Cold Rolls with Peanut Sauce

Hey there friends! With summer weather on the horizon (please god, let that be so) I got to making some summery rainbow rolls for a friends dinner.  They turned out amazing and felt compelled to share the recipe with you!!!

Like any thing, recipes are open to tons of interpretation, modifying and “winging” it if you will. This is what I had on hand for these rolls but you could literally fill these with any veggie of your choice.  

Makes about 8 cold rolls and dipping sauce 


Ingredients (Rolls)

8 medium sized round rice paper sheets

1 medium orange carrot, peeled and julienned

1 small cucumber, julienned

1/2 a red pepper, julienned

1 Ataulfo mango sliced  

1/4 of a small purple cabbage, thinly sliced

handful of fresh basil

handful of fresh mint

 

Ingredients (Dipping Sauce)

3 Tbsp peanut butter

1 Tbsp sesame oil

1 Tbsp sriracha sauce

2 tsp tamari

1 tsp minced ginger

1 clove garlic, minced

2 to 4 Tbsp warm water

pinch of chili flakes


sesame seeds

skinless shelled peanuts


Dampen two tea towels and layer them on a cookie sheet. You will be putting the finished rolls between the towels so they don’t dry out before you serve.

Put some hot tap water in a large bowl. Slip a rice paper sheet into the water and let soak until soft (30 to 60 seconds). The sheet should be pliable enough so that you can roll it around the fillings without tearing but not so firm that it will be chewy.

Place the softened sheet flat on a cutting board and arrange a few pieces each of the carrot, cucumber, pepper, and cabbage. Add a few leaves of basil and mint. The fillings should be near the middle of the sheet (back to front) and should be at least an inch from the edges (side to side). Grab the edge of the sheet that is farthest from you and fold it back over the fillings. Fold the side edges up to close the ends of the roll. Then roll the bundled fillings back towards you. Put the completed roll between the damp tea towels and start again until you run out of ingredients or rice paper. Filling and rolling is something that can be fun for kids (or adults) to do either with you or while you are preparing the rest of the meal.

Whisk all the ingredients for the dipping sauce in a small bowl except for the water. Add two tablespoons of the water and whisk again and see if the consistency of the sauce is runny enough to allow the rolls to be dipped without breaking but not so runny so that it won’t stick to the rolls.

Transfer the rolls and the dipping sauce to serving dishes and garnish with sesame seeds and peanuts.

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ENJOY FRIENDS🌈🌈🌈

Berry Berry Good💜

This may come to a surprise to some of you as I don’t believe I have ever made anything other than a green smoothie. Don’t be alarmed... I still love and cherish and will always  rate the green smoothie number one in my books but I have been trying to branch out and try new things and I definitely hit the purple jackpot with this here beauty. Just kidding of course.. I’ve made all different kinds of smoothies. But this berry smoothie from yesterday was the bomb and felt the need to share it with you all💜

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The reason all my smoothies turn green is simple.  I add spinach or some sort of leafy green to them all. I have tried to rock a purple or pink smoothie but the moment that green goes in, I end up with a turd brown colour and no one likes that colour now do they.. tell me I’m not alone here. Raise your hand if that’s happened to you🤚🏼🤣 Don’t get me wrong, it tastes friggin great but doesn’t quite strike the same cord as, well, let’s say this beauty. 

INGREDIENTS  (serves 2)

1/2c chopped zucchini

1/2c chopped cucumber

3/4c fresh blueberries (more for topping)

 1/2 avocado

chunk fresh ginger

1tsp maca powder @ecoideas

2tbsp @organika blue mylk latte powder

1 frozen banana (chopped into chunks) 

1c ice

1c filtered water

METHOD 

Add water to blender first and then all other ingredients. Save the frozen banana and ice for last. BLEND and top as you wish. I got fancy with a 1/2tsp coconut oil and 1tbsp of tahini. Microwave tahini for 20 sec and mix. The oil thins out the tahini making easier to drizzle.  

ENJOY!! 

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 🙌🏼Makes things A BEAUTIFUL shade of BLUE💙 I add to oats, chia pudding and even pancakes. So fun😁

Green Goddess Salad🌿

With Easter here my feed is full of chocolatey treats, decadent desserts and all sorts of yummy treats. I decided to clean things up in my kitchen and add a healthy detoxifying salad that still has enough sustenance to stand on it own for a protein packed lunch. 

We made this salad for a light dinner before an evening of teaching and it was perfect. With the help of the nuts, seeds, legumes and avocado I stayed pleasantly satisfied until I got home.  

GREEN GODDESS SALAD🌱🌿 

4cbaby spinach

2c baby arugula

Handful pea shoots🌱

1/2c canned rinsed chick peas

1 Apple sliced

1/2 avocado diced

1/2c crushed walnuts

1 green onion sliced

1/2c crumbled vegan goat cheese

1/3c pickled red cabbage

3/4c diced cucumber

1/4c pumpkin seeds

ACV Dressing>>

1/2 cup organic extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup organic apple cider vinegar

juice from 1/2 lemon

1 Tbsp Dijon mustard

1 Tbsp pure maple syrup (or raw honey)

1 clove garlic, minced

pinch or two of sea salt

Mix salad ingredients in a big bowl and add a couple tbsp of dressing to coat. ENJOY💕💕🐰🐰


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Pink Chia Pudding

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. We moved on February 27th so my life has literally been a bit topsy turvy. I have not been feeling like myself AT ALL and in these times find it hard to do more. This blog would be considered my more. But today is the first day of spring and I don’t know about you, I am BEYOND READY for some warmth, growth and longer days.  

For the past week I have been dealing with major discomfort in my jaw. I have not shared here on the blog about my trials and tribulations when it comes to my dental history. Who wants to read about that?! It’s a long arduous story, but the coles notes of this current situation is that my left lower implant seems to be failing. Or to be more specific, the bone graft surgery that I have endured not once but twice seems to be failing. To be honest I still don’t have a proper diagnosis. Went to the dentist on Monday and she confirmed what I already feared. Diagnosis is happening today at the periodontist. It started as discomfort when I bit down on something chewy, then it morphed into a full blown TMJ flare (haven’t suffered from that since I was in my early 20’s) and severe headaches. Sounds fun right? I know what you’re thinking... WHAT in the world does this have to do with chia freaking pudding?? Soft food people, soft food. With my mouth and jaw collapse this week I have been forced to slow down, chew S L O W L Y, and predominantly on my right side. Chewing it seems, exasperates the TMJ so I try to avoid that at all costs. Enter in this mornings inspiration for pink chia pudding. Definitely not my first time making in but first time on the blog so here you go! And ps, THANK YOU for listening💓💞

 PINK CHIA PUDDING  

  • 2c cashew milk (homemade rules) 
  • 1/2c chia seeds
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • 2tbsp @organika pinkmylk latte
  • 1/2tbsp @flora beetroot crystals  

>>combine milk with powder and crystals and whisk until fully combined. Add in vanilla and whisk again. Add chia seeds and whisk up to a full minute (will speed up gelling process and cut down wait time like crazy💗). Transfer to bowls, let set in fridge for a minimum 30 minutes. Top as you wish💞

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Pink chia in all its glory  

It has been a while since I have been here and for that, I am very sorry!  This last summer was a busy one... I have been going through some emotional turmoil in the past 6 months and didn't really know what to say. Instead, I worked. I said yes to everything. I subbed and taught as many classes as I could possibly jam in as well as manage a restaurant 4 nights a week. To say it was exhausting is a bit of an understatement but it was exactly what I needed. Truth is, I'm still doing it. My schedule is still nuts and will probably be more so as we near Christmas. That's ok. It's self-induced and happening as it should. 

Today is a good day. They have all been good days. Even when I feel like I'm having a not- so-great-day it's way better than when I was drinking. I'm coming up on a 5 year anniversary and it literally blows my mind. I haven't had a drink in almost 5 years. How unbelievably amazing is that? On top of all the work this summer I also attended a step-study. We are nearing the end of it. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work my program with some awesome women. It has helped me beyond measure with my current situation. I am trying. Really hard. But I know I am also avoiding the inevitable to avoid hurt, pain and suffering for all parties. Breaks my heart.. but such is life.  So, my friends this is where I'm at. Over-working, over-tired, but loving life. Staying true to my path and staying sober one day at a time. 

Part of staying healthy in my mind, body and spirit is maintaining a healthy diet. Over night Chia pudding is da bomb!!!! 

recipe below: 

 

Over-night Chia Pudding
  • Over-night Chia Pudding

  chia pudding 

  •   1c hemp seed milk (I make all my own milks... recipes on website)
  • 1/4c chia seeds
  • 2 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/4tsp vanilla
  • Pinch sea salt   

method

stir all ingredients in a bowl, wait 5 minutes, then stir again. Wrap with Saran Wrap and refrigerate over night. Top with berries, granola, seeds and the like! Enjoy💗 

  

 

Mason Jars and Oats

I just love mason jars, don't you? They are great for just about everything. Around Christmas last year I picked up a case of 12 with the intention of filling them all with my delicious homemade granola to give away as gifts and while I DID bake a batch only 3 mason jars got filled and given away..the rest went into my belly, I'm not going to lie😜 Now, all those spare jars house all my nuts, seeds, grains and flours. My next step is to put up another shelf and organize them a bit better but this will come in time. Of that I'm rather limited right now☺️.. SO, in the meantime I thought I'd share a recipe that I adapted from the Green Kitchen Travels cookbook. It's the perfect way to start your day or as a post workout (in my case yoga) snack. 

Over Night Oats

~1/2c gf oats

~1 tbsp chia seeds

~1/2 tsp pure vanilla

~1 tbsp maple syrup or sweeter of choice

~ handful blueberries

 ~3/4c nut milk (or seed!!)

~pinch of sea salt

*mix thoroughly and put lid on jar to sit overnight. When ready to devour, top with anything you have on hand..granola, seeds, nuts, more fruit..the options are endless!  

 

Blueberry oat and chia pudding! 

Blueberry oat and chia pudding!