Friday, 21 July 2017

Foodie Friday- Cheesy Corn and Ground Beef



So I saw this recipe on Facebook and I thought "I could make that!". It looked delicious and has one of my favourite vegetables in it- corn! Well after watching the full video and seeing the ingredients, I knew I was never going to make this exact recipe. I can't stand mayo and there seems to be a lot in this. So I decided to put my own spin on it!

Ingredients
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp taco spices
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1/2 can corn
  • 2 cups cheese
  • 2 tbsp salsa
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Directions
  1. Pour olive oil in pan over medium heat. Once pan is hot enough pour in ground beef. Cook until the meat is almost cooked all the way through. This will be about 10 mins.
  2. Sprinkle taco spices and garlic on top and mix well.
  3. Pour in corn when you have 2 mins  left to cook the meat.
  4. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  5. Take pan off burner. Cover with cheese.
  6. Put pan into oven and leave for 5 mins or until cheese is melted.
  7. Serve and Enjoy!

Word to the wise. Definitely use oven mitts. I am not talking about when you take the pan out of the oven. I mean if you have to touch the pan at all while it is back on the stove, use an oven mitt. Trust me, it kills your hand if you touch it barehanded!

What do you think of this meal? Would you serve it?


Amanda

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Food Tip Thursday- The Benefits Of Cooking With Corn

Who knew that such a little yellow vegetable/grain could pack such a punch. Yep that's right. Corn might be small, but it is mighty. Corn can be classified as both a vegetable, and a grain. The kernel itself is considered a grain. but if you eat it on the cob then it's a vegetable. It must be pretty awesome if it gets to be part of two food groups!

Corn is fantastic, no matter which food group it belongs to. The list of vitamins and minerals packed in these tiny kernels seem almost endless.
  • Vitamin A- Much higher than other grains
  • Vitamin B
  • Vitamin E
  • Fiber- 1 cup is 18.4% of your daily recommended
  • Thiamin- helps to maintain nerve health
  • Niacin
  • Vitamin B3
  • Pantothenic Acid- This vitamin is for carbohydrates, proteins, and lipid metabolism
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Zinc
  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Selenium
  • Phosphorous
  • Protein
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin B

There are a lot of antioxidants as well (which I won't go into detail, but you get the idea). Unlike other cooked vegetables, when you cook corn the antioxidants actually increase. These little kernels have the great ability to help keep us healthy. You should eat corn if you are trying to control your diabetes, help prevent heart disease, lower your hypertension, help constipation and hemorrhoids. Wow that is amazing.

So what is better to eat? Fresh, frozen or canned? Well for the most part, nothing beats fresh produce, but the frozen packages can also be good for you. Canned corn or any other vegetable can usually mean that there is a lot of salt in the water that they are soaking in. They do have a lot of options with low sodium in it, which is much more helpful. So really it is all on your preference. I will definitely cook with any of them. Make sure to tune in tomorrow and check out my cheesy corn recipe!


Do you enjoy cooking with corn? What kind of recipes do you like to do? Let me know in the comment section below!



Amanda

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Like Wine, I Get Better With Age. How I Became A Better Cook and Crafter In The Last 10 Years

Wow. I can not believe I have been in my 30s for exactly one month. I know it may sound silly, but I have not been handling it very well. Actually I have been having a bit of anxiety about it. To the point where I am getting chest pains. It is has not been fun at all. I decided to look at the positive though, and make this fun little post today. Let's look at how I've grown in the last 10 years as a cook, and a crafter!

Crafting And Cooking In My Early 20s
  • I used to be that girl who would microwave hot dogs. Disgusting yes, but seriously that was the extent of my cooking skills.
  • I could not cook kraft dinner properly. Seriously. Somehow the macaroni never tasted like it had the cheese on it. 
  • I would hardly buy meats, because they were so expensive. So most of my dinners consisted of boxed potatoes, frozen dinners, or pasta
  • I hated crafting. Like really hated it. Until I realized living on my own meant having to be frugal with money. Instead of buying Christmas decorations, I ended up making a lot of them.
  • I had no patience (I still don't, but it's better), so any DIY projects looked like a child built it. It usually fell apart quickly as well.
  • I hosted a Christmas dinner party every year, with lots of direction from my mom. They were always a success though! 
  • Crafting used to give me anxiety. I like to do things right, and this would make me feel very frustrated and unaccomplished.

Crafting And Cooking In My 30s
  • I still can't cook Kraft Dinner properly. I think I gave up on that pipe dream.
  • Hot dogs are now cooked properly on the stove
  • I  now can host family holiday dinners for up to 15 people. I love to cook turkeys, hams and roast beef and usually make way too much food.
  • My meals mostly consist of dishes made from scratch. I can't remember the last time I bought a frozen dinner. 
  • I actually have a craft area in my apartment! I frequent Michaels and Dollarama almost weekly. It drives my boyfriend a little crazy.
  • Now I really enjoy DIYing, which is perfect because I am moving. I am constantly looking for new ideas to try. 
  • I now use crafting to ease my anxiety. It's nice to let my hands do something, while my mind wanders.

So I guess I am like a good wine. I seem to be getting better with age! Looks like I have lots to look forward to in the future! How did you feel turning 30? How does it compare to being in your 20s? Let me know in the comment section below!


Amanda

Friday, 14 July 2017

Foodie Friday- Chicken with pesto, feta and olives

A friend of mine shared a pasta recipe last summer that I actually fell in love with. Now that I am not eating pasta anymore, I decided to try it on other foods. Turns out it is great with chicken. Try it on its own or in a wrap!

Ingredients
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 3 tbsp pesto
  • 1 cup feta cheese
  • 2 tbsp chopped black olives
  • 2 tsp rosemary

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a pan with tin foil. Place chicken breasts on top. Since rosemary is a strong, powerful spice sprinkle very little on top. 
  2. Cook in over for 30 mins or so. Flip over half way through. Before removing it out of the stove make sure there is no pink in it.
  3. Place chicken in a big bowl. Using a fork and knife tear the chicken apart into bite size pieces.
  4. Pour in feta cheese, pesto and black olives (optional). Mix together so that it is all covered.
  5. Serve and enjoy!


Have you made a dish with pesto lately? How did it turn out? Let me know in the comment section below!

Amanda

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Food Tip Thursday- Feta Cheese

My favourite cheese is  feta. I can't get enough of it. Seriously. Between it's sharp and tangy taste, and it's great texture, it is truly awesome. Bonus fact? It is so good for you! Doubting me? Well you shouldn't! Here is why!

  • It is made from either sheep's milk or a combination of sheep and goat's milk
  • It is easy to digest, which is fantastic for people who are very sensitive to certain foods (like me!)
  • Full of vitamins- riboflavin, vitamin B2, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, and selenium
  • Full of probiotics! Since this cheese soaks in a brine for so long, they are very good at helping to promote a healthy gut. Eat some to help avoid some digestive problems. 
  • It helps to boost your immune system
  • That vitamin B2 I mentioned earlier? That vitamin helps to prevent headaches and migraines. 
  • It is also good at promoting bone health

Don't think this is the perfect cheese though! If you can't handle sodium, then stay away from feta. It is very high sodium. If you are lactose intolerant, then definitely stay away. Lastly, if you are pregnant, you shouldn't eat it.

So what can you put feta cheese on? It goes good with salads, Mediterranean dishes, wraps and burgers! That is just to name a few.

What do you like to put feta on? Let me know in the comment section below!


Amanda

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Creative Tip Tuesday- Get Started on That Ebook!

Writing an Ebook is hard. Getting started is even harder. If you have never written one before, you can feel overwhelmed. Where the hell do you begin? How do you go forward, when you don't even know where to take your first step? I am starting my first one. Not sure if I will every do anything with it, but it is a fun project to work on for now. So why don't we start this together?!


Pick your topic- This could be the hardest part. Don't focus on just one idea. Write down lots of ideas. Try to come up with 10-20 ideas. They can be as crazy as can be. Sometimes the crazier, the better. Trust me I have come up with very... interesting ideas. When coming up with this list, you will land on an idea that will make you excited. Like can't stop smiling excited.  This is the idea, you will probably want to go with. Don't get too excited yet. The next part is tricky.

Outline your Ebook- You came up with this great idea. You're ridiculously excited to get started. Can you mold this idea into a book? Next sit down and come up with chapters. Write out what points you want to write in each chapter.  This will help you see your ideas come to life.

Pick your favourite chapter to start- Speaking from personal experience, don't start with introduction. Seriously. It is the toughest part to work on. You don't know how the rest of the book, is going to turn out. Pick your favourite chapter to start on instead. Once you finish that chapter, you will feel accomplished and proud. As you should!


These are just my tips on starting your ebook. I am hoping to work on mine tomorrow. What kind of ebook are you working on? Did you find it hard to start?LEt me know in the  comment section below!


Amanda

Monday, 10 July 2017

Support Your Local Farmer's Markets


Some of my favourite memories as a kid, was going to the local farmer's market on Fridays with my mother. There is something so awesome about walking up and down the vendors, checking out the different foods, and meeting the different people. The local grocery stores doesn't give the same feeling as the farmer's markets.

I still love going to farmers markets even as an adult. My boyfriend and I go all the time in the summer. We've even scouted the farmer's markets in our new city. Turns out there is 3. It's exciting! So here are some reasons why you should  go to your local markets.

  1. The produce is fresh.  The produce is usually picked that day, rather than being stored like at the grocery store.  Fresher is always better.
  2. No chemicals. Most big name companies use a lot of chemicals on their produce. The local farms tend to stay from them.  Basically what you see is what you get.
  3. More vivid the colour of the produce the more nutritious it is. Look at it and compare it to the ones in the grocery store. You will see a difference.
  4.  Money goes back into the local farms. Don't you feel better putting money back into a small business trying to build a business? 
  5. It helps the environment. Think about it. There is less travel time, and less resources used. So less pollution in the environment! It's a win win.
  6. Builds a sense of community. This  is really good when you are moving to a new town. Get to know everyone! Find out their story. There is always some really good stories at the farmers market.

There are so many more reasons why you need to go to a farmers market. These are just some of them. What are your favourite reasons for going to a farmers market? Let me know in the comment section below!



Amanda