EAT AS MUCH PASTA AS YOU WANT; Simply use this prep method!

If you are looking for a low carb alternative to your favorite pasta dishes, look no further than Zoodles, or Zucchini-Noodles.  In order to make zoodles, you’ll need a zucchini (or two, depending on how large they are), and a vegetable spiralizer!

Zoodles have a 3-5 minute cook time, and you can throw them right in the same pan in which you are cooking your sauce. Get ready to say hello to a quick and easy meal that makes less of a mess than normal pasta! Try this recipe, below:

Zoodle Primavera:

  • 1 or 2 Zuchinni (spiralized into zoodles)
  • Heirloom tomato, sliced
  • Onion, chopped
  • Shallot, chopped
  • Garlic, minced
  • Olive (or coconut) Oil
  • Whatever vegetables you like! (mushroom, peppers, broccoli, etc)
  • Salt and Pepper (Red Pepper flakes), to taste

Begin a light saute on your onion and shallot in the olive/coconut oil. When the onions begin to brown, introduce the minced garlic and the other vegetables you want to include in your primavera. As the vegetables cook down, add the sliced heirloom tomatoes, and cook until the tomatoes soften. Add your zoodles, mix continuously for 3-5 minutes and season to taste. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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3 fantastic meals with 5 ingredients or fewer! (no, salt and pepper don’t count)

Running low on groceries? Don’t feel like doing a ton of meal prep? We’ve got you covered with a breakfast, lunch, and dinner option you can make with 5 ingredients or fewer!

 

pancake-640874_1920BREAKFAST: Delicious Banana Pancakes

Did we say pancakes? Yes. Yes we did.

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas (very ripe)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt

 

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients using a blender or mash with fork until blended.
  2. Coat a pan with a very thin layer of coconut oil, and place pan on medium heat
  3. Pour a small amount of batter. (Helpful hint: Bananas do NOT have the same consistency as a normal pancake, so keep your pancakes small. They’ll be easier to flip!)
  4. Cook on both sides until golden brown.

 

LUNCH: Quinoa Power Bowlquinoa-1243591_1920

This option is GREAT for those days when you’re short on time. If you don’t like something on this list then substitute it for something you love! Creativity can help you mix and match to create something amazing and nutritious.

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • ½ Avocado, Sliced
  • ½ cup cooked black beans, washed and drained
  • 2 cups spinach (raw or lightly steamed)
  • 1 tomato, diced

 

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients into one awesome bowl. Season to taste.
  2. Grab a fork. Prepare your body for all that powerful nutrition it’s going to receive.
  3. Enjoy!


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DINNER: Crockpot Stew

Set this up in the morning before you head off to work – return home 8 hours later, and behold you have a stunning, delicious stew. Slow cooker recipes are great to freeze, since they generate multiple portions.

 

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. broth (beef, chicken or vegetable, depending on preference
  • 1 large sweet potato OR 1 large yellow potato, diced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced into ¼ inch thick rounds
  • 1 can of any bean of choice (white, black, navy, kidney, etc.)

 

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in your slow cooker, stir to combine.
  2. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 7-8 hours
  3. Season to taste.

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Yummy Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies!

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This is one of my go-to vegan chocolate chip cookie recipes!

Here are some tips from experience–
• the shape doesn’t change a lot in the baking process, so flatten them into cookie shape when putting them on the tray!
• I flip them over half way (about 5 minutes) into baking!
• the dough is super yummy, and SAFE to eat because no eggs!
• though it says the cinnamon is optional, add it!!! So yummy!

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Giving Thanks the Vegetarian Way

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I know that Thanksgiving is in November: I’m not crazy. I am, however, in Canada! And Canadian Thanksgiving is this Monday! I’m working with a cast of about 30 people, and somehow I am the only vegetarian! Since i still want to enjoy a fall-inspired meal, giving thanks for the wonderful things in my life, I have to do a little veggie-improvisation.

So, while everyone else is enjoying their traditional thanksgiving turkey, I will be enjoying this delightful-looking stuffed squash recipe! And maybe some of the carnivores will enjoy them, too!

Veggie Tower of Power: Start Your Morning Off Well!

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Breakfast really is a meal of great importance! I like to start my way with a large glass of water to get things waking up and moving! But after that, a breakfast packed with protein and veggies! Yum! Here’s a great one from one of my favorite food blogs: My New Roots.

And why not personalize it with veggies that will help with your needs? Find out which ones can help you here!

Grated Beet Salad with Tarragon Dressing

Beets are rich in natural sugar, sodium, sulphur, chlorine, iodine, copper and vitamins B1, B2, C and bioflavonoids. Beets are an extremely fibrous root,  so they are also an excellent aid in eliminating constipation. The additional fiber adds bulk, improving peristalsis (movement in the intestine). Try this recipe for a yummy way to increase your intake of this wonderful root vegetable!
 
Prep Time: 15 minutes