Hey there friends!

Happy Wednesday to you! I hope your week is going splendidly so far. I’ve had an uber-busy one as I gear up to head over to Australia but am more excited than words can describe! There are a bunch of great new things I need to tell you about today, so let’s kick off the recap of Try Something New Tuesday 104!

1. Recipe of the Week: I originally had plans to give you an entirely different recipe today, but what began as an experiment in my kitchen turned out to be a tremendous success that I couldn’t wait to tell you about. For ages I’ve been contemplating making pesto but sometimes I’m flat-out too lazy to pull out the food processor just for the sake of whizzing up a condiment. Until recently….

That’s my latest masterpiece, Minty Pea Pesto. I’ll admit that I’ve never actually tried a store-bought version, so I’m not 100% sure how it’s supposed to taste. What I am sure of though is that this is delicious. I brainstormed as many ways to enjoy it as I could, and my favourite of them all so far is in a salad. (Does that surprise you? Probably not.) Let me present…… Spring Zucchini Noodle Salad with Minty Pea Pesto. (Note: Recipage seems to be having some issues this morning and I’m having trouble getting this recipe to publish, but this link will be working soon… stay tuned!!)

Ta-daaa! This salad is bursting with spring flavours and fresh goodness. The rainbow of veggies will help you to get the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that your body loves to receive daily, and the chickpeas pack protein to keep you feeling full. To top it all off, you’ll get healthy fats from the hemp seeds, olive oil, and pine nuts in the pesto. Oh, and if you don’t have a spiralizer and still want to enjoy it, don’t worry – you can easily swap them for whole wheat or rice noodles instead.

2. A new podcast. Have you heard of This American Life? Chances are many of you have, because apparently it’s this great podcast that I’ve been missing out on for far too long. It’s a weekly show that airs on more than 500 stations, and has won some crazy awesome broadcasting awards. About 700,000 people download the podcasts each week, and now I’m making that 700,001.

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What is it about? Both the TV episodes and radio show have weekly themes with a bunch of real-life stories around that theme,  (usually) from real people. The first one I listened to was Episode 360: Switched at Birth. The story was about 2 girls that were ‘swapped’ at birth in a hospital, and raised into their adulthood as members of the wrong families. One of the mothers knew all along that the baby she brought home wasn’t hers, but for various reasons, kept quiet about it until the girls were 40 years old. Throughout the podcast, the daughters, mothers, and other members of the family share their sides of the story. It rounds off with a conclusion of what things are like for the characters today, now that the secret is out.

One thing I love about these podcasts after listening to them for just a few days is the narration and character voices. You really get a sense of being there with them and hearing all of the other noises in their environment. Right now I’m listening to Episode 461: Take the Money and Run for Office, and I’m actually kind of excited to drive to work today so I can hear what happens next!

3. SaviSeeds by Sequel Naturals. I may be a little late to jump on the SaviSeed train, but they’ve been on my list of Tuesday things to try for a few months now. In case you haven’t heard of them, SaviSeeds are Sequel Naturals’ brand of organic sacha inchi seeds.

As you can see, they look like nuts. But don’t be fooled, because they’re actually seeds! Grown in South America, SaviSeeds are the fruit of sacha inchi plants. Ancient people of the Amazon discovered them and used these seeds in soups and sauces, as well as in topical creams. The oils can be extracted and used in meals too, and is a super-rich source of omega-3s. (More about these wonderful fats here.) In fact, sacha inchi seeds are the most concentrated source of on earth! Per ounce, SaviSeeds contain 13 times the omega-3s than an ounce of wild salmon. Impressive, no? You can learn more about the health benefits of this superfood here.

Sequel Naturals’ SaviSeeds come in 3 flavours: Oh Natural (lightly sea salted), Cocoa Kissed (covered in dark chocolate), and Karmalized (roasted and lightly glazed in sugar cane). I went for Oh Natural because I wanted to really get a taste of them.

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My SaviSeeds were my mid-afternoon snack yesterday at work, and I looked forward to them all morning. They reminded me a bit of a peanut crossed with a pistachio, and while I enjoyed them on their own, I can’t wait to buy more and turn them into trail mix!

So tell me…

  • Do you listen to podcasts? Any recommendations?
  • Have you tried SaviSeeds yet? Which flavour(s)?