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Slowly making my way back

May 6, 2011

I’ve missed you.

Our journey from Australia to Canada has been a long one. Jet lag sucks the life out of you.

It’s good to be home.

Ok so I’m not home-home per se but the familiar surroundings are comforting.

You know what would make this really feel like home?   A kitchen.

Tomorrow I will attempt to make a small furnished townhouse a home temporarily.   While searching for something more permanent, this little kitchen will be my canvas for a hundred new recipes I’ve been pondering for the last month.   I’ll be starting over again with very few appliances or bakeware but this time I have every ingredient I could imagine available at my fingertips.   I can’t wait to visit Wholefoods, Costco and bulk barn!

I’m sure Costco must have noticed a drop in sales for their last quarter :).

I have a few goals for my future blogs, better photography, more fitness talk and hopefully greater interaction with you.  I will be adding a print this recipe which a few people have requested and my layout will slowly change.

You know what would be really great?   I’d love it if you’d talk to me.  Tell me stuff like….

Your favorite veggie.  A recipe you’ve wanted to try. A food intolerance you need recipes for.  An idea for your dads birthday dinner. A way to incorporate healthy fats.  A product you highly recommend.  A healthy recipe makeover.   The benefits of Java Script over HTML.

Ok not the last one, that might be for Alex my 15 year old…..sadly.     In the meantime, here’s what I’ve enjoyed for breakfast this week.

Quinoa, Blueberry Porridge

1/2 cup leftover cooked quinoa

1/2 to 3/4 cup  almond milk depending on desired thickness (the 40 calorie a cup version)

1 tsp cinnamon (less if you don’t love cinnamon)

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp goji berries

1/4 scoop protein powder (about 1 1/2 tbsp, I used vegetarian protein)

1/2 cup fresh blueberries

2 tbsp unsweetened coconut

Combine all ingredienst except blueberries and coconut and let sit 10-15 minutes so that the chia seeds gel and thicken the porridge.    Microwave for 1 minute or until warm and top with berries and coconut.

Excuse the lousy photos….my real camera is somewhere deep in a suitcase for now  🙂

I use the small amount of protein powder for extra flavour but you can skip it if you like and add a bit of stevia instead.  Quinoa’s high protein, fibre and complex carbohydrate profile makes it the perfect breakfast.  This keeps me full for close to 4 hours.

Porridge can made with any left over grains and almost all cooked grains can be frozen so always make a little more and you’ll have a quick, nutritious breakfast in under 5 minutes.

Now for some unpacking…..

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. MOM permalink
    May 7, 2011 12:36 am

    OK Now that you are home and have some extra time. You can start making me healthy with your recipes. Keep in Mind that I am old and tired and cannot make something evey day. If I make enough on Sunday for 3 days then I am good. So start me on a healthy journey. I am not good with breakfast

    • May 7, 2011 11:06 am

      You are not old and tired….you have more energy than me! Honestly, I think you do pretty good on your own. Breakfast you should definitely be doing and gotta get you on the calcium and vitamin D at the very least. You might be waiting a while for recipes with boiled chicken though lol!

  2. MOM permalink
    May 11, 2011 1:34 am

    No boiled chicken. Its good. Just boil it in chiken broth. Yea when I retire. Breakfast, vitamins calcium are on the menu. For now its tough swolling them in the morning and at night I end up with Indigestion for the entire night.
    Ok I will just keep trying your recipes. The tofu stew looks good. Going for this now.

    • May 11, 2011 5:38 am

      Just take a little baggy and take your vitamins at lunch time after you eat. You could also take a thermos bowl to work with you with a dried mixture of oats (ground in the food processor a bit), spices, dried fruit and nuts. Then when you get to work, all you have to do is add hot water. After a week, you’ll start to notice more energy and also less hunger and cravings the rest of the day.

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