Friday, March 3, 2017

Cilantro Lime Rice

Rice is not one of my favourite things in the world, however, this rice is delicious! I think the lime juice gives it a really refreshing flavour. 

You can cook your rice according to package directions and then add the teaspoon of oil, cilantro and lime, or, you can follow my recipe below. I imagine you could really use any rice or grain you want for this recipe. 

Cilantro Lime Rice
Makes 4 servings
Inspired by Skinnytaste

1 cup long grain white rice
1 teaspoon pink salt
2 teaspoons avocado oil
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
½ a lime, juiced

If your rice is already cooked, simply toss it with 1 teaspoon of oil, cilantro and lime juice.  You can serve this hot or cold.

To make the rice, first rinse it until the water runs clear.

Place the rice in a medium size pot with about 3 times the amount of water and the salt.

Boil this on medium heat for about 10-20 minutes, or until the rice is cooked but still has a bite to it. It will depend on your rice. Some brands cook faster than others. Just bite a grain and see if you get a bit of a snap, but not too much.

Drain and rinse the rice thoroughly in cold water.

Add the rice back to the pot and cook it with the lid on for another 10-20 minutes until it's cooked through. The bite should be gone at this point, but the rice shouldn't be mushy.

Fluff the rice with a fork. Add the other teaspoon of oil, cilantro and lime juice over the rice, and use a fork to mix. Fluff only, no spoons allowed.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Dairy-Free Corn Chowder

Creamy soups are my favourite kind, and this one is easy and delicious. It's also a great way to use up left over baked or boiled potatoes. You could also use left over chicken, I suppose. 

This soup doesn't use dairy or flour to thicken it up, instead, we're using coconut cream and pureed vegetables to do the job. The soup doesn't taste like coconut, don't worry.

My corn and cauliflower were both frozen, so I put them in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes just to warm them up. Hidden cauliflower is a bonus! Nobody will ever know it's in there. 

You can make this recipe without chicken for a vegan version.

Quinoa & Black Bean Salad

This is my lunch for the next 2 days. I divided the salad into 2 glass containers and packaged the dressing separately. The sweetness of the raisins is actually really nice. You could also add corn kernels, chopped avocado, and cumin powder to change things up a bit. Cilantro would have been nice, but I didn't have any.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Just Bananas Muffins

I've tried making gluten free and healthy muffin recipes before. A lot of the recipes are gloopy in the middle, as if they didn't cook all the way through. This recipe is not like the others. It rises nicely and has a nice texture throughout. It has no added sugar (if you don't add chocolate chips) or oil, and is gluten free if you use gluten free oats.

I added some Camino chocolate chips to half the batter, and raisins to the other half. It may not be a good idea to add wet things like fresh fruit. The batter may become too wet and cause the centre of the muffins to have that gloopy texture. Serve your berries on the side instead.

For the oats, you can grind them in a blender, or buy oat flour. 2 cups of oats grinds into 2 cups of oat flour, so if you buy it already ground, just measure 2 cups.

I buy Oak Manor oats because they're grown here in Ontario. I like to support canadian farmers and businesses if I can. Plus, they're organic.

LINE YOUR PAN. This is important. Regular paper liners will stick because these muffins don't have oil or butter. I rarely have good luck removing muffins from the pan with no liner at all, so I just don't do it. The FOK recipe says that you can use silicone muffin pans, but I have had no luck with those either. Maybe they will work for you? I had some paper liners in the cupboard that were made of parchment, but you don't have to buy them, you can make your own. Here's a good tutorial.

These are the oats I use. Oak Manor.