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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.

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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.

 

Cinnamon Roll Smoothie – Dairy Free, Vegan and Paleo

Cinnamon Roll Smoothie – Dairy Free, Vegan and Paleocinnamon roll smoothie paleo vegan dairy free almond milk banana

I especially like this smoothie on Sunday mornings because it reminds me of the cinnamon rolls my Grammy used to make after church. Delicious, healthy, dairy-free, vegan and paleo smoothie here. It also makes a great after-workout smoothie because of the potassium from the bananas.

I keep individual baggies of pre-sliced bananas in my freezer all the time so that I have them available any time because I use them in lots of different recipes. If you don’t have any pre-frozen bananas, they only take an hour or so to freeze.

Cinnamon Roll Smoothie - Dairy Free, Vegan and Paleo
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Vegan, Dairy-Free
Ingredients
  • 1 frozen sliced banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and combine until smooth.
  2. Enjoy!

 

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Almond Butter Coconut Cinnamon Choco-Nana

Almond Butter Coconut Cinnamon Choco-Nana

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What immediately came to mind when I took my first bite was “you touch my banana and I will cut you”.  I felt like a kid at a carnival eating this thing because it’s so gooey chocolaty decadent, no one has to know it’s paleo, vegan, gluten-free, dairy free or healthy.

I made a little tinfoil boat for my banana to sit in while in the oven so it didn’t tip over and spill all the friggin yumminess out all over the place.

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If you have a sweet tooth and I know you do (don’t lie), you need this banana concoction in your life and more importantly, in your mouth. I cannot wait to get home from yoga tonight and devour one of these. I have 2 bananas left and if hubby plays his cards right, I might make him one because I’m certainly not going to share 🙂

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{ I always choose organics whenever available }

Almond Butter Coconut Cinnamon Choco-Nana
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Dessert, Vegan
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter (creamy or chunky, it doesn't matter)
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon sweetened or unsweetened coconut flakes
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Optional: Any type of nut, I used walnuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Slice a little valley down the center of your banana. I used a butter knife and made 3 long slices and dug out the valley with the knife.
  3. In a small bowl mix the almond butter, cocoa powder and coconut flakes until combined.
  4. Spoon mixture into the banana valley.
  5. Top with the optional nuts.
  6. Sprinkle with cinnamon and a little more coconut flakes.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes.
  8. Eat and thank goodness you found this recipe :)

 

 

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Broiled Honey Banana Cinnamon Grapefruit

Broiled Honey Banana Cinnamon Grapefruit

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I’ve enjoyed a juicy broiled grapefruit many many times but wanted to turn it up a notch and boy did I ever! If you’ve never broiled a grapefruit, I encourage you to partake in this type of debauchery.

Broiling grapefruit softens the pulp and allows the juices to break free. You think you’ve had a juicy grapefruit before? Try broiling it, you’ll be amazed. So sweet and tender all by itself.

But add some raw honey, sliced banana and a sprinkle of cinnamon and you just took breakfast to a whole new mouth-gasm, flavor combination explosion, nutritionally packed level.

Not only are these delicious, juicy, full of favor but you can start your day with:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin A
  • Fiber
  • Potassium
  • Healthy gut flora
  • Energy

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Just cut your grapefruit in half and pre-section the wedges with a knife. This will make it easier to enjoy all the goodness easily with a spoon when it’s done. When you spread the raw honey on the grapefruit it may seem difficult to spread but it only takes a couple of seconds for the citric acid to make the honey more spreadable. Top with sliced bananas and sprinkle with cinnamon. Little on steps, HUGE on taste.

You can see below how I made little tin foil circle to place the grapefruit in to keep it from tipping. It’s not necessary but It my baking pan doesn’t have sides so I didn’t want to take the chance of it getting away from me.

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Broiled Honey Banana Cinnamon Grapefruit
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten-Free, Breakfast
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 pink grapefruit, sliced in half
  • 2 tbsp raw honey (1 tablespoon per half)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ½ tsp cinnamon (1/4 tsp per half)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to broil with baking sheet on the middle rack. Too close to the heat and your grapefruit can burn.
  2. Cut grapefruit in half and spread 1 tbsp of honey on each half.
  3. Place slices of banana on top of each grapefruit half.
  4. Sprinkle each half with cinnamon.
  5. Broil for 4 - 8 minutes. Check at 4 minutes and if not browned yet, put in for another 2 minutes at a time. Mine took the full 8 minutes but oven temperatures vary so be safe and check every couple minutes after the initial 4 minutes.
  6. Eat and have a napkin handy because these sweet delectable citrus treats are juicy!

 

 

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Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad – No Mayo

Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad – No Mayo 

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I love that there is no mayo in this recipe but what I love most are the wheat berries. I discovered this little gem of a grain a while back and was excited to incorporate it into a recipe. Have you heard about wheat berries yet?

wheat berry waldorf salad grape apple pear dairy free side dish lettuce fiber protein nutty whole grain vegetarian vegan cinnamon vinegar cranberry fuji granny smithWheat berries are a true whole grain! Without these kernels, there would be no flour. Wheat berries are loaded with nutrients and are as easy as rice to prepare. They resemble rice when uncooked and puff up a little after boiled.

When boiled, cooked wheat berries have a chewy bite and subtle nutty, earthy flavor. They’re sturdy enough to handle bold salad dressings and still delicate enough to taste delicious with some milk, honey and cinnamon.

Since the wheat kernel is left intact, virtually none of the nutrients are stripped away. A cup of cooked wheat berries has about 300 calories and is packed with fiber, protein and iron. 

I’m absolutely bringing this to the next BBQ or party I go to. I’m a naturally anxious person so just the decision of what to bring to a party makes my brain spin. I have criteria and a tray of pre-cut veggies in plastic just doesn’t cut it.

This salad meets my top 3 requirements though: UNIQUE, DELICIOUS and HEALTHY.

Don’t let the list of ingredients deter you from making this salad. You probably have most of the ingredients already in your kitchen and the rest are super easy to pick up. Plus, once you pick up some wheat berries, you’ll be happy to have them on hand for any future recipes. I purchase mine in the bulk section at Whole Foods but Bob’s Red Mill also sells packaged wheat berries.

Wheat berries are easy to cook. There are some recipes that call for boiling them for about an hour and others that call for soaking them overnight. I opt for soaking overnight. I put the wheat berries in a bowl with water, cover and let sit in the fridge overnight. The next day while you are preparing the rest of the recipe, boil the wheat berries. It’s really simple.

I enjoyed this salad as a side to a chicken breast on top of a nice spring mix bed of lettuce. It started out that way anyway. In actuality I scooped up the Waldorf and topped my chicken with it. 

Wheat berries alone are packed with protein but this salad is a great compliment to any additional protein you might want to add. Top chicken, pork, fish or steak, it all works. 

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Another serving suggestion is to spoon the Waldorf salad into bib lettuce and top with diced chicken breast = Waldorf Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps.

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Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad (Mayo Free)
 
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Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad (Mayo Free)
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup wheat berries, rinsed
  • 2½ cup water
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar or rice vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
  • ¼ cup apple juice or lemon juice (I used organic apple juice)
  • 1½ teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 large Granny Smith unpeeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 large Fuji, unpeeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 medium pear, unpeeled, cored and chopped
  • 2 stalks finely chopped celery
  • ½ cup dried cranberry or blueberries (I used cranberries)
  • ½ seedless green or red grapes, halved (I used red grapes)
  • Optional: honey roasted peanuts
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, soak rinsed wheat berries in the 2½ cups of water. Cover and refrigerate overnight (6 to 12 hours).
  2. Without draining, transfer wheat berries to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer covered for about 30 minutes or until a tender chewy texture.
  4. Drain and transfer to a bowl to cool slightly.
  5. While the wheat berries are simmering, mix up the dressing.
  6. **DRESSING**
  7. Combine oil, parsley, sugar, salt, vinegar, apple juice and cinnamon. (Either whisk very well or shake vigorously in a screw top jar.)
  8. Pour dressing over slightly cooled wheat berries and combine well.
  9. **SALAD**
  10. In a large bowl combine apples, pear, cranberries, celery and grapes.
  11. Stir in dressing/wheat berry mixture.
  12. Cover and chill if not serving immediately.
  13. Optional: Sprinkle with honey roasted nuts.

 

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