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St Patrick’s Day under 15 minutes

By on March 17, 2016

Hi readers! I missed you… I have been thinking about you a lot!

First, APOLOGIES for disappearing from Bon Appét’Eat. I started preparing a post where I explained my choice and I will be back to share it.

Second, THANK YOU for coming back and visiting my blog!

Just like that I am back… Let’s look natural and squeeze in a little article about St Patrick’s Day. Give you some inspiration with quick and easy ideas to be green on March 17th!

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Interview of a 4-year old

By on May 15, 2015

This year, my participation for Food Revolution Day will not be a recipe but an amazing interview I did of my mini-superhero!  Everyday, he amazes me with his comments about food, remarks about what he observes and questions about our bodies.  He is so curious and we love it!

A few notes about this video:
– We are so proud that he understood the concept of indulging once in a while but being healthy is a priority!
– I am the one asking the questions and it was as natural as possible since I communicate with him ONLY in French!
– I did NOT tell him to say something in particular, we just chatted for 15 minutes in front of the camera!
– I did questioned him in a way to get him to repeat some sentences he has said in the past.

A few ideas that he says a lot but did not express:
– He loves to cook/help with his parents in the kitchen
– His younger sister is following his footsteps!

Finally…
– Introducing any food as soon as they started solid food  has been a key in the developement of their palate!  I am so proud that they eat EVERYTHING!

The recipe is referring for the Kale salad is this one! He loved it!
Cranberries-Walnuts kale salad with goat cheese dressing

As for the real food and the pizza, the kids loves when we make it and they customize theirs. The recipe is here.

Mini Caprese pizza

 

Thank you for watching the video and TEACH YOUR KIDS, GET THEM INVOLVED and do not find bad excuses, yes you can be HEALTHY in your busy mom life!

Last year, I wrote a few articles for Food Revolution 2014:
Grow your food
 Get them involve: Meat balls with the mini-chef
 Healthy dinner on week days, yes! Pecan-crusted chicken
 Healthy snack: Creamy avocado dip
 Fruity Smoothie and Healthy rasberry muffins

 

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Cranberry Walnut kale salad with goat cheese dressing

By on March 13, 2015

Hello nice weather and positive temperatures!  Everybody seems so merry and smiley lately and it might be thanks to Mother Nature.  It’s not summer yet but after so many -25C or -30C in Toronto, let me tell you that +2 is worth jumping all over!

Gorgeous blue sky, snow melting, does it put you in a spring/summer mood?  Of course it does!  I love it and now I can say Bye to soups and Hello colorful salads!

Cranberries-Walnuts kale salad with goat cheese dressing

 Last year, I tried kale and I really fell for it!  Since it’s a chewy salad, I chop it off really small.  I use to pound it with the meat tenderizer but I skip that task and it’s just fine.  I add some nuts for crunchy-crunchy, some cranberries for some sweet taste.

Aaaaand… Wait for it (**drum roll**), I make that super simple, quick and easy goat cheese dressing.  Kale dressed in white and creamy love.  I mean, you have to try it to believe it! So simple and yet so crazy amazingly good!

True story: (Don’t tell El Cubano I told you) He likes his green salad dry, so without dressing.  Not his thing.   Well, as he wishes.  The other day, he said he was ready to try some kale (you know he’s not big on veggies and all… we talked about that). And TA-DA!  He loves this recipe with the dressing!  It’s that good.

Cranberries-Walnuts kale salad with goat cheese dressing

My little super-hero who is 4 loved it too!  He wanted some for his lunch but I didn’t have any left over without the nuts but good to know!  Isn’t he amazing eating kale and spinach?  That’s my boy!

On another note…

Lately, I have been having a hard time balancing life and blogging, as you can see.  It’s not always easy and blogging is a lot of work.  I needed to relax and not think about it for some time.  So little by little, I’ll be back.  Also, the sun is here more often.  I just don’t know how to take pictures without natural light.  I tried and I have horrible pictures….

Anyway, hope you are still reading and you’ll be back soon!

Kale salad goat cheese dressing

 

Cranberries kale salad with goat cheese dressing

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Keeps well in the fridge for 2 days, even after adding the dressing.

Ingredients

  • - 2 cups -packed- of chopped kale
  • - 1/2 cup of dry cranberries
  • - 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
  • Dressing:
  • - 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • - 2 tablespoons of goat chees
  • - Salt to taste
  • - Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. - Rince your kale. Dry. On a chopping board, chop the kale. Set aside in a bowl.
  2. - Add the dry cranberries and walnuts.
  3. - For the dressing, pour the olive oil in a ramekins, add the goat cheese and stir until smooth.
  4. - Add salt and pepper to taste
  5. - Pour on your salad and toss.
http://bonappeteat.ca/2015/03/13/cranberry-walnut-kale-salad-with-goat-cheese-dressing/

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Carrots and chicken patties

By on December 3, 2014

Carrots and chicken patties

Are do you deal with unexpected events in your life?  We are in our little routine and then we get thrown a curved ball. It’s not always easy to catch it.  I lost my job.  Wow, that was not planned.  Not at all.  One kid in day care, a mortgage and an emergency root canal.

Thankfully, within 10 days,  I found something else where I’m happier.   Let’s see what the future holds.  That was probably a blessing in disguise.  I hope.

After this happened, I just stopped blogging.  Why?  I lost my routine, my comfort, I did not know what to do about it.  Is my time well spend blogging?  Actually, it is.  The kitchen is my creative space, I try, I fail and I succeed.

Carrots and chicken patties

You never know how you will react and act in front a particular situation.   We always think that it happens to your neighbour but… don’t forget, you are somebody’s neighbour.

I bounced back, it’s a bump in the road and I did got a few lessons out of it… I’ll share them with you some day.  I learnt, I grew and got a few wake up calls.

On another note, those beautiful patties where not really meant to be either.  Unplanned but oh so good.  Unplanned is the best sometimes in the kitchen!  A few leftover: chicken, some rice and sad carrots.  Bingo!

Carrots and chicken patties

Of course, you add some cheese, cheese is love.  Ah ah, I sound like a commercial.  Also, I had some fresh parsley and I was really happy about a fresh herb added to it.  The sweet carrots seduced the kids and El Cubano.

I breaded the patties for some crunch and inside stayed moist and soft.  By the way, I baked them.  So much more healthier.  No regret, it was perfect.  It was kids and hubby approved.

The batch will be big enough for some lunch leftover.  Does it get any better than that?

Carrots and chicken patties

 So sorry, I abandonned the blog for so long… I missed it and above all I  missed you.  I guess the longer I was away, the harder it was to get back to it.  Anyway, I am back, although I was never gone.  But I’m still trying to find a balance.  Not easy, it’s new.

How do you cope with situations that change you all routine?

Carrots and chicken patties

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 12-15 patties

Ingredients

  • - 1/2 an onion or 1/2 a cup, minced
  • - 1/4 a cup of orange pepper, diced.
  • - 1 cup of mashed carrots (2 big carrots)
  • - 1 cup of shredded chicken mixed with 1 tablespoon of rosemary
  • - 1 teaspoon of salt
  • - 1 tablespoon of parsley
  • - 1/2 a cup rice, cooked
  • - 1 cup of grated cheddar
  • - 2 to 3 cups of parmesan bread crumbs
  • - Olive oil

Instructions

  1. - In a bowl, mix all the ingredients except the bread crumbs.
  2. - Make a ball the size of a golf ball, flatten it.
  3. - Roll it in the crumbs and place it on a baking sheet.
  4. - Repeat until you have used all the mixture.
  5. - Drizzle some olive oil on each patties
  6. - Bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 380F
http://bonappeteat.ca/2014/12/03/carrots-chicken-patties/

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Mini Polenta Pizzas

By on October 28, 2014

I know, I know, I have been MIA for a few days now, I do apologize.  I missed you guys, and I meant to blog every day, like EVERY SINGLE DAY and life happens.  Kids are sick, work is crazy, tweeting evening while watching Pressure Cooker, falling asleep on Lightroom, falling asleep at 9.30pm on a Friday night.  I am such a party animal :)!

What do you want to hear about first?  My simple and yummy gluten-free mini pizza or my crazy fun experience on the show Pressure Cooker?

Pressure cooker, talking to Anne Marie Withenshaw
Photograph provided by W Network

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw those pictures (and if you don’t, follow me, it’ll be fun!) and if you follow me on Twitter you might have seen my tweets from last Tuesday when it aired.

What is the show about?  Pressure Cooker is a cooking competition for home cooks.  Grab 5 ingredients in your fridge and make a meal for your family.  It sounds easy, challenging and fun and it is! Well, drop the”easy” part.  Gosh, it was super stressful.  Whomever came up with the name for the show nailed it!
So there, you grad the ingredients on the conveyor belt and you run to your station to cook away for 30 minutes.   Along the way, a celebrity chef coaches you, and for me it was Duff Goldman.  His role is to help you to create a dish that will impress the intimidating food critic, Giles Coren.

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