Spicy Kale and Sweet Potato Stir Fry
This recipe is and anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory recipe that is hard to beat.
I really don’t know if you can eat any healthier than this.
Organic kale and sweet potatoes, garlic and coconut oil with crushed red pepper flakes.
This meal is fairly inexpensive, really.
Especially when you consider how much nutrition you get for the money and how filling this is.
Start with about 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and 3-4 cloves of garlic. ( I always use a lot of garlic! )
Saute in a pan and add 3-4 large sweet potatoes, washed, with skin on and diced into 1 inch cubes.
Cook these ingredients together until the sweet potatoes get soft.
The fat in the coconut oil helps your body to process the vitamin A in the sweet potatoes, which, by the way, has been found to be beneficial in protecting the body against skin cancer as seen on the Dr. Oz Show.
Mine became mushy but I didn’t care. This is soooooo good!
Massage the kale….yes. Massage it, wash it and chop it up and add to the pan and cook unit soft.
Add crushed red pepper flakes and salt to taste.
You will crave this dish. I promise.
You will feel satisfied but not heavy and you will have done yourself a favor.
I also added some turmeric, ginger and cumin.
These are my favorite spices and they are great for your health.
I have been going on about coconut oil lately so please don’t get bored with me.
Coconut oil is so incredibly beneficial to you health and especially to brain health and is showing promise mitigating the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
It tastes great, it’s good for you.
Use it every chance that you get.
Enjoy and share!
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Vegan Chocolate Cream Whoopi Pies To Die For!
“Skinny Bitch” and “Skinny Bitch Book of Vegan Swaps” author, Kim Barnouin has shared this recipe for chocolate whoopi pies.
Read the book if you get the chance but definitely make these sinfully delicious desserts!
1 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
1/2 cup Earth Balance vegan butter, softened
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup evaporated cane juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Heat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the almond milk and vinegar, and set aside. (It will curdle a little; it’s supposed to do that.)
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, arrowroot, and salt. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugars on low speed until creamy, about 3 minutes. Increase the speed to medium and beat until fluffy and smooth, about 3 minutes. Add half of the flour mixture and half of the almond milk mixture to the batter and beat on low speed until just incorporated. Add the remaining flour mixture and almond milk mixture and beat until thoroughly combined. Drop about 1 tablespoon of batter onto a lightly greased baking sheet, spacing them about 3 inches apart. Bake for about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the cakes cool on the sheet for about 5 minutes before placing them onto a rack to cool completely.
1/2 cup non-hydrogenated shortening
1/2 cup Earth Balance, room temperature
3 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup almond milk
In a large bowl, beat the shortening and Earth Balance together until well combined. Add the sugar and beat on medium speed for about 3 minutes. Add the extract and almond milk, and beat for another 5-7 minutes until fluffy.
These will not last very long and I challenge you to miss anything.
I would like to try making these with coconut flour to make them gluten/wheat free, as well
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Spinach, Mushroom and Cheese Bread; For Lack of a Better Name!
It’s not really bread.
It’s dough from my favorite pizza place spread with veggies and cheese and egg.
I happened to have these items in the fridge.
I sauteed the spinach and mushrooms with some crushed garlic and olive oil.
While the bread is raising let the sautee mixture cool and whisk together two eggs; reserve 2 TBSPN to brush on the loaf after you roll it.
Spread the mixture evenly being sure to go all the way to the ends.
Roll the loaf and cover with the egg wash.
Some of the mixture may seep out, try to contain it.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until deep goden brown.
I tried to get photos of the finished product but this was devoured in minutes.
It is great for kids lunches, a travel meal or anytime you want a filling, satisfying treat; hot or cold.
Warm this up sliced in the oven like toast and the edges get crispy. Just delicious!
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Meatless Monday! Easy Summertime Meals that are Healthy and Light for Busy Families!
Summertime around here has meant a huge flurry of activity.
The hot and steamy weather hasn’t slowed us down much but appetites tend more toward light and flavorful rather than rich and filling.
And the schedules are all over the place! From sport activities to musical gigs, weekend getaways and family gatherings I find that preparing and serving nutritious meals is more challanging than ever.
Especially when I am not there to supervise everything!
Well, I’ve learned to “let go” and create easy, ready to prepare and assemble food for my family; even the picky ones.
I have been in the habit of keeping a big container of cooked brown rice in the fridge.
I also will sautee corn with cilantro and onions and keep that around.
In addition, I’ll chop green onion and fresh cilantro and keep that in the fridge, also.
There are always cans of organic vegetarian beans or refried beans in the panty.
I also make sure to keep stocked up on ripe avocados and limes.
By having these ingredients handy eating on the fly is healthy and quick.
Even the little ones can do it; even the chronically lazy!
We also like to garnish with fresh salsa and a tangy homemade yogurt or sour cream.
This meal and it’s many variations has become a summertime staple that everyone can enjoy and customize to their own preference.
Burrito style for those who are always running late and eating on the way or pizza stlye with a little Manchego cheese for weekend movie night.
So, don’t get frustrated get creative!
These budget friendly meals are flexible. Use what you have around and get fancy when the budget allows.
They are built in to be nutritious so you just can’t go wrong!
With only healthy options even the least culinary inclined among you can’t help but choose something delicious and nutritious while you enjoy a little fun in the sun!
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Super Food Kaniwa with Corn, Beans, Red Pepper, Green Onion, Avocado and Lime Juice!
Kaniwa from Roland Products, pronounced “Ka-nyi-wa”, is a staple grain of the ancient Aztec and Incan cultures whhich has been cultivated for thousands of years throughout South America.
The crunchy, earthy grain is loaded with protein and makes a complete meal when mixed with vegetables.
Roland Foods offers a wide variety of specialty foods from around the globe and was kind enough to send me this box of Kaniwa to try at home.
I have cooked with Quinoa in the past and I love it.
Kaniwa is similar to quinoa but seems to feel hardier and denser.
I gathered all the vegetables I could find and chopped them to equal size.
1 package of Grape tomatoes cut in half, 7 green onions, 1/2 of a red onion, 1 can of pinto beans, 2 cups of corn, 1 red pepper, 1/2 of a English cucumber, 1 bunch of cilantro,the juice of 3 limes, 1/4 cup of olive oil and salt to taste.
I garnished with avocado.
I put all of the chopped vegetables in a bowl, cooked the 12 oz. box ( about 2 cups ) of Kaniwa and added to the veggies.
I added it hot to the vegetables to bring them to peak flavor.
I find that adding hot grains to the veggies gives off just enough heat to liven the flavors.
I mixed everything then added the olive oil and the lime juice.
Serve and garnish with half an avocado.
Add salt to taste.
This was fantastic.
Everyone loved this vegan, protein rich meal which could also be great as a side dish with grilled salmon.
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