Happy Anniversary

Just taking a small break from our painting marathon to officially wish the Boy a happy anniversary. Nope, it’s not our wedding, or the day we met, our first kiss, or engagement.

The Boy has been clean and sober of McDonalds for 13 months today. That means the Boy didn’t eat that nasty stuff once in 2012, and in my books that means he’s officially kicked the habit – which deserves both mention and celebration.

We are officially a McD’s free household. AWESOME.

Congratulations buddy!

Next up – Taco Bell?!

Do you have any bad food habits that you’ve kicked? The Boy went cold turkey – does that work for you?

Lentils and Quinoa and Oranges – OH MY!

Did you think I forgot? My vow to share a recipe each month?  Never.

I was just waiting to see what the winner was of February.  And what I learned? I make a lot of new things each month when I take the time to actually remember what I’ve made.
There were Chocolate Cherry Dough Balls, and Martha Stewart Cupcakes.  Strawberry meringue buttercream and Oatmeal cookies.  The Boy and I made our own Green Pea Pesto Ravioli and I made a quinoa with chickpeas and feta cheese. And while all of these things tasted delicious (though the Strawberry buttercream was not without its challenges – note do not mix warm with cold, you will get curdled buttercream and it will still taste good but it will not look good), one recipe took the cake.  In fact, I’ve made it three times this month.

Lentils Quinoa and Orange Salad.


YUM.

Adapted from the cookbook Quinoa 365 I ditched the called for can of mandarin oranges and used a delicious in season, Florida navel orange instead. And I have a hard time believing the mandarin orange segments and sickly sweet syrup come anywhere close to being as delicious.

This salad is SO easy to make. Lasts all week in the fridge for lunch.  Is super filling and yummy and is gluten-free and allergen free which makes it Naturopath friendly. How can you get better than that?


Give it a try before the deliciousness of winter oranges go the way of the do-do bird (isn’t that such a disappointing day when you get your first dry orange of the spring?  No? Just me?)  Either way, you won’t be disappointed.

Adapted from Quinoa 365 Mandarin Almond Salad

1 3/4 c  water

1/2 c brown lentils

1/2 c quinoa

1/4 c canola oil (you could make it extra Naturopath friendly by splitting Canola and Flax oil)

4 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 Tbsp fresh lime juice

3 Tbsp orange juice (I juiced half an orange)

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 c almonds roughly chopped

1/2 c dried cranberries

3 Tbsp minced fresh parsley

1 (and a half if you use fresh orange juice) Orange(s) – chunked.

Cook the lentils – boil and then simmer (20 minutes) add quinoa (boil again) and cook until cooked.

Combine oil, vinegar, lime juice, orange juice and salt in a jar – shake it up.

Combine the rest of the mixin’s, mix in the quinoa and lentils and toss with dressing.

DONE.  Super filling and DELICIOUS!

Who said you couldn’t have fresh delicious salads in the depths of winter?

Crazies that’s who.

Raw Food + Delicious = Rawlicious!

Each time my mom and I go to see the Bizios  it tends to be after work and by the time she sees us both we are positively starving.  Since we’re in the city we try to take advantage, and Dr. Bizios always has a suggestion or two.

The last time we were down, we decided to take her up on her top suggestion.  Rawlicious.

This is a tiny little restaurant in the Yorkville area of Toronto.  The claims of its name are all true.  Everything is raw.  Everything is delicious.

Mom and I went in at about 7:30 on a Wednesday evening.  We thought we’d be able to easily get a table.

No dice.

Apparently the Bizios wasn’t kidding! Rawlicious is the place to be!

We had the good fortune of sitting in every area of this teeny tiny restaurant, starting at the wing-back chairs in the front window, to the bar, and finally to a table.

It’s a small menu but packed with intriguing choices – and all Challenge friendly for sure!

I kicked things off with a green juice

And we both enjoyed raw spring rolls – which were good, but the rap was a really weird texture.  If you’re a texture person (brother) these are not for you.  Perhaps go with the nachos that also looked delicious.  Sorry I forgot to take a picture.

For dinner?  Mom ventured out and got raw pasta.  Not traditional pasta of course.  Nope, in this case it was zucchini.  Raw spiraled zucchini.  With “Neat Balls” a combination of nuts and seeds and veggies and mystery, and deliciousness.

I took the advice of The Bizios and went with the Taco.  She’d been right so far – so why fight it?  With salsa and guacamole, some kind of secret sauce and a “neat bread” that you would swear is meat, all wrapped up in a delicious leaf of lettuce.

OMG that’s all I can say.  SOOO good!

We wrapped it all up with a Choco Minty smoothie to go. Very minty and once again very delicious.

All in all I gotta say we both absolutely loved the food at Rawlicious. The service left a little to be desired (it was quite busy), yet somehow it all seemed to be part of the experience – and it was very busy.

Since our first visit I took BFF Kate and the Sista there.  We all had tacos but instead of being wrapped in a lettuce leaf they were wrapped in some kind of dehydrated corn tortilla.  It may have looked sketchy but it did not disappoint – even Kate thought so!

New favourite spot to be enjoyed each time we go to see the Bizios.  Which is only once more for the summer… but she’ll be back.  And so will we.

Clean Eating Challenge

I heart someone.  Yes, the Boy of course. But someone else.  Her name is Dr. Bizios. She is my Naturopath.  She makes my tummy happy and she is psychic.  I started seeing her about 3ish years ago.  A while ago.

At that time I was a sick little girl.  I had insane stomach cramps after everything I ate.  Routinely I would be curled in a ball on the couch after dinner while my tummy did somersaults and I was sure it was making a break for it.  On top of that I was getting Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) every three months.  Like clockwork. Eventually I simply got sick of being sick.  And I turned to Google.

I think finding my Naturopath through Google might be the exact point in history where I became obsessed with Google.  I now stand firm that Google always has the answer.  It found my Dr. Bizios after all.

I digress.

Dr. Bizios or “The Bizios” as we refer to in our house started me on an allergen free diet (Basically, no wheat, no sugar, no dairy (yogurt is okay), no red meat, limited chicken and turkey, no eggs, no soy, limited fruit, no black tea… a few other things I’m probably forgetting too). She’s tricky The Bizios – she said “Let’s try this for a month” and each month I went back to her we “tried it” for one more.  Slowly but surely I started to feel better.  I was less bloated and I didn’t feel like I was going to die after eating.  My tummy and I were becoming friends again. (Dr. Bizios would say this is misleading – I did not in fact have problems with my stomach – I had problems with my gut, and my liver, my kidneys, my bladder and my intestine)  The UTIs stopped.  That was probably the best part. I had one more, treated it naturally and they were gone for good. I lost close to 25 pounds.

It was glorious.

Then I started working full-time and was living about an hour out of the city – when traffic was decent.  I stopped seeing Dr. Bizios.  It was very sad.  But she stayed with me in spirit and even inspired the tagline of my blog.  On my last visit she said “Oh Meaghan, this is just SUCH an exciting time!”  I laughed at her.  It didn’t feel exciting.  It felt stressful. 

Then I moved in with the Boy.  It was exciting. But it was also a big change I was taking on and my healthy food consciousness started getting lazy.

More on that tomorrow.