Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Pasta

Non-dairy & Gluten Free

  • 1 lb. Gluten free pasta (cooked) I used Chickpea pasta
  • 1 jar (7 oz.) sun dried tomatoes (drained and roughly chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3 cups vegetable broth or stock (½ cup reserved )
  • ½ cup coconut milk (any non dairy milk could used, oat milk, almond milk etc)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon cracked red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fresh basil (roughly chopped, about 20 leaves)
  • 2 tablespoons gluten free flour (or corn starch)

*You can also add cooked chicken or mushrooms to this recipe. Both work well!

  • 1. In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, saute the sun-dried tomatoes for 3 minutes. Add the minced garlic and continue to saute for 2 minutes.
  • 2. Add 2 ½ cups of vegetable broth and the sour cream to the pan and stir over medium heat until well blended. Stirin the garlic powder, nutritional yeast, onion powder, cracked red pepper and salt and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 3. Combine the reserved ½ cup of vegetable stock and flour in a small bowl and stir until there are no lumps. Pour the flour mixture into the pan and stir until blended and the sauce begins to thicken. Add the basil and pasta, stir and cook until heated through. Serve warm.

Top 8 Allergen Free, Vegan Banana Muffins

After finding out about my sons long list of food allergies I had to start improvising and fast! He was losing weight because there just wasn’t enough for him to eat. I felt guilty feeding him the same foods everyday so I got creative. It took a lot of experimenting but I finally found a few recipes that he liked. Most allergen free foods taste like chalk. Luckily these were a winner!

Ingredients:

2 Bananas

1/2 C apple sauce

1 1/2 C Gluten free flour (I use King Arthur’s)

1 tsp Baking powder

1 tsp Baking soda

1/2 C brown sugar

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Vanilla

3 tbsp vegetable oil or canola oil

1 tbsp water

*I like to garnish the top with gluten free oats

Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately then combine. This recipe will make 12 muffins if you use 1/4 C batter in each muffin mold

Bake at 350 degree F for 20-25 minutes

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  1. Ginger & Greens Smoothie
  2. Mango & Greens Smoothie
  3. Dragon fruit & Lychee Smoothie
  4. Mulberry & dragon fruit oat bowl
  5. Sweet potato & wild rice hash harvest bowl
  6. Butternut squash & chimichurri harvest bowl
  7. Beet & avocado poke harvest bowl
  8. Vanilla bean & apple chia bowl
  9. Cacao nib & vanilla bites

New obsession: Blueberry Salsa!

Throughout my pregnancy I’ve noticed significant changes in my food aversions. During this third trimester I find that I can’t look at red meat and I’m eating more fruit than ever! I still need to eat chicken, beans and turkey for protein and iron so when I found this recipe to smother them in fruit I was ecstatic!

Below is the original recipe and a second version I altered for fish.

Original Recipe: Great for tacos, chicken and protein bowls. This version is Paleo, Vegan, Whole30 and low carb

  • 2 Cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/3 Cup cilantro, fresh and finely chopped
  • 1 Lime, squeezed
  • 1 Red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 Red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 Jalapeño peppers, seeded and membrane removed, finely chopped

Recipe for fish:

  • 2 Cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 Cup fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1/4 Cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 Lime, squeezed
  • 1/2 Red onion, chopped
  • 1 Cup watermelon, chopped (also works with mango!)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 Jalapeño peppers, seeded and membrane removed, finely chopped

Eating before bed: What’s the deal

The key is Protein! In many studies it shows that women who consume protein before bed had zero negative metabolic consequences. In active women the benefits included increased muscle building. Where can you find this protein? The best form of protein before bed comes from casein. Casein can be found in in dairy products like cottage cheese or yogurt. Be sure to focus on the sugar free, low fat versions of these products. Casein is a slow digesting protein that won’t spike your blood sugar and is slowly digested. If you’re vegan try plant protein with low sugar.

What to avoid: Fat and sugar. Both can cause an insulin spike and affect your sleep pattern. Some people feel stimulated after eating sugary products and it keeps them up.

New obsession: Buddha Bowls

Recently I’ve been diverting back to my vegetarian ways. As someone that doesn’t like salads I’m left with veggie burgers, yogurt, nuts and fruit. Buddha bowls allow me to mix in a variety of ingredients and feel satiated without adding animal protein.

Here is my buddha bowl blueprint: I pick one or two items from each category

  • Cooked grains or riced cauliflower
  • Avocado
  • Sweet potato, butternut squash, carrots or cauliflower
  • Radish, cucumber, beets, olives, broccoli, peas, mushrooms, fire roasted corn
  • Kale or arugula
  • Hummus, tahini, falafel, tofu
  • Mint, parsley, basil, coriander, cilantro
  • Dressing: olive oil, balsamic vinegar, ginger or cilantro

Pan Fried Cinnamon Bananas

Dessert without feeling guilty!

4 Ingredients:

  1. 2 Bananas slightly overripe
  2. 1 tsp Cinnamon
  3. 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  4. 2tbsp sugar (I use to taste because 2 tbsp’s is quite a bit of sugar and calories!)

Steps:

  1. Peel and Slice bananas into 1/4 inch thickness
  2. Throw bananas, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar into a ziploc bag. Mix thoroughly but cautiously not to smash the bananas.
  3. Add to a frying pan and cook for 10 minutes rotating the bananas until they carmelize.

The Errand Remix: How to make life easier

As my husband says, “you love convenience.” Well Yes I do! I work 4 jobs, clean, cook and attempt to have a social life. Convenience is a key to my life. I have composed a list of my errand remixes in hopes that it helps one of you!

  1. Instacart. If you haven’t heard about Instacart this is how it works: You register on their website to see what stores deliver to your area. Pick 1 store, pick your items, pick your delivery time, food appears, Voila! My favorite feature in Instacart is that they save the list of foods you ordered previously which makes re-ordering incredibly easy. It tells you what’s on sale, there are catering options and if you buy a certain amount of one item you can get free delivery. However, delivery is usually $4-7 so it’s really not that big of a deal to pay for it. If you click this link you will get $10 towards your first order. YEY!

2. Amazon Prime. My husband eats what I’m estimating is about 15lbs of food per day. That means I have to keep A LOT of quick side dishes and healthy snacks in the house or I have a hangry husband on my hands. Amazon prime will deliver your pantry staples in 48 hours. Here are links to some of my favorite clean eating essentials. (click on the photo)

Seeds of Change Rice & Quinoa: Protein packed, ready in 90 seconds, low sodium. Can it get easier than that?

Edamame Pasta: Another protein packed favorite and alternative to regular pasta. It does have a similar carb count as regular pasta but a healthier glycemic index, higher fiber and protein.

Lorissa’s Kitchen Jerky. I love this jerky! It comes in a variety of flavors and I keep it in my desk at work. Yes jerky has a higher sodium content but it’s just a snack not meant to be eaten daily. Treat yourself!

Hemp Hearts. Hemp seeds are full of protein and fiber. They are a great additive for yogurts, smoothies and cereals. I like to add them to yogurt with fresh fruit.

Planters nuts snack bags. Pre-portioned and full of healthy fats and protein, nuts make a great snack. You can throw them in your purse or keep them in your desk. Eat them after a workout or while shopping!

Goji berries. This is considered a super food due to it’s high antioxidant content. They are a little high in sugar so use them sparingly as a yogurt topping or mixed into a smoothie.

Chia Seeds. Chia seeds contain protein and fiber which keeps you feeling fuller longer. I like to mix these with unsweetened coconut milk and create a pudding. It sits over night and then you have pudding for a week! AKA Healthy dessert.

Roasted Edamame. Protein is a key factor when it comes to snacks. You want to feel full until you’re next meal. Edamame has a high protein content without much sugar or salt.

3. The gym. With my crazy schedule I don’t always have time to go to the gym so I had to create a small home gym area. With a mat, bands, a few weights and a stability ball I have managed to stay in shape. Here is a list of equipment that is fairly priced and I use on a regular basis.

Stability ball: Great for Abs, lunges, squats, core and it comes with a book of exercises and instructions on how to use.

Ankle Weights. I recommend these weights to all my patients with knee pain. They come in a variety of weight levels and sizes. You can maintain your quad and hamstring muscles by performing hamstring curls and leg extensions at home. These are the main stabilizing muscles of the leg, they protect your leg from injury and maintain the alignment of your knee cap. You can also wear them around the house while you clean-like I d, LOL.

Yoga Mats. It’s important to protect your back when laying on the floor. Using a cushioned yoga mat can give you just enough bounce. You can use this for stretching, abs, plank exercises etc

Booty Band. This is essential if you want to build your booty! I had no idea how important and effective bands were until a former trainer introduced me to them. They supply resistance to exercises and help you activate your glute muscle. Most of us are quad dominant which means while doing leg exercises your legs/quads take on most of the exercise. However, if you activate your glute before exercising you’ll have a greater increase in your glute muscle and toning. Booty band = better booty

Resistance Bands. You can use these to tone your arms, back and legs. This set comes with a list of exercises and instructions. These are so light weight you can bring them with you when you travel.

Booty Bands. Yes I mentioned these already but this is a different version. These are a lighter weight, rubbery version. They’re great for traveling and easier to use when you’re wearing shorts. They stick to your legs and won’t ride up or roll up. So if you’re a workout shorts girl you might prefer these.