real food. real life.
Just a quick post to say Yes, I'm still alive!
Alive under a happily busy and booming job as co-owner of a school. And as a mom.
It's busy, but it's good. I hope to have many posts added during the summer - I have so many food pics waiting for a post on my desktop! I feel guilty keeping all these delicious meals to myself.
In an attempt to write a quick post tonight, I was inspired by these pics and my husband saying he never knows how I make sauces. Well, here's one. And once you know one, you know them all. Super easy, versatile, and yummy. Enjoy!
Soy-Free Stir Fry Sauce
*I never measure this recipe, but I make it weekly. It is versatile and forgiving. Feel free to dabble and try different variations! Let me know what you try!
Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients: (makes about 1/2-3/4 cup of sauce... I think, never measured!)
2-3 tbsp coconut aminos (sometimes called coconut sauce, depending on brand)
1 tbsp honey
1-2 tsp white vinegar or rice vinegar
3 tbsp water
1 tsp minced or powdered garlic
1 tsp minced or powdered ginger
few shakes of salt/pepper
1 tbsp corn starch
*optional: hot pepper flakes, peanut butter, tahini, almond butter, coconut sugar instead of honey, omit coconut amines altogether and add chilli powder/paprika to make a yummy sweet n' sour-ish sauce. The possibilities are endless!
What to do:
1) Add all ingredients except corn starch to a jar. Mix well to combine. Taste. Adjust.
2) Add corn starch and mix well.
3) Heat a small pot over medium-high, or use your wok and just push your freshly stir-fried veggies aside, and add your mixture. Whisk often until it becomes a little bubbly and starts to thicken. Reduce heat to low until the consistency is just how you want it. Pour onto of veggies and enjoy!
I'm just going to let the pictures do the talking here. I got a little photography happy with these delicious meal. Also, I'm off to eat the leftovers for lunch. It is super super yummy. Light, spicy, and filled with flavour. Enjoy!
Spiced Chickpea Fajitas
Time: 10 minutes!!
1 can chickpeas, rinsed
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
juice of 1 lime
1-2 tsp cumin, chili powder
1/4 tsp salt
few shakes of black pepper and cilantro
1 red pepper, sliced into strips
1 onion, sliced into strips
1-3 mushrooms, chopped
1 cup uncooked brown rice
1 cup water
tsp each: garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, chili, paprika
sprinkle of salt
*Add spices to water, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, add rice, cover and let sit for 20-40 minutes, or according to package.
2 tbsp Earth Balance Butter
1 tbsp Flour
1 tsp-ish each: garlic powder, onion powder, chili, cumin, paprika
1/8 tsp each cayenne pepper, salt, pepper
1 3/4 cup vegetable broth
1 small can tomato paste
*Melt butter over medium heat, add flour. Whisk together, add spices until fragrant. Add broth and tomato paste and whisk until thoroughly combined. Reduce heat once it starts to thicken after a couple minutes.
Fresh Corn or Flour Tortillas (Here's a recipe for the ones we make!)
Chopped fresh tomatoes, lettuce, green onion, salsa, avocado, guacamole
What to do:
1) Add chickpeas, spices, lime juice, and garlic to a pan over medium heat. Stir to combine and heat thoroughly until fragrant.
2) Remove from heat and transfer to a dish, or leave on heat and add in onion, mushroom, and red pepper. Add just a splash of oil or water to loosen up the flavour left behind. Stir and cook over medium heat, until glistening and just a touch softer, but still with a crunch. Remove from heat.
3) Assemble fajitas! We put in ours tonight: spiced chickpeas, spiced rice, sauteed peppers/onion/mushroom, tomato, lettuce, green onion, and enchilada sauce. YUUUUM!
I'll keep this one short, as the title really does all the talking. It's a stew. I'm calling it a stew. It's hearty, deep in flavour, and full of chunky vegetables. I used what I had, but ideally, it would be even better with potato or sweet potato, turnip, squash, parsnip - yum! But the cauliflower was delicious, I'd use that again for sure.
Best part - leftovers the next day were even better.
Enjoy this easy, one pot meal! Hannah approved, although this kid will eat most things, it seems!
Spiced Vegetable & Quinoa Stew
2 cloves garlic
1 stalk celery
1/2 head cauliflower
1/2 head broccoli
1 red pepper
(Optional replace/add vegetables of choice: potato, sweet potato, turnip, squash, parsnip - all would go really well in this stew!)
spices used (estimating about 1-2 tsp each: fennel seeds, garam marsala, cumin, oregano, ginger, turmeric, paprika
1 can diced tomatoes
4 cups vegetable broth
3/4 cup quinoa, uncooked
What to do:
1) Cook onion, garlic, carrots, and celery over medium heat in soup pot, in a bit of oil or water for 3-4 minutes until fragrant.
2. Add all other vegetables and stir in spices. Cook for a few more minutes until things are sizzling and smelling ammmmmazing.
3. Add diced tomatoes and broth and bring to a boil. Stirring to ensure things don't stick. Let boil for just a minute or two until carrots start to soften a little.
4. Add in quinoa and reduce heat to a low simmer. Stir then cover and let sit for about 10-15 minutes, or until quinoa is cooked to your preferred texture. Flavours will deepen as it simmers, too. Stir and serve up with crackers or a delicious piece of homemade bread!
5. Store leftovers in fridge and definitely enjoy for lunch the next day as it just keeps getting better as the flavours sit! SO good!
*This meal would work well in a slow cooker, as well. Just add all ingredients, cook on low for 4-6 hours, or on high for 2-4 hours, or until vegetables and quinoa are desired texture.
We really cooked these things. From scratch. On weeknights. And we even had time to do the dishes.
They have real, simple ingredients that you'll find in your cupboards. They're healthy and delicious. No lies.
Thanks for reading. Leave a comment below!
Here's a pic of me and my babies. Just because.
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