Tried and True Recipe….Feeds 8…Not in My Experience

I found this recipe, I am guessing, about 18 years ago.  It was an instant hit. So much so, in particular, my daughter Cayla would request it.  She asked me to send it to her when she lived in France and then in the Chilcotin Mountains of British Columbia. She asked me to send so she could make it for the families she worked for as an Au Pair.

This year before she left for her adventure living in Wellington, New Zealand we had a ‘Farewell’ party.  I asked what meal she would like me to make for this occasion.  My famous Picadillo was the request without hesitation.

We sit down at the table with Cayla, my parents and my husband, Steve.  We begin to partake.  Steve says “Why haven’t you made this before?”  He loves it.

Oops.  I don’t know why.  Kids left.  On their own.  Changed up the menu.

Once again the love of Picadillo is becoming tradition.  I forgot how delicious it is!   And it has a nice stable impact on my blood sugar.

Before Cayla left for Wellington, she took a pic of the recipe.  When my husband Steve committed to working in Ottawa for 4 months, he took a pic of the recipe as well.

I make a huge batch of it for myself almost every week.  I freeze some for suppers which I can heat quickly in a pot on the stove (I choose not to own a microwave) as well as thermos lunches while working.

This is the ecipe and pics of tonights creation.

Enjoy!

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil

2 medium organic onions, finely chopped

1 large organic bell pepper, finely chopped

6 organic plum tomatoes, chopped

salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp minced fresh organic garlic

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

1 lb lean ground beef (I use only lean ground sirloin)

1 lb ground pork (I haven’t tried substituting a lower fat meat such as ground chicken or turkey but I would think it is just as delicious)

3/4 organic balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp capers, drained

1/2 cup tomato puree

Optional garnish:  Sour cream

Directions:

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or pot over medium heat.  Add the onions and peppers. Cook until they are tender, 10-15 minutes.  Then add the tomatoes, salt and pepper to taste; garlic, cumin and coriander.  Given our winter and today’s temp of -35C, I decide to add some colour with a yellow pepper instead of a green bell.

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Turn the heat up to medium high and add the meat.  Brown the meat, using a spoon to break it into tiny pieces.  Add the balsamic vinegar, capers and tomatoe puree.

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Reduce the heat and simmer for at least 1 hour.

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Be creative in how you chose to serve this…in a wrap or taco…whether it be wheat, gluten free or lettuce.  The Picadillo world is your oyster!

I prefer to serve it in a bowl with lactose free sour cream.

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Looking forward to hear if it becomes a family favourite in your home as well.  Serves 8 (that’s what the recipe says…I have never experienced 1 batch lasting for that many people!)

Chili Con Carne

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Chili Con Carne

It’s getting to be that time of the year! Coming home from work or inside after a day outside in the cold to the smell of comfort food. What says comfort food better then Chili? A healthy, wholesome meal in one pot. Here is the tried & true recipe I’ve used for the past 10 years. Lot’s of flavour & spices! I double the recipe & freeze in meal size containers. Always tastier after it’s been reheated. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 1/3 lb ground meat (chicken, turkey or beef)
1 large onion, chopped
1 large green pepper, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
28 oz (796 mL) canned pureed tomatoes
14 oz (398 mL) brown beans in tomato sauce
14 oz (398 mL) tomato sauce
2 (19 oz) red kidney beans, drained
1 (19 oz) romano beans, drained
1 tsp dried oregano
1 1/2 tbsp chili powder
1 1/4 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne
1/8 tsp ground thyme
pinch white pepper
1 tsp Louisiana style hot red pepper sauce
1/2 pkg taco seasoning (I use “Simply Organic” as it doesn’t contain MSG)
Olive oil, as much as necessary

Directions:

In a large heavy pot, brown ground beef in a little oil.
Add onions, celery, green pepper.
Saute over medium heat for 5-10 minutes.
When vegetables are cooked, but a little crisp, stir in tomatoes, brown beans, tomato sauce, red kidney beans, romano beans & mix well.
Add garlic & all other spices & mix well.
Cook on low for at least 1 1/2 hours.

Serves 6-8.

If too ‘hot’ add up to 1 tbsp brown sugar.

Meat Sauce

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Meat Sauce

Here is my favourite recipe for spaghetti sauce. I substitute pasta noodles for spaghetti squash for my plate. The rest of the gang prefers pasta noodles. I always double this & freeze, it makes a lot!!

Ingredients:

2-3 tbsp olive oil
2 onions, chopped
1 head garlic, minced
2 lbs of ground meat (chicken, turkey, beef)
1 tbsp + 1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp paprika
2 (28oz) cans tomato sauce
2 (28oz) cans tomato puree
2 tbsp dried basil
2 bay leaves, cracked
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
6 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 cup of red wine

Directions:

Heat a large stockpot on medium heat.
Add the olive oil & onions. Saute until the onions are translucent, about 7-10 minutes.
Add the garlic & saute 1-2 minutes longer.
Add the ground beef & sauté until brown.
Season the meat with about 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper & the paprika.
Add all 5 cans of tomatoes.
Add 1 tbsp salt, 2 tsp pepper, the basil, bay leaves, cayenne, parsley, oregano & red wine.
Stir until all ingredients until well combined.
Bring to a low boil then lower heat & simmer 1-4 hours. The sauce will be ready in 1 hour but tastes better the longer you simmer it.

Makes about 4 quarts.

Eden’s Journey – Part 3

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Eden's Journey - Part 3

So I thought I would post one of my favorite desserts! I always look for new stuff, since I cannot do the “just eat greens and plain chicken” idea of healthy eating…YUCK! I love different flavours, and ways of cooking so you may see a lot of recipes ha ha. I usually have 11 almonds at night with anything else I eat (I LOVE BBQ flavour almonds …mouth-watering hehe). This has been one of my favorite things to make for the last couple of weeks! I eat it along with my almonds and a giant chai tea. Also an FYI chai tea is great for diabetics! It cleanses your kidney, and it also has many other health benefits.
Ok so here is the recipe….SO EASY TO MAKE

Pumpkin Pie

1 cup of almond milk (I use this because there is no sugar in it, only 35 calories, and 2.5 grams of fat per cup…..I recommend Silk Unsweetened vanilla. It is awful drinking it on its own, but great in teas and desserts)
1 can of pumpkin (has only 3 grams of sugar in it for half the can!)
2 massive teaspoons of cinnamon (you can add more next time if you want it more “spicy”)
2 tablespoons of splenda (you can use stevia, but I stick with splenda since I know its yummy)
2 eggs

Mix together in a microwave safe bowl. It takes about 20-25 minutes…maybe longer depending on your microwave. Just keep checking it every 5 to 10 minutes so no one burns it! It should not be runny, and usually starts separating from the sides of the bowl. You can add Greek yogurt on top if you like it or a couple of walnuts. I like it chilled, so I put in the fridge once it is finished, but….sometimes I cannot wait haha I find it gets a bit firmer in the fridge.

I hope you enjoy, remember to follow me on instagram edenalexandriadaly I post a lot of pictures on their day-to-day!

“The secret of …

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“The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.” – Mike Murdock

In today’s society we are encouraged to break out, be stimulated, think outside the box.  We are told the less routine we adhere to the more abundant our life will become.  Becoming comfortable is to lose the opportunity to become a better person, to grow and expand our mind and soul.

In many aspects, breaking routine is without doubt a great thing.  Spontaneity can break one out of the doldrums, keep the mind sharp and create excitement.  

With respect to living with diabetes, having routine is essential.  It is proven that testing your blood sugars, taking your medications and insulin injections at the same time each day will increase your chances of success.  

To take it further, creating a routine with regards to healthy eating, meal and snack times is also of great benefit.  By pairing your medication or insulin routine with your meals and snacks, you will notice an increase in well being…once you are settled into your routine, ironing out the wrinkles.  After all, we are very personal in our diabetes.  Although we live with the same diagnosis, we are all unique in how we adapt to certain routines.

One last commitment which needs to be incorporated as part of your daily diabetes routine is physical activity.  The benefits of physical activity are as great as adhering to a routine with your medication, insulin and eating.  

The Centre of Disease Control cites the following as benefits to physical activity: 

By creating and committing to a routine, I hope this will enable you to live life with Diabetes Beyond Borders.

 

Home Away from Home

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Home Away from Home

Everybody needs a holiday
Everybody needs a holiday
Everybody needs a holiday

Close your eyes
And hit the sack
While your asleep
I`ll watch your back
Grab a chair
Have a seat
I`ve got the wheel
Rest your feet

I`ll stand guard
And keep the wolves at bay
Watch the fire
While you dream away
Earned a rest
I know you worked all day
I know
And everybody needs a holiday

Take a break
Shake that frown
Re-assess
What`s going down
Spare a thought
While you sit
Reconsider
And admit

I`ll stand guard
And keep the wolves at bay
Watch the fire
While you dream away
Earned a rest
I know you worked all day
I know
And everybody needs a holiday….

(taken from the lyrics & song by B.a.d. Big Audio Dynamite – Everybody Needs A Holiday)

My home is everything I have dreamed of since I can remember. My home has the characteristics of another era, a history that is rich. We have considerately and lovingly decorated it to portray the past but accommodate for the present. Colours on the walls are thoughtfully placed and abundant.

Friends and family come into our home and comment how warm and cozy it is. They express that they become so relaxed once they sit down they don’t want to leave.

With the comforts and reprieve of our home are also the stresses of outside forces attempting to penetrate the walls of where we find peace. With social media now at our finger tips and its essential use to promote career, the loosening of boundaries as far as working from home and the blurred lines of when work begins or ends, taking a holiday is essential for health and well-being.

Blessings abound when it comes to vacation options. We have a dear friend who has a home 45 minutes from ours. The picture posted is a brief glimpse of his beautiful abode. This earthy, eclectic, rustic home sits on 200 acres with trails, pond, cabin and a lake. We are so blessed as we are welcome anytime.

This weekend we decided to go on a holiday. With food, drink, dog and warm clothes packed, we headed to our home away from home. We ate, drank, walked, snowmobile, gathered wood, took pictures, shared stories, ideas, laughs and learnings. We go there and we feel like we are worlds away. The stress melts.

We are returning this week for a few days. The sap will be flowing from the maple trees and its time to make syrup.

Although it was so good to walk in the front door of our home and take it all in, I look forward to staying at our home away from home again.