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Mexican Lentil Quinoa Bake

Mexican lentil quinoa bake

Mexican Lentil Quinoa Bake I always try and incorporate one day a week to be devoted as meat free. It is generally a higher day in carbohydrates so I have more fuel for exercise! You can get plenty of vegetarian protein through beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, organic tempeh, free range eggs, and organic dairy. This lentil quinoa bake is great on its’ own or can be served with organic ketchup or barbeque sauce. Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!   Serves 6 Ingredients ⦁ 1 cup dried quinoa ⦁ ¾ dried red lentils ⦁ 2 ½ cups filtered water ⦁ 1 small red pepper diced ⦁ 1 green pepper diced ⦁ 2 shallots or 1 small onion diced ⦁ 2 large celery stalks, diced…

Moringa Pumpkin Seed Banana Mini Muffins

Moringa pumpkin seed muffins

These delicious mini muffins are packed with powerhouse leaf called moringa! What is Moringa? Moringa Oleifera is a small, fast-growing tree found in most, if not all tropical regions. The leaves are proven to be among the worlds most nutritious vegetables. Moringa has been used for centuries for more than just food – many cultures throughout history have found medicinal uses for the tree. Increased Health: Moringa is purported to lower blood sugar, maintain healthy cholesterol levels, and even reduce inflammation. Who needs Moringa? Well, Everyone. Moringa is the Miracle Tree of Life and is perfectly suited to nourish the human body. Organic Moringa is the perfect supplement for your incredible life. If you’re optimizing your health, eating clean and focusing on nourishing the body…

Berry Chia Oats

berry chia oats

Berry Chia Oats Spice up your usual oatmeal by topping with a berry compote for an extra shot of vitamin C plus some chia seeds for additional energy. The berry chia oats are made the night before to make your morning ritual easier. Chia seeds have become a popular superfood as they are packed with omega 3 fatty acids, help to boost your metabolism, and are a source of dietary fiber and calcium. Serves 1 Ingredients 1/3 cup regular rolled oats 1 tablespoon chia seeds 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon Add all ingredients in a jar and stir, place jar in refrigerator overnight. Serve with berry compote. Berry compote Frozen berries of choice (I used raspberries and blueberries) 1 teaspoon thickener mixed with 3 tablespoons cold…

Fresh Salad with Tahini Avocado Dressing

fresh salad with tahini avocado dressing

Fresh Salad with Tahini Avocado Dressing Nothing is better than a salad with fresh vegetables: arugula, carrots, cucumber, bell pepper and tomatoes. Topped with tahini avocado dressing, this vegan salad is a great addition to a lunch or dinner or to simply have as is. Recipe Yields 1 large serving or two small servings (side dish) Ingredients ⦁ 1 large carrot, shredded ⦁ 4 cups arugula ⦁ 1/2 cup cucumber, diced ⦁ 1/2 cup tomato, diced ⦁ 1/2 cup bell pepper, diced ⦁ 1/4 cup raw almonds, chopped ⦁ 1 tablespoon raw sesame seeds Avocado tahini dressing ⦁ 1 tablespoon tahini ⦁ 1/2 avocado ⦁ 1 teaspoon tamari ⦁ 1 teaspoon raw apple cider vinegar ⦁ 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder ⦁ 1/4 cup water (or more)…

Chocolate ‘Reeses’ Easter Eggs- Nut Free!

easter treats nut-free, vegan

Chocolate ‘Reeses’ Easter Eggs- Nut Free! Recipe Yields 7 eggs | Prep time 10 minutes | Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes | Ingredients 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter 1 tablespoon coconut flour 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life dairy free vegan chocolate chips) 1 teaspoon coconut oil   Instructions Mix sunflower seed butter, maple syrup, and coconut flour. Place a sheet of parchment paper over a flat surface like a cutting board. Roll dough into balls then form into egg shapes. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes. Melt chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler (use a pot with boiling water then place a bowl overtop so the steam from the water melts the chocolate without burning…

Banana Bread Energy Balls

banana bread energy balls

  The other day I walked past the discounted cart in the grocery store and spotted some ripe bananas. I thought what a great deal, and that it would be incentive to make lots of recipes with them.  Well, a week went by and they continued to get more spotted and brown  every time I looked at them. Who’s been there? I can’t be the only one. I was really wanting a snack that was easily transportable and offered a quick energy fix. I did some brainstorming and created these delicious energy balls which can help to get rid of some of those ripe bananas. For a vegan recipe, swap out the raw honey for brown rice syrup. Banana Bread Energy Balls Yields 16 balls Ingredients…

Banana Raspberry Smoothie Bowl

Banana Raspberry Smoothie Bowl

I love smoothie bowls as an alternative to the regular sipping smoothies. They are filling, nutrient-packed, delicious and they look incredible. For this smoothie bowl recipe, I added an abundance of super foods on top for a boost of antioxidants. For vegan alternatives, just omit the bee pollen. I added: – Raw cacao beans – Bee pollen – Hemp seeds – Goji berries   Banana Raspberry Smoothie bowl Recipe Serves 1 Ingredients Banana portion 1 frozen banana 3 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk (or more to help it blend- it should be thick enough to eat with a spoon) 1 teaspoon maca powder 1/2 teaspoon bee pollen 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon Blend and set aside   Raspberry portion 1/2 frozen banana 1/2 cup frozen raspberries 1/2 scoop vegan berry…

Valentine’s Raspberry Chocolates

Valentine's Day at Crystal Hills Farm

Valentine’s Raspberry Chocolates Recipe Yields 12 chocolates You will need a chocolate silicone mold. Servings may vary depending on the size of the molds.  Ingredients 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life foods brand) 1 tablespoon coconut oil 1 cup raspberries 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder* mixed with 1/4 cup water 1 tablespoon maple syrup or sweetener of choice   Instructions 1. In a small pot, heat and mash raspberries until puree forms, add maple syrup. 2. Combine arrowroot powder with water (make sure the powder is fully dissolved). 3. Pour arrowroot powder mixture into the raspberry puree, stirring constantly until combined. 4. Turn stove to high heat until the puree thickens, remove from heat, pour into a glass bowl and place in the fridge…

No Bake Protein Balls

no bake protein balls

No Bake Protein Cake Balls Super yummy no bake protein cake pops, with a nut-free option. Makes 6 balls ½ cup oat flour 1 tablespoon coconut flour 1 tablespoon raw unpasteurized honey 2 tablespoons chocolate vegan protein powder 2 tbsp. raw cacao powder 3 tbsp. dairy free milk- or more to help clump together 2 tablespoons sunflower butter (ie. Sunbutter). You can use natural almond butter or peanut butter if you have no nut allergies. Chocolate Drizzle ½ cup melted Enjoy Life dairy free chocolate chips 1 tablespoon coconut oil Method Combine all ingredients together in a bowl. Mix with your hands until dough forms. Roll into balls, and skewer with popsicle stick. To make chocolate drizzle, melt chocolate chips with coconut oil, in a double boiler. Pipe chocolate on cake…

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