Homemade Peanut Butter Supreme Quest-Style Protein Bars

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It has been awhile since I brought you a new recipe. It isn’t that I haven’t been cooking. We have actually had countless dinner parties in the intervening time between food centric posts.  My culinary silence is merely due to the fact our life has been bananas, and I haven’t had the moments to sit down and pen out the meals we have concocted.  So I figured I should rectify the situation promptly and bring you a new, simple, no bake treat to enjoy!

For those of you who haven’t jumped on the fitness bandwagon yet,  it is the Crossit Open right now. Every Saturday the Comp team at CF NYC does their open workout publicly so spectators can come ogle at their impressive skills (and cuteness).  The team has been doing a secret santa for each other each week.   Before the weekend they draw names and each team member gets or makes something small for the person they drew.  This week Jay got our badass friend Kate, and since he was away all week I tackled prepping her gift.  I have an out of control addiction to Quest bars which my wallet feels in spades.  I have been seeing homemade versions Pinterest and figured this was the perfect opportunity to try my hand at them.  Unfortunately, the first couple recipes I tried didn’t quite work out- probably because protein power can be variable and finicky.  I wound up augmenting and combining a bunch of the recipes, and also looking at the ingredients list on Quest Bars (where I learned I can pronounce only a fraction of them) to create these pretty awesome bars.  The result were Quest-like protein bars that are not only Paleo but also comprised of ingredients that I can pronounce. Enjoy! Continue reading “Homemade Peanut Butter Supreme Quest-Style Protein Bars”

American Thanksgiving: Homemade Curried Hummus

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Lets just pause for a second.  Isn’t our street beautiful this time of year? (Mad photog props to Fab for snapping the above gem).  Our apartment may be winter ready and decorated for Christmas, but the rest of America still has fall and Thanksgiving to savor. Last month we hosted Canadian Thanksgiving which was such a hit (and left us with the most amazing left overs) that we opened our house once again to our family-less friends who were sticking around the city for the holidays.  We were so thankful to share the day with some of our best people. Now all that needs to happen to make this past weekend a recurrent theme is for Justin to ditch Chicago, and for Aaron to move back ASAP (thanks for understanding guys).

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I switched up the menu a little to try some new things, but also stuck with our tide and true favorites.  Again, we kept things as vegan/Gluten-free/Paleo as possible with a few exceptions to the rule.  It is a holiday after all and we need to live a little.  The first of our festive eats is our Homemade Curried Hummus, which is no exception to any rule and pretty much free of everything.  The subsequent menu fed a plethora of hungry millennials with left overs to spare. So, from our home to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

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Canadian Thanksgiving: Pomegranate-Blueberry Glazed Roast Turkey

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Canadian Thanksgiving has come and gone, but luckily we Canadians live in America so we still have American Thanksgiving to look forward to.  This recipe for Pomegranate-Blueberry Glazed Roast Turkey is my go-to for any meal intended to feed the masses. We hosted Canadian Thanksgiving a few weeks back where this dish was the main attraction. Next week, we will be cooking another bird for friends who remain in the city for American Thanksgiving, where again this recipe will take center stage. This non-traditional approach to prepping a turkey leaves you with a moist, succulent and flavorful meat that is always a hit. So be prepared to hide any remnants you want to keep for leftovers during your feast otherwise you may be disappointed to find nothing left once your guests depart. This thanksgiving we hope you enjoy your turkey, but most important savor those you share it with. Continue reading “Canadian Thanksgiving: Pomegranate-Blueberry Glazed Roast Turkey”

Canadian Thanksgiving: Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Ginger and Pear

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We all know how much I love to host, and that I jump at any opportunity to fill my home with those I cherish most.  So needless to say I wrangled 15 of my nearest and dearest to come celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving with us.  Since moving to NYC I have only gotten more patriotic so naturally I love showcasing some of our Canadian culture (even if Canadian thanksgiving is merely a carbon copy of the American version save for the pilgrims and Plymouth rock). This year we were so, so fortunate to have two very exceptional Canadians in town visiting, bringing the Canadian representation up to five speculator people.  We love guests, and getting a chance to connect with Rachel and Courtney was a real treat (thanks guys for playing with us!)

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We had an amazing time eating ourselves into a turkey coma while savoring the exceptional company.   Now undertaking an entire turkey feast is always a touch daunting because I have spent every Thanksgivings at an my aunt’s home.  So this year not only was I longing to be there to snuggle all the new babies, but I was very rightfully concerned that my meal just wouldn’t be up to snuff.  That woman knows how to host something fierce, and so the bar of excellence has been set high.

However, I managed to pull out a meal that was lauded by everyone.  Not only was everyone angling for seconds (the highest form of praise) but is was a super healthy supper that met all the varying dietary needs of our beautiful guests. As such, most of the dishes were either vegan, paleo or gluten free.  I will be be sharing a bunch of these recipes over the course of the next few days and weeks (some Americans you can steal them for your approaching Thanksgiving feasts).   Furthermore, I would also like to give myself some self praise in that this was the first time I tackled homemade bread and cheese cake without my Kitchenaid mixer (which is safely stowed in storage back home) which is no easy feat.  This whole meal was prepared from scratch the tech-free, old school way.  So needless to say I got my upper body workout in. Overall the meal was a success, but by far the brightest part of the evening was being surround by our New York family.  Although it didn’t completely erase my homesickness for those back home, at least my heart and home was filled with so much love nevertheless. Continue reading “Canadian Thanksgiving: Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Ginger and Pear”

Vegetable and Mango Curry with Basil-Ginger Quinoa

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The new job is keeping me quite busy (and I am loving every second).  The work is challenging and stimulating and exciting all at the same time.  I am however still getting into a new life rhythm that juggles career, meal prep, exercise and cherished time with those who make my world go round.  That being said by the end of my work day I am ravenous, thus resulting in a mad rush to prep, cook and get a healthy, mindful meal on the dinner table pronto.  This curry accomplished just that.  On top of the efficiency of this dish, is the added bonus there is still enough left over after dinner to pack up for lunch the following day (even for Jay and I who are notoriously large eaters).  That being said, the hands down best aspect of this meal is it’s versatility.  So regardless of the dietary restriction you adhere to you will be able to whip up a version that will leave you satisfied (and your house smelling simply delicious).  So put away your seamless order, this curry is something you can handle yourself.

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Roast Chickpea and Cauliflower Salad with a Dijon Lime Vinaigrette

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I love the suburbs (not that this is news to any of you).  To take our uncool points to the next level, not only do I love suburbs but I adore small, university towns because I really, really, really like school.  We Jordan’s make a point to stop at iconic college campuses wherever we go (even if it requires three extra tolls and an hour and a half detour on our Trans American road trip).  So on Tuesday when Jay had a site visit to Connecticut I couldn’t stop myself from tagging along for the night to explore the picturesque Yale campus.  With it’s cherry blossoms, crooked streets and ancient architecture it was nothing short of adorable.  Add to our adventure that we stopped in Darien, CT, which easily could be described as the loveliest small town in America, and I would say it was a trip worth making.

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Before we set out I had two meetings and a class to attend, which left little time to cook dinner.  So in light of our pending getaway I kept dinner simple with this delicious, warm salad. Besides a little chopping of the cauliflower,  radishes and avocado, the hands on time is minimal.  So enjoy this fast, light spring dinner because this gem is not your traditional, mild mannered spinach salad.

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Skillet Shrimp and Chicken Paella

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My mom makes excellent paella. It is bar none one of her unsung talents.  So last weekend when I was meal planning and missing her a little extra I decided to try my hand at it.  Now she is the master, and I the student so I do not in any capacity feign superiority in my dish.  I have watched her whip it up on several occasions, but what is tricky is that my mom happens to be a wiz in the kitchen so she never follows a recipe directly.  Thus no paella is ever rendered the same again.  It is a dish only to be enjoyed in that moment, because next time it will be equally as wonderful but slightly refined.  So as I crafted my version I tried to think back on what I seen her incorporate, and then substituted in and out a few items to suit our palates (like quinoa instead of rice, extra veggies instead of meat and turkey sausage instead of chorizo).  I am sure I missed plenty of ingredients but the result was nonetheless stellar.  Furthermore, pausing to enjoy my take on paella on this sunny New York Spring evening, whirled up all sorts of nostalgia as it left my feeling as if I was sitting on my mom’s back porch catching up over our days.  I love you mom 🙂 Continue reading “Skillet Shrimp and Chicken Paella”

Tomato Soup

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Jay has returned to Canada (for the night)

This afternoon he set off for Montreal for work which means tonight he will spend his time snuggling Cotton (featured below. Just look at her sweet little hand on his neck. Isn’t he going to be a great Dad?!) and dineing with our friends the Stenbergs.  Whereas, I on the other hand am cooped up our apartment navigating the complex world of personal taxes, writing up educational assessment reports and reading journal article upon journal article.  It truly feels a like it has been a few days since I last came up for air.  I figured since I am miles away, in the wrong country and can’t be with Jay to relish the company tonight, I may as well still savor a good meal.  In the past I haven’t had much luck when it comes to tomato soups, as they often end up too bland or too runny.  However, this fragrant tomato soup changed all that.  No description would do this rich, flavorful soup justice. So I will merely leave it to you to test for yourself.

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Greens Bowl (in honor of St. Patricks Day)

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When midterms are in full swing, so is my culinary prowess.  It is my best procrastinator and my biggest relaxation strategy.  During the chaos of graduate school it seems that I can barely find the time to check my e-mails, but I always have time to bake cookies in mid afternoon.  Add to that that proper nutrition fuels the brain and energizes the body and you will understand why there have been a plethora of new recipes on the blog these past weeks (with more to come).

Today’s recipes arrives in Celebration of St. Patricks Day.  To be honest I have never even put much thought into this holiday before, let alone celebrated.  In St. Patricks Day’s prior you would find me doing little more than  donning a green cardigan while teaching an Irish themed art project.  However, New York takes it’s St. Patty’s day very, very seriously.  As such I made time to get together with friends and enjoy the festivities. We ventured down into the madness that is Times Square, tucked ourselves into a warm, cozy booth in an Irish Pub and spent our time watching the parade, eating potato leek soup and sampling a variety of beers.  Good times were definitely had, but its is hard not two when the afternoon is spent with two of my absolute favorite New Yorkers.

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Afterward I polished off the evening with this homemade, hearty bowl of greens.  So whether you are feeling thematic or in need something scrumptious to recover from your weekend of Irish induced debauchery -Enjoy.

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Boiled and Baked Plantain Chips

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This recipe comes to you by way of a happy accident.  As previously mentioned Jay and I were beyond fortunate enough to have my mom and aunt come stay with us all last week.  While in the city they spoiled us rotten with baked goods, dinners, fresh fruit and… plantains.  The plantains were picked up in thought that they were very large, funny looking bananas.  Turns out plantains are nothing like bananas. So since it would break my heart to waste a bundle of really excellent produce I decided to find something to turn them into.  What resulted was homemade, boiled (not fried) plantain chips, and they are seriously delicious. Having never previously eaten a plantain I chalk this discovery up to one awesome mistake that will definitely happen again in the Jordan household.  So enjoy this vegan, paleo and whole 30 accepted snack. Then thank my mom and my aunt for their oversight. It was a good one.

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