Friday, December 19, 2014

Veggie Quinoa Tacos

These are seriously one of my favorite things to eat. Plus it is super fast and easy to make!

So this is my 5th post this year. 3rd in one day. I am not sure what that says. But either way...I am on a roll (for today that is)!  I am not the best blogger. Maybe it's because it takes about an hour from start to finish to do a post. There is laundry to do (among many other things)! ;) Plus my bum starts to go numb sitting for so long. Just being real here! Or my computer going 20x slower than I want it to. Or...wait, I just got a text, "Honey/Nicole did you change the filter in the furnace room 2 days ago?"-and slice my hand open doing it. But seriously, no excuses. There is always a lot to do, that will never change. Life is great. Life happens. Veggies rock (yes, that is random, but I had to throw that in there). That is why when someone asks me for a particular recipe it gets published faster. 

These tacos are Vegan as well. Don't let that make you raise an eyebrow. My kids love these!! If you wanted to add some cheese, be my guest. :) As for me, I love eating raw and as much veggies as my stomach will allow. Vegetables should be the #1 most consumed thing in our diet. Just saying. Those colorful beauties make you glow from the inside out! So embrace with me and love vegetables because they will love you back!!! 

This recipe does have cooked veggies. 2 things. #1-don't overcook or cook veggies too long or at too high a heat. It will loose it's color and nutrition the longer you cook them. But I must say in my opinion, onions and mushrooms are better cooked! #2-when I make these tacos, I load as much raw veggies in my tacos (if not more) than I do the cooked. Don't forget the raw! Loves!

Pumpkin Banana Molasses Pancakes with Coconut

I love to experiment with Pancakes. These are FANtastic!!!

Pancakes with whole grains and good "add ins" are one of my favorite breakfasts! Great for these cooler months!!

Pear/Blueberry Gorgonzola Salad with Maple Dressing

This Salad is definitely a favorite! 

A good friend wanted this recipe. It seems I only blog when someone asks. Oh dear. My goal this year was to blog at least 1x a month. I suppose I could sit and blog all Christmas break, but then my plans to sit and stare at the wall and bask in the glory of not having something to do would be foiled. 

But I am so glad to post this recipe. It is a crowd pleaser and a meal in one if you choose! I could sit and eat and eat this salad all day. It makes a GREAT holiday salad!!

There are also many variations you can do with the salad if you'd like. I will make note of them in the recipe. But mostly, using fruits and veggies in season is always best. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Aloha Salad with Ginger Lemon Dressing

This one is for my friends. You know who you are!!

So I have a passion for leafy greens. I love them. They make me happy. This salad is happy. It is worth a party in your mouth or in the very least a dance!

There is something exciting for me about making salads. Yes, this is true. I love the challenge of finding a new salad recipe to make. Thinking outside the box when it comes to combining colors, textures and flavors together. In the end...celebration!!  

In the past year I have enjoyed experimenting with dressings. Homemade, fresh and full of flavor! So I truly hope you enjoy this's a tangy kinda sweet pop in your mouth. 

My rule to making salads: When making salads, add lettuces first, then add dressing. Mix dressing with lettuces. Then add toppings and ONLY mix the top layer of lettuce with the toppings. If you mix and toss the entire salad and the good "Yummies" fall to the bottom, then you don't get the right balance on your plate. And yes, everyone will get "Yummies" with their salad as they serve themselves if you don't toss it all together in the beginning. The toppings naturally fall to the bottom of the bowl. To do this, I take the knife that I am chopping with and stick it in the salad and lift the lettuce up so that it creates air pockets for the toppings to fall into without all of it falling through. I do that a few times. This will also naturally mix the top layer of lettuces with the "Yummies". 

So lesson for today: Salad is Exciting, A Mixture of Colors, Textures and Flavors, Deliciousness that makes your taste buds dance and A Science (not a true science, because I never measure things). And FUN!! Love your Salad and Trust me, it will Love you back!!! 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Kamut Waldorf Salad

This Salad is addicting.

Yes. Hello. It has been awhile.

I am still alive.

Thanks for wondering.

Here is a little info about Kamut.

Ka...what?! I say it like "Ka-Moo-T"

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Almond & Peach Buckwheat Porridge

Loaded with Nutrition & Loaded with Flavor!

So my friend Camille was talking to me the other day and said "when are you going to start blogging again? Even if you take a picture of a bowl of cereal." Well, Camille... I am BACK! Yay! And this porridge is LOADS better than cereal :) Thanks for keeping me on the ball Camille! This one is for you!

Buckwheat is one of a few grains that is an alkaline forming food. Just check out ALL these benefits of Buckwheat.  

This breakfast is filling, easy and fast to make, delicious and so nutritious for you! I hope you enjoy! 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Kid's Kitchen

Lesson 21: Red, White & Blue

*I used the recipes for the Drinks and Strawberries from The Sisters Cafe. The link will take you to directions on the Layered Drinks. 

The kids had a lot of fun making these recipes! Here's to our Patriotic Holidays and The USA! 

1. Frozen Lemonade Pie with Berries
2. Layered Drinks
3. White Chocolate Dipped Strawberries with Blue Sugar

Thai Quinoa Salad with Mango

Tis the season for Grilling and Salads.

The dressing on this salad alone, I could gobble up all in itself. I tasted the dressing and it made me close my eyes and say "Mmmm, that is good". 

I love Quinoa! It is fun to find new ways to make it. Just a few days ago, I made a Mexican Quinoa Salad with Chili Powder, Cilantro and other yummy adds. 

I hope you enjoy this recipe. I made it to take to a BBQ, but then we didn't end up going and now I have a huge bowl of it in my refrigerator. Who wants some salad?

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sprouting: How To

Did you know that when you spout you can get up to 600% more nutrition and vitamins? And sprouting makes releases enzymes, which makes them easier to absorb in your body and digest.

To look at some of the benefits of sprouting: Kitchen StewardshipHealthy EatingSprouts as Medicine and Real Raw Food.

I get all my health food and good quality, good priced items at Kitchen Kneads. They have amazing products, wonderful service and a large variety of items. Great for food storage or everyday cooking/baking. Also, Free classes are taught every month at their store! Their website is in the making, which I will post as soon as I get it (and you will be able to order online! Yay!) Kitchen Kneads is located on 7579 Redwood Rd, West Jordan. *More pictures from Kitchen Kneads at end of post. 

Sprouting is easy, little effort that produce great results and nutrition. You can put your sprouts in smoothies, sandwiches, salads, etc. Anyone can do it! Let me so you step by step how...

Friday, February 22, 2013

Chocolate Pear Banana Protein Shake

I think I am in Love. And addicted. 

Let me tell you why:

I make this shake almost every day. That is the addiction part. It is my favorite treat/drink/food to eat after I work out!

I go to this AMAZING exercise class that I LOVE! Thanks Jan! I get my butt kicked and finish off with some push ups, come home and I am hungry. After I wash of my stink, I make this shake. Ready to feed my muscles. Yes, sometimes I will flex in the mirror and kiss my arms (LOL, cuz I am crazy) and my husband calls me a "monster". Ok. Ok. But I work hard. So there you go. 

Let me tell you, over 20+ grams of protein per serving (the shake makes 2 servings) it is just what my body and muscles need. It is ALL natural and raw. Plus it tastes SO DANG GOOD! I mean, have you ever had a chocolate smoothie from Wendy's? It is about the same thickness, but a million times better for you. I will tell you what is in it, but first let me back up it up with some facts: 

In Sports Medicine it says "One study found that athletes who refueled with carbohydrate and protein had 100 percent greater muscle glycogen stores than those who only ate carbohydrate. Insulin was also highest in those who consumed a carbohydrate and protein drink.
Protein Needs After Exercise
Consuming protein has other important uses after exercise. Protein provides the amino acids necessary to rebuild muscle tissue that is damaged during intense, prolonged exercise. It can also increase the absorption of water from the intestines and improve muscle hydration. The amino acids in protein can also stimulate the immune system, making you more resistant to colds and other infections."
Here is another Link to 6 Smart Snacks to Eat after a Workout
Oh ya, I usually drink both servings. That is if my husband or kids aren't around (they like it too). But in saying I drink both servings, that is my entire lunch. It fills me up. The shake is also loaded with fiber. Another one of my favorite things...fiber!
So I recently got a Blend Tech and I think I am having a love affair with my blender. It's ok, I told my husband. Before I made this shake, my "after work-out snack" would be: some peanut butter with 8 dark chocolate chips melted in the microwave. Then I would mix in some hemp seeds and dip a banana in the mixture. After I got my blend tech I started experimenting and came up with this marvelous shake!
The pictures don't do it justice. I am telling ya, I am licking out my cup at the end. And while I am eating it, I am doing a little jig. 
After, I am completely satisfied. Satisfies my sweet tooth. Satisfies my hunger. Satisfies and gives me energy and strength. Satisfies my belly. Get in my belly! 
Enough rambling, let me get on to the recipe: But wait! Before I do, let me give my thanks: Thanks Jan for your workouts-You Rock! Thanks Blend Tech for your amazing blender! Thanks to my kids for coming and getting dragged along when I go workout! Thanks to all my friends who call me "muscles" and those who I work out with and dance while we work out...I love ya! Thanks to my hubby for loving me and my bod! And thanks to my brain and butt for making a commitment to get my butt moving and exercise. Seriously, exercise is a addiction all in itself! Thanks! And thanks to YOU readers for reading my blog, even though I lack here and there with posts. 
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