Creamy Crustless Turkey Pot Pie

 Got leftover turkey? Here’s an easy crockpot solution!

Ingredients:

2 c. cooked turkey or chicken, cubed or otherwise cut into small pieces
1.5 c brown basmati rice
4 c low-sodium chicken broth
1 c peas (fresh or frozen)
1 c corn (fresh or frozen kernels, use organic to avoid GMO)
1 c diced carrot
2 ribs celery, diced
1 leek, white & light green part only, diced
3-4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp creamy dijon mustard
1+ tsp salt (taste then add more if needed at end of cooking time)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1.5 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp marjoram
1 tsp tarragon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2-3 c unsweetened almond milk (or cow’s milk), divided
2 tbsp arrowroot powder or flour (local bulk store or natural foods area of the grocery store will carry arrowroot)
1/2 c fresh parsley, packed then finely chopped

To make:

Add turkey, rice, broth, peas, corn, carrot, celery, leek, garlic, dijon, salt (start with 1 tsp, taste at the end and add more as needed), pepper, thyme, marjoram,...

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Cranberry Orange Holiday Bread Pudding

This is a delicious make-ahead holiday breakfast.

Pudding Ingredients:

8 c 100% whole grain bread, cut into 1” cubes (about 1 loaf) 1 cup cooked sweet potato (peel removed)
2 c almond milk
2 eggs
1/3 c maple syrup
1/4 c unsweetened applesauce
2 & 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp grated orange rind
1 tbsp orange juice
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp cloves
1/8 tsp sea salt
1 c fresh, or frozen & defrosted, cranberries

Topping:

1tsp melted coconut oil 1 tsp maple syrup
1/3 c. chopped walnuts 1/2 tsp cinnamon

To make:

In a 250F oven, toast bread cubes for 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Increase oven temperature to 350F.

Meanwhile, combine sweet potato, almond milk, eggs, maple syrup, applesauce, cinnamon, vanilla, orange rind, orange juice, allspice, cloves, and salt in a blender and blend until smooth.

In a large bowl, gently combine the toasted bread cubes with blended mixture and cranberries. Transfer to a greased 9x11 baking pan. Combine topping in a small bowl...

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What To Do When It Feels Too Hard

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In today's episode, I share some of my best advice around how to make positive change (in any area of your life or wellness) when it feels too hard.

Our default is to just try harder, but that almost always leads to failure, because we are trying the wrong way. 

I provide five specific strategies for how to “try different, not harder”, including how to identify and replace the beliefs that are keeping you stuck, how to remind your brain and body it can do hard things, and how the easy days can provide the lessons you need to get through the tough ones better. You can apply everything in this episode to any area of personal growth you’re working on, from your parenting style to social media habits to your relationship with alcohol! 

For free tools and resources for making changes around alcohol, burnout, or midlife, visit: www.wendymccallum.com/learn-with-wendy

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Rethinking the Holidays with Dr. Sarah Baillie, N.D.

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Sarah and I share our favourite stories, strategies, and tips for taking back the holidays – after all, you deserve a break and some fun too! Our suggestions include:

  setting an intention around what really matters to you about the holidays this year and then taking the steps to make that happen, 

  saying no to plans and events that don’t serve you,

  getting better at outsourcing and delegation,

  creating new traditions that serve you better,

  taking shortcuts that make things easier, and

  setting and enforcing boundaries to protect your own wellness and joy.

It’s the perfect pre-Holiday conversation, join us!

For free tools and resources for making change around alcohol, burnout, or midlife, visit: www.wendymccallum.com/learn-with-wendy

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Ginger Spelt Men

Let the holiday baking begin!  Here’s a 100% wholegrain treat sweetened with molasses and maple syrup – No refined sugar!

Ingredients:

2&1/4 c spelt flour (can substitute 100% whole wheat flour)
1/4 c ground flax meal
1.5 tsp ground ginger
1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/3 c melted coconut oil
1/3 c molasses
1/4 c + 1 tbsp maple syrup
1 egg

To prepare:

Whisk together flour, spices, salt, baking powder & baking soda in a medium bowl.  In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together coconut oil, molasses & maple syrup until smooth.  

Add egg and beat well, then slowly add dry mixture while continuing to mix until combined.  Using hands, roll dough into a ball and flatten it into a thick disc. (It will be a little sticky, you can dust it with a little flour if you need it to form the ball).

Wrap in plastic or beeswax wrap and refrigerate for...

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Curried Coconut Fish Stew

This healthy stew is so darn pretty. And rich in flavour. And it’s a crockpot recipe. What more can you ask for? 

Serve it over brown basmati or jasmine rice, or with a big hunk of crusty bread.

Ingredients:

1- 400 ml can of coconut milk 

1- 796 ml can diced tomatoes (and their juice)

1 c water

1/2 c dry red lentils, picked over and rinsed

1 medium sweet potato peeled and cubed into 1/2” cubes (about 2 c cubed)

1 red, orange or yellow bell pepper, chopped

2 tbsp green curry paste (international food aisle of grocery store)

2 tbsp fresh grated ginger (or 2 tsp powdered ginger)

3 cloves crushed garlic

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

3/4 tsp sea salt

1 bay leaf

454g white fish fillets (I use haddock), cut into 3/4” pieces

1 c packed spinach, then chopped

1/2 c packed fresh cilantro, chopped finely*

*optional

 

To make:

Add coconut milk, tomatoes, water, lentils, sweet potato, bell pepper, curry paste, ginger, garlic, turmeric, smoked...

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Navigating Midlife Health Care with Dr. Sarah Baillie, N.D.

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Sarah and I discuss the key things women need to know to advocate effectively for themselves and navigate our complex health care system in midlife, particularly with respect to their perimenopause and menopausal symptoms. Sarah explains why women often require a team of caregivers instead of one doctor, your rights as a patient, the difference between conventional pharmaceutical BHRT and compounded hormones, and what to do if you’re questioning the advice you’ve been given. I share my experience building my own team and navigating the health care system since dropping into full menopause very suddenly in 2020. There are so many great tips in this episode – don’t skip this one!

Grab Wendy and Sarah’s free peri/menopause checklist, here: www.wendymccallum.com/perichecklist

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Gingerbread Holiday Muffins

Want to get into the holiday spirit? Whip up a batch of these muffins and your kitchen will smell like Mrs. Claus’s!

Ingredients:

3 cups whole wheat (or whole wheat pastry) flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1.5 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 medium ripe bananas
1 c almond/cashew, soy, or cow’s milk
1/2 c maple syrup
1/2 c molasses
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1.5 c real cranberries (frozen & defrosted or fresh)*
coarse sugar for sprinkling on tops*

*optional

To make:

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt.

In a blender, blend bananas, milk, maple syrup, molasses, eggs, and vanilla until smooth.

Add wet to dry ingredients, then stir in cranberries, if using. Take care not to over-mix.

Divide mixture among 24 greased muffin cups. Sprinkle each with a little coarse sugar, if using.

Bake at 350F for 20-22 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

These muffins can be frozen.

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Euphoric & Alcohol-Free with Karolina Rzadkowolska

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Karolina Rzadkowolska is a certified alcohol-free life coach whose book Euphoric: Ditch Alcohol and Gain a Happier, More Confident You will be out on bookshelves on January 4th. She’s the host of Euphoric the Podcast, founder of Euphoric Alcohol-Free, and her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Authority Magazine, Greatist, and Elite Daily.

Karolina shares her personal alcohol story, and why and how she went alcohol-free. Karolina and I discuss our shared views on how it’s all about what you get when you leave alcohol behind, not what you give up, the detox to retox cycle so many women find themselves in, the role of the patriarchy in women’s drinking, and how alcohol impacts our health.

Pre-order your copy of Euphoric now: https://www.euphoricbook.com/

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Sheri Allain: How to Become a Midlife Entrepreneur

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After marketing top brands like Coca-Cola, Ford, and Unilever, Sheri started her 1st business as a new mom on maternity leave. She later bootstrapped her 2nd business into 6-figures while freelancing and raising two young kids. She regularly teaches Marketing & Sales for the City of Toronto and has helped 400+ entrepreneurs brand, launch and grow their startups.

Sheri and I discuss the amazing midlife entrepreneur boom we've both witnessed in recent years and our own experiences as female business owners in midlife.

Specifically, we talk about:

  the estrogen connection, 
  confidence in midlife,
  what holds women back from starting a business,
  how entrepreneurship can actually be easier than “working for the man”, and
  the 5 things you need to nail for entrepreneurial success.

If you’ve been dreaming of being your own boss, start here!

Find Sheri at ZipLaunchMe.com

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