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“Working Overtime”

Hello uberdish readers! I wanted to let you all know that I am still working hard on completing the Holistic Nutrition program at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. My goal is to ring in 2016 as a graduate with the fine letters of R.H.N (Registered Holistic Nutritionist) at the end of my name. So, I am putting the pedal to the metal and studying every chance I can get.

It hasn’t been easy. So many interruptions to the study time when you are a wife and mother of two active girls. Hitting the books doesn’t always come in nice chunks of time like it did for me back in my university days.

But, I love every minute I can grab. I am so grateful to be given the opportunity to follow another passion of mine.

Unfortunately, I have very limited time for blogging about all the delicious gluten-free and plant-based recipes that come my way. There have been many, as you can imagine. However, I do often share tips, recipes and interesting info on my Facebook page. If you get a chance, check it out and “like” me to keep up to date with all my news.

On top of all this studying, I am working on giving uberdish a wonderful facelift. Thanks to the talents of Nicole Perrin, I now have a new and refreshing logo. I am so excited about the changes and hope to share them with you soon! You are going to love my new site! I know it. 🙂

Please feel free to message me or email me with any questions or comments. I love receiving a word or two from one of my readers! It truly brightens my day.

Cheers! And keep well! (Psst…can you spot my new juicer?!)

InConstruction

What’s Been Cookin’ (And A Tasty Protein Shake)

It’s about time I shared with you the main reason for me being so inconsistent and sporadic with my posts these days (by the way, A BIG thank you to many of you who have written asking me ‘what’s up?’).

Well, I am thrilled to announce that I have gone back to school! 🙂 CSNN study booksNot as a teacher, as some of you would suspect (I work as an occasional school teacher in my small town). I am back to school as a student and loving every minute of it. It really feels good to hit the books once again. Most importantly, it feels good to finally work on completing something I started nearly 15 years ago.  By the end of 2015, I hope to have earned my certificate in Holistic Nutrition from The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. Yay!!

Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway. ~ Earl Nightingale

I do realize that earning my Holistic Nutrition Certificate may involve some blood, sweat and tears, but I’m up for the challenge. At 45 years of age, it’s been some time since I’ve had to take tests and write reports. Thankfully, my busy family is on board and they are giving me all the love and support I need to fulfill my goals.

I have many interests and hobbies and one of them is this food blog. While I study, I will continue to post all the delicious gluten-free and plant-based dishes that are palate-approved by my family and friends. However, for the next little while my posts will be a little “here and there”. If time goes by between posts, as it so easily does, please know that I will be back!

If you haven’t already done so, I would love for you to like my Facebook page. I tend to use Facebook to share tidbits of interesting health and nutrition info, as well as recipes so worth trying. Lately, I’ve been inspired by the many vegan athletes fulfilling their dreams. You’ll see a few of those stories on my fb page, too.

Now…back to the books, but first I’ll whip up a shake.

PINEAPPLE PROTEIN SHAKE (from Ani’s 15-Day Fat Blast)

  • 1 1/2 cups frozen pineapple
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal
  • 1 cup filtered water (I used coconut water)
  • 2 pitted dates
  • 1 teaspoon spirulina*

Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Ani Phyo, an award-winning chef and raw food guru,  says it will keep in your fridge for two days. I seem to drink it within minutes! 😉

* Spirulina is a microscopic blue-green algae. But don’t let that turn you away!  This superfood contains high amounts of protein, essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. You can find it in many natural health food stores. I have seen it in powder form or in pressed tablets. I like to purchase it as a powder, so that I can add it to a variety of recipes. On its own, it tastes like seaweed.  If this is not your choice flavour, rest assure – you will not taste it in fruit smoothies like this one!!

Cheers!! 🙂

Pineapple Protein Shake

 

An Awesome Allergy-Free Cookbook Giveaway

As we head into what is going to be a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend, I would like to offer all my readers a chance to win one of my favourite gluten-free and vegan cookbooks!  If you, or someone you know, suffers from food sensitivities or food allergies or you just love wholesome and mouth-watering treats then you absolutely need this cookbook.

The Allergen-Free Cookbook

Laurie Sadowski, The Allergy-Free Cook, has created recipes for the most decadent and delicious baked goods.  In The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Cakes and Cookies, you will find easy to follow recipes for sweet treats that are free of dairy, egg, gluten, nightshades, soy, sulfites and wheat.  Many of her other recipes, like Maple-Cinnamon Biscotti, are also free of legumes, nuts, peanuts, seeds and yeast.

As mentioned in a past post, Laurie’s recipes contain gluten-free flours that are nutritionally superior not only to wheat flours, but to many commercial gluten-free flour blends.  For instance, the Wild Blueberry Brunch Cake (pictured above) contains sorghum, millet or quinoa, and tapioca flours.

“A number of suppliers sell packaged gluten-free flour blends, but I prefer to make my own for a few reasons. First, I like to try a variety of flour combinations in different baked goods. Second, most commercial blends contain a large proportion of rice flour and an excessive amount of starch, a combination that lacks nutrition. Third, commercial blends often contain gelatin or powdered milk, both of which are animal derived.” (Laurie Sadowski in “The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Cakes and Cookies”)

Here is your chance to win a signed copy of The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Cakes and Cookies. 🙂

This is what you need to do:

  1. Share uberdish with a friend or family member and get them to either ‘like’ my Facebook page or subscribe to my blog by email. Both you and your friend or family member will be entered into the draw.
  2. Please leave a comment below letting me know you and your friend or family member (include their name) have entered this cookbook giveaway contest.

***This contest will end October 17 at midnight (Eastern Time). I will draw a name at random and announce the winner the following morning.

If you are wishing to add Laurie’s first book, The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Bread, to your collection then you can contact Laurie here.  She is willing to offer my readers a discount on both of her books.  Laurie will also provide my readers with a generous discount on her gluten-free consulting service. 🙂

I will end this post with photos of a couple of goodies made from The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Bread.  

It’s Thanksgiving weekend in Canada and I plan to make a Cocoa-Pumpkin Loaf (from the same cookbook) to take to our family cottage. It will make a nice treat for when we finish pulling up the docks, closing up the boat, and raking some leaves.

Good luck with the giveaway! I wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

Crazy Days of Summer

Can it really be the last day of July?  I will try hard not to panic.  I absolutely love summertime and don’t even want to think about the end.  I just love the warm weather, the open water, all the fruits and vegetables this season bears and, of course, having my two girls at home.  It’s so hard to believe that we are entering its last half.

Like all our past summers,  we have been busy and time has flown by.  Tomorrow will be August 1 and, sadly, we will start to see back-to-school flyers and ads.  (I will try not to write this too loudly in fear of tears from across the table).  We also may spy small gatherings of our Canada Geese in farmers’ fields and parks.  They will soon be “honking”  about their upcoming migratory flight south.

So far, our family has been fortunate enough to have had an amazing summer.  Not only have we had many fabulous weekends at the family cottage, but we have also taken pleasure in a few day trips to local parks and beaches.  We are so lucky to have easy access to so many beautiful rivers and lakes in our area.

Chandos

Our two girls, ages 14 and 10,  have also chosen to stay active with their sports during the summer. This means I make frequent runs to and from various soccer fields and skating rinks in the city.  Sometimes I am grumbling at the wheel on early mornings, but honestly I wouldn’t have it any other way.

So, I would like to thank you all for being understanding with my lack of consistent blog posts.  I tend to be a little on the spontaneous side and will grab any chance I get for a little fun and activity, especially this time of the year.  After all, we only live once.  Come September, I should have a little more time to myself and, as a result, be more in a routine.

I would love to hear about your summer!  Any adventures?

Happy August everyone!

It’s a Beautiful Thursday!

A beautiful Thursday and a super week!  A big THANK YOU to liveblissful for The Beautiful Blog Award nomination!  

 liveblissful is a beautiful vegan blog with the most delicious recipes!  (Her butternut squash gnocchi recipe is bookmarked and at the top of my list of things to make very soon!)  WARNING:  Your mouth will water terribly when you visit her site!

Beautiful Blogger Award Rules:

The idea behind the Beautiful Blogger Award is to recognize some of the bloggers we follow for their hard work and inspiration.

1. Copy the Beautiful Blogger Award logo and place it in your post.
2. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
3. Tell 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 7 other bloggers for their own Beautiful Blogger Award, and comment on their blogs to let them know.

7 Things About Myself

1.  I have two beautiful daughters (ages 13 and 9), a supportive husband, 2 cats, and a bunny.  Yes….a bunny.   We have many adventures in our small, suburban home!

2.  I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and an Education degree with a Primary Specialist qualification.   I had my own class for 7 years before I started my own family and now I work as a JK-8 occasional teacher in my small town.

3.  I am presently in the midst of an online Plant-Based Nutrition course at Cornell University with The Dr. T. Colin Campbell Foundation. I absolutely love it!

4.  After my first degree, I went over to Japan to teach English to elementary students.  I lived in Kobe and taught in Osaka.  I am grateful for this experience.  It is one I will never forget.

5.  I love to travel!!   I have visited Switzerland, Austria, Paris, Frankfurt (love it there in December!), Vancouver, Alberta, Prince Edward Island, Quebec City, Mexico, the Caribbean,  Japan, Hong Kong, and Korea.   I would love to see Italy or Australia next.

6.  My husband’s parents own a cottage on a beautiful lake.  My girls learned to swim on this lake while I learned to waterski and windsurf. (My husband is a great teacher!).

7.  I hope Santa brings me a ceramic knife and ice cream maker for Christmas. 😉  I want to make coconut ice cream!!

Some beautiful bloggers to check out:

simplelifemom

sharelovealways

thebearandtheblackberry

madeofstars

crazyfunsexyguide

thekitchenoperas

veganfoodpreparation

I’ve Got Sunshine…..On a Cloudy Day!

I am on Cloud Nine today!  Made of Stars  nominated me this morning for a Sunshine Award!  I am absolutely thrilled!

The Sunshine Blog Award  is a prize given by bloggers and awarded to bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.

I would like to give a BIG THANK YOU to Ally at  Made of Stars  for nominating my blog, uberdishMade of Stars  is an insightful and beautifully written blog about a vegan family.  Ally has written many articles in support of veganism.

If you are nominated, you must include a link in your blog to the person (blog) that nominated you.  You also have to answer some questions about yourself and nominate 10 fellow bloggers (and link their blogs in your post).  When this is done, you need to inform the people you have nominated.  I have done so in their About pages.

The questions:

1. Who is your favorite philosopher?
Dr. Seuss – “the more you read, the more things you will know – the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go” – I use to read his books to my children and my students

2. What is your favorite number?  6

3. What is your favorite animal? That’s a tough one.  I love ALL animals.  I would insult my pets if I didn’t say – cats and rabbits. So, cats and rabbits. 🙂

4. What are your Facebook and Twitter? uberdish has a Facebook account only – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Uberdish/515251645152231

5. What is your favorite time of day?  I love the mornings.  I am more productive in the morning. When the sun goes down, I am done!

6. What was your favourite holiday? I have been fortunate enough to have done a lot of traveling with my husband and kids.  Our best holidays have been the ones that were a “last minute” idea.  I love Europe, but I am also partial to the beautiful areas we have here in Canada.

7. What is your favorite physical activity? This year I joined a dragon boat team and I loved it! As the kids getter older, it’s easier for me to get out and enjoy more physical activities.  Next year I may join ball hockey.

8. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? I love going to our local coffee shop for soy lattes with a hint of maple syrup. I also like Vega’s Vanilla Chai protein shake with ice.

9. What is your favorite flower?  White lilies.

10. What is your passion? Nutrition.

I nominate:
This was difficult for me. There are so many blogs that I absolutely love!

Oats from the Underground

My Whole Food Life

Words for a Better World

Playful and Hungry

Eating Whole

Turtle and Robot

wuppenif

Cook to Love

Asian Vegan Eats

Vini Cooks Veg

Uberdish News

We woke this morning to a beautiful blanket of thick frost.  The thermometer read minus 8.6 degrees Celsius.  Thank goodness I took the time this past weekend to dig out our hats, mitts, and winter jackets.

If you haven’t already done so, please check out my About Angela page.  After what feels like several hundred drafts,  I finally posted it!!

Also, uberdish now has a FACEBOOK page!  I hope you will have a chance to visit it. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Uberdish/515251645152231

As for Twitter…I’m working hard on it.  I hope it will come very soon.

Have a very happy Wednesday everyone!  Thank you for visiting uberdish!