Veggie Burrito Bowl (GF)

fbvVeggie Burrito Bowl (GF)

the ingredients:

3 cups brown rice
1 tbsp coconut oil
4 scallions, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 bell pepper (I used red)
12 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 tsp hot chili powder
1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 can black beans, drained
Salt
Black pepper
1/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tsp plain greek yogurt if desired

the method: 

  1. Cook the brown rice according to the instructions on the packet.  I use the microwaveable organic brown rice packets from Trader Joe’s - HUGE time saver.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large, deep frying pan, and cook the onions, garlic and pepper over a medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the cherry tomatoes, along with the chilli powder and paprika, and cook for a few more minutes. Squash the tomatoes a little with your spoon to release their juices. Add the black beans, and season to taste.
  3. When the rice is cooked, drain it and add it to the bean mixture. If the mixture seems a little dry, add a dash of water.
  4. When the mixture is hot and well combined, serve topped with the grated cheese and fresh cilantro. I topped Nick’s with some slow-cooked pulled pork that I made over the weekend. :) 

Grown-Up Mac n’ Cheese

grownupmacncheese2Grown-Up Mac ‘n Cheese
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) gluten-free/whole-wheat penne
  • 1 lb. spinach leaves, trimmed
  • ¼ cup olive oil or butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour/gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups fat-free milk/soy milk
  • ½ cup plus 2 Tbs. grated Parmesan cheese/Daiya cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg, optional
  • Optional toppings: chopped tomatoes, hot sauce, scallions, etc.

the method:

  1. Cook penne according to package directions. Drain, and set aside.
  2. Heat large pot over medium-high heat. Add spinach, and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until wilted, stirring with tongs to cook all leaves. Drain, and press out any excess liquid. Coarsely chop wilted spinach, and set aside.grownupmacncheese1
  3. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour, and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Gradually whisk in milk, and cook 5 minutes, or until sauce has thickened, whisking constantly. Remove from heat, then add penne, spinach, 1/2 cup Parmesan, garlic, and nutmeg, if using, to sauce, and stir until well coated. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Transfer to prepared baking dish, sprinkle remaining 2 Tbs. Parmesan over mixture, and bake 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until top is browned.Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 11- x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

Parsley, Mint & Cherry Tomato Salad (V)(GF)

pars saladParsley, Mint & Cherry Tomato Salad (V)(GF)

the ingredients:

  • 1 large bunch flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 large bunch mint
  • 1 quart cherry tomatoes
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

the method:

  1. Pick the leaves from the parsley and mint and place in a large bowl. Halve the cherry tomatoes and toss with the parsley and mint leaves.
  2. Combine the shallot, mustard, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl and let stand 5 minutes. Whisk in the oil until emulsified, then toss the dressing with the salad and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Meatless Monday: Zucchini Pasta

zuccZucchini Noodles (V)(GF)
2 zucchinis, peeled
1 tablespoon coconut oil/olive oil
1/4 cup water
salt and ground black pepper to taste
Homemade Marinara Sauce or your favorite jarred brand

the method:

  1. To make the noodles, you have multiple options. You can use a vegetable spiralizer, a food processor, a julienne peeler – or if you’re REALLY patient and don’t have any of these tools, you can slice really long strips with a sharp knife. Personally, I do not recommend a knife. I have a julienne peeler and it is, by far, my favorite kitchen tool. It cuts the zucchini into perfect noodle strips. You can use it for stir fries, salads, slaws… everything! I bought mine at Williams-Sonoma and it was only $10 (it is in the picture). I even like it more than my Kitchen-Aid Mixer – I never thought I would love anything as much as my mixer.
  2. When making the noodles, make sure you don’t use any strips that have seeds in them… you will want to throw away “the core” of the zucchini. The reasoning for this is due to the high water content in the middle. Too much water = mushy, squishy noodles. Yuck!
  3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir zucchini in the hot oil for 1 minute. Add water and cook until zucchini is softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. I served my noodles with homemade marinara, but these noodles would be great with any sauce. I am going to try a lemon-garlic sauce next! :)

Garden Vegetable Frittata (GF)

phonto12Garden Vegetable Frittata (GF)

the ingredients:

  • 4-6 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1-2 cups of vegetables (I used a combo of zucchini, asparagus and tomatoes)
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1-2 garlic cloves minced
  • fresh herbs and spices of your choice (I just used dried thyme and turmeric)
  • 6 eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste

the method:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Meanwhile in a cast-iron skillet, saute the onion and garlic in a tablespoon of coconut oil over medium heat. After about 3 minutes add the remaining oil and your choice of vegetables. Start with the denser vegetables like then add in the other veggies, except the tomatoes. Saute the vegetables over medium heat for about 5 minutes (I like mine still crisp). Season the vegetables with salt and herbs.
  2. Whisk the eggs together then pour the eggs over the vegetables, making sure they spread evenly over the veggies.
  3. Scatter tomatoes over the top of the egg and veggie mixture.
  4. Now place the saute pan in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes or you can continue to cook over the stove on medium low for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Top the frittata with anything you want! I like using hot sauce. ;)

Meatless Monday: Kitchen Sink Scramble (GF)

scrambleKitchen Sink Scramble (GF)
the ingredients:

  • 4 organic eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup orange bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup zucchini, chopped
  • ¼ cup green onions, chooped
  • ¼ cup water (or milk)
  • ½ teaspoon smoked salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil

the method:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the eggs, bell pepper, water, onions, zucchini, salt and pepper.
  2. Pour into a skillet lightly greased with coconut oil. Cook and stir over medium heat until eggs are nearly set.
  3. Add the tomato; cook and stir until eggs are completely set.

Meatless Monday: Apple-Dijon-Lentil Burger (GF)

apledijonApple-Dijon-Lentil Burgers (GF)

the ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup uncooked green lentils
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 2 heaping cups finely chopped cremini mushrooms
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup finely chopped spinach leaves
  • 1/3 cup green apple, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax + 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1/2-3/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Fried eggs, grilled onions, lettuce and sliced onion to garnish

 

the method:

  1. Add lentils into a medium pot along with 2 and 1/4 cups water. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium. Simmer for about 20 minutes, uncovered, adding more water if the lentils dry out. Once the lentils are fork tender, remove from heat and mash with a potato masher until it’s a coarse paste with some lentil pieces still intact. Set aside.
  2. In a very large skillet or wok, add the oil along with the finely chopped mushrooms and garlic. Season with salt. Saute over medium-high heat for about 7-9 minutes, until most of the water cooks off. Now add the spinach, onion, oregano.. Stir until combined and continue cooking for another few minutes until the spinach is wilted. Remove from heat and stir in the mashed lentils when ready.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the ground flax and water. Stir for 10 seconds and then immediately pour into the skillet mixture. Stir to combine. Now stir in the 1/2 cup flax meal. Season with salt and pepper to taste. The mixture should be fairly moist and sticky. If it’s way too sticky, add a bit more oat flour. If it’s dry, add another tbsp of water.
  4. Heat some more oil in the same skillet over medium heat. Meanwhile, form mixture into hamburger patties.
  5. Fry each patty for 5-6 minutes on each side. Serve with a fried egg, lettuce, grilled onions and sliced tomatoes.

Sweet Potato Fries (GF)(V)

the ingredients:

  • 3 sweet potatoes, cut in half and then lengthwise to make sticks
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 heaping teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

the method:

  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Combine sweet potatoes, spices, herbs and olive oil in a bowl. Place on rimmed baking sheet – do not overlap fries, use two sheets if necessary.
  3. Cook in heated oven for about 25-30 minutes – carefully flipping each fry halfway through cooking time.
  4. Once out of the oven, season with salt and a sprinkle of herbs – if you used them.