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Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Food Love: Easy Peasy New Mom Recipes

I have to start this post with a disclaimer - I am a total kitchen novice. While I love food, my husband is the chef de cuisine in our house. That being said, he works and at the moment, I'm at home so food prep has primarily fallen on me, much to mine and Mike's dismay!

As a new mom, I'm short on time and to be honest, prepping meatballs during nap time sounds like a total bore but I know planning ahead is key, especially if I want to avoid eating salads every single night. In addition to being limited on time, I am big on healthy eating which means I really don't like to eat packaged foods. I will in a pinch but I would prefer to "eat the rainbow".  So, simply put, I'm a high-maintaince diva with limited skills.

Over the past six weeks I have discovered and mastered a few recipes that are high in taste and low in skill, rejoice with me fellow moms! For those of you who make gourmet, healthy meals every night, good for you, you will learn nothing about cooking from this blog.

Recipe # 1 - Chopped Chicken Salad


Ingredients:
Salad:
- Whole rotisserie chicken (look for a free range one), diced with the skin removed
- Chopped salad greens, whichever you like
- Your favourite toppings, i.e. chickpeas, avocado, cheese, cucumber, tomatoes, etc 
Health tip: I usually stick to one or two higher fat toppings (usually cheese and avocado) and fill the rest of the salad with veggies and lean protein

Dressing *to taste:
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 small squeeze of agave or honey

Directions:
- Combine salad ingredients in a bowl, be sure to style them "pretty" for an Insta shot!
- Top salad with dressing and season according to taste
- Enjoy!

Recipe # 2 - Thai Chicken Burgers

Check out Goop for this recipe! Don't be scared by the fish sauce, it is a must and adds a great flavour.

Recipe # 3 - Tropical Smoothie Packs

Ingredients:
To freeze:
- 1 cup chopped pineapple
- 2 cups chopped kale
- 1 banana
- 3 - 4 strawberries

For blending:
- 1 cup liquid of choice (unsweetened almond milk, coconut water, coconut milk, etc)
- 1 tbsp of chia seeds
- 1/4 cup of non-fat greek yogurt (optional)

Directions:
- Place smoothie ingredients in baggie, seal and place in freezer (Make a bunch at once!)
- Remove baggie from freezer, dump in blender and combine with liquid of choice, chia seeds and greek yogurt
- Enjoy!

Recipe # 4 - Clean Out the Fridge Quinoa Salad


Ingredients:
Salad:
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 cup black beans
- 1/2 cup canned corn
- 2 cups of chopped arugula
- 1 cup chopped cilantro
- 1/2 chopped avocado
- 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese 

Dressing *to taste:
- 1/4 cup olive oil

- 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 small squeeze of agave or honey

Directions:
- Combine salad ingredients with dressing
- Season with salt and pepper to taste
- Enjoy!

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