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Spicy Rice & Beans with Fresh Salata

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One of my favorite lunch spots serves healthy Lebanese-American food. I love that they offer healthy and nutritious options on their menu like quinoa, kale, brown rice and fresh veggies. A dish I usually crave is made with well seasoned brown rice, beans, cooked vegetables, and topped with fresh Lebanese Salata. I had a serious craving for it and decided to recreate a version of my own. If you like food with a spicy kick, the mix of flavors is amazing!

Ingredients

Rice & Beans

  • 1 Cup Della Basmati Light Brown Rice, uncooked
  • 2 Cups Hot Water
  • 1 “Chicken” Bouillon Cube (I used Celifibr Gluten Free Vegetarian Chicken Bouillon)
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Parsley, dried
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Tumeric
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Pink Himalayan Salt, to taste
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper, to taste
  • 1 Carton of Simply Balanced Organic Low Sodium Three Bean Blend (at Target), rinsed
  • 1/2 Cup Organic Frozen Peas

Salata:

  • 1 Organic cucumber, chopped
  • Campari Tomatoes, deseeded, chopped
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 1/4 Cup Parsley
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Pink Himalayan Salt
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper

Directions:

  1. Add bouillon cube to 2 cups hot water, mix well, and set aside to dissolve.
  2. In a large pot, on medium heat, add olive oil and garlic and cook 1-2 minutes.
  3. Stir in spices and rice and mix well, cooking for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add bouillon water and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes, or until water has absorbed.
  6. While Rice is cooking, chop cucumbers and tomatoes. Add to a medium bowl, and add lemon juice, parsley, granulated garlic, and salt and pepper to taste.
  7. When rice is done cooking, add frozen peas, and beans, and stir well. Let cook 5-7 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Add rice & beans to your bowl and top with fresh salata. Enjoy!

*You can easily add grilled chicken to this dish, as well!

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Healthy Jambalaya

Healthy Jambayla | TheSubtleStatement.com | #21dayfix #vegan #glutenfree

I’ve been expanding our usual eats, with some creative swaps and cuisines lately, and putting a healthy spin on them. This recipe was delicious, and one of my hubby’s faves. It can be made vegan or non-vegan. I made both and just added the preferred meat to the individual dish. Mostly a one-pot meal with the addition of the meat on the side. It has the perfect amount of kick, without being too spicy. If you’re following the 21 Day Fix meal plan, the healthy swaps fit right in.

Healthy Jambayla | TheSubtleStatement.com | #21dayfix #vegan #glutenfree

Healthy Jambayla | TheSubtleStatement.com | #21dayfix #vegan #glutenfree

Deliciously Healthy Black Bean Quinoa Collard Wraps


Collard wraps are a lunchtime staple for me. Quinoa and beans are a great base, but adding the right veggies and spices takes it from bland to incredible. This superfood packed recipe has a serious boost of flavor and rings in at only 284 calories.

Yields: 1 Entree Size Serving

2 Whole Collard Green Leaves (with stem)

1/2 C Quinoa, cooked

1/2 C Black Beans, cooked (I used dried to avoid sodium)

1/4 Green Bell Pepper, Steamed

1 oz Artichoke Hearts, Steamed

1 T Fresh Guacamole

2 T Daiya Pepperjack (a dairy, casein, soy & gluten-free cheese)

  • Cut each collard green leaf off of the stem, into two pieces (four pieces total)
  • Fill with all ingredients (or ingredients of your choice)
  • Microwave for 45 seconds to steam collard green and melt cheese.
  • Roll up into a wrap and enjoy!

This recipe is incredibly filling and packed with superfoods and protein. It’s vegan, gluten-free and soy-free. It makes for a great post-workout lunch!

Nutritional Content includes all ingredients & 4 collard wraps: Calories: 284 | Fat: 7.1 g | *Sodium: 183.7 mg | Carbs: 43 g | Fiber: 12.6 g  | Protein: 12.3 g

(*Based on using dried beans without salt)

Nail Trend {Chunky Glitter}

 

I’m loving the glitter nail trend, and this Spring texture is key. Chunky glitter is amplified (think back to your Caboodle days) and I’m obsessing over the textured sparkle.

 

While textured nails like the caviar or sequin manicure are a hot trend, the eye-catching sparkle of this Urban Outfitters polish (spicy) is long-lasting.