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Recipe Friday – Savory Vegan Breakfast Bowl

April 21st, 2017|Breakfast bowl, Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, Savory, tofu|

Do you like savory or sweet breakfasts? Maybe it was the extra sugar we had this past weekend, but when we tried to figure out what we were going to cook for this Recipe Friday we decided that not only should the ingredients have healthy ingredients for beautiful skin, but we also wanted it to be on the savory side. Coco created this Vegan Breakfast Bowl, which was the perfect type of heartier breakfast bowl for those mornings when you wake up craving a full meal. The great thing about this breakfast bowl is that there is no right or wrong ingredients to add. You can put whatever vegetables you have left in your refrigerator or the freshest veggies that you find at the farmer’s market. So, this recipe is more of a guide and an inspiration to help you to create your own perfect veggie breakfast bowl. We added brussel sprouts, red peppers, asaparagus, and spinach, but you may prefer kale, tomatoes, squash and spinach. There a lot of reasons to eat more vegan meals and in honor of Earth Day, we will give a little shout out to the benefits of eating less animals and animal products has on our environment. Everyday, eating a […]

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Recipe Friday – Vegan Pesto Stuffed Tomatoes

April 7th, 2017|Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, Stuffed Tomatoes|

We know it’s not quite summer yet, but this warm weather had us craving tomatoes this week! With tomatoes on our mind, we made these light and refreshing stuffed roasted tomatoes. It’s a perfect way to eat tomatoes this early in the season, since the best tasting fresh tomatoes won’t be around until mid-summer. Tomatoes are one of those super foods that seem to have so many benefits. We are coming to the end of our detox and highlighting some of the detoxifying effects tomatoes have on your body seems appropriate. Tomatoes have natural content of sulphur and chlorine, which helps protect our bodies from infections and aid the proper functioning of kidneys. Of course, tomatoes are brimming with anti-oxidants, Vitamins B3 and B6. They also help to strengthen vision, boost our immune system and prevent atherosclerosis.   Stuffed Tomatoes Ingredients: 6 medium size tomatoes 1 cup (uncooked) Quinoa (see below) Handful of spinach leaves Few fresh basil leaves ½ onion diced 3 tablespoons of pesto sauce (see below) Salt and Pepper to taste Italian seasoning (optional) Quinoa: Cook 1 cup of quinoa as directed. For a nuttier taste sauté quinoa in a little dab of olive oil in a frying pan. Keep […]

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Recipe Friday – Detox Broccoli Salad

March 31st, 2017|Broccoli, Detox, Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, Purple Cabbage, Raw|

Coco and I are in the middle of our annual detox as I write this post. It has been going very well and committing to a set time frame where we say “NO” to all processed foods, dairy, added sugars, and stimulants feels so good. One of our favorite things during this time, is to try new recipes that follow the guidelines of clean eating. It can be easier to find healthy recipes when there are limits placed on what ingredients you can and can’t use. This broccoli salad was one of our favorites. Not only is it detox friendly, but it is raw, vegan, easy to make and so delicious! The main ingredients in this salad are broccoli and purple cabbage, both of which tout a lot of detox benefits. Broccoli: Purifies the liver and spleen by activating detox enzymes in the liver, which helps to rid of toxins quicker. Plus, broccoli is rich in beta carotene, iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Purple Cabbage: Cleanses the digestive tract and helps to eliminate toxins that lead to illness and inflammation. Cabbage also balances blood sugar, stimulates immunity shrinks tumors, and destroys cancer cells.     DETOX BROCCOLI SALAD INGREDIENTS FOR THE SALAD 2 […]

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Recipe Friday – Homemade Hummus

March 24th, 2017|Chickpeas, Homemade, Hummus|

Homemade hummus is one of our favorites! It’s always a winner when we bring it to gatherings. But even better than that, it’s so easy and quick to make and the result is the best tasting, fresh hummus! Seriously, you just pop all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend. What’s easier than that? Hummus is mainly made from chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) and they have so many health benefits! Chickpeas provide a rich source of protein without the high calories or saturated fats found in meat. They are also a great source of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber. Studies have shown that insoluble fiber helps to produce bulk and prevent constipation and soluble fiber helps to regulate blood sugar. Regular intake of chickpeas have shown to lower LDL levels and contain significant amounts of magnesium, folate, maganese and iron. Finally, chickpeas contain saponins, which act as antioxidants and can lower the risk of breast cancer and osteoporosis and protect agains hot flashes in menopausal women.   Homemade Hummus We love this recipe from simple-veganista. You can adjust the recipe to suit your own taste and consistency. We tend to use less garlic and more lemon for a hummus that is […]

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Recipe Friday – DIY Noodle Jars

February 24th, 2017|Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, noodles|

We don’t have to convince any of you what a great lunch instant noodle cups are despite the lack of nutrition. Today we made a healthier version that was really easy! The idea is so close to the instant noodle cups that you are used to eating, but instead of freeze dried vegetables and flavor packets that are high in sodium and contain MSG, these noodle cups contain fresh veggies and a healthier soup base. Basically, you combine noodles, a bit of vegetable base, some raw sliced veggies, and a few seasonings inside a mason jar. Then you store them in the refrigerator, then when you’re ready to eat, pour hot water over the top and lunch is served.   DIY NOODLE JARS INGREDIENTS Vegetables of choice: We used Bok Choy Mui, carrots, mushrooms, sweet peas and green onion. Thoroughly clean the vegetables and trim if needed to fit the smaller mason jars. Choice of noodles: rice vermicelli was used. However, quinoa noodles, zucchini noodles, brown rice noodle will also work. Tofu – small cubed Vegetable Soup Base: Better Than Boullion Seasoned Vegetable Base – 1 teaspoon   METHOD 1 pint mason jars are ideal it gives you just the right serving. However if you […]

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Recipe Friday – Cacao Hot Chocolate

February 17th, 2017|dates, Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, Gluten Free, Hot cacao|

Just when it started to warm up, it’s predicted to storm. Since cold winter days and hot chocolate go hand in hand, we wanted to find a healthier hot chocolate to share. Raw cacao is less processed form of chocolate and it is the ingredient from which chocolate and cocoa powder originate. It can be bitter if eaten plain, but brewed into almond milk and sweetened with date paste or Bee Free Honee, the cacao transforms into a dark chocolate drink that is also a superfood with immune boosting properties! Raw cacao is one of the best sources of magnesium and iron and contains coumarin, an appetite suppressing, blood thinning, and anti-tumor compound. It contains chromium help regulate blood sugar and detoxify the liver. It also contains phenethylamine and anandamide, which helps to support mental well-being and enhance our mood. With an abundance of calcium, potassium, sulfur, zinc and copper, this is a nutrient-dense superfood for sure! Cacao Hot Chocolate   INGREDIENTS 2 cups almond milk (or milk of choice) 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder 3 teaspoons date paste* or honey (use Bee Free Honee to make it vegan) In a saucepan, whisk together all ingredients and heat over medium-high heat until hot, but not boiling. Divide evenly between […]

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Recipe Friday – Vegan Ginger & Lemongrass Thai Soup

October 7th, 2016|Food & Drink, Uncategorized|

Soups are one of our favorite dishes. They are simple to make and cost effective for a large crowd or big family. We like to make double batches to make sure that we have enough for leftovers. As we are trying to incorporate more plant-based meals into our diet, we found that [...]

Recipe Friday – Sweet and Savory Spinach Salad with Figs & Butternut Squash

September 30th, 2016|Food & Drink|

Delicious and sweet, figs season is officially underway, so could not resist making this dish. Often figs are found in desserts, due to their natural sweetness, but this dish is a nice blend of sweet and savory. It was easy to make, but this yummy dish looks like it takes longer to prepare than it [...]

Recipe Friday – Chickpea, Barley & Zucchini Salad with Vegan Feta

September 9th, 2016|Food & Drink|

One of our favorite salads is the Chickpea, Barley and Zucchini Salad with Feta. The initial version of this recipe came a few years ago from kitchn.com. It's one of those recipes that you can easily substitute the grains and herbs for whatever grains and herbs you have available, and the salad is [...]

Recipe Friday – Tofu Piña Coladas with Coconut Aminos

August 26th, 2016|Food & Drink|

Meet Me In Paradise Now that summer is over, the kids are back in school and we are back to the daily grind, we find ourselves day dreaming of a tropical paradise. Our tropical daydreams conjured up images of coconuts and pineapples, and lead to this Recipe Friday post. So, as you sweat through your [...]

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