Wrapless Burrito with Seeds of Change Rice Recipe


Seeds of Change

I love coming up with new recipes that I can make for my family that are good for us and also taste great. Since having my kidney transplant, I like making sure that we are eating the best for our bodies.

So yesterday, I decided that I would make Wrapless Refried Bean Burritos with Organic Spanish Style Rice from SEEDS OF CHANGE® with fresh vegetables from my garden. The SEEDS OF CHANGE® Spanish Style Rice is organic wholegrain rice with quinoa, red bell peppers and corn.

The best part? (Besides being organic) It heats up in the microwave for 90 seconds or on the stove for a few minutes. It isn’t often that ready-to-heat foods are good for you. While I don’t mind cooking, I love products that will heat up in no time for those nights that I don’t feel like cooking.

I cooked the SEEDS OF CHANGE® Spanish Rice in no time on the stove in no time on the stove. Mixed in the chopped vegetables and heated the refried beans. The whole meal took about 10 minutes for me to make and really is one I will make again. It was so good, I ate leftovers the next day for lunch.





  • NO Preservatives
  • NO artificial colours
  • NO artificial flavours
  • IS Vegetarian Appropriate

SEEDS OF CHANGE® contains the finest organically grown ingredients.  And is the ONLY ready-to-heat rice and grain brand available in Canada. 

SEEDS OF CHANGE® also donates 1% of sales to support and develop sustainable community based gardening and farming programs worldwide. 

In Canada, SEEDS OF CHANGE® worked with local partner Evergreen to identify 12 community gardens from coast to coast who need grant money to get their garden started and keep them going all season long.

SEEDS OF CHANGE® established in 1989 as a small organic seed company and evolved into a strong producer of organic foods. 

As a mother and a citizen in a farming community, I like supporting a company like SEEDS OF CHANGE® because they support not only bringing healthy great tasting food to our homes but also helping those in our communities around the globe. 

To fine out more about SEEDS OF CHANGE® check out their website by going to seedsofchange.ca

The Seeds of Change® Canada Facebook page is also a  great resource for Canadians who are interested in growing or cooking with organic ingredients.

Win a trip to Prince Edward County, Ontario From SEEDS OF CHANGE®

SEEDS OF CHANGE® has partnered with celebrity chef and farmer Jamie Kennedy to offer a grand prize trip to Prince Edward County, Ontario to enjoy some recipes from the chef with SEEDS OF CHANGE® products and local produce.

  • Five Grand Prizes that include travel for two to Prince Edward County from anywhere in Canada, Two Nights stay in nearby Toronto and $1000 CAD spending money.
  • Contest from July 12, 2016 to August 14, 2016
  • To enter, purchase a SEEDS OF CHANGE® product from your major grocery retailer and enter the package


Wrapless Refried Bean Burrito with Organic Rice
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  • 1 package of Seeds of Change Spanish Style rice
  • 2 Green Pepper (you can add 2 if you want more.)
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 1 can of refried beans
  • 1 cup of light shredded cheese. (I used marble)


  1. Dice up tomatoes and peppers.
  2. Heat rice in pot for 90 seconds with 2 Tbsps of water.
  3. In a frying pan, add green peppers and tomatoes just warming them up while the rice is cooking.
  4. Place rice in with vegetables and turn pan on low.
  5. Heat up refried beans on stove or microwave.
  6. Place rice on plate and top with refried beans then add sour cream and top with shredded cheese.
  7. Optional: Salsa.



This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/SeedsofChangeCA.


Nature’s Path #OnMyWay Giveaway



My New Year’s resolution has been to eat healthier and to exercise. Since I received my new kidney, I have been doing just that. Lower sugar in our snacks, more homemade items and now with Nature’s Path 7 Days of Healthy Recipes & Lifestyle Tips Ebook, I have more healthy recipes for my family.

One of the recipes available is the Coconut Chia Tropical Smoothie Bowl. Packed with fruit, yogurt and Nature’s Path granola, you can’t go with this for breakfast or for a snack. It is a great recipe to replace your normal morning routine and start eating healthier.  Find this recipe and more in Nature’s Path 7 Days of Healthy Recipes & Lifestyle Tips Ebook


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Coconut Chia Tropical Smoothie Bowl
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: Canadian Basics
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 4
A healthier choice for breakfast or a snack.
  • 2 cups dairy-free vanilla yogurt
  • 2 frozen bananas, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup frozen peach chunks
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
  • Toppings:
  • 1 cup Nature’s Path Flax Chia Plus® Coconut Chia Granola
  • 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup peach slices
  • 1/2 cup mango slices
  • 1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds
  1. In blender, combine yogurt, bananas, peach and mango chunks; blend on high until smooth.
  2. Toppings: Divide yogurt mixture among 4 bowls and top with granola, kiwi, peaches, mango and almonds as desired.
  3. Tip: Keep peeled and cut-up bananas in the freezer for easy prep of morning smoothies.



Want to Win Organic Granola for a Year?

Here is how: Go to Nature’s Path’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtags: #OnMyPath and #GranolaForAYear and tell what your path is for 2016.


Prize includes everything you need to get back on a healthy path including:

  • Nature’s Path granola and organic breakfast foods for a year
  • DIY Vegan, by Nicole Axworthy & Lisa Pitman – recipe book including more than 100 ways to create an awesome plant-based pantry
  • Un-Junk Your Diet by Desiree Nielsen, R.D. – how to shop, cook and eat to feel better forever
  • Prize will ship on or after March 1, 2016
  • Grand prize contest closes February 28, 2016


This year is going to be an exciting year for me. I am hoping to do more traveling and making memories with Mike and the kids. I am going to enjoy not being hooked up to a dialysis machine nightly for 8 hours. I want to try new things and just enjoy life! That is my path for 2016.


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Open to Canadian & US residents

Giveaway ends February 25/16

Nature's Path Qi'a Bars Review & Giveaway





Back to school is coming and many of us have several after school activities for our children planned.

Soccer, Football, Gymnastics and more!

Sometimes you don’t have time to grab a snack that is healthy for our kids before their game.

That’s why I love that Nature’s Path has Qi’a Superfoods available from bars, cereal and oatmeal. To give our children the best foods for before and after school.

We were lucky to try out the Qi’a bars for a review.

We tried:

  • Blueberry Cashew Pumpkin Seed
  • Roasted Peanut Dark Chocolate
  • Mocha Cocoa Hazelnut
  • Dark Chocolate Cranberry Almond

We also received a book Un-Junk Your Diet by Desiree Nielsen,BSc, RD. This book will help you clean up the way you eat plus give you some easy recipes to help you and your family eat cleaner.

Since I had my kidney transplant in August, I am making sure we are eating better.  Nature’s Path Qi’a Superfoods is great for our house for that reason.

Mike, Hayley and myself tried all the bars. We each have our own favourites.


My favourite and Hayley’s favourite is Roasted Peanut Dark Chocolate. I can’t get enough of this snack bar. I love it. The perfect combination of dark chocolate and roasted peanuts. I plan on stocking up on these bars!


Mike’s favourite was Mocha Cocoa Hazelnut. It tasted almost exotic. A great choice if you enjoy coconut type chocolate bars and a healthier alternative.


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The Blueberry Cashew Pumpkin Seed bar tastes almost like a breakfast Super Bar.
Great to eat on the way to work or school. I enjoy it with acup of decaf coffee in the morning.



The Dark Chocolate Cranberry Almond bar is a perfect anytime snack bar. Yourchildren will not know they are eating cranberries. The chocolate is more the focus on the bar so they will think they are eating a chocolate bar but actually eating a very healthy chocolate bar!


Nature’s Path is a Canadian family-run, passionately independent, sustainably-driven, deliciously-healthy organic food company that believes in “leaving the earth better than we found it.”

Nature’s Path makes tasty organic cereal, granola and snacks.

Nature’s Path Organic Foods Facebook Page CLICK HERE

Nature’s Path Website CLICK HERE


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One Canadian Basics reader will win this great Qi’a Prize Pack

Contest is open to Canadian and U.S. residents 18+

Enter in the Giveaway Tool below

Contest ends September 22/15 9am EST

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Parissa Organic Wax Review and Giveaway


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Short season is upon us again.

Where the need to shave our legs often has come into effect.

I rather shave daily anyways but sometimes I am in a rush and don’t have time.

With Parissa Organic Wax, it saves me time and energy with 3 easy steps:

  • heat wax
  • apply thin layer
  • zip strips


It is so easy that even my 14 year old was able to wax her legs with just the instructions.


Parissa Organic Wax is made with USDA organic sugar cane.

It is also completely vegan friendly, animal friendly, cruelty free and environmentally friendly.

Can you say that about your regular body wax?

Never tried body wax before?

No problem!


Parissa has a toll free number available for you that is located on the box, paperwork and website. There is also an email address and a connect page on the website. This is available for you to use if you are beginner or professional.

Parissa aims to make your application as easy as possible.

I have been a user of Parissa wax for the past 2 years, ever since my first review because it is a great way to not have to worry about body hair without having to shave almost daily to maintain the smooth feeling for up to 6 weeks!



Parissa Organic Wax is gentle on your skin which is good news for someone with sensitive skin like me!

Parissa Organic Wax works on:

  • Legs
  • Brow
  • Underarm
  • Face
  • Bikini
  • Body

If you have ever used Parissa Chamomile Body Sugar, you will love this product.

Interested in purchasing Parissa Wax: Click Here for Locations it is sold or purchasing online

Parissa would love to give 3 (three) Canadian Basics fans a chance to win a box of Parissa Organic Wax

Open to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) 18+

Ends June 23/15


To find out information about our Sponsored Giveaway Disclosure Click Here
Prizing takes 2-6 weeks and winners must respond to email within 48 hours or a new winner will be picked. More info in disclosure
I received a full size sample of the product in this review but the opinions on this review are my own.

Dirty Dozen List Of Foods You Should Buy Organic




Buying organic is always the best way to purchase your fruits and vegetables.

But sometimes we can’t always purchase them as often as we would like.

the Environmental Working Group‘s 2013 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce has recently released their latest “Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen” list.

This will help you on what to steer away from in the produce section.

**Note:  The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure. Eating conventionally grown produce is far better than skipping fruits and vegetables. “(quote from the EWG website) So please, if you can’t purchase organic, still eat your fruits and vegetables.

The Dirty Dozen List:

  1. Apples

  2. Strawberries

  3. Grapes

  4. Celery

  5. Peaches

  6. Spinach

  7. Sweet Bell Peppers

  8. Imported Nectarines

  9. Cucumbers

  10. Potatoes

  11. Cherry Tomatoes

  12. Hot Peppers

These did not make the list but still have a high level of pesticides:

  1. Kale

  2. Collard Greens

  3. Summer Squash

Clean Fifteen:

  1. Corn

  2. Onions

  3. Pineapple

  4. Avocados

  5. Cabbage

  6. Frozen Sweet Peas

  7. Papayas

  8. Mangoes

  9. Asparagus

  10. Eggplant

  11. Kiwi

  12. Grapefruit

  13. Cantaloupe

  14. Sweet potatoes

  15. Mushrooms

All information is from the Environmental Working Group’s Website. CLICK HERE to go to it.

Enter Crofter's Organic Earth Day Giveaway!




Enter Crofter’s Organic Earth Day Giveaway!

Chance to win a $25 Whole Foods Gift Card, Crofter’s Fruit Spreads, a bamboo tasting spoon and an eco-lunch bag!


I think they offered the bamboo tasting spoon as a prize because they know if I won, I would eat the Crofter’s Fruit Spreads from the jar!

Good Luck!!

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Choose between Peanut Butter, Puffed Rice & QuinoaAlmonds & Raisin! 


Some things to know about the Organic Chocolate Bars:

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  • Produced and packaged in Peru, supporting small-scale family

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You can sprinkle it on your cereal, in your smoothies or salads!


WagJag right now has an amazing deal for up to 63% off on Organic Wheat Grass Juice Powder from Sams Teas and Spices:

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