1:00 | July 28, 2015

VEGGIE TACOS

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IT’S TACO TIMEEEE!!!

Which everyone knows is the best time. Because… tacos…. obviously.

Today I was having a major craving for veggies. All of them. So when I put these tacos together I kinda went wild and put lots of yummy vegetables in there. I know, a wide variety of vegetables is SO crazy. I am a party animal. Someone needs to hold me back because I am getting out of control.

There was also an almost-fire incident with my wooden spatula today. Okay if I am being honest here it was fully on fire. Like, the spatula was in flames. Soooooo make sure that when you put your wooden stirring tool down beside a gas stove, it is far enough away from the burner to not catch fire. Needless to say the spatula did suffer some casualties. But I am nurturing it back to health as we speak so nobody panic. It shall be well again soon.

Aside from the spatula/fire incident, these tacos were on-point. They were ohhhhh so flavourful and ohhh so satisfying.

Here’s whats in ’em:

  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 1 fresh jalapeño
  • 2 portobello mushrooms
  • 1 yellow zucchini
  • 1 purple onion
  • Salt
  • Spicy seasoning mix (think pepper, chili, paprika, onion, garlic, and cayenne. I buy this mix here.)
  • Salsa verde (green salsa) 
  • coleslaw (purple cabbage, white cabbage, carrots. You can usually buy this pre-mixed at your local grocery store, or you can make it yourself if you are a champ like that.)
  • 1 large handful fresh cilantro
  • Soft corn tortillas

Lets do this, team.

Before you heat up any pan/do anything, I like to chop all my veggies just so its done and out of the way. So slice up your peppers, jalapeño, portobello mushrooms, zucchini, and onion. Next, take the majority of your cilantro, remove the leaves from the stems, and coarsely chop it up. I like the pieces of cilantro to be pretty big (because, flavour.) Save a few whole leaves for garnishing your beautiful beautiful tacos.

Okie dokes. Now that everything is prepped, put some extra virgin olive oil in two separate frying pans. Turn the heat on medium and wait a few minutes for them to warm up.

Anytime I am cooking with portobello mushrooms I cook them in a separate frying pan. This is because their colour tends to rub off on the other veggies giving them a highly unappealing brown colour. So ya, separate pan for the mushroomies.

Once the pans are warm toss the portobello mushrooms in one, and all the veggies in the other (which would obviously be the larger pan but you knew that lol.) Cook them while stirring over medium heat, and add your salt and spicy mixture to them while they are cooking.

Get them corn tortillas a little warm in the microwave, and put them on a plate. When the veggies are done, put a nice little stack on each tortilla. Top with your store-bought coleslaw and finally add as much salsa verde on top as your little heart desires. Add a few more whole leaves of cilantro on top, and you are done!!! So so so beautiful. If this isn’t beauty, I really don’t know what is.

ENJOY!!! And let me know how it goes for ya. 🙂

 

x,

 

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12:00 | July 21, 2015

AVOCADO + GOAT CHEESE TOAST

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Sweet mother of god. This. Yes. 

This magical, creamy, delicious, luscious, and sensational recipe needs to be in your life. Like, yesterday. (The excessive use of adjectives was totally necessary. I swear.)

My Skinny Belle Avocado + Goat Cheese Toast is one of my staple meals, for breakfast, lunch, OR dinner. That’s right. It covers all three meals of the day. So if you are feeling like a bad b, you could totally crush this for every meal of the day. Or in my case, if you are just too lazy to come up something different to eat lol. I may or may not have done that one or twice in my day. (Ok three times…. jeeze.) 

This recipe will take you about 1 minute to make, and even less time to inhale (with no shame) as you give little to no attempt at eating it in any sort of slow and controlled manner. At least thats what I do haha. TMI? Nah, we are past that here. Real-talk only. hehe 🙂

I love quick recipes for busy women, which is why I knew I had to share this one with you all today. You are my people. My goal-crushing, slightly foul-mouthed (at least I hope you are otherwise you are probably mortified by me haha), fashionable, fit, and beautiful people. So this is why I love to share recipes like this with you. We are important people, with things to do and places to see. Aint nobody got time to be slaving away in the kitchen for hours. All you need to know is how to make simple, clean, and delicious foods that are efficient. And that my friends, is where I come in.

So, what’s in my Avocado + Goat Cheese Toast?

  • 1 soft avocado
  • 2 heaping tbsp of plain goat cheese (yaaaaaaaassss)
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tsp flax seeds
  • 2 tbsp pepitas
  • Your favourite bread (I have an abnormal obsession with Terra Breads Green Olive Loaf)

Alright so like I said, super duper simple recipe.

Pit your avocado and scoop that beautiful green and creamy inside into a bowl. Add your goat cheese, lemon, and salt. Mix everything together, but don’t completely blend it smooth. Just mix it enough so the goat cheese “disappears” into the avocado. It tastes way better if the avocado isn’t completely smooth. You want some good sized pieces of avocado to stay together in there.  

Now, cut a nice thick slice of your favourite bread and pop that bad boy in the toaster. Lightly toast it so that it’s a little golden brown but not crisp. We don’t want any biscuits around here. Once the bread is ready, put a very generous amount of your Avocado + Goat Cheese spread on top. Heaps and heaps is just the right amount. 😉 Top this with as much flax and pepitas as you like! 

And there you have it! A delicious meal or snack (if eaten in a smaller and more responsible portion size haha) for any time of the day. This recipe usually keeps me full for a really long time because of all the healthy fats in the avocado and richness of the goat cheese. 

Okay going to go gobble this down. Because YUM. Will you guys be making this recipe anytime soon?? Comment below!

 

x,

 

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12:00 | July 10, 2015

COCONUT LIME + RASPBERRY CHIA PUDDING

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This is another one of those situations where I struggled hard to title my post. I so badly want you to understand how awesome this recipe is and make the title super enticing and such, but then it just ends up being way too long and gets a bit ridiculous. The struggle is real over here.

Anywho, I am obsessed with chia seed pudding. Chia seeds are fan-fucking-tastic and I cannot get enough of them. In the ever so graceful words of the Franks Red Hot Sauce ads (you know the one with the weird grandma that is kind of disturbing) “I put that shit on everything!”

Really though. Salads, avocado toast, yogurt, fruit… you name it. That being said, chia pudding is one of my favourite ways to eat chia seeds. It really shows off one of the most interesting properties of them: they can absorb 6 times their volume in liquids. SIX TIMES. Crazy right?!

This breakfast pudding is packed with protein and is super flavourful and satisfying. Today’s chia seed pudding recipe is one of my staples for the summer time. It is super simple, and the flavours are fresh AF.

The best part of this? Make it before you go to bed and you will have a delicious breaky waiting for you when you wake up in the morning. Because we all know that mornings can be rough, and having your breakfast already made just makes them a little easier. You feel me?

Alright, here is what is in my Coconut Lime + Raspberry Chia Pudding:

  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2/3 cup of unsweetened coconut milk (I like this brand)
  • Fresh raspberries
  • Coconut meat (not necessary, but tastes like crack so you should probably do it)
  • Slice of lime

Okie dokes. LETS DO THIS.

Put coconut milk in small mason jar. Put chia seeds in mason jar. Shut mason jar. Shake about. Put in fridge. Go to bed. Wake up. Add them toppings (raspberries, coconut meat, and slice of lime!!!)

DONE. Told you, easy.

Ok so if the “delicious factor” isn’t enough to get you to try chia seeds… here are a few quick health benefits for you:

  • Chia seeds are high in fibre!! Healthy insides = healthy outsides.
  • They are filled with antioxidants!
  • SO MUCH PROTEIN!!! I LOVE PROTEIN. Not in a weird “get swoll” kind of way, but in a “I want to actually be full after eating” kind of way.
  • High in nutrients that are essential for bone health (like: calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.)

If those health benefits AND my delicious recipe didnt sell you on trying out chia seeds…. well, frankly I am quite positive something is wrong with you. Maybe seek some help. I kid kid, but really. These little buggers are amazing, so go out and try some chia seeds! The pudding obviously comes highly recommended as I have been blabbing on about it for ages now. 😛

 

x,

 

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2:19 | July 1, 2015

GRANOLA TIME

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Granola. I love it. All of it.

Well, that’s kind of a lie. I love my homemade HEALTHY granola that isnt loaded with crap sugar and tons of mystery ingredients that none of us can actually pronounce. Seriously though, store bought granola is hella dangerous. That shit is fillllllllllledddddddddddddddd (written really long so I make sure I get your attention) with sugar. A little sugar is good. A lot of corn syrup is bad. Very bad. 

Anyways, my point it: make your own granola. It will taste better and make you feel better because it is wholesome and natural. In the photos above I am eating one of my fave granola recipes, the classic Skinny Belle Granola (think almonds, coconut, cranberries… yaaaaaaassss) with 0% unsweetened greek yogurt and grapefruit. GET. IN. MY. BELLY.

Another great recipe is my Pumpkin Pie Granola. I know its not eat-everything-pumpkin-flavoured-and-be-super-basic season right now, but I personally like to eat this recipe year round. ALSO. Can we talk about the whole “pumpkin” and “basic” thing? I would like to take a stand for my right to love pumpkin without being basic. PSL’s are basic (that’s a for sure) but pumpkin in general is not. *Phew* Glad I got that off my chest. Real deep stuff happening here today friends. 

On another note, HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!!! Our beautiful country is 148 years old today. Though we don’t look a day over 29 😉

Anyways, I’m off to the beach! Enjoy these granola recipes, they are the best!

 

x,

 

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1:00 | June 26, 2015

NUBA DINNER

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Not going to lie this was only my second time or so trying Lebanese food, but I really really liked it! I am so into meals where you get lots of little different things to try. Because one flavour just gets so boringgggg. That is something I really dislike about a lot of “western” foods, in that we just have one big dish for dinner with one thing on it. So lame! I am all about tasting lots of different flavours in one meal. So much more satisfying.

Alright so getting down to it, this restaurant is called Nuba! Their main locations are in Gastown and Kitsilano (Vancouver, Canada) and I definitely prefer the Kits location. It had a beautiful open front where we sat in the fresh air. So nice considering we only have this gorgeous weather for a few months per year here in Vancity! 

We ordered the “La Feast” for two which is a vegetarian sampler that includes lots of different little appies. Perfect for a Lebanese noob like myself :P. When the first course came (baba-ganoush and fresh hummus) I ate SO MUCH OF IT because I thought that the second course wouldn’t be much food. Sweet baby jesus was I mistaken. Like…. WARN A SISTA, NUBA! You should tell really frigging tell people to not be massive pigs on the first course because the second course is HUGE. There were all sorts of dips, olives, cheeses, eggplant stew, lentils, and a bunch of other stuff that I honestly wasn’t quite sure what it was but it was still so bomb. 

Okay another thing that is great about Nuba? They have these unreal fresh squeezed juices that you can get custom made. I got pear, orange, ginger, and lemon. It was bomb. You should make it or go order it at Nuba. See that tall glass of juice in the photo above? Crushed it.

Anywho, I am stokeddd to go to Nuba again and try ordering some more different things off the menu. If it is your first time going, I would defs recommend you get the “La Feast”, because its a great way to try a bunch of different things when you really have no idea what the hell to order haha. 

For my Vancouver friends, have you been to Nuba before? Did you like it? Yay? Nay? Tell me in the comments below!! <3

 

x,

 

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8:57 | June 18, 2015

SMOOTHIE TIME

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YAAAAASSSSSSS. All of this.

Welcome to my every morning. Seriously, this is the best breakfast you could ask for. Protein, fruit, amazingness. (<– amazingness is a key ingredient in any good recipe. It’s science.)

Smoothies sometimes can be a bit of a risky situation. I know I have done this many times, where I get really excited about all the awesome things I can put in my blender and then all of a sudden I have a 1000 calorie drink on my hands. It is important that you just put the things that you need in your smoothie, and be mindful of the ingredients so that the calorie content stays reasonable. This drink is about 220 calories (approx depending on how hungry I am lol) and has 20 GRAMS OF PROTEIN. I am all about the protein. It is SO key to not getting hungry like 5 mins after your eat. Which is what usually happens to me when I don’t include any protein in my diet haha. 

Alright. So down to the dirty stuff. What did I put in this bad boy?

So these measurements (except for the Vega) are all approximate. Usually I fill up my Nutri-Bullet with a reasonable amount of berries (3/4 – 1 cup) then put my protein powder in, and thennnn pour my almond milk over until the almond milk is just about an inch above all the other ingredients. I do it this way because I like my smoothies pretty thick. Like, need to be eaten with an actual spoon thick. So you can change up the almond milk and berry portions based on how you like your smoothies. 🙂

A note about Vega.

I. Am. Obsessed.

Like, I cannot remember the last day when I did not consume Vega in some form or other. It is 100% plant based protein, has 6 servings of greens, 50% of your daily intake of food-based vitamins and minerals, and SO MUCH MORE.

A smoothie without protein is just berries and some almond milk. I don’t know about you guys but I will be hungry again almost immediately after drinking that haha. The Vega is such a necessary part of the smoothie equation, because it makes it an actual meal. 

So there you have it!! That is one of my favourite breakfast meals to make. If you want to check out what other things I keep in my fridge, see my Skinny Belle Shopping List: Breakfast Edition post. It is a great guide to stocking your fridge full of the right items for a healthy and nutritious breaky. 

 

x,

 

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1:00 | June 10, 2015

BAO DOWN

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SWEET. BABY. JESUS.

I really don’t need to write anything else down. This post could literally just say sweet baby jesus and that is all the description you would need. Except I love you guys, and you deserve more care and attention than just three words. I just wanted to make sure you know how serious I am about these bao/taco/crack creations made by local Vancouver geniuses, Bao Down.

So what are these stunning creations? Take an asian steamed bun, make it a bit flatter. TACO BUN. That’s right friends, steamed taco buns. (Okay that is definitely not what they are actually called but its the best way I can describe their amazingness. Taco. BUN.) Aight so you got your steamed taco bun thing. Top that with the freaking best ingredients ever, and you have absolute magic. 

I want you guys to get the best possible experience when you go to Bao Down, so ima tell you my fave 3 buns to get:

  1. YVR –> holy GOD. Bao Down team, you nailed this SO hard. There is a reason I order the YVR every single time (except today when I took these pics because you were sold out and I was really sad about it… just saying 🙁 ) Think seared albacore tuna, avocado, and bacon.
  2. Bao Chika Bao Bao!! –> Okay first off the name. YES. Whoever made that up I need to marry. Second, so yummy. Lemon grass and garlic FREE RANGE & LOCAL chicken. I like my chickens free, and I like em’ local. Bonus points fo sho.
  3. Jaws –> Om nom nom nom. Vietnamese catfish crusted in coconut shreds. Yes, coconut shreds. Sign me up for all of this right now. Just amazing. 

Alright so it is pretty obvious how I feel about Bao Down. Basically, if you live in Vancouver and haven’t been yet. Go. Just do it. You will thank me, I promise 🙂 In Beyonce’s wise words…. Bao Down bitches.  😛

PS: Thank you to the kind people at Bao Down for running after me down the block when I forgot my iPhone at the restaurant. I literally would have started having panic attacks and severe separation anxiety had me and my sweet baby (yes, I am still talking about my phone) been separated any longer. 😉 haha

 

x,

 

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11:30 | May 28, 2015

GREEK YOGURT

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Hellooooo Friday! And what a beautiful start to the day. As you guys probably already know, I loveeeee breakfast. I mean, it usually involves really yummy food that you get to eat right when you wake up! All great things.

So the other day I shared my Skinny Belle Shopping List: Breakfast Edition with you guys. As promised, I will be going through the list and further explaining why you need the things on it. One of the items on that list was greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is such a staple in my diet, I wanted to make a post dedicated to it. 

First things first. Do not buy sweetened yogurt. It is full of crappy refined sugar, and is frankly just a waste of calories. You can get your sugar from beautiful natural sources like the papaya pictured above. 🙂 In terms of what kind of yogurt you get, I really like Liberte. It is so smooth, creamy, and delicious it shouldn’t even be legal. Really, it is that good haha. I get the 0% fat-free flavour, which I linked above for you.

Okie dokes, so here is the best part of eating 0% sugar free greek yogurt. PROTEIN. ALL OF IT. There is 18 grams (YES 18 GRAMS!!!) of protein in 3/4 of a cup of greek yogurt. Yessssss that is the stuff I like! Protein is so key to feeling full and satisfied after a meal. And frankly with regular yogurt (has only 6 – 8 grams of protein per CUP) I just never feel full. So yes, needless to say I am all about the greek yogurt. It tastes better, has a better texture, and has more than double the protein of regular yogurt. What a thing of beauty.

So now you know!! Will you guys be switching to greek yogurt too?? Or, are you awesome and already buy it?!

 

x,

 

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10:00 | May 19, 2015

CHILI DINNER

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Okay so this definitely not a recipe, but it is one of my favourite easy dinner “hacks.” If we are being honest here, it can be really tough to cook a nice meal for yourself after a long day of work. So on those days when I am exhausted and don’t have the energy to cook something nice for myself, this is one of my go-to solutions. 

Amy’s Organic Chili (spicy flavour, obviously) is my favourite vegetarian canned chili. It is low in calories, and has about 15g of protein per cup. Protein is so so so important (<— expect a post soon) and I always make sure I am getting lots of it in every meal I eat. Amy’s Organic Chili also just tastes amazing. Such great comfort food.

Now, here is my Skinny Belle twist. I always love to take something really simple and dress it up a little bit. Here are the things I like to add to my canned chilli:

What I do with this chili is when I am heating it, I had a drop or 5 (maybe more, depends on how spicy I am feeling 😉 ) of tabasco sauce into the pot. This adds a nice extra bit of heat to the already flavourful chili. 

To dress it up even more (and add more protein!!) I then add a big generous scoop of 0% unsweetened greek yogurt on top. The greek yogurt is basically like sour cream except it is actually good for you. Win-win if you ask me. On top of the greek yogurt goes the avocado slices. Now squeeze your lime slice on top of everything! Be generous with the lime, it tastes great. Garnish the whole thing with some salt, pepper, and fresh cilantro leaves! Oh and don’t forget about your homemade tortilla chips, get those ready and dig in my friends. 😀

You hungry yet? I know I am. But then again, I am always hungry so what else is new haha. 

What do you guys think of this easy dinner hack? Will you be making this anytime soon? Comment below!

 

x,

 

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1:00 | May 14, 2015

SKINNY BELLE SHOPPING LIST: BREAKFAST EDITION

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It is so easy to eat clean and healthy if you buy just a few staple food items. This is why I wanted to share my list of staple breakfast items I always keep in my fridge! When you buy foods like these, you will be able to make nutritious and delicious breakfasts. Many of which I feature here on Skinny Belle! 

Okay, here is the skinny on some staple breakfast items to keep in your fridge:

  • 0% greek yogurt
  • All-Bran original cereal
  • Frozen mixed berries
  • Chia seeds
  • Unsweetened almond milk
  • Whole rolled oatmeal
  • Lemons

The above items are things I alwayyyyys keep in my fridge! So necessary. I will be sharing lots of breakfast recipes with you, that will usually (like 99% of the time haha) include one of the above items! So get shopping my friends… your mornings will be that much brighter if you eat a nutritious breakfast. Want to know why? Check out my post on the Top 5 Benefits of Eating Breakfast! Its a good one 🙂

Also, now that you have your grocery list in hand… take a look at these breakfasts that all have one of the above ingredients featured in them. I will go into further detail on the benefits of some of the grocery items above in another post! (Chia seeds, greek yogurt, etc… so stay tuned.)

Recipes to make with my Skinny Belle Breakfast Shopping List:

If you haven’t tried the above recipes, definitely do! They are yummy ones 🙂

Hope you liked this Skinny Belle Shopping List, it will make a big difference to your morning breakfast! I will be posting lots more breakfast recipes over the next while, so you guys can get even more ideas of how you can use these awesome ingredients.

Let me know what you think of this shopping list in the comments below! What would you add to it?!

 

x,

 

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