The Healthy Foodie http://thehealthyfoodie.com Who says eating healthy has to be boring? Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:11:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Homemade Salted Herbs http://thehealthyfoodie.com/homemade-salted-herbs/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/homemade-salted-herbs/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:00:38 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669502 Salted herbs are very popular here in Québec and can be found on the shelves of just about every grocery store. When I first started using them, I thought for sure that they were just as readily available in every part of the world, but apparently, I was wrong. To be honest, I will never understand why that […]

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Salted herbs are very popular here in Québec and can be found on the shelves of just about every grocery store. When I first started using them, I thought for sure that they were just as readily available in every part of the world, but apparently, I was wrong.

To be honest, I will never understand why that is… they’re so easy to make and they pack so much flavor! No one should ever be without them.

I had a friend visit from the States a while ago and I sent him home with a bag of goodies from my home, among which were Pure Maple Syrup and Salted Herbs. He totally fell in love with the herbs, got addicted to them even, but sadly, was never able to find them anywhere in his part of the world.

So, I took it upon myself to make some at home and share the recipe with you all so that you, and my friend, could make your own, and get addicted too.

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Before I got to making my first batch, I was absolutely convinced that I would need to get my hands on like A TON of fresh herbs, so I figured it would be best to wait until they were in full season, else I would’ve ended spending a small fortune.

However, I was pleasantly surprised to realize that it doesn’t require that much herbs at all, and since the bulk of it consists in mainly parsley, leeks, carrots, celery and onions, the entire batch ended up costing almost nothing to make. Much less than the price of *one* jar of the ready-made stuff, in fact.

And just you wait until you start using these herbs. OH! They add so much flavor to just about any dish. Use them instead of salt in your favorite recipes, I think you’ll be extremely pleased.

They taste just like summer in a jar!

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Beanless Chili http://thehealthyfoodie.com/beanless-chili/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/beanless-chili/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:00:49 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669468 I love, love, love me a good bowl of super spicy and piping hot chili. In fact, chili would probably be the only reason why I sometimes miss legumes… because let’s face it, remove the beans from chili and what you’re left with is basically spaghetti sauce with a Mexican twist! So when the craving for chili recently […]

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I love, love, love me a good bowl of super spicy and piping hot chili. In fact, chili would probably be the only reason why I sometimes miss legumes… because let’s face it, remove the beans from chili and what you’re left with is basically spaghetti sauce with a Mexican twist!

So when the craving for chili recently struck, I wracked my brains long and hard as to how I could possibly replace those beans. Spaghetti sauce was not what I was after. I wanted, demanded that there’d be some kind of bean in my bowl, or at least some kind of substitute that would provide a somewhat similar visual and gustatory experience.

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After mentally reviewing a not very long list of potential contenders (there really weren’t that many that I could think of) I decided to give kalamata olives a try. Their shape is fairly similar to that of kidney beans, so I figured they would most certainly fit the bill as far as visual replacement was concerned.

The flavor factor, however, I wasn’t all that convinced would work so well. After all, kalamatas are very pungent, salty and acidic whereas kidney beans are extremely mild and neutral in taste. I was afraid that the olives would end up completely stealing the show and pretty much destroying the whole Mexican essence of the dish.   continue reading

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Creamy Avocado “Pasta” with Chicken and Asparagus http://thehealthyfoodie.com/creamy-avocado-pasta-chicken-asparagus/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/creamy-avocado-pasta-chicken-asparagus/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:00:13 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669405 Some of you might remember that I suffered a knee injury back in February and as a result, was forced to take a break from training for a couple of weeks. I never really talked about it much, because it really bums me out and I’m kind of living in denial, but it turns out I tore a […]

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Some of you might remember that I suffered a knee injury back in February and as a result, was forced to take a break from training for a couple of weeks. I never really talked about it much, because it really bums me out and I’m kind of living in denial, but it turns out I tore a meniscus and will most probably require an operation. How friggin’ awesome is that? NOT!

While my doctor didn’t see any contraindication to my training and lifting weights while I’m waiting (for up to 9 months) for my MRI and eventual operation, my knee had gotten really stiff and my leg was extremely swollen lately so my coach strongly suggested that I give it a good, long rest so it may have a chance at getting better.

GAH! As much as I hate to admit it, the man was right.

Sooooo, since I’m currently not training, i.e. not expending nearly as much energy, I’ve decided to give this keto thing another go. I can’t say that things are going all that well, though.

What exactly is Ketosis?

For those of you not familiar with ketosis, it is a state in which your body runs primarily on fat for fuel, as opposed to glucose. In order to induce and maintain it, one must consume no more than 50g net carbs per day (which is total carb count minus dietary fiber) and protein intake must also be kept in check as 54% of protein is anti-ketogenic, which means it will be converted into glucose before it enters the bloodstream.

That said, keto and I just don’t see eye to eye. Heck, I don’t even know if I consider it to be healthy… cutting back on carbs so drastically, eating protein only in moderation and basically living off fat… I don’t know. There’s something about this whole concept that just doesn’t sit well with me. Plus, fat is such a boring thing to eat. Gimme meat, gimme veggies and tons of ‘em, gimme nuts, gimme fruits, gimme stuff that tastes good! But fat? I mean seriously, you expect me to add coconut oil and butter to my coffee? I think not. Bulletproof coffee makes me gag, literally. I just can’t do it.

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Mind you, I remember a time when I used to think that the paleo lifestyle was nothing short of crazy. I mean, eating all that meat, fat and bacon couldn’t possibly be healthy now could it? I had to actually follow it for a full month to realize that there was way more to it than just eating tons of meat and decide to give it a real go. But even then, I would still be eating egg white omelettes and stick to the leaner cuts of meat. I would say it took at least 6 months before I finally adapted and felt comfortable eating all kinds of meat and healthy fats.

Maybe it’s the same thing with this keto thing. Maybe I haven’t figured out the right things to eat yet. For now, I feel I have to cut back WAY too much on vegetables in order to just stay below the 50g net carb mark. Don’t ask me to go any lower than that, I don’t think I could do it. I might not be in a deep state of ketosis, but at least my body is producing ketones, which apparently is all you need to reap the full benefits of the diet. And yes, I’ll stick to the term diet here, because frankly, I think of a lifestyle as something that one could sustain long-term and I know that ketosis, I could not do for a very long time. I could probably keep at it for a couple of months, at most, to help my body become fat adapted, but no more.

Alright, enough about my stupid busted knee and my decision to go keto for a while. I think it’s about time we got on with the eats around here.

As you probably guessed, today’s fare is going to be pretty low in carbs. In fact, I’ve revisited my Creamy Avocado Pasta, one of my favorite pasta dishes from my not so distant past. I’d really been craving that one lately… and even dreamed about it, seriously.

Of course, I made a few modifications… first, the dairy had to go, and the pasta, well, had to be replaced. continue reading

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Mayo Saver Creamy Ranch Dressing http://thehealthyfoodie.com/mayo-saver-creamy-ranch-dressing/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/mayo-saver-creamy-ranch-dressing/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:00:57 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669390 Unquestionably, the recipe that gets the most traffic on this site would be my Foolproof Paleo Mayo. Kind of ironic isn’t it, seeing as how it’s not even a recipe per se… Does that say anything about my cooking skills? Should I perhaps take a hint? Seriously, if you’ve never made that mayonnaise, trust me, you have […]

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Unquestionably, the recipe that gets the most traffic on this site would be my Foolproof Paleo Mayo. Kind of ironic isn’t it, seeing as how it’s not even a recipe per se… Does that say anything about my cooking skills? Should I perhaps take a hint?

Seriously, if you’ve never made that mayonnaise, trust me, you have to give it a try. It’s the easiest, coolest mayonnaise recipe formula ever! In fact, it’s so easy to make, even a child could do it, blindfolded.

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Every now and then, though, someone will leave a comment on the post, telling me that the technique didn’t work for them. It always pains me to hear that and really wish I could come up with a quick fix, but I could never really figure out what would cause it to fail.

Try as I might, I’ve never once had this recipe let me down. Truth is, I don’t even measure my ingredients anymore. I just throw my egg in the jar, followed by a bit of Dijon, some lime juice or vinegar, one or two cloves of garlic, a dash of salt and pepper, whatever seasonings I want to add, pour about a cup of oil over all that, stick that blender right in, press the button and BOOM, instant mayo! continue reading

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Beef and Broccoli Cauli-Rice [aka Not Chinese Not Fried Not Rice] http://thehealthyfoodie.com/beef-broccoli-cauli-rice-aka-chinese-fried-rice/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/beef-broccoli-cauli-rice-aka-chinese-fried-rice/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:00:39 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669370 When I was a kid, my parents would often make this dish they used to call “Chinese Fried Rice”, even though there was nothing even remotely Chinese about it. It was basically ground beef, veggies, some rice and a lot of soy sauce, sauteed together in a pan. Well, okay. Maaaaaybe the soy sauce was Chinese. But that’s […]

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When I was a kid, my parents would often make this dish they used to call “Chinese Fried Rice”, even though there was nothing even remotely Chinese about it. It was basically ground beef, veggies, some rice and a lot of soy sauce, sauteed together in a pan. Well, okay. Maaaaaybe the soy sauce was Chinese. But that’s about where the resemblance ended.

Still, I remember loving Chinese Fried Rice nights. So much so, I took that dish with me into my adult life and later fed it to my kids when I became a parent myself .

But then, for some reason, I kind of almost forgot that it even existed…

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Until I recently got a major craving for it. Totally out of nowhere, just like that, it hit me: I needed to lose myself in a big bowl of that salty, comforting and satisfying rice dish once again, right then and there.

The only problem is, I don’t do rice anymore and don’t even keep rice in the house, so even if I’d wanted to get a little off-path and indulge in some of the starchy white grain, I couldn’t have. There was but one solution to this problem: I had to call my trusty wonder veggie, my new-found best friend cauliflower, to the rescue. Now THAT I always have on hand!

While I knew that this paleo version, or as I like to call it this “Not Chinese Not Fried Not Rice”, wouldn’t taste exactly like the dish that resided in my memory, I also knew that it would satisfy my craving perfectly fine.

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Loaded Cauliflower Fritters http://thehealthyfoodie.com/loaded-cauliflower-fritters/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/loaded-cauliflower-fritters/#comments Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:00:23 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669342 After many people made the original version of these Cauliflower Fritters and reported to having a hard time getting them to actually stick together, I thought I owed it to them to revisit the recipe and see what could possibly have gone wrong for them. But of course, you know me, I can’t follow a recipe, not even my own, […]

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After many people made the original version of these Cauliflower Fritters and reported to having a hard time getting them to actually stick together, I thought I owed it to them to revisit the recipe and see what could possibly have gone wrong for them.

But of course, you know me, I can’t follow a recipe, not even my own, so instead of simply recreating those fritters, I reinvented them. Good thing, me thinks, ‘cuz these turned out MUCH better, in every possible way. They look better, they taste better, and they most certainly HOLD better!

In fact, these you even need to form into patties as opposed to dropping the batter directly into the hot skillet, and even in the raw state, the patties hold their shape very well.

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Oh, and you’ll soon discover that I am NOT calling these “loaded” in vain! You will not believe the amount of good stuff that these little guys hide under their hood. The overall nutritional value that they pack is pretty astonishing!

We’re talking cauliflower, or course, but also too, a whole bunch of lovely green things, some sunflower seeds, hazelnuts and even coconut!

I’m telling you, each of these little fritters is a veritable nutrient powerhouse.

And you know what the best part about them is? You don’t need to squeeze the water out of the cauliflower!!! WIN! In fact, you don’t even need to precook the cauliflower. DOUBLE WIN!  continue reading

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Salmon and Avocado Salad [with Optional Collard Wraps] http://thehealthyfoodie.com/salmon-avocado-salad-optional-collard-wraps/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/salmon-avocado-salad-optional-collard-wraps/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:00:04 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669318 This Salmon and Avocado Salad, or what I like to affectionately call my Go-To Salmon Mush, is the one dish that I will most often turn to when I’m not inspired, in a pinch or planning on being out and about all day. When I recently had to drive all the way to Windsor to get […]

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This Salmon and Avocado Salad, or what I like to affectionately call my Go-To Salmon Mush, is the one dish that I will most often turn to when I’m not inspired, in a pinch or planning on being out and about all day.

When I recently had to drive all the way to Windsor to get my new puppy, this is all I took with me to eat. It was gonna be a 10 to 12 hour drive each way, so there wouldn’t be much time to stop for food. Plus, I knew that there wouldn’t be many suitable options for me alongside the highway… So, I made a huge batch of this, divided it between single serving plastic containers, shoved them in my cooler and off I went.

I ate nothing but that all week-end, and when I came back home, I still wanted more!

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In fact, I don’t think that a week ever goes by without me having this salad at least once or twice. And since I’ve been particularly uninspired lately, let’s just say I resorted to it on more than one occasion…

It’s not quite as easy as cracking open a can of smoked herrings, but almost…

So yeah, once again I’m offering a real quick and easy fare, but at least this time, the pictures came out a little better! continue reading

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Simple Western Omelette http://thehealthyfoodie.com/simple-western-omelette/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/simple-western-omelette/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:00:59 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669297 Believe it or not, sometimes, I don’t really feel like cooking much… or eating “fancy” food, for that matter. I’d gladly open up a can of smoked herrings and eat ‘em straight out of the can, with a side of raw broccoli and avocado, all smothered in Frank’s, of course. Right Jordan? Right! (Jordan likes to tease me because I seem to […]

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Believe it or not, sometimes, I don’t really feel like cooking much… or eating “fancy” food, for that matter.

I’d gladly open up a can of smoked herrings and eat ‘em straight out of the can, with a side of raw broccoli and avocado, all smothered in Frank’s, of course. Right Jordan? Right! (Jordan likes to tease me because I seem to always enjoy my avocados smothered in Frank’s. One quick look at my Instagram page, and you’ll have no choice but to agree with her!)

Sometimes, this feeling will last for only just a meal, sometimes for much longer periods of time.

Simple Western Omelette | thehealthyfoodie.com

I’ve pretty much been in this kind of mood for the past week. Food doesn’t really inspire me.

Don’t know if it’s because I’ve had to put my beloved CrossFit on hold because of my stupid knee injury, which means I haven’t been quite as active, or if I should blame it on the fact that it’s been so darn hot and humid lately…

All I know is I’ve been finding myself at a loss for inspiration in the food department. Not what I’d call an ideal situation when you’re a food blogger and need to come up with yummy recipes in order to earn a living.

So I hope you will forgive me for this rather basic offering, but hey, that was probably the fanciest meal I’ve had all week.

At least, I’m not sharing a post on how to crack open a can of sardines and smother an avocado up in Frank’s Red Hot. Count yourselves lucky, we’re having a super fancy omelette, complete with onions, bell peppers and smoked ham! Wow. Now isn’t that something!

Okay, I’m done making fun of myself… or well, almost. I can’t quite believe the amount of [lousy] pictures that I took in order to show you how I made my Western Omelette.

But next time you’re not inspired and feel like eating uninspired food, you’ll know exactly where to go to find the perfect recipe! continue reading

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Secret Ingredient Strawberry Cheesecake [Non-Dairy & Paleo] http://thehealthyfoodie.com/non-dairy-paleo-strawberry-cheesecake/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/non-dairy-paleo-strawberry-cheesecake/#comments Sat, 05 Jul 2014 11:00:57 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669250 I know a lot of you have been eagerly awaiting this recipe and I don’t blame you… Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about any of my previous creations. Well, okay, maybe I have and I just don’t remember. Yeah! Now that I think of it, I probably have. Like when I made […]

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I know a lot of you have been eagerly awaiting this recipe and I don’t blame you… Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about any of my previous creations.

Well, okay, maybe I have and I just don’t remember. Yeah! Now that I think of it, I probably have. Like when I made these decadent Sweet Potato Brownies, or maybe that Chocolate Truffle Cake

But this time, it’s different.

I mean, seriously guys, this cake is completely insane. It’s just like CHEESECAKE except it’s got no cheese in it. NO CHEESE!!! How crazy is that!? Totally crazy, I say. Demented, even!

But just you wait until you find out what exactly IS in it! It’ll blow your mind. Seriously.

Honestly, I was the first one surprised when it actually turned out. It was, after all, my first attempt at creating a non-dairy cheesecake, and for a first attempt, I sure went all out. I brought forth the heavy artillery…

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If you know me, you know just how much I love cheesecake. Now, having decided to practically give up on dairy, it was only a matter of time before I tried my hand at making a non-dairy version of my favorite dessert in the whole wide world. In fact, I was only waiting for strawberries to be in season, for I really had my heart set on topping that baby with gorgeous bright red, plump and juicy strawberries.

To be honest, though, I totally expected this cake to be a complete disaster. A flop. A monumental waste of time and valuable ingredients. I was prepared to be extremely disappointed and perhaps even shed a tear or two.

Still. It was too big, too bold an idea for it to remain untested.

I almost wish that I could keep the secret ingredient a complete mystery and have you try the cake without knowing, but then how are you going to make the cake if you don’t know? What if the recipe read: …and now, add the secret ingredient! Right… that wouldn’t fly all that high.

So I guess that at some point, I’m gonna have to let you know…

At some point… continue reading

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Warm Chicken Liver and Apple Salad http://thehealthyfoodie.com/warm-chicken-liver-apple-salad/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/warm-chicken-liver-apple-salad/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 11:00:39 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669230 Once upon a time, this girl didn’t like liver. No, make that couldn’t stand liver, rather. Hated the stuff. Gagged on it, even. But then she learned that liver was absolutely mega-super-good for her body, one of the most nutritious foods that she could ever put in it, in fact. So she vowed to herself that she would convince […]

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Once upon a time, this girl didn’t like liver. No, make that couldn’t stand liver, rather. Hated the stuff. Gagged on it, even.

But then she learned that liver was absolutely mega-super-good for her body, one of the most nutritious foods that she could ever put in it, in fact. So she vowed to herself that she would convince her brains to learn to at least pretend to like the stuff, so she could incorporate it to her diet two to three times a month.

But then, the strangest thing happened: not only did she eventually learn to like it, but she in fact started to love and even crave this superfood.

Warm Chicken Liver and Apple Salad | thehealthyfoodie.com

Ha! That did not happen overnight, though, for I must admit that liver is an acquired taste. The first time I prepared it, it really wasn’t all stars and rainbows for me, let me tell you. I had to really force myself to finish my plate that night.

But then I had it againand again, and again. Slowly but surely, this organ meat kinda grew on me. I guess you could say that I eventually acquired the taste. Tamed it. Totally.Conquered.It.

When prepared right, liver can be quite delicious, you know. If you aren’t sold on the idea yet, I honestly think that this salad is a very good place to start. continue reading

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