Chickpea Stir-Fry

I know it’s a Monday, but what better way to start off the week than with a delicious stir-fry? This is not a rhetorical question. Go ahead and search your soul. I’ll wait.

Couldn’t think of anything else? THAT’S WHAT I THOUGHT. This Chickpea Stir-Fry is full of veggies and flavour, two of my favourite things✌️ We’ve got onions, cabbage (or kale if you’d prefer), carrots and chickpeas in a realllllly simple sauce that brings everything together. But the real flavour bombs are the peanuts and fresh cilantro that go in during the last minute of cooking for some extra freshness😍 Want to take it to the next level? Throw some more of that stuff on top along with some green onion as a garnish. Yup🙌 That’s what I’m talking about.

If you’ve got under a half hour to whip something up, then this stir-fry is for you. With a 20 minute total time and super easy prep, this is one no-fuss meal idea! Double or triple the recipe, and you’ve got meal prep for the whole week. Pretty convenient👌

Finally, I’m going to let you in on a secret. You can use any vegetables you have around to make this stir-fry. ANY. I was running low on veggies myself when I made this, but luckily I had some carrots, onions, and cabbage ready to go. However, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, mushrooms and peppers would all be great in here; customize to your heart’s desire! The important thing is that you’ve got the sauce ingredients and the peanuts and cilantro, because that’s what makes this dish sing. I like serving my stir-fry over quinoa, but you can cook up some white or brown rice, or even couscous, if you’d like.

I hope you enjoy this quick, healthy and delicious meal idea! Let me know what you think🥰

Chickpea Stir-Fry

Serves: 2-3

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 of a large white onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup shredded cabbage or kale
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup ground peanuts
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • Cooked quinoa for serving
  • Sliced green onions + more cilantro and peanuts for garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add in the onions and carrots and cook until the onions are slightly translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the shredded cabbage or kale, as well as the chickpeas and garlic, to the pan. Continue to cook for about 8 more minutes, until the carrots can be pierced by a fork.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, maple syrup, and rice vinegar. Add the mixture to the pan and give everything a good stir. Allow the stir fry to cook for about 5 minutes, until most of the liquid has evaporated. Keep stirring.
  4. Mix in the fresh cilantro and peanuts and cook for a final minute. Remove from the heat, and serve over cooked quinoa. Garnish with green onions, more cilantro, and more peanuts!

Have a great week everyone!:)

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

Healthy Edible Cookie Dough

Happy Friday!!! We are exactly five weeks away from Christmas- how exciting is that?!?! I’m definitely brainstorming some awesome Christmas recipes right now🙌 If you have any recipes that you’d like me to make, be sure to let me know because I want to have a plethora of holiday awesomeness available for you!

I think I’m about due for a dessert recipe because I haven’t posted one in a while. This is for all you people out there who like to lick the batter off of the spoon, or sneak a finger into the bowl of cookie dough. Which, let’s be honest, is probably all of us. I remember that I tried making this kind of edible cookie dough way back, but my blender wasn’t very good so I still had a lot of chickpea chunks leftover. No, I haven’t attempted edible cookie dough since, and yes, I said chickpeas. No typos around here people!

This Healthy Edible Cookie Dough mostly consists of chickpeas, and before you X out of this blog post, here me out. Chickpeas are actually a great base for any flavour you want to throw at them; they’re kind of the blank canvas of the legume world. Combine that with the amazing, dough-like texture you get when you blend em up, and you get the perfect candidate for a healthy, edible cookie dough base!

Of course, I added other ingredients to create that cookie dough flavour. We’ve got vanilla, peanut butter, cinnamon, a little bit of oats, some maple syrup and a pinch of salt. I blended my dough with some water as well so that everything came together nicely. After that it’s up to you to completely customize your dough! I suggest adding dark chocolate chips or chopped figs and cinnamon- that’s what I did and it’s SO GOOD👌 But really, anything works. It just depends what kind of cookies you like!

This “dough” can be eaten straight (very good) or used as a sort of dessert hummus (also very good), or you can use it to top your oats, toast, or smoothie bowl (really, anyway you eat it it’s going to be good). It makes a great snack or dessert! Hope you enjoy:)

Healthy Edible Cookie Dough

Serves: 2 as a dessert, 4 as a dip

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp rolled oats
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup mix-ins like chopped dates or dried figs, dark chocolate chips, nuts, seeds, or fruit (optional)

Directions:

  1. Add all of the ingredients, except the mix-ins, to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Spoon into a bowl and mix in your mix-ins!
  3. Eat straight from the bowl or use as a dip or spread:)

Have a great Friday and an awesome weekend my friends! I’ll see you next week with more delicious recipes and my December Bullet Journal Set-Up❤️

Yours Truly,

Olivia:)

Mexican Sautéed Corn

Hey guys! If you don’t already know, I love corn. And sweet potatoes. And peanut butter. And granola. But today we’re focusing on corn, and this delicious side dish! It’s quick, simple, and so so good:)

Frozen corn is just amazing, guys. It’s so speedy and makes a great addition to any meal or bowl🙌 You know what else it’s good for? Sautéing! To make this corn I started by frying up some onions and peppers, which add flavour and a little something extra👌 Then I added lots of corn and some tasty spices to bring everything together. Delish!

The spices I used include cumin, cayenne powder, garlic powder, paprika and oregano. This gives all the veggies a great Mexican flair, and makes them a great side dish for tacos, or as an add in in a burrito bowl! That would be really good actually now that I think about it. There may be a burrito bowl coming your way soon lol😂

Enjoy this simple but healthy and super tasty Mexican Sautéed Corn!

Mexican Sautéed Corn

Serves: 4

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 2/3 cups frozen corn
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 a yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprkia
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add in the onions and peppers, and cook until the onions are translucent and the peppers are soft, about 6 minutes.
  2. Add the corn and all of the spices to the pan. Stir to combine.
  3. Cook until the water from the frozen corn has evaporated, and the corn gets a bit of char. Remove from the heat.
  4. Serve the corn warm and enjoy!

Let me know if you try out this recipe! It’s a good one:)

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked:)))

Curry Marinated Tofu Bowl

Happy Monday everyone! I have an awesome recipe for you guys that’s great for lunch, dinner, or meal prepping. It’s fresh, full of flavour, and so healthy and filling!

I haven’t had tofu in a while, but a few blocks have been in my freezer, waiting to be cooked up. I read an article recently that says frozen tofu is actually more easy to use and better to eat. The freezing expands the pores in the tofu because the water in it expands, which makes it more receptive to marinades. It’s also easier to press; you just have to give it a couple of presses with a plate to get the majority of the water out. Plus, freezing generally gives tofu a firmer texture. That’s great for what we’re doing with it today- pan searing!

I had my tofu already portioned out into three blocks which were about 85g each. Then I added them to a Ziploc bag with curry powder, coriander, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes, along with olive oil and lemon juice. The tofu is marinated for at least three hours, although you can go for six or eight if you have the time! After marination, I fried up my tofu “steaks” until they got a nice, crispy exterior. So tasty and a great source of plant based protein!

The other components of this bowl are just as flavourful. We have some couscous cooked in coconut milk, and a delicious olive, tomato, cucumber and avocado salad!! So, you’ve got your protein, your carbs, and your veggies. A perfectly balanced meal! Of course, I couldn’t resist throwing some hummus on top of there too😂 Definitely feel free to add some to your bowl as well, along with any other condiments you like:)

Enjoy this awesome bowl!

Curry Marinated Tofu Bowl

Serves: 3

Total Time: 195 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Marinated Tofu:

  • 3 85g blocks of firm or extra firm tofu, thawed from frozen (if using fresh, follow steps to properly press your tofu before hand, and disregard step 1).
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil + 1 tbsp (for cooking)
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Couscous:

  • 1 400ml can of light coconut milk
  • 1 cup of golden couscous
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Salad:

  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1/2 a cucumber, diced
  • 12 black olives, pitted and cut in halves
  • 1/2 a ripe avocado
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Place your blocks of tofu on a flat cutting board lined with paper towel. Use a plate or another cutting board to press down on the tofu and remove any excess water. Repeat a few times until most of the liquid has been pressed out.
  2. Add the tofu to a bag with the rest of the marinating ingredients (except the 1 tbsp of olive oil for frying). Mix everything together in the bag and make sure that the blocks are evenly coated in the marinade. Place the bag in the fridge and let the flavours soak into the tofu for at least 3 hours; go 6-8 if you can.
  3. While the tofu is marinating, bring the can of coconut milk to a boil in a small pot. Add in the couscous, remove from the heat, and stir. Cover the pot and let the couscous stand for 5 minutes, until the milk had been absorbed. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and set aside.
  4. In a medium sized bowl, mash the avocado and add in the rest of the salad ingredients. Mix to combine, then set aside.
  5. Once the tofu is done marinating, remove each block from the bag and cut it in half.
  6. Heat the remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add in the tofu “steaks” and cook until nice and browned, about 3-4 minutes. Flip over and cook on the other side for an additional 4 minutes. Then remove from the heat.
  7. To assemble each bowl, put some couscous on the bottom, followed by some salad, and then finish with two slices of tofu. Top with hummus or another condiment of choice:)

Hope this recipe brightens up your Monday! Have an awesome rest of your week, and I’ll see you on Wednesday with another great recipe:)

Yours Truly,

Olivia:)))

November 2020 Reading List

I know I kind of did a Fall Reading List, but I finished most of the books on there and I’m ready to move on😂 So today I’m going to show you all of the books that I want to read this November.

I’m coming pretty close to finishing up my 2020 Reading Challenge which is exciting! I only have 5 prompts left👌 This month I’m hoping to knock out 3-4 of them, so I’ll only have one or two going into December. 20 books is about the right size of a challenge for me, which is good to know for next year! It’s good because it allows me to still read some books outside of the challenge, and not be restricted by it, but I still read lots of books that I wouldn’t have normally.

The novels I read last month were actually really good and I enjoyed them. All The Light We Cannot See was a beautiful story, and Sophie’s World was really interesting. And then I had Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, which I finished in like two days😂 It was such a good and easy read and I could put it down!

I was supposed to read The Guinevere Deception last month too, but just didn’t get around to it. This also happened in the summer. So this month I absolutely NEED to read it. Thats in the list, as well as three other titles that are very different from each other. I’m really excited to dive into them! Here they are:)

The Tao of Pooh

This book is super short and so it fits into my prompt of “Less Than 200 Pages”. It basically details how the calm attitude of Winnie the Pooh is like that of a Taoist. All of Pooh’s friends are either fretful, hesitant, calculative, or dogmatic, but Pooh just is. This book is philosophical, but has a good mix of dialogue between characters and information directly from the author. I don’t think that it would be classified as a novel like Sophie’s World though, if you’re looking for something like that. Hope fully this will be an easy and interesting read! I have a couple of longer novels on this month’s list so I wouldn’t mind finishing this one up quickly like I did with And Then There Were None.

The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code is a sort of mystery thriller that begins when Robert Langdon awakes to a phone call that there has been murdered in the Louvre, and his body is covered in strange symbols. Along with cryptologist Sophie Neveu, Robert begins to find a trail of clues in works by Leonardo da Vinci, leading to a secret society and a fantastic plot. I chose this novel because it’s been banned, which is one of my prompts. It was banned in Lebanon, Manila, and India during certain times because of its controversial claims about Christ and Christianity. So that’s fun. I’ve seen this movie with Tom Hanks and it’s actually pretty good, so I’ll probably read this novel and then re watch the movie again, and pick up on some stuff that I didn’t before. I haven’t got around to watching The Great Gatsby yet which I need to do.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

This is one of the ONLY books I could find that has 20 in the title. So we’re going with it. It’s about a professor named Pierre Aronnax and his assistant who are called upon to investigate a strange “monster” that seems to be disrupting international shipping, along with the US navy. But the pair soon discover that it’s not a monster at all, but a futuristic submarine called the Nautilus. Along with the sub’s captain, Nemo, they explore the depths and wonders of the ocean on a magnificent journey that covers 20,000 leagues, or 50,000 miles. I’ve never read a Jules Verne novel before, so it should be a fun and relaxing read. Actually, one of the main characters in All The Light We Cannot Sea read it, which is kind of cool! I’m going to order this one on Amazon, because the only copies I can find at Chapters are very expensive.

The Guinevere Deception

So I’ve given a brief description of this book like two times already now, but I guess I’ll do a quick one again. This novel fits into my “Title With More Than Twenty Letters” prompt, and is about Guinevere, who is sent by Merlin to marry King Arthur to help protect Camelot. Although she’s hiding her true identity- and is much more powerful than she looks. She’ll give up everything to defend the city, and navigates an intimidating court, magical settings, and duplicitous knights. Can’t wait to finally read this after putting it off for so long!

There’s my list for this month! Let me know if you’ve read any of the books on there and if you liked them. Hope your found some book-spiration and I’ll see you guys on Friday:))

Yours Truly,

Olivia:)))