Quinoa & Nuts Brittle

I have been so incredibly busy with my custom cookie business (and a full time teaching job) that I barely have time to cook or bake (for pleasure) hardly anymore. But the warm days are over, cooler ones are approaching with a sprint, and baking for pleasure becomes a yet-again natural habit of mine. Or,…

Keto Pizza Dough (So, So, So Good!)

So yes, I started Keto about two weeks ago, and my body has reached Ketosis. If you have no clue what I am talking about, refer back to my Keto chocolate cake recipe blog post (I explain it as best as I understand it, there!). So far, I feel great! The headaches are gone, and…

Quinoa with Roasted Eggplant, Butternut Squash, and Red Pepper

Quinoa with Roasted Eggplant, Butternut Squash, and Red Pepper with Yogurt, Tahini Sauce Recipe Total time: 60 min (roasting time included) Serves: 2-4 Ingredients 1 cup uncooked quinoa 2 cups of water 1 Tbls. Italian seasoning 1 Tsp. Olive oil 1 medium eggplant 1 medium red pepper 1/2 of a small butternut squash For the…

P&J Waffle Sandwich

“There is no glory in star or blossom till looked upon by a loving eye; There is no fragrance in April breezes till breathed with joy as they wander by.” – William C. Bryant As my apple watch closes its rings for the day, I sat wondering if I had a piece of gum to cultivate…

Low-fat Cranberry & Pistachio Biscotti

A great time with great food is what a dough hook is to a stand mixer: necessary. This sums up the last couple of days for me. We had a great event come to Ottawa last Friday- RedBull’s Crashed Ice – that seemed to be primarily hosted by Fairmont Chateau Laurier (only one of the most exquisite hotels…

Health & Research: Possibly, A Parallel Connection

So far in my life I have tried green-tea detox for 3 days, vegan for 14 days, HIIT training for 6 months, boot camp for 4 months, boxing for 3 months, and cycling for 1 month. This is added to 12 years of trying, sticking, failing, and succeeding at yoga, hot yoga, pilates, outdoor cycling,…

A Comprehensive Guide to Eggs (methods, tips, cook time)

Upon my arrival to Canada my uncle greeted me with his first words to me: “I bought two carton of eggs for you and they are sitting in the trunk” (true story). My reputation surpassed my nine young years, and in both hesitation and perplexity, I smiled. It was foreign: the thought, the country, my…

A Delicious Greek Lunch

I came home from teaching, and as my routine dictates, I often make a healthy lunch that lasts me for the next two days (…that is if I didn’t chug it down all at once:D). I didn’t overthink this- one click to Pinterest and I was all Greek inspired. I love greek food- I also think…

Pineapple Avocado Salad

When it comes to writing articles, I always wait for the moment where I am incredibly genuine about my words—and sometimes that takes a while, a long while, as I dislike the idea of overthinking—again, my philosophy of innate writers is a clear indication of my writing struggle (or motto). But when the idea does…

Spinach ‘Asian-inspired’ Salad with Marinated Chicken

I initially began this blog as a way to digitally store great recipes to revisit them in the future and recreate them- sort of like having a recipe book, but online. So I like to blog sometimes about the complex recipes I attempt, and also about the super, super easy ones that are a no-brainer. But…

Healthy Middle Eastern Okra with Couscous

I went grocery shopping after work today and sometimes I like to go in without a plan of what I am going to cook that evening, but more with the idea of picking up fresh ingredients that I would enjoy experimenting with. In the Middle East (where I am originally from) Okra is a popular…

Low-fat, Low-carb, Protein pancakes….that actually taste good!

I haven’t posted since the holidays because school is back, and it is going GREAT! The new and final semester is finalizing just beautifully…I am actually finally starting to enjoy more, and worry less about grad school! ..Also, it is mainly because I am excited about so many things to come after this …Spring, to…

Low-Fat Carrot Muffins Wrapped in Bows

To get me through writing yet another term paper on “Ethnicity and Language in the ESL classroom”, I decided to bake these healthy carrot muffins. Now I LOVE carrot muffins, and I honestly had the intention of adding semi-sweet chocolate chip to them, until I decided to actually follow the recipe as is 🙂 I…

Low-Fat Fruit Parfait

I literally have one day left before I attend my meet and greet grad orientation on Wednesday. Though I’ve started in the summer, I was the only one in my program who got an early enrolment into the program; I figured I’d get a head-start this summer, and it wasn’t such a bad idea. In fact,…

Healthy Bean and Tuna Salad paired with Eggplant Dip

My friend was telling me this morning about some bean recipe that she recently got from her co-worker that sparked my interest to have bean for lunch! I find myself growing bored of my daily healthy food routine (eggs; salads; etc.) that I was eager to try something new (anything!). I really do love beans,…