Photo Friday + A Recipe

Happy Friday everyone!!  I hope you have all had a great week!

My week has been a little up and down but things are looking good today!

Here is a look into the positive parts of my week!

dill dressing 002Tried plantains for the first time!!  I cooked them up in coconut oil like the purely twins!

dill dressing 003Then I topped this salad with them!  I loved them.  This salad was so good!  One of my favorites lately and the plantains made it even better!! I think I’m in love;)

In the salad mix:  greens (from my urban garden!), grated carrot, 2 fried eggs, dill, sauerkraut, a squeeze of orange juice and tahini drizzle.

Tuesday night ended up being unexpectedly awesome!

dill dressing 009We went to the Postal Service concert in town with my sister and her husband!  It was actually sold out but my sister was there and texted me that they were selling a few tickets at the door.  It was such a good show!!  So glad we went!

Thursday morning I tried out a new breakfast.  It was a strange but good combo, also from the purely twins.  I guess I was very inspired by them all week;)

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1/2 an avocado, 1 banana, a scoop of Vanilla vegan protein powder, and cinnamon all mashed together.  I also added a small spoonful of coconut oil:)  This was so good.  For real.  I love mashes/puddings!

And finally last night I made some soup!  And I loved it.  It’s been a little rainy around here this week so I’ve been cravings soups.

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Here is the recipe.  I hope you like it!  I personally love blended soups!  My husband doesn’t like the blended consistency as much, but said the flavor was good anyway:)

Coconut Sweet Potato Soup with Plantains and Tofu

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk (full fat is best)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond coconut milk
  • 1/2 of a large plantain, chopped
  • 6 oz firm tofu, cubed
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 TB fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp curry
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne (your preference)
  • 2 TB fresh lemon juice
  • Cilantro

1.  Add milks and sweet potato to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.  Stir in 3 oz of tofu, ginger, curry, coriander, salt, and cayenne.  Reduce heat and cover.   Let cook until sweet potatoes are soft.

2.  While that is cooking, heat 1 tsp of coconut oil in a skillet.  Add the remaining 3 oz of cubed tofu and let cook for a about a minute, then add in plantains.  Let cook all the way through, stirring occasionally, then set aside.

3.  Once the potatoes are cooked pour the soup, let cool for a few minutes then pour into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.  Add in the lemon juice and blend some more.  May need to add a little bit of water.

4.  Split soup up evenly into 2 bowls and split the tofu and plantain mixture up evenly into the bowls as well.

5.  Top with cilantro and enjoy.

These crackers pair well with this soup:)

Let me know if you try this recipe out!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!!

What’s the funnest thing you have done this week? Best thing you ate?

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Say No to GMO!!

I love food.  Who doesn’t?  But more importantly I love whole NATURAL foods that are non-GMO!

Thanks to my Mom, I’ve been aware since I was a teenager to not buy anything that is GMO.  I learned that Monsanto is not a good company and that they  shouldn’t be trusted with our food supply.  Personally their poisonous plants give creep me out.  I don’t want checmicals in my body.  Their are so many scientific studies that show all the damage these products can cause in our bodies.  But it’s not just  the GMO products that I don’t like from them.  They are also the manufacturers of aspartame and are rBGH both of which I’m against.  They also use their money and power to trump politics, to make it so you can’t sue them.  They are creating a monopoly that puts small farmers out of business, even sueing small farmers who refuse to use their GMO seeds!! That just makes me so mad!  Oh and by the way, ex-Monsanto executives run the United States Food and Drug Administration, the agency tasked with ensuring food safety for us, the American public.  Although I’ve never put a lot of faith in the FDA anyway.  Ugh.  So many things I don’t like about this company.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKebklVc0Pk

Agent Orange, anyone?

Agent Orange, anyone?

I don’t want to get too deep into this topic on here because first of all, that would be a looonnngg post.  And second I like to keep things positive around this place.  But I think it is important to be aware of what’s being done to our food/crops so we can make the right choices when we are at the store; that we don’t support Monsanto or any GMO products for that matter.

If you are interested in learning more about GMO or Monsanto here are some links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bst1aDhMCew (big news channels won’t touch Monsanto, hmm wonder why?)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voT_Mj5GDKQ&feature=share (Genetic Roulette: A documentary)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1189345/ (Documentary The World According to Monsanto)

http://bestmeal.info/monsanto/company-history.shtml (A timeline of Monsanto’s dark history)

http://kboo.fm/node/33977 (List of Monsanto products, brands, etc at the bottom)

http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/345-justice/17589-5-horrifying-reasons-you-should-march-against-monsanto-on-saturday (5 MAJOR reasons to NOT support Monsanto)

Now go, learn some stuff and tell me your thoughts!

Do You Know…

…the secret to smooth creamy hummus??!!

I didn’t until recently.

A couple of months ago I decided to make homemade hummus all the time instead of buying it all the time! It seemed like we were always out of the stuff!  My husband goes through hummus very fast!!  I help out of course!  I love hummus on everything from salads to wraps to dressings to ripped up seaweed sheets!  He loves it on Beanitos and that’s mostly it:) I figured making it at home would be much cheaper.

The problem:  the hummus tasted yummy but was not very smooth and creamy like the store bought versions!  I did a quick Google search and found out the secret to making homemade hummus is peeling off the skins of the chickpeas before blending!!   It certainly takes a little more time (12-15 minutes per can) but sooooo worth it!

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Here is my recipe for classic hummus.  And as always, switch up the measurements to fit your preferences:)

Classic Hummus

  • 2 cans of chickpeas
  • 4 TB tahini
  • 3 TB lemon juice
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3/4 cup water

1.  Rinse chickpeas, peel off skins, rinse again.

2.  Place chickpeas in a medium saucepan, cover with water and let them cook up a little.  Just enough so that they are warm <—–this step also helps with the smooth/creamy factor!!

3.  While the chickpeas are warming up, place remaining ingredients except the water in a food processor.  Blend just for a few seconds to combine.

4.  Drain chickpeas and add them into the food processor.

5.  Blend for a bit until well combined.  Add the water, a little at a time and keep on blending until it reaches your desired consistency.  (More water is best as it tends to thicken up in the fridge.)

6.  Enjoy!

Beanitos, carrots, and hummus!! Yum.

Beanitos, carrots, and hummus!! Yum.

I hope you enjoy the recipe if you try it!

What I (literally) ate on Wednesday #1

Hey All!!  It’s my first actual What I ate Wednesday post!  And guess what?!  It’s a couple things I really did eat on Wednesday!

So let’s get to it!

Woke up this morning at 4:25 for work!!  That might be too much excitement for that time of the morning.

Early mornings mean breakfast in tupperware, sorry for the terrible pic!! Like I said it was early.

wiaw #1 001This was delicious though.

soy yogurt+pumpkin puree+coconut: flour, oil, and butter+ oats+ chia seed+cinnamon+stevia+plus a little full fat coconut milk on top

This kept me full for about 4.5 hours which is just what I need for a busy morning at work:)

I then tried a simply bar for the first time!

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Lemon Coconut Flavor=yummmmm

The stats are awesome on these bars and I love that they are so low in sugar!  I don’t usually eat a ton of bars but these are nutritionally sound and are easy to bring to work.

When I got home I order a sample pack of the bars.  Can’t wait till they arrive!

It’s a rest day for me today but I did a little Tara Stiles Yoga to stretch out a bit.

Then it was lunch time and I was craving eggs and salad!!

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In the mix:  2 fried eggs (covered in dill and nutritional yeast), a little tempeh, mixed greens, shredded carrots and zuchinni. 

For the dressing:  Juice from half an orange+tsp of dijon mustard+dill+nutritional yeast

Recipe inspired by a coworker/friend:)

So there is most of my eats for this Wednesday!!

The rest of the day was pretty busy running errands and writing up a new resume to apply for some personal training jobs<3  No photos were taken but the jist of it was a couple handfuls of mixed nuts, some kombucha, a big ol’ salad for dinner with tofu and maybe a snack later!  Complete with peanut butter of course:) because oddly enough I haven’t had any today:(  That’s just not going to work for me.

Hope you all have had a great day!!

Do you rely on protein bars during the day?

What is your favorite bar?

Quinoa Veggie bowl with Lemon Dill Dressing

Apparently I love dill and lemon together.  I already have this recipe on here and now I’m adding a new Dill and Lemon dressing to the mix!!

What can I say, dill is one of my favorite herbs!  And did you know dill is full of so many health benefits?!

Here are a few of them:

  • Plant-based source of calcium
  • Anti-bacterial-fights off  infection internally and even externally, ancient cultures applied burnt dill seeds to wounds in order to prevent infections. Pretty cool!
  • Dill can improve digestion functioning by managing stomach acid levels which can reduce acid reflux and soothe an upset stomach

I had no idea dill was that cool:)

So anyway onto the recipe!  This was my dinner last night:

dill dressingBoy was it good.

Definitely a plantpower powerbowl.  It is very light and refreshing too, which is perfect for springtime!

Quinoa Veggie Bowl with Lemon Dill Dressing

Serves: 1

  • 3 smaller carrots, shredded
  • 1/3-1/2 zuchinni, shredded
  • 2-3 kale leaves lightly sauted (or you can leave raw)
  • 1/4 cup of kabocha squash
  • 1/3 cup of quinoa
  • 1-2 scoops of sauerkraut
  • sundried tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 sheet of nori, torn
  • 1/4 avocado

Dressing:

  • 2 Tb lemon juice
  • 1 Tb sauerkraut “juice”
  • 2-3 tsp sunflower seed butter
  • 1-2 tsp dried dill weed
  • 1 TB nutritional yeast

1.  Mix together the ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl.

2.  Put all veggies and quinoa in a bowl.  Top with dressing.

3. Devour.

Note:  You can really use any veggies your heart desires.  This sure was a tasty mix though!

I’ve used the dressing as a marinade for tofu before as well and loved that!  I’m sure it would be great on chicken or fish also!

Let me know if you try this out!

What is your favorite herb or flavor duo?

Intuitive Eating Successes!!

It’s been a bit since I’ve discussed my goals of eating more like a normal person aka intuitively;)

So far it’s been going pretty well.  I’m at a much better place now than I have been but I still have a lot of work to do.  Some days are better than others.

Some days I don’t even think about how much fat or the number of carbs I’ve had.  I don’t let it dictate what I choose to eat at my next meal.  And some days it completely dictates what I eat.

Funny thing our brains!

Some days I don’t even think about time and sometimes I watch the clock too much.

I’ve noticed on days I watch the clock it’s because I haven’t eaten enough that day.  When I allow myself to eat enough then I don’t think about food and my next “meal time”.   I just eat and go about my day until I’m hungry again.  Like I said I’m a work in progress;)

I have had a few success though this past week in the form of eating at restaurants which has been a struggle for me in the past.

My first success was when we were in Idaho Falls for my sisters wedding.  My husband and I had a our own little dinner date at the Hotel Restaurant called the Great American Grill.  It was very delicious.

There weren’t really any vegan options but since I’m not strictly vegan I just went with what I was truly craving.  And that was SALMON!!   I haven’t had it in about 6 months!  I ordered a green salad that came with bleu cheese, candied walnuts, and apple slices and added grilled salmon to it.  It was delicious.   I’m glad I got what I really wanted.  I felt very satisfied afterward.  Sadly I didn’t snap a picture but it was a beauty.  My only complaint is I wish the walnuts weren’t candied.  A little too sweet for my taste.  I prefer plain walnuts in my salad.

My second success was this:

Braised tofu with stir-fried veggies

Braised tofu with stir-fried veggies

We took Dom’s mom out to eat at Red Pavillion for Mother’s day.  For the longest time I’ve tried to stay away from Chinese restaurants for some reason.  I always feel like there is always too much sauce on everything and I don’t know what’s in the sauce and they always give you so much food, I’m worried I’ll eat too much!!! blah blah blah.  I had all these reasons to just avoid them.  I’m glad I went though and even more glad that I ordered exactly what I was craving.  I ordered the braised tofu that had a delicious sauce on it.   Oh yes, I ate the sauce!   The tofu was cooked perfectly and the vegetables were super fresh and crisp!! And guess what I ate till I was satisfied and no more.   Funny thing happens when you actually order what you are craving; you tend to just eat the right portion for you personally and can leave satisfied!!  Such a win this was!!

The third success I had this week happened at Mai Thai.  It was Dom and I’s 3rd wedding anniversary this week and it was an amazing day all around.  After seeing The Great Gatsby (loved it)  we went out to a new to us restaurant.   I was set on ordering whatever I wanted.  The Swimming Angel dish caught my eye so I went with it.

Steamed tofu in a tangy peanut sauce over steamed spinach and broccoli, brown rice on the side:)

Steamed tofu in a tangy peanut sauce over steamed spinach and broccoli, brown rice on the side:)

So glad I ordered this.  Steamed tofu is awesome and I can never say no to peanut sauce (why would I want to?)  I loved this meal so much I’ve recreated it twice at home already.  Can’t get enough.  I think this was also the first time I’ve ever finished a meal before Dom.  Who am I?!!

I’m so glad that it is getting easier for me to go out to eat at any restaurant, not just the safe ones.  I think Dom is happy I’m doing better at this too.  I told him “Aren’t you glad I’m getting better and eliminating my food rules?  I’m so much more fun!!”  He kindly agreed;)

So, now I ask you

Do you have trouble eating out at restaurants?

 

Wedding Recap and a New Career

These past 2 weeks have been indcredible!!

To start off I passed my NCCPT Personal Training course:)  It’s such a relief!! It feels so good to accomplish that goal of mine!

I’m looking forward to what my future holds and I know I have a lot of work to do to get where I want to be but the first step is complete and I’m so excited!!  I will fill you in on what my future goals are soon.

For now though, I want to share some pictures from my  weekend!

So this happened:

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My little sister Shannon got married!  She is amazing.  I could not be happier for her and her new husband!

first dance!

first dance!

I just love them together.  

And the wedding was beautiful and fun.  It involved lots of cotton candy (the grooms favorite treat) and chocolate fountains.  Totally my sister.

cotton candy "truffula trees" centerpieces

cotton candy “truffula trees” centerpieces

The weekend continued to be great because I got to hang out with this girl:

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My girl, Tasha:)  She is just the best.

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We’ve been friends since high school and we’ve been through a lot in that short amount of time.  Sadly she lives too far away!!  But I’m so glad she came to visit for a bit.  It was so good to catch up with her.  And of course we had lunch at whole foods.  We got two veggie rolls to share plus two different juices.  Both amazing and fresh!

The peanut sauce with those rolls is so good.

The peanut sauce with those veggie rolls is so good.

It was a good weekend indeed.

Gosh, this post is a little over the top, positive eh?!  I can’t help it,  I’m just feeling really happy right now and grateful for my life and everyone in it.

Let’s bring the excitement level down a notch now.  There is something terrible happening today….

The final episode of The Office airs tonight.  So that’ s what we will be doing later.   It’s sure to be a very funny and sad night.

Who doesn't love Jim and Pam??

Who doesn’t love Jim and Pam??

Priceless.

Priceless.

Will you be watching the finale tonight?