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Review : Best Veggie Burger

Review : Best Veggie Burger

I recently discovered the joys of Costco. I know, I know, I’m a little late jumping on the Costco train but I finally made it. My only regret is that I didn’t know about the fantastic products they have sooner. From what I understand, Costco has really stepped up the “healthy food option” selections recently so it was just meant to be that I found them when I did.

My review is about THE best veggie I’ve ever had in my entire life and I have eaten my share of veggie burgers. If you’ve tried other veggie burgers in the past and were like “meh”, try these and you will say “YEAH!” They are so tast-teeeeeeee!

Don Lee Farm Veggie Patty Review gluten free vegetarian costco burger sweet potato organic

Don Lee Farms makes this particular veggie patty. Here is a list of the reasons I love them so much:

  1. They are organic!
  2. Gluten Free
  3. Ready to eat in 1 minute in the microwave
  4. I can pronounce every single ingredient
  5. Only 160 calories
  6. Zero trans fat
  7. Zero cholesterol
  8. 4 grams of protein
  9. 2 grams of fiber
  10. No weird “fake meat” ingredients
  11. Not to mention that they are so delicious. I believe it’s because of the unique combination of ingredients (sweet potatoes, onions, celery, spinach, brown rice, sunflower seeds, etc.)

Don Lee Farm Veggie Patty Review gluten free vegetarian costco burger sweet potato organic

 

Don Lee Farm Veggie Patty Review gluten free vegetarian costco burger sweet potato organic

These babies taste so good that most of the time I eat them with no bun, just a little organic ketchup or I top them with some sauteed mushrooms or spinach, some canned fired roasted tomatoes, crumble in a salad or on top of the most delicious steam bag quinoa/kale I’ve ever had. They are so versatile.

Don Lee Farm Veggie Patty Review gluten free vegetarian costco burger sweet potato organic

My beloved ketchup has a companion once again 🙂

Don Lee Farm Veggie Patty Review gluten free vegetarian costco burger sweet potato organic

Next time you are at Costco, do yourself a favor and give these a try, you will NOT be disappointed.

Simple Baked Pita Chips

Simple Baked Pita Chips

pita chip baked organic easy simple snack

Now that we are home, I can stock us up on healthier snack options. We do ok with snacking when traveling because I always make sure to have nuts and granola on hand but that gets old after a while.

We don’t eat bread on a regular basis but when we do, we buy these awesome pita’s from Papa Filin’s. They are made locally and always fresh. They are organic, whole wheat and only have 5 ingredients. Think that’s not a big deal? Go look at the list of ingredients in the loaf of bread you have sitting on your counter. Can you pronounce all of the ingredients?

pita chip baked organic easy simple snack

By the same token that we don’t eat bread regularly, we also don’t eat “chips”. To satisfy that urge to have a “chippy” snack, we make our own pita chips and customize them to our tastes. 

pita chip baked organic easy simple snack

AND…these pita’s are only 2 WW points if you are keeping track. Since they don’t contain all of the nasty chemicals for preserving, they will mold faster than processed bread so just keep that in mind. If you don’t think you’ll be eating them as bread, whip up some pita chips with the rest so they will last longer.

If you were to make a whole package of pitas into chips, you would have A LOT of chips and at only around $3.00 a package, that makes a cheap, low ingredient, organic snacky treat.

pita chip baked organic easy simple snack

We like them plain, with salt and pepper, sprinkled with parmesan or with a little Neufchâtel cheese and some homemade jam. You could even make a sweeter version of the pita chip and use some organic honey with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Simple Baked Pita Chips
 
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: A group
Ingredients
  • 1 package low ingredient whole wheat pita bread (can use white flour kind if you choose)
  • Coconut oil spray
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Parmesan cheese (the kind in a shaker)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Cut up your pita bread into little triangles. They don't shrink up when baked so you can make them as small as you want, even crouton size.
  3. Spray coconut oil lightly on one side, flip over and spray the other side.
  4. Sprinkle salt, pepper and parmesan cheese over sprayed pitas.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes (13 minutes if using the white flour kind)
  6. They will crisp up the more they cool.

 

Healthy Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie

Healthy Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie

chocolate covered cherry smoothie gluten free vegan healthy dessert frozen

Four ingredients (5 if you count the ice cubes) and super chocolaty rich. Hubby’s wicked sweet tooth totally approves of these. He puts his in the freezer for an hour to eat with a spoon or sometimes as popsicles. It just depends on his mood.

chocolate covered cherry smoothie gluten free vegan healthy dessert frozen

In the summer I like to keep different organic fruits in the freezer (Target usually has them the cheapest around me) and keep a few cans of organic coconut milk in the pantry (usually Trader Joe’s brand). That way I’ve already got 1/2 of the ingredients I use in my smoothies, frosty treats and popsicles.

chocolate covered cherry smoothie gluten free vegan healthy dessert frozen

Chocolate Cherry Smoothie - Dairy-Free,
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk (I used canned Trader Joe's brand)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ½ cup frozen cherries, pitted and no sugar added
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 5 - 10 ice cubes
  • Optional: 1 packet of organic stevia
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in your blender. I used a Nutribullet.
  2. You can drink it as is or put it in the freezer for an hour and you have a chocolate cherry slushie that you can eat with a spoon.
  3. *If you like your treats really really sweet, you can stir in a packet of stevia. Depends on your taste buds.

 

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Cashew Chicken Lettuce Cups – Paleo, Gluten-Free

Cashew Chicken Lettuce Cups – Paleo, Gluten-Free

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I love Chinese food but eating healthy and Chinese food don’t always go together. I’ve posted a couple of great paleo Chinese dishes like my paleo orange chicken and paleo faux fried rice which I make on a regular basis so this dish will feel right at home.

cashew chicken paleo gluten free lettuce wrap cup nut low fat

I found this great recipe, made a few minor tweaks, grabbed some butter lettuce and I was a happy Bunny. Nommy nom nom.

Even better was that the main cooking time of this dish goes on in the slow cooker but it’s the quickest slow cooker recipe I’ve made. What sped it up was the few minutes of sauteing the chicken. A few minutes saved a few hours in the slow cooker so that was cool.

cashew chicken paleo gluten free lettuce wrap cup nut low fat

My hubby is usually my taste tester and I knew he loved this recipe because after he had eaten this 2 times he asked if there was any more left. The first time he had it he ate it warmed but then he started eating it on organic pita bread cold like it was a fancy chicken salad.

 { I always use organics whenever available }

Cashew Chicken Lettuce Cups - Paleo, Gluten-Free
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Protein
Ingredients
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite size chunks
  • ¼ cup arrowroot flour
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp ghee (can sub with coconut oil)
  • 2 green onions, chopped (white parts and green parts separated)
  • 2 tsp minced garlic (I used the kind from a jar)
  • 2 Tbsp organic tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp coconut palm sugar
  • ¼ tsp dried ginger
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp coconut aminos (can sub with soy sauce or gluten free tamari)
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ cup cashews
Instructions
  1. In a bag, combine the black pepper and flour. Add the chicken and give the bag a good shaking to the chicken is coated in the flour.
  2. In a skillet, heat the ghee and cook the chicken for a few minutes on each side on medium-high heat.
  3. In a bowl, combine all other ingredients (except for the green parts of the onion and cashews)
  4. Put the chicken and sauce into a slow cooker. Stir in the cashews.
  5. Cook on low for 2⅓ - 3 hours.
  6. Serve in butter lettuce cups and sprinkle with the green parts of the onion or on top of my paleo faux fried rice (see link to recipe in body of posting).

 

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I Love Ghee and Here’s Why

I Love Ghee and Here’s Why

In my journey and constant research on healthier living, I kept seeing this stuff called ghee while researching grass fed butter information. We started using grass fed butter but had not yet jumped on the ghee wagon.

Last weekend at our local grocery store that has the most extensive organic, healthy food section we found a jar on the shelf labeled GHEE. Did you read that? Jar on the shelf! I had to check this out for myself.

Ghee is a form of butter that is an integral part of traditional Indian cuisine. It is clarified butter, which means that the water and milk solids (mostly proteins) have been boiled off, leaving just the rich, golden butterfat. 

Ghee is a simple word for ‘clarified butter’ actually. If you have ever ordered lobster or crab legs at a reputable restaurant, you were most likely served a little cup of clarified butter. That very golden, translucent and rich butter in a cup. So guess what, you’ve probably had ghee before but just didn’t know it.

Ok so we know what it is but why should you care? Read below for the Top 10 Reasons to get to Know Ghee.

I bought the exact brand below, Purity Farms. It’s paleo, lactose and casein free, kosher, non GMO, organic, pasture raised (grass fed) and salt free.

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I found this great post by lahealthyliving.com about ghee and what makes it’s so awesome. Here are their Top 10 Reasons To Get To Know Ghee

  1. Outstanding Cooking Oil. Ghee’s smoke point is 485°F which makes it an excellent cooking oil.  Unlike butter, ghee can tolerate high temperatures.
  2. Supreme Taste.  Ghee has a more creamy texture and nutty flavor than butter since most of the liquid is skimmed off during the clarification process.
  3. Long Shelf life. Because of its low oxidation rate, ghee can be kept unrefrigerated for a long time.
  4. Easy to Digest. Ghee aids in a healthy digestive process as it stimulates the secretion of stomach acids thus increasing the absorption of nutrients.
  5. Boosts the Immune System. Modern research found that ghee also contains phenolic antioxidants which boosts the immune system.
  6. Lowers cholesterol. CLA ( conjugated linolenic acid) contained in ghee, not only lowers cholesterol, but also reduces total cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein) and triglycerides. (source)
  7. Improves Eyesight. According to Ayurveda practitioner, Dr. Vasant Lad,  eye disorders such as glaucoma, can benefit from adding ghee into the diet. Ghee improves our vision by helping our bodies properly digest fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A.
  8. Body Detox. Ghee is the perfect tool for body detox. Ghee penetrates the body tissues dissolving any toxins found in them. Then it gets rid of the toxins in the body through the intestines.
  9. Anti-inflammatory. Ghee has been proven to reduce leukotriene secretion and reduce prostaglandin which are both responsible for  inflammation.
  10. Aids in weight loss. Due to the conjugated linolenic acid contained in Ghee, it aids in weight loss (especially belly fat). Being easily digestible, it helps to develop a faster metabolism.

So now we have an opened jar of ghee sitting on our counter. I love cooking with it. It gives foods a richer taste. I also cook veggies in it and because of the properties, allows the body to absorb more of the goodness of the organic vegetables we eat.

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Our eating philosophy is to consume as much “whole foods” as possible into our diet. Seems like every week we are finding a food in a more natural state and incorporating it into our lives. Why don’t more people use this and why aren’t people talking about it, constantly?

Well I say “WELCOME TO FAMILY, GHEE”.

 

 

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