First of all, Happy Holidays! It has been quite some time since I have posted anything here on Health is Happiness. It is something I think about every day and get asked about almost every day. I put blog work on hold for a little while to focus on some other things, as I mentioned earlier this year.
I am excited to get back into creating, and sharing delicious healthy recipes with everybody. Just because I haven’t been photographing my food doesn’t mean I haven’t been creating deliciousness in the kitchen.
The seasons have changed twice as my last post was in late spring. The beautiful summer weather is now a distant memory. Fall has come and gone and we are well into winter. Although, besides one massive snowstorm here in Montreal, we haven’t had too much to complain about weather wise. What I do love about colder weather is the food it makes you want to eat. Hearty and warming foods that fill your belly! These are some of the dishes that I love to create and cook. Dishes like this Iranian Legume Soup from Ottolenghi’s new book Plenty More that came out in October. One of the many new cookbooks I have added to my collection since my last post. Continue reading
Stir Fry has to be one of the most popular weekday meals around. Everyone seems to make a stir-fry. Even people who don’t really cook.
A common answer to the question “what did you have for dinner last night?” seems to be, “oh, just stir fry.” Well your answer the day after making this recipe can be, “a kick-ass stir fry you need to try!”.
Many people can’t imagine a stir fry without some kind of meat or seafood, but this vegetable stir fry recipe will change that. What’s the secret? The sauce of course. An almond butter and sesame seed sauce that is sweet, spicy, salty, and tangy. Continue reading
Spicy Peanut Noodle Goodness
Simple and easy yet delicious. I was inspired by a recipe called otsu in a book I purchased at Kitchen, Arts & Letters on my recent trip to NYC. The book is Super Natural Cooking by Heidi Swanson. It is a vegetarian (not vegan) cookbook. I am really enjoying the book so far and would recommend it to vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. Check it out here on amazon if you want. She also has an awesome website that I have started exploring called 101 cookbooks.
You should have most of the ingredients on hand on a regular basis which makes it easy. If you don’t, you should and the solution is simple, get them. I liked the simplicity of this recipe. I still changed things along the way but that wasn’t because there was anything wrong with Heidi’s recipe. One day I will try the original because I am sure it is wicked good but for now here is my inspiration. Feel free to change my recipe and make it your own. The original dressing recipe does not call for any peanut butter but can you blame me for adding it? So good. I also added the broccoli and removed cucumber in honour of my vegan friend I was making this with who doesn’t like them. Cough. Weird…