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Curry Powder

Curry powder is one of those things that covers a huge spectrum of flavors. Basically, curry powder is just a blend of many different spices. You can buy premade curry powder in the store, or just as easily make your own if you have a few spices on hand. Here is the recipe I used in my Mango Coconut Curry
1 tsp Ground Nutmeg 1 tsp All Spice 1 tsp Ground Ginger 1 tsp Cinnamon 1 tsp Turmeric 2 tsp Ground Mustard 2 tsp Garlic Powder 1/8 tsp Hot Chili Powder


Mango Coconut Curry

I love making curry, but unfortunately with picky toddlers, I don't cook it very often anymore. I prefer to cook food that can be easily separated, so if child A doesn't like vegetable X, then they can easily eat around it, rather than refusing the entire dish because the flavor is all melded together. With that said, I still enjoy curry, so I still cook it occasionally anyways. 


A few years back, when I was working in the insurance industry, I shared an office with a couple women who both grew up in India and were amazing home cooks.  I would often ask for cooking tips, and they would share their recipes, try my food, and give me their expert advise on how to improve my meals.  When they started saying "This is good!" and stopped saying "Hmm... How did you cook this?", I knew I had made progress in my curry making journey.



Fast forward a few years, and through many trial and error meals, I am confident enough to stray away from the basic curry recipe I le…

Keeping Busy

In the winter, it gets pretty cold where we live. Five years ago, that would have meant excuses to be a couch potato, and while I will admit to a few 'movie days' this winter, the kids certainly motivate me to get creative. Finding indoor activities for toddlers isn't too difficult, but an hour of preparation for five minutes of play doesn't always pay off. We have an arsenal of activities in a box above our fridge, so I can set up play dough or arts and crafts within seconds, but sometimes the kids just don't want to color.

Today I got creative with a roll of masking tape. I taped off squares around the living room, and made up a game that the girls loved. My youngest and I would place an object or two around the squares, and my eldest would jump from one square to the next, counting squares as she hopped, until she could pick up the object, then hop to the end of the squares and toss it in a box.  It had simple rules, the girls had a lot of fun and burned off so…

Teriyaki Sauce

Whether you dip, smother, or drizzle, this recipe for Teriyaki Sauce may just become a staple in your house. It's so easy to make with just a few ingredients, and you can easily make ahead and store it in the refrigerator to use in dishes all week long.



Here is my recipe for Teriyaki Sauce:


Ingredients: 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar 1 Cup Water 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger 2 Tbsp Corn Starch 1/4 Cup Cold Water
Instuctions: In a small saucepan, mix together soy sauce, brown sugar, water, garlic powder, and ground ginger.

Heat over medium heat until sugar has dissolved.
In a small dish, mix together corn starch and cold water. Stir until the corn starch is dissolved and the water is milky coloured.

Add some of the soy sauce mixture to the corn starch water, and stir. Continue doing this until the mixture is luke warm.

Pour the corn starch mixture into the sauce pan and bring to a boil. Stir often to avoid the cornstarch from clumping.

Once the sauce boils, the sau…

Cilantro Lime Sauce

-- Revised --
We are having Tacos for dinner, and I wanted to try a new recipe for Cilantro Lime Sauce. This was all going well, I had a cute little helper in the kitchen, and then I forgot one key component... The lid on the blender. 












Take this as your friendly reminder, to always use the lid on the blender! 
The recipe turned out great though - you know, all the sauce that didn’t end up on the ceiling. 




Here is the recipe for my Cilantro Lime Sauce: 
Cilantro Lime Sauce 
Ingredients: 1 Cup Cilantro 1 1/2 Avocados 1/2 Cup Water Lime Zest from 1 Lime 3 Tbsp Lime Juice Pinch of Salt 

Instructions:
Add all ingredients to blender, and blend until smooth. 
Add more water if necessary to achieve desired consistency.
Enjoy!

Carrot Blender Muffins

Ingredients: 2 Tbsp Ground Flax  6 Tbsp Water 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil 3/4 Cup Nut Milk 3/4 Cup Sugar 1 Cup Grated Carrots 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour 1 Cup Oats 2 tsp Cinnamon  1 tsp Baking Powder  1 tsp Baking Soda 
Instructions: Mix water and Flax together and let sit for 10 minutes.
Add all ingredients to a blender in the order listed (liquid ingredients in bottom).
Blend, just until combined.
Pour into lined muffin tins. 
Bake at 350’ for 18-23 minutes.
Enjoy!

Thai Noodle Soup

Wintertime means a plethora of opportunities to try new soup recipes. We have been passing around a cold bug in our home for what seems like forever, so soup has been a friend for us this week. I love this Thai-style noodle soup, because it's easy to make, easy on a sore throat, and oh-so tasty (if I may say so myself).


This one got the seal of approval from both my husband, and my oldest little munchkin (my youngest didn't test this one out yet), so I would say it is a win!



Here is the recipe:


Ingredients: 5 Cups Vegetable Broth 1/2 Cup unsalted peanuts 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce 1 Tbsp Lime Juice 1 Large Carrot 3 Cups Spinach 200g Vermicelli Noodles 1 tsp Sriracha Sauce Spearmint and Lime Slices for garnish

Instructions:
Finely chop peanuts.
Slice carrots into thin strips (like long matchsticks).
Add vegetable broth and peanuts into a large pot, and bring to a boil.
Add soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, lime juice, Sriracha, carrots and noodles, cook for 2-3…

Hidden Veggie Nuggets

Getting toddlers to eat their veggies can be like pulling teeth some days. Hiding vegetables in food they love is one way to make sure they get the good stuff they need!


These Hidden Veggie Nuggets are perfect for little hands to dip into ketchup and munch away, and they are toddler approved!


Here’s the recipe for Hidden Veggie Nuggets:

Ingredients: 6 Russet Potatoes or Sweet Potatoes  1/2 Cup Nut Milk (I used cashew milk)  3 Tbsp Vegan Margarine 2 Large Carrots 1 Cup Spinach 1 Cup Broccoli  1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil 1/4 Onion 2 Tbsp Flour 2 Tbsp Corn Starch 1/2 Cup Water 1 Cup Breadcrumbs 2 Tbsp Ground Flax Seeds
Instructions:
Peel and chop the potatoes into quarters, then add them to a large pot and bring to a boil. 
Let the potatoes boil until they are soft when poked with a fork. 
Drain the water, add nut milk and margarine, and mash until there are no more large lumps. 
Set aside to cool. 
Shred the carrots with a grater.
Finely mince the spinach, broccoli and onion.

5 Inexpensive Mommy Daughter Date Ideas

I love spending one on one time with my daughters, and we always have so much fun on our Mommy Daughter dates. Here is a list of five, inexpensive date ideas to go on with your toddler!

Coffee & Bookstore BrowsingAfternoon High TeaDIY Mani Pedi'sWindow Shopping & LunchPicnic & Playing at the Park






10 Soups to Warm Your Soul

Looking for a soup to warm your soul? Try one of these ten vegan-friendly soups deemed perfect for a rainy day... or any day for that matter. 


Black Bean Soup
Carrot Ginger Soup
Mushrooms & Chickpea Minestrone - from Seven Roses
Vegan Chicken Soup - from Lunch Box Bunch
Tummy Healing Soup - from  Strength and Sunshine 
Italian Bean Soup - from Seven Roses
Butternut Squash Coconut Curry Rice Noodle Soup - from Moon and Spoon and Yum
Vegan Wild Mushroom Stroganoff Soup - from Rabbit and Wolves 
Simple Vegan Onion Soup - from Beauty Food Blog
Tomato Soup - from Renanas Kitchen


Do you have a go-to rainy day soup that you love? I would love to hear from you!

Carrot Ginger Soup

Soup is the perfect meal for cold, wet days, and for sick days like today. This Carrot Ginger Soup is a great, delicious way to warm up.




Ingredients:
1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil 4 Large Carrots  1 Sweet Potato 1/2 Onion  2 Cloves Garlic 2 Tbsp Fresh Ginger  5 Cups Veggie Stock  Salt and Pepper (to taste)
Instructions:
Dice onions, carrots and sweet potato. 
Finely mince garlic and ginger. 
Add the oil to a large soup pot, and over medium high heat, sauté onion, garlic and ginger. 
Once the onions are transparent, add the carrots and sweet potato and cook for about 30 Seconds, then add vegetable broth. 
Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until carrots are soft. 
Blend with a large blender or immersion blender. 
Enjoy!



Sick Day

We have been passing a cold around our home for a couple days now, and this morning it just hit me and my youngest little princess. It was an easy decision to opt for a sick day, so the girls spent the morning in the living room watching cartoons. This was an extra special treat for my eldest (who is no longer sick) as she just got to reap the cartoon watching rewards of Mommy and her sister’s cold. This was offset by a busy afternoon at preschool, which gave me some time to rest as well, and burnt off most of her toddler energy. 




I spent some time last night brainstorming for meal ideas, which all got thrown out the window when I woke up today feeling like my head got stuffed full of cotton balls. To make things easy, I opted to make a big pot of soup for lunch and dinner today. Soup is the best meal when you’re sick, not only because it’s simple to make, but because it’s easy to eat - and this Carrot Ginger Soup is like a nice warm hug on a day like today! 
I would love to know: What …

The Schedule Stickler

The past month has been packed full of family fun. With my husband coming home after a long four months, followed by Christmas, New Years and my daughters third birthday (which also fell on her first day of Pre-school), it’s been crazy, eventful, and I can’t even fathom how long this post would be if I went through all the details. What I will do, is say that the last month has been wonderful, the girls and I are so happy to have their Daddy home, and I am nervous for Monday! 




We have all adjusted into our new schedule with my husband home, and even though I have tried to keep the girls on a typical schedule, I know it will be an adjustment for everyone when my husband goes back to work next week. The first week also happens to be full of appointments so we will be busy with lots of running around. This is going to go one of two ways: it will either be so busy that nobody will have time to realize our routine has changed, or it will be chaos. I am hoping for option one. 








I am a stickler…

Three Ways to Love Tofu

I feel that I should start off by stating that I used to hate tofu. Even if I ordered a vegetarian meal at a restaurant, I would ask them to omit the tofu. Everything about it turned me off: the texture gave me shivers, the flavor always seemed to be non-existant, and the one time I tried it fried, it just tasted like oil. 'Tofu is gross.' That's what I used to think anyways, until I learned how to cook it - now, tofu is wonderfully amazing! 
Okay, so I will admit that my favourite way to eat tofu, is marinated, crusted in coconut & fried in oil - which isn’t exactly the healthiest way to eat it, but it tastes incredible, and is a wonderful introduction to tofu for those Tofu-haters out there. I use a variation of a recipe I got from Well Vegan  and serve it with sliced mango and avocado on quinoa. 



I quickly learned that there is a trick to making tofu that doesn’t taste bland. Even if you just bake it in the oven, you really should do this one important step first, so …