{Gluten-Free} Snickerdoodle Banana Bread

 Last week, in the midst of Storm Jonas, our entire small group trudged through the blustery streets of NYC to have a snow day brunch with us.  The weather outside was chaotic, but inside we were warm and cozy. Our neighbourhood was exceptionally beautiful blanketed in snow; I actually love slow, snow days tucked inside with some of my favorite people.  For the occasion, I whipped up some vegan breakfast burritos, and finished off the meal with this sweet, treat.   So enjoy some gluten free Snickerdoodle Banana Bread during your next cold night.  Continue reading “{Gluten-Free} Snickerdoodle Banana Bread”

Creamless Cream of Vegetable Soup

 We have been busy travelling, renovating, working and scheming.  New York City is always a rush, but it feels as if life whizzing by with even greater fervor in the last few months.  However, it is been all been the best kinds of busy. Our days have been brimming with birthday celebrations, weekend escapes, social events, holidays and long adventures. Tomorrow we set off with a few of our nearest and dearest for nine days in Costa Rica. We are living life and living it to the full. In the face of all the crazy, we are fulfilled and we are happy. That being said we have been mindful to take few moments to slow down and home cook some good, hearty fall meals. Which brings me to today’s newest recipe for a creamless creamed soup.  It is fast and it is tasty. Enjoy, and happy fall all! Continue reading “Creamless Cream of Vegetable Soup”

Paleo Chicken, Lime and Avocado Soup

Simple, one pot dinners are my jam.  When we get home from the gym every night we are ravenous, and after we feast neither Jameson nor I have much ambition to tackle a lengthy clean up.  So I am always looking to create flavorful meals that adhere to our dietary preferences, and can be accomplished quickly and painlessly.  This soup meets all our lofty, stringent criteria.  Also, if you are like me and don’t eat meat you can skip the chicken all together- it will still be spectacular. Or if you reside in a household (like ours) with a mix of herbivores and carnivores, simply cook the chicken in a pan on the side and stir into the soup when you add in your avocado. This is the perfectly effortless meal that is flexible enough to meet everyone’s needs. Continue reading “Paleo Chicken, Lime and Avocado Soup”

Flour-less Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

IMG_3548 When I started upping my recipe game again last week, my amazing, talented friend Joanna (the woman behind Wellness with Joanna) commented how happy she was to see me back in the kitchen. Her encouragement (always) means a lot since she is one bad ass healthy lifestyle powerhouse. If I can accomplish half of what she does when I am a mama of two I will consider myself a massive success. So with her prodding I  figured I would just keep all the new recipes coming your way instead of hoarding them on my computer.

This version of my cookie recipe came about after our (seriously wonderful) friend Sophia took a stab at my Flourless Peanut Butter Coconut Cookies. However, since the peanut butter she used was runny (or perhaps non-stablized) they didn’t firm up they way she had hoped.  Non-traditional/healthy baked goods can be finicky because when you are trying to cut ingredients out you are messing with the tride and true chemistry of baking.  Also, the texture and consistency of goods such as peanut butter vary wildly which impacts the overall product when you are skipping the flour.  So be patient with the product and be creative with the process. Anyhow, last weekend we had a lazy Sunday of church, binge watching the Jinx and baking.  This afforded me ample time to find a solution to Sofia’s predicament by adding a little PB2 to my dough.  However, during the process Jameson sweetly requested something with a hint of chocolate.  So I threw in some chocolate chips and the result was pretty great.  Enjoy! Continue reading “Flour-less Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies”

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (Quest Style) Protein Bars

 It is the last weekend of the Crossfit Open and thus the last Crossfit NYC comp team gift exchange.   The entire team has been unreal these past five weeks, so they have each earn their treats each week.  This week Jay drew one of our all time favourite people, Sofia.  I decided to play around with my protein bar recipe to see if I could make a copy cat Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest bar at home (and subsequently fuel my problematic addition to these bars). Enjoy! Continue reading “Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (Quest Style) Protein Bars”

Flourless (almost Paleo-ish) Peanut Butter Coconut Cookies

 Last week I made Quest-Style Protein Bars for the Crossfit NYC open WOD secret Santa.  This week Jameson drew our lovely, sweet fellow west-coaster, Kaylin.  Again Jameson was away in the midwest most of the week traversing state lines so I pitched in to help prep her gift.  I wanted to make her a treat to reward all the hard work she has put in during these grueling work outs, while still being mindful of overall healthiness.  I played around with my traditional cookie recipe to create this completely flour-less cookie that is as healthy as a cookie can be.  Better yet, you only need five ingredients to whip them up, and you only mess up one bowl in the process.  Thus prep and clean up is moderately effortless. Happy Saturday! Continue reading “Flourless (almost Paleo-ish) Peanut Butter Coconut Cookies”

Canadian Thanksgiving: Vegan and Gluten Free Stuffing

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Another dish from our Canadian Thanksgiving feast.  This stuffing is a staple in all our holiday dinners. Whether it is Christmas, Thanksgiving or Easter if there is a turkey being cooked this stuffing is by its side as an accompaniment.   I normally render this side with traditional, old fashioned fully glutenized bread.  However, this year we had guests with different dietary needs.  When I am hosting I want everyone to come and be able to eat to their breaking point.  So I decided to play around with a gluten free version, resulting in a stuffing that Jay and I actually both liked a whole lot more!  This stuffing is flexible in that you can use it to stuff a bird or you can cook it independently in a dutch oven or casserole dish.  We normally do the latter because it allows you to prepare the dish the day before thus freeing up valuable kitchen real estate on the day of the dinner. Continue reading “Canadian Thanksgiving: Vegan and Gluten Free Stuffing”

Spicy Fajita Soup

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Clearly I am on a culinary roll this week.  It is shocking what can be accomplished when I am facing of a daunting level of work, and thus in desperate need of a creative outlet. Today’s soup comes to you as an extra show of love for Jameson who has been so supportive and patient in the midst of all the crazy.  Even taking the time to walk me around the Upper West side until 10:30pm last night as I breathed in the fresh air, cleared my head and tried to let go of the day.  In the meal planning process I often tend to favor my dietary preferences, and rarely cook him anything with animal protein.  So on days when I am feeling extra thankful for the emotional, physical and mental resource he is for me day in and day out, I tend to plan meals that have him in mind.  What makes this soup extra special is that the chef can opt the meat in or out (or add it just to the carnivorous bowls at the end like we do), thus making it the perfect flex meal for differing palates and culinary restrictions.  Meat or meatless you will still get ample protein from the black beans and the flavor isn’t hindered in either version.  This is a substantial, hearty meal, so enjoy.  Continue reading “Spicy Fajita Soup”

Curried Coconut, Cauliflower and Chickpea Soup

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Midterms have done an abundance for my culinary creativity.  Instead of pouring over the books I have been brainstorming new recipes, and when that doesn’t suffice to distract me from what I should be doing I decide to test drive them in my kitchen.  I have pleaded with Jay to keep me on track and dispel my procrastinating tendencies.  He has been no help. He even went so far as to tell me that I didn’t know what the word meant because I had started studying 3 weeks prior for my exams.  He did however sit down to quiz me, and then left me to my own devices to attempt a new soup.  Perhaps I should be weary of the directional pull of his encouragement seeing as he reaps the rewards of my culinary pursuits in spades, but doesn’t shoulder the burden if I go into my tests unprepared.  However, I am feeling good about the scholastic content and I am sure the nourishment from this thick, hearty soup will carry me the rest of the way.  This rich, savory soup is as flavorful as it is healthy. Enjoy 🙂

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Roasted Eggplant and Goat Cheese Pizza

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Well midterms have started, and as such my diet has succumb to diners of ease and a few too many carbs.  Tonight I decided my body needed some real fuel to tackle the coming week, and my mind was in desperate need of a distraction from the books.  So I decided to try my hand at a little culinary creativity and to devise our own, nutrient rich version of pizza.  We loved it, although sadly it was sufficiently efficient to concoct so it wasn’t the time killer, procrastinating activity I was craving. So as such I am back at it, so wish me luck this week. I think I will need it. Continue reading “Roasted Eggplant and Goat Cheese Pizza”