Blueberry Kale Smoothie {Vegan & Gluten Free}

 

Blueberry Kale Smoothie, berries, beverage, kale, chia seeds, vegan, gluten free

  Blueberry Kale Smoothie

This Blueberry Kale Smoothie has got it goin’ on, my friends.  This literally takes less than 5 minutes to make and is absolutely loaded with good for-you ingredients…speaking of ingredients, there are only 5!  Plus, this smoothie is vegan, gluten free, low fat and no refined sugar.  How awesome is that?  So when you are thirsty these coming months, this smoothie will be sure to quench your thirst and give you an extra boost of nutrition.

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Cranberry, Chocolate and Orange Scones

Cranberry, Chocolate and Orange Scones

 Cranberry, Chocolate and Orange Scones

These Cranberry, Chocolate and Orange Scones are the perfect best bud to your morning cup of coffee or afternoon snack.  They have dried cranberries, chunks of chocolate and orange zest in ’em.  Once baked they are then brushed with a little icing sugar and orange juice.  And guess what?  There’s no mixer required and are prepped and baked in well under an hour.  They pretty much make themselves 😉

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Monthly Favourites May 2016 – Round up & Favs!

Monthly Favourites May 2016, Girl Heart Food

Monthly Favourites MAY 2016

Hey guys! Happy Friday! Woot woot! Bet you didn’t think you’d hear from me today, did ya?

Well, I’ve decided to do a ‘Monthly Favourites’ for Girl Heart Food for each month. Yay!  I’ll try to post the Monthly Favourites a week or so following the end of the month, perhaps on a Friday. That way, you’ll have something to peruse while you’re drinking your morning coffee on the weekend. Always thinking about you guys 😉

Over the course of a month, most of us try new things and I thought this would be a great way to spread the love and share some of the things that have made me smile.  Plus, it’s a great way to keep the conversation going and get to know a little more about me and what floats my boat.  I just may suggest something that perks your interest.  And, obviously – please, if you have anything to share that you think I’d enjoy, I’d love to hear it!

Basically, for my ‘Monthly Favourites’ I’ll  have a small summary of the recipes that I have posted during that particular month (just in case you missed ’em) as well as a list of stuff that I have liked.   I’ll try to cover topics such as: Continue reading

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Peach, Strawberry and Lime Ice Pops

Peach, Strawberry and Lime Ice Pops, Girl Heart Food, Frozen Treat, Dessert, Summer

 Peach, Strawberry and Lime ice Pops

Perfect for Summer, these Peach, Strawberry and Lime Ice Pops are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and cool you down!  They are loaded with fruit and flavor and they take minutes to prep.  Plus, there’s only six ingredients and they’re low fat.  How can you beat that?

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Blueberry Barbecue Sauce

Blueberry Barbecue Sauce

 Blueberry Barbecue Sauce

This Blueberry Barbecue Sauce is so much tastier than any store-bought bottled sauce you can buy!  And just think about all those antioxidants in the blueberries!  There’s very little prep and you basically just simmer all the ingredients on low for about 2 hours.  You’ll be left with about 2 cups of the tastiest barbecue sauce you ever put in your mouth and you’ll want to smear it on everythang!

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Lemon Cream Tarts with Berries

Lemon Cream Tarts with Berries

Lemon Cream Tarts with Berries

These Lemon Cream Tarts with Berries are so creamy, dreamy and the perfect Summertime treat!  Ok, well, it’s not officially Summer just yet, but we can certainly dream (or at least pretend that it is through our food, can’t we?)  These are so easy to prepare as I used pre-made pastry shells.  You just make a simple lemon curd, fold it into some whipped cream and top with the season’s freshest berries you can get your little hands on.  Drizzling with white chocolate is optional, but not really 🙂

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Chipotle Lime Hummus

 

Chipotle Lime Hummus

Chipotle Lime Hummus

A deliciously spicy dip, this Chipotle Lime Hummus is a great twist on a classic.  Flavoured with chipotle peppers and fresh lime juice and garnished with feta and cilantro, it’s perfect for dunking chips or to use as a spread on your favourite sandwich or wrap.

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Traditional Newfoundland Cod au Gratin

Traditional Newfoundland Cod au Gratin

Traditional Newfoundland Cod au Gratin

Cod au Gratin is a traditional Newfoundland dish with the star ingredient being, of course, cod!  There’s a lovely little béchamel or white sauce covering the cod and then it’s topped with cheese and  breadcrumbs (or in this case croissant crumbs….eeeek – YUM!) and all baked in the oven until it’s nice, bubbly and brown.

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Grilled Halloumi Cheese and Couscous Salad {with Orange Vinaigrette}

Grilled Halloumi Cheese and Couscous Salad

 Grilled Halloumi Cheese and Couscous Salad

{with Orange Vinaigrette}

This Grilled Halloumi Cheese and Couscous Salad with Orange Vinaigrette
has got it goin’ on, my friends!  The salad component combines grilled halloumi cheese, Israeli couscous, sautéed kale and a few other stars and makes for the absolute perfect make-ahead salad for all the Summer bbqs you’re gonna have!  It’s high on the flavour meter and guaranteed to be a recipe you’ll want to make again and again. On its own, it’s completely delicious, but also pairs well with fish or chicken for a satisfying dinner.  There’s grape tomatoes, thinly sliced red onion, olives and sunflower seeds in there too for a little crunch and texture.  That deliciousness is then tossed in a simple Orange Vinaigrette so you know it’s gonna be good (and good for you).
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Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream and Pineapple Curd

Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream and Pineapple Curd

Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream and Pineapple Curd

A very tropical-like dessert, these Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream and Pineapple Curd have a whole lotta flavour going on. In the coconut cupcake there’s a trifecta of coconut – coconut oil, shredded coconut and coconut milk.  The cupcakes are topped with a delicious coconut buttercream.  Then, the whole thing is covered with a simple-to-make pineapple curd and sprinkled with shredded coconut.  They make for the perfect little bite! Continue reading

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