IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT!

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Don’t mean to shout, but you don’t need to blame yourselves every time you make unhealthy eating choices. You’ve heard the chips ad “Bet you can’t eat just one!” The answer to keeping the addiction under control? Continue reading

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…no it’s not what you think. I’m in love with rocks!

I got a little woo hiking on the red rocks of Sedona Arizona recently. I couldn’t help it with the sheer beauty surrounding me. The path was rough in some places and I had to pay attention to where I was making my next steps. Otherwise, I was taking it all in, the view, the beautiful day and feeling awestruck with the massive rock peaks.
Three months ago I mentioned to a friend I had been thinking of doing a road trip at some point exploring farmer’s markets around the country to meet the people and visit the places our food is grown in. Then I would share my experiences by writing & posting blog articles for others to enjoy.I never imagined that from that conversation, I would be tromping around at the Hoover Dam, filming a rare Grand Canyon rainbow, then perching on top of the red rocks in the Vortex of Sedona AZ  and getting there by using the less travelled roads. Lots to cross off my bucket list!

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Grand Canyon Rainbow

Ok, so what’s the big deal? Well, a few years ago diagnosed with fibromyalgia and wanting to stay under the covers with overwhelming pain and exhaustion, I couldn’t have imagined venturing out on a road for a week. A month? No way. I wouldn’t even have entertained the thought. How would I manage to keep from rocking the inflammatory boat that would drown me with fibromyalgia flare ups?

This time, my stinkin’ thinkin’ got booted out the door. I stopped thinking so much about it and grabbed the invitation for the opportunity to travel. No reason not to make this year mine, celebrating personal and professional milestones. Scared? Oh yeh. ’cause part of that time I would be travelling on the back of a sport motorcycle. With that visual in mind, I’ll tell you more next time.

A little confession here. I tried to ignore my birthday last year as I turned “60”! The very first time I experienced an “Ugh another birthday!” moment. This year I am making up for it and holding my own event. (Another one crossed off the bucket list)!

If you are in the Ottawa area I want to invite you to my birthday & business bash “Your Better Living Expo being held June 4 from 10- 4, benefitting  the Odawa Youth Social Enterprise program. Fun, Food, Education & Awareness for “better living” from the ground up. See you there?  Advance tickets are free. I will save you a hug!

See details and get your TICKETS here

Now, go on a treasure hunt of your own to find a nutrient dense food you haven’t tried yet. I’d love to hear what you chose.

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“BE CREATIVE” with this from my collection…

FIT FAST FUN RECIPES ~ CITRUS LIMEADE

The flavours of sweet honeydew, tart lime, and juicy red grapes combine in this smooth drink. A simple refreshing switch from sweet sodas and iced tea. Citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C and other healthful nutrients such as glutathione.

INGREDIENTS 

  • 1 small honeydew melon
  • ½ cup seedless red grapes
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 cups sparkling water

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cut melon in half, scoop out seeds, peel, nd cut into 1-inch cubes. Wash grapes well and remove stems. Freeze melon and grapes for one hour.
  2. Combine frozen melon and grapes with lime juice and honey in a blender. Puree until smooth, adding water as needed. Serve immediately.

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FOLLOW Elaine Cooper YBLC  coach, real foodist, speaker, blogger,  aeroponic urban gardener & grandma geek taking the “Hassle out of Healthy”

          Volume 2 #7 April 29 2015

“Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

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I recently attended a birthday celebration where I was asked if there was anything I wished I would have pursued. This actually stopped me speechless. (I know rare occasion!)
I couldn’t think of a single thing I would liked to have done that I hadn’t. My deep desire was to have a family and raise them to the best of my ability . No regrets!
I grew up believing in the “happily ever after”.  You know the Cinderella and her handsome ‘fella story! I found the handsome ‘fella and we fell into the ” love each other for ever” mode. We were self-sufficient, living in the same area we had grown up in, simply with intention & purpose.
Eventually ambition and a sense of adventure had us packing up and moving. Did I mention across the country…scared stiff crying for most of the way.

 

To be continued …
Watch for my next article as I take on the challenge of sharing my “mess”.

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RECIPE for you from…

Cooper’s Kitchen

(That’s me)


Veggie Wraps

with Herbed Hummus (click here)                                                           vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, egg free

 An easy lunch recipe loaded with goodness!

Fresh Rolls

Veggie Wraps

Ingredients·

  •     12- 16 green leaves (swiss chard, large romaine or  collard
  •     1 cucumber peeled (or not)
  •      1 red bell pepper
  •      ½ cup hearts of palm, rinsed and patted dry
  •      1 small carrot peeled
  •      1 stalk celery
  •      2 cups herbed hummus (see recipe blog post)
  •      1 ripe avocado sliced
  •      ½ cup raw cashews, toasted and lightly crushed
  •       20 basil leaves
  •       1 tbsp chopped fresh chives.

Directions

1.     Steam greens (not if using romaine) for 1 minute. Remove immediately and let cool. Lie flat and arrange into triangles. Lay a paper towel on top and roll rolling pin or jar over the leaves to crush the veins.

2.     Cut cucumber, red pepper, hearts of palm, carrot and celery into thin strips. Combine in a bowl and stir.

3.     To assemble the wrap, place a rectangle of leaves (2-3) on a cutting board.   Spread ¼ of hummus along one of the longer edges. Follow with ¼ of the avocado on top of hummus, then same for cucumber mixture cashews, basil and chives.IMG_0432

4.     Roll up halfway, tucking in ends so filling won’t ooze out. Finish by rolling up as tight as you can. Keep going until you have made 4 wraps in all.

  Serve as is (minus the toothpick!)

 

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sticks n’ stones

FOLLOW Elaine Cooper YBLC  coach, speaker, blogger, cook, passionate urban gardener

          Volume 2 #6 April 15 2015

The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach- author Benjamin Mays

Ever been called names?  As a child we may not have the words handy to even out the hurt with standing up for ourselves. Is the bully following the crowd, because it makes them feel good? Or doing it because it is the ONLY way they feel strong? Anyway you look at it bullying is wrong. Knowledge is powerful for the abused as well as the abuser. So is the support from others and the power of forgiveness to move on.

As an adult do those words echo from the playground? What have you discovered that has taken you from the pain for letting go?


Now that spring has finally sprung making way for warmer days and outdoor activities, what are the signs that you look for? Here are two of mine. Crocuses at my Mom’s pushing their heads out into the sunshine. And now the ice going out of the Ottawa River.

Spring is sprung!

Spring is sprung!

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Happy Spring!

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RECIPE for you from …

Cooper’s Kitchen    


Herbed Hummus

 Much lower in fat than traditional hummus use as a veggie dip, spread, or topping.

 Ingredients·

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves lightly packed
  •    ½ cup tarragon leaves, lightly packed
  •    4 cups garbanzo (chickpeas) drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • ½ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, lightly packedjuice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp. toasted sesame seed
  • 2 cloves garlic¼ cup chopped chives

Directions

1.     Rinse and pat basil and tarragon leaves dry, and chop coarsely. Transfer to food processor with beans, broth, parsley, lemon juice, sesame seeds, and garlic.

2.     Process until creamy or desired consistency. Stir in chives. Store in sealed container in refrigerator. Will keep for 4 days.

Elaine’s Note:

I like to use my fresh or frozen pesto to flavour this hummus as an alternative to using fresh herbs. This makes a large recipe you may want to ½ the ingredients. Do not freeze.

Picked these from my  aeroponic Tower Garden.Herb Medley      GF DF Vegetarian

Be Creative!

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30 Shades of Red and Fudgey What Cake?

FOLLOW Elaine Cooper YBLC                  Volume 2 #3 February 11,2015

20 years ago I totally embarrassed myself in the movie theater on a date with my ‘then’ husband. (Sharing a little of his humor! He called me his ‘current’ wife”). We were watching Dances With Wolves with Kevin Costner. In one of the first scenes Costner came onto the screen in a huge close-up and I……..gasped (very loudly) to the delight of the ones around me. Good thing it was dark ‘cause their snickers made me turn 30 shades of red.

Reading an article about Costner’s latest movie and his comments about people “considering him heroic” is what inspired my blog today. Superheroes fighting evil isn’t only on the big screen. He talks about being authentic, having strength of character and human decency in day-to-day life. His heroes are his Dad that passed and others. This movie wasn’t intended to be a message yet he learned lots about himself, directing and starring in it. Costner debuted in Dances With Wolves 20 years ago (YIKES!) and I still think he’s an all-around hunky guy even at 60!IMG_4971

I know I am pushing it combining Happy Valentine’s Day wishes, with my next comments. It has me thinking of the two guys that chose to share their love & the rest of their lives with me, my late husbands Gerry & Bob.

Life didn’t quite live up to my expectations of when “death would us part”. It is only through guidance and support I can feel blessed rather than bruised. Believe me, it has taken a whole lot of ‘something or other’ to share this with you. Was that courage I felt? What’s changed for me? Learning to be my own valentine as well as opening myself up to feel their energies instead of defaulting into the pain of losing them, now 30 and 10 years ago this month.

With that, my wish for you is to Be Your Own Valentine surrounding yourself with those that love you, and if so inclined, a little something chocolate! Maybe this ‘Fudgey What Cake?’  Shhh it’s even gluten-free, dairy-free & low-glycemic.  Healthy doesn’t have to be weird!

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P.S.  Have you seen this? Yup, it’s me stepping waaayyy out of my comfort zone!  Grande Finale February 16 (Pts 1 & 2 are available on replay)

“Exposing Hidden Causes of Pain & Exhaustion”    Episode #3 

Final Show with co-host Dr. Alan Chong airs LIVE next Monday February 16  5pm PST; 8pm EST

Go here “The Role of Food, Lifestyle and Microbes on Pain and Fatigue with GI Specialist, Dr. Christian Turbide” 


RECIPE from Cooper’s Kitchen    


Fudgey ‘What?’ Cake  

Prep Time: 10 minutes     Cooking Time: 25 minutes      Serves 16  GF DF

Ingredients

  • 2 medium size beets (cooked & peeled) (secret ingredient)
  • 1  c. ( 250 ml) all purpose gluten free flour mix (used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1/4 c. (60 ml) cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) aluminum free baking powder
  • 5 large eggs, separate
  • 1/2 tsp  (2 ml) salt
  •  1/2 c. (125 ml) honey or maple syrup
  • 7 oz (200g) bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/4  (310 ml) coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) vanilla extract (Simply Organic is alcohol free)
  • 1/2 tsp ( 2ml) cream of tartar

DIRECTIONS   preheat oven to 350 F (180C)

  1. Cook beets until very soft (about 40 minutes)
  2. Meanwhile oil bottom and sides of an 8″ springform pan
  3. Drain, rinse, peel under cold water then whirl in blender with honey (maple syrup) till well mixed
  4. In large bowl melt chocolate over hot water (pic 1 below). When almost melted add coconut oil and stir till evenly blended.
  5. Remove from heat and beat in egg yolks (pic 2) Stir in beet mixture, then flour mixture
  6.  Beat egg whites with vanilla and cream of tartar separately until stiff peaks form.  Stir a small amount into choc batter to loosen, then fold in rest. Scrape into prepared pan (pic 3) (I used parchment instead of oiling)

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Elaine’s Tip:  This time I used an oblong 9×13 pan instead of a springform pan. Cake is fudgey ‘er if undercooked. Let cool completely. Then slice or cut into squares.  Serve with applesauce or yogurt and fresh berries. 

Be creative!


If you like today’s issue, you’ll love the transformations you’ll experience with Your Better Living Coach Wellness Programs  saving you time & money increasing your energy and decreasing the guilt about what you ‘should’ or ‘shouldn’t’ eat.

Is it your intention to “get with it” and eat cleaner? Received recommendations from your doctor for changing your eating habits or else? No need to feel overwhelmed or deprived. Turn your intention into action steps.

 SCHEDULE your Discovery Session HERE 


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an apple a day and eating like Popeye

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An Apple A Day

An Apple A Day

Determine that the thing can and shall be done and then … find the way.

Abraham Lincoln                  Volume 2 #2  January 2015

Are you finding out that what was good for you in the past may not be good for you now?  Remember the commercials with Popeye encouraging us to eat spinach to be strong?  How about this one ” Are you Coo coo for Coco Puffs” and  “Tony the Tiger is  GRRReat”!

Our relationship with food is complicated at best.  With myths and marketing rampant, it can be a challenge to figure out what is good for us and what might not be.  I know you’ve heard this one!   “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. It is certainly possible to have a good diet and never eat apples, just as it is possible to pig out on apples and have a horrible diet.

Dr. Joe Schwartz, PhD  says in his book An Apple a Day that “No single foods have magical health properties”. The real key is variety, different fruits and vegetables to benefit from the complex array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that may be needed for good health.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by all the ‘shoulds’ and ‘shouldn’ts’ of eating, hang on to your hat! Nutrition is an ever developing  science with new discoveries made every day.

Is this year your intention to “get with it” and eat cleaner? Received recommendations from your doctor for changing your eating?  No need to feel overwhelmed or deprived.

Have some fun with my Apple Pan-Cake recipe. It is modified from a traditional pancake recipe that I used for years before having to change my own diet to gluten-free and dairy free. Have this as a breakfast, snack or dessert!

BE CREATIVE!

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 RECIPE Apple Pan-Cakefrom Cooper’s Kitchen (that’s me!)

Apple Pan-Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes     Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

 

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/3 C. all purpose GF flour mix
  • 2 tsp alum free baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp. raw cane sugar
  • 1 1/2 almond milk
  • 3 tbsp. melted butter (grapeseed or olive oil)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract (Simply Organic is alcohol free)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Whisk eggs thoroughly then add almond milk
  2. Add egg mixture to dry
  3. Add melted butter or oil
  4. Mix quickly just until flour disappears. Lumpy is GOOD!
  5. Drop by scoopfuls onto a hot griddle or pan.  Turn when bubbles begin to break surface and brown other side.
  6. Stir dry ingredients together
  7. Watch how fast they get eaten up!

Elaine’s Tips (It’s even more fun when you have some help to do  the mixing)

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Putting the “F” into FUN with FOOD to increase your energy and decrease the guilt


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Happy New Year and Appreciating You

IMG_4807 True life is lived when tiny changes occur. -Leo Tolstoy

 NEW YEAR       NEW YOU

I know you are hearing this through every media outlet.  May I share a few thoughts with you?

A lot of people begin the New Year by making resolutions. We’ve all been there. We take a vow to lose weight, exercise more or spend more time with our family. We start the year with great plans but then we quickly relapse into old habits.

Why is it so darned hard to stick to those New Year’s resolutions?

I like to make an intention. Here are some ways you can make your intentions a reality this year:

  1. Write down your intentions and keep them in a visible place, like taped to your bedroom mirror or the dashboard of your car.
  2. Get to the source of whatever is keeping you in a rut. Are you in a stressful relationship that causes you to eat a pint of Ben & Jerry’s every night? Are you stressed at your job and feel too tired to exercise after work? If you don’t tackle the root of the behavior, it will be much harder to accomplish your goal.
  3. Be clear about what your life would look like once you achieve your goal. If you resolve to go to the gym more, how will this benefit you? Get connected to the result of your action, and you will be more likely to stick with your plan.
  4. Share your resolutions with friends and family. Hold each other accountable for achieving your goals. If you want to go to the gym more, have a friend call you two or three times a week to check on you or invite them to join you.
  5. Reward yourself with every little accomplishment. If your intention is to lose weight and you lose 1 pound a week, pamper yourself with a massage.
  6. Be kind to yourself:

Big changes do not require big leaps. Permanent change is more likely to happen gradually than through one big restrictive plan. Allow yourself to climb the ladder one rung at a time. Happy New Year!   

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Food Focus: Sea Vegetables

In traditional Chinese healing, sea vegetables correspond to the winter season and to the kidneys, adrenal glands, bladder and reproductive organs. The strengthening, balancing and cleansing properties of sea vegetables are known to help these organs as well as the hair, skin and nails. Sea vegetables (or seaweeds) provide a variety of minerals and vitamins, including calcium, iron and iodine, and can help balance hormone and thyroid levels in the body. Eating too many processed foods or foods grown in mineral-depleted soil can result in a lack of minerals in the body, leading to cravings for salty or sugary foods. Adding sea vegetables to your diet can help balance your energy levels and alleviate cravings.  


RECIPE OF THE MONTH

Mighty Miso Soup

Prep Time: 5-10 minutes     Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes

Yield: 4-5 servings

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 cups spring water
  • 1-2 inch strip of wakame, rinsed and soaked 5 minute in 1 cup of water until softened
  • 1-2 cups thinly sliced vegetables of your choice (see notes)
  • 2-3 teaspoons barley or  miso (GF use rice miso)
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped

Directions:

  1. Chop soaked wakame.
  2. Discard soaking water or use on houseplants for a boost of minerals.
  3. Place water and wakame in a soup pot and bring to a boil.
  4. Add root vegetables first and simmer gently for 5 minutes or until tender.
  5. Add leafy vegetables and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Remove about 1/2 cup of liquid from pot and dissolve miso into it. Return it to the pot.
  7. Reduce heat to very low; do not boil or simmer miso broth.
  8. Allow soup to cook 2-3 minutes.
  9. Garnish with scallions and serve.

Elaine’s Tips for Variations:

Any combination of vegetables can be used in miso soup. Here are some classic combinations:

  • onion-carrot-cleansing
  • onion-winter squash-cabbage: great in wintertime
  • leek-corn-broccoli: great in summertime
  • shiitake mushroom-
  • kale: mildly sweet
  • onion-winter squash-cabbage: great in wintertime
  • leek-corn-broccoli: great in summertime
  • Add bean sprouts toward the end.
  • Season with 1/2 teaspoon ginger juice for an interesting twist.
  • If using dry shiitake mushrooms, let them soak for 20 minutes, slice and add at the beginning.

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Putting the “F” into FUN with FOOD to increase energy and decrease the guilt


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faces of courage

Volume 1 Issue 18 November 19, 2014

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courage lives here

What we feed our soul is as important as what we feed our bodies never more so than when  experiencing major life change.  I spent an afternoon recently with friends I hadn’t seen for quite awhile.  Actually, way longer than I had preferred. Continue reading

Je vous ai promis

Pesto Fan Skylar

Je suis ravie de vous avoir rencontré lors de mes trottinages dans les Cantons de l’Est.              Dame Nature nous a vraiment choyées avec le beau soleil!

Quelques devinettes sur l’ingrédient secrète dans le pesto étaient des framboises, du cumin, des tomates séchées et autres. C’était de la menthe! Deux personnes l’ont devinées et la gagnant Brigitte Lacroix profite d’une session privé Chef Chez Vous.

Je vous ai promis de vous faire parvenir les recettes de base de ma collection de Fit Fast & Fun pour le pesto et le granola. Si vous avez des questions ou bien vous aimeriez commenter, vous n’avez qu’à répondre à ce message. J’aimerais bien savoir si vous les avez réussies. Les voilà!

 

 


RECETTES  SANTÉ   de ma COLLECTION FIT FAST & FUN


GRANOLA   végan, végetarian, sans gluten, sans produits laitiers

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Ingrédients

  • 6 tasses de flocons de gruau  (ou sans gluten )
  • 1 tasse de flocons de noix de coco non-sucrés   (sans sulfate)
  • 1/2 tasse d’amandes* tranchés
  • 1/2 tasse de pacanes* hachées gros (crue)
  • 1/3 tasse de graines de citrouille non-salées (crue)
  • 1/3 tasse de graines de tournesol non-salées (crue)
  • ½ tasse de sirop d’érable pur ou du miel OU (le sirop de riz est recommandé pour le plus faible teneur glycémique)
  • ½ tasse d’eau (du beurre d’amande ou de tahini ou bien de la compote de pomme)
  • ¼ tasse d’huile de coco OU (l’huile de pepites de raisin )
  • 2-3 c. à thé de cannelle  (selon votre gouts)
  • 1 c. à thé de muscade
  • 1-2 c. à thé de gingembre
  • ½ tasse de canneberges séchés  (sucré avec du jus)
  • ½ tasse de raisins secs   (sans sulfate au besoin)

Préparation:

Préchauffer le four à 325°F.  Combiner l’avoine, le noix de coco, les amandes*, les pacanes*, les graines de citrouille et de tournesol dans un grand bol. Combiner le sirop, l’eau, l’huile et les épices dans un moyen bol ou une grosse tasse à mesurer et verser sur le mélange d’avoine. Bien mélanger.

Tapisser un rôtissoire (12 x 15 pouces) ou une tôle à biscuit (avec un grand rebord) de papier parchemin. Répandre le mélange dans le plat.

Cuire pour 30 minutes. Brasser le mélange. Continuer la cuisson jusqu’à ce que ce dernier soit doré – environ 15 minutes. Surveiller pour ne pas que ça brule.

L’arôme délectable vous indiquera la fin de la cuisson! Lors du refroidissement, le mélange deviendra croustillant. Servir avec du yogourt ou du lait et des fruits pour déjeuner. Délicieux en collation aussi!

P.S. Laisser refroidir complétement avant le storage. Incorporer les canneberges et les raisins secs seulement après que ce soit refroidi à moins que vous vouliez que ces derniers deviennent secs. Se conserve au réfrigérateur indéfiniment.

 Avertissement!!  Une seule recette pourrait être dévorée avant qu’elle soit refroidie! Doublez les ingrédients pour en faire une plus grosse quantité.

*(omettre pour les allergies aux noix)


PESTO                                 végan, végétarien, sans gluten, sans produits laitiers, crue

Ready for Pesto

Ready for Pesto

Déguster en soupes, sauces ou  ragôut sur des craquelins, pains plats ou pizza.

INGRÉDIENTS

o       2 tasses de feuilles de basilic frais, des quantités égales de persil, ciboulette et coriandre (même de la roquette OU des épinards)

o       1/2 tasse de parmesan Reggiano ou fromage Romano fraichement râpé (omettre pour allérgies aux produits laitièrs)

o       1/2 tasse d’huile d’olive extra vièrge

o       1/3 tasse de noix de pin ou noix de grenobles*

o       3 gousses d’ail moyennes (enlever la peau)

o       Sel et poivre fraichement moulu au gout

Mélanger le basilic avec les noix de pin* dans un robot culinaire et battre quelques fois. (Si vous utilisez des noix de grenoble* au lieu des noix de pins et ils ne sont pas hachés, battre avec le robot avant d’ajouter le basilic.) Ajouter l’ail et battre quelques fois. Ajouter l’huile d’olive tranquillement en continuité pendant que le robot est en marche. Arrêtez et nettoyer les rebords du robot avec une spatule. Ajoutez le fromage râpé* et battre jusqu’à ce que le tout soit bien mélangé. Se conserve la semaine aux réfrigérateur ou congélé indéfiniment.

*(omettre pour les allergies)

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Your Better Living Coach on the road

It has been a busy (and FUN) couple of weeks at market & street fair demos in the Eastern Townships of Quebec.  Lots of  taste testing and promoting upcoming Your Better Living Coach Coach fall cooking classes.

Pesto Fan Skylar

Skylar and Mom Heather stopped for a taste and a guess on what the secret ingredient was in the mystery fresh raw pesto.  Was really neat to hear all the guesses ie: raspberries, cumin, sundried tomatoes and more. Two people guessed it right.   It was MINT!!  Congratulations to the winner Brigitte Lacroix!  Can’t wait to work with you and your friends at your Chef at Home session.

I promised to send out the basic recipes from my Fit Fast & Fun for Pesto and Granola.  If you have any questions or would like to comment just reply back to this message..  Be adventurous and use some of your favourite flavours. I would love to hear how they turned out for you!

 See below


RECIPES from Cooper’s Kitchen (that’s me)

GRANOLA   vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free

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Ingredients

  • 6 cups old-fashioned rolled oats  (or Gluten Free rolled oats )
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes   (sulphite free)
  •  1/2 cup sliced almonds*
  •  1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans* (raw)
  •   1/3 cup unsalted pumpkin seeds  (raw)
  • 1/3 cup unsalted sunflower seeds  (raw)
  •    ½ cup pure maple syrup or honey OR (rice syrup is recommended for lowest glycemic content)
  •    ½ cup water (almond* or tahini butter* or applesauce)
  •   ¼ cup coconut oil OR (grapeseed oil is nice too).
  •    2-3 tsp. cinnamon  (to your taste)
  •    1 tsp. nutmeg
  •    1-2 tsp ginger
  •   ½ cup dried cranberries  (sweetened with juice)
  •    ½ cup raisins   (sulfite free if sensitive)

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 300°F.  Mix oats, coconut, almonds, pecans, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds in a large bowl. Combine syrup, water, oil and spices in a medium bowl or large measuring cup and pour over the oat mixture. Stir until well combined.

Line a large (12-by-15-inch) roasting pan or large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the mixture into pan.

Bake for 30 minutes.  Stir. Continue baking until golden brown for another 15 minutes or so. Watch carefully near end to prevent burning.

The yummy aroma will tell you it’s done! It will crisp up even more while cooling. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Serve with yogurt or milk and fruit for breakfast.  Great for a snack on the go anytime.

P.S. Let cool completely before storing. Stir in cranberries and raisins only after it is cool unless you want them to really dry out.  Store in fridge indefinitely.

 Warning!!! Making a single recipe may get eaten up even before you it gets a chance to cool!            Double up ingredients for a larger batch.

*(leave out for nut allergies)



Fresh  Pesto                                 vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, raw

Ready for Pesto

Ready for Pesto

Enjoy in soups, stews or sauces as a spread on crackers, flat bread or as a pizza base.

INGREDIENTS

o       2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed or equal amounts of parsley, chives & cilantro (even arugula OR spinach

o       1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-reggiano or Romano cheese (omit for Dairy Free)

o       1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

o       1/3 cup pine nuts (may be omitted for nut/seed allergies)

o       3 medium sized garlic cloves skins removed

o       Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor. (If you are using walnuts instead of pine nuts and they are not already chopped, pulse them a few times first, before adding the basil.) Add the garlic, pulse a few times more. Slowly add the olive oil (or grapeseed) in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add the grated cheese (if using) and pulse again until blended.

 

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