Seagull Breakfast

This morning, the sun was shining and the air was warm. The dogs and I took a walk down along the beach and saw this seagull having his breakfast. I always think it’s such a strange sight: seagull with large, stiff starfish half-hanging out of its mouth; it doesn’t look like it’ll go down. I presume he’ll be able to swallow it as it’s quite a common sight to see.

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How to get kids to eat their vegetables.

In this pot we have: Tomatoes, onion, yellow carrot, orange carrot, garlic, basil, mushrooms, celery and parsley.

Tomato sauce is a wonderful way to hide vegetables. You can literally put any vegetable in, blend it up and serve it to your kids! This tomato sauce is for the children at my kids’ school for their hot lunch; I mix it with some whole wheat bow pasta.

Other vegetables I  sometimes use are: Potato, yam, sweet potato, broccoli, kale, beets (they have rather a strong flavour, so don’t use many), turnip, cabbage, lettuce, zucchini, pepper; really whatever I have in the house.

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I have to have chocolate!

I do, I do! I have to have chocolate! If there’s chocolate in the house, I will eat it. But *sigh* I am finally listening to my body and it says, “No more sugar.” I get horrible acne and just don’t feel good when I eat sugar. So, how do I get chocolate without sugar?

Chocolate balls – of course! Roll up your sleeves and pull out the food processor.

1/4 cup of nuts. Walnuts, almonds, cashews, your choice. I used sunflower seeds and walnuts.

1 cup of dates.

2 tablespoons of cocoa.

Splash of water.

Pulse nuts in food processor, add dates (pulse), add cocoa (pulse). Add a splash of water to make the mixture stick together if needed. Roll into small balls then roll in cocoa.

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I have seen gnocchi in the grocery store before, but never really paid it any attention. A few weeks ago, there was a recipe for gnocchi on a web-site I was looking at, it seemed really simple, so I thought I’d give it a go. 

It’s basically, mashed potato mixed with flour and a little salt, then boiled like a perogie. You can top it with what ever you like. My favourite was fried onions and herbs (sage, thyme and rosemary out of the garden). The kids wanted to try tomato sauce and cheese; after trying, they also said it would be nice if the gnocchi was fried after being boiled, so I think we’ll give that a go next time.

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This meal is roasted squash, skin and all, and a lovely fresh salad on top. The squash is cut into slices, sprinkled with olive oil, salt, pepper and cinnamon, then roasted for about 45 mins.

The salad is dressed with a homemade dressing, so in all the whole meal took very little time to prepare and is super healthy.

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Proud Chopping

My youngest son, who’s six, was so pleased with himself; he insisted that I take a photo for the blog. We’d been given a bag of apples from a friend’s tree and we were chopping them up to freeze. My youngest son was using the machine we have for chopping, coring and peeling apples. It’s the one where you spear the apple, then turn a handle to chop and (if you want) peel the apple. I’m not sure why he was so proud with his job, but he was, and here is his post.

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Tortilla Lasagna

This is what we ate tonight and I just had to post it because it was amazing. It’s another Dreena Burton recipe, another fool-proof, delicious recipe. It was so easy to put together and took very little time to cook too. We all loved it and I think it’ll become one of our regulars.

It really is lasagna, without the pasta. But with a twist on the layers and double delicious!

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