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Breakfast Bowl Recipe

Anndd I’m back with the summer blogging! Yes, I am calling it summer even though it does not look or feel like it right now with this cloudy, chilly weather (and the fact that it isn’t really officially summer until June..). So what better way to beat Toronto’s strange weather and also feel energized at the start of your day than to eat a delicious, nutrient-dense breakfast bowl that’s quick and easy to make? Continue reading

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New Year’s & Maple Banana Bread Recipe

With 2015 gone and 2016 here to stay for a year comes one of the most common new year resolutions that are usually long forgotten by February: eat healthier. Let’s face it, even if you’re not a new year’s resolutions kind of person, you’ve thought about it at least once in the first few days of 2016. And like all of us, the determination to consume healthier foods slowly fades as the days go past, our lives get busier, the $3 slice of pizza looks a lot more wallet-friendly than shelling out big bucks for fresh fruits/vegetables at the grocery store, or when all the holiday chocolates go on sale after Christmas.

I think the key to maintaining the determination of eating healthier is to be realistic and honest with yourself. For example, salads are the bane of my existence and I know that. So it doesn’t make sense to try and plan out kale salads for lunch every day of the week for me. To put it simply, I easily stay determined to eat foods I enjoy and contrary to belief, there are foods out there that taste good and are healthy at the same time. I found this amazing Maple Banana Bread recipe from The Heart and Stroke Foundation (http://www.heartandstroke.com/site/c.ikIQLcMWJtE/b.9277763/k.8449/Recipes__Maple_banana_bread.htm) when I was baking for a bake sale and was surprised by how delicious it was, considering the super healthy and nutritious ingredients. I will definitely be making this recipe throughout the year! Without further ado, let’s get baking:


  • 1 cup (250 mL) whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup (250 mL) large flake oats
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) wheat bran
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp (4 mL) baking soda
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed well
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) plain 0% Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) canola oil
  • 1 egg

Also: feel free to add extra ingredients into the recipe to customize your own banana bread. Some great add-ons would be nuts, seeds, cranberries, raisins, etc. For mine, I added in about 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts.



1.Mix together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl: flour, oats, bran, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda.


2. Blend the bananas until they have an even consistency and pour into a bowl.


3. Add the yogurt, maple syrup, canola oil, and egg and mix well.



I got a little carried away and tried to make a heart barista-style, kind of an epic fail ­čśÇ


4. Once the wet ingredients are whisked well, pour into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix together.


It doesn’t look the most appealing pre-bake, you know you did the recipe right if it looks like lumpy oatmeal!


5. Pour mixture into a parchment paper lined and sprayed 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches (1.5 L) loaf pan and bake in a preheated 350° F oven for 40 minutes. You can also insert a toothpick in and if it comes out clean, the banana bread is done.



6. Let the banana bread cool for 10 minutes before turning it out of the pan and serving it.


I hope you enjoy this recipe and let’s all stay inspired and motivated this year to eat clean and think consciously about what we put into our bodies, but also equally important -to treat yourself every now and then!┬á

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Homemade Pizza Recipe

New food recipe alert! It really has been so long since I’ve tried a new recipe this summer, and I wanted to make something I’ve never made before. Yesterday, I thought it’d be fun to take on the task of making pizza from scratch, not only for the challenge, but because I was really craving it too! The great thing I’ve learned about making pizza is that it’s so easily customizable to your own preferences. Once you’ve made the base with the dough and tomato sauce, your creativity and own imagination can take reign over every and any topping you decide to include in your pizza. I’ve based this┬árecipe from Jamie Oliver’s with some of my own modifications:



For the pizza base

  • 800 g strong white flour
  • 200 g semolina flour (can substitute with strong white flour)
  • 1 tbsp fine sea salt
  • 2×7 g dried yeast
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 650 ml lukewarm water

For the tomato sauce

  • 400 g canned plum tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 small bunch fresh basil
  • olive oil
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

For the toppings

  • your favourite toppings!
  • some suggestions: cheese (mozzarella, cheddar, feta, etc.), salami/pepperoni, peppers, onions, mushrooms, olives, etc.


Find a clean surface and mix together the white flour, semolina flour, and sea salt.


Mix in the yeast packets to the lukewarm water, and allow the mixture to sit for a few minutes.

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Create approximately a 18cm well from the dough and fill it with the yeast-water mixture.

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Take a fork and slowly mix the flour into the yeast mixture until you reach a thick porridge-like consistency.


Add some more flour until the dough starts coming together. Knead the dough for around 10 minutes until the dough becomes smoother.


Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow the dough to sit for 45 minutes and double in size.


While you’re waiting for the dough to rise, you can make the tomato sauce. Start by chopping the garlic and heating it up in a saucepan with some olive oil. Once the garlic turns golden brown, add the canned tomatoes, fresh basil, and season with salt and pepper. Let the sauce reduce down a bit until the consistency runs thicker.


As you wait for the tomato sauce to cool down, take the risen dough and separate it into two halves. Store one half in the freezer for future use. Take the other half and separate it into 4 pieces. This will make 4 separate pizzas. Lightly flour each piece, wrap them individually with plastic wrap, and let them rest for 15 minutes. This will allow you to easily roll each piece thinly.


When you’re ready to make your pizza, roll out the dough to around 0.5cm thick.


Place your rolled out pizza dough onto a lightly greased pan and preset your oven to 500┬░F. Evenly spread the tomato sauce on the pizza base up to the edges.


Once your pizza base and tomato sauce has been made, the possible toppings you can add are endless! I decided to buy a few ingredients, and then switch up the different ingredients on each pizza I made from the dough: mozzarella cheese, spicy salami, prosciutto, orange peppers, basil, zucchini, onions, and cherry tomatoes. Use whatever toppings you love! Finish off your pizza with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper on top before putting it in the oven.

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Allow your pizza to bake until golden and crispy (approx. 10-15 minutes).



Usually after cooking, my appetite greatly decreases (does anyone else ever experience that?!), but this recipe was an absolute exception!! It looked too good that I immediately cut out a slice for me to eat! After trying out this pizza recipe, I can conclude that it is delicious and relatively easy to tackle for pizza amateurs like me. The most time-consuming part of the process is making the dough – having to let it rise and rest, and kneading it well. However, an advantage of this recipe is that it makes a lot of dough! I made around 6 pizzas from it, so if you have any leftover dough, you can just pop it in the freezer until you want to make more pizza in the future. And since the most time-consuming part is over, you can make delicious pizzas in significantly less time in the future! Hope you all try this recipe out and happy pizza making! (Confession: guilty of attempting to swirl the pizza dough in mid-air, pretending I worked at an Italian pizzeria) ­čÖé

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