Beef Stew

This recipe will make you feel warm and powerful inside. I love a good hearty winter meal that is simple to make and requires no cooking!
Ingredients:
Stewing Beef (hormone and antibiotic free)
onion
mushroom
garlic
corn
cabbage
potatoes
Directions:
Place frozen stewing beef in the croc pot, turn croc pot on high heat for 6 hours. Chop up the onions and other veggies throw in on top. Add 2-3 cups of water add organic bouillon cube for more flavour and herbs. I like to throw in tyme and basil if I have it. Let it stew in the slow cooker for 6 hours and enjoy!
Tip: When it comes to bouillon cubes check the ingredients! Avoid Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), I’ve seen a lot of crap in bouillon cubes. I only get organic cubes now.
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Bacon Squash Stir-Fry

I will admit that bacon is not healthiest meat option, but everything in moderation. This is my partners favourite way to eat spaghetti squash, so I always just make sure to add as many veggies as I have and everything balances.
Ingredients:
bacon
onion
mushroom
garlic
ginger
red pepper
broccoli
hot pepper
Spaghetti Squash
Directions:
Turn your oven to 350 to bake the spaghetti squash. If it is really tough to cut in half, poke holes in it with a fork and put it in a pan with small amount of water that covers the bottom of the pan and put it into the oven as it’s heating for 5-10 minutes. Remove, cut in half, scoop out the seeds. Rub olive oil onto the squash, salt and pepper, place it face down on a baking sheet, bake for about 30-40 minutes or until it is soft. Cut your bacon in to bit size pieces and fry in a large frying pan on medium heat. Add the onions, garlic and ginger, mushrooms, then red peppers. Add the broccoli once everything else is mostly cooked. You can put whatever veggies you want or have into this. Once the broccoli is bright green, scrape the spaghetti squash into the pan. Pour some sauce over it if you want or eat it as it is, there will be loads of flavour with the bacon and veggies. Enjoy!
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Homemade Hummus

This is a really simple and plain recipe for homemade hummus, you can add just about anything to give it more flavour; roasted peppers, sweet potato, any herbs and spices. I’ve seen some awful additives and preservatives in the grocery store hummus, this is easy and then I know what I’m eating.
Hummus
Ingredients:
1 can chickpeas
3 tablespoons olive oil
pinch garlic salt
pinch of pepper
juice from 1/2 lemon
Directions:
Add all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and use a hand blender to blend together until smooth. Enjoy!
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Meal Worthy Smoothies To Go

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, because it sets up your digestive system to burn calories or store them. If you skip breakfast your body will think it needs to store calories for a famine, instead of burn what you consume throughout the entire day. Your body will function on LOW and you’re going to feel tired.

Smoothies take 5 minutes to make and you can take them to go. I find even when my belly doesn’t feel like eating breakfast, because it’s too early and I’m too tired. I can still drink a smoothie, maybe even in the car on my way to work, or at work.

When you make smoothies, the most important part is for it to contain protein, to increase your energy. I always aim for a minimum of 10g of protein per person.


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CREATE YOUR OWN SMOOTHIE RECIPE

Ingredients:
frozen strawberries frozen blueberries
frozen mixed berries celery
kale or any leafy green
unsweetened coconut milk
unsweetened almond milk cinnamon
lemon
any fruit

Most Important Ingredients contain protein:
chia seeds
pumpkin seeds
hemp hearts
soft tofu (non GMO)
almond butter any nuts or nut butter
walnuts
plant based protein powder

Strawberry Almond Smoothie
Serves 1

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons unsalted almond butter
3/4 cup light unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup frozen organic strawberries
2 tablespoon hemp hearts
2 tablespoon chia seeds

Directions:
With a blender mix everything together until smooth. Enjoy!

Mixed Berry Green Smoothie
Serves 1

Ingredients:
1 cup of Kale
1/2 cup of mixed berried
1/2 banana
1/2 lime wedge (peeled)
1 cup almond milk
small hand full of walnuts

Directions:
Mix everything together with a blender until smooth. Enjoy!

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No Sugar Added Dark Chocolate Fudge

This is the simplest fudge I’ve ever made. It’s very rich and you only need a little to satisfy your sweet tooth. You can feel good about the sugar content, it is just the dark chocolate chips. I just love it, and I think you will too!

Dark Chocolate Fudge

Ingredients:
3 cups dark chocolate chips
3/4 cup full fat coconut milk
2 tbls coconut oil

Directions:
Place chips in large bowl. Combine Coconut milk and coconut oil in microwave safe bowl and microwave until hot, about 1 1/2 minutes. Pour hot mixture over chips and let stand 2 minutes. Mix until totally smooth. Line mini muffin tin with mini liners. Fill each liner to the top. Freeze or refrigerate until set. Store in fridge or freezer. Sprinkle a little sea salt over each if desired. Enjoy!

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3 Ways to Cook Kale

When I first decided to clean up my diet I knew I had to add more greens. Kale has built up a reputation of being a “super” green. So I knew I should start eating kale.

I was most intrigued by kale chips, which is now my favourite way to eat kale, but there are many ways to eat kale.

Boiled or Steamed

Wash it, tear it from the stem and throw it in a pot of boiling water. This is the simplest way to eat kale. I will do this with pasta or throw it in with rice as it’s boiling. The kale will take about 5 minutes to cook to be soft and edible. Don’t bother with the stems, they are extremely tough. It’s also good on its own as a side. Cover the bottom of a frying pan with water, bring it to a boil and fill the pan with kale, let it steam until soft, add salt and pepper or any desired seasoning.

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Raw

You have probably noticed how tough kale is, and maybe you’ve tried to eat it raw and thought this doesn’t seem edible. The secret to eating raw kale is once you have rinsed it clean, torn it away from the stem into bite size pieces and put into a bowl, pour a table spoon or so of olive oil and squeeze half a lemon over it. Massage the oil in with your hands, this actually takes the toughness away. You can than add more salad ingredients to it or just eat it on its own.

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Baked

This is my favourite, crispy kale chips. A great snack or side dish.

Kale Chips

Ingredients:
1 bunch of kale
1 table spoons of coconut oil
1 table spoon of sea salt

Preheat oven to 350. Spoon 1 table spoon of coconut oil on a baking sheet and put in oven to melt. Rinse kale and tear into chip size pieces avoiding the hard stem. Bake for 10 minutes, check chips and stir. Bake for 2-5 more minutes. It’s a very fine line between great crispy kale chips and burnt kale chips, watch carefully when returning to the oven.

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Zucchini Noodle Stir fry with Peanut Sauce

If you haven’t had peanut sauce and you like peanut butter, you HAVE to try this. It’s delicious (I get specific cravings for it) and surprisingly easy to make. It was first made for me by family and then I started to get cravings for it and learned to make it on my own.

PEANUT SAUCE
serves 4

Ingredients
1 1″ piece of ginger peeled and chopped roughly (doesn’t need to be fine, it’s all going into a blender)
1 garlic clove
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
juice of 1 lime
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Direction
In a blender or food processor blend ginger and garlic together to start until it is finely chopped. Add all other ingredients and 1/3 cup of water. Blend together. If the sauce seems too thick add 2 tablespoons of water, beware of adding too much water. Can be stored in the fridge for a few days, serve at room temperature.

Zucchini Noodle Stir fry

Ingredients:
2 zucchini
1 onion
mushrooms
peppers
broccoli

Directions:
You can use any vegetables you want. The key to good zucchini noodles is using a spiralizer. I’ve tried for the same effect using a cheese grater and it’s weird. Ask around to borrow one, you will fall in love with it. Ask Santa for one, it’s a kitchen tool I wouldn’t give up. Spiralize your zucchini first so you are prepared when the frying begins. Start with your onions in a pan with your oil of choice, I always use coconut oil for frying. As your onions are getting soft chop your other veggies how you like. You can use any vegetables you want or have in your fridge for this, don’t get caught up in the ingredients. Add the zucchini noodles last once everything else is cooked, they don’t take long. Once the zucchini noodles are soft toss in the peanut sauce. Beware not to over do the zucchini noodles, they will become mush. They will be cooked in under 5 minutes.

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SQUASH AND APPLE SOUP WITH MAPLE

serves 4-6

Ingredients:
2             onions, chopped
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1            Large Butternut Squash; peeled and cubed
2            Apples; peeled, cored and cubed
2            cloves garlic
4 cups    vegetable broth
t tsp        fresh thyme
1 tsp       salt
1/4 tsp    pepper
3 tbsp     maple syrup
1/2 tsp    pumpkin seeds

Directions:
In a large pot, cook onions in butter over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Add squash, apples, garlic, broth, 1 cup of water, thyme, salt and pepper: bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the squash is tender. Let cool slightly, blend, an immersion blender is easiest. Stir in maple syrup and nutmeg, serve garnished with pumpkin seeds.

This is a really nice fall soup when squash and apples are in season. Double or maybe even triple the batch and put left overs in your freezer for when you want it again. Make it your own, change up the ingredients as you see fit, I’m going to try ginger and garlic next time, because I love ginger and I have a really nice organic chunk of it that I got recently.

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Hot Bacon Slaw

This is a really great side to any dish, who am I kidding. Bacon makes everything delicious. This is quick and easy, it’s a go to of mine when I have loads of cabbage growing in my garden. It also happens to be sugar, dairy, and wheat free.
Ingredients:
1 cabbage
1/2 pound of bacon
1-2 cloves of garlic diced
1 inch chunk (give or take) of ginger diced
Directions:
Chop the bacon into bite size pieces and fry in a pan over medium high heat. While it is cooking stir as needed and chop the cabbage into long thin slices. Cut the cabbage in half and then slice as thinly as you can length wise. Once the bacon is mostly cooked add the cabbage. Finely chop the garlic and peel and finely chop the ginger. Once the cabbage is soft add garlic and ginger to pan. Stir everything together, once the cabbage is soft and tastes good it’s ready. Enjoy!
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My First Backyard Chicken Butcher

I killed, cleaned and ate my first chicken from my backyard, in total it took about an hour. It was much better not having to do it alone, my brother Anthony and I watched a few How To videos on You Tube. We had been talking about it for a couple of weeks, it had to be done as soon as possible.

We had 11 chickens and 5 of them were Roosters. I’m brand new at raising backyard chickens, my best friend wanted to hatch chicks with her kids so we agreed on 2 dozen eggs, knowing they would not all hatch. They brought us 13 chicks at 4 weeks old. We lost 2 the first day, that’s a long story.

Last week a couple of the roosters ganged up on one and killed a rooster. That’s when we really thought it was time to deal with the roosters. The hen’s are old enough to lay eggs and they haven’t started yet, I think it’s because of the mean roosters, they pick on them too.

We prepared ourselves to butcher the roosters. We picked an area out of the way and set up a table, ran the hose, found a big pot, and Anthony made a cone out of metal and tape and drilled it to a tree. It seemed the easiest way we saw in the videos to slit the throat and let the blood drain.

We were chasing chickens in every direction in the back yard, it was the meanest chicken I really wanted to get. Cornered him and caught him, he gave up really easily. He laid on ground when there was no where else to go and once I grabbed his feet and carried him upside down to the site the struggle was over, he was calm.

The cone wasn’t really the right size, his head didn’t come out the end like it was supposed to. Anthony loosened the cone until the head stuck out. We both said thank you for the sacrifice. Anthony cut the throat, from the front. Once the cut was made the body jolted around with enough force to bust through the tape holding the cone together, but it wasn’t that secure since we were adjusting the size. Anthony picked it up and just held it over the a bucket, he asked me to cut the head off the rest of the way.

My heart was beating really hard. We had done it, now we had to prepare it to eat. It was also our dinner plan.

I boiled the pot of water on the stove, it was still too hot. 145 degrees F is what we wanted, to not burn ourselves while pulling the feathers. We added water from the hose until the temperature was right. Dunked the whole body for 10 seconds, shook the water off gently, dunked it again for another few seconds, started pulling the feathers. They came out real easy, there is just a lot of them. When you think about eating it, there is more desire to do a good job and really clean it up.

The actual butchering was the hardest part. Disconnecting the feed sack was a real challenge, everything feels slimy inside and we didn’t really know what we were feeling for to loosen it up and disconnect. The videos made it look really easy. We made all the right cuts, until it came to the rear end, the very first slice cut the poop tube. The thing the video said not to do. We just cut more around it and reached further down to pull it out, without contamination. I reached in and pulled all the guts and organs out, Anthony said he couldn’t fit his hand in, I could just get my hand in and it was tight and the body was warm. I scrapped and pulled the best that I could, identifying the organs as they were coming out.

We tuned on the BBQ and cut it into pieces, figuring it would be best to cook it in pieces so we can get inside and see how we did. I did pretty well at getting the insides out, but not perfect there were still some unidentifiable guts inside, but all the organs had been removed.

We ate our BBQ chicken with roasted potatoes from our garden and a salad with greens all from the garden.

I never appreciated a meal more. The chicken was amazing and I felt good about doing this myself. This chicken lived its best life, and followed its natural course. I thought about some of the people who told me they could never actually kill and butcher a chicken, but they eat meat. That doesn’t seem fair. I feel like I just earned my right to eat good well taken care of chicken.

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