Souped up Vegetable Stock

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I’ve been busy simmer and slurping over here, trying to devise a real recipe rather than a loose method for you stock beginners out there.

We are still in the thick of winter here-  woolly socks, soups and snuggly blankets are still very real.

February was a fickle month for me, while it comes with a bracing new beginnings, it is soon followed with an inescapable lull. I’ve mentioned “hurry up and wait” before on the blog, and there is no better example than the winter months. For what seems like ages, we prep, cook, dance, give gifts, laugh and run around from gathering to get-together. Now that we have proof of surviving winter’s deepest darkness, our body are hollering for a break.

This weekend take a day to yourself and throw this on the stove. It’s the stock that will save you in what may the longest days of winter of all.

Best Basic Vegetable Stock 

3-4 kale stalks, stripped of their leaves

2 small onions, and extra onion skins

4-5 cloves of garlic, skin on

1 large carrot, cut into three pieces

half of a red pepper

2 stalks of celery, leaves included

1 tsp of sea salt

½ tsp of whole black peppercorns

3 springs of fresh oregano

2 stalk of fresh rosemary

1 small stalk of crushed lemongrass

Combine all ingredients in a deep stock pot, add in 8 cups of filtered water.

Bring to a boil on medium heat, turn to lowest setting and let simmer for 3-4 hours. Run through sieve and package into glass mason jars. Use within 3-4 days for best flavour. Alternatively, you can let the stock cool and freeze it for a maximum of 4 months.

The easiest way to put veggie stock together is to save your scraps throughout the week, I keep mine in a produce bag or a freezer bag depending on how flexible my stock cooking schedule is for the week.

Enjoy!

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Holiday Hustle : Giving Lentils Another Look

I wanted to quickly send well wishes to my friends and loved ones in Southern Ontario today on the blog.  I hope that you are safe and warm and making use of the kindness of strangers these past few days. Stay Safe!

Things may be coming up Milhouse or you are drowning yourself in cans of beans, but that is okay. Lentils can be your friend too.

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Things are getting a bit dismal around my wallet these days, even with my slew of homemade gifts, stocking up on the essentials and wrapping gear can do a bit of damage. If your purse strings are feeling a bit restricted as well do grab some lentils and make this soup.Is your family and friends have been throwing cookies at you as if it is the only food that exists, this soup is for you!

If you are like me dried lentils are kicking around your cupboard or pantry. If not, you really should purchase some of these workhorses, they are an honourary vegetarian protein source packed with iron, folate and fibre to name a few. This soup will warm you and keep you well fed for hours. It sure makes that holiday hustle and weekend warrior workouts a lot easier to fit in!

Join me on this season’s soup odyssey, won’t you?

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Holiday Hustle : Jammy Coconut Muffins

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Mindful of the eventual cookies I will eat later this month, I was in search of a good low-glycemic snack that was easy on the budget. Something that would work on the run and would help me snack smart amongst the holiday prep, meetings and social calls.  Coconut flour packs a punch in fibre, protein and flavour, keeping you sated longer than your average muffin.

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Bring The Beach To Your Blender

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We had a dose of real winter weather last week, while I was skipping and smiling down the streets my fellow city dwellers had their grumpy bird faces on. Needless to say people haven’t exactly gotten into the holiday spirit over here in the Big Smoke.

December just feels busy, doesn’t it? I bet we could all use a trip to the beach right about now.

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Sunday Pancakes & Small Successes

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This week hasn’t been an easy one. At the eleventh hour I received notice that I had qualified for a funding opportunity that was completely out of my wheel house amongst a laundry list of other last minute items. Rather than clearing my schedule, I decided to try and do it all. Today is a true practice of managing my stress and auto-immune diseases during real life circumstances.

If it wasn’t for my month of dedicated movement and Melissa Ramos’ 14 day Stress Detox I decided to take on,  I am sure that I would have had a bit of a meltdown. Today is the last day to sign up, won’t you join me?

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Cauliflower & Clean Eating

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Time will always feel like a luxury, but that doesn’t mean that it is impossible to get ahead of the game. Preparation has been my best tool of surviving what some might deem the social awkwardness that comes along with a Celiac Disease diagnosis. With the onset of Wheat Belly fame, I have had a few people in my social circle come out and say that wheat doesn’t treat them so sweetly either. Their second confession is that they find it very difficult to eat wheat and gluten free, when a pastry and a traditional sandwich is always readily accessible.  And to that I must say that preparation and planning goes a hell of a long way. Building up an arsenal of good clean eats, start small, it is a surefire way to keep your belly and body happy.

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Holla for Channa Aloo Masala

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This morning we had our first sighting of snowflakes here in the big smoke. I greeted the day with a squeal and a little dance but I know that many of my neighbours had one extra reason to stay bundled away in their cozy homes this morning. Working off a full belly of spicy Trinidadian style food and some Calypso music I was well on my way to stifling a bad case of wanderlust.

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