Thank you note to my loyal followers 

Hi everyone,

I write to you today to say thank you for supporting this blog and to remind all my amazing and loyal followers and subscribers that Friendly Nutrition has re-branded and re-located to Nature’s Peach. 

It’s still me posting healthier recipes with a focus gluten-free and vegan but with a cleaned up and more professional look. 

Please jump over to the Nature’s Peach page and subscribe because you are missing out on a ton of recipes. 

Also we are having a summer sale on all our nutrition packages. Everything is 20% off! 

See you on Nature’s Peach – keeping life Simple, Fresh and Wholesome 

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It’s Here! Nature’s Peach: Simple, Fresh, Wholesome

It’s finally live! Hooray!

Nature’s Peach is the upgraded version of Friendly Nutrition. With all the same fresh & nutritious recipes, plus nutrition programs, allergy friendly baking, and healthy recipe videos, Nature’s Peach is your go to spot for everything Simple, Fresh, and Wholesome.

We love everything natural, fresh, local and homegrown and it is our mission to share delicious recipes, local companies, health tips, and farmer’s market finds with you, helping you make your life a little more Simple, Fresh and Wholesome.

Join us on this delicious and nutritious journey and make Nature’s Peach your go to blog for everything food, health, and happiness!

XO

Deanna

Crazy for Pesto

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and it’s the perfect excuse to cook mom a fabulous meal. Weather she likes breakfast in bed or a delicious dinner after a day of family time and great memories, make sure you show mom how much you appreciate her. A home cooked meal will mean more to her than taking her to an expensive restaurant, trust me!

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I don’t think that we should wait for this one day each year to thank mom for everything she does, but its nice to do something a little extra special to make Mother’s Day stand out. I normally make a dessert using my moms favourite flavours (she has a big sweet tooth), spoil her with nice gifts and give her a day away from the house doing some of her favourite activities. Whatever you decide to do make sure you keep mom’s interests in mind. It is her day after all.

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If you’re looking for a delicious and easy recipe to incorporate into your mother’s day meal this easy spinach basil pesto is just the thing. It takes 5 minutes to make and can be used in a number of different recipes. Spread it on some crackers topped with mozzarella and a cherry tomato half, toss it with pasta, spread it on pizza, or lather on some toasted crostini’s and sprinkle with parmesan. The possibilities are endless.

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Spinach Basil Pesto

Handful of fresh Spinach

Handful of fresh Basil

1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp walnut pieces

1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

2 garlic cloves

1/2 cup olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Add spinach, basil, walnuts, cheese, and garlic to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse for about 30 seconds to roughly chop all ingredients.
  2. Season with salt and pepper and add half the olive oil.
  3. Pulse until a paste starts to form.
  4. With the food processor on slowly pour in remaining oil. Pulse until everything is combined and the pesto is the consistency you prefer.
  5. Transfer to a small mason jar and store in the fridge.

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*Pesto will get a little thicker as it sits in the fridge, you might want to add more oil to thin out if you are not using right away.

Enjoy! Let me knowyour favourite way to enjoy pesto.

 

The new website is almost complete and ready to go live. Stay tuned Nature’s Peach is almost here!

 

XO

Deanna

 

 

Moving Up: New Website Launch

Hi Everyone,

Thank you for being such loyal readers and supporting Friendly Nutrition, you are amazing! Over the past month we have been slowly re-branding our company to make it more inclusive of our style and support multiple areas of health/wellness, nutrition, recipes, fitness and related products. We have renamed the brand and are restyling the website – moving on up!

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Our new company/brand name is Nature’s Peach, something that to us describes the look and heart of our company. We love all things natural (food, beauty, cleaning) and feel at home amongst the rolling hills and farms of the country side. The simple life of roaming the farmers market, playing in your garden, cooking from scratch and supporting local businesses is where our hearts lie. Nature’s Peach embraces all of these aspects while keeping things bright and fresh. We hope you love the new name and style as much as we do.

Nature’s Peach will be providing the same great recipes and health information as we discuss here at Friendly Nutrition, while expanding to nutrition consulting and programs, health conscious products, recipes and healthy living videos, and much more! Come join us at www.naturespeach.com!

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We’d love to hear from you and help make Nature’s Peach your go to blog.

Comment below with what types of recipes and health information you want to see. Let us know what are your favourite health conscious products and companies (we love trying new products). Or let us know what types of videos you want us to make. We love to hear from you!

*Celebrate with us – to celebrate our new brand launch all nutrition programs are 20% off! Hurry sale only lasts until the end of the week (Sunday at 12pm).

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Jump Start Your Health – We’re here to help!

XO

Deanna

 

Moroccan Inspired Quinoa Salad

Fresh salads are probably my favourite thing to eat. They make me feel so energized and nourished without feeling heavy and weighed down. You know what I’m talking about. That food coma induced by binging on fried, greasy, at the time great tasting chicken or pizza. Join my club and embrace the humble yet versatile salad and ditch that grease coma. Full of colour, fresh veggies and great protein, salads make the perfect light lunch or dinner and always make me happy.

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Fresh ingredients are full of health supporting vitamins and minerals and contain living enzymes which help assist our digestion. More than you can say about those above mentioned grease pits. Let’s start a salad revolution, the possibilities are endless.

Ingredients:

1 cup quinoa

1 cup chicken stock (can use veggie stock)

1 cup water

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp paprika

½ tsp turmeric

¼ tsp oregano

¼ tsp basil

1 bay leaf

1 red bell pepper, diced

½ cup red cabbage, thinly sliced

2 medium carrots, grated

¼ medium Spanish onion, diced

1 (540mL) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

Fresh spinach (optional for serving)

Dressing:

½ cup balsamic vinegar

¼ cup apple cider vinegar

½ cup olive oil

1 Tbsp Dijon mustard

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a stock pot combine quinoa, chicken stock, water, and spices. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes with the lid on, stirring occasionally. Once water is almost all absorbed remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes with the lid on.
  2. In the meantime, chop the veggies and rinse the chickpeas.
  3. Add veggies and chickpeas to the cooked quinoa and toss to combine.
  4. For the dressing combine all ingredients and give it a good whisk. Pour half the dressing over the salad and toss to combine. Save the remaining dressing for serving. As you let the salad sit the dressing will be absorbed into the quinoa.
  5. Store in an air tight container in the fridge.

*optional: serve the quinoa over a bed of fresh spinach to make the salad a little heartier and add another level of freshness.

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Start the salad revolution!

Enjoy

XO

Deanna