BB (Berries and Beets) Purple Smoothie

BB (Berries and Beets) Purple Smoothie

I’m always looking for new ways to incorporate more vegetables (AKA “undesirables,” to some people) into meals. It’s even easier to do with kids if you can leverage the fun colors. A purple smoothie? Yes, please.(AKA “undesirables,” to some people) into meals. It’s even easier to do with kids if you can leverage the fun colors. A purple smoothie? Yes, please. I was just thinking the other week about different ways to use the vacuum-packed beets in my pantry. When I received a Snapchat from my Aunt Michelle this morning showing her adding the gorgeous red root veggie to a smoothie, I knew exactly what I was having for breakfast. Here’s the beet-filled purple smoothie I whipped up this morning. The berries and banana in this smoothie really add some nice sweetness, and balance out the earthy flavors of the spinach and the beets — I promise. But if you’re nervous, feel free to use just one beet to start. (Bonus: It’s a non-dairy smoothie recipe. But if you’re a fan of cow’s milk, just substitute.) INGREDIENTS: 2 Beets, Cooked and Peeled 2 Cups Baby Spinach (because I add spinach to just about every smoothie) 1.5 Cups Rice Milk 2 Cups Mixed Berries (I happened to have blackberries and raspberries on hand) 1 Banana 6-8 Ice Cubes DIRECTIONS: Blend spinach, rice milk, and beets until liquefied. (I always mix the harder to blend items with the liquid first, to minimize any chunkiness in texture) Add berries and banana, blend thoroughly. Add ice, blend again – then pour and enjoy! This definitely makes one BIG purple smoothie, but it’s all good...
MaK’s Good Green Smoothie

MaK’s Good Green Smoothie

Have you tried green juices or smoothies in the past and struggled with finding the right balance of veggies to fruit. You know, so you don’t feel like you’re drinking straight kale with a sprinkling of dirt? This green smoothie recipe is for you. This came about when I had a bunch of avocados to use up FAST, and my mini decided to go on an avocado strike. (Up until recently, she LOVED them. Toddlers. Go figure.)  I typically make protein shakes or smoothies, and present them to her as “ice cream.” She’s never turned one down. I win. Alright, you green smoothie maniacs who want things to be healthy AND taste good — here you go: INGREDIENTS: 1 Cup Fresh Spinach or Kale Leaves Optional: 2 Scoops Livfit Superfood Blend with Protein (Or Other “Greens” Powder) 2 Cups Milk (I use rice milk; you could use almond, or even orange juice) 2 Tablespoons of Lime Juice (About 2 Whole Limes Worth) 1 Banana 1 Fresh Mango, peeled, pitted & chopped (could also substitute a handful of frozen mango chunks) 1 Ripe Avocado, peeled, pitted & chopped 5-6 Ice Cubes DIRECTIONS: Blend milk, lime juice, spinach, and greens/protein powder if using. Mixing leafy ingredients with liquid first will ensure a smooth blend, other you might end up with a stray whole spinach leave between sips. Not a “smooth” smoothie. Add banana, mango and avocado pieces. Blend for 60 seconds or longer, depending on the power of your blender. Lastly, pulse in ice cubes and blend until smooth, Add more liquid or ice until you reach your desired consistency. Typically...
Easy Creamy Coconut Sauce

Easy Creamy Coconut Sauce

If you struggle with the idea of cutting down on sauces from a packet or jar, this is the perfect starter for those who are just beginning their journey of cooking real food from scratch. The best part? This creamy, savory coconut sauce could make a piece of cardboard taste delicious — but it’s actually HEALTHY, and it really can go over just about anything, from chicken, to veggies, to fish. And it’s super fast to boot, so let’s get to it. INGREDIENTS: Sprayable Coconut Oil (Enough to coat your pan to sautee onions) 1 Small Onion (or 1/2 a large onion), diced 1 Clove of Garlic, chopped (Feel free to sub 1 teaspoon of garlic powder if you don’t have fresh) 1 Can Full Fat Coconut Milk *Note: I recommend full fat coconut milk (I use Aroy-D). Be sure to check the ingredients to make sure it’s straight up coconut. Some discount brands will be “low fat” or will include several preservatives in their ingredients — these are processed, have little flavor, and have a waxy quality that isn’t great for that creamy quality you want in a sauce. DIRECTIONS: Put a saucepan on medium heat; once it’s hot, add your diced onions, stirring occupationally until they’re translucent Add chopped garlic and stir briefly, then pour in the coconut milk Simmer on medium heat, uncovered, until sauce is reduced and thickens — about 10 minutes. Pour over meat, vegetables, or anything you want! Creamy Coconut Sauce Tips: When I’m eating super clean, I don’t add any other seasonings, so this is a great sauce for low-sodium diets. If...
How to Roast Garlic

How to Roast Garlic

How to Roast Garlic Ever go to Sam’s Club, Costco (or any other warehouse store filled with bulk goodies), see one of these bad boys and think, “Yes! I love garlic! And it lasts forever, so I’ll totally use that much!” …then several weeks fly by, you don’t get to cooking like you thought you might, and you wind up with a mesh bag full of feathery paper and soft, rotten bulbs. Boo. My answer to this dilemma? Roast the hell out of that garlic. That’s right, today we’re talking how to roast garlic. It’s a wonderful magic trick, super quick and easy, & does a lot of cool things like: 1.) Roasting garlic gives it a soft, creamy, spreadable texture (which is great healthy alternative to mayo or other calorie-heavy dressings or spreads) 2.) Roasted garlic tastes SO different than raw garlic; there’s no bite – it’s sweet and creamy, with a smokey quality. 3.) Best of all, roasting garlic cuts down on waste because you typically use it faster and it lasts a long time in the fridge. I usually roast at least 6-8 bulbs as soon as I buy a package so I’ve got it handy right away! INGREDIENTS + GEAR: Whole Garlic Bulbs (As many as you want) Olive oil -OR- Coconut Oil Tin foil DIRECTIONS Preheat your oven to 400° Pour your oil (if you’re using coconut you will have to melt it first) out into a bowl — or ridged plate if you want to do this mass-production style Slice the entire bulb horizontally, so about 1/4 of the top is removed, exposing most of the individual cloves (if you...
Turkey and Coconut Curry Stuffed Peppers

Turkey and Coconut Curry Stuffed Peppers

Turkey and Coconut Curry Stuffed Peppers Last night I was staring into the colorful abyss that was all of the leftovers and uneaten groceries in my refrigerator. (If you follow my posts you’ll get to learn that I hate, hate, hate wasting food, so I’m always trying to find ways to repurpose leftovers or salvage something about to go bad.) I had two big bags of bell peppers from Costco and three large tupperware containers full of leftover roast turkey I made for a get together the weekend before. Also, we’ve been eating like crap for weeks. Time to make something that A) wouldn’t fill me with regret, and B) Future MaK would thank me for down the road when she comes home from full day of traffic, or kid-related craziness. So here you are: Turkey and Coconut Curry Stuffed Peppers4-6 Bell Peppers, any color. (We don’t discriminate.) 1 Large Onion (I used yellow, but whatever you have works) 2-3 Cups Shredded Turkey (Or chicken. Or whatever meat you have on hand.) 1 Tsp Turmeric (Bonus: This gorgeous orange spice is also a known anti-inflammatory) 1 Tbsp Yellow Curry Powder (I use yellow because I’m a weenie. Spice it up if you wish.) 1 Tsp Cumin 1 Tsp Oregano 1 Tsp Parsley (Dried works, but use fresh if you’ve got it.) 1 Tsp Salt (Skip it if you’re trying to cut down on sodium. The curry does the work here.) 1 Can Coconut Milk (Check ingredients when buying. Lots of generic brands add stuff I can’t even pronounce. How freaking hard is it to put coconut milk in coconut milk?)...
Fresh and Healthy Quinoa Salad

Fresh and Healthy Quinoa Salad

Fresh and Healthy Quinoa Salad I’m a HUGE carb gal, so give me a side dish that’s light and healthy, but actually hearty enough to replace a side of rice or potatoes? Big win. This fresh and healthy quinoa salad is a side dish originally made by my lovely sister, but we’ve both reinvented a few times over depending upon what we had in the fridge. That’s the great thing about it — it’s versatile, so you don’t need to make a grocery store run for if you happen to be missing a veggie or two. I typically cook up at least 2-4 cups of quinoa every Sunday as part of my food prep for the week; it’s a great healthy meal option because it’s easy to serve hot or cold, & it has a ton of protein. Also, this recipe makes a BIG salad, so if you’re just testing it out, you can always start with 1 cup of quinoa and slowly add your veggies in to a ratio you like. SALAD INGREDIENTS: 2 Cups Cooked Quinoa (You could also use couscous!) 1/2 Cup Red Onion, Finely Chopped 1 Red Bell Pepper, Chopped 1 Bunch Spinach Leaves, Chopped (Or Kale. Or Arugula. Whatever leafy green you’ve got) 1 Cup Hearts of Palm, Chopped (You can buy whole & chop them) 1 Can Baby Corn, Chopped 1 Ripe Tomato, Diced 1/2 Cup Artichoke Hearts 1/4 Cup Feta Cheese (I also love shredded Parmesan in this) DRESSING INGREDIENT: 1 Clove Chopped Garlic 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice 2 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar 2 Tablespoons Liquid Aminos or Soy Sauce 4 Tablespoons Olive Oil 1 Teaspoon Sesame...