Joanna Anastasia

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Vegan sloppy joes

You know what I promised myself at the beginning of this year? That I would cook more vegan food! And you know what I failed at? Actually cooking more vegan food !

Let’s be real, if you weren’t brought up with vegan cuisine it’s really difficult to switch- and not because meat is so delicious ( I really don’t think it is) but because coming up with EASY, YUMMY AND FILLING vegan recipes is just SO TOUGH!

But I really love eating vegan when we’re out and about- though the food I order usually looks really complicated to prepare- like nothing I could actually whipped up at home with a whiny toddler at my feet!

Finding a vegan recipe that doesn’t require a million ingredients and that actually will keep us all filled and wont make my kids say yuuuuck – is like finding an unicorn!

Well. I found an unicorn. These vegan sloppy joes are : easy to make. Delicius. Filling. And easy on the budget!

What you’ll need:

  • 6 slider buns
  • 2 zucchinis
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 lime
  • 1 pinch of grounded cumin seeds
  • 1 pinch of coriander seeds
  • salt & pepper

Chop onions and garlic. Using a mortar and pestle crush spice seeds. Cook together until fragrant on medium heat. Meanwhile cut zucchinis in small cubes- and then add them to the pan. Let cook for around 5 minutes. While it cooks drain the chickpeas – put half aside in a bowl, and crush the other part with a potato crusher ( that way the sloppy joes will have the comforting mashy texture of mashed chickpeas and the interesting more crunchy all at once ) Add all of the chickpeas to the pan and squeeze in the lime juice in- and let cook for another couple of minutes.

Place the mixture in the slightly heated bun and enjoy!

Family-bonding board game

Let me start from the beginning, and explain why this board game is actually a bonding family game and why it’s so special for me and my family.

So two weeks ago, I’ve learned that an average Canadian family spends a total of 14% of their time at home together! Now if you think about it, it’s really not a lot! So Leon’s have conducted a social experiment, and have helped one family track their family time, with Project Smart Furniture! They have got a sofa, that was tracking all family members time spent together! My girls were very intrigued with it, and honestly it got me thinking a lot too.

printable family board game

So first, I really encourage you to watch this video! It’s fascinating how it all worked out! And secondly, I think I have found a solution! I was really trying to think about a way to get a families together more, and it hit me: by playing more together!

Of course, any type of game that makes you spend time together as a family is good, but imagine a game that lets the family bond? That gives everyone an opportunity to talk about how they feel and how they see other family members. And what they love about each and every one. A game that leaves everyone with that felling-good emotion, when you look around and think, yes, this is my place, and these are my people. A game that let’s kid see how parents see them, and parents see how their kids describe them. A game that makes everyone listen when others speak.

So as you know, I studied psychology, and one of my favorite things was group therapy sessions. So this game is based on that principle of a group bonding session.

But what kids will see, is a dice and roll board game, where the winner get’s a doughnut! A game with cute tokens and a Popsicle for the person loosing his tour.

family bonding board game

So here’s what you need:

  • Download and print “Donut you want to win” game. I suggest using thick paper, so the game can last longer!
  • Use duck tape to glue the pages of the board game together. ( If you’d like to make it prettier and thicker, print the last page 2 more times, and glue them at the back of the board game page)
  • Cut out the question cards ( again, if you want them thinker, print the last page 4 more times, and glue it in together with the question page, wait until it dries, and then cut out the questions)
  • Pick out the tokens you like, and cut them out
  • Cut out the doughnut and the Popsicle , and glue them together.
  • Let your kids help you with all the steps!

Free printable board game , a family bonding game!

Family bonding board game

family bonding board game

Family bonding board game

family bonding board game

Now, It’s time to play! Grab the page with rules, and read them aloud. Let everyone choose their token. Prepare a dice. Place the cards on the board, and the doughnut and the Popsicle on their spots. Have fun!

family bonding board game

family bonding board game

family bonding board game

family bonding board game

family bonding board game

family bonding board game

You can add your own questions if you wish! And of-course, helping each other is encouraged!

Seeing my family bonding together, my kids laughing at my hubby’s imitations, and my daughters making up songs about us, makes my heart so happy and full. I hope you’ll feel the same after playing with your family! And it’s funny how it all started with Project Smart Furniture!


disclosure: This post was brought to you by Leon’s, all opinions remain my own.


Kale & tomato cheesy quiche

Kale & tomato cheesy quiche

I’m a huge kale fun, it’s so crunchy and full of character, and since it cooks so well, it’s a great replacement for spinach. If you don’t like the taste of it you can put it in a smoothie, but I think that with a bit of cheese and pastry it becomes the perfect winter comfort food !

Kale is super healthy and it boost your immune system, so it’s worth incomporating it in to your winter diet. And because cheese, eggs and milk are sources of calcium, and tomato is full of potassium and vitamin C, this kale & tomato cheesy quiche is a perfect, nutritious weekday dinner! If you’ll use ready made pastry it’ll be ready in less than an hour, and it’ll require only 10 minutes of preparation :).

Kale& tomato chcesz quiche

Ready made pastry
Bunch of kale
3 tomatoes
2 kinds of shredded cheese: cheddar and goat (or any other of your choice)1 cup.
4 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup flour

Kale& tomato cheesy quiche

Mix eggs with milk and cheese, add salt, pepper and slowly flour. Set aside.
Cut kale, and stir fry it on medium heat with olive oil, until it looses a bit it’s volume. About 4 minutes should do.

Kale & tomato cheesy quiche

Add kale to your egg mixture. Cut tomatoes in slices, and place some on the bottom of your pastry dish, than pour the egg mixture on top. Add some more tomato slices on top, sprinkle them with olive oil, and bake it all on 350F for around 45 minutes.

Kale & tomato cheesy quiche

Serve hot or cold, with a cup of hot soup or with a small salad. Bonne appetite!

Mushrooms and kale skinny vegetarian lasagna

Mash rooms and kale skinny vegetarian lasagna

My dear readers, here is a secret : this vegetarian skinny lasagna, with mushrooms and kale, is as good as a regular one, but so much healthier! Just don’t say so to any toddler, because they don’t need to know. Although I assure you, they’ll love it! My little girl, who usually isn’t the biggest kale fan (she says it’s to difficult to chew on) didn’t even noticed that this vegetarian skinny lasagna, is loaded with kale.

Mash rooms and kale skinny vegetarian lasagna

Pasta for lasagna
2 cups kale cut in pieces
1 cup leek
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 cup low fat cottage cheese

2 cups mushrooms

1 cup of low fat cheddar

3 cups crushed tomatoes
Pinch of cumin
Pinch of chilli powder
Salt & green pepper
Olive oil

1/4 cup Parmesan

Cook the lasagna pasta until it’s al dente, and set aside. Stir fry leek with kale and garlic on olive oil, until leek starts to soften. Put aside and add cottage cheese. Cook crushed tomatoes with all the spices, for around 15 minutes. Meanwhile stir fry the mushrooms until soft.

Now it’s the time to assemble this mushroom and kale lasagna: pour some tomato sauce on the bottom of your dish, and then place stripes of lasagna. Now pour the kale and cottage cheese mixture on the lasagna stripes. Top it with more lasagna stripes, a bit of tomato sauce, all of the mushrooms, a bit of cheddar. Top with remaining lasagna pasta, the rest of tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese.

mushrooms and kale skinny lasagna

Cook in the oven heated on 350F for around 20 minutes. Since everything was already almost cooked all you need is the flavones to mix together and the cheese to melt.

I’m sure you’ll love this healthier, kale version of a classic lasagna!