Quinoa Power Bowl with Tangy Lemon-Herb Dressing

Hello everyone,

A few months ago I took a wonderful class in San Diego with a business called Veg-Appeal.  It was incredibly informative and we ate ahhhh-mazing food!  This was one of my favorite recipes from Veg-Appeal and I wanted to share it with you (with their permission, of course!).  It may look like a lot of work, but it really isn’t, and it is SOOOO worth it!

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Quinoa Power Bowl with Tangy Lemon-Herb Dressing

(serves 2)

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Mixed baby greens, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Red cabbage, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Cucumbers, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup Cooked great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tbsp Smoky Maple “Baco Bits” or your favorite nut or seeds, toasted or raw
  • 2 cups Anti-inflammatory Quinoa, cooled
  • 1/2 Avocado, cubed or sliced
  • 2 tbsp Pomegranate seeds (if in season) or chopped apple or soaked/drained dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup Tangy Lemon-Herb Dressing (see below)

Smoky-Maple “Baco Bits”

  • 1 cup Raw Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds or chopped nuts
  • 1/2 tbsp Liquid Smoke
  • 1/2 tbsp Tamari, Braggs Liquid Aminos, or soy sauce
  • 1-1-1/2 tsp Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

Anti-Inflammatory Quinoa

  • 1 cup Quinoa, rinsed, drained well
  • 2 cups Low-sodium vegetable broth, or water
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • Black pepper, to taste

Tangy Lemon -Herb Dressing

  • 1/4 cup Dates, pitted and soaked (about 3 large or 6 small)
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 small Zucchini, chopped (this thickens and extends the dressing without adding additional fats and calories)
  • 2-4 medium cloves Garlic
  • 1/3 cup Lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup Tahini
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup Nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp Salt or 1 tbsp light miso
  • 1/4-1/2 cup loosely packed Fresh herb, or a mix of herbs (parsley, cilantro, basil, scallions, oregano, for example, going lighter on stronger flavors like oregano and basil)

 

Directions:

Prepare the Smoky-Maple “Baco Bits”

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add all of the ingredients in a small bowl.  Marinate the nuts/seeds for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Place them on a single layer on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes.  Remove from oven, stir and place back in the oven to bake for 3 more minutes, or until getting a little browned and crispy-they will crisp up further as they cool.

Prepare the Anti-Inflammatory Quinoa

  1. Bring all of the ingredients to boil in a medium saucepan.  Stir well. Reduce the heat to a low-simmer. Cover and continue to cook for 15 minutes.
  2. Fluff the quinoa with a fork, replace the cover and let cool.

Prepare the Tangy Lemon-Herb Dressing

  1. Soak the dates in the water for about 1/2 hour, using warm water if you are in a hurry.  Do not drain.
  2. Add the water and dates to a blender along the rest of the ingredients, and blend.
  3. Add more liquid (water or lemon juice) to achieve the desired consistency.

Serve, or refrigerate for up to one week, adding more lemon/water as it thickens over time.

Assemble the Power Bowl

  1. Toss the salad ingredients well in a large salad bowl.  Drizzle on the dressing and toss to mix.
  2. Divide into two large salad bowl.  Serve immediately, or chill for about an hour.
  3. Enjoy!!!!

 

Click here for more information on Veg-Appeal.

 

The Surprising Foods that May Contain Animal Products

Sometimes the hardest part about switching to a vegan diet, is the surprising amount of foods that contain animal products (that you would never even think of!).  Most people know that giving up animal products means giving up meat, dairy, eggs, fish and honey.  But did you know that switching to a vegan diet may mean that you need to find a vegan wine or beer alternative?  Or that your gummy vitamins could be made from insects?!

Here are some ingredients that are made from animals and which foods you may possibly find them in:

*Bread products may contain L-cysteine, which often comes from feathers, to keep them soft.

*Gelatin is made from the connective tissue of pigs and cows.  It is used in Jello, Gummies, and many candies.

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*Refined sugar, which is found in a plethora of sweet foods, was possibly lightened with bone char, derived from the bones of cattle.

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*Isinglass, comes from fish bladders, and is often used in the making of beer and wine.

*Shellac, an insect-based product, is sometimes used to wax fresh produce or in candy.

*Deep fried foods and fresh pasta often contain eggs.

*Whey, casein, lactose are all derived from dairy and can be found in many packaged foods and protein drinks (dairy can also be found in vitamins and pain medications).

*Cochineal, or carmine, is red food coloring that is made from insects (although we are discussing food, this one is often found in cosmetics).

*Some food additives are also derived from animals.  These include; E120, E322, E422, E471, E542, E631, E901, E904.

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The easiest way to avoid the use of animals for your food is to stick to a whole food plant based diet.  However, if you want to purchase foods that have been processed, please look for “Vegan” on the label and make sure to ALWAYS read the ingredients.

And of course, I am always here to help you!  Contact me anytime ❤

 

*This information can be found in the book Vegan Recipes and Preparation by Saskia Fraser

 

 

I’ve decided to go VEGAN…now what???

You have watched the documentaries, you have figured out your “why”, and you are motivated to make the transition to being vegan.  But now what do you do????  Although going vegan was the best decision that I ever made, I find that it can be daunting in the beginning to know where to start.

I would love it if everyone could go vegan overnight, but this may not be the best strategy for long term success (and this should be your goal: to sustainably go vegan so you can stay vegan for the remainder of your lifetime).

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Here are some approachable ways to make the change.  You know yourself better than anyone, so choose a level that will work best for you.

*Eliminate one animal product every two weeks: for the first two weeks, you would eliminate dairy.  The next two weeks you could eliminate poultry.  The following two weeks, you could eliminate fish.  So on and so on….

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*Switch one of your meals to being vegan at one time: for the first two weeks you could have a vegan breakfast.  For the next two weeks you could add in a vegan lunch.  The next two weeks you would add a vegan dinner.  And then all you have to do is add in vegan snacks!  Pretty soon all of your meals will be vegan without the overwhelm.

*Find ways to make your favorite recipes or meals vegan:  if you are like me, you probably have 3-4 meals that you truly love and eat over and over.  Start with your favorite recipes and switch them to being vegan.  You could try vegan cheese in your macaroni, plant based milk in your oatmeal, chickpeas in your tuna fish salad, tofu in your breakfast burrito, pesto on your pizza.   Click here for more ideas. Pinterest is also an amazing resource for vegan recipes.

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*Veganize your restaurant experience: if you are someone that eats out a lot, maybe your first step should be to try to “veganize” your restaurant meals.  If you have a favorite restaurant, look up the menu ahead of time and study what you could possibly eat as a vegan.  If it’s an Italian restaurant, you could try a marinara pasta and lentil soup.  Stir frys are great at a Chinese restaurant and you certainly cannot go wrong with veggie fajitas at a Mexican restaurant.  There will always be something vegan to eat at every restaurant and if you are struggling, you can always ask your server for help.

In addition, to going to old restaurants, it can be fun to try something new.  Visit a vegan restaurant to see what they have to offer and to see how yummy vegan food can truly be.

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                                                          (photo from Veggie Grill)

If you are having a difficult time finding a vegan restaurant near you, make sure to add Happy Cow to your phone.  It is a free App/website that will show you the vegan options in your area.

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There are so many ways to start your vegan transition.  Every bit counts and every small change will add up in the long run.  Just remember that it should be fun!  You are making the commitment to your health, the planet, the animals and this is something that should be celebrated!!!

And please remember that if you ever get stuck, that I am here for you to offer accountability, support and resources.  Contact me anytime!!!  I mean it…..

See you next time!

 

Plant Based Eating Challenge – Starting January 8th

Hello everyone,

I hope that you had a wonderful holiday season and are ready for an amazing year!  I am extremely excited about 2018 and about new adventures that will take place within my business.  The first event is approaching quickly: my first Plant Based Eating Challenge of the year!

The Plant Based Eating Challenge will start on Monday, January 8th and this is a fantastic way to get started on those resolutions and to create healthy habits.  You will also be helping the environment, saving animals and choosing compassion.  In addition, you may lose weight, decrease bloating, increase your energy, enhance your sleep, improve your hair/skin and prevent disease (what more could we possibly ask for?!).

For an investment of $50.00 towards your health, you will receive the following:

-Plant Based Grocery List

-Easy to Make Recipes

-Health and Ethical Reasons for Going Plant Based

– A Private Facebook Group for Accountability and Support

-ME as Your Coach for an Entire 3 Weeks

-Health Tips: Where to get Your Protein, Supplementation, Where to Eat Out

-And so much more!!!

 

Please click here to sign up or message me with any questions.  Also, do not wait!  Spots are filling up fast.

***This is a great program for anyone who wants to go vegan but simply doesn’t know where to start.  Please share with family and friends.  Let’s make 2018 the healthiest and most compassionate year ever!

 

Why Do Vegans Always Talk About Being Vegan???

Hello everyone,

A few weeks ago I set up a little experiment on Facebook and asked my followers for the one question that they have for vegans.  Most of the questions were ones that I expected.  “Where do you get your protein?” “What supplements do you take?”  But one that I didn’t expect, and caught me a bit off guard, was …..“WHY DO VEGANS ALWAYS TALK ABOUT BEING VEGAN?”  

Here is a quick video with my answer.  I hope that you will take a few moments to watch it.

***Also, if you have a question for me, please make sure to leave it in the comments below.  I would love to hear from you. ❤