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The Best Pumpkin Bread

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I make my favorite banana bread recipe all the time. I decided to switch it up create a pumpkin version. The result? A super moist bread, with the perfect amount of flavor!

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Superfood Veggie Bowl

Superfood Bowl #vegan #glutenfreeThis is my favorite lunch recipe, it’s filled with a variety of color and flavors and packed with amazing beauty foods and nutrients for great hair, skin and fat burning properties. It’s best made in bulk to enjoy throughout the week, since the recipe includes multiple steps.

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients

  • 1/2 C Water
  • 1/4 C Quinoa
  • Dried Spices: Rosemary, Basil, Oregano, Paprika, Nutritional Yeast, Chili Powder, Garlic Powder, Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 1/4 C Broccoli
  • Too Delicious To Dip Sweet Potato Fries
  • 2 C Kale
  • 1 T Coconut Oil
  • Handful of Clover Sprouts
  • Handful of Crunchy Sprouts
  • 2 T Raw Pumpkin Seeds
  • Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Organic Balsamic Vinegar

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Bring water, seasoned with rosemary, basil and oregano to a boil. Add quinoa, cover and let simmer 15-20 minutes. Once water is absorbed, fluff with a fork.
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Season broccoli with fresh ground pepper, oregano, paprika, and nutritional yeast, then drizzle coconut oil and bake in oven/toaster oven on 450 degrees F until slightly browned. (About 10 minutes)
Superfood Bowl #vegan #glutenfreeAfter whipping up a batch of Too Delicious To Dip Sweet Potato Fries, layer over broccoli.
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Next, make a batch of crispy kale. Wash and dry thoroughly, and place in a mixing bowl. Season with chili powder, garlic powder, paprika, nutritional yeast, and oregano. Drizzle coconut oil and bake at 450 degrees F, until crisp. (Around 15 minutes)

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Layer crispy kale into bowl.
Superfood Bowl #vegan #glutenfreeAdd a sprouts, crunchy sprouts, pumpkin seeds, and vinegar.
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Too Delicious To Dip Sweet Potato Fries

Too Delicious To Dip Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite foods. I eat one almost daily. They’re high in fiber, good for your heart and they’re a top “beauty food” for your hair and skin. Sweet potato fries are a great guilt-free snack, that I also love to add into my salads or quinoa dishes. I like to avoid the additional calories of “dips” (even though organic ketchup tastes amazing!) so I whipped up a recipe that is totally taste bud approved-no dip required!

Too Delicious To Dip Sweet Potato Fries
Too Delicious To Dip Sweet Potato Fries

Preheat oven or toaster oven to 400 degrees F. Cut sweet potato into slices.

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Add spices to taste.

Too Delicious To Dip Sweet Potato Fries
Too Delicious To Dip Sweet Potato Fries

Melt coconut oil, and drizzle over sweet potato slices.

Too Delicious To Dip Sweet Potato Fries

Too Delicious To Dip Sweet Potato Fries

Add fresh rosemary and mix well.
Too Delicious To Dip Sweet Potato Fries

Place on foil lined baking sheet and bake 40 minutes or until crisp. (*Cooking times may vary)
Too Delicious To Dip Sweet Potato Fries
Enjoy!

Balsamic Portobello Kale Wrap

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  • 2 C Kale
  • 1 Portobello Mushroom Cap
  • 1/2 Red Bell Pepper, sliced
  • 4 Pieces of Artichoke, diced
  • 1 Brown Rice Tortilla
  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic
  • Dried Rosemary
  • Dried Oregano
  • Garlic Powder

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Wash and dry portobello mushroom cap, place on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic, season with rosemary, garlic powder, and oregano. Bake at 450 degrees F for 10-15 minutes or until mushroom is tender. Once cooled, slice the mushroom.

Top tortilla with fresh washed kale, red peppers, artichokes and portobello. Roll up tortilla and slice in half.

Enjoy!

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Homemade Veggie Burgers

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I don’t buy frozen veggie burgers, so any time I spot a homemade recipe I can’t wait to try it out. This is by far the best recipe, from  I have tried, and it’s really simple!

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Recipe from April/May 2013 Issue of Vegetarian Times

Yields: 4 Servings

  • 2 C Cooked or canned beans of your choice, drained, liquid reserved (I used kidney, black & great northern no-salt added)
  • 4 Carrots, peeled & grated (1 1/2 C)
  • 1 Small onion, coarsely chopped (1 C)
  • 1/2 C Rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1/4 C Chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
  • 3 Cloves garlic, chopped (1T)
  • 1 Tbs. Chili powder or spice mix of your choice
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 Pinch ground black pepper
  • 4 Tbs. Olive Oil
  • 4 Toasted hamburger buns (I used gluten-free flax buns) (optional)
  • 4 Tbs. Mustard of any kind
  • Lettuce leaves and sliced tomatoes and onion, for garnish
  1. Pulse beans, carrots, onion, oats, parsley, garlic, chili powder, salt & pepper in food processor until combined, not puréed. Pinch a bit of mixture to see if it holds together. If not, add bean liquid or water, 1 Tbs at a time, until it does. Let mixture rest a few minutes before shaping patties. For best results, chill 30 minutes or overnight.
  2. Shape bean mixture into 4 1-inch thick patties. (You can cover & refrigerate patties for up to several hours before continuing, or wrap & freeze. Bring them back to room temperature before cooking.)
  3. Coat bottom of large nonstick or cast-iron skillet with oil, and heat over medium heat. Add patties, and cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until browned on one side. Turn carefully, and cook 3 to 5 minutes more, or until firm, browned & crisp in places. Serve hot or at room temperature on buns with mustard and garnishes. (Or top over fresh lettuce for a filling salad!)

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I’m a fan of topping a salad with a veggie patty, but this type of veggie burger was perfect for the gluten-free flax buns I recently found. The recipe yields four very large patties, that are great for even splitting into halves. This one was topped with roma tomato slices, Daiya Cheddar, clover sprouts, organic ketchup, and organic dijon.

Skinny Mediterranean “Pasta”

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I spotted this colorful recipe on Peace Love Shea’s blog, and it just looked so yummy! It definitely delivered, with serious flavor. It’s a great Spring dish, I highly recommend throwing on your ruffled apron and getting your bake on.

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To speed up your time in the kitchen, I recommend piercing the spaghetti squash and microwaving it for 6 minutes, flipping it over and microwaving another 6 minutes, until tender. (You may want to check on the squash in intervals, since some microwaves are more powerful than others.)

This “pasta” can be served hot or cold, making it the perfect party dish! I paired it along with a balsamic baked portobello mushroom and steamed kale.

Portobello Fajita Salad with Pineapple Mango Salsa

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I’ve been portobello crazy lately. It’s such a great lunch or dinner (or even breakfast) staple, that compliments any flavor or theme.

I purchased Fresh Pineapple Mango Salsa on a recent trip to Whole Foods, and thought it would be the perfect pairing on top of a portobello cap. The colorful dish is a great start to Spring with a major burst of flavor.

Portobello Fajita Salad:

  • 1 Large Portobello Mushroom Cap
  • 1/3 Onion, Chopped
  • 1/2 Orange Bell Pepper, Chopped
  • 1 t Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Garlic Powder
  • Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 2 C Organic Arugula
  • 1 Roma Tomato, Chopped

Preheat oven 425 F degrees. Wash and clean portobello cap, and place on baking sheet. Scoop onion, bell pepper and fresh pineapple mango salsa on top. Sprinkle with garlic powder and fresh ground pepper, and drizzle olive oil and balsamic. Bake 10-15 minutes, or until fully cooked. Place arugula in a bowl, and add remaining ingredients. Top with fresh pineapple mango salsa and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

Fresh Pineapple Mango Salsa

  • 1 C Mango, Diced
  • 1/2 C Red Bell Pepper, Diced
  • 1/4 C Red Onion, Diced
  • 1 C Pineapple, Diced
  • 1/2 C Fresh Cilantro
  • 1 Jalapeño Pepper, Diced
  • Garlic, Minced
  • Fresh Ground Pepper
  • Juice from 1 Lime

Toss all ingredients in a large bowl and serve.


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Taco Tuesday

Taco Tuesday

I have a serious weakness for Mexican dishes! I put a healthy spin on your typical Taco Tuesday, minus the calories, but full of flavor. The superfood loaded dish makes it a guilt-free indulgence.

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Yields 1 Entree Sized Serving

1/4 C Quinoa, dry

2 C Hearts of Romaine, chopped

1/2 C Black Beans, no-salt added or dried & cooked

1/4 Avocado, sliced

1 Roma Tomato, diced

1 T Salsa

Juice of Fresh Lime

Wow-A-Chihuahua (Whole Foods) or your own blend of cumin, cayenne, garlic, chili, cilantro, onion & red pepper

Fresh Cilantro

  • Place quinoa in a pot with 1/2 C water, and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, cover and let simmer, until the water is absorbed.
  • Once quinoa is finished cooking, mix in Mexican Seasoning and lime juice, and stir well.
  • Chop romaine and place in a bowl.
  • Scoop the seasoned quinoa onto the greens.
  • Add the remaining ingredients, and top with salsa.

IMG_4603If you’re craving delicious tacos, this south of the border recipe brings all the flavor.

2-3 Small Organic Corn Tortillas

1/4 Avocado, Chopped

1 Small Roma Tomato, Chopped

1-2 T Daiya Pepper Jack

2 t Wow A Chihuahua

Juice of 1/2 Fresh Lime

Layer ingredients on tortillas, and bake in toaster oven until cheese is melted.

Enjoy!