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Savory and Creamy Coconut Curry Veggies

coconut curry vegetable sweet potato cauliflower carrot pumpkin onion turmeric chickpea paleo vegan pepper I have to tell you, I’m having a hard time writing this recipe because I can’t put this dish down. It is so delicious. The healthy stats on this dish are off the charts too.

This dish is so nutrient rich. Check this out…it’s vegan, paleo (clean eating), dairy free, chickpeas, carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, tomato, onion, cauliflower, red bell pepper, coconut milk, spices and water. It’s hoppin’ delicious! You say it can’t be? Oh, it be!

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First, chop those veggies. That’s the hardest part. I used by mini food processor for the carrots.

coconut curry vegetable sweet potato cauliflower carrot pumpkin onion turmeric chickpea paleo vegan pepper

Heat the olive oil and add the onions. Saute for a few minutes, add garlic, saute for another minute. Then add your carrots, red bell pepper, sweet potato, tomato and cauliflower. Stir to combine and then partially cover pan and cook for 8 – 9 minutes, stirring occasionally. Partially covering the pot lets the veggies steam and soften better.

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Next, add chickpeas, pumpkin and all of the spices. Combine thoroughly. Then finally add the coconut milk and water, combine with the veggie mixture. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 20 – 25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. You’ll know it’s done once all your veggies are cooked. The longer you let it simmer, the thicker it will get so go by your preference.

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I served mine with some cooked wheat berries. Eat it plain or top some quinoa or brown rice or any other ancient grain you prefer.

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Savory and Creamy Coconut Curry Veggies
 
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Recipe type: Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Paleo
Serves: 6 - 8 servings
Ingredients
  • *I ALWAYS RECOMMEND USING ORGANIC INGREDIENTS WHENEVER POSSIBLE*
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 - 15 oz. cans garbanzo beans, rinse and drained
  • 1 - 14.5 oz. can diced tomato, drained
  • 1 - 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
  • 1 - 15 oz. can coconut milk (light or full-fat. I used full fat)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 small/medium sweet potato, peeled and chopped roughly
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Optional: ½ lime
Instructions
  1. Start out by chopping all your veggies ahead of time.
  2. Heat oil in a medium to large saucepan. Add onions and saute for 3 - 4 minutes until onion become soft.
  3. Add garlic, combine and saute for a minute.
  4. Add tomatoes, carrots, sweet potato, cauliflower, red bell pepper, stir to combine and let cook partially covered with lid for 8 - 9 minutes, stirring occasionally. Partially covering the veggie mixture allows the veggies to steam lightly.
  5. Add chickpeas, pumpkin, curry, ginger, salt, pepper, turmeric, cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Stir everything to combine well.
  6. Add coconut milk and water to the mixture, stir well.
  7. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 - 25 minutes depending on how thick you like it. Make sure to stir every at least every 5 minutes.
  8. Serve with a ½ lime to squeeze onto the dish if desired.
  9. You can eat this amazing dish just as it or top some quinoa, wheat berries or farro. I had mine over some nice chewy wheat berries.

 

Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Coconut Milk Dessert

Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Coconut Milk Dessert

pumpkin pie quinoa coconut milk dessert breakfast healthy protein dairy free gluten free paleo veganA friend of mine posted this recipe and I immediately knew I was going to make it in the very near future. Well, today was that day. I was craving something sweet but healthy. This totally did it for me. I just changed a couple of ingredients but I’m sure the original recipe is just as fantastic.

This sweet filling treat is also dairy free, gluten free, paleo, vegan and has loads of protein. Hullo!! Next variation will be made with cocoa powder so it resembles coco wheats!! Add some strawberries to that and whoa nelly, you’ve got a chocolate covered strawberry superstar!! Sorry, I’m usually one recipe ahead of myself. Back to this delicious recipe….

pumpkin pie quinoa coconut milk dessert breakfast healthy protein dairy free gluten free paleo veganLets run down the ingredient line up here and you’ll see why I’m so jacked up about this treat.

  • The 1/2 cup of pumpkin has 3.5 grams of fiber and 1.5 grams of protein
  • The quinoa has 6 grams of fiber and 12 grams of protein. 12!!
  • The 2 tablespoons of flax seed has almost 6 grams of fiber and almost 4 grams of protein

Getting excited yet? That’s not even the best part. It’s DUH-LICIOUS!

Plus it’s super easy. You are heating stuff up and stirring it. So exercise your stirring hand and make this deliciously filling healthy treat!

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Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Coconut Milk Dessert
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • **USE ORGANIC INGREDIENTS WHENEVER POSSIBLE**
  • 1 cup dry quinoa rinsed and drained (I use the pre-rinsed brand)
  • 1½ cups coconut milk
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tablespoons flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon cloves
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  • OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:
  • 1 cup coconut milk (in addition to the 1½ cups listed above)
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 Tablespoons sweetened or unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup (or more if you prefer)
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring coconut milk and water to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, add quinoa, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and sea salt.
  3. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir occasionally for about 10 minutes. You want your mixture to thicken up like oatmeal.
  4. Once mixture is thickened up, remove from heat and stir in flax seed.
  5. Serve warm.
  6. I topped mine with coconut milk, sweetened shredded coconut and a drizzle of maple syrup.

 

Next up is a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Quinoa Dessert. I’m so excited 🙂 Enjoy!

How To Pick The Sweetest Watermelon

How To Pick The Sweetest Watermelon

watermelon sweet fruit nature ripe vegan vegetarian This might  be common knowledge to most people but I did not know this about picking the sweetest watermelon. I figured that since I didn’t know, maybe there someone else that needed this colossally delicious information.

Picture this: it’s a hot summer day, sweat dripping down your face and all you can think about is a nice big juicy sweet piece of watermelon. Natures ultimate candy. You get your big ole piece, bite into it and IT TASTES LIKE CRAP! Your whole summer-vibe bubble is burst.

I vowed, NEVER AGAIN!! I did a little research and a few experiments and the results were insanely successful. Every single time we have used this criteria in picking a watermelon, it’s been spot on. No more skunky watermelon!

It’s really very simple once you know. Almost too simple actually. But it makes perfect sense.

  1. You want a watermelon that has a big yellow creamy spot on it. If the spot is white or non-existent, it’s under ripe. The dark yellow creamy spot is called the ‘field spot’ because that’s where the watermelon was resting in the field ripening on the vine. The yellow spot indicates that it was ripening on the vine a good long time.
  2. Pick up the watermelon. Is it heavier than you think it should be for its size? That’s what you want. If you have 2 of the same size watermelons, you want the heaviest of them.
  3. The best ones are also uniformly shaped. Weird lumps and bumps may be a sign that it didn’t get consistent sun and/or water.

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There you have it. We usually go with the “yellow spot rule” first and foremost and have not been steered wrong once. We get amazingly sweet ripe watermelons every single time.

Quinoa, Garbanzo Bean and Heirloom Tomato Stuffed Eggplant with Tahini Sauce

Quinoa, Garbanzo Bean and Heirloom Tomato Stuffed Eggplant with Tahini Sauce

quinoa garbanzo bean chickpea tomato eggplant tahini vegan paleo proteinA wonderful protein packed vegan meal that will satisfy the heartiest appetite. There is loads of protein from the quinoa and the garbanzo beans.

quinoa garbanzo bean chickpea tomato eggplant tahini vegan paleo proteinNot only was this recipe really filling and nutritionally packed but it was really pretty to look at.

quinoa garbanzo bean chickpea tomato eggplant tahini vegan paleo protein

I just love heirloom tomatoes. I always use them instead of regular old cherry tomatoes. Not only do they give a nice pop of color but the different colors have subtly different flavors.

quinoa garbanzo bean chickpea tomato eggplant tahini vegan paleo proteinThere are several steps but they are really easy steps so making this little vegan, paleo masterpiece is a cinch. Next time I make this I may add another veggie just to punch the already awesome nutrition factor even more. I’m thinking peas or corn or both!! If I do, I’d use organic frozen veggies and add them at the same time I add the onions.

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Quinoa, Garbanzo Bean and Heirloom Tomato Stuffed Eggplant with Tahini Sauce
 
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Recipe type: Vegan, Protein, Paleo, Gluten Free
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • FOR EGGPLANT AND STUFFING:
  • 3 medium/large eggplants
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 2 cups vegetable broth (For cooking quinoa in)
  • 1 cup dry quinoa (Use pre-rinsed or rinse it yourself. I always purchase organic pre-rinsed).
  • 1 package of heirloom tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 - 15 oz. can garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 - 5 oz. package of shiitake mushrooms, sliced with stems discarded
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • dash of salt/pepper
  • olive or coconut oil
  • TAHINI DRESSING:
  • ½ cup tahini
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • dash of salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine all of the TAHINI DRESSING ingredients in a blender, Nutribullet or Vitamix, you get the idea. Blend until creamy and smooth. Set aside.
  3. Slice each eggplant lengthwise and carefully scoop out the innards of each, set aside and dice up the scooped eggplant to use later. Be careful not to scoop too much, you don't want the skin to tear by making it too thin.
  4. Drizzle a ½ Tablespoon of oil into each half and rub it into the 'bowl'. Place each eggplant half bowl-side down on a greased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 15 - 25 minutes until evenly cooked and soft but not mushy.
  6. Prepare quinoa. Place 1 cup of uncooked quinoa and 2 cups vegetable broth in a pan on high heat. Bring to a boil, stir, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes stirring every 5 minutes.
  7. While quinoa is cooking prepare the remainder of the filling. In a large pan heat 1 Tablespoon of oil on medium heat.
  8. Add onion to pan and saute for 5 - 7 minutes until soft and slightly browned.
  9. Add garlic and saute for 1 - 2 minutes.
  10. Add tomatoes, mushrooms, diced eggplant and garbanzo beans. Lower heat and saute for 5 - 7 minutes, stirring frequently.
  11. Add cooked quinoa, cumin, salt and pepper. Stir to combine thoroughly.
  12. Scoop big spoonfuls of your quinoa mixture into each 'eggplant bowl'.
  13. Drizzle each eggplant with some tahini sauce.

 

Natural Homemade Deodorant – Safe and Very Effective

Natural Homemade Deodorant – Safe and Very Effective

homemade natural deodorant diy beauty odor control organic homeopathicAfter 3 years, I figured it was about time that I share my recipe for the homemade natural deodorant I use. Minimum of 3 ingredients, 4 if you use essential oil for scent. I only just recently started tracking how long each batch has lasted me and the last time I made one was November 20th, 2014 and I finally ran out March 5th, 2015. Three and a half months of natural, chemical free, moisturizing deodorant for less than a dollar per batch. So, I only spend less than 5 bucks a YEAR on deodorant!! And, the ingredients can be used for other things so there is no waste.

I had to wait until I ran out to write this so I could get photos of me making it. If I missed my window, I would’ve had to wait another 3 months or so. I’ve been wanting to share this for a very long time.

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Here is my personal testimonial from the past 3 years:

I’ve been using this for about 3 years now and not once, I repeat, NOT ONCE have I had any body odor and never been the stinky kid in class. It’s not like I don’t test it either because I do vigorous exercise, bike ride, take hot yoga and have a physically demanding job. Oh, and I live in the beautifully hot state of Arizona. When I first started using it, I would sneak a sniff once in awhile to make sure it was working and now because I’ve never been stinky, I just trust it. I think that’s a pretty good testimonial. 

TIPS:

  1. Start with melted coconut oil. It’s so much easier to blend everything together thoroughly.
  2. Put the ingredients in your mixing bowl in this order: coconut oil, baking soda, arrowroot starch then essential oils if using. If you were to put the coconut oil after the powders, it would create an unnecessarily messier situation. Trust me.
  3. Once everything is mixed, pour the liquid mixture into your container of choice. Use a container that has a lid and one that you can easily scoop a tiny bit of deodorant out with your finger.
  4. To use: just scoop approximately the amount of a pea with your finger and rub into your pit until any granules melt. Repeat on the other side.
  5. I usually use 3 fingers to rub it in. It doesn’t bother me to get it on my fingers because
    1. it’s so silky smooth
    2. it covers more space quicker
    3. its just coconut oi and natural ingredients. Nothing a quick wipe of a towel won’t fix. I’d much rather have to wipe my finger than use harmful chemicals.
  6. As long as I rub it into my pit thoroughly and any granules that might be there melt, it never ever ever leaves a deodorant stain on my clothes. You know how regular deodorant over time leaves a white stain on the pits of your shirts and is difficult to wash out? Imagine how penetrating all those chemical are right on your skin.
  7. I advise using a 1/4 cup LESS one (1) Tablespoon of baking soda. I find that this is the perfect amount to prevent any skin irritation, especially after shaving. Since doing this, my skin hasn’t been irritated once, even after shaving.
  8. Lastly, put the liquid mixture in the fridge for about an hour to allow the coconut oil to solidify a bit. If it’s rock hard, don’t worry because it will end up being paste-like once it’s been sitting in your bathroom at room temperature. Once it’s softened up a little from sitting at room temperature, I take a fork to scrape the surface and ‘chunk it up’ so I can scoop it with my finger tip.

homemade natural deodorant diy beauty odor control organic homeopathicI started using homemade natural deodorant specifically because of the link between Alzheimer’s and store bought deodorant. My grandmother Shirley (I miss her so much) died of Alzheimer’s and I try to do whatever I can to prevent it if possible. Not to mention the other links like breast cancer.

Less chemicals, more life 🙂

Natural Homemade Deodorant - Easy and Effective
 
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  • 5 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup LESS 1 Tablespoon of baking soda
  • ¼ cup PLUS 1 teaspoon of arrowroot starch
  • 3 - 5 drops of your favorite essential oil (start with 3 drops, stir in and then add a drop at a time to get the desired scent strength)
Instructions
  1. In a bowl combine all ingredients in this order: melted coconut oil, baking soda, arrowroot starch, essential oil.
  2. Using a fork, mix until everything is combined well.
  3. Place liquidity mixture into a small container with a lid and place in the fridge for a couple of hours until it solidifies. It will turn paste-like once it sits in your bathroom at room temperature.