So I was in the mood for something with a reminder of Middle East tastes, then I realized I have never exposed my kiddos to some of the flavours that I used to and still adore. What I made was a Lebanese style ground beef with couscous. I wanted to add spinach to this, but it had gone bad and the only frozen veggie I had was corn…it turned out fantastic!!!
What you need:
1 and 1/2lbs of lean ground beef
1 red onion chopped
1/2 bag of organic or regular corn (I find the organic tastes more like corn)
1 tbsp of cinnamon
1 tbsp of all spice
1 tbsp of turmeric
1 tbsp of garlic salt
1 tbsp of Italian seasonings
1 tbsp of onion powder
1 tbsp of sesame oil
4 tbsps of olive oil
Salt and cayenne pepper to taste!
With the ground beef and onion sauté all the seasonings and oil, once the beef is brown and the onions translucent then add the corn and 2 cups of water and simmer for about 20 mins or until the water has thickened up a bit, and serve over couscous.
If you have never made couscous, it’s waaaay easier than rice. You boil 1 and 1/2 cups of water for every cup of couscous you want. Boil the water with salt and 1tbsp of olive oil or butter and then once the water is boiling toss the couscous in, STIR, REMOVE FROM HEAT, cover and let sit for 5 mins. Fluff and then put the meat on top and ENJOY!!!
This meal has a subtle sweetness with no sugar added and it is very filling and flavourful!
Made this ginormous salad today with cucumber, shredded carrots, cucumbers and a mix bean medley. Tomorrow I will throw sausage chopped up into for them, today I topped it with grilled chicken! I tossed it with my homemade dressing of white balsamic, olive oil, garlic salt and sea salt, all to your taste!
I live next door to a very wooded area, and they have rightfully banned neonicotinoids to save our bees so what did that leave me with; a huge plot of grass that was covered, COVERED in weeds. Not just the plain old dandelions but like giant creeping Charlie’s and these thorny cabbage looking weeds that grew like a few feet wide and tall!
Those pictures up there are the before pictures.
Now please understand that I wanted to do something different that I would only have to maintain every so often. I didn’t want to have to water it and waste more water by replacing all the sod that was useless at this point. So I created this crazy idea in my head thanks to various Pinterest boards. Here my friends after weeks and weeks of work, and helping hands from friends and a wonderfully smart, and handy neighbourhood kid whom I hired along with his crew of friends, here I present to you the process pictures and the finished product.
All the landscaping fabric payed and nailed into the dirt.
In the brown dirt patch I’ve sowed creeping thyme seeds fingers crossed they grow!
I am proof that when you think outside the box, things can be beautiful!
Also a big thank you, thank you to EVERYONE at Rock Valley in Vaughan (for all the top soil, mulch, gravel and all the great people who work there and are encouraging) and Terra for all the plants and their helpful staff also!
So it was 4pm the other day and I haven’t taken any protein out of my freezer and for some reason the day got away from me and my kid was like I want dinner ( he burned off a lot of energy at school that day) so I did my best pantry meal!
3 cans of tuna (I used flaked packed in water)
1 bottle of PC Marinara sauce (this sauce is very good,I use homemade when I can)
1box of pasta (I used alphabet pasta, which the kids LOVE, I guess there is something about eating your words lol)
1 bag of frozen peas
1 chunk of frozen spinach
Garlic powder, onion powder, turmeric and sea salt and red chilli flakes for taste (I don’t measure these I throw it in and then taste)
cook pasta and drain and set aside, simple enough right? 7-8 mins
In the same pot, quickly sauté Tuna, just a bit, then add peas, spinach, seasonings and tomato sauce, 3/4 of one extra jar of water, stir and boil on medium to high (covered to avoid splashing on your black splash) for 10-20 mins stirring regularly and you are done as soon as the sauce is as think as you would like it.
Serve sauce over pasta and done! Oh and if you are on a low carb diet I ate mine with Shirataki noodles which are zero calories and zero carbs (you have to rinse these in cold water and then sauté them with the sauce for about 5 mins and they taste even better the next day when they have been soaking in the sauce over night)
These ones above are the shirataki noodles I use!
There is really something mesmerizing about cooking purple cabbage! It just changes colour it’s like looking directly into a lava lamp!
Anyway I made this beauty of a dish (over ramen) for the kids and just plain for me and the hubby!
It was so easy!
Half a purple cabbage chopped with 4 chicken breasts also chopped.
I sautéed the mushrooms in one pan with garlic sesame oil and then added 1/4 cup soy sauce and seasonings.
In my wok I sautéed my cabbage in sesame oil (two turns), 1/4 balsamic, 1/4 naturally brewed soy sauce, a few shakes of onion powder, garlic powder and salt (all to taste) and kept turning it with tongs until it cooked.
Then mixed it all together!
I don’t miss the carbs with this dish at all!
I have finally found my morning shake bliss!
Let me say that I hate having shakes so I started experimenting, because my morning coffee and I needed to break up. It was getting sweeter and creamier by the day and just killing me calorie, sugar and Fat wise.
I came up with something that instantly brought me back to my Mom’s Indian style Cold coffee, that she would make with ice cream!
I made this using sun warrior vanilla protein powder (one scoop) two shots of HOT instant espresso, one cup almond milk, and one spoon pure maple syrup, blended with ice (I poured the hot espresso rover the ice out of fear that the ninja might explode)
I SHIT you not, this thing tastes like my Mom’s Indian style ice coffee that she makes with ice cream!!!
I’m having so much fun tinting my hair different colours, last week it was green then I picked up some manic panic and dyed/tinted it a Blue Jays Blue, that washed out and then I went purple…but something just wasn’t right, I still had all these little teeny, tiny pieces of dead hair from the last time I dyed it which was eons ago…so I said Eff it I’m cutting it out! In all fairness it’s a beautiful day out here in Toronto, spring sorta crisp air and I’ve been trapped inside with a post tonsillectomy little man so you know I was going stir crazy, I’m sure my hairdresser is gonna kill me when she sees me, I’m am certain she will at the very least scold me, but like I said I needed to do it! Now my hair is all my natural gray growth, you can see in the pictures it adds like a natural highlight.
The purple colour is from my hairdresser, it’s the Revlon colour bomb conditioner, it refreshes all funky colours I mixed 200 and 500 which is basically a purple and a red purple. I left it in allllllll day!
In case you haven’t yet realized it but I’m so happy I’m growing out my gray hair!!!! My hair isn’t crispy crunchy anymore 😍