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Healthy Living / Zucchini Fritters

Just over a year ago I eliminated carbs and sugar from my diet. Crazy right? I mean, TWO halloweens of not eating a single candy. My mind and body feel totally different. It wasn’t easy at first, I won’t lie, but the benefits were quickly obvious and I haven’t looked back. As someone who HATES cooking, one major road block was realizing I had to make my own food. Because when you eliminate things like sugar and carbs from one’s diet – nothing “prepared” out there is really all that great for you. So, you have to make your own meals.

One of my go-to meals is Zucchini fritters, and I wanted to share it here because not only do I love it, but Oscar and Aubrey do too. I make a TON at once, because I stick the leftovers in the fridge and they keep for a few days. But they never last that long because people go in and grab them morning, noon and night. They are THAT good. Here is my recipe and a one of my favourite speedy videos that I’m obsessed with making.

Ingredients
– 4 Zucchini’s
– 3 eggs
– 1 cup of Almond Flour
– Garlic Powder
– Parmesan Cheese

First things first, I get a TON of Zucchini’s because I like to make a bunch to go in the fridge.

Shred all the zucchinis. You can use a grater to get them shredded, but I found that my Cuisinart Food Processor with the shredder attachment was the best.  I love, love, love this machine.

Once you’ve shredded the Zucchini, you have to press out all of the water out of the shredded veggie. It’s a very watery vegetable, and you will want to squeeze out the liquid. This will help with cooking – trust me.

Now with your “dry” zucchini, you will add your 3 eggs, Almond Flour, and Garlic Powder to the mixture. Garlic Powder is done to your taste – we love it, so are liberal with shaking it in. I add 1 full bag of Parmesan cheese.

Mix all of the ingredients together.

I use this electric griddle for when I’m doing big batches of things and it never fails me. This part takes awhile, you have to be patient,.

 

 

COOKING

Frying
I just fry them with a little butter (good fat!) and they take awhile to brown on both sides. Don’t make them too thick or they won’t really cook. Thinner is better.

Oven
You can also put them in the oven. This time around I tested a baking sheet of them in the over at 350 degrees, to see how they would turn out – and they were AMAZING, Aubrey and Oscar preferred the baked, but I preferred the ones made on the griddle. The benefit to the oven baked ones is that you can set it and go. Frying you need to watch it a bit more closely.

Tools used
1. Cuisinart Food Processor with shredding disk attachment
2. Black and Decker Griddle

Food Used
-Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour 
Shredded Parmesan Cheese
– Garlic Powder

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Healthy Living / Recipe for Cauliflower Soup

A year ago next week, I cut a ton of stuff from my diet. Sugar, carbs, processed foods. At first it feels like there is nothing left for you to eat. I was so used to “quick” foods like muffins and pizza slices, that it took my brain a little bit of time to get adjusted to the new way of living, but once I found a few key things that I loved to eat and were easy, I never looked back. One of these meals was my Mom’s cauliflower soup. It’s something that I’ve been making all year round, but it’s especially perfect for Fall. My Mom and I use our own Vitamix to make this soup, but I was given an opportunity to try the new Vitamix V1200 Smart System Blender so I thought I’d take this opportunity to document the soup, and also try out the new blender.

Step 1:
Cut up 1 whole sweet onion and some garlic (optional). Put it in a big pot, with some butter, and sauté it until it is clear.

Step 2: Cut up 1 whole cauliflower. Once your onions are clear, add the whole head of cut up cauliflower to the pot.

Step 3: Add 1.5 Cups of water to the pot, and 1 pouch of Knorr Chicken Stock into the pot.

Step 4:  Boil the cauliflower in with the onions for at least 30 minutes. Be sure to check the water levels. You don’t want the cauliflower submerged in water, but you want the water about an inch from the top of the cauliflower in your pot. (See the picture above).

Step 5: Once your cauliflower is super soft, turn off the oven, and put everything into your Vitamix blender. I start with putting the cauliflower in first, then I pour the water from the pot in afterwards. Blend it slowly at first, but I do a good high blend.

Step 6: Depending on the size of your cauliflower head, you usually get 1.5 Mason jars worth of soup from this. Store in the fridge – my Mom swears that it tastes better the day after making it. She’s the pro, so I go with what she says.

I personally garnish it with scallions and some fried onions as a treat from Costco for some crunch. I eat it both hot or cold – both are delicious! I use my Vitamix for EVERYTHING so I’m going to have fun trying out all of the features of the new one – as it boasts some pretty snazzy features that my old one doesn’t.

All pictures and opinions of this post are of my own. The Vitamix Venturist V1200 was gifted to me by Vitamix. #VitamixAffiliate

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Healthy Living / All Natural Home & Body Products

2019 is my year for trying to choose healthier options. I’m slowly replacing things in my cupboard or pantry as they are used up and replacing them with healthier alternatives. One of the changes I’ve brought into my home has all natural cleaning products.

My friend Stacey from LoveFresh has the best line of all natural products and this past fall, her company expanded their body care line into soap bars and home cleaning products – in addition to their line existing line of natural deodorants, shampoos, lotions and their baby line.

What I use daily:

House Cleaner //  I use the dish soaps and new spray cleaners (OB-SESSED) daily. They are infused with the most beautiful scents and make you feel good about cleaning with natural ingredients, but they also get the job done and make your house smell ridiculously fresh.

Deodorant // I go between the Rose Deodorant and the Super Strength one. I’m on a Rose kick these days (I can’t get enough of it) but I also am obsessed with the scent of cedar and saffron – that the extra strength one has. When Oscar gets older, and needs deodorant he will not be using an of the chemical ones, and the Super Strengh one is a perfect scent for guys (or, the unscented). If you’re unsure about whether it works (it does) or if you like a scent (you will surely find one you will like, opt for a travel size first to get a feel for it. 

Available through LoveFresh.com / Well.ca / and local retailers


Who I Read For Healthy Choices:  Check out Karalynne’s Instagram page – @Just.Ingredients for some great info on what to choose to bring into your home or, put on your skin, or feed your family. It has been a bit of an eye opener for me!