Hello end of summer! Where have you gone? I’m getting a little sad that the lazy days of summer are almost over… just kidding. My youngest is eighteen and I don’t have much for vacation time in the summer months, so, really it’s been pretty well business as usual except for the extremely hot temperatures we have been having and the drought that has affected us here in beautiful British Columbia.
Since it’s been a tiny bit cooler the past week, I’ve had more of an urge to cook and bake. I’ve actually turned the oven on again! I’m getting tired of the barbeques… especially since my last attempt. Lets just say I will never buy chicken thighs with skin again, ever! It was an inferno! I had to pull the fire extinguisher out… just in case.
I prefer to eat a vegan diet, but, the rest of my family doesn’t 🙁 My daughter would probably not mind skipping meat, but, my son and husband really do like their chicken and steak. When I cook for everyone, I usually just eat the side dishes and it works out really well, because, my cooking is mostly dairy and egg free due to my son’s allergies, which makes the side dishes usually very vegan!
Here are some of my favourite blogs with recipes that I’ve tried recently and we all love!
Love this blog! I’ve been making the crispy almond coated chicken roasted with artichokes and lemon since last fall and it’s still a favourite! I’ve only used skinless, boneless chicken thighs when I make it and I usually I forget to add the lemons at the end, and it’s still perfection. I love the artichokes and pumpkin seeds. The other day when I made this dish I was running low on almond flour, so, I mixed some whole wheat flour with the almond flour and it turned out just as great.
I love everything about this blog! I love the pictures they post. I love what they are doing. And I love the recipes they post. I’ve tried many of their recipes and I haven’t made one that I haven’t loved! The latest recipe that I’ve made from this blog is the tomato harissa coconut bisque. It was so delicious! My daughter said it was like a “fancy” tomato soup 🙂 I didn’t have any Harissa spice blend (nor did I know what it was until I looked it up), so, I used some hot peppers I had in the fridge. I think it turned out excellent. A creamy tomato soup with a bit of a kick to it.
I have made these coconut oil banana muffins over and over again. They are one of the few treats my son can eat that I can make really quickly and without a lot of fuss. They are moist and delicious with no egg or dairy in them. We all love them!
This blog has great family friendly healthy meal ideas and recipes! One of my favourites from this site is the no bake black bean brownies. I was lucky enough to taste test these before they were even on her blog! This is another treat that is safe for everyone in my family to eat. I just love them! If you go check the brownies out on her site, you will not be able to resist making them, I guarantee you, they look that good!
Her blog has all the recipes that she shows on her YouTube channel, which, I much prefer. So, I watch the episode and then I go to the website for the exact measurements if I need them. What I have recently made is the virze rise (Italian cabbage with rice), so, good. It’s a real comfort food, like a savoury rice pudding, but, I guess that’s what risotto is:) I always say that if I wasn’t Finnish, I would want to be Italian! I just love food from all parts of Italy! Here is the Virze Rise episode from her channel.
So, that is all for me right now. I hope you check out some of these blogs for meal prep inspiration. I used to watch the food channel on TV for inspiration, but, now that it’s all just competition type shows, I’ve found great blogs and great YouTube channels that I much prefer.
If you have some go to sites for healthy recipes and vegan recipes let me know in the comments. I’m always searching for new ones to check out. Have a great week!