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Native Food Cafe’s Mad Cowboy Bowl Remake

Published on April 27, 2014, by in Recipes.

Last winter, Brian and I fell in love with the Mad Cowboy Bowl at Native Food’s Cafe. We were incredibly sad when they came off the menu in late February. So, I started making them at home. They are simple and full of flavor. Start by roasting a lot of vegetables. Their bowl included cauliflower, onion, broccoli, zucchini, summer squash, corn, sweet potato, carrots and a half of a white potato. I did all the veggies, except sweet potato and substituted fingerlings, because it was what I had on hand. Toss in a little olive oil, salt and pepper and roast at 375 for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring twice. They should be fork tender when you pull them out. At this time, you will also be baking your tofu. I used one block of extra firm tofu(drained) cut into 6 pieces and seasoned with a southwest seasoning. Turn the

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Baba Ghanoush

Published on April 24, 2014, by in Recipes.

    So. I was lied to. I found a recipe for baba ghanoush called 3 Minute Baba Ghanoush. It took way more than 3 minutes. It was also delicious. Ingredients: 1 roasted eggplant(see below) juice of 1 lemon 1/4 cup tahini 2 cloves garlic 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons EVOO fresh ground pepper, to taste So… to get a roasted eggplant, take a small(1-1.5 pounds) eggplant, prick it with a fork a few times, and bake it for 30-40 minutes at 400F. Pre and post-roasted eggplant: Let the eggplant cool, slice long ways and scoop out the innards. This is the part that definitely took longer than 3 minutes. Place the inner scoopings of eggplant and remainder of ingredients in a powerful blender(I have a Vitamix). Start on low and gradually increase speed. Blend on high for about 30 seconds until your baba is incredibly smooth and creamy. Pour

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Eggcellent weekend

Published on April 21, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

See what I did there? I made an Easter joke. Ha. This weekend was exactly what I needed. Lots to time outside in the beautiful temperatures. It was the exact weather that you hear Chicagoans talk about all year. The weather that is reason we live here and endure the winters. It was perfect. Friday night, Brian and I met for dinner at Dawali Mediterranean Kitchen. I had been there on my last girl’s night and knew he would love it. He did. After eating a lot of hummus, we were both pretty full and didn’t even put a dent in our dinners. The good news was that we then had lunch for Saturday. The only problem was that we didn’t have any more hummus. I did have an eggplant on hand, so I roasted it and made some baba ghanoush to supplement our left overs. It is delicious and

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Progress

Published on April 7, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

I never know what to title these update posts. After being out-of-town last weekend, I felt like I needed to have a very productive weekend this past weekend. And productive, it was! The fridge is packed to the brim. Then I realized that I have a girls dinner on Wednesday, Brian’s birthday Thursday and Brian’s birthday dinner with friends on Saturday! Well, I guess more meals will be going into the freezer! Oh, well. I spent most of Saturday morning at the grocery store and prepping food. I made rama chicken bowls(brown rice, potato, broccoli and chicken with a peanut sauce), fajita bowls, and prepped fruits and veggies for the week. I got a steal on some chicken breasts, so I bought in bulk, individually packaged and froze most of them. I love a good deal. Mangos were $0.49/each, so I bought a few, sliced and froze in an even

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Fudgy double chocolate beet muffins

Published on March 31, 2014, by in Recipes.

  Two double chocolate recipes in one week! Hiding non-typical baking foods into baked goods is one of my favorite things to do. When I saw Minimalist Baker‘s fudgy vegan double chocolate beet muffins, I knew I would be making them. Beets in muffins? Beets are a power food! A powder food for breakfast? Yes, please. Well, I altered the recipe to make it non-vegan, because neither my husband or I are vegan and I don’t own vegan chocolate chips. Ingredients: 2 flax eggs(2T ground flax +5 T water) 1 cup beet puree 1/4 cup pure maple syrup 1/3 cup brown sugar 1/4 tsp sea salt 1.5 tsp baking soda 1/4 cup melted coconut oil 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1/3 cup milk chocolate chips Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly grease muffin tins for 12 muffins. Obtain 1 cup

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Chocolate avocado mousse

Published on March 24, 2014, by in Recipes.

This is a super simple and healthy dessert that is packed with nutrients and good fats. Even better is that those good fats will keep you full a lot longer than empty carbs. Ingredients: 1 ripe avocado 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1/4 cup unsweetened nut milk of choice(I used coconut) 1/4 cup honey(or equivalent sweetener of choice) 1 tsp vanilla pinch of salt Scoop avocado out of peel. Place all ingredients into blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!

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Weekly meal planning and prep

Published on March 23, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

The most common question that I am asked is how to meal plan and prep. I dedicate a fair amount of time to it. It’s not always easy or fun, but it is very beneficial. Planning meals ahead of time helps you save money by buying what you need at the grocery store, less impulsive purchases and eating out less. It also helps you to be healthier, eat fewer calories, waste less food and is a huge time saver(in the long run). I usually spend about 4 hours per weekend making meals for the week. While many of you will say that you don’t have that amount of time, you probably do. I multitask while I cook. If I’m roasting sweet potatoes in the oven, I’ll pop in a 30 minute workout video and do that while they roast. Or do laundry and other household tasks while things cook. Most

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Vitamix Sweet Potato Peanut Bisque

Published on March 22, 2014, by in Recipes.

I saw this recipe for Sweet Potato Peanut Bisque and thought the flavors in it sounded amazing. I decided to simplify a few of the steps and make it in my Vitamix. Wow. It is an extremely thick, but delicious soup. Definitely husband approved. Ingredients: 1 large sweet potato, cut in wedges and roasted 1 small onion, diced 1 clove garlic 1/2 chunk of fresh ginger 1 can diced tomatoes with chiles 1 cup vegetable stock 1/4 cup peanut butter pinch of cinnamon 1/2 tsp allspice salt and pepper to taste chopped cilantro and peanuts for garnish I roasted a sweet potato in the morning to have it ready for the soup at lunch. Put all the ingredients in your Vitamix and turn to the Hot Soup setting. Blending results: Pour into bowls. Top with cilantro and peanuts. Makes 4-6 servings. Look at all that deliciousness! This soup is a meal in

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Thai peanut wraps-Whole Foods remake

Published on March 20, 2014, by in Recipes.

I mentioned the other day that I was addicted to Whole Foods’ Thai sweet potato collard green wraps. They are filling, delicious and nutritious. They are a little bit of a process to make, so it is beneficial to make multiple at once, or have the ingredients on hand and ready to go so you can make them quickly. Ingredients: collard greens peanut butter roasted sweet potato Thai peanut sauce tamari or soy sauce brown sugar cabbage slaw These first two steps are optional, but I think by doing them, you have a more delicious, more flexible and less messy wrap. The simmering of the leaf makes it a little less bitter and a lot more flexible for stuffing and rolling. Ok! So let’s get rolling(pun intended!). Start by bringing a big pot of water to a simmer on your stove top. Also, prepare a large bowl of ice-cold water

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Lately

Published on March 8, 2014, by in Update.

Wow! Where have I been? I can’t believe that it’s almost been three weeks since I last posted. I’ve been obsessed with collard green wraps. I tried one of the thai sweet potato collard green wraps from Whole Foods over a month ago and I can’t stop thinking about them. After buying a few from their pre made foods counter, with some inconsistency in the product that I got, I decided to take it to the kitchen and make them myself. I think I ate them for most meals for a week. So good. I have also been having a love affair with radishes. Plain and on everything. Can’t get enough. I made a big batch of baked apple donuts. They were delicious and were very reminiscent of apple pie. I really liked them. Just sweet enough, but not too sweet. Last week I ran a 10k in some brutal

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