Chocolate Ice Cream…for breakfast??!

I woke up this fine April fool’s morning wanting chocolate. Conveniently, I used up my kale reserves in dinner last night, so no leafy greens for a smoothie.  Which made me think, why not make a dessert-worthy smoothie and eat “chocolate ice cream” (or as close to it as I can make it) to celebrate the day? And guys, this was amazing.  If you have a sweet tooth, this is for you! It’s light, fluffy, creamy, nutritious, and sweet-but-not-too-sweet.  I am so tempted to just go back in the kitchen and make round 2!!

Chocolate “Ice Cream” Smoothie (V, P, GF)
Serves 1 lighter serving

Ingredients
1 frozen banana
1/2 avocado
2 Tbsp cacao
2 tbsp hemp seeds (optional, but kicks up the protein!)
Almond Milk as needed (no more than 1/4 to 1/3 cup)

Method
Add all ingredients to the blender, adding just enough almond milk to make it blend easily, but making sure to keep the thick consistency.

ENJOY! :D

Tomato Quinoa Buddha Bowl

Calling all Lazy Chefs!

This simple, one-bowl dinner is a MUST TRY.  This is not a drill.  I repeat: THIS IS NOT A DRILL! This is definitely the most I have enjoyed a meal that I put such little effort into.  Ever.  Please make this and make yourself happy.  And your stomach.  And your tongue.  And your nose (’cause it smells good).  And your crazy life with little time, because this took 20 minutes tops, including clean up, from start to finish.  Maybe 25 if you are a dilly-dally-er.

Okay, not only is this super simple and fast, it requires very few ingredients.  For instance, I literally cannot remember the last time I went grocery shopping (2 my card record says my most recent trip to Martin’s was 16 days ago), and I was able to make this from what I had in my pantry.

And this bowl simply feels so incredibly nourishing.  Granted I still may be on the high after eating this magic concoction, but the fact that there is such a high has gotta tell you it is incredible.   Anyway, I have been feeling quite terrible and sick all day (hence the miniscule amount of effort put into making this), and I feel so much better already.  It is warm, comforting, and full of umami deliciousness.

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TOMATO QUINOA EGG BUDDHA BOWL
Serves 1 belly

Ingredients
1/3 cup quinoa, dry
1/3 -1/2 cup favorite tomato sauce
1/4 yellow onion, diced
4-5 mushrooms, sliced
1/2-1 Tbsp olive oil (though coconut could’ve done well too)
2 Eggs
2 caps of raw apple cider vinegar (a.c.v.)
Salt (to taste)
Pepper (to taste)
Garlic powder (optional, but recommended)
Dried Oregano (optional, but strongly recommended)
Cayenne powder (optional, but recommended)

Method
1.  OPTIONAL: Soak quinoa with 1 cap of apple cider vinegar and enough water to cover it preferably overnight or for a couple of hours.  I only soaked mine for 1 or 2.  For minimal effort, leave this step out; for maximal nutrition, definitely include it!
2. Pour the quinoa and enough water to cover it (use the water and a.c.v. from step 1 of you did it) into a small pot over high heat and bring to a boil.
3. Reduce the quinoa to a simmer and cover for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
[Laziness tip: don’t measure out the water, pour it 1-2 inches above the level of the quinoa and let it boil uncovered until the quinoa has soaked up all the water, and the excess has evaporated.]
4.  Once the quinoa is cooked, add the tomato sauce and season to taste! Place this part into your bowl first.
5While quinoa is cooking, heat the oil and add onions in a pan over medium heat.  Cook until browned.
6. Add the mushrooms to the pan and turn the heat to medium-high.  Cook until the mushrooms have browned.
7. Once the onions and mushrooms are done (and smell amaaaazing!) Place them on top of  your quinoa in your budding Buddha bowl.
8.  In a small pot, bring water (at least 3 or 4 inches) and a cap-full of a.c.v. to a gentle boil/vigorous simmer.
9. Stir a slotted spoon in a circular motion to create a whirlpool, then add 1 egg to the middle.  (It helps keep the egg intact if you crack the it into a bowl first and slide it into water.)
10.  Let the egg cook for at least 2 minutes, or until the white feels firm, but the yolk still feels soft.  Then remove with the slotted spoon and place on top of your quinoa and mushrooms.
11. Repeat the poaching process with your second egg and season both with salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne, etc…

Notes
To make this even more nutritious, “pre-game” it with some sauerkraut or any other fermented food of choice (kombucha anyone?) beforehand!

While this is delicious as is, I would have added some goodies if I had them lying around.  For instance: avocado, sprouts, sauteed greens, paprika, etc… Some crushed almonds or other nut might do well for the crunch factor too!

 

IMG_3032Please do yourself a huge favor and go make this for your next lunch or dinner or any other meal (eggs mean breakfast, am I right?).  It is so good and takes so little effort!! Stay healthy, and remember  to take care of yourself and that you deserve rest.

Love,
Lucy

Feel Good Smoothie Bowl.

CLEAN.  I woke up with the desire to feel this way on the inside. After a night (and day) of eating much more sugar than normal, in the form of chocolate chip cookie recipe testers and fudge-covered gluten free pretzels, I woke up hungry to feel lifted from the residual sugar weight in my stomach.  I knew just the thing to make: a green smoothie! Now, I am one of the biggest fans out there of green smoothies.  I have them almost every day for breakfast, 4-5 days of the week. And sometimes I have to be strict with myself and make something else because I end up eating too much fiber during the day if I don’t.  However, on a saturday morning when I am not rushing off to class, after drinking a smoothie, I know am prone to looking around for something I can physically chew on.  So how do I fix that and make it easy for myself to be satisfied? Put chewable things on TOP of a smoothie and then eat it with a spoon, and voilà! A smoothie bowl is born.  (Now trending on a social media near you).

This week for leafy greens, I have collards, which I must admit taste surprisingly sweet.  (My guard is up you guys, I am wary of a vegetable that tastes so good after eating so many cookies…) On the bright side, listening in to my tastebuds on this means my body must be telling me what I need! So into the blender it goes.  Along with the leftover celery that is starting to get soft, as celery tends to when it has been sitting in the fridge for a week.  And what better to make you feel cleansed than some ginger root! *Tosses in not quite a thumb of it, unsure of its great and awesome power* I guess I can sacrifice the apple that I have only taken a bite of this morning too, so into the blender that goes too.

I clean out the fridge some more by tossing in some frozen banana, and some sprouts I have been growing this week (has anyone else noticed that the more sprouts you use, the more  that seem to appear in the same container??).  This was my first batch in a year, and I have grown so many that I have found a way to put them into every meal so as not to waste them.  (Salads, smoothies, wraps, quinoa toppings, burger toppings, you name it!) To top it off, I add some of my favorite blood sugar stabilizers: hemp seeds and avocado.  There is just something about the creaming texture that is formed when you pair avocado with bananas, and, well, everything.   Sprinkle a dash of cinnamon and turmeric, and you are good to go.

Let me tell you: this smoothie was everything you will ask for and more.  It feels so light and clean and good for the system.  If you make it you will not be disappointed.  In fact, side affects may include satisfaction, energy, and the most freaking content stomach of the morning.

 

Feel Good Green Ginger Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 collard green leaf (or any other leafy greens you like)
2 Stalks of celery
1 palm-full sprouts (if you have them!)
1/2-1 Cup water

*

1/2-1 Inch ginger root, minced
1/2-1 Apple
1/2-1 Banana (frozen or fresh)

*

1 Tbsp Hemp seeds
1/2 Avocado
Cinnamon to taste
Turmeric to taste

Method

Add all of the ingredients in this order, and blend at the * for the best texture! Once smooth, pour into a bowl and add your favorite toppings.  Today I added more hemp seeds, goji berries, and bee pollen.  You could try some crushed nuts, shredded coconut, chopped up fruit, berries, chia seeds…the possibilities are endless!  Sit down, and savor with a smile.  (This is essential)

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I spelled goji berries “gogi berries” (hah!) … will I ever learn to spell?

I hope this makes your day (and your stomach’s too!) and helps you remember that you are beautiful as you are now and deserve to feel good!

Love,
Lucy