One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream (GF)(V)

banana ice cream

It’s summertime and the temperatures are still astronomically high in the Valley of the Sun. I’m not joking… we are supposed to hit 113° this weekend. That’s why I decided to do a healthy take on a classic summertime treat: Ice cream. This vegan and gluten-free recipe is super simple to make, and you don’t need to have an ice cream maker, heavy cream, sugar and all that jazz – all you need are 2 ripe bananas and a food processor or blender. I topped my ice cream with cacao nibs, but I will leave it up to you whether you want to have your ice cream dressed to the nines or not.

Banana Ice Cream (GF)(V)
ingredients:
2 ripe bananas (they should be sweet and soft)
Optional garnishes: cacao nibs, Nutella, nuts, granola (the list goes on!)

the method:

  1. Start by peeling the bananas and cutting them into even coins. (When bananas are ripe, the peel may stick to the fruit, so make sure you remove leftover peel to prevent any bitterness in your ice cream.)
  2. Place the coins in a glass bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place them in the freezer overnight.
  3. Place the frozen banana slices in the bowl of a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. This process will take a while and you’ll have to scrape down the side of your food processor multiple times with a spatula.
  4. The bananas will first become very crumbly, then they will look like oatmeal, but you’ll eventually end up with a very soft and creamy mixture.
  5. At this point, place back in the glass bowl and in the freezer for just about an hour. You can of course always enjoy it right away if you like very soft ice cream. I wanted to eat mine immediately, so it was pretty soft…
  6. Garnish with your favorite toppings and serve.

Meatless Monday: Veggie Stir-Fry with Quinoa Thai Noodles (GF)(V)

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Veggie Stir-Fry with Quinoa Thai Noodles (GF)(V)

the ingredients:
1 bunch of bok choy
1 large bunch of broccoli cut into smaller pieces
1/2 cup snow peas
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 spring onions, sliced
1/2 inch fresh ginger, minced
Thai rice noodles
1/4 cup tamari
4 tbsp sesame oil, divided
1 package of red quinoa thai noodles

the method:

  1. Cook noodles according to the instructions on the package.
  2. While noodles are soaking, prep veggies and begin sauteing them. Heat wok or pan with sloping edges on med-high heat. Drizzle in sesame oil and saute the broccoli with garlic slivers. Toss in remaining veggies, excluding bok choy.
  3. Add tamari and add another dollop of sesame oil as you cook. 
  4. Add snow peas last so they remain deliciously crisp and sweet.
  5. Remove veggies and drain noodles. Toss in the same pan with a dash of sesame oil and tamari, and saute noodles until they turn a beautiful golden color. Plate noodles.
  6. In the same pan, lightly saute bok choy with a bit of tamari and sesame oil.
  7. Layer bok choy over noodles, then pile veggies on top of bok choy.

Late Night Veggie Scramble (GF)

veggie scramble

Ever since I started teaching yoga, it has become significantly harder to prepare creative meals every night. In fact, it’s rare that I get home before 8:30 each night – which makes quick, wholesome meals a MUST. My dinner of choice: SCRAMBLED EGGS. Extremely versatile, I like pack my scrambles full of produce to bulk it up and to give the nutrition factor a little boost. So I encourage you try out this version  – you’ll get a nice, steaming bowl of scrambled eggs to enjoy, and then a full, warm belly that will help you settle in for the night. Plus there is minimal clean-up afterward. :)

Late Night Veggie Scramble (GF)

ingredients

3 whole large eggs
3 tablespoons water*
2 tablespoons coconut oil or ghee
1/2 whole onion, diced small
1/4 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup spinach
1/4 cup grated cheese (I used sharp cheddar)
*You can use milk in place of water, but I find my eggs turn out fluffier if I use water. 

the method

  1. Crack your eggs into a mason jar, add water, salt and pepper. Screw on the lid and give the eggs a little shake. Set aside. 
  2. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat and melt the coconut oil/ghee. Cook the onions for several minutes, until golden brown. Add the tomatoes and spinach and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir to begin to wilt the spinach, then pour in the eggs.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and stir, cooking slowly, until soft curds form. Add the cheese and continue stirring/folding until the eggs are cooked.
  4. I like to top my eggs with Frank’s Red Hot, but any hot sauce will do!

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. ;)

Zucchini Noodles (GF)(V)

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! :)

Ravioli Lasagna (GF)

ravioli lasagna

Ravioli Lasagna (GF)

the ingredients:
1 bag frozen  gluten-free cheese ravioli (I used Conte’s)
3 cups homemade marinara or 1 jar of store-bought sauce
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
salt & black pepper, to taste

the method:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Pour some tomato sauce into bottom of 9×13 inch casserole  – just enough to coat the bottom of the dish. :)
3. Place a layer of frozen ravioli (no need to thaw or pre-cook) in the sauce. Sprinkle with  Parmesan and mozzarella.
4. Place another layer of ravioli. Pour the rest of sauce over the ravioli.
5. Sprinkle rest of cheeses over the sauce. Season with black pepper to taste.
6. Bake covered with foil for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 30 minutes or until cheese and sauce is meted and bubbly.
YUM!

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Chia Fresca – A Prebiotic Energy Booster!

chia fresca2Here is a yummy and natural prebiotic energy boosting drink! I love downing one of these bad boys before AND after my yoga classes. It’s made with coconut water, chia seeds, lemon and a hint of agave nectar and is extremely effective in hydrating the body and balancing electrolytes after a good sweat. :)

I talk A LOT about probiotics on this blog and on mybody skincare’s blog, but on this post, I wanted to shine some light on prebiotics since they aren’t talked about nearly as much as the former.

You may be thinking, “Well, maybe they aren’t as important as probiotics. I have never even heard of them!” And you would be wrong.

In fact, prebiotics are essential to probiotics carrying out their duties. Simply put, prebiotics are food for probiotics and they help increase the absorption of minerals in our body while balancing the acid in our gut. Prebiotics are found naturally in foods we eat on a daily basis such as yogurt, kefir, onions, CHIA SEEDS, bananas, etc. This dynamic duo works hand-in-hand to carry out their immune-boosting and acid-balancing benefits.

Think about it this way: Your tomato plants can’t grow with just fertilizer (prebiotics), and they can’t grow if you’re only using seeds (probiotics) – the two of these items need to work together to allow that beautiful tomato plant to flourish! Here is an easy recipe that will ensure you’re getting your daily dose of prebiotics…

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Chia Fresca

2 cups coconut water
1.5 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice ( and a slice to make it pretty)
1/2 tbsp Agave Nectar, to taste (or any natural sweetener)

the method:

 Add chia and coconut water into a mason jar or a bottle with a lid. This is key because you will want to shake this mixture around for a minute or two.

Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes to allow the chia seeds to swell up and soften.

Add lemon juice and agave nectar to taste. Shake well to combine and enjoy!

Sip Sip Hooray!!