Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Eat Clean 2016 - Curried Lentil Stew

Hi Friends!

One of my New Year's Resolutions was to Eat (more) Clean. I don't know about you, but I get into major cooking ruts. I LOVE to bake, and then I love to eat health food, but I could go on steamed veggies errrnight, or when Jeff is away I am quite happy eating crackers and cheese, so I am trying my best to meal plan, prep and cook new fun recipes on the regular. It will help me stay on track that I now feel obligated to share them with you lol. Let me know if you try any that you like!

Tonight's creation was Curried Lentil Stew served on top of quinoa. It was husband approved, easy to make and quite tasty. I made it so quickly that I failed to take step by step pictures #sorry


3 Tbsp sunflower oil
1 small yellow onion, finely diced
1 tsp sea salt
2 Tbsp peeled and minced fresh ginger root 

3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
5 cups water
1⁄4 tsp chili pepper flakes
1 tsp curry powder
1⁄2 tsp turmeric
1⁄4 tsp ground cumin
1 cup dried red lentils
3 large carrots, peeled and diced
2 cups loosely packed fresh spinach

1 tsp freshly ground pepper


1. Heat the sunflower oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion and 1⁄2 tsp of salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.

2. Puree the ginger, garlic, and 1⁄4 cup of the water in a small food processor, and then add the puree to the onion in the sauté pan. Cook for 5 minutes more.

3. Add the chili flakes, curry, turmeric, and cumin, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

4. Stir in the lentils, and the remaining 4 3⁄4 cup of water, cover, and cook over low heat for 30 minutes.

5. Add the carrots and the remaining 1⁄2 tsp of salt, and simmer for an additional 20 minutes.

6. Stir in the spinach and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.

7. Stir in the pepper. More water can be added to thin out the stew to easily pour over brown rice or quinoa. 

Recipe from: Delicious Detox 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

New Year, New Planner!

*NERD ALERT* My favourite thing about January is getting a new planner. Every year, I would spend hours looking for a planner that I loved, with the right design, features, and lists...but that I changed when I found Erin Condren. This genius woman has designed the most beautiful, useful, planners I have ever found. They are pricey, but worth every penny...especially if you use it as often as I do.

I will never convert to just an online phone/email calendar, much to my husband's dismay. There is just something so satisfying about having a physical planner to add things to, erase, plan with, manage appointments, add in things after I have already done them just to cross them out, #jkwhodoesthat #idothat!

You can design one with all of your own pictures, or use one of the designs that they have made. They have ones for teachers and even ones for wedding planning.

The best part of this company is that every year they take customer feedback and make them better, I mean truly better! I can't say enough good things about them. Here are some of the ones I have had over the last few years.

So RUN on over to and start your planning for 2016!

This is the design I picked for this year, can't wait to get it!

My favourite extras to add are
Markers - to colour code your  calendar 
Clip in meal planner and grocery list tracker
Carry all clutch - to contain your planner and all the junk you will fill it with 

I discovered this after my order, but they have added this $6 wellness journal to track your food, water and exercise.

                                                    Splurge away won't regret it! 
If you want to get $10 off your first order, comment below and include your email address so I can send you a coupon!