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I am simply loving Epicure! Check out how delicious and easy my first 5 meals have been! I am so inspired to eat real healthy food!

By June 2, 2017 Epicure, Healthy lifestyle, Uncategorized

I got my Epicure Consultant kit delivered last Friday and I have been eating healthy ever since!  No time was wasted digging into my kit, check out the delicious meals I have been preparing.

The Recipes with pictures!

Tuna Mac & Cheese Casserole

Friday night I made tuna mac & cheese casserole.  It took me 30 minutes fridge to table!  I wish I had a picture of the delicious healthy casserole but we were hungry and scarfed it down!  Using my new multipurpose steamer I cooked 2 cups of Catelli Super Greeens fusilli in the microwave, it took 7 minutes.  I drained the pasta and added two cans of tuna, two cups of frozen vegetables (spinach, corn, peas), the Epicure Mac & Cheese

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Epicure Mac & Cheese – Back

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Epicure Mac & Cheese – Front

packet along with the suggested butter and milk (I used almond milk).  Then into the microwave again for another 5-7 minutes.  After this I grated cheese and sprinkled bread crumbs on top and broiled it in the oven for about 5 minutes until bubbly and brown.  Add in some time to cool and you have a delicious dinnner in under 30 minutes, with ingredients you probably already have!

Bacon and Eggs

Yes that’s right I cooked bacon in the microwave using the multi purpose steamer.  Five slices took about 7 minutes and it came out crispy!  I wiped the bacon grease out of the steamer and put 5 eggs in there along with a tbsp of the cheese chives and bacon dip and cooked it for about 5-7 minutes in the microwave.  Breakfast for two in about 15 minutes, with minimal clean up required.  The silicone Epicure products are so easy to clean, all it takes is a little soap and some hot water and NO elbow grease.

Taco Beef for Salads and Fajitas

Yum, I absolutely love Mexican food!  The Epicure guacamole is amazing, and pretty versatile too. I got the Epicure good Mexican real fast in my starter kit.

Taco beef and guacamole Epicure style

I threw a pound of beef in the square steamer with some chopped bell peppers and onions and two tbsp of the Epicure Fajita Seasoning and put it in the microwave for 5 mins.  Then I mixed up the guacomole, 2 avocados, juice of a lime and 2 tbsp of the Epicure guacamole seasoning.

Taco salads are one of my favourites! I put about 3 cups of spinach on a plate, topped it with taco beef, sour cream and the guacamole, salsa and crushed up tostadas.  You can purchase Charras brand tostadas at Food Basics in the international section.

The next night I used the taco beef, guacomole and sour cream to make fajitas.  So freakin tasty and ready in about 5 minutes! I think I’m in love!  You could easily spice this up with salsa, cilantro, fresh romaine, tomatoes, etc.

Beef fajitas super fast!

Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Tomato with Greek Salad

I love this picture, can you see Ceasar licking his lips off to the right!? The base for my delectable grilled cheese was Rudolph’s Bavarian Multgrain Bread, I also buy this at my local Food Basics.  I have turned many people onto this bread because it is awesome, and I think it’s a healthier choice than other breads.

Old cheese deliciously melted between to golden slices of bread toasted with coconut oil in the cast iron pan.  I cover the pan with a lid to make sure the hard cheese melts before my bread burns.  Then the sandwich was stuffed with crispy bacon, made in the microwave using the multi purpose steamer and fresh slices of tomato!

Delicious grilled cheese with tomato and bacon served with a Greek side salad

The salad was super quick, a handful of mixed greens, chopped bell peppers, onions and feta cheese topped with the Epicure Greek Dressing.  You mix olive oil with red wine vinegar (I used balsamic vinegar) and some Greek salad dressing mix.  Healthy salad dressing in no time, preservative free!

Epicure cruet filled with Greek salad dressing.

 Apple & Tuna Melt with Greek Salad

Apple & Tuna Melt with side salad

The apple and tuna salad is a recipe out of the Epicure Good Food. Real Results book.  You mix up a can of tuna, a tsp of the guacamole mix and some Greek yogurt.  I ate this for lunch as plain tuna salad a couple of times, then decided to make it more comforting!  Using Rudolphs Bavarian multigrain bread I topped it with the tuna salad and shredded cheese, put it on some tin foil and popped it in the oven at 410F for about 5-10 minutes.  Finished it off with about 5 mins broiling on high until the cheese bubbled.  I paired this with another mixed green salad and Greek dressing. Yummy, I don’t miss eating out anymore because it is so much easier to make food at home, not to mention cheaper!

Contact me for your Epicure and healthy eating needs!

I hope you have enjoyed my quick and easy meals.  There will definitely be more, as I go along my journey, so stay tuned!  All Epicure product links on this page go to my personal Epicure website.  If you are interested in buying any product, having an Epicure cooking class or becoming an independent Epicure Consultant please don’t hesitate to contact me!

Hope you are having a great Friday!

Shannon

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Here’s the crazy thing I did….crazy like a fox that is! And how my life continues to change for the better

By May 25, 2017 Epicure, Living, Rambling

The Crazy Thing I Did

First things first, because I’m sure a you are on the edge of your seat!  I signed up to be an independent Epicure consultant!

Epicure. Good Food. Real Fast.

Epicure. Good Food. Real Fast.

If you don’t know what epicure is, check it out!  They are no longer a dip company.  I have been to two Epicure cooking classes in the last year, and each time I come away feeling inspired to eat clean and wanting a lot of their products!  This is why I signed up.  They have a program called Good Food.  Real Results.  It is a 90 day clean eating program and it costs over $200.  I am one of those people enjoys trying different things, and I like to jump in with both feet!  After about a year and a half of eating processed crap much more than I would like to admit, I am ready to focus on my personal health.

When I say personal health, the best change I can make is to eat more healthfully.  But I am soooo sick of veggies, the preparation time, meal planning and grocery shopping. It feels like work now, sometimes I wish I could take a nutrient shake three times a day and be done with it!  Now I can totally relate to my Mom, when I was a teenager I remember her being so annoyed by deciding what have for supper, making it and grocery shopping.  I used to think jeez… I can’t wait to do my own groceries, and cook whatever I want!  That lasted about well 5 years of living on my own, now I am desperate to eat good food real fast!

Epicure to the rescue!  They promise to teach you how to make a healthy delicious meal in 20 minutes or less!  This may turn into a bit of a food blog because I plan to keep documenting my progress with Epicure here, just a forewarning.

Life Feels Easier Every Day

Maybe it was the bike ride I did last night but I really feel great today!  My mood has caused me to reflect on the past few months so see how things are different.

Sleep is my best friend!

I haven’t used an alarm to wake up in 6 months!  Before you make fun of me, because I don’t have a job or kids to be up for; I have a standing commitment to meet my bestie and her babes for a walk at 8:25 am.  These morning walks have come to be a staple in my life.  I often used to sleep in and be late or miss them all together.  Now I’m up and ready to roll with Georgia usually before 8:25am! After getting a solid 8 hours of sleep!  Yep thats right 8 hours, am I bragging, a little.  For years trying to fit in a job, exercise, healthy eating, family and social relationships I was lucky to get 7 hours.  I go to bed now sleep, wake up feeling rested and start my day!

All that rest has translated into more energy.  It took a long time, I slept for an average of 10 hours a night for the first three months of not working.  I would even have naps too, looking back on it sleep was so soothing then.  My free time would be spent playing games on the iPad or watching tv, or playing video games on the X box.  This made me even lazier!  But it had the advantage of keeping my mind occupied, without actually having to do anything.  Over time I turned this energy into projects around the house.  This probably happened way faster from my partner guilting me, not on purpose, but what I believe was out of worry and fear for me.  He probably knows me better than I like to admit!

I came to  love DIY

I have always wanted to be that DIY person, I love the channel and all the shows on home improvement.  About a year ago now I had convinced my partner to renovate our bedroom and put in a walk in closet.  This project along with many others had been just sitting around waiting….for what I don’t know!   I changed out light switches, outlets, replaced the ceiling fans in the living room, a chandelier in the front hall, and put a new light in our bedroom.  We bought and I learned, with the help of family how to lay down laminate flooring.  I did the baseboard and the the trim in the bedroom, I even made the built-ins in the walk in  closet.  All of these things gave me so much self confidence and pleasure. I loved looking at my hard work, and loved showing it off even more!

Patience is key to renovations, which I learned.  By not putting expectations on myself I felt I was able to accomplish more.  When I had a job I always felt strapped for time, this caused me to become anxious and hurried all of the time.  If I try to hurry I make mistakes left right and centre, which in turn causes me to become more excited and anxious.  When I slowed down and focused only on the task at hand, something amazing happened!  I felt more relaxed, I accomplished more work, of a greater quality and was excited to do it the next day.  Then I realized this is called being present!  I was present for snippets of the day, and it wasn’t chemically induced!

Living day by day serves me now

Listening to my body helps me live day by day.  For  example if I feel tired I shouldn’t do painting because I’m going to make mistakes and get frustrated.  Ignoring my body and feelings had become a necessary survival skill that was no longer needed.  Sometimes when you don’t want to be around people you shouldn’t be!      It has happened to me before, I would go out with my running group and end up frustrated an crying.  This makes people compelled to help, but they can’t.  Then I would feel like a whiner and even worse than I had before.  I guess this is part of the reason I stopped running, it was no longer making me happy.  That realization in itself was huge!  It had nothing to do with my running group, and everything to do with me.

Do I have any regrets?  Nope, not a one!  Everyday I wake up and feel thankful for my life, and that I don’t have to go to work at my old job.  I’m not scared or worried, and I’m not counting the days until I get old and can stop working.  I went for my first Wednesday night ride with the cycling club, and it was hard, but very rewarding.  I have missed the running group dearly so I’m happy to try a new sport  and join a group of likeminded people to do it with.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for reading!

Shannon

 

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