Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie

Here’s a nice, simple meal to feed the family or have a prepared meal for yourself for days. I have designed this recipe with bold flavor to accommodate a variety of food allergies or preferences. See the recipe bellow for gluten free, dairy free, and even meat free options:

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This meal goes great with a salad, sautéed spinach, or any other kind of green! Try this recipe, it uses new flavors and spices to deliver you a totally satisfying meal.

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Ingredients 

~Potato Layer~

2 Medium Sized Sweet Potatoes or 4-6 Yukon Potatoes

2 tbsp Coconut oil

2 Cloves of Garlic

1/4 cup sour cream or 1/2 cup vegetable broth

~Meat Layer~

3/4 lb of Organic Ground Beef or Seitan

1/2 Cup White or Yellow Onion

1/2 Cup Green Peas

1/2 Cup of Non-Gmo Sweet Corn

1 tbsp Cumin

1 tsp Turmeric

1 tsp of Salt

1 tsp of Pepper

1 tbsp coconut oil

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First, bring a large pot of water to boil, then add peeled and chopped potato slices inside. Cover with a lid, turn down to medium-high heat and let boil for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, take out frying pan, add in coconut oil and beef (or beed alternative) on medium heat. Add diced onions, green peas, corn, and seasoning. Mix well and then cover with a lid until all of the contents are cooked thoroughly. Once finished, take off of heat and set aside.

When your potatoes are finished, strain, and place them into a large bowl. Place chopped garlic, salt, pepper, sour cream or veggie broth, and coconut oil in the bowl. Mash potatoes for chunky consistency or mix for a smooth consistency. Once finished, take a 8×9 in pan and place your meat and veggie layer evenly across the bottom and cover with your potato layer.

Eat and Enjoy ❤

Cabbage Salad

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This is by far one of the quickest, cheapest, most delicious, and nutritious recipes!

Cabbage is loaded with Vitamin C, K, B6, Manganese, Calcium, Thiamin, beta-carotene, flavonoids, along with other nutritive properties!

In fact, there is research out there that states that cabbage is helpful for Heart Disease, Cancer, Diabetes, boosting Immune Function as well as Obesity.

Raw Cabbage, especially, is a high prana food, so eat up!

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Ingredients

Raw Cabbage

Coconut oil (melted) or Olive Oil

Nutritional Yeast

Lemon Juice

Cilantro

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If using coconut oil, turn on low and melt oil. Let cool and then pour over chopped cabbage. Toss salad and squeeze lemon juice over your cabbage. Add nutritional yeast and cilantro. ❤

Gluten Free Gringa Fajitas

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Here’s a recipe out there for ya that I discovered on my Candida Diet! So good. I bit hard to take in meat since it’s been a while, but it sure made my gut feel good 🙂 I recently developed an allergy to gluten and corn as well so this recipes is nice for giving you an alternative to some of the ingredients that can trigger common allergies.

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Ingredients

1 lb Chicken

1 Yellow Bell Pepper

1 Red Bell Pepper

1/2 White Onion

1/2 Cup Quinoa

1/2 cup Spinach

1/2 tsp Cumin

1/2 tsp Paprika

1 tsp Chili Powder

Salt

Pepper

Coconut Oil

Toppings:

Cilantro

Avocado

Juice from a Lemon

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Start this dish off by taking a dollop of coconut oil and placing it in a frying pan. Cut up chicken into bite sized bits and place it in the pan on medium heat. Stir occasionally.

Take 1 cup of water and place in a small pot. Turn on high. Once water boils, add quinoa. Turn heat to low and cover with a lid.

Begin to cut up bell peppers and onion. Place in pan with chicken. Continuing to stir so that chicken doesn’t stick to pan. Be generous with your coconut oil. If it dish needs more, by all means, add more. You don’t want it to be soupy with oil, but well lubricated 😉 Add in cumin, paprika, chili powder; salt and pepper to taste. Stir pan, evenly coating chicken and veggies.

Once quinoa and fajita fillings are fully cooked. Prepare your plate by adding quinoa, spinach, fajitas fillings. Top with cilantro, lemon juice, and avocado. ❤

Lemon Garlic Tilapia with a Garden Salad & Green Beans

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Hello internet family ❤ This is a long awaited recipe, requested by one of the sweetest women I know! Similar to the Salmon recipe. Same same, little different. Here it goes: Clean eating for the entire family!

Fish are a wonderful source of protein, omega-3’s, B12 and Niacin, amongst other nutrients. So however you do it, it’s a great meal to add into your diet!

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Ingredients

1/2 lb tilapia

1 lemon

3-4 cloves garlic

A pinch of Salt

A pinch of Pepper

Handful of Green Beans

1 sprig of dill

Olive Oil

1 head of Lettuce

1 Red Bell Pepper

1 Carrot

1/2 avocado

Serving 1

Cooking Time: 30-45 min.

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Alright folks, I’m pretty proud of this meal. It’s so nutritious and well balanced! You’ve got a great source of protein, good/healthy fats, and tons of veggies, each with health promoting qualities. Oh, and by the way…it’s delicious.

Set the oven to 375. Take out a baking pan and tin foil. Tear enough to create a tent around the fish. Take out your tilapia, place it on the tin foil, squeeze 1/4 lemon over it, season with a small pinch of salt, take one clove of garlic chopped and sprinkle on top. When your oven has preheated, cover your fish with the tin foil; again creating that tent-like quality. Set the timer for 15 minutes.

Next, chop up your salad fixings. Add more or less of whatever you like/don’t like listed above. Increase quantity if more people are joining you. Once your timer goes off, expose your fish, peeling away the tin foil. Place it back in the over for another 10-15 minutes. If you want your fish to become crispy set for 10 min and then put on broil for 5-7 minutes.

While your fish is finishing up, pour roughly 2 tbsp of olive oil into a frying pan. Add green beans, again adding a small handful for each person other than yourself. Take another 1/4 of lemon and squeeze over green beans. Take a pinch of salt and pepper, season to taste, and sprinkle over the beans. Add chopped garlic to the pan. Add 1 clove of garlic for every 2 people your cooking for. (For example: if you’re feeding 3 people, add 4-5 garlic cloves.) Mix ingredients together, covering the green beans with olive oil. Put on medium, cover with lid, stir every 30 seconds or so. Keep an eye on them so they don’t burn. Allow them to steam for 5-7 minutes, turning the heat down, if needed.

Once the fish is cooked, take 1/4 lemon and squeeze over top. Add a bit more salt or fresh dill if your would like. Taste the green beans, maybe add the last 1/4 of lemon to them and continue to season to your liking.

Enjoy ❤

Please leave a comment or request bellow! Keep em’ coming, I love it!

Let Food Be Your Medicine: Candida Cures

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During the Fall and Winter I tend to eat lots of sweets, basically from Halloween through New Years. And I think so do a lot of other people…. Unfortunately, in addition to exciting your taste buds, these seasonal eating habits add unwanted weight to the body and unwanted bacteria to the gut which can lead to imbalances in the body, namely Candida. So many people experience symptoms and side effects of Candida but they don’t even realize they have it. Common symptoms include: depression, anxiety, crying spells, low libido, poor memory, nausea, indigestion, stomach aches, athlete’s foot, hives, persistent cough, mucus in throught, sore throat, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, PMS and menstrual irregularities, yeast infections, and much much more1

The harsh reality is that everyone has Candida and most people experience one or more of these symptoms. In my unprofessional opinion I recommend doing the diet for one week to one month this holiday season will dramatically improve your health, your gut flora/bacteria, and your overall happiness in your body.

I, myself, recently found that I was experiencing a variety of Candida symptoms and am going on the diet for the next month. It’s a bit challenging as a vegetarian, and I will admit some rules will be broken for the sake of improving my health. But if you’re a strict vegetarian who may be experiencing these symptoms, don’t be scared away! You can still do the diet and be a vegetarian.

I’ve noticed that there is a huge emotional battle that happens when you try to rid the body of Candida, so just be aware of that. It’s like have the devil sit on your shoulder and tell you that not eating sugar is wrong. My guess is that this happens because your body is going through sugar withdrawals and sugar is 8x more addictive that cocaine.

Up above I took a picture of my groceries for Candida Care:

(From the left) Celery, Broccoli, Vaginal Yeast Suppositories, Salmon, Artichoke Heart, Olives, Sesame Seeds, Almond butter, Kyolic Garlic Supplement, Free range eggs, Plain Kefir, Zucchini, Zucchini squash, Lemon, Spinach, Candida Care, Licorice & Peppermint tea, Miso Soup, Quinoa, and Plant Based Abult Probiotic.

Being on the Candida Diet means not only avoiding sugar, but anything that can turn into sugar including: Rice, Sweet Potatoes, Honey, Wine, Alcohol, Bread, Oats, Pasta, Fruit, Carrots, all cured meat products, and so on. If nothing else, getting on a good probiotic will help a ton, but unfortunately not as much as giving your body a break from the sugar overload.

The only two things that are not food are the vaginal yeast suppositories and the Candida Care Tincture. The suppositories are for women, they are made up of boric acid and tea tree in gelatin capsules. They are inserted vaginally as needed. As a women, let me tell you, in my experience, they are the fastest relief to any irritation downstairs. The Candida Care Tincture promotes healthy intestines, heals the body of Candida albicans overgrowth, and supports the immune system and contains, Desert Willow, Usnea, Echinacea, Milk Thistle and Chaparro Amargosa. The tincture is taken orally and is a great addition to the other supplements useful on this diet/cleanse.

Yeast Suppositories:http://dancingwillowherbs.com/vaginal-yeast-suppositories.html

Candida Care: http://dancingwillowherbs.com/candida-care.html

To get recipes, Do’s & Don’ts, and more information about Candida follow the link bellow:

http://www.thecandidadiet.com

Sources:

  1. “The Candida Diet.” The Candida Diet. Perfect Health, n.d. Web. 20 Oct. 2015.

Please note that any and all posts on this blog do not substitute for professional medical help, diagnosis or treatment.I am not a health care provider my any means. The content provided on this site is designed to be used for informational purposes only. The content is based on personal experience and outside research. 

Spaghetti Squash Pasta Alternative

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Hello! As promised, here is a recipe for spaghetti squash spaghetti! It’s a healthy alternative to pasta and just as savory!

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Ingredients

1 Large Butternut Squash

Coconut oil

Salt

Pepper

1/4 cup yellow onion

3 cloves garlic

1 large portabello mushroom

1 head of cauliflower

1 small zucchini

1 can of tomato sauce

Toppings

Fresh basil

Pine Nuts

Parmesan

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Take out a large baking pan, cut the squash in half, grease pan with coconut oil, generously sprinkle salt and pepper over squash. Place the squash skin up and place in the oven for 40-45 minutes. Meanwhile, cut up onion and garlic and allow to simmer in frying pan with coconut oil in it for 2-3 minutes on medium/low heat. Add in zucchini, cauliflower, stir and let cook with a lid on for another 2-3 minutes. Add portobello, turn heat up to medium, season with salt and pepper, give your pan another stir and let sit for another minute or two. Be sure to watch your vegetables carefully, if they get to hot, feel free to turn the heat down. Once the mushroom and other veggies contents have softened, add tomato sauce. Put sauce on low heat until squash is ready. Stir occasionally. Once your squash is done, get out a big spoon and carve out the pasta-like strings and place into serving bowls. Add sauce and toppings of choice! ❤

Comfort Food for the Vegetarian Heart: Baked Potato

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My first Winter/Fall as a vegetarian was a bit brutal. I couldn’t figure out what exactly to eat to fill me up and give me the nourishment I needed to feel fed and warm. This is a recipe my mother taught me and boy is it good!

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Ingredients

1 potato

2 Portobello Mushrooms

1 bunch of Kale

Vegan Butter or Coconut Oil

1 Red Bell Pepper

2-3 shells of garlic

A pinch of Salt

A pinch of Pepper

Cheese

Sour Cream

Pine Nuts

Serves: 1

Cook Time: 45 minutes-1 hour

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Preheat the oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit. Take out a baking pan and tin foil. Grab your potato and poke several holes in in with either a knife or a fork about 1 inch deep. Then wrap your potato in tin foil, place in the pan or directly in the oven. Set the timer for 45-55 minutes or until soft. In the last 15 minutes on the timer, pull out a frying pan, add in coconut oil and garlic. Allow the garlic to simmer on low/medium heat for a few minutes. Chop the kale (about 2-3 leaves), red bell pepper, and portobello. Add them into the pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put a lid on the frying pan and let cook on medium heat for several more minutes. Keep an eye on the kale to make sure it doesn’t wilt. Once the veggies are soft and the potato is cooked, load up your potato with butter/coconut oil, veggies, cheese, sour cream, and pine nuts.

Enjoy ❤

As always, leave a comment or message bellow! Let me know how you liked it and let me know if you have any suggestions for further posts or recipes!

Kitchari: Sattvic Goodness

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If you’ve ever been introduced to the yoga sutras or Ayurveda, you might have heard of the phrase Sattva. Sattva is one of the three Gunas (qualities) humans naturally cycle between. The other two are Rajas and Tamas. Rajas is fiery, anxious, and over stimulated while Tamas is lethargic, heavy, lazy, and stagnant. Think about a past meal that was really spicy, did it leave you feeling rajasic? Or how about after a thanksgiving meal where you over ate? Did you find you were you tired, sluggish and it was hard to do much of anything? That’s tamasic. Sattva, however, is balanced, pure, and clear minded. It is a quality that can be achieved by many different tasks and doings, but one way to bring the body into Sattvic balance is to eat a Sattvic meal. Kitchari is just this! It is designed to help digestion, cleanse and strengthen the organs, and bring the body into a state of wholeness.
Ingredients:

1 cup Mung Beans

1 cup Basmati rice

2-3 Tbsp Coconut oil or Ghee

1 yellow onion

1Tbsp fresh ginger

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp mustard seeds

1 tsp fennel seeds

1 tsp cardamon powder

1 tsp coriander powder

1 tsp turmeric powder

A pinch Pink Himalayan Salt

Optional:

2-3 carrots

1 large head of broccoli

Optional toppings:

Lime

Cilantro

Nutritional Yeast

Greek Yogurt

Serves: 4-6 Servings

Time: 45min

To start off, get one large pot and one medium pot. In the large pot bring 3 cups of water to boil. In the medium pot bring 5 cups of water to boil. Add the rice into the large pot, stir it, bring the temperature down to simmer, and cover your pot. Do then same thing with the medium bowl, adding the mung beans. If you have a slow cooker/crock-pot your can put the mung beans in there, filling the pot to the top with water, put on medium-high and let cook until the beans are a soft, saucy mix. This will take a few hours.

While the rice and mung beans begin to cook, take out a frying pan and add coconut oil or ghee. Next, chop up the entire white onion, place it in the pan and put on medium heat. Add chopped carrots and broccoli here. Then add shredded ginger (best if graded on fine part of a cheese grader), and all of the spices listed above. To be honest, I never measure out these spices, I just add what feels appropriate. So do the same, feel free to mix it up and add more or less. The dosage above is just a good outline.

Continue to stir your pan here. Bring down to medium heat and cover with a lid for a few minutes. Once you’ve done this, give your rice and beans a stir. The rice will probably be done by this point, but the beans will need a bit more time. Remove from heat. Add coconut oil to the rice and a pinch of pink himalayan salt. You’re veggies are probably done by now, too. Add them to the big pot of rice. Continue to let your beans cook until all the water has evaporated and the mung beans are soft. Once ready, add them to the rice pot and stir everything together. Sprinkle a bit of salt over the entire pot (not too much!) and you are ready to eat kitchari, my friend.

Add toppings of your choice!

Enjoy ❤

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