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Many people have been asking me for recipes, recipes and more recipes coupled with “what do you eat for dinner?” Let me tell you, it is ever so glamorous. It all starts around 4pm (sometimes a little later) with “oh, ef…I need to make dinner” and then I procrastinate a bit hoping that the clean food fairies will do me a solid just this once. Alas, I find myself opening and closing the refrigerator and pantry countless times until it comes to me (I can make something easy for the kids and have my hubby make something yummy when he gets home! or) I’m going to throw this and this and this together, and then I cross my fingers. Sure, sure…I’m all for meal planning in advance and sometimes I get into a good groove and we plan…but not always (or even often).
Tonight was no exception. I actually had a vague idea of what I was going to make around nap time (which is stellar for me) unfortunately, I dreamed I had more of the ingredients than I did for the dish that I was going to make, so I improvised. My inspiration came in the form of summer squash from the garden.
Now, now, now don’t get me wrong our dinner ALWAYS looks like this…oh wait…do you know how much work it was for me to get this shot? First, I had to make some Annie’s Mac & Cheese because we had a playdate at our house and I wasn’t going to force this deliciousness on the palette of an unsuspecting 5-year old, I wasn’t even sure if my kids were going to eat it. Happily, they did and I discovered this after getting the plates all set up for a super pretty picture (whilst a two year old was holding onto my leg
screaming singing “mommy, mommy, mommmmmmmmy”) and I ran to get my phone only to find this when I came back…
…and two happy girls!
I missed getting a shot of our dog enjoying it off of the floor, too! But all in all this turned out super well and it was FAST and EASY (11 minutes start to finish).
All you need to do is:
Make a 1/2 cup of dry quinoa and then add some cubed avocado, black beans, cilantro, sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil, salt and pepper. Halve and deseed your summer squash (or zucchini) and stuff those babies! Voila a healthy dinner in 11 minutes!
Oh, and just so you aren’t fooled by my oh-so-glamorous life…this post is brought to you from the sanctity of my car, in our driveway, while the kids are getting into bed, before I run out to do groceries for a barbeque we are hosting tomorrow. Yes, so glamorous!
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In January 2013 I realized I needed to do something to improve my health. I spent 2012 on maternity leave and often neglected taking care of my own health (sleepless nights and caring for a tiny human will do that!). Not to mention the many years before that where health was at the bottom of my list of priorities. Luckily, I discovered Lisa's 30 day green smoothie challenge. The recipes were incredible and a green smoothie drinker was born! But I didn't stop there. Starting each day in such a healthy way led me to consult with a naturopath (it would have been Lisa if we were in the same city), do an elimination diet, and discover that I have sensitivities to wheat and milk. I changed to a whole foods-based diet (most of the time) and took up running. In the span of 8.5 months I went from being tired and sluggish on the couch (literally - I could run for one minute at a time before having to walk) to having enough energy to run the Detroit International Half Marathon. I actually RAN the whole thing! And I lost almost 60lbs along the way! Thank you, Lisa, for being my catalyst. Your challenge kept me interested in a new way of living and saved me! I continue to drink a green smoothie every day for breakfast. What a wonderful way to start each day!
Thank you thank you thank you!!!
Imogen Meloche Windsor, Ontario