Monthly Archives: January 2014

Kiwi & Mango Juice

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On the site JUICERECIPES, they have a calculator to figure what you are really drinking in term of vitamins, minerals, calories.. you can find it HERE

So in the juice (3 cups) I made this morning there was…

– 346 calories,

27% Daily Value (DV) of potassium,

– 312% DV of Vitamin C,

– 15% DV of iron

– 13% DV of Calcium

– 17 % DV of Vitamin A

– 5 g of proteins

and much more.

How awesome is that!?!

This time the taste is way sweeter (not like the carrot juice I posted before, hehe)

Servings

3 cups

Ingredients

* 1 ripe mango

* 3 kiwis

* 2 apples

* 1 orange

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Directions

* Wash, peel (for the orange and the watermelon), core (for the apple and the pear) and cut the fruits.

* Juice.

* Serve and Enjoy.

You can store the juice between 24-48 hours in a glass container in the refrigerator.

Carrot & Fruit Juice

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The other day I finally bought a juicer (awwww after all these weeks I was talking about juicers with my husband, haha)

I was so excited to received it!! 😀 Yay! Finally I’m able to do juices to, not only smoothies (but hey, I love smoothies.. a lot!)I decided to buy an Omega 8005 juicer because the reviews were very good and that I trust that brand. I’m reading the juicing book that I bought at the same time and also looking all over the internet to find cool and delicious ideas. If you have some, please share them with me, hehe!

This morning I found a website that calculate everything there is inside the juice you’re making, I mean, vitamins, calories.. You just have to click HERE. They have tons of awesome recipes, but the calculator tool is just fantastic!

With that, I was able to learn that in the 3 1/4 cups of juice I made, there was:

– 307 calories,

29% Daily Value (DV) of potassium,

– 260% DV of Vitamin C,

– 20% DV of iron

– 15% DV of Calcium

– 56 % DV of Vitamin A

– 5 g of proteins

and much more.

How awesome is that!?!

It was the first time I was really juicing, well not really.. back in the days I had a very basic juicer but it was working like crap, haha! So first time for the real deal. Next time, I’ll go smoother on the carrots.. hahaha! What a STRONG taste!!!!! My husband loved the juice a lot. I found it very good, but very strong.

It’s just the beginning of a love story between me and the juicer 😉

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Today I start the second week of my new life, exercising, juicing, eating less, awww I feel AWESOME! Last time I weighted myself (4 days after starting) I was already at -2 pounds. YAY! Each day I want to do more and more exercise, I’m so motivated, it’s making me happier! I’m doing the P90 program, squat challenge and elliptical each day.

I took pictures at the beginning, can’t wait to take new ones after 1 month 🙂

Servings

3 1/4 cups

Ingredients

* 1 large carrot

* 3 kiwis

* 1 apple

* 1 orange

* 1 pear

* A large slice of watermelon (about the size of two apples)

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Directions

* Wash, peel (for the orange and the watermelon), core (for the apple and the pear) and cut the fruits.

* Juice. (To prevent your juicer to be clogged, juice smooth things, then something hard like a carrot, then another smooth fruit.)

* Serve and Enjoy.

You can store the juice between 24-48 hours in a glass container in the refrigerator.

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Brandon’s Sauce

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Yesterday I made a batch of sauce because we were eating gnocchi.

I decided to try out one of my friend’s (From Louisiana) recipe. It’s simple, quick, delicious, cheap.. everything I like, hehe!

That’s just for you Brandon (Hi by the way!) I told you I would try it and post it on my blog, so here it is! 😉

Servings

6

Ingredients

* 1/4 cup olive oil

* 4 cloves of garlic, minced

(In his recipe it’s 2, but here we’re big garlic fan!)

* 2 medium onion, finely chopped

* 2 stalks celery, chopped

* 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped

* 1/2 teaspoon salt

* 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

* 2 dried bay leaves

* 6 3/4 cups crushed tomatoes (1600ml)

(I used half crushed and half diced)

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Directions

* In a pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and onions and saute until the onions are translucent (4-5 minutes).

* Add the celery, carrots, salt and pepper. Cook until the veggies are tender. (8-9 minutes)

* Add the tomatoes and the bay leaves into the pot. Reduce the heat to low heat and simmer for 45- 60 minutes without the lid on. Stir often (to prevent the sauce of burning in the bottom of the pot)

* Remove from the heat, discard the bay leaves.

* Serve over pasta, gnocchi, on a pizza.. in fact everywhere you need a basic tomato sauce.

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Tofu & Chickpea Curry

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Like always, I love easy, delicious meals.. especially curries.. I’m such a fan!

Faithful to my habits, I calculated the cost per portion, hehe! It wouldn’t be me if I was not doing that! So under 5 $ I have a minimum of 4 large servings, so around 1.25$/portion. Where can you eat something that good for that price? 😉

So..

1.25$ for the big tofu bloc (I buy them at Costco, 5$ for a box of 4),

0,50$ for the chickpeas (yeahh I used canned tonight, with dried beans it would be cheaper, haha),

1$ for the two big bell pepper & the onion

1.25$ for the coconut milk

1$ (It’s less than that, we all buy in big quantities) the rice, the spices, the oil, the garlic

Big total of 5$! Yay! I love calculating everything, it’s so awesome to see what you can eat for such a small amount of money. I just wanna cry where I hear people saying that you cannot eat well without a ton of money, that’s soooooooo not true!! You just have to cook! People are buying way too much already made food, it’s almost scary. In my house, we never buy pre cooked meals, I cook everything, not only because it’s cheaper, but because it’s healthy, more delicious and more fun (hey I love cooking, not my fault, hehe)

Stop buying already made, start cooking!

Servings

4 (a minimum of 4)

Ingredients

* 3-4 tablespoons olive oil

* 4 cloves of garlic, minced

* 1 large onion, sliced

* 2 large red bell peppers, diced (or yellow/orange peppers..)

* 500 g tofu, pressed and diced

* 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas

* 2 1/2 teaspoons chili powder

* 3 teaspoons curry powder

* 1 teaspoon cumin powder

* 1 teaspoon turmeric powder

* 1 can of coconut milk (you can use regular or light)

* 2 cups uncooked Basmati rice (to serve over)

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Directions

* Cook the rice (Awwww in my new rice cooker, yay!)

* In a pot over medium-high heat, heat the oil, then cook onion, garlic and bell peppers until everything is tender (3-4 minutes). Add the diced tofu, cooked chickpeas and all the spices. Combine well. Continue to cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring well.

* Add the coconut milk, cook for another 1-2 minutes, then reduce heat to medium. Simmer for at least 10 minutes. (After the 10 minutes, I put the lid on and stopped the heat)

* Remove from heat and serve over rice.

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Note:

I press my tofu (hehe in the homemade super strong press my husband made for me) because it really change the texture of the tofu. In fact I always put it in the freezer first, at least one day. I thaw it, then press it. the texture is so different then super fresh tofu, it’s more meat-look a like. Pressing the tofu removes the excess water/moisture in it. If you don’t have a press, try a big jar or can… to sit on your tofu (in a plate with something between the can and the tofu, parchment paper for example)

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New Year 2014

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First of all, I wanna wish you all the very best for this new year who just started. May all your dreams and wishes come true!

I hope you all had a wonderful time during the holidays!!

I thank you all, family, friends, readers to share a part of my life with me. I was not there a lot during the Holidays, but there was so much to do.. Christmas.. birthdays.. New Year.. big boy Auguste who ate an industrial staple on New Year’s eve (we spent two days at two different hospital.. thank god he’s ok!).. seeing the family, parties… the fertility issues saga.. Awwww!

This round of fertility treatment was the hardest I ever done (I had to do some for my boy too), for 2 months I had the worst pain ever.. I did blood test last week and it was negative so my husband and I decided to stop all that chemical stuff and do something else. We will start the procedure to adopt a kid. We will have our third child, maybe not the natural way, but he or she will be love the same way as my two other kids. 2014 for our family will be filled with emotions, that’s for sure!

So since I’ll not get pregnant anymore, I’ll be able to start working out in a more serious way, that’s another big thing for 2014. I’m shopping for a juicer (I think I’ll buy the omega I found the other day on amazon) so I’ll start juicing each day. for now I’m drinking a lot of green smoothies, but I wanted to try juicing instead.. well maybe half and half, hehe. I want to make peace with my body, to be able to look at myself in the mirror and to find me beautiful (and not only on the inside, with that I have no problems at all, hehe). I would also like to return being vegan (Like I was back in the days), for now I’m what people call flexitarian.. I’m like a vegetarian but I eat meat-fish less than one a week. (Because of my husband).

Auguste will turn 1 year old in April and Dalie will turn 3 next month..

Here’s some pictures from the Holidays.. the kids had plenty of fun, we ate like Kings (Mmm homemade Christmas food!) I received almost only food related gifts..hahaha no surprises there!!! HAHAHA!! but hey, it’s fine with me!

Do you have resolutions/plans for the New Year?

Mine are.. let me think about that..

– Make peace with my body

– Exercise more

– Returning being vegetarian/vegan all the time

– Just be happy without stressing for useless things

What about you? 🙂

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Hope 2014 will be a fantastic year for everyone!

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