Lentil Bowl with Spicy Cashew Sauce

Lentil Bowl with Spicy Cashew Sauce
There has been so much amazing action on Instagram lately and I’ve been loving all of your feedback. This recipe was requested by you! It is one of my weeknight go-to’s. I’ve been loving having a few vegan recipes to quickly put together throughout the week. You can prepare all of the components over the weekend and utilize them in different ways throughout the week. Feel free to use your favourite veg or even switch up a different bean-the possibilities are endless! For the base of this recipe I use the crispy cauliflower brown rice that I posted last week. I make a big batch and eat it throughout the week (FYI quite delicious with fried eggs over top!). Remember that healthy eating doesn’t need to be expensive, difficult or confusing. Buy real food and spend a few hours preparing and you’re set.
Lentil Bowl with Spicy Cashew Sauce
Serves 3-4

Ingredients:

• 1 tbsp sesame oil or avocado oil
• 1/2 red onion, sliced (about 1 cup)
• 2 bell peppers, sliced
• 1 zucchini, sliced
• 1/2 cup red cabbage, shredded
• 1 cup broccoli, chopped
• 3 cups cooked brown lentils (1 cup dry if cooking from scratch)
• salt
• 1 batch of Crispy Cauliflower Brown Rice
• 2 scallions thinly sliced (whites only)
• 1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
• lime wedges (for serving)

Sauce Ingredients:

• 1/2 cup cashew butter (peanut or almond butter works well too!)
• 1 tsp sesame oil
• 1/4 cup rice vinegar
• 3 tbsp reduced sodium gluten free tamari
• 3 tbsp sambal oelek or sriracha
• 1 tsp honey or maple syrup
• juice of 1 lime
• 3 tbsp of water

Directions:

1. If you are cooking your own lentils, put them on the stove first. While they are cooking, heat 1 tbsp of desired oil into a large non-stick skillet over medium/high heat. Cook red onion until they soften, season with salt and add peppers. Cook for another 5 minutes.

2. Once peppers have softened, add zucchini and cook until they begin to slightly brown. Add red cabbage and allow to soften (about 6-7 minutes). Add your broccoli, stir, and turn heat to low.

3. For the sauce, add all ingredients to blender and continue to pulse until smooth.

4. Time to assemble! Add your cauliflower brown rice to a bowl, top with veggies, lentils, scallions and pumpkin seeds. Serve with the spicy cashew sauce and lime wedges.

Lentil Bowl with Spicy Cashew Sauce

Greek Style Beans

Greek Lima Beans
I LOVE Greek food. If you leave out that delicious fried cheese and fried zucchini, Greek cuisine can actually be quite clean. The food is cooked in greek olive oils, tomato based sauces and lots of fresh herbs. My favourite part about going to Greek restaurants is those Gigantes Plaki beans. Those massive beans cooked in a dill tomato sauce is the perfect accompaniment to fish/chicken/beef and is actually delicious on top of veggies.

It was time I finally recreated this recipe in my own home- and I’m so happy I did. I have been eating these protein packed beans alongside all my meals these days. They are super satisfying and they add lots of flavour to generally boring dishes. Having trouble getting those raw veggies in? Throw some beans on them!

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Ingredients:

• 4 1/2 cups (about 3 cans) well rinsed gigante beans (canellini or butter beans work well too!)
• 1 yellow onion (finely diced)
• 3 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
• 1/4 cup greek olive oil (other olive oil will be fine!)
• 5 medium tomatoes (1 can of san marzano tomatoes will work too)
• 3 tbsp tomato paste
• 1 cup chopped dill (divided)
• 2 tbsp water
• salt and pepper to taste
• hot sauce or chilli flakes (optional)

If using fresh beans…

Start by soaking the gigantes beans overnight in water. Rinse well.Then place the gigantes in a large pan or pot with cold water, enough to cover them, add a pinch of sea salt and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down and simmer for 45 minutes, until tender but not too soft. Drain and set aside.

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Pulse tomatoes in a food processor until chunky. Don’t over process.
3. Heat olive oil in a sauce pan or deep oven proof skillet. Sauté onion with a pinch of salt until translucent and soft. Add garlic and saute for another minute.
4. Add your crushed tomatoes to the garlic and onion. Add tomato paste and season with salt and pepper. Allow to cook for 10-15 minutes.
5.Taste your sauce, make sure its to your liking then add your beans. Add 1/2 cup fresh dill. Toss until beans are well coated and transfer to a roasting pan if your skillet/pan is not ovenproof.
6. If you find your sauce is too thick, add 2 tbsp of water and stir. Place beans in the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes. Allow to cool slightly then add your remaining dill + hot sauce or chilli flakes if you desire!

Serving options:

• with a fried egg + avocado
• raw or steamed broccoli + spinach
• over spaghetti squash
• with meat/fish
• over veggie rice/quinoa

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Ginger Cinnamon Acai Smoothie Bowl

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Smoothies and juices are such a delicious and refreshing way to start your day. In these cold Canadian winters however, I always want to eat my breakfast rather than drink it. I introduce to you, the smoothie bowl. When making smoothies I always would top it with coconut, seeds, nuts, granola or oats for a little added texture. So why not put this same combination in a bowl? The key to a great smoothie bowl is making sure the smoothie is thick and not watery. Some ways to thicken your smoothies is by adding chia, frozen banana and avocado (swear you don’t taste it!). With enough frozen bananas, it can even seem like you are having ice cream for breakfast but without the guilt.

Ill be sharing many posts about my favourite juice and smoothie combinations but this one right here is one of my favourites. The combination of ginger and cinnamon with the creamy texture of the blended banana is so warming and comforting. It is also PACKED with ingredients that fuel your body to reach its maximum operating potential. I topped mine with hemp, chia, sunflower seeds, almond butter, strawberry and sliced banana. The smoothie ingredients include frozen banana, acai, spirulina, kale and cucumber. So why add all these fancy sounding ingredients, you ask?

hemp

– contain all essential amino acids (energy)
– protein (full, satisfied)
– omega-3 (joint, skin, brain and heart health)
– omega-6 (goddess hair, skin, nails)
– magnesium (energy, bowl movements)
– vitamin E (anti-aging)

acai

– antioxidants (fights free radicals that cause cancer)
– protein (more than an egg…shocked? I know)
– low glycemic

spirulina

– plant protein (feel full for long periods of time)
– essential amino acids
– chlorophyll (remove toxins, alkalize)
– calcium (strong bones, teeth)

I talk about benefits of kale and chia in the chia pudding and kale salad posts. Oh! Cinnamon also helps to regulate your blood sugar and boost memory. Ginger helps improve digestion, fight nausea and suppress hunger.

Have a wild night of drinking? Eat lots of poutine (bonjour Quebec!), pizza or chinese food yesterday? Do your body good and make this smoothie! I guarantee this will cure your alcohol/food hangover. You will feel and look like a goddess or a god for all you healthy men out there!

Serves 2

Ingredients:

• 1 frozen banana (add more for thicker consistency) plus fresh for topping
• 1 cup strawberries
• 1 heaped tablespoon of acai powder
• 1 handful of kale
• 1 inch piece of ginger peeled
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• 1/2 cup almond milk
• 3/4 cup cucumber
• 1 tsp almond butter
• 1 tsp pumplin seeds
• 1 tsp chia
• 1 tsp hemp
• 1 tsp spirulina
• few drops stevia or sweetener of choice

Directions:

1. Blend all ingredients except for hemp, pumpkin seeds, some strawberry and fresh banana.

2. Pour smoothie into bowl and top with banana, pumpkin seeds, strawberry and banana.

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