It’s been a slow start to the New Year for Mind over Marmalade, and we’re sorry for that! We’ve been so caught up in focusing on healthy eating, that our meals have sadly become fish and vegetables. Who wants to see 12 pictures a week of fish and vegetables? Technically, this post is fish and vegetables, but at least it’s a little more creative than roasting it all on the same pan!
The New Year has begun, and each year I spend the first few days reflecting upon the year prior and goal setting for the future. 2015 was a great year – Mind over Marmalade was started! In 2016, we hope to continue bettering ourselves personally as well as professionally. What are some of your goals for the New Year? Part of our definition of bettering ourselves personally is eating healthier. For as many healthy recipes we have posted here, there are just as many (if not more!) recipes for cookies, squares, bars, and other desserts. Don’t get me wrong, these are great in moderation, but we’d like to keep up our resolution as long as possible into 2016….let’s hope for 2 months this year?
Sometimes, you’ve just got to treat yourself to a nice dinner. My standard fillets of salmon or tilapia, roasted chicken breast, and never ending supply of roasted vegetables does get boring after awhile! You can only mix up seasonings, rubs, sauces, and salsas so often. After spotting a beautiful cut of grain-fed veal cutlet at my local grocery store, I thought I’d treat myself and make a gourmet dinner for one.
After a long week, don’t we all deserve a little indulgence? Our health shouldn’t be the sacrifice as we dive for the fried fast food. There are ways, though a little more difficult than pulling up to the nearest drive through, to recreate your favorite indulgences at a fraction of the calories. My go-to recipe comes from Serena at Domesticate Me for her crispy baked chicken nuggets. Girl has tried and tried and figured out how to create the perfect crispiness while cutting the calories and fat.
It would seem that squash and potato are making regular appearances in my salad world. What other time of year are they readily available!? I rest my case. This delicious salad consists of roasted acorn squash as the base, topped with sliced pear, blueberries, haloumi cheese, and pesto. As it is, this makes a great side salad or light meal. To add a little more sustenance, I added 2 heaping tablespoons of farro to each serving.
Yes we are fully embracing fall and I know sure well that you will be bombarded with pumpkin-this and pumpkin-that. In and effort to reduce my sugar consumption I am going cold turkey and giving up my sugary Starbucks daily drinks. There’s no lying that when their Pumpkin Spice Latte was release for fall I had 11 of them in the first week. Sure, I got them made with Starbucks’ new coconut milk, and always had them made half sweet, but there’s no kidding that I was sucking back 500 calories of pure sugar every morning. But I needed a substitute, and fast. I have a Nespresso espresso machine and milk frother that I LOVE so homemade lattes are totally possible. I’m proud to say this recipe beats the Starbucks artificially flavoured drinks for me. Sure, they take a little longer to make, but your waistline and blood sugar spike will thank you. These are totally vegan, made with almond milk, and homemade coconut cream as a topper instead of whipped cream. Also, the …
Scones are one of the easiest baked goods to make. Even if you don’t consider yourself a baker, you can make these! There’s no letting the dough rise or rest, there’s no changing the oven temperature – just a simple batter into the oven, and you’ve got yourself a delicious breakfast snack.
Just in time for Thanksgiving! This year, we decided to stray a little from the norm of pumpkin and sweet potato pies and try our hand at adding a little something modern to the traditional. I’ve had a craving for cheesecake ever since the Japanese style cheesecake revolution has hit Toronto. Anyone else seen those line for Uncle Tetsu’s!? So why not try making our own!
The first time I made this stew was in third year University when I lived with 5 other girls. I knew it was good when the pork was mysteriously vanishing from the fridge before I finished my leftovers! This is a super healthy and protein packed fall favorite that can be eaten on its own (hello carb free!) or over top of a grain. I like to mix it with quinoa for the extra protein punch, but you can go with anything else – mashed potatoes, rice, pasta, etc.
Pumpkin season is HERE and I couldn’t be more excited! It signifies the arrival of fall, the appearance of flannel plaid shirts and little black leather jackets, the biting feeling of a cool morning breeze, and the smell of cranberries, apple cider, and cinnamon. Most importantly, it opens the door for so many creative culinary creations (did you see that alliteration?).