Being a health-conscious grandma is a lot of hard work. The grandkids keep coming over and expect me to bake them cookies, but instead I give them gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, vegan, all-natural bran muffins. I have not seen them in several months.
If you’re reading this and you’re confused because I am 23, it’s okay. I don’t have grandkids. But I am trying to eat healthier, so I thought it would be fun to do a blog post about what I eat in a day – healthy (ish) edition. The best thing about all of these meals is I didn’t have to sacrifice flavour at all, they’re all delicious and really easy to make!
Breakfast: Overnight Oats
I just discovered how easy and delicious overnight oats are, and I highly recommend them to anyone who wants a filling breakfast, especially if you don’t have time to eat first thing in the morning. If you’re like me and value sleeping over making breakfast in the morning, these are great. You prepare it the night before, stick it in the fridge overnight, and you’re ready to go in the morning! I used this recipe here to make mine, but the best thing about overnight oats is you can literally put anything you want in them! You can put chocolate chips, peanut/almond/any kind of nut butter, strawberries, rainbow sprinkles, anything! Maybe avoid putting in weird things like fish sauce or mayonnaise, but hey, you do you.
Lunch: Toast with cashew butter and oranges
I actually had cashew butter for the first time while I was visiting my mom in Calgary a few weeks ago, and I loved it! I’ve had almond butter before, and this is very similar. I love all natural nut butters because they are so rich in flavour and keep you full! I’ll be honest, lunch is the meal that I most often skip. Sometimes I’ll have a really big breakfast, or sometimes I’ll just forget to eat lunch and then at 2 p.m. I wonder why I’m starving. I usually have toast, eggs, or something really simple for lunch because it’s my least favourite meal of the day…. sorry lunch lovers.
Dinner: Chickpea and chicken shawarma
I came across this vegetarian recipe online and I thought it sounded so delicious! Since I’m not a vegetarian, I did add chicken to it, but it would still be so yummy without the chicken. Ahmed told me that the sauce in this recipe was amazing and that was such a great compliment because I used Tahini as the base for it, which is something he eats all of the time and has perfected it. This recipe was so easy and came together perfectly. For the chicken, I seasoned it with thyme, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and dill. I want everyone who reads this blog post to go and make this recipe, you won’t regret it!
After dinner snack: Homemade tortilla chips and guacamole
I don’t always make a snack after dinner, but I had a really ripe avocado that I wanted to use up so I made some guacamole with homemade chips. The chips are sooo easy to make, and I learnt how to make them from my mom! You take some tortillas, cut them into triangles, brush some oil and sprinkle some salt on them, and then put them in the oven at 350 degrees for 7-9 minutes. So simple and so delicious! For the guac, I used a spice blend that epicure sells. You can buy it here, but I’m sure you could also find or make another spice blend that works just as well! I also added some lemon juice, but that’s it! Add all the ingredients together and smash up the avocado with a fork. I could eat guacamole every day.
That’s all for today, I hope you enjoyed cooking with grandma 101, tune in next week for my favourite prune juice recipe… I’m kidding.