Summer Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

It’s finally becoming spring here in Toronto, which means naturally we’re craving more and more fresh foods but eating salads day in and day out can get tiring. Enter Summer Rolls! Summer Rolls are delicious way of eating lots of raw veggies and they’re creative because you can always switch up the ingredients that you use based on individual taste and craving! Today I’m sharing with you my personal favourite combination and the best part; the Spicy Peanut Sauce for dipping!

Summer Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Summer Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

I love including raw red, yellow and orange peppers, carrots, spinach, avocado and seaweed into my Summer Rolls. While vegetables are important to include in your diet regardless if they are cooked or raw, it’s important to have variety. If you eat primarily cooked veggies, it’s even more important to slowly introduce raw back into your diet. Some fruits and veggies (such as asparagus and tomatoes) are excellent cooked, the vitamin C in the peppers featured here actually breaks down once they’re cooked heated over 375 degrees. In the spring and summer while the weather is heating up, it is also great to include raw foods into the diet as they will cool down the body and keep you more hydrated.

As mentioned, peppers are high in vitamin C. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that peppers contain more vitamin C than oranges! Vitamin C is crucial for keeping the immune system healthy, the heart healthy and is excellent for beautiful skin. Spinach is extremely high in calcium, vitamin K, folate, the list goes on and on! Spinach contains dietary fibre that is going to keep your blood sugar regular and hunger in control. Carrots contain beta-carotene an antioxidant and vitamin A. Beta-carotene is essential for optimal eye health and will also give you beautiful skin! Avocado is chock-full of hearth healthy fats, that will keep your skin, hair and nails healthy, beautiful and strong! Seaweed, our final super veggie, is not only delicious but fantastic for your health! Seaweed helps purify the blood, is highly anti-oxidizing and detoxifying, contains more bone-building calcium than milk and on top of all this, seaweed (not surprisingly) alkalizes the body!

Summer Rolls: Raw Veggies

Summer Rolls: Raw Veggies

Now that you know why I like to include these veggies you may want to make similar rolls or choose favourite veggies of you own! All you need to make delicious summer rolls are the veggies of your choosing and rice paper. Rice paper can be found in the Asian section of most grocery stores (if not, at health food stores). I found mine in the aisle that also contains Asian condiments which will be helpful to know for the Spicy Peanut Sauce.

Summer Rolls: Rice Paper

Summer Rolls: Rice Paper

To make Summer Rolls you will need; rice paper, veggies and a large bowl of warm water (to soak the rice paper for rolling). That’s it!

1. Cut all your veggies into matchstick pieces.

2. Put one sheet of rice paper into the warm water (read instructions on package for how long rice paper should be immersed). Remove rice paper.

3. Arrange veggies into the centre of the rice paper.

4. Neatly roll veggies into paper (as you would a burrito or wrap).

You’re done!

Summer Rolls: Rolling the Veggies

Summer Rolls: Rolling the Veggies

If I could give a couple hints, they would be to arrange your leafy greens before your peppers and carrots and to not over-stuff your rolls. The more veggies you have loaded up on your rice paper, the harder it’s going to be to neatly keep the rolls together!

Next, let’s learn how to make our Spicy Peanut Sauce.

Spicy Peanut Sauce: Ingredients

Spicy Peanut Sauce: Ingredients

Remember that I mentioned the rice paper was found with the Asian condiments? You may want to add these to your grocery list as well if you don’t already have them in your cupboard!

– 1tbsp 100% Pure Sesame Oil

– 1tbsp Rice Vinegar

– 1tbsp Reduced-Sodium Tamari (or Soy Sauce)

– 1tsp Sriracha (or other highly spicy hot sauce)

– 2tbsp 100% Peanuts Peanut Butter

All you need to do is add all these ingredients to a small bowl and whisk together. You can add more peanut butter to get a thicker consistency (which is what I like to do) or start with 1tbsp peanut butter and slowly add if you prefer a more watery consistency!

Summer Rolls

Summer Rolls

Summer Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Summer Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Now all you have to do is enjoy! Let me know how you like to prepare your Summer Rolls! Do you have any favourite recipes for spring and summer? Let me know!

Namaste.

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If 2 ingredients are good, then 3 are better! Delicious, easy-to-make pancakes!

One thing I love to do when I have some time on my hands is search the internet for healthy updates of favourite foods. I have tried everything; chocolate avocado pudding (amazing), cauliflower mac and nutritional yeast “cheese” (decent), banana nice-cream (the best!). If you can name it, I have tried it, which is why 2 ingredient pancakes really piqued my interest! You may have seen this recipe floating around; pancakes made with just one banana and an egg. I tried this recipe multiple times and kept ending up with scrambled banana mush, it was gross. Now I love finding recipes, and then tweaking them to fit my tastes but nothing was working with these darn pancakes! I tried baking powder, adding berries to give more flavour but I kept ending up with an ugly, unappetizing mess. Until now! The key: oats!

3 Ingredient Pancakes - Om Shanti Life

3 Ingredient Pancakes – Om Shanti Life

3 Ingredient Pancakes - Om Shanti Life

3 Ingredient Pancakes – Om Shanti Life

Oats are great because they provide tons of heart healthy fiber, protein and little fat. They will keep you full for longer, protect from heart disease and keep your blood sugar nice and steady. They cause the pancakes to lightly fluff up, keeping a regular pancake-like consistency and prevent scrambled banana mush from happening.

The recipe itself isn’t much of a recipe!

3 Ingredient Pancakes - Om Shanti Life

3 Ingredient Pancakes – Om Shanti Life

For 4 servings (3 pancakes a serving) you will need:

– 4 eggs

– 4 bananas

– 1 cup oats

3 Ingredient Pancakes - Om Shanti Life

3 Ingredient Pancakes – Om Shanti Life

3 Ingredient Pancakes - Om Shanti Life

3 Ingredient Pancakes – Om Shanti Life

1) Heat your skillet to medium-high and lightly coat with coconut oil (or non-stick spray).

2) Throw your ingredients into a blender or mash them by hand until there are no lumps.

3) Add in any extras (blueberries, goji berries, cacao nibs, etc).

4) Spoon pancake mixture onto skillet. After a few minutes (3-5mins) the pancakes will be ready to flip. Make sure they’re cooked enough to be flipped in one piece (I have ruined many pancakes by being too eager!)

5) Cook on other side for 2 mins and you’re ready to eat!

3 Ingredient Pancakes - Om Shanti Life

3 Ingredient Pancakes – Om Shanti Life

I love topping my pancakes with a little cinnamon and maple syrup but have been known to put a dollop of organic 100% peanut butter in between the pancakes and let it melt! A delicious combination of salty and sweet!

What are your favourite pancake toppings? Do you like to add blueberries like I do? Let me know how much you enjoy these light, fluffy and healthy 3 Ingredient Pancakes!

Namaste.

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir Fry

Stir frys are a delicious, simple, (nearly) one pan dinner. They’re a good way of finishing any vegetables that may be nearing their expiration and piling veggies into a yummy meal. Stir frys are super customizable, you can use any type of protein you like, any vegetables or greens you love and can use any sauce you can think of!

Today I’m sharing with you a super flavourful Sweet & Spicy sauce for your favourite stir fry!

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir Fry - Om Shanti Life

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir Fry – Om Shanti Life

You only need six ingredients (that you probably already have in your cupboard) for this sauce.

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir Fry Sauce Ingredients - Om Shanti Life

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir Fry Sauce Ingredients – Om Shanti Life

– 3 tbsp sesame oil (or olive oil)

– 3 tbsp tamari (or soy sauce)

– 2 tsp honey

 – 2 tsp ground ginger

– 1/2 – 1 tsp crushed red pepper (use your best discretion, 1 tsp is spicy)

– 3 cloves crushed garlic

1) Measure out all ingredients into a bowl and whisk until they’re all mixed.

Now, you can marinate your protein or veggies in this sauce and add to your favourite stir fry or you can give this Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir Fry a try!

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir Fry - Om Shanti Life

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir Fry – Om Shanti Life

For two servings you will need;

– 1 large chicken breast

– 1/2 ea red, orange and yellow pepper

– 1/2 red onion

– 1 carrot

– 1/2 cup wild rice (or noodles if you prefer)

– green onion & sesame seeds (optional topping)

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir Fry Veggies - Om Shanti Life

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir Fry Veggies – Om Shanti Life

1) Bring a wok or large frying pan (coated with a bit of oil) to medium-high heat on the stove.

2) Begin cooking rice or brining a pot of water to boil for noodles. Cook according to box instructions.

3) Cut vegetables into match-stick pieces.

4) Put onions and carrots into the wok. Set peppers aside.

5) Cut chicken breast into bite-sized pieces.

6) Once the onions and carrots have softened (about 5 minutes), add your chicken. You may have to add a bit more oil. Allow chicken to brown on all sides.

7) Add peppers. Cook another 2 minutes.

8) Add your sauce. Stir your stir fry so that everything is evenly coated.

9) Bring the stove down to medium heat and continue cooking until the sauce has been fully absorbed. About 10 minutes. Make sure you are watching your stir fry and continuing to stir so that chicken cooks through and vegetables do not burn.

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir Fry - Om Shanti Life

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir Fry – Om Shanti Life

10) Once your sauce has been absorbed and your rice (or noodles) are done cooking your dish is ready to serve! Spoon rice into bowls and top with chicken and veggie mixture.

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir Fry - Om Shanti Life

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir Fry – Om Shanti Life

11) Now you can add any of your favourite toppings. I used chopped green onion and sesame seeds for a little extra flavour.

Sweet & Sour Chicken Stir Fry - Om Shanti Life

Sweet & Sour Chicken Stir Fry – Om Shanti Life

Now all there is left to do is enjoy!

This sauce works nicely with a beef, broccoli and snap pea stir fry as well!

Let me know if you enjoy this recipe! What’s your favourite stir fry combination?

Namaste.

The Best Oatmeal: Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe

I’ve always loved oatmeal. I remember as a kid my Mom making me the Quaker Peaches and Cream oatmeal in the winter as a delicious warming breakfast. As I grew up, I started learning how beneficial oatmeal is to include in your diet but never found the perfect non-sugary recipe. Until now.

Today I’m showing you an amazing winter breakfast recipe. The perfect Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal. (This recipe is written for 1 serving of oatmeal).

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Oatmeal is fantastic to add to your diet as it is extremely high in soluble fibre. Fibre is essential to a proper diet by stabilizing blood sugar, preventing the development of diabetes, heart disease and cancer, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol and for keeping you full for longer. Oatmeal is high in the antioxidant avenanthramide, which protects LDL (bad cholesterol) from causing heart disease, prevents free radicals from harming HDL (high cholesterol) and staves off hardening of the arteries.

To make this delicious oatmeal you will need:

– 1/2 cup quick oats

– 1/2 cup water

– 1/2 cup nut milk of your choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)

– 1 banana (the riper, the better)

– 1 tbsp chia seeds

– 10-12 almonds

– 1 tbsp maple syrup

– 1 tsp cinnamon

– 1/2 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh) OR other favourite topping

1) Combine oats, water and nut milk into small saucepan and heat according to instructions on oatmeal package. (I warm mine on medium heat, stirring to avoid burning the oatmeal).

2) Once the liquid has been absorbed, cut the banana into pieces and mash into oatmeal.

3) Serve half of the banana/oatmeal mixture into a bowl.

4) Drizzle half (1/2 tbsp) maple syrup onto oats.

5) Serve second half of oatmeal mixture.

6) Top with the rest of the maple syrup, almonds and cinnamon.

7) Add any other additional toppings (if you choose). Though this oatmeal is perfect as is, blueberries are a favourite additional topping of mine!

8) ENJOY!

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Let me know how you like to take your oatmeal! Did you enjoy this recipe! Make it on mornings that you need a little bit of heat and comfort to start your day!

Namaste.