if we didn’t have enough antioxidants already, I added a handful of greens.  I like being sneaky with salad!  Spinach is the easiest to blend unless you have a Vitamix. If you have one, I’m quite envious of you and your ability to pulverize kale.

The L-Glutemine powder is an optional addition – I add it to help repair and maintain muscle.  I’m currently training for my 6th marathon so I need all the recovery foods I can get!  But let me tell you – nothing is more rewarding after a long run than this velvety, packed-full-of-chocolate super green smoothie.  

…except maybe a bagel with peanut butter and banana.

Healthy Chocolate Green Smoothie

51

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 smoothie

Calories per serving: 360

Healthy Chocolate Green Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe frozen banana, peeled*
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup cold, filtered water
  • ½ ripe avocado
  • ½ cup fresh greens like spinach or kale, washed and roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened raw cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons raw cocoa nibs
  • 1 teaspoon organic or raw honey
  • 1 scoop L Glutemine
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Add a bit more water as per thickness preference.

Notes

*frozen bananas work best in a smoothie, they give them a milkshake-like texture. Simply run the frozen banana under warm water and the peel will slide off

http://iseehungrypeople.net/2017/01/30/healthy-chocolate-green-smoothie/

Healthy Chocolate Green Smoothie

Healthy Chocolate Green Smoothie

What are your fave smoothie ingredients?  Are any of you training for a spring marathon?  Let me know what you think of my Healthy Chocolate Green Smoothie!

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt

I just came back from a last minute vacation to the Dominican Republic with my parents.  Growing up, my mom would find last minute deals to the Caribbean, so we managed to escape the frigid Canadian winters almost every year.  I think the last time I went on a trip with my folks I was about seventeen, and in many ways, I felt like I was seventeen again.  I’m in between contracts at the moment, so here I was, unemployed and in need of some beach and sun.  I stepped into a time warp of sorts for a week in Punta Cana.  Now I’m back in the real world, where there are no more breakfast buffets, nacho bars or four course meals every night.  Time to re-stabilize!  I tried to be kind to my poor belly, so I started my week off with this super healthy Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt.

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt Punta Cana

Punta Cana

This quick and easy yogurt makes for a nutritious and satisfying breakfast, snack or dessert.  My lactose intolerant boyfriend had a big tub of coconut yogurt in the fridge, so I decided to go dairy free and took a big scoop.  I might have gone overboard with cheese last week sooo I was due for some dairy relief!  I sweetened the yogurt with some apple butter that I made in the fall, and that I have been using as a sugar substitute ever since!  I diced up an apple for some crunch and added raisins for some bonus fiber and sweetness.  Now I know a lot of people object to raisins, but they’re totally optional and you could substitute for any other dried fruit like dates or apricots.  I topped off this mega yogurt with a dash of cinnamon to spice things up and also added unsweetened shredded coconut to help bring out the coconut flavour.  Visions of palm trees and lying under coconuts are still dancing in my head!

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt Punta Cana

Punta Cana

Awesomely chunky with bits of crunch, bursts of sweetness and that classic apple cinnamon flavour combination, this yogurt is a fun, low calorie way to stay on track in the New Year.  I swear I could eat a tub of this stuff, but this portion keeps me going until lunch.  Even after stuffing my face full of omelettes and bagels with lox for a week!

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt

51

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Calories per serving: 374

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vanilla flavoured coconut yogurt*
  • 1/2 medium apple, diced**
  • 3 tablespoons sultana raisins
  • 1 tablespoon apple butter
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon + a dash for topping

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, saving a few pieces of diced apples and raisins for garnish. Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top. Enjoy!

Notes

*We like the Yoso brand **I prefer Gala apples

http://iseehungrypeople.net/2017/01/16/apple-cinnamon-coconut-yogurt/

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt

What are your fave ingredients to add to yogurt?  Let me know if you liked this Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt flavour combination!