Guacamole

April 30, 2012

One of my favourite snacks is freshly made guacamole with toasted whole wheat naan bread. Though my kids aren’t really a fan of “the green stuff”, they are willing to try it every now and again and I am confident that one day they will call this one of their favourite snacks, too! Update: My middle child now officially likes (maybe even “loves”) guacamole, and the other two are almost there! This is living proof that if you keep offering you child healthy foods, they will learn to like them!

This “recipe” is one I have come up with by experimenting over time.

Ingredients:

1 ripe avocado

1 clove garlic, finely chopped or pressed

1/2 small onion, finely chopped

lime juice of 1 small lime

1/2 medium tomato, diced (or smaller)

salt & pepper to taste

whole wheat naan bread

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place naan bread on baking sheet. Bake for 3 – 5 minutes, turning once after 2 minutes. Remove from oven and cut into triangles (I use a pizza cutter to do this).

Cut avocado in half, lengthwise. Discard pit, and spoon out flesh into a small bowl. Add garlic, onion, and lime juice. Mash everything together to desired consistency (I like mine a bit lumpy!) and then add the tomato and salt & pepper and stir gently.

Serve immediately, but be sure to share and ENJOY!

Yes, avocado is relatively high in calorie and fat content, but it is the “good” kind of fat, so “avocado is definitely a food we should be including in our diets”, according to Canada’s leading nutritionist, Leslie Beck. See the following link for more about avocados on Leslie’s website.

What’s your favourite way to enjoy avocados?

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10-Minute Pizza

April 21, 2012

Why buy frozen pizza when you can make “homemade” pizza in the same amount of time – AND it tastes better and is better for you?!! Although I do occassionally make my own pizza dough, I usually rely on whole wheat naan as my starting point – when you’ve got three kids and they’re always hungry, you’ve got to be able to put something on the table QUICKLY!

So here is how I go about making “10-Minute Pizza”:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Farenheit. Onto a baking sheet, lay out some whole wheat naan (I always have some handy in the freezer and usually don’t bother defrosting it) and then spread with tomato sauce (I like to use the “Tomato and Basil” sauce from PC’s Blue Menu because it is low in sodium, contains no sugar, and tastes yummy!). Next, add your favourite toppings. I generally like to sautee my veggies first as it brings out so much more of their flavour. As you can see in the photos below, I made two pizzas for the children with diced ham and salami and grated cheese. For my husband, I used up the left-over chicken from the previous nights’ souvlaki dinner, roasted yellow pepper left over from a prior dinner, freshly sauteed mushrooms, and some feta cheese. Place baking tray into your oven and bake until the cheese has completely melted and bread has turned slightly brown (approximately 5 minutes). Serve with a side of salad with homemade Honey Mustard Dressing for the grownups and watch the kids inhale their lunch / dinner!

You will find the recipe for the Honey Mustard Dressing (my absolute favourite dressing!) on my next post.