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SRC: A Kitchen Hoor’s Bean and Basil Pesto Penne

A Kitchen Hoor's Bean and Basil Pesto Penne-4For May’s Secret Recipe Club, I was paired with Christie of A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures. She likes to cook healthy and low fat – and has lost ~100 lbs, which is quite the accomplishment! Christie is definitely an example of how healthy recipes don’t have to be bland or boring!

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Christie has tons (and I mean tons – I’m so impressed with how regularly she posts!) of delicious looking recipes like her Orange Beef Stir Fry, One Pot Paprika Chicken with Spinach, Poutine for Dessert and her Banana Waffles with PB Syrup (I totally need a waffle maker!) She also makes macarons. So much talent and delicious food! It was so hard to choose!

I ended up choosing her Bean and Basil Pesto Penne and I was definitely pleasantly surprised with the results! I’ve always wanted to try pesto, but it seemed really complicated or full of dairy. Fortunately, Christie’s version is simple (2 steps!), vegan and delicious! Mr Bean liked it so much that he had huge amounts of seconds! I upped the recipe a bit so that I would use the entire 398mL (14 oz) can of beans.

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Gluten Free and Vegan Bean and Basil Pesto Penne

1 – 14 oz can of white beans, drained and rinsed (I used navy as I’ve never been able to find Cannellini)
3/4 c. fresh basil
1 oz almonds
1/2+ c. vegetable broth
2 -3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground pepper
1 box of Catelli gluten free Penne (or whatever kind of pasta you want), cooked to al dente

  1. Add beans, basil, almonds, broth, garlic, oil, salt and pepper to food processor and process until smooth, adding more broth if required.
  2. Pour over hot pasta and toss to coat.
  3. Enjoy!

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Christie, it was a treat looking through your blog! :)

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Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa

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These are totally late for cinco de Mayo, but they are so good that they can be eaten any day of the year. (Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself to justify posting this recipe so late.) 

BUT they really are that good – I commented to Mr Bean that I could eat the mango salsa everyday and be a happy woman, to which he replied “what happened if you ate all the mangoes in the world?” Well, I’d probably be tired of it then, but thankfully there are a lot of mangoes in the world and it should never get to that point!

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Needless to say these were very good and pretty simple: cook fish, make salsa, cut avocado, warm tortillas and put together. You can use any kind of fish you want – I used salmon. 

Gluten and Dairy Free Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa

1 lb fish fillet (I used salmon)

Tex mex seasoning ( or a blend of oregano, onion powder, chilli powder and salt)

4 corn tortillas 

Avocado, sliced

Cucumber or cabbage for garnish, could probably use cilantro as well

Lime juice

  1. Preheat oven or bbq to 400F. Create a pan out of tin foil by folding the edges in to fit the size of fish.
  2. Rinse fish off in water, pat dry with paper towels and place on tin foil. Sprinkle with seasonings.
  3. Cook fish until cooked throughout and flakes easily.
  4. Meanwhile, heat tortillas in a frying pan until warm and pliable.
  5. Cut fish into 4 pieces and place on tortillas. Squeeze lime juice over fish.
  6. Top with slices of avocado, mango salsa and thinly sliced or spiralized cucumber or cabbage.
  7. Enjoy!

Mango Salsa

1 mango

1 large or 2 small green onions

Handful of cherry tomatoes

Zest of 1/2 a line

Lime juice

Salt

Pepper

  1. Dice mango into small pieces, slice tomatoes into quarters and slice green onions and place in a bowl.
  2. Add lime zest, sprinkle with salt and pepper and squeeze lime juice over it.
  3. Mix until combined.

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What’s something that you could eat everyday?

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SRC: Lynsey Lou’s Brussel Sprout Slaw

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For February’s Secret Recipe Club, I was paired with Lynsey of Lynsey Lou’s. Lynsey is a natural in the kitchen – she learned to cook with her family as a child and continues to spend lots of time trying new recipes! I am so impressed with her beautiful photos and how many recipes she has – I wish I had her level of dedication and inspiration!

She has tons of delicious recipes, including her peanut butter caramel skillet cookie, homemade coconut almond granola and roasted banana pudding! She even has theme weeks like peanut butter week, waffle week and slow cooker week!

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I ended up choosing her Brussel Sprout Slaw. It’s a bit of a Christmas-y dish, but I knew I couldn’t pass it up. It didn’t disappoint!

I had to make a few changes as finding pomegranets at this time of year is equivalent to finding the holy grail and I can’t eat Greek yoghurt. I made 2/3 of her recipe, but only made half the sauce as I’m not a soggy salad person. I used vegan mayo, and olive oil instead of vegetable and we ended up adding bacon (not pictured) as what salad isn’t made better with bacon?

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Vegan Brussel Sprout Slaw

1/2 c. pecans
1 lb Brussel sprouts, trimmed
3 tbsp. vegan mayo (feel free to use regular if you can eat it)
1 1/2 tbsp. dijon mustard
1 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. orange zest
1 tbsp. orange juice
2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Dried Cranberries (I used apple juice sweetened)
Bacon (optional as not vegan, not in photos)

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Spread pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 5 – 7 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Let pecans cool, then coarsely chop & set aside.
  4. Using a food processor (or knife if you’re really ambitious), shred Brussel sprouts using the slicer (not the grater).
  5. In a large bowl, whisk together the mayo, mustard, honey, oil and orange zest. Add the orange juice and vinegar and whisk until smooth.
  6. Add shredded Brussel sprouts to bowl and toss until combined. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with pecans, dried cranberries and bacon (if using).
  8. Cover and refridgerate for 2+ hours.
  9. Enjoy!

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Festive Red and Green Smoothie Puddings

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Have you ever put an avocado in a smoothie before? If not, you’re missing out! Imagine pudding without the sugar, dairy or eggs that is actually good for you. Plus, smoothies are way better when you can eat them with a spoon. I’ve made variations of the above smoothies for breakfast for the last few weeks and they are too good not to share!

They are super simple  to make (throw everything in a blender) and a great way to get eat healthy this Christmas while still feeling a little bit decadent! Feel free to adjust what you put in it or double the recipe to make two servings – it’s all about creative license!

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“Green” Christmas Smoothie

1/2 frozen banana, cut into chunks
1/2 pear, cut into chunks
1 mandarin orange
1/2 large avocado
1 – 2 handfuls of spinach
Scoop of Protein Powder (optional)
Splash of orange juice

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“Red” Christmas Smoothie

1/2 frozen banana, cut into chunks
1/2 pear, cut into chunks
10 – 20 fresh cranberries
1/2 large cooked beet (if you don’t have any, use any red fruit like cherries, raspberries, etc. but the colour won’t be as vivid)
2 pieces honey-candied ginger (or a slice of fresh ginger root and a small squeeze of honey)
Small handful of spinach
1/2 avocado
1 squirt of lemon juice
Splash of orange juice

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients except avocado in a single serve (or regular blender) and blend until smooth. Add avocado and blend until mixed. (If you have a high-powered blender, add everything at once).
  2. Pour into a glass and eat with a spoon.
  3. Enjoy!

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I hope you have a blessed and merry Christmas! All the best to you and your family for 2015!

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