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Hello 2016!

2015 was a pretty good year for me.  I moved this blog over to a self hosting site and have diligently blogged once a week ever since.  My boyfriend and I traveled on our first big trip together to Turkey and it was incredible.  We had two amazing camping adventures together during the summer and later in the year relaxed in Mexico while celebrating my best friend getting married.  I watched a lot of fantastic horror movies.  The best horror movie of the year was “It Follows” though technically I saw it at the 2014 TIFF, so I would say my favourite horror movie I saw last year was “The Final Girls”, also at TIFF.  Finally I created and ate lots of delicious dishes, my top Instagram posts below!

Most of all I just feel so lucky to be surrounded by wonderful friends & family (and two fluffy cats), and that we all made it through another year with good health and happiness.  I try to never take for granted the freedom that I have living in Canada.

So 2016, what will you bring?  I resolve to always be kinder, more positive, more patient and spread love.  I resolve to try to do more good deeds and to take care of those I love.  And of course, I resolve to keep up with my blogging!

Top Instagram Posts 2015

Top Instagram Posts 2015

My top posts of 2015!

A Paleo Breakfast: Banana Bread & Gordon Ramsay’s Scrambled Eggs with Pomegranate

Two Bite Chicken Apple Curry Kale Wraps

Brioche In Brooklyn

Thanksgiving Turkey Burger w/ Sweet Potato Hummus & Kale Brussels Sprout Slaw

Lamb & Sweet Potato Sheppard’s Pie

Algonquin

30 Minutes Shrimp Fried Quinoa

Vegan Gluten Free Coconut Power Pancakes

Two Bite Chicken Apple Curry Kale Wraps

Chicken Apple Curry Kale Wraps

Chicken Apple Curry Kale Wraps

One of my favourite wraps in Toronto can be found at a small downtown coffee shop called Le Gourmand. Their chicken apple curry wrap is a standout: sweet crispy chunks of apple, spicy hints of curry, and tender roasted chicken all wrapped up in a creamy bite. I no longer work in that area, but have been tweaking my own version ever since.

My two-bite chicken kale wraps are a quick, light lunch or a healthy afternoon power snack.     Being on a detox, I had to find a substitution for the wrap. I’ve had endive and Boston lettuce wrapped food before, but I’m a big fan of kale and of all the leafy greens, kale has the highest nutritional value. Kale is packed full of vitamins A,C & K and has 1000% more vitamin C than a cup of cooked spinach!  This leafy green is also high in fiber which helps support our digestive track and is loaded with antioxidants, a key benefit during a detox. By massaging the kale in apple cider vinegar and olive oil, the leaves become more pliable without losing the crunch. I’ve added raisins to this recipe because I love the tiny bursts of sweetness alongside the crunchy apple, but I know many people dislike raisins for exactly this reason (but let me try to convince you…give raisins another try!).  If you prefer, you can substitute the raisins with maple syrup. This recipe serves four, but I could easily eat half the portion myself, the chicken-apple-curry combination is so addictive! I secured the wraps with a toothpick, but feel free to dive right in and scoop up the chicken with the kale, Ethiopian-style.

Two Bite Chicken Apple Curry Kale Wraps

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Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4

Calories per serving: 240

Two Bite Chicken Apple Curry Kale Wraps

Ingredients

    For the wraps:
  • 16 kale leaves, stems carefully removed
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil
  • dash of sea salt
  • For the filling:
  • 2 x 6 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 x celery stalks finely chopped
  • 2 x large Gala apples peeled and cored. 1 coarsely grated, 1 finely diced
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup of golden raisins or 1 tablespoon real maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon curry
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • juice from half a lemon
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat griddle to 350C.
  2. Place the chicken breasts in between two pieces of parchment paper and pound to an even thickness with a meat tenderizer.
  3. Grill chicken until lightly browned and no longer pink inside approximately 10 minutes. Let cool.
  4. Remove the stems from the kale leaves and place in a large bowl. Add apple cider vinegar, olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper. Using your hands, carefully massage the kale for 1 minute and let sit.
  5. In a medium bowl mix together celery, apple, raisins (or maple syrup), curry, cumin, and garlic powder. Shred the chicken breasts into the bowl. Add Greek yogurt and cream the chicken and ingredients together.
  6. Drizzle with the juice from half a lemon and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Carefully spread out the kale leaves. Place a spoonful of chicken filling at the edge of the widest part of the leaf and roll inwards, tucking in the edges while rolling and wrapping the bottom of the leaf around the wrap, securing with a toothpick.
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Chicken Apple Curry Kale Wraps

Chicken Apple Curry Kale Wraps

Detox 2010 – Quinoa, Leek, Tomato & Avocado salad

For the past three weeks, I have been doing my annual detox. What better time than after Easter to cleanse the body. Spring has sprung!

The basic rules of my regular detox are: no red meat, sugar, gluten, refined sugar, caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes, corn & corn based products, and dairy. Seems crazy but by the second week I find it gets much easier, and even fun! I love trying out new vegetarian recipes and discovering alternative ways to spice and flavour, plus my body feels sooo amazing, I almost feel that it’s a shame to go back to my old ways!

This year I did something a little different and started off the cleanse with a 10 day detox, where you slowly eliminate and then bring back different elements. Day 5-7 was the most challenging because you are limited to: tofu, kale, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, apples and pears. The hardest part – no rice, no beans.
But I did it! And man, was I bouncing around with energy that weekend, I practically flew through my running route!

Anyway, the one thing I love about detoxing is that I always find some new foods and recipes to add to my regular diet. This year I discovered: lentil chips (with guacamole, awesome), flax seed oil, quinoa salads, tofu mayo (with baked sweet potato fries – more awesomeness), steamed kale (OK vegetarians, I get it now!), apple/pear smoothie and quinoa onion rings (which I didn’t make but I had them at Fresh – best ever).

I’d like to share some of these recipes with you, so enjoy some healthy goodness!

First up:
Quinoa, Tomato & Avocado Salad

Filling with fresh and creamy accents, this is a perfect salad for lunchtime!  I discovered that flax seed oil works beautifully with quinoa – just a hint of salty nutty-ness, healthy and not too oily.

Makes 2 large salads

Ingredients:

1 cup organic quinoa

1 leek, white section chopped and rinsed

2 large hot house tomatoes, diced

1 roasted red pepper, diced

1 tablespoon flax seed oil

lemon juice

salt and pepper to taste

1 avocado

Boil two cups of water in a saucepan.  Add the quinoa and allow water to return to a boil.  Stir in the leeks and place a lid over the saucepan and turn the heat to low.  Cook quinoa 15 minutes until all the water has been absorbed.  Fluff with fork.

Add the tomatoes, peppers, flax seed oil and salt and pepper to taste and a squirt of lemon juice.

Split into two servings and keep in the fridge until ready to eat.

To serve,  slice half the avocado into cubes and sprinkle over top.  Wrap up the other half of the avocado and save for the second serving of salad.