Scallops with Zucchini Noodles & Pistachio Mint Pesto

This dish is super easy to make, but tastes like it took hours to prepare! It’s light, yet still very filling and packed full of flavour. A family favourite! 

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with my spiralizer and coming up with new and creative ways to use it. My latest creation is this scallop and pistachio mint pesto over a bed of zucchini noodles. It’s seriously tastes like a fancy restaurant meal! The pistachio and mint combination is SO refreshing and flavourful and with the heaping mound of spiralized zucchini, you don’t even miss the regular pasta! Scallops are something that we don’t eat a lot of, but I absolutely love them! When I tossed some scallops together with this minty pistachio pesto, I instantly knew it was meant to be. This meal is easy enough to make on a week night, but tasty enough to feel like you went all out. It’s also packed with protein and healthy fats, and lower in carbohydrates. By subbing in the zucchini for regular noodles, it’s the perfect way to ensure that you’re getting in at least two servings of vegetables at meal time. This has definitely become a favourite in our house!

 

Scallops with Zucchini Noodles & Pistachio Mint Pesto

Yield: Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1lb scallops
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • 4 medium zucchini, spiralized
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • Pistachio and mint pesto
  • 1/3 cup shelled pistachios
  • One handful of mint leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. white wine vinegar

Instructions

  1. Place the scallops in a shallow dish and sprinkle with the olive oil, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Cover and let marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. To make the pesto, put the nuts, mint, garlic, and scallions in a mini food processor or blender and blend coarsely. Add the oil and puree until fairly smooth and bright green. Stir in the vinegar and season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside while you prepare the scallops, or store in a jar in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  3. In a large frying pan, over medium heat, cook the zucchini noodles for about 2-3 minutes, tossing occasionally until heated through. Set aside in a bowl. Next, in the same frying pan, sauté red pepper for 1-2 minutes, add the scallop and oil mixture and cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until the scallops are cooked through. Do not overcook the scallops or they will be tough. Add the zucchini noodles back to the pan and toss with half the pesto until well combined. Store the remaining pesto in the fridge for later use.
  4. Evenly distribute the zucchini noodles and scallop mixture on each plate. Sprinkle each serving with lemon juice.

Notes

Nutrients per serving (using only half the pesto)

Servings: 4• Calories: 433 • Fat: 33 g • Carbohydrates: 12 g • Fibre: 3g • Protein: 23g • Sugar: 4g • Sodium: 196 mg • Cholesterol: 37mg

 

Elysia, XOXO
Valentine’s Energy Bears

These energy bears are a cute, fun and healthy treat, perfect for Valentine’s Day! 

How cute are these energy bears?! I was wracking my brain trying to come up with a fun and healthier Valentine’s day treat for kids for an event I had last week…you know, something beyond the typical energy balls or fruit skewers. Enter these little energy bears. The funny part is, the kids loved them, but I think the adults loved them even more! Everyone who encountered these bears broke out into a huge smile, both before and after eating them! The kids loved rolling up the head and sticking the ears, eyes and nose on the bear and then gobbling it all up. Such a fun edible craft for Valentine’s Day (or any day!) The ingredients list is simple, so they’re super easy to make. Plus they’re a good source of fibre, magnesium and healthy fats! You can even make up a big batch and store them in the freezer for a healthier snack on the go.

Hope you enjoy!!

 

Valentine’s Energy Bears

Yield: Makes approximately 20-25 bears

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup raw unsalted almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw unsalted cashews
  • 1 1/2 cups dates, pitted
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • Decorate with:
  • Additional raw unsalted almonds (chop in half and use rounded end for ears)
  • Red cinnamon hearts for nose
  • Mini dark chocolate chips for eyes

Instructions

  1. Place dates in a bowl of boiling water for approximately 10 minutes. Drain the dates.
  2. Add the almonds and cashews to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until nuts are finely chopped. Add the dates and coconut oil. Pulse until the dates are finely chopped and the mixture starts to clump. If the mixture is too dry, add water one tablespoon at a time until it comes together.
  3. Shape the mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls and use halved almonds for ears, cinnamon hearts for nose and mini dark chocolate chips for the eyes. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.

Notes

Nutrients per bear:

Servings: 20-25 • Calories: 85 • Fat: 4 g • Carbohydrates: 11g • Fibre: 1g • Protein: 2g • Sugar: 7g • Sodium: 0mg • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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Elysia, XOXO
DIY Heart Card Print

This DIY project transforms a meaningful card into a pretty print that you can display in your home! Perfect for a bedroom or office space!

Over the past few years, my mom and I started the tradition of buying the prettiest cards possible for each other on special occasions. Why? Because you can frame them afterwards and make some super pretty prints for your home! Rather than shove the card in a box in the basement never to be seen again, why not make it into a pretty print that can be displayed in your home!

Take this Hallmark card for example.

It had “super pretty print “written all over it, so I couldn’t help but purchase it after eyeing it for a few weeks in the store. I also had some white and silver sparkly chevron washi tape kicking around that was leftover from my wedding. When I held the chevron tape up to the card, I thought it would make the perfect border! Match made in heaven.

Here are the supplies I used to assemble the print:

Directions:

Take the glass out of the frame, and cut four small pieces of double-sided tape. Turn the card so the back of the card is facing upwards and stick the tape to each of the four corners on the card.

Stick the card to the front of the glass, ensuring that the four corners line up with the corners of the glass and the card is straight. Next, place washi tape around the edge of the card so that it forms a border and secures the card it to the glass.

Next, take the back off the picture frame. Insert the card stuck to the glass into the frame. Place the back onto the frame so that the glass and card are secure. You now have a gorgeous card print to put on display. Such a nice way to showcase your favourite cards!

 

Elysia, XOXO
Trail Mix Energy Bites

These energy bites are like eating trail mix in a ball! Quick, easy and heart-healthy! 

These energy bites are seriously the best! Whenever I get the urge to whip up a batch of energy bites, these are always my go to. They are super easy to make, only requiring one bowl (less dishes!!), and taste absolutely delicious! Nutty with a bit of chocolate-ly flavour and  just the right amount of crunch. They’re not only a great source of heart healthy fats and fibre from the nuts, seeds and flaxseed, but also have a kick of antioxidants from the dark chocolate. I love snacking on these pre or post workout along with some Greek yogurt for some extra protein. Totally hits the spot and satisfies that sweet tooth! Plus, you can make a double batch and freeze them for a quick and easy snack on the go! Who doesn’t love quick, awesome and healthy snacks? This one is always a winner!

Trail Mix Energy Bites

Yield: Makes approximately 28 bites

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats (gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ cup raw sliced almonds, crushed, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients together (except for the sliced almonds) until everything is well incorporated. Refrigerate mixture for at least 30 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, place sliced almonds in a Ziploc bag and close the bag. Crush the sliced almonds with your hands or the back of a spoon until almonds are broken down into smaller pieces. Pour crushed almonds into a bowl.
  3. Next, remove almond butter mixture from the fridge and spoon out a heaping tablespoon and roll into a ball. Roll the ball into the crushed almonds until the surface is coated. Repeat until all of the mixture is used.

Notes

Nutrients per serving (for one energy bite): Servings: 28• Calories: 113 • Fat: 8 g • Carbohydrates: 9g • Fibre: 3g • Protein: 3 g • Sugar: 4 g • Sodium: 20 mg • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Elysia, XOXO