Tikki Masala

my  friend was coming over for lunch and I didn’t have much time to fix something so I threw this in a pot and I was pleasently surprised by how delicious it was!! well I guess I used 2 pots to make some garlic rice- yum my favorite! A family that I ate with on my mission would make this garlic rice that I died over every time! They make it a lot in brazil…so I guess it’s not Indian to go with this dish but you can add garlic to about anything right? The recipe for this delicious garlic rice will be coming soon!!

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ingredients

1.5 tbsp olive oil

1 garlic clove, minced

1/4 onion, chopped finely

1 can chickpeas (540 ml)

1 can diced tomatoes (540 ml)

1/8 tsp cayenne

1 tsp salt

1/2  tsp pepper

1 tsp corn starch

1 cup coconut milk

1 tsp turmeric

1 tbsp garam masala

2 tsp paprika

2 tsp cumin

1 tsp ginger

2 tsp coriander

2 c spinach

directions

  1. Add olive oil, garlic and onion to a pot and let it brown for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add spices, chickpeas, coconut milk, diced tomatoes to the pot.  Mix cornstartch with a little bit of water before adding to the pot so it mixes well.
  3. Let it cook for about 15 minutes. Simmer for about 10. Add spinach right before serving and mix together.
  4. Serve with rice.

*serves 4

xo

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Gourmet Oatmeal

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I don’t eat oatmeal very often… but whenever I do I think, I should eat this more! It’s so tasty and there are SO many different things you can do with it! These are two of my favourites! Peanut butter, banana fudge and apple pie! It doesn’t take long either, so when you are in a rush and need some quick carbs this is your jam!

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Peanut butter banana fudge oatmeal

ingredients

1/2 c oats

1 overripe banana, mashed

1- 2 tbsp peanut butter

1 c cashew milk (or water)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp cocoa powder

pinch of salt

directions

  1. bring milk to a boil, add oats and reduce to medium heat.
  2. mash up banana, add to oats and stir.
  3. add cocoa powder, sea salt and vanilla. stir and let it cook for a couple more minutes. At the end stir in peanut butter.
  4. top with peanut butter, chocolate chips, chopped nuts or what ever other toppings you would like!

 

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Apple pie oatmeal

ingredients

1/2 c oats

1 apple, cut into cubes

1/2 tsp vanilla

pinch of sea salt

1.5 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp honey (or maple syrup for vegan option)

1 cup of water or dairy free milk

directions

  1. bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Add oats, stir and reduce to medium heat. Add 3/4 of the apple, 1 tsp cinnamon and sea salt and cook until apple are tender (about 10-15 minutes.) You may need to add a bit more water while it is cooking.
  2. While oatmeal is cooking, put the rest of the apples, honey and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon into a small sauce pan and cook until apples are tender.
  3. When oatmeal is done top with cooked apples and any other toppings you desire! We added a tbsp of slivered almonds and raisins.

 

 

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos

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If you know me…you know I LOVE me some tacos! The saddest part was that my avocados were nowhere near ripe….but I wanted these tacos so bad I couldn’t wait! Although avocado does makes everything better…am I right?! SO make sure you have some ripe avocados 🙂 Happy Taco Tuesday!

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ingredients

4 small sweet potatoes

black beans (540 ml can)

1 large garlic clove, minced

1/4 small onion

1/8 jalapeno

2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

sea salt and pepper to taste

1/4 red cabbage thinly sliced

2 carrots shaved with vegetable peeler

1/3 c cilantro

corn tortillas

lime (if you would like more juice on top of tacos)

1 large avocado

cream sauce

1/4 coconut cream

juice from 1/2 lime

1 tsp coriander

1 tsp parsley flakes

1 large garlic clove, minced

sea salt and pepper to taste

directions

  1. Cut sweet potatoes into big chunks and boil until tender ( about 20- 25 minutes)
  2. While sweet potatoes are boiling warm black beans on the stove.
  3. You can also make your cream sauce while you are waiting, add all ingredients to mini food processor and mix together.
  4. When sweet potatoes are done, mash with a potato masher. Add garlic, onion, cumin, jalapeño, smoked paprika and salt and pepper. Once combined, mix in black beans.
  5. Wrap corn tortillas in paper towel and warm in the microwave for 30 seconds…you may need to add more time depending on how many tortillas you have!
  6. Add sweet potato mixture to taco shells and top with cabbage, carrots, avocado, cream sauce, avocado and lime juice

*This made a lot, so you can have left overs for lunches during the week!

xo

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Gluten Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m on a cookie kick! But trying to avoid sugar as much as possible because it makes me feel really sick. The struggle is trying not to eat 12 cookies in one day…..self control seems to be a problem over here! The first time I made these I used Buckwheat flour…but I didn’t have any around this time SO I improvised and used my dry Vitamix blender and made steel cut oats into flour and they still turned okay great! Give them a try! Let me know what you think 🙂IMG_0832.JPGIMG_0830.JPG

ingredients

2 c steel cut oat flour (done in my Vitamix)

3/4 c gluten free oats

2 tbsp flax seed

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 c coconut sugar

1/2 c coconut oil

1/2 c unsweetened apple sauce

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 c dark chocolate chunks (Bernard Callebaut solid bar broken into chunks)

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directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F (convection bake- if not switch from top to bottom rack half way between cooking)
  2. Stir flour, oats, flaxseeds, baking soda and salt in a medium sized bowl. Beat coconut sugar, applesauce, and coconut oil with electric mixer in a medium sized bowl. Beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in chocolate chunks.
  3. Roll dough into round balls and arrange on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake 12-14 minutes. Transfer to cookie rack and let cool.

*I love eating these cookies frozen!

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xo

 

 

 

Back to the Grind

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I shared this blog post on The Dote Blog I wish I could say I came up with this BRILLIANT idea of salads in a jar….but I can share with you some awesome recipes! I woke up this morning (Monday) thinking to myself WHY didn’t I make my salads in a jar yesterday so I wouldn’t have to make lunches all week?! They are seriously a dream!  These make my life so much more convenient- not to mention ensures I have a healthy balanced lunch! Let’s all start the school year off in a healthy way!

Salad in a Jar 101

Rule #1: Dressing at the bottom, greens at the top. Make sure they are as FAR away from each other as possible so they stay crisp and fresh!

First things first (I’m the realest)


Add the dressing, vinaigrette or olive oil to your 1 pint mason jar. I use 1-3 tablespoons, depending on the dressing { If it’s oil-based, 1 tablespoon is enough } You’ll be keeping your jar upright and this will keep the dressing from touching the veggies and making them soggy.

 Chop chop!

Add your harder veggies and beans; like carrots, radishes, onions and chickpeas, jicama. Then layer your other veggies; like zucchini, cherry tomatoes, celery, bell pepper, mushrooms, bean sprouts, and cucumber.

On to the Next one…

Greens! This should take up about 1/2 of your jar. Make sure your greens are dry & pack them down tight so you can fit more in. Mix up your green choices for some variety {romaine, kale, arugula and spinach.}

Pack it up pack it in

Pack in the protein, now. Top the greens with your choice of protein. Some of my go to’s are: grilled or ground chicken or turkey, sauteed tofu, canned tuna, diced boiled egg, quinoa. You will also add your fats with the protein- these healthy fats will keep you satisfied throughout the day! Add some nuts, seeds, hummus & avocado. I like to take my avocado separate so it stays fresher and doesn’t brown. If you decide to add the avocado to your jar, top with a lime slice or some lemon juice.

Shake it ‘up’ Shake it ‘up’

When you’re ready to eat, shake it up! Eat your salad straight out of the jar or pour it into a big bowl. I pack things pretty tight with tons of veggies in my jar, but when I shake it up, the dressing is still able to coat all of the veggies. I prefer eating it out of a bowl so I can mix everything up rather than eating it in layers.

TIPS

  • Add your nuts & cheese last so they don’t get soggy
  • If I’m adding onions, I like to add them first. Soaking them in the dressing helps dilute the strong onion taste ( prevents onion breath at work…)
  • Another option is to add items that will soak up the dressing as your second layer- Cooked grains, tofu, meats, mushrooms—anything that is spongy and will soak up the dressing as the jar sits in the fridge.
  • The salads can last up to 10 days in the fridge!
  • Really jam-pack the jars to help keep things from shifting and moving around. It should almost pop out in your face when you open that jar!  BONUS: the less air in the jar- the longer it will stay fresh!
  • If the salad isn’t enough- bring another pint size jar of soup
  • Try to keep the ratio of each jar about half-and-half—half toppings, dressing, grains, proteins and half greens.
  • If I am worried my salad will have too much dressing- I bring a little bag of extra greens with me to soak it up.
  • If you are adding fruit, add it just before the greens

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Asian Chicken Salad

Use 2 tbsp. Carrot Ginger Dressing {from Costco}

Carrots, chopped or shredded (if shredded add in with the greens)

Cucumbers

Bean Sprouts

Red & green cabbage

Chicken with Chinese 5 Spice

Mandarin oranges

Slivered almonds

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Cobb Salad with Peach Infused Vinaigrette

Use 1 tbsp. Dressing {Peach infused white wine vinegar, avocado oil, sea salt}

Red, orange & yellow peppers

Zucchini

Red onions

Spinach

Boiled egg

Sunflower seeds

Avocado

Blueberries (optional)

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Fall Salad

Use 1.5 tbsp. Maple Dijon Vinaigrette {maple syrup, Dijon mustard, whole grain mustard, sea salt, }

Yellow & orange peppers

Cherry tomatoes

Kale

Baked Cubed Sweet potatoes

Quinoa

Roasted red peppers

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Pesto Besto

Use 1.5 tbsp. Pesto dressing { pesto, olive oil, }

Cherry tomatoes

Cucumbers

Spinach

Quinoa

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Cabbage Salad

Use 3 tbsp. Vinaigrette { 1/2 c olive oil, 1/4 c white vinegar, 1 tsp honey, 1 tbsp chicken stock, pepper to taste}

Green & red cabbage

Toasted sunflower seeds & almond slices

*if you aren’t gluten free you can add toasted ichiban noodles

xo erin