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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

Camp Food Day 3: Bon Echo

Mazinaw Rock - Bon Echo

Mazinaw Rock – Bon Echo

Day three was leftover day! We made some serious breakfast burritos using up the leftover roasted sausage, pico de gallo and guacamole.  For lunch added the leftover smoked pork along with some kelp and celery to some Ichiban instant noodles. Instant noodles are perfect camping comfort food and throwing in some leftover meat is a great way to make a quick, gourmet ramen dish.

Maple pork sausage breakfast burrito - Bon Echo

Maple pork sausage breakfast burrito – Bon Echo

Smoked pork ramen - Bon Echo

Smoked pork ramen – Bon Echo

After a relaxing, pork-filled morning we decided to work it off on one of the many hiking trails in the park.

Bon Echo

Bon Echo

We hiked the 1.7km moderate High Pines trail where we passed numerous ponds, groves of hemlock and these beautiful tall pines.

Bon Echo

Bon Echo

The sun was starting to set as we walked through the pines right at magic hour, casting a gorgeous orange glow on the trees.

Bon Echo

Bon Echo

We walked to the end of the narrows, taking a break to watch the sun set over the lake and wishing we could just stay a few more days, weeks…months…

Bon Echo

Bon Echo

Moments like these are when I feel such a strong connection with nature.  The peace fills my soul and I know that eventually I’ll spend the rest of my days among trees and near water.

Bon Echo

Bon Echo

We cooked over the fire for dinner, roasting eggplant, tomato, hot yellow peppers and red onion over the fire, adding the onion and peppers to some quinoa and mixing the tomato in with the eggplant for a creamy, smoky sidedish.  We marinated a rack of lamb from The Healthy Butcher  in some lemon juice, olive oil, rosemary and oregano and roasted the rack over the fire for a few hours.  The lamb came out nice and smoky, juicy, full of flavour and paired nicely with the smoky eggplant and quinoa.

Bon Echo

Bon Echo

30 Minute Shrimp Fried Quinoa

Shrimp Fried Quinoa

Shrimp Fried Quinoa

I love being able to come home from work in the summer and head out for an evening run. The warm air along the lake cools to the perfect temperature as the sun sets on the horizon. I return home feeling so relaxed…and ravenous for dinner! On a night like this, I don’t have the patience for a complicated dish. This shrimp fried quinoa is one of my go-to post run meals, as I often have leftover quinoa in the fridge, and some frozen shrimp or scallops in the freezer. I like to add a lot of ginger to this dish because ginger is really good for muscle recovery, as it helps to reduce inflammation and is a natural muscle relaxant, as is lavender. I had some lavender salt from Prince Edward County Lavender, and sprinkled a bit at the end to finish off the dish as the mild floral infusion along with the thyme compliments the seafood nicely. Packed with protein and classic Asian flavor combinations, this shrimp fried quinoa is completely addictive. You’ll need to go for another run just so you can finish off this tasty dish!

Shrimp Fried Quinoa

Shrimp Fried Quinoa

Shrimp Fried Quinoa

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 2 large servings (or 4 small side dishes)

Calories per serving: 575 per meal, 288 per side dish

Ingredients

  • 1 package frozen shrimp or scallops, thawed & drained
  • 1 cup dried quinoa
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled & diced
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 red pepper, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1" inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled & finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1-2 chili peppers finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme, stems removed
  • lavender salt (or sea salt)
  • freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook quinoa and two cups of water in a rice cooker or on the stove top (covered, on medium high heat) approx. 12 minutes. Fluff with fork.
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a wok on high until oil starts to smoke.
  3. Turn down to medium high and stir fry the eggs, set aside.
  4. Add remaining oil to wok and stir fry onion, ginger, garlic and chili pepper until onion is translucent approx. 4 minutes.
  5. Add red pepper and stir fry one minute.
  6. Add shrimp and toss, then cover wok for 4 minutes, tossing once at the two minute mark.
  7. Add cooked quinoa, eggs, soy sauce and thyme, stir fry for one minute.
  8. Remove wok from heat. Season with lavender salt and ground pepper to taste.

Notes

Quinoa can be made the day before.

http://iseehungrypeople.net/2015/06/07/30-minute-shrimp-fried-quinoa/

Shrimp Fried Quinoa

Shrimp Fried Quinoa