Vegetarian Goddess Bowl

This latest dish was inspired by a local eatery, Earth Girl Goodies, designed as a complete protein that is completely delicious. This dish is completely vegetarian and can be made with vegan substitutes, if desired. The best part about this dish is that it is super nourishing and packed with flavor! Check out the recipe bellow to taste for yourself ❤

Ingredients

Quinoa

1 1/2 Cups of Quinoa, rinsed

2 tbsp Extra Virgin, Cold-Pressed Olive Oil

1 tsp of Himalayan Pink Salt

Tzatziki

16 oz Organic Greek Yogurt

2 Cucumbers

3 Cloves of Garlic

2 tbsp Olive Oil

1/2 of a Lemon

Himalayan Pink Salt

1 tbsp Mint

Toppings 

Falafel Mix

Avocado

Kalamata Olives

Hummus

Spinach

Red Onion

Cherry Tomatoes

Feta Cheese

 

To begin, bring 3 cups of water to boil, add quinoa, cover with a lid, and turn down to medium heat. Follow the instructions on your falafel mix. Most add several cups of water and ask you to let the mix soak for about 10-15 minutes. Once your quinoa is done, take off of heat, drizzle with olive oil and salt, then set aside.

Meanwhile, begin to prep your tzatziki by placing the yogurt into a medium size bowl. Then, peel and finely chop your cucumber and garlic. Add cucumber, garlic, salt, lemon, and olive oil into the yogurt and mix well.

Once the falafel mix has absorbed the water, begin to make 1/2″ thick patties. Fry in coconut oil over high heat for 2-3 minutes or follow instructions on the box.

To make your dish add quinoa, tzatziki, falafels, and your choice of toppings to your bowl   ( I highly suggest using all of them 😉 ).

Enjoy ❤

 

3 Tips to have Healthy, Glowing Skin from Within

We all want beautiful, glowing skin. It carries a lot of weight in a first impression and it also seems to be one of the first things we criticize about ourselves if it isn’t flawless. If you are one of those people who seem to have tried everything on the market to get rid of acne, age-spots, dark circles, and redness, but nothing seems to work, try some of these methods bellow. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and many of the external impurities or “imperfections” are related to internal imbalances.

TIP #1 Hydrate

IMG_4483.JPG  Hydration may seem like one of the most obvious things we can do for our skin and our entire body, but it is one of the most commonly over-looked steps when it comes to healthy, glowing skin. The key here is that when you keep your body well hydrated through out the day, your body can more efficiently flush out toxins through your kidney’s and liver. The best way to do this is to start your morning off with one of the following:

Can of Coconut Water

Fruit-Infused Water (Strawberries, lemon, and mint in the picture)

Warm water with lemon and/or ginger

Be sure to drink one of these thirst quenching options at least 15 minutes before you eat anything. Then, be sure to drink water through out the day. There is no real recommended amount of water, despite false-scientific studies; just drink when you feel thirsty and remember to hydrate often.

TIP #2 Superfood Vitamin C Smoothie Bowl

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Seriously, this is one of the most delicious ways to support your body. Vitamin C increases your body’s collagen production which will reduce darkness, age spots, increase elasticity, and heal your skin from within! Not to mention the long list of benefits of the superfoods, which load up the body with much-needed nutrients.

Here is the ingredient list:  Blend 1 mango, 1 orange, almond milk, 1 banana. Top with: goji berries, hemp hearts, strawberries, flax seeds, and chia seeds.

TIP #3 Eat Your Greens!

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The best thing you can do for your entire body, not just your skin, is to eat your greens. Eating 3-4 servings of greens daily is known to improve your immune system, increase your life span, reduce disease and inflammation, and make your body feel good! It’s best to eat your greens raw as much as possible, so that the heat sensitive nutrients stay in-tact. My personal favorite way to do this is to add greens to my smoothies, add a salad to my dinner, or add greens to my carrot juice (side note: carrot juice is packed with carotenoids which have anti-inflammatory properties that tighten skin, even skin tones, reduce scarring, prevent wrinkles, naturally moisturize, and improves digestion). Keeping a regular routine of eating your greens will serve you and your body for the rest of your life!

Thanks for taking the time to read this post! If you are curious about what your body might be telling you based on where your impurities is on your face, click here to learn more about what you can do to support your body.

As always, feel free to leave questions and comments bellow!

 

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 ❤

Vietnamese Pho: An Organic Take

 

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Pho is by far one of my favorite meals! And it is jam packed with nutrients. The broth itself is said to have amazing healing properties, especially for the muscles and joints. Unfortunately, most pho that we can by at a restaurant is not organic and often it contains MSG. To solve my dilemma to determine whether this food is my friend or pho (get it 😉 ) I decided to make my own.

The process can be a bit intimidating because the ingredients may be slightly unusual and it can be time consuming. Fear not, it is simple, delicious and makes a ton! So you will be able to share the meal with your family.

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Ingredients

1 lb beef or pork bones

1 White onion, Large

4-5 quarts of water

1 tbsp Ginger, fresh

1 1/2 tbsp Pink Himalayan Salt

1 tbsp Pepper

2 tsp Chili Powder

2 pods Star Anise

2-3 tbsp Fish sauce

1 1/2 lbs choice of meat (Shrimp, Tofu, Pork, or Beef)

1 tbsp Sriracha

1 tbsp Hoisin sauce

1 lime

Toppings:

1 1/2 cups of bean sprouts

1 head of Cilantro

2-3 Jalapeños

1 package Thai Basil

Green Onions

2 limes

1-2 packages Rice Ramen Noodles

Sriracha

Poison Sauce

Cherry Tomatoes

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IMG_3304.JPGPreparation:
Many health food stores sell beat sprouts, however, if they are not in
season or if you would like to sprout your own, you can take about 1/2 cups of beans (I chose
mung), cover them with water, and place a folded paper towel and rubber band over the top. Allow them to sprout over the course of 5-7 days (other beans take less time). Once they have sprouted, strain them and add them to this meal or the next!

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Start by taking your beef bones and cooking them in the oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour. This will rid the bones of any parasites and will ready the bones marrow to be pulled out when making your stock.

In a large pot, place in water, onion (shopped),ginger, and bones. Simmer on low for 6-10 hours.  Then add pepper,salt, chili powder, star anise, and fish sauce then stir. Add in your meat either by cooking it in the broth or in a pan. I prepared mine in a pan to avoid any contamination and to individually season the meat to my liking. Once finished, take out the bones and add the meat to the pot along with the Sriracha, 1 lime, and Hoisin Sauce.

In a separate bowl, cook the amount of rice noodles you would like to eat by following the instructions on the package. Then, disperse the noodles into each serving and add the broth (NOTE: the rice noodles are fragile and will break/disintegrate if you cook them all at once and place them in the pot). Then, add the toppings of your choice, I recommend adding them all.

Eat and Enjoy ❤

 

 

 

 

Mango Chicken Haystack

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Here is a clean eat for the family night dinner. It’s got great flavor; mixing sweet and spicy.

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Ingredients

1 cup Basmati Rice

3 tbsp Olive Oil

 1/2 lemon

1/2-1 lb Chicken breast

1/2 onion

2 cloves garlic

A pinch of Salt

A pinch of pepper

1 tsp Cumin

1/2 tsp Turmeric

1 tbsp Chili Powder

1 mango

1 Avocado

1/4 cup cilantro

1/2 cup lettuce

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Bring 2 cups of water to boil in a small pot. Add rice and bring down to medium/low heat, cover with lid.

In a frying pan, place olive oil, onion, garlic and simmer on low heat for 2-3 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add chopped chicken, salt, pepper, cumin, turmeric, 1/4 lemon and chili powder. Bring up to medium/high heat and stir frequently, adding more olive oil, if needed. Once the meat is cooked thoroughly, remove from heat.

When rice is ready, add a pinch of salt, a splash of olive oil, cilantro, and 1/4 lemon. Mix well.

Begin to make your haystack by placing rice, chicken, lettuce, avocado, mango, and garnish with cilantro.

Enjoy ❤

 

Egg-celent Breakfast

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Here’s an easy breakfast I threw together! Super easy, quick and yummy!

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Ingredients

New York Lox

2 eggs, hard boiled

1/4 cup lettuce

1/4 cup Spinash

1 avocado

Himalayan Pink Salt

Optional:

Capers

Lemon

Salad Dressing

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Take out a small pot, fill with water, add eggs. Let boil for 10-15 min. Take out lox, cut lettuce, and avocado. Sprinkle with salt. Add capers and squeeze lemon over it or add salad dressing, if desired. Once eggs are done, remove the shell, slice, and serve!

Kind Quinoa Kale Side Dish

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Hello hello!

I got another one for ya! I put this dish as a side, but the more veggies you add the more of a meal or filling snack it turns out to be! Here it goes:

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Ingredients

1 Cup Quinoa

1 Portabello Mushroom

1 Red Bell Pepper (optional)

3-4 Kale Leaves

2 cloves garlic

1-2 tbsp Olive Oil

3 tbsp Tamari

A pinch of Salt

A pinch of Pepper

Time: 10-15 min

Serves: 1-2

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Take two cups of water and place in a small or medium pot. Turn on high, when the water starts to boil, add quinoa and turn on medium/low heat. Take out a frying pan and put roughly 1-2 tbsp of olive oil in the pan. Finely chop garlic and add to pan and turn on medium heat. Continue to chop mushrooms, bell pepper, and kale making sure to take out the middle stem and adding only the leafy green. Add to pan, stir veggies, and add salt, pepper, and Tamari. Stir in seasoning and then turn to low heat for 1-2 minutes. Take off heat and serve.

Curried Squash Soup

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Soup season is upon us! So much deliciousness in one giant pot! I just kind of made this one up as I went along and it turned out so good! So try it out for yourself and see if you like it!

I love soups because they are super affordable and make so so much. Plus it’s seems to be so nourishing to sit down to a nice piping hot bowl of soup.

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Ingredients

Broth

5 cups of Water

1/4 yellow onion

3 Carrots

1/2 cup Cabbage

1/2 cup Kale

Soup

1 Squash (any variety)

1 Large Yam

Vegan butter

Salt

Pepper

1/2 Yellow Onion

2-3 Carrots

1 can Coconut Milk (simple brand)

1/4 cup Madras Curry Peppery Coconut with Coriander Sauce

1 tsp Paprika

1 tbsp Cumin

1 tbsp Coriander

Toppings

Cilantro

Feta

Lemon or Lime

Avocado

Serves: 10-12

Side (optional)

Jasmine Rice

Time: 50-60 min

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Turn on the oven to 350 degrees. Take your squash and cut it in half (Or, if you have issues opening it, you can do what I did, which was drop it off my balcony to get it to crack open). Take out a baking pan and place the squash in it skin side down. Take a small scoop of vegan butter and place it in the middle of the squash. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and set it in the oven. Set the timer for 45 minutes.

Next, take out a bid pot and fill it with the water for your broth. You can, of course, just buy vegetable or chicken broth, but there’s no fun in that and this tastes way better! Chop up and peel yam, cut onion, carrots, cabbage, and kale or substitute any vegetable you would like to make the broth. Set on medium/ow heat. Cover with a lid and let cook for 45 minutes.

If you would like to serve with rice, in the last ten minutes on the timer, make about 1/4 cup of rice for every two people you want to serve. Have a 2:1 ratio of water. So if you preserving a family of four you would have 1/2 cup of rice and 1 cup of water. Put water in a pot on high heat. Add about 1 tbsp olive oil. Once boiling, add rice, cover with a lid, and put on medium/low heat for 10 minutes.

Once your squash is done and your broth is ready, take the squash out of the oven. Let it cool for a few minutes and then take off the peel. Place the squash in a blender, along with raw carrots and onion. Cover with the broth you just made and blend. It’s okay if you need to do several rounds to fit it all in your blender. Once all of the veggies are blended and in the big pot on medium heat, add a big pinch of salt and a big pinch of pepper. Add paprika, cumin, coriander, coconut milk and curry. If you can’t find this brand, use can definitely use another or add in regular curry powder (if using powder only add in 1-2 tbsp). Stir well and serve. If you would like, you can garnish with cilantro, feta, avocado, and squeeze lemon over it.

enjoy ❤

 

Guilt Free Blueberry Pancakes

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Hello all! This recipe is inspired by Mark Hyman, MD. He is an amazing individual in the world of health today; acknowledging that food is medicine. I’m a big fan and a huge supporter. For great tips on how to heal your gut, your skin, recipes, and so so much more subscribe to his blog drhyman.com

This recipe is a delicious,  gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, candida friendly (minus the blueberries, but so close!) breakfast. And overall is just a great opportunity to try making your pancakes a little differently!

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Ingredients

3/4 Cup Coconut Flour or Gluten Free Flour

3 Eggs

1 Cup Almond Milk

1/2 tsp Baking Powder

1/2 tsp Baking Soda

1 tbsp Vanilla Extract

1/4 Lemon

Pinch of Salt

1 tsp Cinnamon

1 tsp Nutmeg

1/2 cup Blueberries

1 banana

Coconut oil

Syrup

1 Cup Blueberries

4 tbsp Water

3 tbsp Orange Juice

A pinch of Salt

Topping

Walnuts (optional)

Time: 15-20 minutes

Serves: 2-3

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Take out a large mixing bowl and mix together wet ingredients: eggs, milk, vanilla, & lemon. In a separate bowl mix together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, blueberries & banana. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix well. Add more almond milk if needed to get a more watery batter/pancake consistency. Once mixed, take out a small pot and place in blueberries and water for syrup. Place on medium/low heat for 8 minutes. Stir frequently. Take out a frying pan and grease it well with coconut oil and turn to medium/high heat. Then begin to pour about 1/4 cup or less of the batter into the pan. Once bubbles appear on the top or the edges turn golden brown, flip. Continue to do this until you have used all your batter. Once the 8 minutes is up on the blueberries add salt and orange juice. Stir well and let simmer on low for two more minutes with the lid on top. Once done, serve with pancakes and top with walnuts. ❤

Nutrition Bowl

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Make this meal for a quick and easy lunch or dinner. This meal is filling and oh so so good for you!

Ingredients:

1 cup Quinoa

1 Sweet Potato

2-3 Carrots

1 head of Broccoli

1 cup of Spinach

1 Avocado

Coconut Oil/Olive Oil

1 tsp Cumin

1 tsp Chili Powder

A pinch of Salt

A pinch of Pepper

Toppings: Salad dressing of choice (I used Annie’s Goddess Dressing) and nutritional yeast

Serves: 2 

Cooking Time: 20-25 min.

Begin with a medium and a small pot. Put 2 cups of water in the small pot and fill the medium pot with 3/4 of the way. Put both on high heat and wait for them to boil. While waiting, measure out 1 cup of quinoa as well as peel and cut your sweet potato into small pieces, no larger than 1/2 inch thick. Once both waters are boiling, place the quinoa in the small pot, cover with a lid, and place on medium/low heat. Place the sweet potato into the medium pot, cover with a lid, and place of medium/high heat. While those cook, take out a frying pan and place either coconut oil or olive oil into the pan. Put in enough to spread evenly across the bottom. Cut up Broccoli and Carrots, place in the pan on medium/high heat. dd in cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Stir and then cover with a lid and turn the heat on medium/low. As the vegetables steam, check our quinoa. If all the water as evaporated, taste and make sure the grain is soft. If not, add another cup of water and place the lid so that it creates a vent between the lid and the pot. Let steam for another 5 minutes. If it is ready, take off heat. Check sweet potatoes with a fork. Once they are soft and easy fall apart, strain them and place into the pan with vegetables. Stir around until the oil and seasonings evenly coat all the vegetables. Take off of heat. Place quinoa and veggies in a serving bowl, add spinach and avocado. Add salad dressing and nutritional yeast.

Enjoy ❤