Thursday, October 25, 2012

Lettuce Wraps and Chia Seed Pudding Recipes


Happy Thursday Everyone!

I know it has been a stretch since I blogged but have no fear, here I am with a couple more recipes to assist in eating healthy, clean and vegetarian (if that is a goal of yours).
As stated in previous blogs, I am a creature of habit and can eat the same foods day in and day out and be completely content. If it’s delish and healthy, sign me up! As of late, I am addicted to lettuce wraps. Below you will find the ingredients and it’s super simple to make.

Trader Joe’s Ingredients Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients:
1 container of Trader Joe’s Healthy and Chopped Veggie Mix
1 container of Trader Joe’s Egg White Salad
Large Romaine Lettuce
 
2-3 TBSP Balsamic Vinegar
**Optional – Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce (aka Rooster Sauce) and/or Salt-Free Seasoning such as Mrs. Dash

Instructions:
The ingredients listed above last me for two dinners, so this can serve two people or save half for the next evening.

Wash and dry lettuce leaves. Set aside.

Simmer the veggie mix in the balsamic vinegar until they slightly take on the color of the vinegar. Remove from heat and stir in the egg white salad.

Option to add the rooster sauce and/or salt-free seasoning.
 
Use the lettuce like “chips and dip” or wrap some of the mixture in to the lettuce like “taquitos”.  

Enjoy!

Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients:
2 TBSP Chia Seeds **(I order most of my supplements from iHerb.com - see below) 
 
½ cup of Dairy-Free Milk (Unsweetened Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, Soy Milk, Flax Milk, etc.)
 
Sweetener of Choice (Stevia)
Instructions:
Combine all ingredients in leak-proof jar. Shake for approximately 30 seconds and place in refrigerator.  You can let the pudding sit in the fridge anywhere from 10 minutes to 48 hours. Any longer than that and the seeds go rancid. Trust me, firsthand experience.
I use this as a yogurt replacement on top of my veggie cakes sometimes. It’s delish! Some people think it looks ALIVE, but don’t knock it ‘til you try it.
Enjoy!
**Feel free to go to my page on iHerb.com and receive a coupon code for $10 off your first order and they always offer free shipping on orders $40 or more. Wonderful site!!
 
In heath,
-C
 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Recipes. Recipes. Recipes.


Happy Motivational Monday!

I made a few interesting recipes this weekend and wanted to share. The first one is from Chocolate Covered Katie with a few variations. It’s HEALTHY “Cookie Dough”! It was delish, filling and satisfied my sweet tooth!


Ingredients:
¾ tsp Baking Powder
1/8 tsp Baking Soda
Stevia (desired amount)
½ TBSP LorAnn Almond Extract
4 TBSP Ground Flax
½ cup of Trader Joe’s Unsweetened Applesauce
1 can Trader Joe’s Organic Northern Beans (white)
**optional – Chocolate Chips

Instructions:
In food processor, blend all ingredients, except chocolate chips. If you choose to add chocolate chips, add them after blending. Refrigerate until chilled. THAT’S IT! Super delicious!

Total Nutrition Facts:
Total Calories – 530
Carbs – 180 grams
Fat – 9 grams
Protein – 31 grams
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Next up – C’s Crock Pot Carrot Pumpkin Pies

Ingredients:
2 cups Farmer’s Market Organic Canned Pumpkin
1 pound of Baby Carrots
1 cup Egg Whites
1 TBSP Cinnamon (or more if you love Cinnamon!)
1 TBSP Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 cup Zucchini
½ cup of Organic Millet Flour
Cooking Spray
**optional – If you want to increase the healthy fat content, feel free to add some coconut oil, avocado or chop your choice of nuts and add them in the mix.

Instructions:
Spray crock pot with cooking spray and turn on HIGH. Blend all ingredients in food processor and pour in to crock pot. Cook until edges are golden brown – approximately 5-6 hours. These take about 60 minutes in the oven, so the crock pot is significantly longer. My goal was to not be in the kitchen for a long period of time yesterday. Mission: ACCOMPLISHED.

Nutrition Facts per Serving:
(Recipe yields 4 servings)
Calories – 191
Carbs – 35 grams
Fat – 1 gram
Protein – 10 grams

Just a few health facts – pumpkin is an anti-inflammatory, contains carotenoids which help prevent premature aging and the seeds are high in protein and essential fatty acids. I also just found out that the seeds contribute to kidney health in the prevention of calcium oxalate stones which my body has a habit of producing! Definitely will start consuming 5-10 grams of the seeds every single day, along with my cranberry pills.

‘Tis the season for PUMPKIN!
With health,
C