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Spinach Cubed

Ever have great intentions to eat healthy and buy a bunch of spinach for smoothies?

…only to have it turn into a bag of slimy green mush?

*sheepishly raising my hand* :D

Recently I decided I should start eating healthier again, and with the school year starting I tend to drink more smoothies. They are great to bring to work to have as a breakfast/snack as I then am not eating with my hands which helps to avoid any cross contamination allergic reaction.

Only I bought a HUGE bag of spinach, and there it sat for the last week… slowly turning.

I needed to save it so I didn’t waste anymore produce!

Out came the strainer and I washed and dried it separating the few already mushy leaves out.  Chopped it into smaller pieces and squished it into ice cube trays making sure to compress them.   I popped them into the freezer for a few hours till they were frozen :)

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A quick twist of the ice cube tray and out they pop! 20120905-190528.jpg

Handy little serving sizes… I can easily throw 1, 2, or 3 into a blender!

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Into a freezer ziplock bag…

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…and into the freezer for the next time a smoothie craving hits!

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This is great as I can now buy organic spinach when it goes on sale and feel good about the fact I will not let it go to waste! It takes a bit of prep but if I added up how much money in spinach I have given to our chickens or to the compost pile I may be a bit embarrassed!

Which is great as I am trying to follow a thriftier un-wasteful lifestyle

….like I’ve read about on the blog, Small Notebook.

I really wanted to do a No Spend Month, but with our sport activities, and fees that go along with them AND back-to-school, I wasn’t sure when I could ever find a month that didn’t have a lot of financial commitments.

So instead I am trying to be more mindful of my spending, and use up items I have already purchased in my crazy overfull freezer/ cold room /pantry storage this month!  Plus, I am trying to follow some of her other ideas, to clear the clutter and simplify my life.  Wish me luck! *I may need it!!*

So I guess I will call this month, Mindful Spending September…

Have you every tried a NO SPEND MONTH??  How did it go??

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Breakfast Bagel Brunch

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Since I packed up my vitamix already to take with me… This was my breakfast!

I love egg on a bagel! A mug of K-cup green tea to go with it. (green tea from a k-cup isn’t as good as steeped… ) 

After putting my PC Bagel thin in the toaster I set out to make the sandwich middle.

Two egg whites went into the pan, cracked on top of each other.  One of the yolks broke so I guess I got a tiny bit of it in my sandwich. Maybe I should say two egg whites and a 1/4 of a yolk? ;)  When they were close to being done, I topped them with some spinach, a slice of jalapeno havarti, and two tomato slices. It was delicious!  On the side were some blueberries, and red currants.

Well I am off to get some more packing in, and maybe pre-make some of the sugar flowers for the wedding cake…

What foods do you take with you when you go on holidays?

 

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Cocoa Quinoa Puffs :)

Cocoa Quinoa Cereal

I think I have found a new love!  When shopping in Sobey’s the other day while at hockey camp I came across an interesting sounding cereal.  Gogo Quinoa’s Puffed Cocoa Quinoa.  I was a little hesitant at the $7 price tag, but I figured it would be a smoothie topper and not a bowl filler, so I took the plunge.  I am SO glad I did!  It is amazing. With only 3 ingredients, its a  CLEAN PICK!

It honestly tastes like a puffed wheat square!Photo Credit: The Casual Baker

Sheena, The Casual Baker, writes of the Puffed Wheat Square and how it seems to be only known to those in the prairie Provinces of Canada.  As someone who hailed from BC I can attest that I NEVER heard of this square till marrying my husband, but quickly found I liked it when I finally tried it!

I remember the first time I was requested to bring puffed wheat squares to a school function, and I struggled to find a “good” recipe.  Then I struggled to make a square instead of a puffed wheat granola!  They still are not my favourite to make.  I am not sure what it is, but mine never want to stay together!

Now I can have the flavour without the hassle!  Thanks to the cereal… and today I did, on top of a Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie in a Bowl

In the Mix:

  • Spinach, couple handfuls
  • Apricot (fresh) Banana could be substituted :)
  • T of Oats
  • 1/2 t Cocoa
  • T Chia Seeds
  • Splash Almond Milk
  • T of PB2
  • Splash of Torani Sugar-free Chocolate Syrup
  • Pinch of Xanthan and Guar Gum
  • 1-2c ice
Topped with a little Cocoa Quinoa Cereal, it was like dessert for breakfast!
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Power Pizzas

Tonight I made some Pizza using Power Flour in the crust.  Power Flour is made according to a recipe I used from Tosca Reno’s Clean Eating Book, Eat-Clean Diet for Family and Kids: Simple Strategies for Lasting Health and Fitness

In the Crust...

 

I use a basic Pizza crust recipe with some add-ins to make a savoury pizza crust using the different flours for a nutritional powerhouse. (this makes 2 thin crust pizzas on cookie sheets)

In the Kitchen Aid:

  • 2c warm water
  • 4 1/2 tsp fast acting yeast (or 2 small envelopes)
  • 2 tblsp EVOO
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 4 c power flour
  • 1-2 c all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp garlic
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tblsp flax seed
Pour water into mixing bowl making sure it is not too hot as it will kill the yeast.  Place yeast in water. Add 2 Tblsp of Oil, and salt, Flax and seasonings.  Dump 3 cups of Power flour into mixture, and mix on stir or lowest level of your stand mixer. (You can mix by hand as well, I just prefer the lazy route!) when that is starting to get doughish, add in another cup and allow the flour to be kneaded in.  Continue this with some all purpose flour, I usually end up using about 1.5 cups of all purpose as I find it is needed to have the right texture of dough thanks to the gluten.  Once dough has cleaned sides of bowl and is sticky but not too sticky it is done. 
I usually just cut my dough in half and place it on to two different oiled cookie sheet pans.
Top with whatever toppings you desire, and bake in oven at 400′F, or 375′F Convection Bake, for about 20 minutes.  Judge the doneness by the golden colour of the crust.  If it still looks blueish it needs a little more time :)
Our Pizzas tonight were topped with tomato sauce, spinach goat cheese, red onion, shredded mozzarella, italian sausage, sliced peppers, tomatos and mushrooms, and a little bacon.
The other Pizza was topped with Spinach Artichoke Hummus, Spinach, Shredded Mozzarella, Sliced peppers, and mushrooms.  Then topped with a couple of eggs, and after pleading from Thing One, a little bit of bacon.
 
They were both delicious, but Picky Thing Two only liked the first one.. not that–that surprised me one bit!  He is picky like his mom… ;)

Pizza #1Cooked

 

The first time I had ever saw egg on a pizza was on Meghann’s blog, Meals and Miles, and I have been having it on Pita pizzas since!  
Pizza #2 Cooked

Honestly Pizza is one of those quick, what can I make for supper,  meals in my house.  I tend to use up leftovers or produce that needs to get used up, and never is there an identical pizza.  I sometimes come up with weird combos, but no worries, I am a trained past-professional Pizza Slinger! (My aunts owned a Pizza Place that I worked at during Highschool)

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