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Orange Mango Lemon Smoothie

Orange Mango Lemon Smoothie

Good Morning and Happy Easter! I spent yesterday afternoon whipping up some smoothies at lululemon athletica on Ste-Catherine street here in Montreal.   The event was a blast!  I met all different types of really nice and interesting people, as I always do at events like these.  I always love hearing about other peoples smoothie making experiences and what they like to put into their smoothies.

I made 2 smoothies yesterday.  One of them was an Orange Mango Lemon Smoothie and the other was the incredibly popular Banana Nut Butter Smoothie made with almond butter, raw cacao nibs, almond milk, coconut water, and dates.  I loved seeing peoples reaction when they tried this smoothie.  They were pleasantly surprised.  Consensus is people like Chocolate! Was there any doubt in the first place?  The good news is, that even though the Banana Nut Butter Smoothie tastes incredibly naughty, it is good for you!  So if you are in the mood for a treat, go ahead,  you deserve it!

The Orange Mango Lemon Smoothie was also very well received.  Which is why I woke up this morning and made it again so I could share the recipe since it’s not up on my site yet.  People were continuously asking for the recipe so here it is! Continue reading

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Orange, Garlic, Jalapeño Baked Tempeh Recipe & Volcano Rice

Orange Garlic Jalapeño Baked Tempeh

I am going to start out by saying, I LOVE TEMPEH! It’s just so good. Hands down a better choice than tofu. In this recipe I marinate with soy sauce, orange juice, garlic, jalapeño, and cilantro. When you bake tempeh in its marinade it absorbs all that delicious flavour. Tempeh is not a common ingredient in most kitchens in North America, however it is becoming more well known thanks to the growing movement of people who are into healthy eating and plant based diets.

Tempeh, which originated in Indonesia, is fermented soybean paste, with a distinctive, nutty, hearty flavour. It is a good vegetarian source of protein and has a much firmer and stronger taste than tofu. It also has an incredible ability to soak up flavour, better than tofu, even though it has a stronger flavour itself, making it perfect for marinating and baking.

Fermented soybean paste!? Yes, yes, I know. It doesn’t sound very appealing. It actually sounds totally gross and un-edible. Take all the thoughts you just had when you read fermented soybean paste and throw them out the window. Just trust me. Seriously. It’s nothing like tofu. So if you don’t like tofu don’t worry. Just give tempeh a try. At least once. Continue reading

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Fennel Top, Strawberry, & Orange Green Smoothie

It’s not everyday you see fennel this beautiful. Fennel with big beautiful greenery still attached. Fennel the way it should be. At supermarkets the fennel greens have always been removed,( the same as when you buy beets or carrots). What a shame! So where do you find fennel with its greenery still intact ? Why, I never thought you would ask! You are more likely to find some at an organic food store or farmers market.

While most people have never consumed fennel leaves and would never think of it, in many cultures, fennel leaves are quite commonly used in cooking.  Probably not so much in green smoothies but they are used to add anise flavour to cooked dishes such as pasta and fish as well as chopped raw into salads etc. The good news is they also taste great in green smoothies. Continue reading

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Arugula, Orange, Strawberry, Apple Green Smoothie

If you are anything like me, you always have apples around in the kitchen at this time of year.  If you don’t you should ,because it’s apple season.  Apple are great for making green smoothies.  We all know apples are great fruits to bring with us as snacks, but why not try something different.  There are so many different uses for apples in the kitchen.  One of my favourites from childhood to this day is apple crisp.  If you missed it, check out my recent vegan cranberry apple pecan crisp recipe.

This is one recipe for an apple green smoothie, but I encourage you to experiment with different combinations of other fruits and greens.  I don’t peel the apples when blending them because I use a Vitamix, but if you don’t have a high powered blender,  I would recommend peeling the apples before blending them. Continue reading

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Mint, Blood Orange, Orange and Lemon Juice

I had never tried a blood orange before this. Can I say wow? First of all, the color is absoutely beautiful and secondly the flavor is incredible.

Please click on the image of the blood orange above to really see what I am talking about.  The bigger image is really cool and worth checking out. You will see. Go ahead. Give it a click. 

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Orange Cocoa Chipotle Black Bean and Sweet Potato Stew

This is a hearty dish with a lot of flavour.

Smoky spicy chipotle peppers, rich cocoa, sweet tangy orange.

Eating this makes me happy and I hope it does the same for you.

Onions, carrots, celery = mirepoix. The foundation.

Building that flavour one step at a time.  First your onions, carrots, celery, then your spices.

Just about half way and it is starting to look and smell really good.

Black beans with chipotle peppers. A match made in heaven.

A short video of the delicious action.

How do you make this awesome dish you ask? Well I am going to tell you of course.

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Orange Cocoa Stew

Ingredients

1 yellow onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 carrot, diced

1 celery rib, diced

1 medium sweet potato, cut in chunks

1 can (540 ml)  black beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

zest of half an orange

1 or 2 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped (comes in a can) – 2 if you like it hot and smokey

2 tbsp of the adobo sauce

2 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil

2 cups boiling water

1 cup fresh coriander, finely chopped

1 avocado for garnish, cut in chunks (optional)

salt and pepper to taste

Spices

1 dried chili, crushed

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp cocoa powder

1/2 tsp oregano

Instructions

1. In a large pot or dutch oven sauté your onions, garlic, carrots and celery in the olive oil for 5 minutes until they begin to soften.  You can add a little salt and pepper at this point. 3 twists of the grinders for each will do.

2.  While you veggies are sautéing mix your spices in a mortar and pestle and grind together.  Once the veggies are ready add the spices and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

3.  Add your beans, sweet potato, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce. Mix everything together and cook for 2-3 minutes.

4.  Add the orange juice and stir around for 30 seconds. Add the water.

4.  Cook for 25- 30 mins stirring occasionaly.  If during cooking you feel you need to add more water go ahead. A little bit at a time.

5. Remove from heat.  Add chopped cilantro and orange zest.

6. Serve in bowls topped with a few pieces of avocado.

serve in bowls with brown rice or organic corn tortillas

Serves 2 (maybe 3)

Enjoy the smokey goodness.  This one is money in the bank.

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