OMG this is amazing, and I’ve never even been a huge fan of key lime pie. But when I tasted a slice of this I HAD to make my own as one slice wasn’t enough.
This recipe requires a food processor; it’s totally worth borrowing if you don’t have one. And you don’t have to make this as a pie. My last batch I put the filling on the bottom of a dish and sprinkled crust ingredients as a crumbly topping.
I confess to having and serving this for breakfast, too! Lovely with some vegan vanilla yogurt on top. Mmm.
2 cups nuts (I used pecans & cashews but almonds work well too)
1/8 – 1/4 cup coconut oil
1/3 – 1/2 cup pitted dates
pinch of salt
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup cashews, soaked overnight (or minimum 4 hours), rinsed and drained
1/2 cup sweetener (maple syrup, agave nectar or honey all work)
5-6 limes, zested and juiced
To make the crust, pulse the crust ingredients together until it forms a coarse meal. If you’re using as a crumble topping, it can be coarser. If pressing down as a pie crust, make it finer so that it doesn’t fall apart. Press into a 9″ pie/tart pan or 8″ cake pan.
Wipe food processor clean. To make the filling, blend cashews, coconut oil and sweetener in food processor until smooth. Then add avocados, lime juice and lime zest, and blend until smooth.
Spoon the filling onto crust (or bottom of dish and sprinkle crust ingredients on top). Refrigerate at least an hour, or until firm.
Tip: Eat within two days. The lime juice slows down the browning process of the avocados, but after a couple days the pie filling loses its pretty green colour.
I love vibrant coloured soups. I call this Big Red. With the winter weather continuing, this makes one pot of hearty, healthy, cozy deliciousness.
This soup is inspired by the “Creamy Red Lentil Soup” in The Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook by Barbara Schieving. I’ve just played with seasonings, veggies and eliminated dairy. But if you happen to have some cashew cream to drizzle on top, that would bring it to the next level 🙂
2 Tbsp. neutral tasting oil (grapeseed, canola, olive oil)
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
5 garlic cloves (don’t be scared: cooking garlic makes it lose its pungency!)
2 cans x 398ml fire roasted diced tomatoes (use regular if you don’t have fire-roasted)
6 cups veggie broth (or water if you don’t have enough broth)
1.5 cups red lentils, rinsed
1/2 – 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar, to taste
Spices (choose whichever combo you’re in the mood for):
1 tsp. ground cumin plus 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
OR 2 tsp. each dried basil and oregano (do more or less of each depending on your preferences)
salt and pepper, to taste
red chili pepper flakes, to taste, if you like a bit of a kick
Sauté onion in oil until fragrant and soft. Add garlic and sauté for another minute. Then add remainder of ingredients, EXCEPT for vinegar. Bring to a gentle boil, then turn down heat and simmer, covered, for 45 minutes or until lentils are tender. You could also do 10 minutes on high pressure in your pressure cooker.
Stir in the red wine vinegar, and using immersion blender, blend to desired consistency. If using regular blender, transfer two cups of soup to a large bowl and blend the rest. Then stir in the reserved soup. Do a final taste test and add more seasonings if desired.
Serve with a slice of your favourite bread or naan. I wouldn’t worry about making a salad: it’s already so nutritionally dense.
Makes excellent leftovers 🙂 If soup thickens too much, just add more water or broth to thin out.
“Today I will live in the moment. Unless it’s unpleasant, in which case
I will have a cookie.” Cookie Monster
It’s been one of those months. Despite my best intentions, I’ve been MIA from my blog and any other personal goal.
Thankfully I’m not dealing with anything earth-shattering, like a horrendous medical diagnosis. It just started with last month’s Christmas chaos, followed by a family holiday. Interspersed with a few bouts of stomach flu, colds, and snow days. Oh, and dealing with some surprising and scary issues that come with parenting a teen.
“Don’t let a mad world tell you that success is anything other than
a successful present moment.” Eckhart Tolle
Success can be a tricky concept. We all have definitions of what constitutes a “success,” and I bet most of us feel like we fall short.
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become
by achieving your goals.” Henry David Thoreau
Last week I went to an adult/teen gymnastics class. No joke.
There was a seventeen-year old, two university students in their early twenties, and me: an old(ish) mom more than twice their age. Thank God I was able to dismiss my ego, because you know what? I had FUN. I played on all the trampolines and equipment like I was a kid, flipping into the foam pit, taking some risks, and feeling utterly alive and present the whole time.
Why was I there?
I needed to get out of a slump. Nothing serious. Life is going well; I have no major problems and plenty of blessings, which I’m grateful for. But in the absence of misfortune, I’ve started to feel apathetic.
I’d way rather be energized and inspired, like when I’m working toward a goal or acing a metaphorical life test. I want a shiny gold star for my win, even if I have to give it to myself.
Question is: What’s the win?
Since becoming a mom thirteen years ago, I’ve grappled with how can I feel “successful” as the homemaker who gave up her career. I often go in circles thinking about deep existential life goals. On the other hand, setting and meeting physical goals are simpler and immediately accessible. Physical goals are easily tailored to be anybody’s win.
It could be as simple as setting a number of pushups. Or running a certain distance or time. Maybe cycling, juggling, horseback riding, kickboxing, or swimming a number of laps. All that matters is that goals are specific, measurable and attainable.
When these goals are met, it feels awesome. Like “YAH, I did it!” Doing that gymnastics class last week earned me a gold star. And that winning energy triggered a positive chain reaction, fuelling me for days. All those rumours about exercise appear to be true: moving our bodies feels good. It uplifts and energizes, making us more optimistic and creative, which primes us for meeting and creating new goals and opportunities.
There is a ton of research that shows how regular exercise helps us feel better, have less stress, be more productive and focussed, and even think more creatively. If you need more convincing, read this article on mental and health benefits of exercise.
Going to that gymnastics class has inspired me to set new goals. Simply trying it empowered me almost as much as if I actually learned how to do a back walkover again.
This week, I hope you feel the power of setting a physical goal and moving your body. Go ahead and Push-Up Your Way to Power—or cartwheel, bounce, run, swim, bike, juggle, trapeze… 🙂
Purely Practical Fitness Tips
We can get stronger and more flexible with inexcusably little effort. Try two of my easy favourites: Calf raises while doing just about anything, and squats while brushing teeth.
Another good one? Earning treats. Whether it’s our morning coffee, dessert, or bowl of buttery popcorn, we can set a small physical-exercise payment before indulging. Do some crunches, lunges, tricep dips on the coffee table, or even a few simple stretches.
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Don’t let a mad world tell you that success is anything other than a successful present moment. Eckhart Tolle
You either like me or you don’t. It took me twenty-something years to learn how to love myself. I don’t have that kinda time to convince somebody else. Daniel Franzese