Here is another gem from our Christmas Brunch. In January some of you may be doing the Whole 30 challenge. I know a lot of us at Crossfit NYC will be. To learn more about the Whole 30 challenge head over the CF NYC website where they break it all down for you. It is worth exploring. If you decide to jump on board, we have a a few Whole 30 approved recipes to help you with your clean eating mission. This savory frittata is yet another fast, easy meal that is also whole 30 friendly. It doesn’t look like much but it requires minimal hands-on prep time. It has a pretty easy clean up making it is perfect for busy New Yorkers. Enjoy and good luck to all the Whole 30ers out there 🙂 Continue reading “A Whole 30 Friendly, Paleo Vegetable Frittata”
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”
Another treat from our Canadian Thanksgiving feast. Again, this vegetable accompaniment is a staple for large gatherings in our home. Actually, this dish extends well beyond our dinner table as it is my go-to dish when asked to bring something to my Aunt’s family meals. You may recall that my aunt is one hardcore host, and that the meals she crafts are bar none. In my family, once married along with your nuptials comes the responsibility of bringing an item to the table to share. One best bring their A-game if they want to fit in with the rest of the exceptionally talented family members whose food never ceases to amaze. On my first married Christmas Eve, I was asked to bring yam casserole. It seemed easy enough. Although, I am not a very conventional girl so I didn’t want my dish to merely be the standard marshmallow topped, overly sweet, candy-esque variation of this dish. So I began playing around with flavors and spices. Truth be told my first version of this side dish had orange juice and it was thoroughly underwhelming. It wasn’t awful but it wasn’t great either. However, by the time Easter rolled around I had refined my recipe and this truly awesome vegan, gluten and sugar-free casserole was born. So enjoy the fruits of my labour and have a happy celebration with those you love most. Continue reading “Canadian Thanksgiving: (Vegan/ Gluten-Free) Curried Coconut Yam Casserole”
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.
I have been feeling a touch overwhelmed with the everyday, mundane demands of life as I juggle graduate school, teaching, job hunting for the fall and figuring out what comes next; all well striving to quell a bout of homesickness that has resurfaced after having to say good bye to our two sets of wonderful family who just left NYC. I now it is all going to turn out, and that given time I will have answers to all the questions I am seeking. However, nonetheless in times when my nerves feel a little more frayed than usual, and my normal disposition of moderate over thinker is on overdrive I am diligent to carve out time to cook or bake. It is how I combat stress. So today I bring to you a batch of Vegan cookies that are as simple and they are quick to whip up. Thus allowing the baker to promptly return to their lengthy list of tasks that need accomplishing or those journal articles sitting on their desk unread. But before you return to everything that awaits, take some times to unwind by prepping (and eating) these cookies that Jay swears may just be the best he has ever eaten. Which is good because he’s eaten a lot of them lately as my brain has been desperately in need of multiple study and life breaks. Enjoy! Continue reading “Quick and Easy Snickerdoodles”
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.
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.
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.
So I am all about the bowls lately. We alas moved to a country that has Chipotle, and could not be happier with that life choice. Yes, I know Vancouver you got one just after we left but that still would have left it’s exceptional goodness a two hour boat ride with an additional hour drive away from our hearts and stomachs. So lately I have been recreating my own bowls in my kitchen, and here is another such bowl masterpiece. This one has both vegan and almost paleo versions for your culinary enjoyment. With the added bonus they are quick, and makes minimal mess during the prep process. So for us, who has seen Jay bounce around between different times zones 5 times in the last 10 days, while I have midterms looming in the way too near future, we welcomed a recipe that requires little hands on time and even litter clean up. Continue reading “Bean Bowls”
I am on a winning streak this week with new recipes. This creation came after going for all you can eat quesadillas and margaritas at Amigos in Morningside heights last week with three dear friends. Thank you Elliot for being in town and being our excuse to stuff ourselves to breaking point on Mexican food. Come back soon.
I for one had never had a margarita, but after last tuesday I can call myself a fan of this grown up version of a slurpee. However, better than those frozen margaritas were the quesadillas served alongside them. So after eating my fill (and I mean my actual fill) and still craving more I decided to try my hand at a healthy recreation and lucked out with exceptional success. So enjoy these quick, simple and hearty variation of veggie quesadillas. Continue reading “Roasted Fall Veggie Quesadillas”
Today’s reader is extra special because not only is she great encouragement for what what we do here at The Jordan Project, but she herself is also undertaking a nutrition program, making her an exceptional resource for promoting a healthy lifestyle. So check her out, follow her Instagram and in the process glean great meal ideas, educated information on healthy eating. This woman will leave you inspired. Not only is she one hot mama of two little ones and a dedicated wife but she still manages to find time to cook healthy meals for her family and maintain an active lifestyle. Like really?
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