Vegan Lunch Bowl

This is the ultimate in easy to put together.  So long as you have the right ingredients on hand.  Things like pre chopped kale, beans, guacamole, shredded carrot and beet.

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With minimal prep time, this bowl takes minutes to throw together and will leave you full and satisfied.

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Ingredients:

Guacamole

Organic black beans

Chopped kale

Grape Tomatoes

Shredded carrot

Shredded beet

Sprouts

Top with:  Drizzle of avocado oil, fresh lemon or lime juice sea salt, pepper, red pepper flakes

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I hope you enjoy this simple, delicious vegan bowl of goodness!

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Get Your Green On Smoothie

As per usual, I am always trying to cram more greens into my diet.  The easiest way to do it?  Hide them in a green smoothie!

Sure, it isn’t the prettiest hue of the rainbow, but I assure you it tastes mighty delicious.

This particular smoothie contains a combination of greens:  Kale, Baby Spinach and Romaine Lettuce, all in one place 🙂

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Ingredients:

1 c almond milk

3/4 c kale, stems removed (chopped)

Handful spinach

1 leaf romaine lettuce

1 pear, cored and chopped

1/4 avocado

4 large strawberries

1-2 medjool dates, pitted

3-4 Ice Cubes

Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth.  Pour into cup or mug of choice and serve immediately if possible.

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I hope you enjoy this nutrient packed green smoothie and have a wonderful day! 🙂

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Rice Pasta Turkey Helper

You know like hamburger helper except not from a box…and turkey…and rice pasta   Haha..

I debated on posting this recipe because I usually don’t post my “throw together” dinners that are kind of boring, but this simple recipe was really delicious.  I don’t have many pictures for this one, so excuse the lack of creativity in this post.

I am hoping it will be forgiven because of the simplicity and deliciousness of the end result 🙂

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Ingredients: 

This recipe is pretty flexible, as I kind of threw in the amounts that I had on hand.  Feel free to make it your own and add as little or as much of the ingredients listed!

1/2 package Brown rice pasta

1 package extra lean ground turkey

1 tsp ghee

Soft Goat’s cheese (about 4-6 oz)

Dried oregano, to taste

Dried basil, to taste

Sea salt, pepper to taste

Grape tomatoes, a dozen

Kale, chopped with stems removed, about a cup

Garlic (a few cloves, minced)

Onion (sweet), chopped

HOW TO:

  1. Cook rice pasta and set aside (according to package instructions, usually about 6-7 minutes and rinse with cold water afterwards)
  2. Heat ghee and add turkey, spices, salt and pepper.  Cook until turkey is no longer pink.
  3. In a separate pan, cook garlic and onions in a little oil until caramelized and browned (it will get a little thick and become sweeter in taste)
  4. Add goat’s cheese, tomatoes and kale to turkey.  Cover and let simmer until tomatoes soften (this won’t take long)
  5. Add caramelized onion and garlic.  Simmer, covered for about 10 minutes.
  6. Combine meat mixture with the rice pasta and serve immediately.

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Again, I didn’t plan on posting this so it is lacking in the picture department!  But the flavours were wonderfully delicious and creamy.

Can you tell our go to for a lazy night is turkey mince and rice pasta?  That…or poached eggs on toast…lol

I hope you enjoy as an easy weeknight dinner!

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Kale & Kefir Smoothie

I have decided that I really need to amp up my veggie intake.  The first step to getting them in me is starting right in the morning.  I find if I set the tone early on, I will stick with it throughout the day.  Look mom, I already had 2 cups of kale and it is barely 10am 🙂

Kefir is normally a little sour in taste, but in combination with the right flavours, it is actually quite enjoyable.  I wouldn’t necessarily drink it on its own, but as an ingredient, it works extremely well!

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I do not ingest much dairy, with the exception of Kefir, Ghee, and Goat’s Cheese.  Here are some of the reasons why I believe Kefir is a great addition to my diet:

The regular use of kefir can help relieve all intestinal disorders, promote bowel movement, reduce flatulence and create a healthier digestive system. In addition, its cleansing effect on the whole body helps to establish a balanced inner ecosystem for optimum health and longevity.

Kefir can also help eliminate unhealthy food cravings by making the body more nourished and balanced. Its excellent nutritional content offers healing and health-maintenance benefits to people in every type of condition.

In addition to beneficial bacteria and yeast, kefir contains minerals and essential amino acids that help the body with healing and maintenance functions. The complete proteins in kefir are partially digested and therefore more easily utilized by the body. Tryptophan, one of the essential amino acids abundant in kefir, is well known for its relaxing effect on the nervous system. Because kefir also offers an abundance of calcium and magnesium, which are also important minerals for a healthy nervous system, kefir in the diet can have a particularly profound calming effect on the nerves.

Kefir’s ample supply of phosphorus, the second most abundant mineral in our bodies, helps utilize carbohydrates, fats, and proteins for cell growth, maintenance and energy.

Kefir is rich in Vitamin B12, B1, and Vitamin K. It is an excellent source of biotin, a B Vitamin which aids the body’s assimilation of other B Vitamins, such as folic acid, pantothenic acid, and B12. The numerous benefits of maintaining adequate B vitamin intake range from regulation of the kidneys, liver and nervous system to helping relieve skin disorders, boost energy and promote longevity.

(Source of information:  Kefir.net)

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Kale & Kefir Smoothie:

2 c Kale, packed (no stems)

1 1/2 c plain Kefir

1 c frozen mango

1/2 c frozen pineapple

Optional:  For a little extra creaminess and sweetness, add a fresh ripe banana.  (Not today for me)

 

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Add ingredients to your high speed blender in the order listed above.  Blend on high until smooth.  Serve immediately.  Makes 1-2 servings.

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