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Chickpea Avocado Lettuce Wraps

2017-08-11T22:01:32+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, Wrap|

We are always on the lookout for a tasty, lunch that is vegan and high in protein and fiber.  These Chickpea Avocado Lettuce Wraps from shelikesfood.com were perfect and yummy too! They had a slight tart flavor and the avocado helped everything stick together well.  It’s easy to make and the filling can also be used as a sandwich with bread or on rice cakes. It travels well, without getting soggy, and makes a great lunch for a picnic too! Health benefits of chickpeas: Chickpeas, like other legumes, have always been touted for their high fiber content. However, there has been research indicating that fiber from chickpeas had better health benefits than other sources of dietary fiber, including better blood fat regulation, specifically showing lower levels of LDL-cholesterol, total cholesterol, and triglycerides. Chickpeas contain about 12.5 grams of fiber per cup, which is 50% of the Daily Value!   Chickpea Avocado Lettuce Wraps We didn’t have jalapeños and we added tomatoes, but we will definitely try this with jalapeños next time! INGREDIENTS 1 large avocado, removed from skin and diced Juice of 1 lime 1 (15 ounce) can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon cumin 2 tablespoons chopped onion, white or red 2 tablespoons chopped […]

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Coconut-Lime Rice with Red Beans and Mango

2017-07-21T21:50:42+00:00 July 21st, 2017|Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, red beans|

Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook has been around for awhile, but it’s new to us. This cookbook makes vegan cooking more fun and less precious. All of the recipes use ingredients that are inexpensive and easy to find, but the outcome is healthy and tasty! Reading through the recipes can be funny and with all of the expletives, we had to make sure our kids weren’t nearby! Lol! For this Recipe Friday, we chose Coconut-Lime Rice with Red Beans and Mango. We didn’t have brown rice and substituted barley instead. The barley made the dish really hearty and the brown rice would probably have made it lighter. The flavors were still really good with the creamy coconut and zesty lime. We paired our dish with a Vegan Cesar Salad, also from the Thug Kitchen.   COCONUT-LIME RICE WITH RED BEANS AND MANGO Recipe from Thug Kitchen Ingredients: 2 cups short-grain brown rice 2 teaspoons neutral-tasting oil (we used light olive oil) 1 cup diced shallots or onion 1 1/2 Tablespoons minced fresh ginger 1 cup canned coconut milk 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional) 1 mango (We thawed out frozen mango from Trader Joe’s) 1 1/2 […]

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Recipe Friday – Creamy Green Popsicles

2017-06-30T22:02:44+00:00 June 30th, 2017|Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, popsicle, Skin Glow|

This creamy green popsicle is packed with healthy ingredients to keep the skin hydrated, smooth, and beautiful. The best foods for the skin are high in water content to keep the skin hydrated, and high in antioxidants and vitamins to bring the best out of your skin. Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients in this creamy green popsicle. Avocados are a certified super food, containing essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and amino acids. They are known to increase the absorption of important nutrients such as beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and lutein. The D-manno-heptulose sugar found in avocados helps improve the production of collagen, which is crucial to keeping the skin healthy and young. Coconut water is packed with fluids and electrolytes that not only keep you hydrated, but your skin as well. Hydrated skin is healthy, glowing skin. Lime, like all citrus fruits are know for their beneficial effects on the skin. Lime helps rejuvenate your skin and protects it from infections, thanks to its antioxidant, disinfectant and antibiotic properties. Kiwi is jam-packed with tiny, black seeds that contain the high levels of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, that is responsible for improving the moisture and elasticity of skin. Creamy Green Popsicles Ingredients: 2 Avocados ½ Banana Juice of 1-2 […]

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Summer Cooling Salad

2017-06-16T21:39:41+00:00 June 16th, 2017|cucumber, Detox, Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, skin, spicy|

We are always looking for ways to include cucumber in our diet. This refreshing fruit boasts so many health benefits and is one of the foods on the zero calorie list too! Cucumbers provide a variety of nutrients, but one in particular called Silica, is particularly supportive of skin health. It helps the skin by improving hydration and elasticity and is a building block of collagen, which helps to reduce wrinkles. Cucumbers are hydrating,  help to quench thirst and act as a mild diuretic, which will help with bloat and flush out excess water weight.  They help remove harmful toxins from the body, promote optimal nutrient uptake and contain flavanoid antioxidants that prevent free radicals from building up, which can cause premature aging. Here’s a simple cucumber recipe that is also a perfect side dish to bring to a summer barbecue. Summer Cooling Salad Ingredients 1 cucumber 1 avocado ½ red onion Sesame Seeds* Cayenne Pepper Coco Aminos Method Cut cucumber, avocado and red onion into small bite size pieces. In a bowl mix the cut vegetables with sprinkles of sesame seeds and cayenne pepper to taste. Add 1-2 TB of Coco-Aminos to taste. Refrigerate mixture to a cool temperature for a refreshing salad!** *Optional: […]

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Recipe Friday – Cheesy Vegan Kale Chips

2017-06-09T21:07:39+00:00 June 9th, 2017|chips, Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, kale chips|

Do you guys find yourselves eating really well all day long and then sabotaging your healthy diet at night with junk food? When it’s impossible to avoid late night snacking, we try to prepare healthy snacks. Sure, kale chips are nothing new, but it’s been awhile since we made them and we almost forgot how addicting they can be. You can play around with variations on spices, but this recipe is simple and still really yummy. If you’ve never made kale chips before, one thing that we found is to make sure to start with DRY kale leaves. Otherwise, you end up with soggy chips rather than crispy ones. CHEESY VEGAN KALE CHIPS INGREDIENTS 5 large stalks kale ¼ cup avocado oil 2 Tbs nutritional yeast 1/4 tsp sea salt, or to taste ¼ tsp pepper INSTRUCTIONS Preheat oven to 275F. Grease a large baking sheet (or line with parchment paper) and set aside. Carefully remove leaves from the stalk of the kale then rip or cut kale into large pieces. Make sure your kale is dry before the next step. You can put into a salad spinner or pat down with paper towel. Place the dry kale leaves in […]

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Recipe Friday – Vegan Ginger & Lemongrass Thai Soup

2016-10-19T14:49:29+00:00 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 soups [...]

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

2016-10-19T14:49:29+00:00 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 does, [...]

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

2016-10-19T14:49:29+00:00 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 still [...]

Recipe Friday – Tofu Piña Coladas with Coconut Aminos

2016-10-19T14:49:30+00:00 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 last [...]

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