This probably sounds incredibly odd to most, but as someone who grew up in Canada, I sometimes find myself craving the taste of Ketchup Chips (though they don’t actually taste like ketchup) down South. So I tried to replicate the flavour in a dip for my homemade sweet potato fries. I got pretty close and on another day I may play around with the ingredients a bit more. I really don’t know how I could describe the flavor, other than some sort of 'vinegar tastiness with a kick'. Sounds weird, but I promise it is good! Ever had the sauce from Raising Cane’s? Similar to that!
If you want to keep this as healthy as possible, there are all natural Ketchup’s and Mayo available for purchase. If you wouldn’t mind making your own Mayonnaise, see the additional recipe below.
1 Tsp-Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
3 Tbsp Ketchup
¼ Cup Mayonnaise
Paprika, Salt, and Pepper to Taste
Mix all ingredients together with whisk or hand mixer. Start with 1 Tsp of the Apple Cider Vinegar and mix completely with the remaining ingredients. If you like the taste of vinegar, feel free to add more
1 Cup Olive Oil
2 Egg Yolks
4 Tsp Lemon Juice
1 Tsp Dijon Mustard
Pinch of Salt
Mix all but the Olive Oil together in a bowl with a whisk or handheld mixer.
While continuously mixing with one hand, slowly pour in the Olive Oil with the other ingredients.
Whisk briskly to prevent separating and when the Olive Oil is completely mixed in, you should have the thick consistency of Mayonnaise.
On my quest to find more healthy meal options, I came across Chia Seed Pudding. The fantastic thing about this ‘pudding’, is that I now have so many tasty options! I have made a Mocha Pudding, Peanut Butter Pudding, Chocolate Pudding… I usually eat this for breakfast but I have also chomped down as a late night snack. You might be feeling iffy based on the name, but it tastes like dessert.
Below is the recipe for the Mocha Chia Seed Pudding, but if you want to make a simple Chocolate version, remove the coffee and add an extra half cup of Almond Milk. Want to try the Peanut Butter version? Remove the coffee, add an extra half cup of Almond Milk, and instead of Cocoa Powder, add Powdered Peanut Butter. Try a Chocolate Peanut Butter Flavour! Peanut Butter and Jelly! Experiment!
1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
½ Cup Coffee
1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract (optional)
1 Scoop Chocolate Protein Powder (optional)
1/3 Cup Chia Seeds
I usually double this recipe and mix it in a Tupperware bowl so I can grab a few scoops throughout the next few days.
Add all ingredients to a bowl except the Chia Seeds and whisk until all powder is mixed in well.
Add Chia Seeds and mix well.
Place bowl in fridge and mix every hour until it has pudding-like consistency (usually 3-5 hours, I leave in fridge overnight). If you forget to go back to mix, not to worry, you may get some clumps after a few hours but it doesn’t taste any different.
Get creative with your toppings! Add Fresh fruits, nuts, coconut flakes, etc.
Since I have had to remove certain foods from my diet over the last few years, the list of foods I can eat has gotten a lot shorter, forcing me to branch out. I grew up a very picky eater. I didn’t eat fish, ate very few veggies, was not the biggest fan of eggs, and the foods I did eat had to be cooked a certain way. My parents never had junk foods around the house and we didn’t eat pasta or bread very often. These days, you won’t find any flour or processed products in the kitchen. At some point, I was going to need to start eating those vegetables if I were going to live a healthy lifestyle… and not starve.
I NEVER ate Brussels Sprouts until I learned how great they are for you (seriously, Google it!), so I started cooking them up with bacon to add them to my diet (why not?!). Asparagus is another story. I have tried to make them different ways and still don’t find them very tasty. I tend to eat them just because I know I need to.
When I threw them together in the recipe below, I found every bite to be really good! This will definitely be making the rounds at least once a week. And it is super healthy! Keep in mind that I don’t measure anything when I cook so everything below will be estimates of what I use.
1-2 Cups Quartered Brussels Sprouts
10 Sm-Med sized Asparagus (cut into 1-2” pieces)
1 Tbsp Crushed Almonds
1 Tsp Thyme (Fresh if you have, Dried works as well)
2-4 Finely Chopped Kale Leaves
Juice of 1 Lemon
1 Tbsp Fresh Chopped Parsley
Salt and Pepper
As soon as you start cooking, everything will be ready in only a few minutes, so be sure to have everything cut and ready before you begin cooking. I gently peel my asparagus and remove the tough ends.
To crush my almonds, I grab a few handfuls and pulse them in the food processor until I get some nice chunks (I like to have the crunch, feel free to pulse until they are finer if you prefer). I pour the remaining almonds into a Ziploc bag to use for other meals.
Find a pan large enough to cook all ingredients above at once. Place over heat and drizzle with Olive Oil.
Fill a small pot with 2-3” of water and add approx. half a cup of vinegar and bring to a boil.
Add Asparagus and Brussels Sprouts to pan and cook for about 3 minutes or until they start to brown (I cook them on a higher heat so they brown without getting too soft).
Add Thyme and Crushed Almonds into pan and stir in with prior ingredients.
Add Kale to pan and stir in with prior ingredients.
Remove pan from heat and add Parsley, Lemon Juice, season with salt, and mix together.
The water in the pot should be boiling now, turn it down slightly so you still have a low boil, crack your eggs and open them as close to the water as you can (not close enough to burn yourself, just don’t drop the eggs an arm’s length away).
If you don’t usually poach eggs, set a timer for 3 minutes, when the timer goes off, use a slotted spoon to remove the eggs and place on paper towel to collect the excess water.
Spoon your veggie mix onto a plate and place your eggs on top.
Feel free to salt and pepper to taste and add goat cheese to your liking. I add some extra crushed almonds atop my eggs as well.
Enjoy! Comment below with your results.