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*recipe is vegan & gluten free*

Autumn. A favorite, comforting season easing us back into the cold winter months. The colors are pretty, the smells are crisp, and the food is comforting. This recipe is proof you don’t need much effort nor junk to have the fall feels.


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 4-5 stalks celery
  • 1 c. (approx) carrots
  • 1 c. quinoa
  • 1 c. lentils [of choice]
  • 4 c. vegetable broth/stock
  • 4 c. water
  • dried italian herbs

Directions:

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  1. Dice onion finely, chop celery into bite-sized pieces, and chop carrots into bite-sized pieces.
  2. In a Dutch oven (or large pot), heat a liberal amount of olive oil on medium-high heat.
  3. After warm, add carrots and celery. Season with salt & pepper.
  4. After about 5 minutes, add onion. Continue to cook until celery is translucent and onion begins browning [add more oil if necessary].
  5. Add broth, water, lentils, and quinoa, and Italian herbs.
  6. Bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for about 20 minutes. Quinoa’s edges will begin to turn white.
  8. Serve immediate or store in the fridge for up to 1 week. πŸ™‚

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Stella thinks you will love it too!Β 

Happy eating!

xx,
M

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I personally don’t love mayo mixed with noodles, in fact, I don’t like mayo at all. But did you know that pasta salad does not have to be full of anything that’s rich in saturated fat? AND still be good? That’s why I came up with this recipe!

Roast veggies, cook pasta, toss together. It’s really that simple.

*Recipe is vegetarian & gluten free*

You will need:

  • 1 box high fiber, high protein pasta (such as Banza)
  • 1 large zucchini/summer squash
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • dried italian herbs
  • Parmesan shreds/shavings

Instructions:

  1. Roast vegetables! Slice zucchini and bell peppers into rounds and slices, respectively.
  2. Coat in cooking oil of choice and coat with s&p.
  3. Toss together and place in a 400 degree oven for about 15 mins.
  4. Boil water and cook pasta according to box directions.
  5. Drain pasta and rinse with cold water.
  6. Cool roasted vegetables.
  7. Toss cooled vegetables in with cooled pasta, olive oil, and Italian herbs, and parmesan.
  8. Serve immediately if desired, otherwise it keeps will in the fridge for about a week. πŸ™‚

Happy harvest!

xx,

M

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That’s it. Zoodle season is here. Time to use up all the zucchini you have and make pad thai.

*This dish is… vegetarian, dairy free, and gluten free*

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You will need:

  • two raw zucchinis
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 carrot, chopped/julianned
  • 1/2 a large bell pepper (I used red) chopped/julienned
  • 1/2 c. snap or snow peas
  • about 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • low-sodium tamari/soy sauce/coconut aminos
  • 2 eggs
  • crushed peanuts, sesame seeds, cilantro, limes (all optional) for topping

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Directions:

  1. Spiralize zucchini.
  2. Chop up the garlic, carrots, and bell pepper.
  3. Heat sesame oil on medium heat.
  4. Add garlic, carrots, peas and bell pepper to pan. Add pepper and tamari as desired.
  5. Add zoodles to pan with other vegetables. Cook down until the zoodles are about half their original volume.
  6. Continue mixing vegetables together.
  7. In a separate pan, briefly scramble both eggs.
  8. Drain zoodle/vegetable mixture. Zucchini is a very water-dense vegetable so it will release a lot of fluid.
  9. Return to pan and mix in scrambled eggs.
  10. Top with crushed peanuts, limes/lime juice, sesame seeds, and cilantro if desired. Serve immediately, or pack away for a good work lunch. πŸ™‚

 

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Enjoy the zoodle season!

xx,

M

 

 

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Spaghetti carbonara is a favorite amongst us Americans. It’s rich and full of flavor, and makes for the ultimate comfort food. But, like most comfort foods, it’s richness will weigh you down.

Being the huge advocate for comfort food that I am, I’ve been recipe testing this dish for a while, hoping to get it just right. I think I’ve found a winner. Instead of compromising flavor, I’m adding protein, veggies, and lightening up the dish.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg Banza spaghetti
  • 1 c. cooked peas
  • 1/2 c. cooked broccoli (shredded)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • about 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper

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Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to directions. Drain and RINSE. This is especially important if you are using a starchy pasta made from lentil, bean, or quinoa flour!
  2. Return the pot to the burner. Turn to medium heat and saute garlic for about 5 minutes.
  3. –> TURN THE HEAT OFF <– extremely important!*
  4. Add pasta, peas, and broccoli to pot and begin to stir to combine.
  5. Quickly add beaten eggs (as to not scramble them!!!) to pot and stir.
  6. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  7. Top with fresh parsley, grated parmesan, or shredded asiago.

 

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Notes:

*turning the heat off is the most important step of this dish; if you do not, you will risk scrambling the eggs you’re adding. As much as we all love scrambled eggs, I don’t imagine you’d love them in your pasta πŸ˜€

*Banza pasta is gluten free, and made from chickpeas thus giving it a higher protein content than white pasta. You can supplement any kind of pasta you like, but using a pasta made from a legume (like chickpeas), will give this dish the higher protein content

*Again, rinsing your pasta is the second most important step. Because you’re using a gluten free, high protein pasta, it is full of plant-based fiber (hence making it starchy). Rinsing your pasta will get rid of this extra starch and make the texture and flavor much better in your dish.

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enjoy!

xx,

M

For the weeks you don’t meal prep – exactly how I came across creating this dish – this one will be ready in about 20 minutes and makes plenty for the remainder of the week. Dairy free, can be made gluten free, one of my favorite foods, and 2 green vegetables. All in one. It can’t get much better for a quick and easy meal!

Let me clarify something before we get started. Daiya Foods is a company that is proudly dairy free and offers *overall* pretty wholesome ingredients in their products, however, it is considered a processed food.

CHEEZE SAUCE INGREDIENT LIST:

Filtered Water, Tapioca Starch, Non-GMO Expeller Pressed: Canola and/or Safflower Oil, Coconut Oil, Sea Salt, Vegan Natural Flavours, Pea Protein Isolate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Cane Sugar, Lactic Acid (Vegan), Xanthan Gum, Yeast Extract, Titanium Dioxide (A Naturally Occurring Mineral), Annatto (Colour), Onion

(Daiya Foods).Β 

Sure, this food product is processed, meaning it isn’t entirely “clean” but I am clarifying, again, that this meal is intended to be a weeknight meal when you’re short on time – and you could be consuming things far worse than this cheeze sauce. πŸ˜€ if you have any questions regarding the ingredients, you can always send me a direct message or shoot me an email!

ANYWAY, let’s get started!


Ingredients:

  • 1 box pasta of choice – whole wheat, Banza, other gluten-free variations if desired
  • 1 pkg Daiya foods cheese sauce
  • 1 c. broccoli
  • 1 c. snap peas
  • 1 tsp garlic

Directions:

  1. boil water and add noodles once boiling.
  2. take two microwave-bowls and in the first, add broccoli, and in second bowl, add snap peas. Put about a tablespoon of water in each bowl. Microwave each of them (covered) to steam for about 3 minutes each.
  3. Drain pasta in a colander when al-dente.
  4. Add garlic to hot pan with a dash of olive oil and saute for about 5 minutes.
  5. Turn the burner off.
  6. Return pasta back to pot on burner that you have turned off (it’s still warm).
  7. Add pkg of Daiya foodsΒ cheeze of choice along with steamed vegetables.
  8. Add about a teaspoon of each of the following (or more if you prefer): garlic powder, black pepper, dried Italian herbs, Mrs. Dash, and nutritional yeast.
  9. Thoroughly combine and serve!
  10. enjoy!

This makes multiple servings so if you neglected to meal prep (as I did when I created this recipe), you’ll have more to go around for the rest of the week. πŸ˜€

Happy eating!

xx,

M

When an American is asked to name a college food, what comes to mind? Ramen. In a cup. In a package with the block of noodles and a flavor package. Nutrient-dense? Wholesome? Identifiable ingredients? Nope. Comforting? Warm? Satisfying? You bet.

I have taken this brick of noodles and made it a little bit more bearable but all the more satisfying. Today, brick of of noodles + a time crunch = something I hope you will love as much as I do. πŸ™‚ It won’t take you very long either!

*recipe is vegan/vegetarian*


Ingredients:

  • green vegetables of choice (I used broccoli and snap peas)
  • 1 c. vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce/tamari
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1 tsp minced garlic (or so)
  • 1 block ramen noodles from pkg, or 1 pkg of fresh ramen noodles
  • 1 tsp black sesame seeds for garnish & extra flavor

How-To:

  1. Saute vegetables of choice in olive oil al dente. Add garlic and kill the heat.
  2. Remove vegetables from pot and add broth and water to the pot. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add noodles and cook according to pkg (about 3 minutes).
  4. Add the soy sauce/tamari to the bottom of serving bowl.
  5. Grab noodles from broth with a spaghetti spoon. Pour broth into serving bowl over soy sauce/tamari
  6. Place noodles in bowl in the broth mixture
  7. Place vegetables on top of noodles and arrange as desired.
  8. Top with sesame seeds and serve with chopsticks or a fork πŸ˜€

Take that, college! And as always, happy eating!

xx,
M

 

Best thing you’ve ever eaten… ready, go!

I’ve told my friends and family how much I love pizza, but I am not willing to indulge in it unless it’sΒ good pizza – it just is not worth it to me. This is another way I go about still enjoying food, but not over-indulging and later regretting my decision.

So here it is. This easy, quick, and simple dish is inspired by one of my favorite pizzas, the Blue Crush found at Blackbird Pizza in Fargo, ND.

Blackbird’s Blue Crush pizza – (Trip Advisor)Β 

…only my version has fewer carbs (I’m not counting, but if you are… πŸ˜‰ ), and simplifies the process – you don’t have to make any pizza dough! This can be easily customized to your dietary needs, and it is vegetarian!


Ingredients:

  • 1 flour tortilla (or grain-free of choice)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • about 1/4 c. parmesan cheese (give/take based on your preference)
  • 2 tbsp whole, raw walnuts
  • dried Italian herbs OR fresh rosemary
  • about 8 grapes, halved
  • olive oil

Procedure:

  • preheat oven to 375.
  • place tortilla on baking sheet lined with aluminum foil ( easy cleanup, duh )
  • drizzle olive oil on tortilla and add garlic
  • spread garlic and olive oil mixture across tortilla
  • Add herbs & black pepper
  • Place walnuts and grapes on tortilla.
  • Top with parmesan.
  • Bake for 10 minutes
  • Switch oven to broiler and broil for about 2 minutes, or until cheese is bubbling πŸ™‚
  • Remove from oven & top with a drizzle of olive oil
  • Slice with a pizza cutter
  • ENJOY!

NOTES:

*make sure to watch the pizza while under the broiler. If you leave it in even a minute too long, you might experience an undesired charred tortilla crust.

*for gluten-free option, use an almond flour tortilla!

* image credit:Β https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g49785-d6474484-Reviews-Blackbird_Woodfire-Fargo_North_Dakota.html


Again, think about the best thing you’ve ever eaten. Eat that food much more often. πŸ™‚

xx,

M