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Brown Rice Sesame & Coconut Energy Bars – Bonus: A Special Ingredient

Cakes and Cookies | Sweets

You know what they say “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” but is it? Well, I’m not an expert but if you ask me, there are quite a few benefits to having breakfast.

Breakfast is an important factor, especially for a growing body like children and adolescences.

Studies show that eating a healthy breakfast (as opposed to the kind containing doughnuts and cookies) will give you an improved concentration and performance in the classroom or at work, more strength and endurance to engage in physical activity and will even lower your cholesterol levels

Now, I’m no saint so I’ll admit, I don’t eat breakfast, and yes, I know it’s bad for me, but it’s just too busy in the morning and all I really want is my coffee. But if breakfast is going to be served (meaning, I won’t have to make it – on a weekday that is) I’ll take it! Oh I’ll embrace it for sure.

Being a mom, I can skip breakfast but if there’s something I don’t do, is make my kids skip breakfast. They have their healthy breakfast every day before we drive them to school. Whether it’s oatmeal, whole grain cereals, a health packed pudding or bread with a healthy topping; they’re getting their breakfast on!

A while ago I connected with “The Grocery Foundation” through “Food Bloggers of Canada”, and as I read about the foundation more and explored their contributions and campaigns, we clicked.

You see, this is a foundation that for the past 35 years had taken upon it, to make the lives of children better. How better you ask? They make sure that children that come from challenged families or communities are fed with nutritious foods and a healthy breakfast.

How do they do that? Simply by raising money to help fund nutritious breakfasts and snacks to children in various programs including school nutrition programs.

So anyways, when I heard that In Canada, 1 in 7 children start the school day on an empty stomach due to a lack of access to nutritious foods, I knew I wanted to be a part of the campaign. So no, I’m not going to (unfortunately) feed all those children (wish I could), but what I can do is promote awareness to the foundation’s “Toonie for Tummies” campaign (that will feed them) which only asks for a donation of a toonie ($2) – yes, that’s enough, imagine that.

Another thing I think I can do is make sure that all your kids (and you guys) are eating healthy and nutritious food. So I decided to share my newest recipe for No Bake Brown Rice and Sesame Healthy Energy Bar.

This one is packed with goodness, it has brown rice, flax seed (great for your stomach and a wonderful source of Omega 3), sesame, honey, and the bonus special ingredient – tahini; need I say more? And it requires no baking you guys! It’s ready in minutes and after it sits in the fridge for 2 hours you’re good to go!

My kids loved it! Heck, everyone loved it! And it’s a super great addition for the lunchboxes.

Breakfast is important and so is the content of your lunchbox! Make sure it’s a good one!

Brown Rice, Sesame & Coconut Energy Bars

 

Brown Rice, Sesame & Coconut Energy Bars

Brown Rice Sesame & Coconut Energy Bars - Bonus: A Special Ingredient
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Recipe type: Energy Bar
Cuisine: Healthy Cooking, Health Bar
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 20 mid size bars
 
These are wholesome, nutritious and just plain delicious. With the tahini and coconut in them they make the perfect energy bar to have as breakfast or put in your lunchbox. And it's so easy to make too.
Ingredients
  • 3 Cups Puffed Brown Rice (Unsweetened) - You can also use rice krispies
  • ½ Cup Sesame Seeds
  • ¼ Cup Whole Flax Seeds
  • ½ Cup Roasted Coconut Chips
  • ¼ Cup Honey
  • ¼ Cup Coconut Oil (liquid) or Canola Oil
  • ¼ Cup Raw Tahini (not the prepared spread)
  • ⅛ Cup Brown Sugar
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix the puffed rice, sesame, flax and coconut.
  2. In a small saucepan, place the honey, coconut, tahini and sugar and mix over low heat until you get an even batter (it should be smooth – don’t heat too much so you don’t burn the tahini).
  3. Remove from heat once smooth and add to the sesame mix and using a large/ wooden spoon, fold everything together evenly, until it’s all covered with the tahini batter.
  4. Pour the batter into a 6”X12” baking pan covered with parchment paper (I lightly grease the paper to allow easy removal later on) and flatten using your hands or by placing a sheet of parchment paper on top and tightening the batter with your hands or by rolling a glass on the paper.
  5. Place in the fridge for 2 hours.
  6. After 2 hours, remove and turn over onto a board. Cut desired size using a sharp knife (but not too small or it’ll crumble).
  7. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge.

Brown Rice, Sesame & Coconut Energy Bars

*The fund raising campaign will be taking place in various participating retailers across Ontario and Atlantic Canada from February 5-19 – Just check out their page.

 

Brown Rice, Sesame & Coconut Energy Bars

You know what they say “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” but is it? Well, I’m not an expert but if you ask me, there are quite a few benefits to having breakfast. Breakfast is an important factor, especially for a growing body like children and adolescences. Studies show that eating a healthy breakfast […]

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Scrumptious Lentil kohlrabi Salad with Roasted Sesame

Salads

Some ingredients are seriously under appreciated. When was the last time you had Kohlrabi for example? or when was the last time you used lentils in a SALAD. Yeah..thought so.

That’s why when I saw that Canadian Lentils  are having a ‘lentils recipe revelations challenge’ I immediately knew I want to put the under appreciated ingredients in the spotlight, so I did.

The timing was perfect because I was preparing everything for our Friday dinner and so I had the best taste testers there is – the hungry ones.

I used the red lentils because they have such unique texture and most of all – they are SO easy to cook. By the time I grated the other ingredients, the lentils were already cooked and ready to be added to the salad.

I mixed everything together, and ran upstairs with the bowl to have my husband try the new creation. The reaction was ‘hmmm, special, real good, when are we eating?’ and that’s when I knew I nailed it 🙂

So this recipe is super easy, super nutritious and has a great flavor combination along with a special added texture to it.

It’s one of those salads you want to serve when you want everyone to wonder how you did it. Lentils rock and Kohlrabi is no longer a stranger to this house, will you welcome it into your kitchen too? 🙂

Red Lentil Kohlrabi Salad with Roasted Sesame

Scrumptious Lentil kohlrabi Salad with Roasted Sesame
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Lentils
 
A great combo of flavors that come together into a wonderfully nutritious and scrumptious salad. Using lentils and kohlrabi was never this easy.
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Red Lentils
  • 3 Cups Hot Boiling Water (boiled in the kettle)
  • 1 Kohlrabi - Peeled
  • 2 Medium Carrots - Peeled
  • 1 Bunch of Cilantro (about 10-15 sprigs)
  • ½ Lemon - Juiced
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Roasted Sesame (roast your sesame by placing in a pan over medium heat and stirring occasionally for about 3-4 minutes or until it is roasted)
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Put the hot boiling water in a medium pot and add in the red lentils. Cook over medium heat and let it cook while boiling for about 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. You want the lentils to be cooked and soften but not turn into mashed lentils.
  2. Once the lentils are ready, pour them into a sieve to drain the water and place in the salad bowl.
  3. Coarsely grate the kohlrabi and carrots and add into the bowl.
  4. Chop the cilantro (sprigs and leaves altogether), add into the bowl and add in the lemon juice and olive oil.
  5. Add salt to taste and the roasted sesame seeds and toss everything together.

Red Lentil Kohlrabi Salad with Roasted Sesame

Some ingredients are seriously under appreciated. When was the last time you had Kohlrabi for example? or when was the last time you used lentils in a SALAD. Yeah..thought so. That’s why when I saw that Canadian Lentils  are having a ‘lentils recipe revelations challenge’ I immediately knew I want to put the under appreciated […]

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Homemade Soft Whole Wheat Sesame Bagels

Baked Goodies

I just came back from visiting my family for a week.

A week where I didn’t cook, bake, clean, do the dishes, the laundry, prepared the lunch boxes or really cared about what time it is. Yup, I went there without the kids.

It was an amazing week with a pretty painful finale. On the way back my flight got delayed for 4 hours while passengers were already inside the airplane! I missed my connection flight, I haven’t slept all night and was issued an early morning flight home instead, so I was basically on my way home for a day and a half.

saying that I was a walking dead when I got back home would be an understatement. Too bad Air Canada couldn’t make an effort to make sure the end of my vacation was as good as the vacation itself.

Although I’m back, I still feel kind of disconnected from reality, sort of floating, so naturally I’m not in the kitchen all day and I don’t have as many ideas as I have when I’m down to earth.

My husband suggested we have bagels with cream cheese and smoked salmon for breakfast, but of course, I’m not really here so I forgot to get the bagels when I went shopping. Nevertheless, the solution was obvious -I was going to make bagels and we were going to have our planned breakfast, for supper.

I feel so much safer when I know exactly what goes into my food, so making these homemade bagels is definitely a win-win. I get to serve light supper (or breakfast), I get to eat healthier and I may even have some time left to actually watch something on TV without passing out – woohoo.

These are soft, easy and great tasting bagels. You can also add some fried onion to the dough or cinnamon and raisins. Enjoy.

Homemade Soft Whole Wheat Sesame Bagels

Homemade Soft Whole Wheat Sesame Bagels

Homemade Soft Whole Wheat Sesame Bagels
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Recipe type: Bagel
Cuisine: Baked Goods
 
These are soft, easy and so good. Enough said, you just have to make them.
Ingredients
  • 1Kg Whole Wheat Flour
  • 3 tsp Dry Yeast
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • ¼ Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 ½ Cups Warm Water (not hot! you’ll kill the yeast)
For egg wash:
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Tbsp Water
  • Sesame - In separate plate
Instructions
  1. Put the flour and yeast in a mixer bowl and combine
  2. Add in the salt, honey and oil and half of the water and start mixing using the kneading attachment on low speed.
  3. Gradually add in more water (drizzle it in) and when you see the dough start to form, change the mixing speed to medium and keep mixing until you get an even, soft, almost non sticky dough.
  4. The dough should be soft to touch and non sticky. If it’s a bit sticky that’s ok.
  5. You may end up needing a bit more or less water, depending on your flour absorbance.
  6. Put some oil on your hand and pat the dough all around until it is covered with a layer of oil (this will make dividing it easier later on)
  7. Cover the mixing bowl with dough and let it rest for 30 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, prepare the egg wash by whisking the water and egg together and set aside a plate with sesame for dipping.
  9. After 30 minutes, remove the dough from the bowl and divide into 12 pieces (they shouldn't stick to you surface since the dough is oiled.
  10. Form each piece into a ball (tennis ball sized) and then push your thumbs in the middle to form the bagel hole. Widen the hole until it’s about 2-3 inches big (don’t worry it’ll shrink while baking),
  11. Dip each bagel (both sides) in the egg wash and then in the sesame and place on the parchment paper covered baking sheet.
  12. Make sure the bagels are at least 2 inches apart because they will grow while baking.
  13. Let the bagels rest in the baking sheet for additional 30 minutes.
  14. Preheat oven to 460F (can be 450F if this is the highest on your oven)/ 240C.
  15. After the 30 minutes passed, bake the bagels on the middle oven rack for 20 minutes or until browned.

Homemade Soft Whole Wheat Sesame Bagels

Homemade Soft Whole Wheat Sesame Bagels

I just came back from visiting my family for a week. A week where I didn’t cook, bake, clean, do the dishes, the laundry, prepared the lunch boxes or really cared about what time it is. Yup, I went there without the kids. It was an amazing week with a pretty painful finale. On the […]

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Asian Style Tossed Green Peas

Home Made Cooking

Easy PEAzy is what this dish is all about 🙂

I always like to buy something interesting when I go grocery shopping and then when I come back hoe to try and figure out what I can make with it. So I got 2 bags of Sugar Snap Peas and since I never made anything with it, I decided to make it as easy as possible. Also, I figured it shouldn’t be too hard to make this one taste good because it probably resembles the stir-fry style food.

So I boiled, strained, stirred, tossed and served. It took about 10-15 minutes to prepare this side dish and it went really well with the rest of our Friday dinner; Crunchy and flavorful. The nice thing about this one is that you can do the same with plain ol’ peas and I would even go further by suggesting the same thing with broccoli.

Easy-PEAzy – beautiful 🙂

Asian Style Peas

 

Asian Style Tossed Peas
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Recipe type: Side Dish, Vegetables
 
Easy, fast and beautiful. This crunchy side dish will be a success for sure. You can't fail with this one.
Ingredients
  • 500gr Sugar Snap Peas
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 Garlic Clove – diced
  • 2 tbsp Sesame Seeds
Instructions
  1. Cook the peas in boiling water for about 10 minutes or until you reach the desired degree of softness
  2. Strain the peas and put back in the pot.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the honey with the soy sauce and garlic.
  4. Pour the soy mix onto the peas and toss in the pot.
  5. Warm everything up over low-medium heat while stirring and add the sesame seeds. Toss for about 3 minutes and serve.

 

Asian Style Tossed Peas

Easy PEAzy is what this dish is all about 🙂 I always like to buy something interesting when I go grocery shopping and then when I come back hoe to try and figure out what I can make with it. So I got 2 bags of Sugar Snap Peas and since I never made anything […]

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Fail proof Easy Sweet Challah Bread

Baked Goodies

Every Friday we buy a Challah. We usually eat it Friday night and use the leftovers for French toast breakfast on Saturday. Well, last week we bought the Challah, we ate it on Friday but didn’t use it on Saturday, and so it stood on the counter top, wrapped, until Tuesday. We noticed that it still looks the same and were now curious as to how long it would take it to turn bad. On Thursday it still looked the same, which made us think that the manufacturers of the Challah must be using some ingredients we don’t want in our body, so I decided to make my own Challah. It turned out tasty, sweet and at least now, I knew exactly what’s in it.

In case you’re wondering what brush I use for the egg wash and what’s the best baking sheet to use for challah and breads, well, I can certainly share 🙂

I use a silicone brush. It’s very easy to clean and I have a few sizes at home so I use based on the size of the dish. Here’s my Silicone Brush (Clickable link).

In terms of a baking sheet, you can use any sheet but the dark ones are better since they attract heat more efficiently and thus, helping your bread or challah bake better. Here’s the Baking Sheet I use (Clickable link).

Sweet Challah Bread
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Cook time: 
Total time: 
 
Ingredients
  • 3½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 tbsp dry yeast
  • ¾ -1 cup water (start with ¾ and go from there based on dough texture)
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • Sesame seeds - for sprinkling
For egg wash:
  • 1 beaten egg
Instructions
  1. In a mixer bowl, mix all ingredients together except for the yeast. Mix for about 3-4 minutes.
  2. While mixing, add the yeast and keep on mixing for another minute
  3. In the bowl, knead the dough until it is soft and not sticky. Remember, yeast LOVE kneading.
  4. Cover the bowl with a towel and place in a warm place for about 45 minutes until dough rises and doubles its size.
  5. After 45 minutes, take the dough out. Divide into 3 and roll each piece into a long “sausage” shape. Using all 3 pieces, shape your challah.
  6. Once shaped, place on a parchment paper layered baking pan and cover with towel. Let the dough “rest” for 40 minutes until it rises.
  7. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 325F (160C)
  8. After 40 minutes, brush gently with egg wash and sprinkle sesame.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until the challah is golden and when tapping on it you hear a hollow sound.

 

 

Every Friday we buy a Challah. We usually eat it Friday night and use the leftovers for French toast breakfast on Saturday. Well, last week we bought the Challah, we ate it on Friday but didn’t use it on Saturday, and so it stood on the counter top, wrapped, until Tuesday. We noticed that it […]

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Sesame Snacks

Cakes and Cookies | Videos

When you really feel like munching on something, when you want something good to go with your beer or hot drink, these great Sesame Snack are a wonderful treat and are super easy to make.
The ingredients are available in every household and the sancks last for a long time in a sealed box. Potentially that is 🙂 because once they’re out of the oven you’ll notice how they slowly disappear 🙂 Read More

When you really feel like munching on something, when you want something good to go with your beer or hot drink, these great Sesame Snack are a wonderful treat and are super easy to make. The ingredients are available in every household and the sancks last for a long time in a sealed box. Potentially […]

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