I have been trying some recipes from one my my favorite cooking blogs: Berry Nourished. For those of you not familiar with this blog, Carolyn Berry is a local Registered Dietitian. Her articles have been featured in the Vancouver Gastropost, and Huffington Post BC. Carolyn has talked about healthy snacking on CBC News, and teaches a cooking workshop at Thompson Community Center, called Wealth of Healthy Cooking. Adrian and I had the pleasure of attending one of these workshops in February.
I met Carolyn teaching spin class….and like many people in my life 😉 ( how I met Adrian) a friendship blossomed. I highly recommend checking out her blog, and giving some of her recipes a try. Below are a couple I recently tried with success.
African Peanut Stew & Irish Soda Bread
These two recipes came from the cooking class that Adrian and I attended in February. The African Peanut Stew is a hearty vegan dish and its inexpensive to make, the protein sources include Chickpeas, and peanut butter. The Kale is Nutrient dense: high in beta Carotene, iron, vitamins K and C, and its a course of Calcium. The leftover freeze well which is great!!
I made the savory Irish soda Bread from the workshop, there is a similar recipe on her website for Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread. You simply replace the sugar and dried currants with cheddar cheese and chives. This is a quick bread recipe, it doesn’t require yeast so it doesn’t need time to rise. The bread is packed with fiber: whole wheat flour, wheat bran, and flax seed. If you have leftovers you can freeze this with the stew for up to 3 months. 🙂
Pumpkin Spice Banana Muffins
Being that it was October and Halloween was approaching I felt inspired to try something with pumpkin, these Pumpkin Spice Banana Muffins were perfect. I replaced the 1/3 a cup of oil with fat free Greek yogurt so there was added moistness without the fat. These muffins have tons of fiber – flaxseeds, whole wheat flour, raisins, banana, and of course pumpkin. I left the raisins out of half of the batch because my step-daughter is not a fan, Adrian preferred them without the raisins. I liked both.
Thanks for reading, and hopefully you find some healthy inspiration on the Berry Nourished blog.