Posted on September 26, 2014
As a foodie who also likes to get creative in her own kitchen, I post many photos of experiments in baking and cooking on my social media accounts. Recently, this curry chicken flatbread got tons of interest from followers, with friends asking me to share the recipe – I thought I’d post here on Things I’m Loving as well!
This is a completely gluten-free dish packed with healthy greens and lean protein. The flatbread is a recipe courtesy of the girls over at Tone It Up (I’m currently following their nutrition program – be sure to check out their workout videos too), using coconut flour, egg whites, almond milk, and spices. The toppings were developed from my own imagination based on flavour profiles I’ve enjoyed at restaurants. Since I am really focused on healthy eating, losing weight, and overall wellbeing, I endeavored to use only small amounts of healthy fats, utilizing herbs and spices instead.
Caveat: I didn’t make take while cooking, so although I did my best to replicate my steps and measurements in the recipe below, please excuse any vagueness and feel free to play with quantities yourself. Taste as you go!
Tone-It Up Flatbread
Kate’s notes: In preparing this recipe I found the mix to be really dry, so I added quite a bit of almond milk to the dough before placing on the baking sheet. Play with it until you’re happy. Next time I will try this with almond or brown rice flour to see how the consistency differs. It still worked and tasted great this way.
1/2 cup coconut flour
4 egg whites
1 cup almond milk (unsweetened, original)
1 Tbs parsley
1 tsp rosemary
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375F. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Whisk eggs and almond milk together in a separate bowl and pour into dry ingredients. Mix until smooth and clump free. Allow it to sit for a few minutes while you line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Pour (for me, it was more like scoop and form) batter into two circles – no more than 1/2″ thick. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through (I ended up flipping the flatbreads once and cooking about 10 extra minutes to get the browning I was looking for).
When cooked, set aside to prepare chicken and toppings.
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 cup non-fat plain greek yogurt
2 Tbsp almond milk (unsweetened, original)
2 Tbsp curry powder
1 tsp garlic powder
Pre-heat oven to 350F. Place raw chicken breasts on a baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil on top and season with salt and pepper. (Keeping it simple here!) Bake in oven for 25 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together greek yogurt, almond milk and spices.
Remove chicken from oven once cooked. When cool enough to handle, cut cooked chicken breasts into approx. 1″ cubes. Place in a medium bowl, pour yogurt onto cooked chicken pieces and mix to coat.
Note: If you have time, the chicken would benefit from being marinating prior to cooking in the curried yogurt. If you want to give that a try, cut up raw chicken, place in yogurt sauce and leave in fridge for 30min – 1 hour or so. Cook the chicken pieces on their own before placing on flatbread and warming through (ie. DON’T put raw chicken on the flatbread, cause that would just be silly).
2 cups arugula
1/4 cup pine nuts
1 clove garlic
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Use a magic bullet or food processor to blend all ingredients together. Add olive oil or even a bit of water as needed to get a fine, smooth consistency.
This is a lovely, raita-inspired sauce that provides a cool contrast to the curry. I didn’t have any cucumber at the time , which would be a perfect addition here by grating it into the yogurt.
1/2 cup non-fat plain greek yogurt
1/4 cup almond milk (unsweetened, original)
2 Tbsp finely chopped mint
Mix ingredients together in a small bowl. The consistency you’re looking for here is one where it’s thin enough to drizzle over top the finished flatbread after cooking – the sauce should run off the back of a spoon. Use salt and pepper to taste.
Set aside to let the mint infuse into the yogurt.
Bringing it all together
First, get that oven pre-heating to 375F. Turning your attention back to the two flatbreads you have on that baking sheet with parchment paper, spoon a generous amount of arugula pesto onto each. Using the back of a spoon, spread the pesto evenly to about 1/2″ from the edge.
Place in oven for 15-20 minutes or until heated through.
Once cooked, top with pine nuts and a handful of fresh arugula in the centre. Drizzle with the mint-yogurt sauce.
Don’t be afraid to experiment and make this recipe your own with different ingredients or topping variations! The possibilities are endless. Have fun with it!
Posted on September 23, 2014
I am officially a fan of Necessary Clothing. Ask my friends and coworkers, and they’ll tell you I have been receiving many a package direct from Broadway, NYC. My personal style rule is to invest in the long-term, classic staples, but when wanting to have a bit of fun with your wardrobe, I’m a supporter of scouring stores like H&M and Zara for great deals and trendy pieces.
When I first came across Necessary Clothing online, it took much willpower to add a select few pieces to my cart, rather than buying the place out. I experimented with a vibrant, floral romper, a white mini dress and a midi-length ribbed dress. Each piece was under $20 US! (Whhhaaa???!) Upon receiving my first shipment, my coworkers and I went straight to the washroom here at the office for a mini-fashion show. Each time I exited the bathroom stall (glamorous, hey?) to “Ooohhs” and “Ahhhhs” from my girlfriends. I knew I had found a winner in this site. Success is sweet, and I have since made more purchases.
I do a fair amount of shopping online for clothes – it’s just so convenient and the selection is limitless. However, I completely understand the apprehension and hesitation of many women to buy online, without the ability to touch, see, and try-on the product in real life. There have been a few flops here and there, but I’ve had more success than failure.
Here are a few guidelines for buying clothing online:
- Know your measurements Since you obviously can’t try stuff on before ordering, it’s important to know your bust, waist and hip measurements, then consult the charts provided for each piece. Sizes vary so much, so I always go by measurements instead. It’s also super helpful when retailers note what size the model is wearing in the photo. If she’s wearing a small and it’s a baggy fitting piece, I know I can buy a small too. If she’s wearing small and it’s super tight in the photograph, I go up.
- Buy on sale The chance of buyer’s remorse is less likely if you’re getting a great deal. $8 for a tank top? No biggy if you end up just wearing it around the house. Shop smart. I rarely pay full price, especially online.
Look into the return policy In the unfortunate case that a piece truly doesn’t work, know what your options are for return and refund before you buy.
- Consider customs and duty For us Canadians buying from abroad, remember to factor duty and customs charges into the final cost. The courier will require payment before handing over your purchases.
- Take caution with the staples Again, a trendy romper for summer months – go for it. A flirty dress for girls night out? Absolutely. But if you’re looking for a long-term pair of denim, a perfectly fitting swimsuit, or a winter pea coat, in my humble opinion, keep it offline.
What retailers have you had success with?
Posted on August 13, 2014
I recently reviewed Sabatino’s Trattoria & Bar in South Surrey for Food With Thought.
Following is an excerpt – Visit foodwiththought.ca to read the full article.
Upon arriving for a relatively early dinner on a Friday evening, we were seated promptly on the lounge side of the restaurant at a table next to the bar. A few other patrons were already enjoying beverages, and the restaurant slowly began to fill as our meal progressed. Our waitress and staff were friendly, and the place has a comfortable, neighbourhood trattoria vibe.
Sabatino’s was originally opened in South Surrey about 10 years ago by Dom & Debbie Sabatino, who also own Water Street Café in Gastown. In 2012, it was purchased by Sonny Parhar& Reena Tut-Parhar. The restaurant has a full seated bar area with tables in the lounge, a more formal dining room, and an outdoor seating area for those who like to dine alfresco in the summer months. There is a good sized private room in the back that would be great for small parties.
Posted on July 26, 2014
It’s hard to believe we’re nearly half way through summer! With the hot weather, my style goal is to achieve a casual, cool, comfortable look while still feeling fashionable. Maxi dresses, breathable fabrics, open-toed shoes and something to throw over your shoulders on cooler evenings or by the water.
Beauty routines change too. With tanned skin, mineral powder replaces heavy foundations, and bronzers highlight for a sun-kissed look. For my skin, extra exfoliation and hydration are important, as well as carrying blotting papers to mattify throughout the day.
Here are a few of my favourite summer essentials!
Clockwise, from left to right:
Edo Jean Jacket from Aritzia
Lush Cosmetics’ Mask of Magnaminty has saved me numerous times this season. So refreshing!
A slouchy white t-shirt
Bright, coral shorts
Zoya’s white nail polish for toes that contrast tanned skin
Strappy sandals. These ones are from Aldo.
What’s on your summer essentials list?
Posted on July 20, 2014
Melanie Mills is an Emmy Award-winning makeup artist and the creator of Gleam Body Radiance. Extremely talented and full of life, Melanie has been in the entertainment industry for over fifteen years, during which time she’s worked on productions such as The Office, That 70’s Show, and Dancing with the Stars.
In fact, it was her work as head of the makeup department on Dancing with the Stars for which Melanie won her Emmy in 2008. During her time on the show, Mel developed Gleam Body Radiance when she identified the need for a long lasting, stain-free, high-quality body bronzer.
Since the launch of Gleam, Melanie has expanded the brand to include Lip Radiance, an all-natural line of lasting lip gloss, and Radiant Dust, a loose shimmering power. I am a huge fan of all three products. I love applying Gleam Body Radiance to my arms and legs for a toned and sexy effect. Radiant Dust can be used as a blush or bronzer, as well as applied on the body. Use just a little here and there for a natural, rich glow, or amp up the glam for a high-impact look.
The thing I love so much about Mel’s products is that they aren’t just beautiful, they’re good for your skin and feel great on! There’s nothing worse than that plastered on, heavy make-up feeling. With Gleam, you barely feel like you’re wearing anything at all!
The same is true for the Lip Radiance line. I am usually a chapstick girl during the day because I like my lips to feel healthy and hydrated, but with Lip Radiance, you get the best of both worlds – hydration and glossy colour.
Gleam products have been featured in magazines such as Allure, Self, InStyle, Vogue, People, and Redbook. As you can imagine, I was absolutely thrilled when Melanie agreed to do a little Q&A with me for Things I’m Loving!
Melanie will be bringing all things glitter and glam to the International Make-Up Artist Trade Show (IMATS) in Vancouver this summer. Top make-up artists, schools, and shops from TV and film will be representing at the Vancouver Convention Centre August 9th – 10th, 2014. Be sure to stop by the Gleam booth and pick up some Gleam products for yourself or your make-up kit! Read More