Nicole Ensoll

Certified Nutritional Practitioner

Happy Father’s Day 2020!

Another special day is less than a week away!

It’s time to celebrate all the Father’s out there with some delicious recipes and a gentle push for treating our dads to some self-care. It’s most likely not just Mom who’s been pulling double duty over the past few months of significant changes due to our current state of the world.

Self-Care Tips for Men

While self-care is often seen as something women should focus on, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t take the time to treat yourself as well! Before we get to the BBQ menu we’ve put together for you, let’s discuss why you too should be taking some extra time for you this weekend.

One often might think that just sitting down in front of the TV after a long day of work and parenting might be your favourite way to relax. I highly recommend you take a different approach and think outside the box.

Exercise of some form is a wonderful way to take care of yourself and while you may dread the idea of doing this, the reality is after the fact, people often feel a surge of energy and joy since exercising shows a positive correlation with the production of serotonin, which helps regulate your mood and improve your overall wellbeing. Going for a walk on a trail (with or without your family) or playing a round of golf (since courses are now finally open) are great ways to get your blood flowing, raising those serotonin levels and not to mention the additional benefits of spending time in the outdoors.

By doing one of these outdoor activities, it’s like you’re giving your body a double dose of serotonin because both breathing in more oxygen and exposing yourself to sunlight increases serotonin levels. To me, this sounds like a win-win situation because let’s face it, given what most of us are currently feeling (isolated, agitated and generally less happy than usual) boosting your mood is a necessity at this time.

Another way to sit back and relax that may be a bit out of your comfort zone is by treating yourself to a pampering session with some natural men’s health care products. While typically most men wouldn’t think of doing this, I highly encourage you to take this Father’s Day Weekend to spoil yourself with some men’s personal products by Decode, Every Man Jack or Andalou. These brands are not your everyday or conventional brands because they are made with much better ingredients and don’t contain harsh chemicals, like parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate and parfums. These chemicals that are found in conventional products are actually often harmful to your health in a number of ways by either being carcinogenic or disrupting your endocrine (hormone) system.

In this day and age when we already have so many things to worry about, adding products with more natural ingredients into your routine is an easy way for you to take control. Thankfully all 3 of these brands mentioned above are on sale for 20% off, just in time for Father’s Day, so it’s the perfect time to treat yourself or to treat the special Dad in your life!

4 Recipes to Make for Father’s Day 2020

Now for the yummy food! I don’t know many dads (or people for that matter) who don’t love a good BBQ! Between the connection of people surrounding a barbeque, enjoying a beverage and socializing while the grill is going, and not to mention the smokey food that’s produced, it’s no wonder it’s a fan favourite! While BBQ food isn’t always traditionally healthy, we tried to healthify some BBQ go-to’s, all while keeping it delicious and easy to prepare for a Father’s Day lunch or dinner!

On the menu is our Nature’s Emporium Housemade Jalapeno, Cheddar and Bacon Burgers with Sourdough Buns and Onion Rings, Loaded Hasselback Potatoes, Grilled Caesar Salad and for dessert, a Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet! Doesn’t that sound like the perfect line-up fit for a King?

Jalapeno, Cheddar & Bacon Burgers

Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 burgers
Author Sabrina Cellupica

Ingredients

For the burgers:

  • 4 Nature’s Emporium Jalapeno, Cheddar and Bacon Burgers
  • 4 De La Terre Sourdough Hamburger Buns

Toppings of choice:

  • Sir Kensington Mayonnaise
  • sauteed mushrooms
  • Nature's Emporium Ketchup
  • Nature's Emporium BBQ Sauce
  • lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • Sunshine Farms Pickles

For the shoestring onion rings:

  • 1 organic sweet yellow onion large
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour alternatively, use gluten free all purpose flour or organic light spelt flour
  • 1 tsp Dion Organic Paprika
  • 2 tsp A. Vogel Herbamare
  • 1 cup diary-free buttermilk recipe below
  • 2 Nature's Emporium Eggs
  • 1 ½ cups Paneriso Breadcrumbs
  • ¾ tsp Simply Organic Garlic Powder
  • ¼ tsp Simply Organic Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Chosen Foods Avocado Oil

Dairy-free buttermilk:

  • 1 cup Nature's Emporium Coconut Milk
  • 1 tbsp Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar

Instructions

  • Preheat a clean BBQ grill to 450°-500°F.
  • Place burgers on the grill and cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.
  • Flip at least once in the grilling process, or as often as you wish (do not press down on the patties).
  • If you are melting cheese on the burgers or grilling the buns, add those to the grill when you have about 1 minute left of cooking the burgers.
  • Remove burgers from the grill and let them rest for about a minute before serving.
  • Top with your favourite toppings and enjoy!

For the Shoestring Onion Rings:

  • Preheat the oven to 450°F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper (you may only need one depending on how big your onion is or if you are using more than one).
  • In a separate bowl, combine coconut milk and apple cider vinegar, mix and allow it to sit at room temperature for approximately 5 – 10 minutes or until it curdles (ensure the milk is at room temperature).
  • Cut the onion crosswise in ¼-½ inch slices and gently push apart each layer to get individual rings.
  • In a small bowl combine flour, paprika,and one teaspoon of Herbamare and mix well.
  • In a separate bowl beat eggs and dairy-free "buttermilk”. Then, add ½ of the flour mixture and beat until smooth and thick.
  • In a separate bowl, combine breadcrumbs, garlic, one teaspoon of Herbamare, cayenne pepper and avocado oil.
  • Begin to lightly dredge the onion rings in the flour mixture, then drop in the “buttermilk” mixture. Ensure you drain the excess batter by placing them on a rack. Once the excess has drained off, then dredge into the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Place on baking sheet in a single layer and cook for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown (ensure they do not burn). Flip onion rings over halfway through cooking time to ensure even browning.
  • Serve with your favourite dipping sauce as a side dish or as a topping in your burgers (as seen in the picture above)!

Loaded Hasselback Potatoes

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Gluten Free
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Sabrina Cellupica & Nicole Ensoll

Ingredients

  • 6 organic russet potatoes
  • 3 tbsp Rolling Meadow Grass Fed Butter melted
  • 1 ½ tbsp Chosen Foods Avocado Oil
  • ½ tsp A. Vogel Herbamare
  • ½ tsp Simply Organic Black Pepper

For the mixture:

  • 2 ½ tbsp Paneriso Bread Crumbs
  • 1 ½ tbsp Beretta Bacon cooked and chopped
  • 1 ½ tbsp organic Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 tbsp organic flat leaf parsley chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary finely chopped
  • 1 clove organic garlic minced
  • 3 tbsp Rolling Meadow Grass Fed Butter melted

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F and prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment.
  • Using a sharp knife, slowly make ¼ inch slices being as precise as possible, but not slicing all the way through. Some people use chopsticks on either side of the potato, this helps to prevent slicing all the way through.
  • Melt the 3 tablespoons of butter and then remove from heat and mix in the avocado oil and mix well.
  • Once all the potatoes are sliced, place them on the baking sheet and using a brush or spoon, drizzle or brush a generous amount of the mixture in between each slice.
  • Sprinkle with Herbamare and ground pepper and bake for 55 minutes.
  • While potatoes are baking, prepare the topping by mixing together the breadcrumbs, bacon, cheese, parsley, rosemary, garlic and butter and set aside.
  • Once potatoes are fork tender, spread the bread crumb mixture on top of each potato.
  • Place in the broiler for 5 minutes (or until golden brown).
  • Remove from the oven, top with a dollop of sour cream and chives and enjoy!

Grilled Caesar Salad

Course Appetizer / Side, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Sabrina Cellupica & Nicole Ensoll

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 2 hearts organic romaine lettuce cut in half, lengthwise
  • 2 tbsp Chosen Foods Avocado Oil
  • ½ cup Nature's Emporium Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing add ¾ cup if you want more
  • ¼ cup organic Parmesan cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment.
  • Mix together all the crouton ingredients: avocado oil, italian seasoning, paprika, parmesan cheese, onion and garlic powder until fully combined.
  • Cut sourdough slices in ½ inch cubes and toss into crouton mixture.
  • Spread onto the baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned – about 20 minutes.
  • Preheat a clean BBQ grill to medium-high heat.
  • Brush each romaine half with avocado oil and place on the grill for 3-4 minutes on each side.
  • Once cooked, remove and place on a platter, drizzle desired amount of caesar dressing on each piece and top with grated parmesan and croutons.

Notes

Serve immediately.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Dairy Free, Gluten Free
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Sabrina Cellupica

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup Ecoideas Coconut Sugar
  • cup Nature’s Emporium Coconut Oil solid
  • 1 Nature's Emporium Egg
  • 1 tbsp Nuts to You Creamy Almond Butter
  • 1 tsp Simply Organic Vanilla Extract
  • 1 ¼ cups Nature’s Emporium Almond Flour
  • ¼ tsp Bob’s Red Mill Baking Soda
  • ¼ tsp Celtic Sea Salt, Fine Ground
  • ½ cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks reverse 10-15 chunks for topping
  • ½ cup Nature’s Emporium Shredded Coconut
  • ½-1 tbsp Kicking Horse Ground Espresso Beans ground (or any flavour of regular Kicking Horse ground coffee)
  • tsp Celtic Sea Salt Coarse Sea Salt optional
  • Righteous Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare an 8-inch Lodge Skillet.
  • In a bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: almond flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
  • Beat together the coconut sugar and oil until smooth; add the almond butter and beat until smooth.
  • Then add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.
  • Mix in the almond flour mixture and then fold in the shredded coconut, espresso powder and chocolate chunks until fully combined.
  • Press the dough into the prepared skillet and bake for 22-25 minutes or until it’s set in the center and the edges are golden brown and sprinkle sea salt on top.
  • Remove from the oven and serve it warm topped with scoops of Righteous Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream and Enjoy!

The last thoughts I’d like to share with you as we come to an end of this blog is similar to how we left things on Mother’s Day and that is, though this holiday may not be the big hurrah it usually is with a pile of people at your house enjoying each other’s company, that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the men in your life in a special way. If you can’t be with them, give them a quick call, send them a card, drop off some goodies for them to enjoy. Sometimes it’s the little things that matter the most, especially during a time like this when there is so much change and uncertainty happening around us. From our family to yours, we hope you have a wonderful time celebrating all of the great Dads out there this Father’s Day, no matter what it may look like this year!

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