Beet Balls

I love foods that are vibrant in colour, not only does this usually mean they are rich in nutrients and phytochemicals they make your meals look more delicious. Beets and red cabbage are two of my favourite veggies because they add a pop of purple which makes any meal look fantastic.

This week I did a grocery store tour with students from Georgian College and one of our grocery shopping tips was to try something new each week. Most of them said they have never had beets or didn’t like them. This chat inspired todays blog post. If you have never tried beets before this is a crowd pleasing recipe that you can make and customize in a buddha bowl or serve up as spaghetti and beet balls over zucchini noodles.

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Chicken Detox Stew

Spring is in the air and that vibe always brings about a good Spring cleaning in our home. Along with cleaning out the house I do love a good real food reset to help facilitate a detox within our bodies.

People often think a detox means picking up a detox pill package or a special tea. A healthy detox is all about resetting, resting and nourishing the body from the inside out. At the same time eliminating any toxins or foods that can hinder the body’s natural detoxification process.

It’s about adding in foods that nourish our body and our cells. In this recipe, broccoli works to help detoxify the body it has a high amount of fiber, which allows you to feel full and it also works to keep your blood sugar low and balance between meals. This super veg also contains antioxidants and phytonutrients, which improves the detox process in your body and helps to eliminate other toxins.

I am working on putting together a 7-21 day real food reset detox program that will be coming out at the end of the month so if you feel like you could use a reset keep an eye out for it.

This is one of the recipes that will be in the program, it’s quick and easy to make and feels like comfort food warming you from the inside out. A perfect dish to add into your Sunday meal prep, we like to individually portion in containers for a delish grab and go lunch.

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Chocolate Fudge Protein Energy Bars

This week I was really craving some creative time in the kitchen. Life has been busy, my prep game had been slacking, and it was starting to show in our household. When we don’t prep we end up making poor food choices and grabbing more take-out or convenience food.

So Thursday night while my hubby was working late, the kids and I had some fun together in the kitchen. The kids helped to make dinner and a few batches of energy balls while I got inspired to make this protein energy bar recipe. You will notice a lot of the balls and bars are similar and this is on purpose. Keeping it simple and slightly adding in your own favourite variation. The chocolate fudge frosting makes this a total crowd pleaser. From the feedback on Instagram you all agree and asked for the recipe so here it is.

I hope you enjoy these bars as much as our family did.

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Red Lentil Dal

Did you know lentils are from the legume family? They are often categorized by their colour – green, red or brown. Red lentils are perfect for Dal as they cook quickly and have a sweet flavor. Lentils are an excellent plant-based protein source, a great source of iron, fibre, potassium, zinc and B vitamins. Garlic & onion are prebiotics, which feed probiotics – they work together to improve our gut health. Ginger and turmeric add great flavor to this meal but also have anti-inflammatory properties. Indian spices are warming for the body, which makes this the perfect comfort food for this time of year.

Not only is this dish healthy and delicious it is budget friendly too. A bag of red lentils is typically under $3 at most places depending on the size of the bag. Perhaps the best part about this recipe is that it only uses 1 pan and can be made in under 30 minutes.

Real food wins every time. It doesn’t have to be difficult to make something homemade, and this way you know exactly what you are putting in your body. Ingredients that have nutrients that you body needs and cutting out anything processed.  

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Vegan Jackfruit Tacos

At a few of my recent talks in the community a lot of people have been inquiring about Jackfruit, so I wanted to post one of my favourite recipes. Jackfruit is popular among the vegan and plant-based communities as it has a “meat-like” or chewy texture when cooked. It is also packed with nutrients including fibre, manganese, magnesium, potassium, vitamin C and antioxidants.

As amazing as Jackfruit is, the one downside is that it does not have a lot of protein so be sure to include more protein in your day or serve topped with a protein source. An easy way to add more protein would be to top with shelled hemp seeds.

Enjoy your tacos on regular wraps or lettuce boats and get creative with your toppings.

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How to Break Your Sugar Addiction

February’s the month of Love with Valentines Day just around the corner. This often means more chocolate and sweet treats.

We all know that sugar is bad for our bodies. It contains empty calories, provides no nutritional value and is highly addictive. High amounts of sugar can also wreak havoc on our immune systems, hormones, gut health and digestion. Some of the negative effects are premature aging, weight gain, fatigue, bone loss, mental fatigue, depression and it is a major contributing factor to diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. My mission is not to scare you into never eating sugar again; it’s to shed light on how to create healthier alternatives. So you can have your cake and eat it too and still stick to your healthy lifestyle. I work with a lot of women who struggle to break up with sugar so if you are nodding your head right now this post is for you.

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Mushroom Stroganoff

This is a vegan family fave that again is really versatile. If you don’t do mushrooms you can easily substitute for your favourite protein source. If you have an allergy to nuts you can omit cashews and substitute with cream.

One of my favourite things about this recipe is that it feels and tastes like comfort food and it can whipped up in under 20 minutes. As a mom of 3, you will notice a trend of quick and easy meal ideas because I get it. Time can be a huge factor when it comes to healthy eating, I am here to make it easy, delicious and remove time as an excuse for getting a good meal on the table.

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Zucchini Noodle Chow Mein

Each Sunday a new recipe will be posted on the blog. The idea is that you can write down the ingredients on your grocery list, shop and prep the recipe for the week. My goal and passion is to keep you inspired in the kitchen, and share delicious, healthy recipes that you can easily whip up. This past Sunday I put out a vote on Instagram for this weeks recipe and Zucchini Noodle Chow Mein won so here it is (if we are not connected yet on Insta come find me @prepwithpam).

Keep reading for Zucchini Noodle Chow Mein Recipe.

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