The Yummy Goody Box

Good Morning! Sorry I’ve been neglecting you. It’s summer here in Edmonton and that means unlimited sunshine and fun times. And exciting things! My new niece was born a few days ago, and I also received my very first Yummy Goody Box in the mail! I was approached by the Yummy Goody Box as a blogger, and they wanted to know if I would sign up for the box at a discounted price to try it out. Since I am consistently ravenous during the day, I figured this would be a fantastic investment for my baby belly! IMG_2081The box came with a fantastic mix of products, all different and all tasty. It even came with a handwritten card from Tina, the organizer. How nice!

DSC_0025Right away, my hubby and I dug into the Hardbite chips. They were wild onion and yogurt flavour. They sort of tasted like sour cream and onion, but better, and crunchier. The bag was gone before the evening was out!

DSC_0031The roasted chickpeas from Three Farmers were by far my favourite. I brought these to work and I ate the whole bag in two days. They were super crunchy and really satisfying. I would seek these out and purchase them separately from the box, for sure!

DSC_0035Another worthy mention from the box was Prana Machu Pichu snack mix. This wasn’t your average trail mix. It had Goldenberries, white mulberries, Brazil nuts, Goji berries, European pumpkin seeds and almonds. I quite enjoyed this one, as I’ve never tried some of these fruits before!

IMG_2081Also included was a bar of Denman Island Espresso Dark Chocolate, two sample Taste of Nature snack bars, and Flora Tea. All great snacky items.

I loved my first Yummy Goody Box, and I am so looking forward to my next one next month! (Didn’t I mention? They are delivered monthly to you door! It makes trying new, local products much easier!)


Chocolate Chai Oatmeal

Baby’s been waking me up a lot at night lately. Whether it’s 4 am or 2 am, I am always hungry when I’m up. One morning, I woke up particularly early, so I decided to make a big batch of oatmeal.DSCN1322I started by combining rolled oats and milk on the stove.

DSCN1323Then I decided to combine my favourite chai spiced flavours – vanilla, cardamom, and cinnamon.

DSCN1324Into the pot it all went!

DSCN1325To make matters even tastier, I added a bunch of cocoa powder. Yummers!!

DSCN1327For texture, I threw in some almonds and sesame seeds.

DSCN1329Add some milk to water it down a bit, add a sprinkle of brown sugar, and enjoy!

Chocolate Chai Oatmeal

You will need

1 cup rolled oats

1.5 cups milk

1 tbsp vanilla

2 tsp cardamom

2 tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp cocoa powder

A handful of slivered almonds

A handful of sunflower seeds

Brown sugar, for topping

Begin by combining the oats and milk in a large saucepan and heat over medium heat. Next, add the vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon and cocoa powder and stir to combine. Cook until oats reach desired tenderness (about 10 mins). Add almonds and sunflower seeds and serve with a splash of extra milk and some brown sugar for topping.

Burrito Bowls

Life has been a little crazy lately. Justin’s been running off to loads of events in the evenings, and I am trying to keep up with my ever expanding belly and (already) sleepless nights. I’ve been on the hunt for easy meals that take no time to make and are super tasty.

DSCN1330These burrito bowls were super easy to make and great tasting too! Begin with a whole bunch of fresh veggies.

DSCN1331I used epicure’s taco seasoning for this one. It’s really nice because it’s not too salty.

DSCN1333Begin by sauteing onions and pepper in a large skillet. Next, brown your beef .

DSCN1334I had some black beans and corn in the freezer. I thawed them in hot water before adding them to the mix.

DSCN1335Chop up tomatoes and mushrooms and add to the mix. Then add your beans and corn.

DSCN1336Add 1 cup of Jasmine rice, and 2 cups chicken broth. Cover and let simmer for about 20 mins.

DSCN1339Serve with heaping piles of cheese on top. Yum!

Quick and Easy Burrito Bowls

You will need:

1 onion

2 bell peppers

1 lb ground beef

5 button mushrooms

1 large tomato

1 cup black beans

1 cup corn

1 tbsp taco seasoning

1 cup Jasmine rice

2 cups chicken stock

1/2 cup salsa

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese to top

Begin by dicing all your veggies. Saute onions and peppers in a large skillet until tender. Add beef and brown. Drain grease. Add mushrooms, tomato, beans and corn and simmer for 5 mins. Add taco seasoning. Add rice and chicken stock, cover and let simmer for about 20 mins, until rice is fully cooked. Serve with heaping piles of cheddar cheese on top. Enjoy!