Need a way to use the abundance of basil and tomatoes from your garden? Or do you need a quick salad to bring to your next BBQ party? Whip up this simple dairy free balsamic tomato basil salad. Fresh and delicious tasting! Click the image to get the simple and healthy recipe and pin for later!

How to use your Fresh Local Vegetables

Summer is officially here! Let’s talk about this for a moment. This is my favourite season for so many reasons. First and foremost, I love the sunshine that comes with summer. I love the long hours of daylight and the warm weather that inspires us to come out of hibernation and get some vitamin D!

Also, on a very related note, I really enjoy all of the outside activities that come with summer. I’m biking or walking around our neighbourhood almost every single day. It’s become an invigorating routine as a part of my day. When I step outside to get moving, the sluggishness of the morning disappears and the day seems bright and fresh.

Finally, with summer comes fresh and local fruits and vegetables. We have purchased a growers box to get our local produce for the summer and I am psyched! The first box is came our way this week and I can’t wait to put out some seasonal fruit and vegetable recipes for all of you to enjoy! Here is a way to use some of your fresh and local tomatoes and basil!

Need a way to use the abundance of basil and tomatoes from your garden? Or do you need a quick salad to bring to your next BBQ party? Whip up this simple dairy free balsamic tomato basil salad. Fresh and delicious tasting! Click the image to get the simple and healthy recipe and pin for later!

This week we got some delicious fresh basil and I purchased some BC tomatoes earlier in the week and they were just bursting with juiciness and ready to be eaten. Lastly, my in-laws brought some raw Ontario honey which I was dying to make something delicious with. Keep scrolling down to see my dairy-free take on a Caprese salad.

We also got a delicious local cucumber and I’ll definitely be making some refreshing cucumber lemon infused water. Leave a comment below to share what kind of local produce you are getting from your grower’s co-op or farmers market! And what delicious things are you making with it?

Need a way to use the abundance of basil and tomatoes from your garden? Or do you need a quick salad to bring to your next BBQ party? Whip up this simple dairy free balsamic tomato basil salad. Fresh and delicious tasting! Click the image to get the simple and healthy recipe and pin for later!

 

How to use your Fresh Local Vegetables
 
Ingredients
  • Vine tomatoes
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Slice tomatoes to a 1 cm thickness
  2. Layer alternating tomatoes and basil.
  3. Meanwhile, combine honey and balsamic vinegar in a small pot on the stove.
  4. Turn on low to medium heat to heat and reduce the vinegar.
  5. Stir regularly to prevent burning to the pot.
  6. Heat for approximately 10 minutes and let cool, uncovered.
  7. Once the vinegar reduction has cooled, brush or drizzle over the tomatoes and basil.
  8. Enjoy immediately!

 

This cucumber lemon infused water is the perfect healthy option to satisfy all of your cool drink cravings. You no longer need to turn to sugar filled beverages but you don't feel like you're drinking plain old water. I hear so many people complaining about how they just don't like the taste of water. This is your solution!

Refreshing Cucumber Lemon Infused Water

Hello, friends! It’s Friday night and its time for me to be honest with you. I haven’t spent much time developing recipes this week. I’ve been working on developing some of my other skills that I have been working to improve throughout the whole blogging process. It has also been hot and summer-y here, so I’ve also been trying to take advantage of the sunshine with some time outside. I took these pictures while sitting outside earlier this week because I was enjoying the sunshine! It’s one of my favourite summer drinks. It’s wildly refreshing and totally delicious – Refreshing Cucumber Lemon Infused Water!

This cucumber lemon infused water is the perfect healthy option to satisfy all of your cool drink cravings. You no longer need to turn to sugar filled beverages but you don't feel like you're drinking plain old water. I hear so many people complaining about how they just don't like the taste of water. This is your solution!

This cucumber lemon infused water is the perfect healthy option to satisfy all of your cool drink cravings. You no longer need to turn to sugar filled beverages but you don’t feel like you’re drinking plain old water. I hear so many people complaining about how they just don’t like the taste of water. This is your solution!

It’s important to note that you can enjoy this water in your fridge for about three days. After this, the cucumber and lemon start to look a little bit less appealing. The lemon rind will also start to impart a bitter flavour to the water, and its no longer very enjoyable. I enjoy lots of lemon in my water, so I make sure to add lots of lemon juice, but if you prefer less just leave out some lemon juice. I also find that you can reuse your cucumber one time or top up the pitcher twice if everyone is enjoying your water!

This cucumber lemon infused water is the perfect healthy option to satisfy all of your cool drink cravings. You no longer need to turn to sugar filled beverages but you don't feel like you're drinking plain old water. I hear so many people complaining about how they just don't like the taste of water. This is your solution!

Refreshing Cucumber Lemon Infused Water
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 Pitcher of water
  • Ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Slice or spiralize cucumber.
  2. Cut lemon in half.
  3. Slice half of the lemon and squeeze the other half into the water. (If you don't like strong lemon water, leave the lemon juice out and use it for something different.)
  4. Place sliced lemon and cucumber in the pitcher.
  5. Fill with water and ice cubes.
  6. Keep in fridge up to 3 days.

 

Are you looking for a healthier spin on tacos? These quinoa stuffed bell peppers are a satisfying and delicious meal option. The bright colours and flavours are sure to please you. Click to find the recipe and make these on your own in only half and hour.

The Top Four Reasons We All Love Tacos

I’ve been thinking a lot about tacos this week. But if I’m being transparent with you, I probably think about tacos a lot every week. I’ve been reflecting (does this make me sound deep?) on why tacos have such a special place in all of our hearts.

Here is my top four list of reasons why we all love tacos!

Are you looking for a healthier spin on tacos? These quinoa stuffed bell peppers are a satisfying and delicious meal option. The bright colours and flavours are sure to please you. Click to find the recipe and make these on your own in only half and hour.1)      Tacos are healthy

Tacos, when made correctly, are so easy to pack with nutrient rich foods. We manage to sneak tons of veggies into both the filling and toppings. If you like the classics, which we obviously do, our filling will often have bell peppers and tomatoes.

What is a taco night without salsa and guacamole, which happen to be fruit and vegetable packed. Avocados may be trendy, but they are going to stay a staple in our house. They are filled with healthy fats and offer the perfect creamy texture which eliminates my desire for cheese.

Side note – If you are getting your tacos from a certain fast food company I am not endorsing these as healthy…

2)      Upcycle leftovers

Upcycling – the perfect way to turn uninspired containers of extras sitting in the back of your fridge into a whole new meal. Ideally, you will love your upcycled tacos so much that there won’t be a second round of leftovers. The beauty of tacos is that you can use what is in your fridge and pretty much always turn it into a fantastic taco. Think leftover roast chicken, your stir fry from last night, and that small bit of pasta sauce that isn’t quite enough for another serving.

Are you looking for a healthier spin on tacos? These quinoa stuffed bell peppers are a satisfying and delicious meal option. The bright colours and flavours are sure to please you. Click to find the recipe and make these on your own in only half and hour.3)      They can have any flavour profile

Obviously, the classic taco has Mexican-inspired flavours: cumin, chili peppers, paprika and more. This is a favourite in our house as my husband could live on cumin seasoned everything. It is easily the spice that appears most often on my shopping list. But, we have also tried other flavours to change things up. If you have leftover stir fry – this might be the time to try an Asian inspired taco. This is the time to draw inspiration from your favourite ethnic food combinations. I can almost promise you won’t go wrong if you pick complementary flavours and follow my taco perfection formula below!

4)      You can make it your own.

You can make tacos with anything you want – aka all your favourite foods – unless your list of favourite foods is enormous like mine. We might need to have a week of taco nights to incorporate all my favourite foods. Suddenly I’m thinking that this really isn’t a horrible idea!

I hope that you enjoy this alternate, healthy version of tacos that we love!

Are you looking for a healthier spin on tacos? These quinoa stuffed bell peppers are a satisfying and delicious meal option. The bright colours and flavours are sure to please you. Click to find the recipe and make these on your own in only half and hour.

 

Bell Pepper Tacos
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 4 bell peppers
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 medium white onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 400mL can of tomato sauce
  • ½ cup frozen corn
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 avocado
Instructions
  1. Cook quinoa according to package instructions.
  2. Add 1 tsp of oil to a large frying pan over medium heat.
  3. Chop the onion and garlic and add to the frying pan.
  4. Break up the ground beef in the frying pan.
  5. Stir regularly until the onion is translucent and ground beef is cooked. Meanwhile, slice peppers in half, remove core and seeds, and set aside.
  6. Add in all of the spices and saute for 1 minute.
  7. Add tomato sauce, corn and quinoa and bring everything to the same temperature.
  8. Fill each pepper with the beef and quinoa mixture.
  9. Top with a diced avocado and serve.