Five on Friday, 2 recipes included!

1.  I set a goal this week to eat more fruits which I’m happy to say I’ve done!  And I’ve been feeling great about it! So glad I no longer fear eating lots of fruit:)  Here is one of my favorite things I’ve made this week as a pre-workout breakfast.  Banana Coconut “nice” cream! (Wish I could remember where I first saw it called nice cream.  So fitting)  If you haven’t tried banana as ice cream, do it! It really is nice too.  Nice for our bodies, tastebuds, and animals:) And it’s actually great for anytime of day.  I will post the recipe at the bottom of the post.

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2. At the beginning of this week I came across some stuff about the 80/10/10 diet and the Banana Girl Diet.  For some reason I am very intrigued by this way of eating!! I mean seriously that’s a lot of fruit!  But it seems to work for a lot of people and that’s great:)    I think I might try it, just to try it.  Likely only for a week or so.  I like to try new things just to educate myself on different diets and to, of course, find how my body thrives with different eating styles.   By experimenting with different ways of eating I found that I enjoy and do well on a good amount of healthy fats with moderate carbs and protein.  I’ve also found that I am more satisfied in the morning  and have better digestion  when I have a more carb and fat filled breakfast (i.e. oat bran and nut butter) than a higher protein breakfast (i.e. an omelet with veggies).  So although this high carb low fat vegan diet is a bit different than what I’m used to, it’s nothing like I’ve ever tried before and so why not?  I’ve never really done that high of a carb/fruit diet and I’d like to see how my body reacts to it.  Who know’s it might be really cool.  At least for a bit.  I can’t stay away from my avocados and nuts for too long;)

3.  Mr. K is definitely a cool cat but he is also TROUBLE!!  Somehow he bit the tiniest hole in a tube on the side of the refrigerator that goes to the ice machine causing a small leak.  Good thing is he adorable and lovable the majority of the time.  We sure do like him:)

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4.  After taking on the challenge of having a different breakfast everyday of October, I noticed my dinners were often the same!  So this month I had a plan in my head to switch up dinner as much as possible.  I set a goal to have a different dinner at least 4 nights a week.  Well so far I’ve had a different dinner every night this month!!  Several of the nights have been soup (it’s just been so chilly!) but always a different soup of course:)  I will share my recipe for carrot ginger soup below!

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5.  Last thing for this week, I am an Aunt for the 16th time  (on my side of the family)!!!  My older brother and his girlfriend welcomed a new baby boy into the world on 11/12/13!  He is super adorable.  I haven’t had the chance to meet him yet as they live a ways away but hopefully I can soon!  I’m so happy for them!

Now for those Recipes:

Banana Coconut “Nice” Cream

Serves 1

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 TB of canned coconut milk (note: I like to freeze leftover canned coconut milk in ice cube trays to use for smoothies and such.  I measure 1 TB into each cube, so for this recipe I used 2 cubes:)
  • 2 pitted dates
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • 1-2 TB if needed

Blend everything together until smooth.  Top with anything you’d like or eat plain and enjoy!

My toppings of choice were 1 tsp each of chia seeds, coconut butter, and bee pollen.

Carrot Ginger Soup with Smoky Tofu

Serves 1 (can be easily doubled, tripled, etc)

for the soup:

  • 2 med-large carrots, peeled and sliced. (about 1 1/2-2 cups)
  • 2 TB canned coconut milk
  • 1 cup low sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 oz firm tofu, pressed
  • 2 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 tsp of braggs liquid aminos (or equivalent i.e. soy sauce, tamari, etc)
  • 1/4 tsp coriander

for the tofu topping:

  • 1 oz tofu, pressed and cubed or sliced
  • 1 tsp braggs liquid aminos
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • a handful of fresh cilantro

1.  Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

2.  marinade the topping tofu in the aminos and acv for a couple minutes and then pop it in the oven for 8 min.  flip and do 8 min. more until it reaches a firm texture that’s a little crispy on the outside. ( I think I ended up doing about 20 min but don’t really remember now so just check every 8 minutes and flip each time:)

3.  Meanwhile, in a small saucepan add in the carrots and grated ginger on medium heat.  Let cook for about 1 minute then add the broth, coconut milk, and seasonings.

4.  Bring to a boil and then turn down the heat slightly.  Add i the 2 oz of tofu and let it cook for about 10 minutes or until carrots are cooked through.

5.  Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

6.  Use an immersion blender or a regular blender to puree your soup.

7.  Place in a bowl and top with cilantro and tofu topping.  Enjoy!

Have a wonderful weekend!  I hope you will try these recipes out and as always let me know if you do.

What is your favorite fruit?

Do you tend to have the same things for dinner a few times a week?

 

 

 

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Make It Yourself Monday: Pumpkin Puree

Hello all.

Happy Monday!  But more importantly Happy Veteran’s Day.  I have several family members who are serving now and have served in the past and I’m so grateful for their sacrifices they have made to help their family and country!  Love you all and think about you often.

Somehow with all the cooking I do I’ve become very into doing a lot of things myself.  One example being making my own pumpkin puree!  Or any squash puree for that matter.  Just depends on what kind of squash I bought that week.  It’s so easy I don’t know why I haven’t been doing it all the time.  I have found I prefer the taste over canned pumpkin and I also prefer the price;)  For example,  I can buy a 3 pound squash and get around 3.5-4 cups of puree.  For a can of your average pumpkin puree, it’s usually about $2-$2.50 and that gives you less than 2 cups.

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I like to keep 1.5 cups in the fridge and then I freeze the rest so I can thaw it and use it as needed.  I do this by placing some in a plastic freezer bag and flattening it out so it fits in the freezer nicely.  Like this:

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I have done pumpkin, kuri squash, and butternut squash.  I have used kuri and butternut puree in place of pumpkin in a few recipes and have been very happy with the results:)

Here is how I do it.

1.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Slice your pumpkin or squash in half and scoop out the seeds.  I like to cut it into quarters after this but you can leave it in halves as well:)

3.  Place on a baking sheet and bake for 30-45 minutes.  Depends on the type and size of the squash.  Just check it once in awhile and take it out once it is soft all the way through.

4.  Let cool.  Scoop the flesh into a blender and blend until it reaches your desired consistency.

Notes:  You can add a little water (a tablespoon at a time) if needed to get things moving but I haven’t had to do this yet.  Probably depends on the blender!

20131027_164942Well there you have it!  A simple way to have fresh pumpkin puree, no can needed!

Much Love

Hannah

What’s your current favorite way to use pumpkin puree? Mine is to use it in smoothies after my workout for a pumpkin pie shake!

Recap of October Goals and Breakfasts!

Welcome to Monday.  Hope it was a great weekend for everyone!

I’m a few days behind seeing as how we are already a few days into November!  Oops!  But I want to make sure I finish recapping my breakfasts from the month as well as recapping the rest of my October Goals.

As for my goals I reached my goal of participating in the October Breakfast Challenge!  I was able to have a different breakfast everyday of the month and I loved it!  It helped me come up with a few new recipes that I otherwise wouldn’t have and also try several new to me recipes from others that were also awesome!

Here are a few more of my favorite breakfasts from the month:

IMG_20131025_074016I saw this recipe on Kylie’s instagram feed.  But it might be on her blog as well.  It is a pumpkin peanut butter overnight breakfast cookie!  It was super yummy and so easy! I topped mine with banana slices.

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This was a high protein buckwheat pancake that I made based on a recipe from peachypalate.com.

Here is what I did:  1/4 cup peanut flour+1/4 buckwheat flour (I just ground up raw buckwheat groats)+1/2 tsp baking powder+1-2 TB of pumpkin puree+1/4 coconut milk+1/4 cup of water+plus some cinnamon.  Mix everything together and cook just like any pancake!

I topped mine with homemade almond butter, banana slices, and my strawberry lime chia jam!

My final breakfast of the month was a very approriate for Halloween because of the orange color!!  Recipe below.

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Banana Sweet Potato Chia Pudding Parfait

Serves 1

Banana Layer:

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/4 cup raw oatmeal
  • 1/2 liquid of choice (i.e. almond milk, coconut milk, water)
  • 1 TB Chia seeds

Sweet Potato Layer:

  • 2.5 oz cooked sweet potato
  • 1 TB peanut flour (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of liquid of choice
  • 1 TB Chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • cinnamon to taste

Nut butter Layers

  • 2 TB Peanut flour
  • a dash of salt
  • 1 TB nut butter of choice (I used almond butter)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of water

1.  Blend together banana, oatmeal, and liquid in a blender, place in bottom of jar and mix in chia seeds.

2. Mix together ingredients for the nut butter layer until it reaches a thick sauce consistency.  Top banana layer with 1/2 of the nut butter mix.

3.  Blend together all ingredients for the sweet potato layer except chia seeds.  Mix in chia after blending and place into jar.

4.  Top with the remainder of the nut butter sauce.

5.  Optional:  not with cacao nibs or mixed nuts/seeds for some added texture and crunch:)

Let me know what you think if you try any of these out!

As for my other goals:

Study my Scriptures everyday:  I did still miss just a few days but I was more focused while reading this time and I feel I got more out of them this month than I have.  Still something to work on:)

Prioritize my time better:  I ended up being very busy this month!  Which is a good thing and I feel like a got a lot done this month that will help me reach my career goals so I’m very happy:)

Well that’s all for October!  Now it’s time to embrace this new month of November!  This is one of my favorite months because it really starts to feel like the holiday season and it also includes my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving of course!!  Although I could definitely do without the freezing cold weather!! Anyway, no real new goals for the month.  Just want to focus on being thankful for all I have during the month and enjoying this time of year!

Have a wonderful day!

Hannah