Posts tagged #snack

Sweet Potato, Baby Kale and Lentil Soup. Seriously AMAZING!

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This soup is SO special. Yes I love vegetables but this soup is so special not because of the wonderful veggies but rather because of the seasoning. It is VERY flavorful and intense, in a good way. This could go down in history as one of my favorite (non pureed) soups. My friend gave me this recipe from Pinterest and I switched it around a tad to make it my own.

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium sized sweet potatoes peeled and cubed 
  • 2 cups baby kale (you can use more if you would like!)
  • 1 cup brown lentils
  • 2 tomatoes (vine ripe if possible) chopped
  • 1 medium size onion diced
  • 1 1/2 TBS Turmeric
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander 
  • 1/3 tsp cayenne pepper or more if you  like heat!
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbs fresh ground ginger
  • 1 tsp salt (more to taste if you would like)
  • Pepper to taste (adding pepper increases the bio availability of turmeric- helping your body absorb more of the nutrients!) 
  • 6 cups vegetable broth 
  • 1 cup water

Directions

  • Heat the largest pot you have for 40 seconds over medium heat, then add about 2 tbs of EVOO or any other oil you prefer. Warm up oil for another 20 seconds then add in chopped onions and stir for 3 minutes.
  • Add in all the spices including the ginger. Stir for another 2 minutes.
  • Add in tomatoes and lentils. Stir for a minute then finally add in your sweet potato, 6 cups broth, and 1 cup water.
  • Bring pot to a boil, cover and reduce to low, letting cook for about 30 minute. 
  • After about 30 minutes add in your baby kale and let it cook for another 10 minutes.

Comment below and let me know how it goes! Did you make any changes to the recipe?

** If I am going to be eating/ serving all the soup right away I add in all the Kale while cooking (like the recipe says). BUT if I know that I will be reheating it and eating it for the next couple of days then I only add in some kale, and right before I heat up the soup to eat the next day I will add in more fresh baby kale! ALSO, if you do not have kale feel free to use baby spinach, or regular Kale just cut up small.

 

 

Fiesta Quinoa side dish or snack

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Quinoa is just awesome. And this easy to make, looks like you worked harder than you did dish makes it even better! This can be served cold or at room temperature so it is perfect for summer.You can make this for your next BBQ or to keep in the fridge ready to take out and eat as a snack or side dish.  (** the picture above does not have black beans OR cilantro)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Cooked Quinoa
  • 1.5- 2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes cut in half (you can cut it again to make it smaller if you wish)
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 can or 2 cups black beans (you can get canned black beans or make them fresh! Follow bag directions for fresh black beans)
  • 3 ears fresh corn
  • 1 batch cilantro chopped 

Directions:

  • Cook your Quinoa and then set aside to cool off completely
  • dice tomatoes 
  • chop cilantro
  • dice your avocado 
  • if you are using fresh beans this may take a whole night to prepare. Follow package directions. You can use cans if this is all you have.
  • I think fresh corn is BEST for this dish. So try to avoid the canned stuff. How to make corn? You have options:
  1. grill
  2. boil
  3. bake (simple and comes out really good! Add salt and paper to the corn before you place in the oven)

Let the corn cool off and then CAREFULLY cut the corn off the cob. 

After everything is prepared and cooled off you will get a large flat dish to lay out your quinoa. On the side mix the avocados, black beans, corn, tomatoes and cilantro. To this mixture add 3-4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and one whole juicy lemon! Salt and pepper to taste. 

Place dressing and vegetable mixture on top of quinoa. Do not mix. The vegetables are meant to say on top of the quinoa and get mixed in as people serve themselves.

This makes an amazing dish. If you have leftovers it keeps great in the fridge! Enjoy!

Posted on July 17, 2013 and filed under snack, apps/side dish.

Grapefruit too bitter? Try this!

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I'll admit it, I am not a fan of grapefruit. I always get annoyed when health magazines and websites tell us to eat grapefruit for breakfast. Like really? You want us to like the taste of grapefruit?!!

I was SO excited when I came across an article on how to take the bitterness out of grapefruit. Watch the video below as it shows you what to do! So easy, and it works! I now can enjoy grapefruit!

WAHOOO

Posted on May 29, 2013 and filed under food, breakfast, dessert.

Raw mango pie - using only 4 foods

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I had Jody over, from JoJo's Raw Kitchen and she introduced me to the most delicious and easy to make RAW pie.  When I think of dessert I think of chocolate. I am not much of a fruit and nut dessert girl. So when Jody mentioned mango pie, it was not my first choice, but now I have become officially obsessed! This is something that I could eat every day as a sweet treat and not feel bad about it. Seriously awesome.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup dates (take out the pits)
  • 1 mango
  • 1 banana

Directions:

In a food processor place almonds and chop until almost a powder. Add in dates and blend together until they form a paste. This will be your raw crust. Take out and place in a pie dish to make a crust. Press the paste down hard and form a base to your pie.

Cut up 1 mango and 1 banana. Place in food processor and and blend. This is going to be your "cream" part of the pie!

Pour the mango and banana mixture on top of your raw crust and place in the fridge for 10 minutes then serve. The pie stays good for 4-5 days. It might lose its bright yellow color, but it is still good to eat.

Some tips:

  • If your dates are hard soak them in water for about 30 minutes to soften
  • Your pie may crumble when you serve it. WHO CARES. Because it just tastes so good.
  • Make sure your crust is really stuck together and there are no holes.
  • If the almond/date crust is not sticking together add more dates to the mixture.

YUM! Enjoy! Do you have any raw, quick and easy recipes that you would like to share??

Black Bean Hummus, make your own at home!

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Its easy! We know that hummus is made from ground chickpeas... so how hard can this be, right? I did not have tahini so this is a tahini free hummus. The only thing is that you need a food processor. Mine is about 40 years old, probably. It was my grandmas and she gave it to me, but it works like a charm! Cuisinart, baby!

* Tahini is roasted sesame seed paste. It is actually really good.

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Ingredients:

1 can black beans

1 can garbanzo beans

2 garlic cloves (you can do one if you do not love garlic)

1 jalapeño pepper (mine was spicy- so do a half or none if you do not like "heat")

half  lemon

1/4 cup water

2 tablespoon EVOO

cumin, salt, pepper to taste (I didn't measure I  just kinda added it in)

Directions:

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Add all ingredients to food processor, blend until smooth. I made sure to mince the garlic and Jalapaneo pepper before I put in blender.  If the final product looks too thick add more water and blend again. Enjoy with carrot sticks, or pita chips.

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Let me know if you try, and how it comes out!

Posted on October 25, 2012 and filed under food, savory, apps/side dish.

My kind of "Pizza"

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SImple. Easy. Delicious. And Sweat with Lauren Hefez approved. This recipe was inspired by Linda Wagner.

Craving Pizza? Try this!

ingredients:

  • Ezekiel bread ( My favorite is the sesame kind)
  • marinara sauce
  • tomatoes ( I used grape tomatoes, but you can use any kind. I like them small because it is easier to bite.)
  • chevre style goat cheese (I used one infused with tomato and basil. Found at WholeFoods.) 

Directions:

  • toast Ezekiel bread
  • take out of  toaster oven and put marina sauce, goat cheese, sliced tomatoes, and fresh basil
  • switch the oven to broil put the "pizza" back in the oven for 2 minutes ....and you are DONE! Do you have any "Pizza" recipes??
Posted on October 17, 2012 and filed under food, lunch, entree, savory.

Perfect boiled eggs

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I was at my friends house this past weekend and we made the most slammin' salad.

  • Spinach
  • shredded broccoli slaw
  • iceberg lettuce
  • corn
  • beans
  • tomatoes
  • avocado
  • cucumbers
  • and.... not so hard-boiled eggs

I took it upon myself to make them, telling her "I am so good at making boiled eggs". Turned out I was lying. I actually suck.

HERE IS THE RIGHT WAY: never again will you fail at boiled eggs:

1. Arrange eggs in a pot that is wide enough to allow a single layer of eggs.

2. Cover eggs by 1 inch with cool water.

3. Over medium heat, bring water just to a boil.

4. Remove pot from heat, COVER (that is where I went wrong) with a snug lid and set aside for 12 minutes. (if you want soft-boiled eggs just 3-5 minutes will do)

5. With a slotted spoon, transfer eggs to a bowl of ICE WATER, stirring gently to cool eggs down.

6. Once cool you can peel immediately, or store in the fridge!

ENJOY and never screw up your hard-boiled eggs again!

Posted on April 24, 2012 and filed under food, breakfast, savory, entree, lunch.

100 calorie Lara Bar inspired snack!

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I love Lara Bars, not only because of their sweet goodness, but also because they are made from about 4 ingredients. I thought, if Lara can make these bars... so can I (and so can you!)

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For my "Lauren bars" I used:

4 dates

1/2 C figs

1/4 C walnuts

1/4 C almonds

1 tbsp chia seeds

In a blender (I used a mini food processor by Proctor Silex) throw in all the nuts. Make sure not to turn the nuts into a powder. You want to have some chunks in there to add texture to your bar. Set the nuts aside.

Next: Throw the dried fruit into your blender. Blend until they form a paste like this:

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lara bar food 006

I used a vegetable cutting board and laid out my dried fruit paste. I took the chia seeds and added it to the top.

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After mixing the chia seeds and paste by hand, I threw in my nuts.

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Mix nuts and paste together. I always loved playing with my food. You can make a mohawk if you would like.

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Divide mixture into 8 snack balls. Throw the balls in a plastic bag and store in your fridge.

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Each ball will contain a little over 100 calories  (~108) and provide you with a sweet  and nutritious filled snack that will give you your afternoon boost, or that pre workout lift. You can get creative with the mixtures and add different dried fruit for the paste, or nuts for the filler. Let me know if you try it, and how it comes out! Did you add something different?

Posted on October 12, 2011 and filed under food, sweet, snack, dessert.