Friday, December 12, 2014

Mexican Quinoa Tempeh Salad

If I had to choose a favorite food, Mexican would not be it. But if I had to choose a favorite fast-casual restaurant, Chipotle would be it. So do with that what you will. Mexican isn’t my favorite because it’s not very healthy – lots of rice and tortillas, not many vegetables to be had. But when I find a healthier Mexican recipe, I take it and run with it. I was very pleased to find this recipe on Yumsugar. It’s vegan and pretty healthy. It combines quinoa with one of my favorite vegan proteins: tempeh. I once read that tofu is to chicken, and tempeh is to beef. It can even crumble like beef, which is how I like it with pasta.

This recipe is pretty easy, especially if you make the quinoa ahead of time. Then, all you need to do is chop things, juice things, rinse and drain stuff, and simmer. The original recipe calls for cilantro and avocado – I forgot to buy cilantro and my avocado wasn’t ripe enough at the moment, so I used some packaged guacamole that I had on hand.

-1 C quinoa
-2 C water
-1 Tbsp olive oil
-1/2 onion, chopped
-1 red pepper, diced
-1 8-oz. package tempeh, diced
-1 C salsa
-1 lime, juiced
-1 tsp cumin
-1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
-1/4 tsp salt
-1/4 tsp pepper
-1 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
-1 C corn
-1/2 C cherry tomatoes, halved
-2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
-1 avocado, diced

1. Place the quinoa and water in a pot on high heat. Once it starts to boil, cover, reduce to simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is fluffy.
2. While the quinoa is cooking, prepare the tempeh. Heat the olive oil in a pan on medium heat, and add the chopped onion. Cook for 5 minutes.
3. Add the diced red pepper, tempeh, salsa, lime juice, cumin, cayenne pepper, and salt and pepper.
4. Cook the tempeh mixture, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes.
5. Once the quinoa and tempeh are cooked, combine all together. Add the beans, corn, tomatoes, and cilantro. Mix well. Top with a few pieces of diced avocado.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Cinnamon Caramel Apple Balls

I was never too into the whole apple theme like some people, but I’m getting into it this year. A co-worker gave me a wax warmer as a gift and included some cedar apple wax with it, and the scent has grown on me! I even went apple picking the other weekend and have since devoured my peck of honeycrisp apples. So, when I saw this recipe, I HAD to make it! Only four ingredients? I’m down.

I hadn’t made a ball-snack in a long time. I used to make them all the time but fell off, and I think it’s time I start again. They’re easy, delicious, and super portable, which also means they’re super shareable! Dates are nature’s candy and that’s where these balls get their caramel flavor. Be sure to pit them – the first time I used them was in a raw vegan carrot cake and I didn’t know I had to pit them. I ate the cake with a friend and we kept biting on things that looked like pecans, which were in the cake, so I thought they were super stale pecans. False. They were the pits. So learn from me and pit your dates – just take a knife and slice the date length-wise and remove the pit.

-1 C pitted dates
-1 C old-fashioned oats
-2 C dried apples (The chewy kind)
-1 tsp cinnamon

1. Place all ingredients in a food processor.
2. Mix until combined well.
3. Roll into balls.
4. Enjoy! I keep mine in the refrigerator.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Broiled Broccolini with Kale, Chickpeas, and Ricotta

You guys. I can’t even deal with how great this was.

My husband and I just watched Fed Up over the weekend and we decided to make a more conscious effort to eat more whole foods and less processed foods, while keeping mindful of the amount of added sugar in our food. I made this on Monday and it got my husband’s stamp of approval.

Some of my favorite things about eating healthy are trying new recipes. I love trying new vegetables and fruit. It genuinely excites me when I get the opportunity to cook with a new food item. For example, I’m dying to get my hands on some parsnips and Swiss chard. I’m way too excited for fall vegetables right now!

I’ve had broccolini (Baby broccoli) at restaurants, but have never tried cooking it myself. This dish is super green, but gets some creaminess from the ricotta cheese, which I had also never cooked with. It gets some heat from red pepper flakes and some citrus tang from fresh lemon juice. You can make this as a side, but I ate it on its own for dinner.

-8 oz. broccolini
-2 C kale (I used Tuscan)
-1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
-Olive oil
-Salt and pepper
-Red pepper flakes
-2 lemon wedges
-Ricotta cheese

1. Preheat the broiler to high and prepare two baking sheets.
2. Toss the broccolini, kale, chickpeas, and garlic with the olive oil. Season lightly with sea salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Divide between the two baking sheets.
3. Broil each sheet, stirring/tossing halfway through cooking, until the kale is crispy and the broccolini is just tender and charred but still bright green (About 5 minutes).
4. Squeeze the juice from two lemon wedges all over the top and toss together.
5. When ready to eat, top with some ricotta cheese.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Love With Food August 2014 Review

Yay Love With Food! One of my favorite subscription boxes! This month’s theme is “Fun at the Fair.” The brochure this month was a fold-out brochure instead of a card, which was cool and different! And, it includes the ingredients list of each item.

Montreal Steak Spice Seasoning Potato Chips by Covered Bridge

Chips are probably my weakness. For that reason, I try so hard not to have them in my house! These sound delicious. I don’t eat steak, but I can appreciate the seasoning!

Crispy Cheddar Crackers by Back to Nature

I suppose these are like Cheez-Its…which I’m not a huge fan of. We’ll see how these taste!

Cinnamon Grahams by Skeeter Nut Free

That little squirrel is so darn cute. These will be a fun snack.

Nutty Rice Bites with Blueberries by 180 Snacks

I see these ALL the time at HomeGoods! I’ve tried their bars but always passed up on the rice bites for whatever reason. I’m pumped to try these!

Kettle Sweet Peanuts by Love With Food

LWF developed this? Kettle peanuts sounds like a fun twist, kinda like kettle popcorn. #gonuts

Pineapple + Coconut Fruit Ice by Smooze!

We’ve gotten this before and I’m ashamed to say I threw it in the freezer and never ate it! This time, I’m definitely going to eat this!

Salty Peanut & Salty Caramel Apple Salt Water Taffy by Salty Road

These were the first things I ate when I opened the box. I ate them without reading the brochure and thought they tasted like peanut butter, so I thought they were peanut taffy. I didn’t taste the caramel apple too much but I’m not complaining!

Lollipops by YumEarth

I have seen these at HomeGoods all the time as well but passed on them because even if they’re organic candies, they’re still candy. I’m happy to receive them in the box, though!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Influenster GoVoxBox Review

I’ve been a member on for a few years now and this is the second full-on Vox Box that I have received. The first was a wedding-themed one, which I received whilst in the throes of planning my wedding. It was a perfect fit for me! I’m happy to say that this #GoVoxBox is ALSO perfect for me! It’s a box full of items for those that live an active lifestyle, which I definitely do. I’m a personal trainer, so I’m on my feet and moving all day long, picking up weights and equipment, and demonstrating different exercises. Outside of work, some of my favorite activities include weight lifting, TRX, HIIT (High intensity interval training), dancing, yoga (Hot and otherwise), biking, walking, and swimming.

I was SO happy that I was selected to receive the box! When the box arrived, I was pleasantly shocked. It’s huge! And packed full of awesome products that I couldn’t wait to try!

Playtex Sport Fresh Balance

Well these are certainly useful! They arrived just in time. Not much to say about tampons except that I love that they have a plastic applicator, but I almost lost part of it when I took it out of the packaging. These tampons are very comfortable and I didn’t notice them at all, even during exercises where my body parts go every which way. I will definitely keep a box of these on hand!

Vitamin Shoppe Next Step Fit N Full Protein Shake

Aw YEAH a new shaker bottle! I can never have enough! This one (20 oz.) is smaller than my others and has a jack-shaped shaker inside to help shake the protein shake up. I have a ton of protein powders but I’m always keen to try new ones out. I received Mixed Berry, French Vanilla, and Swiss Chocolate packets to try. The first flavor I tried was Mixed Berry. I mixed it with water, and I use the term “mixed” lightly because unfortunately, the jack mixer wasn’t very effective. It left a lot of chunks in my shake. The BlenderBall does a far superior job at whisking everything together. As far as taste, it reminded me of strawberry milk, or of the cereal milk left after a bowl of fruity cereal. Personally, this flavor doesn’t do it for me, so I’d pass on it again. It did, however, keep me full for a few hours after drinking it. French Vanilla was VERY creamy, almost like melted ice cream. It went down so easy. I would definitely use this flavor again. I’m not a fan of chocolate milk/ice cream (I know, I’m weird.) so I won’t be trying the Swiss Chocolate flavor any time soon.

Blue Diamond Blueberry Flavored Almonds

Well this is different. I typically like my almonds raw but it’s nice to change it up and add some flavor every once in a while. Blueberries and almonds certainly go together so I’m surprised this is the first time I’ve seen something like this. These were delicious! I ate them in the car on my way to a stair and park bench workout. I was afraid they’d make my hands sticky but that was not the case. I would definitely buy these almonds again; they even have strawberry and raspberry flavors!

Profoot Triad Orthodic

This came at the perfect time! I have a pair of inserts from another site that are so worn down and very annoying to use. They don’t stick to my shoe and slide around, so when I take them off they come out, and I have to stick them back in and re-tie my shoes every time I wanted to wear that particular pair. Not the end of the world, just a bit more time consuming if I need to get out the door quickly. These inserts claim they help with knee, back, and leg pain, all of which I experience. After wearing these a few times, I’m shocked to see that I hardly feel that pain anymore! It was amazing! The insert sticks to the sole of the shoe, which I like, and cushions the heel and arch of the foot. The toes have some wiggle room, which is different for me. These inserts are fabulous!

Profoot Pedi Rock

This “rock” is pretty funny looking. It’s called a rock but it’s not very hard! It’s a bit coarse, though. I used to have a Pedi Egg, but I have no idea where it went. I tend to do my own nails instead of getting them done, so this rock is perfect. All I wear are gym shoes, flip flops, and Tieks flats, and being on my feet all day can take a toll on my feet. This Pedi Rock fits very comfortably in the hand and sure does a number on feet. After just a few seconds of scraping, my feet were super soft. Looks like I’m adding this to my pedicure kit!

Aqua Spa Bath Salts

Influensters received either these salts or a body crème. I have lotions coming out of my eyeballs so I’m glad I got these bath salts. After long performance days with my team or after grueling weight training sessions, I like to take a nice salt bath to relax my muscles. These bath salts smell heavenly and will be used up very quick! The scent is lavender chamomile, but I smell more chamomile than lavender.

Müller Yogurt

The yogurt wasn’t put in the box, rather, a coupon was sent for us to redeem at a local grocery store that carries Müller. I chose the Greek yogurt with strawberry flavor. I haven’t used a “corner” product in years! I’ve seen it with cottage cheese and fruit but not with yogurt and fruit. I usually just spoon and scrape the fruit into the yogurt but this time I folded over the corner and let it slowly pour in while I was writing this. This yogurt is delicious! Sometimes Greek yogurt can be very tart. If I have plain, I add some honey to it. The strawberry topping was sweet and great compliment to the Greek yogurt in this case. I would definitely buy it again! I noticed they have a few different flavors and even some mousses. #MullerQuaker

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