Friday, February 14, 2014

What's for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner?

Happy Friday!

Many people have asked for recipes for things I make so I am going to give you some of my staple meals and how I make them, plus a few I have tried recently and thought were AMAZING!


Kashi Cereals with Almond Milk 

Scrambled eggs with Cheese and Spinach

Pancake/Waffles - Namaste Food’s Mix. In all honesty I could totally make this myself but haven’t yet and it was on sale after the first bag I bought to try. This is a great healthy alternative to white flour mixes or any bisquick stuff you may typically buy. Top it off with organic Maple and try drizzling it on instead of dousing.

Carrot Cake Waffles- I tried these last weekend but we did a breakfast for dinner meal. I found this recipe through  but I had to quadruple the recipe because I think her 2 waffles must have been small or something.  This recipe is really really good and another great alternative to regular pancakes/waffles.

Carrot Cake Waffles
(Triple or quadruple if making for more than 1 or 2 people)
1/2 cup spelt flour (or all-purpose or Bob’s gluten-free) (60g)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
pinch stevia extract, or 2 tbsp agave or pure maple syrup
1/4 cup shredded carrot (32g)
1/3 cup milk of choice (decrease by 2tbsp if using the agave/syrup) (80g is 1/3c)
1 tbsp more milk of choice or 1 tbsp oil (15g)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (4g)
Combine first 6 ingredients in a mixing bowl, and stir well. In a separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Grease your waffle maker, with oil or oil spray (be sure to grease well if using the oil-free version), then let it preheat. Pour wet ingredients into dry, and stir to make a batter. When the iron is hot, pour half the batter into the center of the iron, and close the lid. (My machine has a light that goes out when the waffle is ready. Don’t lift the lid before the waffle is finished cooking.) Frost these vegan carrot cake waffles with either coconut butter or my healthy cream cheese frosting (linked below the second photo in this post).

To top it off like a “carrot cake” I found this fo-cream cheese frosting with was pretty darn good on the waffle! Problem is I can’t find where I got it from but just know it isn’t my recipe.
"Cream Cheese" Frosting:
½ C Non-Hydrogenated Shortening
½ C Earth Balance Butter (or omit and add an additional ½ C shortening)
½ C Honey
1 Tsp. Creamy Almond or Cashew Butter
1½ Tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
1½ Tsp. Lemon Juice
¼ Tsp. Salt (omit if almond butter has salt)
2 Tsp. Pure Vanilla


Lunch is pretty much my favorite right now!

I make a lot of Quesadilla/Grown up grilled cheese type meals for lunch now that I am home and I LOVE it!

Here is what I always have in them:

Colby Jack Grass Fed, rBST free cheese shredded just enough to cover
 2 whole wheat Non-GMO no hydrogenated oil tortillas (I get these at my local Sprouts store and it’s Sprouts brand I buy)
or if it's a Grown Up Grilled Cheese 2 slices of Spelt Bread.
Hand full of one of the following: Organic Spinach,  Organic Super Greens mix , Organic Arugula
½ an Avocado (this is one of the clean 15 you do not need to buy organic because the pesticides do not penetrate the skin)

The rest is what I change up in the quesadilla:
½ Organic Red Bell Pepper (sliced)
Alfalfa or clover Sprouts small handful spread out
½ Organic Tomato (Sliced)

Lightly spray or coat with EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) Light (I just like the less olive taste) and pan fry till cheese melts and tortillas are crisp!

The Challenge of these amazing quesadillas is flipping them and keeping the innards together, but here is the beautiful tasty payoff!


If I don't have this... who am I kidding I just keep finding new things to add, it hasn't gotten old yet!


Ahi Tuna Salad - Easiest meal ever!
If you can get some nice Ahi steaks where you live try this one. Get over the raw thing if that's you because it's completely fine and has great omegas and lean protein, plus it's delicious!

Soy Sauce dressing (I only consume fermented soy so this is the only soy you will see me use)
Roughly 1/4 cup soy sauce
Roughly 1 tbsp raw honey
1 clove of garlic 
tsp or 2 of sesame seeds
Mix together.

Get a pan on high heat going. You want the pan to be super hot when tossing the Ahi on.
Meanwhile take a tiny drizzle of your EVOO Light and gently rub around Ahi Steak, tiny pinch of sea salt (finely ground), and a few pinches of pepper then gently rub evenly around steak. Shake some sesame seeds on the steak. Toss it in the pan for no more than 2 minutes each side.

In that 2 minutes grab a handful of Organic leafy greens of choice (unless your choice is iceberg... that is a no go, and besides hardly a leafy "green") I prefer Organic Spinach or Organic Super Green Mix and place on a plate. Slice and Avocado (I typically you 1/2 to myself because I love Avocado but only a few slices are necessary) and spread like cards fanning out onto the greens.

Steak should be done or almost by the time you load up the plates with greens and avo. Take Ahi out of the pan and slice into desired thickness. Use as spoon to drizzle on the soy dressing and WA-LAH!

Another good one is Stuffed Red Bell Peppers with Arugula, Goat Cheese and Organic Parmesan Chicken (Get an organic parmesan dressing to marinate or find an organic chicken sausage with minimal processing and remove the casing). 1 bell pepper is a serving. I use no measurements really but here is the best directions:

Turn oven on to 350 degrees.
Cut 1-2 marinated chicken breast or 2-3 chicken sausages into cubes and cook thoroughly (amounts depend on how many you are cooking for).
Cut in half organic red bell peppers and de-seed, set aside.
In a pan wilt several handfuls of arugula. (Usually you need more than you think because it shrinks up pretty good).
Add 1/2- 1 4oz tub of crumbled goat cheese until melted in with arugula.
Mix chicken into arugula and goat cheese, then spoon into the bell pepper halves.
Place in the over for about 10 minutes.

Another big one is Cauliflower Pizza Crust Pizza that I have adapted to my families tastes. This one can be tricky at first but squeezing the water out of the cauliflower (and there is a lot) before adding in ingredients helps and messing with pizza size for better cooking in the oven.  I sometimes use 4 small pizza stones instead of 1 big one and then we can have personal pizzas and choose our own toppings.

And Burritos! I LOVE burritos! Just make better choices about what you put in your burrito. Buy Grass Fed non rBST lean ground beef and cheeses, plain greek yogurt instead of sour cream, make your own black beans (really easy and much cheaper) and use the whole wheat tortillas from my quesadilla recipe, and make your own taco seasoning. Pinterest is where I found my homemade taco seasoning recipe and it's better, plus you can make a ton and save it for later dinners!

More meals I make:
Chicken, Quinoa, and Asparagus
Strawberry, Spinach, Goat Cheese and walnut salad with poppy seed dressing (Drew's Organic is a good one!)
Brown Rice Veggie Stir Fry
Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti (Use squash as noodles)
Pan fried zucchini and crookneck squash with a can of petit diced tomatoes over garlic quinoa or brown rice

Kashi 7 grain crackers and different types of hummus
Protein Smoothie
Sweet Potato Fries
Vanilla or Honey Greek yogurt (I put dark chocolate chips in to the mix when I feel like dessert).
Kale Chips
Chips and Quinoa, Flax, and Chia Salsa (an amazing find at Sprouts).
Apple slices and Peanut Butter

These are just some of the things I have on a fairly regular basis. I get almost everything (unless it's on the clean 15 list I still buy organic corn and sweet potatoes because of gmo's and No Spud spray though), organic or non-gmo.

I really hope this helps give you ideas and things to try. Remember you can always reach out with a comment or question and ask for more details, or request something for my next post(s). The goal is to find tasty nutritious meals that you can afford and love. 

Challenge this week: Watch Food Matters on Netflix.

Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart

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