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Green Rice Bowl & Marinated Tempeh Recipe

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I have been making and experimenting with a lot of rice/quinoa bowls recently. They are a good choice when you need a quick but nutritious meal. You may have seen the bowl recipe I posted last week, a carrot, chickpea and kale rice bowl. My original plan was to get this bowl posted for St-Patrick’s day since it is loaded with green ingredients, but I didn’t have time to get it up before Sunday. Although I missed the boat on St-Patty’s day, that’s no reason not to share this delicious green bowl!

The green ingredients I chose to create this bowl are kale, broccoli, avocado and pumpkin seeds, all served on a bed of rice. I used a mix of brown basmati rice and red rice. Delicious. If you are interested in creating your own bowls, I highly recommend making a big load of rice or quinoa at the beginning of the week and keeping it in the fridge. This way whenever you want a bowl you can assemble it quite quickly. I steamed the kale and broccoli which only takes a few minutes. I toasted the pumpkin seeds quickly in a frying pan to give them a nice flavour.

Another thing you can do ahead of time is marinate some tofu or tempeh slices. Then, when you are ready to eat your bowl, simply cook a couple of slices quickly in a frying pan while your veggies are steaming. I will share the marinade I used for the tempeh below. This bowl can be made with or without tempeh. Completely up to you.

Get creative when it comes to making bowls, and try out different ingredients. Some bowls focus more on raw ingredients and others more on lightly cooked ones. This one is mostly cooked except for the avocado.

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Greens Detox; Cleansing Green Smoothie Recipe

The beginning of a new year is a great time for a greens detox. A great way to do this is by drinking cleansing green smoothies. Many of us ate more over the holidays than we usually do. After all, isn’t that what the holidays are all about? I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday, and shared some great food with family and friends.

It is nice to give our systems a break since overeating can be hard on our body. Overeating slows down our system, which means slower elimination and natural detoxification. A greens detox with cleansing green smoothies is a great way to help our bodies with its natural detoxification process and give it the break it needs. Time to rejuvenate for the new year. Many of us have New Year’s resolutions to change the way we eat, and to work at having better health and weight loss goals. An easy as well as beneficial way to help you achieve your goals, is incorporating cleansing green smoothies into your diet.

Not to worry. I am not saying that you have to go on some crazy cleanse and replace all solid food with smoothies. I am just encouraging you to drink a (green) smoothie a day. Green smoothies are easy to digest, making it easier to absorb the nutrients they contain. And boy do they ever contain a lot.

This cleansing green smoothie recipe contains several ingredients to help your body recover and rejuvenate itself for the new year ahead.

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Amazing Vegan Bowl Recipe with Nutritional Yeast Sauce

Vegan bowls like this one are great for so many reasons.  They are healthy, easy to make, inexpensive, and filling.  There are an endless  number of different combinations possible.  Different vegetables, different grains, different greens, different sauces, different nuts and seeds.

In this vegan bowl I include cooked brown rice, baby spinach, shredded carrots, shredded beets, avocado, sunflower sprouts, and pumpkin seeds.  I chose to serve it with tempeh which was quickly marinated in soy sauce, orange juice, and chili flakes and then cooked in the pan.  Very simple and quick.

The delicious sauce is what pulls all these ingredients together and makes this bowl amazing.  The 2 main ingredients are nutritional yeast and tahini, injected with some serious flavour.  I am talking about garlic, ginger, soy sauce, cayenne pepper, apple cider vinegar, sesame oil and agave syrup.   I also added water to get the consistency I wanted for the bowl. Continue reading

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Tomato, Avocado, Hummus, Swiss Chard & Dill Sandwich Recipe

This is my version of a sandwich that brings back a lot of memories.  It represents a time where my eating habits began to shift dramatically.

This is a sandwich my friend John and roommate at the time, made for me when we were living together circa 2007-2008.  The original sandwich was hummus, tomatoes, avocados.  When we moved in together I didn’t like tomatoes, hummus or avocados.

You can imagine what my reaction was when he asked if I wanted one when he was making one for himself. I was a picky eater and it wasn’t easy to convince me to eat things I didn’t like.

I ate the sandwich.  I loved the sandwich.   The rest is history.  This was our go to meal on weeknights. We worked together and worked long hours.  This sandwich was perfect because it was really fast to make.  I don’t think in the entire time I lived with John I ever made this sandwich.

When I stopped living with John I started making this sandwich.  I also fell in love with hummus, tomatoes and avocados.  Well the truth is I still can’t bite into a raw tomato like an apple.  But hey.  I have come a long way. Now I am inspiring others to eat foods they never thought they would. Wild.

I hadn’t made this sandwich for a while and then last week it was the first time I added swiss chard and dill. Amazing.

Then, a few days later when I got home from a late round of golf with my friend Justin, I suggested we make sandwiches for dinner. Bam.  Hit the spot big time.

Give this simple healthy sandwich a try and let me know how you like it.

 

 

Tomato, Avocado, Hummus, Swiss Chard & Dill Sandwich

These are the approximate quantities for 2 sandwiches.

4 slices of fresh multi grain bread
1 tomato, thinly sliced
1 avocado, sliced
1 swiss chard leaf, torn in small pieces
1/2 cup of hummus
a couple sprigs of fresh dill
salt and pepper (optional)

Toast the slices of bread.
Spread some hummus on each one side of each piece.

Then layer the ingredients on a piece of bread and top with another piece of bread.

I suggest:
swiss chard
tomato
dill
avocado
salt and pepper (if you want)

The sandwich is still delicious without dill but the dill adds a nice touch. You can try other herbs as well.

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Avocado, Parsley, Roasted Pine Nut Dip

Guacamole meets pesto in this dip. If you like either guacamole or pesto you will love this dip. If you don’t like guacamole or pesto, hopefully you will still love this dip.

The creaminess of the avocados, with the roasted taste of the pine nuts, and freshness of the parsley come together nicely and are given a helping hand from a little lemon, garlic and olive oil.

Great to snack on while while barbecuing on a summer’s day.

Enjoy.

Avocado, Parsley, Pine Nut Dip

2 avocados
2 cups flat leaf parsley
1/2 cup roasted pine nuts
juice of 1 lemon
zest of 1/2 a lemon
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Optional: top with some thinly sliced portobello mushrooms sautéed with olive oil, salt and pepper

Combine all the ingredients together in a food processor and process until smooth.

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Heavenly Raw Chocolate & Mint Smoothie

If you love chocolate you are going to love this smoothie. I just tried this for the first time and wow. What a treat. A healthy treat at that. It is by no means a low fat or sugar free treat. However it contains healthy fats and natural sugars. So treat yourself and nourish your body at the same time.

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Black Eyed Pea Mango Avocado Salsa

 

 

This salsa is loaded with nutrition and deliciousness. Black-Eyed peas, mango, avocado, tomatoes, spinach, cilantro, lime, onion. This is serious. This salsa means nutriotional business.  

 

Do not take this salsa lightly. This isn't old el paso salsa you buy in a jar. This is real salsa meaning made from un-processed fresh ingredients. Get it straight. 

 

Next time you have some guests over for dinner why not make a little effort and present them with this salsa. They will be happy you did.

 

Tastes amazing and is amazing for you. Hard to argue with that.

 

Black Eyed Pea Mango Avocado Salsa

 

1/2 cup cooked black eyed peas, roughly chopped

1 mango, diced

1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped

3 roma tomatoes (italian), diced

1 avocado, diced

1 cup chopped spinach

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

juice of 1 lime (adjust to taste)

1/4 tsp cayenne

salt & pepper to taste

 

Combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl and mix together with a spoon.

 

Serve with Organic Low/No Salt Tortilla Chips, your favorite whole-grain crackers or even better, some raw veggie for those who want/chose to avoid processed grains. 

 

 

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