Healthy Recipe: Seared Salmon and Quinoa

My hubby Shak has been away for a week now and we miss him! He gets home next Monday and we cannot wait to pick him up from the airport. My oldest son Kiyan is missing his dad tremendously he is sometime in tears before bed and is always face timing with his dad.

While he is away I always cook foods that Shak doesn’t like and one of those is salmon! I don’t know why but he hates salmon, Kiyan and I love it! And one of my favourite easy kid friendly recipes is a simple pan seared salmon with quinoa and roasted veggies. Quinoa is an easy grain to cook and it is similar to rice so it is an easy food for kids to love. The veggies on the other hand…. I have been fortunate that Kiyan hasn’t been to picky but lately he has had an aversion to green veg, so I usually cook up carrots, beets, cauliflower and since cucumber is his favourite I will throw in Zucchini and tell him its cooked cucumbers shhhhh.. don’t tell him!

This recipe is so easy and takes only a few minutes to throw together:

Ingredients

200 grams Wild Sockeye Salmon
1 cup Quinoa
2 cups of your favourite veggies
Olive Oil
Garlic cloves
Balsamic Vinegar
Parsley & Oregano
Salt & Pepper
Fresh Lemon
Chicken Stock

Directions

Start the veggies first, mix your favourite veg with olive oil, salt, pepper and your favourite herbs, I like to use parsley and oregano with a bit of balsamic vinegar. This will cook in the oven for about 30 – 40 mins at 400C For the Quinoa throw it in a pot and cover with chicken stock, bring to a boil and cover to simmer until light and fluffy. I eyeball the amount of liquid and adjust during cooking, adding more if necessary.

Now for the salmon! I rub each side with garlic, add salt and pepper and finish with squeeze of lemon juice. Add to a non stick pan with a little olive oil and start cooking! Be sure not to overcook your salmon otherwise it ends up very dry.

Happy Cooking!

4 Tips to Curing a Diaper Rash

Diaper Rash remedies

Oh the wretched diaper rash, every moms worst nightmare, and most probably babies as well! I was fortunate that with my oldest we only had to experience the diaper rash once, and it happened when he was about 1 so it was easy to give him lots of air time and for his bum to heal quite quickly. This time round we haven’t been as fortunate.

When Kash was about 2 weeks old he got a diaper rash, we took him to the doctors and were told that because their skin is so sensitive and he is such a pooper we will just have to ride it out until his bowels adjust. Generally it takes babies 2 to 3 months to understand how to poo and for their little bodies to adjust to the outside world. Well at month 2 he still had a mild rash and again at his appointment we were told to slather on the zinc oxide cream and be patient. Well we were patient but it got worse. My husband start googling and suggested we change diaper brands. I was pretty naive to the amount of chemicals in diapers and until we started looking at alternatives I had no idea about the amount in them.

The Chemicals

A little background on the matter, diapers contain dioxins, which is a by product from bleaching the diapers with chlorine. Continue reading

5 Tips for Battling Dry Winter Skin

Evolving Skin

Dry winter skin during the colder months is the worst! Your makeup doesn’t sit right, the heating at home shrivels up your skin and the harsh cold weather dries you right out! It can be a nightmare if you don’t use the right products!

In my younger days my skin was always on the oilier side, I loved a good foaming cleanser and lighting hydrating emulsion. Then it happened I had my first baby and bam! My skin totally changed, it is always so dehydrated and dry now. I initially battled trying to find the right fit, always too scared to use a richer moisturizer but I think I have a good balance going now.

5 Tips for Battling your Driest Winter Skin

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Recipe: Matcha Green Tea Protein Shake

Starting the day right

After having Kassius I decided I wanted to rip apart my diet and lifestyle and make some serious changes. Starting my day with a protein shake, or healthy meal was step 1. After putting myself on the back burner and gaining weight I decided I wanted to lose the weight and get back to the old me. Of course I couldn’t do that right off the bat, as soon as my doctor gave me the go ahead I have been healthy and happy. I have decided that weight loss can be a bonus to my changes but I am going to try to not take that as a focus. I find when I do and the weight doesn’t fall off I get disheartened and give up.

The Changes

I started my road to healthy about a month ago now. I joined Orange Theory Fitness and I love it! Continue reading

C-Section Round 2: General Anesthesia or Spinal?

Baby Number Two

Deciding to have baby number 2 was an easy one. The delivery and thought of having another c-section was what terrified me. My oldest was constantly asking for a sibling, and seeing how he was 3 we thought it would be a good time to try. Come 2017, I was pregnant! Literally rang the new year in and I was expecting. We were all so excited! I was a little overwhelmed as it was all coming to be real and having just started a new job 6 months ago I didn’t think I would get pregnant that quickly! Everyone was very excited for our family and I was looking forward to meeting baby number 2.

Baby Number 2

Thinking About the c-section

As my pregnancy progressed I kept thinking about what route I wanted to take for delivery, c-section or VBAC. I was pretty scared to attempt a Continue reading

Recipe: Family Favourite Lasagna Recipe

Weekends are for cooking up a storm! I am not a big fan of weeknight cooking as all I want to do after work is throw my feet up and snuggle with my family. On the weekends however, I do get the itch to cook up a nice family meal and lasagna is a great dish that you can prep and throw in the freezer for an easy weeknight meal as well. This past weekend I had some friends over for lunch and decided to whip up our family fave lasagna recipe with a big salad. I like to keep it simple for the kids who adore this recipe!

Family Favourite Lasagna Recipe

Ingredients
Lasagna Sheets
1 Carton Ricotta Cheese
1lb Lean Ground Beef
1 Medium White Onion
5 Cloves Garlic
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped Mushrooms
3 cups of fresh chopped Spinach
1 can chopped tomato
500ml Milk
3 cups grated cheese

Fresh or Dried Herbs
Basil
Oregano
Thyme
Parsley

Directions
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and pre-cook your lasagna sheets (this makes cooking time a lot shorter for weeknights). Cook yourCombine your ricotta with salt, pepper and 1 cup of fresh chopped spinach and set aside

Baby Life: Managing Eczema in Kids

Kiyan's favourite green smoothie

The Struggle with Infant Feeding & Eczema

When it comes to eczema I feel like I am somewhat of a “mom expert,” I like to believe that anyway. Another naive young me thinking that having a baby was all about baby eating, pooping, sleeping and repeat! But there are so many in betweens! The eczema problem was just one of many for us to tackle.

My husband was a little more of a pro when it came to our first as he did pretty much everything for his own little brother when he was a baby (they are 13 years apart!). Needless to say I relied heavily on hubby. With my first I was unable to breastfeed I was literally producing water, I tried mixed feeding but after about 6 weeks I was done physically and emotionally, my child was now exclusively on formula.

The decision to quit was a tough one and I can tell you that I honestly felt like a failure as a mother to my baby. It was hard for mea to tell people in my life as well, as I just thought they would judge me. I had family telling me how important breast feeding is, my doctor, friends etc, so not being able to was really hard. But at the end of the day my sanity and not being exhausted from pumping and being stressed about my milk production was more important to me.

The Battle with Eczema Begins

So the decision was made, and the little guy was on formula. That is when it all but started Continue reading

The First C-Section: My first birth story

C-Section Birhs

My First C-Section: A Whirlwind delivery

I don’t even really know where to start with this post to be honest. I feel like starting with my second c-section doesn’t give enough background. Let’s start from the beginning, my first birth story, the c-section in 2013 with my first son. Throw on a pot of tea, this is going to be a long one!

Ok, so lets go back to 2013…uh actually 2012, that is when I found out I was pregnant! The excitement set in and I was literally over the moon! I was pretty young when I got pregnant, well that’s what everyone kept telling me. Kiyan was born when I was 27, I feel like it was the perfect age. My parents were young when they had me and I loved it! My mum had me when she was 24. Looking back I feel like we could have waited a couple of more years as I was still a little immature but I never regret our decision. I think I was a little naive to the pregnancy process and what to expect.

The Pregnancy

I feel like I had a relatively easy pregnancy, no crazy cravings except cheese sandwiches and Navel Oranges, yes only navel oranges lol. Other symptoms included the typical exhaustion in the first 3 months, not being able to keep my eyes open but other than that it was a great pregnancy. During my pregnancy I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes,  but I followed the strict the diet and exercise plan, which not only allowed me to feel great but I also only gained 20lbs, which fell off within weeks of giving birth. Towards the end of my pregnancy when my bump was growing I was peeing at every opportunity which was not fun but other than that I felt great and was so excited, I couldn’t wait to meet Kiyan!

The Fear of Giving Birth Sets In…

At about 8 months I went on my maternity leave, and that is when it hit me….this baby has to come out! Uhhhhhhh…I felt like I didn’t have it in me to withstand birth. My mum is a warrior so she kept telling me not to have the epidural as it can be dangerous, one wrong move and your paralyzed, she had me and my brother no problem all natural. FML! So much to think about so little time.

I was already thinking I wanted to go the c-section route; in MY mind that was the easy route, no labour pain, no pain coming out and just recovery post op, everyone I had spoken to said recovery was a breeze. Ok, before I go on, and all the mums start saying how a c-section isn’t the easy way, lets remember that everyone has an opinion. I also understand and know of mums who have had extremely difficult pregnancies and surgeries, they did not take the easy route, I am solely talking about me personally and the people I know who I have had an easy time with their surgery.

So I then decide to ask my doctor, Her response…. Continue reading