Simple Bok Choy Noodles

Hello there;) Today’s recipe is super simple and quick to make. I usually don’t work with bok choy a whole lot, but it’s a really delicious vegetable and is super versatile. It works great in soups, in stir frys and even just steamed as a side dish. This noodle dish allows the bok choy to shine by only using garlic and soy sauce to flavour it. It’s great for a quick weekend lunch or light dinner. Hope you enjoy!

Simple Bok Choy Noodles

Serves: 1

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 serving of cooked lentil or whole wheat spaghetti noodles
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 stalks of bok choy (regular sized, not baby)
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • Chopped peanuts, for serving (optional)

Directions:

  1. Remove the leaves from the bok choy stems and chop them into strips. Next, chop the bok choy stems like you would a celery stalk, into about a centimetre wide chunks.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add in the bok choy stems and cook for about 6 minutes, until slightly browned and softened.
  3. Add in the garlic and leaves, cooking for an additional two minutes, until the leaves are wilted.
  4. Place the cooked noodles into the pan and stir in the soy sauce, removing from the heat. Serve in a bowl with chopped peanuts.

So simple yet so good! Have a great week everyone.

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked

Meal Prep: Black Bean Stew

Hello! I know that making a good lunch is a bit of a struggle for a lot of people, so I’m going to try and post more lunch-related recipes and tips. Meal prep is a great solution to this problem, it just takes a lttle bit of planning and organization. On the weekends, its super easy to make a big batch of something, like this Black Bean Stew, and then BOOM; you have lunch for the week. This stew is delicious and only takes 15 minutes to make, not to mention you can serve it with pretty much whatever you want to switch up your lunch time experience. Because yes, eating this black bean stew is an experience.

Black Bean Stew

Serves: 3 (Makes three lunches)

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 a red onion, diced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tbs of tomato paste
  • 1 tbs cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp chile powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Serving Suggestions:

  • quinoa
  • rice
  • tomato
  • lettuce
  • humms
  • sliced almonds
  • kale

Directions:

  1. In a pan over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add in the tomatoes and onions and cook for about 6-8 minutes, until both vegetables are soft.
  2. Toss the garlic, black beans, tomato paste and spices into the pan with the water. Stir and let simmer for about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper. Scoop into a reusable container on its own or with some of the above suggestions. Store in the fridge until you need it;)

It doesn’t get easier than that. This stew will leave you feeling satisfied and full. It tastes great cold, but if you pack it in a microwavable container you can always heat it up at school. Enjoy!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;)))

My Favourite Healthy Snacks

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I love Thanksgiving because I get to spend time with my family and eat a bunch of good food:) Who knows, I might even whip up a Chocolate Saskatoon Berry Pie with Cinnamon Apples inside! For today’s post, I’m going to share my favourite healthy snacks. Some of them are homemade, and others you can pick up at the store. The reason that I’m writing this post is because I love to snack on the weekends, but I want to make sure that I’m eating good stuff and not filling up on junk food. All of these snacks taste really good and are sure to satisfy, whether you’re craving something sweet or salty. It’s good to have a bunch of them on hand, so that on lazy days you don’t have to get up from reading your book and actually make something to snack on. Here’s my list!

Dried Apples I legit think that I’m obsessed with these things. They’re appley and crunchy and just YUM! I have a recipe for them on the blog, but I’ll admit that it takes a lot of work to make a good amount since they shrink in the oven, so I like to buy them. Just make sure that they’re natural and preservative-free;))

Granola Granola makes a great snack because it’s crunchy while being sweet, plus you can toatlly customize it by adding in whatever you like. I prefer to make my own granola, because store-bought ones often contain a lot of refined sugar, but their are some varieties that are healthier. There are currently two granola recipes on the blog.

Popcorn I love love love popcorn! It’s my salty snack of choice and is actually quite healthy. You just have to buy the right kind- avoid flavoured popcorns becasue they usually contain a lot of soduim or even MSG. I like the regular BOOM CHICKA POP popcorn because it pretty much only contains popcorn, oil and a bit of salt.

Crackers and Hummus Crackers and hummus is one of those things that I could eat all day! I love a good brown rice cracker and roasted garlic hummus. You could eat veggies and hummus too but crackers are way more carby and delicious;)

Fruit Dried fruit, fresh fruit, frozen fruit, all fruit is awesome and makes a great snack! I particularly enjoy eating frozen blueberries in the summer. Once I spilled them on the carpet and made a big stain though, that wasn’t fun;)🤣🤣

Muffins I have two healthy muffin recipes in the blog, and I like to make big batches and freeze them so that I can defrost one whenever I’m craving a soft, warm muffin.

Nice Cream Lately, I’ve been blending up some frozen mango or banana to make a delicious treat with a sorbet like texture. It’s soooo good!

Apples and Peanut Butter This may be my favourite snack of all time. It’s so simple yet so delicious! I use natural peanut butter to avoid the preservatives in the processed kind.

Those are some of my favourite snacks! I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving;)

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))

My Back-to-School Shopping List

Hi! School is finally upon us, which means that it’s time to start making lunches again. Today I’ve comprised a list of food items that I like to have on hand during the school year to make feeding myself a little easier. I use most of the things on this list on a weekly basis, if not every day, and lots of them are in the recipes on my blog. If you want to start eating a little healthier, it really helps to have some healthy ingredients in your house so that you can actually make healthy food. Here’s my list!

  • A LOT of fruit and veggies
  • Avocados
  • Greek yogurt
  • Natural Peanut Butter
  • Hummus
  • Whole grain pitas or tortillas
  • Chickpeas
  • Black Beans
  • Quinoa
  • Oatmeal
  • Lentils
  • Chickpea Pasta
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Sprouted Grain Bread
  • Organic Canned Soup (this comes in handy on days when I sleep in!)
  • Oil and vinegar (for salad dressings)
  • Healthy muffins

I know that that might sound like a lot of stuff, but you don’t need all of it to make a healthy lunch. The most important thing to me on that list is fruit and vegetables, because they’re a super quick snack and are healthy and delicious. If you don’t like the taste of veggies on their own, try dipping them in hummus or another dip. Starting tomorrow I’ll be posting my lunches on my Instagram story every day, so be sure to check that out! Have a great first week back to school, see you Wednesday;)

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))

Why I Eat Healthy

Hello everyone;) Today I have a bit of a different kind of post for you. I wanted to share a little about myself, and why I eat the way that I do.

I feel like there’s a lot of speculation about healthy eating, especially among teenagers. We know that we should be eating well, but are kind of suspicious of the taste of healthy food. Whenever I order a water instead of pop at a restaurant or say no thanks to ice cream, I feel like people assume that I’m on some kind of diet or something.

The truth is, for me healthy eating isn’t a diet, it’s a lifestyle. Eating whole, healthy food makes me feel so good. I know that I’m putting things inside my body that will nourish it. I never limit the amount of food that I eat, I just eat food that is healthy, and I honestly love it.

This has definitely been a recent development, because for the past couple of years I’ve been experimenting with healthy eating and have only now really been able to make food that is both nutritious and delicious. At the beginning of my journey, I had a notion that healthy eating was all salads and carrot sticks, which is something that I think a lot of teenagers believe. My mission as a food blogger is to show you guys the amazing variety of healthy and tasty dishes that you can make, and hopefully get you to fall in love with healthy eating like I have.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that you should only eat the way that I do or that you should never eat junk food ever again, because I treat myself every once and a while too. I just want to share my passion with you and show you that healthy food is awesome;)) I hope that through my posts you learn how to cook good food and have fun doing it. Thanks for reading and be sure come back Friday for an awesome recipe!!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;)