Delicious Goji Berry Smoothie with Chia Seeds

The summer months are finally here which means we can trade in those warm comforting breakfast meals with nice cool refreshing ones, such as this delicious and healthy berry smoothie with Goji berries and Chia seeds. I don’t know about you but after this winter I couldn’t be happier that the weather is warming up. There is something about summer that makes me want to jump up and down for joy! Finally the flowers are in full bloom and the trees are a luscious green.  It is absolutely gorgeous!

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Ingredients:

11/2 cups Organic Strawberries

1 cup Organic Raspberry’s

1 cup Organic Blueberries

1 tablespoon Goji Berries

1 tbsp Chia Seeds

Note: Depending on how sweet you like it you can add more or less of the ingredients mentioned above or add your own favorite fruits. If it’s still not sweet enough for your liking try adding some Stevia, Agave, or Honey to make it sweeter.

Enjoy!

A Delicious Miso Soup with Shiitake Mushrooms, Leek, and Farro

I don’t know about you but the weather here in the Midwest has been really weird and confusing the last couple of weeks. It has been in the high 70’s down to the 40’s with either rain or shine. Every single day you are surprised and have no idea what to wear or cook for that matter. Well today turned out to be a cold and rainy day so I took advantage of the weather by making a nice warm soup. I personally love days like this. I always thought the rain was so calming I love hearing the rain trickling outside while I’m sitting in my favorite sofa reading a novel or listening to classical music. I usually never do that when it is nice outside. Now since winter is over here in Wisconsin I didn’t have that many soup options in my cupboard but I discovered some Miso in my kitchen and that’s when it hit me I was going to make a Shiitake, Leek, Farro Soup with Miso. This was the first time that I have ever attempted this recipe and was pleasantly surprised at how good it tasted. It is now one of my favorite rainy day meals.

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Ingredients:

1 Organic Leek

1 Cup Organic Shiitake Mushrooms

½ cup Organic Farro  or Organic Brown Rice

4 cups filtered water for the Soup

1 cup filtered water for the Farro

4tbsp Shiro Miso

1 tbsp Coconut Oil

½ tbsp Nutmeg

Salt and Pepper to taste

Add four cups of water and 4 tbsp of Shiro Miso to a pot and bring to a boil. In a separate pot add the ½ cup of Farro with 1 cup water for about 10-15 min. or until al dente. At the same time cut the leek and mushrooms into small slices and sauté in a pan with some coconut oil until tender. Next add the vegetables into the miso pot and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Add some salt, pepper, and nutmeg for flavor. Once the farro is done add it into the miso vegetable soup. Cook for about 5 more minutes so that the farro absorbs some of the miso and vegetable flavor. That’s it! Now the next time it rains or you are in the mood for a warm comforting soup try this amazing Miso Soup with Shiitake Mushrooms, Leek and Farro!

Enjoy!

Almond Milk

Almond Milk is a great alternative to Cows Milk! I recommend you try Almond Milk it is incredibly delicious and you can add it to oatmeals, smoothies, or use it as substitute in any dessert recipes. Almonds are one of the healthiest nuts and is filled with Vitamin E, Calcium, and Magnesium which builds strong bones.

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Ingredients:

1 cup Organic Almonds
31/2 cups Filtered Water
3 Organic Dates (or more depending on taste)
1/4 tsp Organic Cinnamon (optional)
Pinch of Celtic Sea Salt

Note: Sometimes I also like to add 1 Vanilla Bean to my Almond Milk. This also enhances the flavor.

This recipe does take a little longer then others since you will need to soak the almonds overnight in some water. So place 1 cup of almonds in a bowl and cover with water you can either soak them overnight or for about 8 hours. Next place the almonds in an immersion blender with 31/2 cups water, 3 dates, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Blend for 2-3 minutes or until smooth. Once its blended pour the milk into a Nut Milk Bag and squeeze all the liquid out of the bag. And thats it! Thats all you need to do in order to make Almond Milk it is really quite simple it just takes some time to make.

Enjoy!

Edamame (2 different ways)

Are you looking for a fast easy light snack? My absolute go to snack when I am in a hurry has to be Edamame. It is so easy to make and literally only takes 7 minutes to make! Edamame is so versatile you can use it in Salads, in dips, or just as a stand alone snack. You can add a variety of different spices to make this snack fit to your specific taste buds.

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Ingredients:
1 bag Organic Edamame

Dry Spices:
Sesame Seeds
Chili Flakes
Salt
Pepper
Cayenne Pepper
Garlic

Sauces:
Soy Sauce
Teriyaki Sauce
Lemons

Heat a pot of water on high heat and add some salt. Once the water is at a roaring boil add a bag of Edamame and let boil for about 5-7 minutes. Pour the edamame into a strainer and let sit for a few seconds until it has a cooled. At this point you can place the Edamame in a bowl or plate and season with any of the ingredients mentioned above or add some of your own. You can either keep it nice and simple and add some Sesame Seeds with Lemon zest and Teriyaki Sauce or you can add several different ingredients together such as Chili Flakes, Cayenne Pepper, with Garlic if you are looking for something a bit more spicy.

Enjoy!

Vegetarian California Roll

I love to eat Japanese Food. Every year for my birthday I always go out to a nice Japanese Restaurant and eat a really good Miso Soup with Green Tea and some Sushi. Now I have to confess this is the first time that I have ever attempted to make a California Roll but I can tell you that it turned out wonderful and it tasted absolutely delicious. Not only is it super healthy but it only takes 20 minutes to prepare and make, how great is that? I can honestly tell you I love to cook but I’m always excited when I find easy ways to cook where I don’t have tons of dishes to clean at the end. This is a perfect dish to make when you are hosting parties or having a fun date night with your special someone or friends!

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Ingredients:
2 Sheets of Nori
1/2 Cup of Organic Quinoa
1/2 Organic Carrot
1/2 Organic Cucumber
1 Organic Avocado
Soy Sauce or Teriyaki Sauce

Dry Ingredients:
Salt
Pepper
Sesame Seeds

Note: Feel free to add other ingredients such as Salmon, Tuna, Crab, or any other type of vegetable such as Cucumber. Have fun with it and experiment!

The first thing that you will want to prepare is the Quinoa. If you prefer you can also use your favorite type of rice. Depending on the brand of Quinoa you buy you will need to wash it in a small sieve, even if it doesn’t it is always safe to wash it beforehand. Next heat a pot on the stove at high heat and toast the quinoa for about a minute next pour 11/2 cups water into the pot on medium to high heat for 15 minutes with some salt and pepper. While the Quinoa is cooking you can gather your other ingredients and cut the Carrot, Cucumber, and Avocado into very thin long slices.

Once you are done slicing your vegetables and the quinoa is cooked you can start to arrange you rolls. It would be a good idea to wait a couple of minutes for the Quinoa to cool before placing it on the Nori Sheets. I first started with a layer of quinoa and covered half of the sheet next I placed a couple of slices of carrots, cucumbers, and avocado on top of the quinoa. Next sprinkle the inside of the sheet with some sesame seeds for a little extra crunch. Once you are done you are ready to roll up your California Roll as tight as possible. Once the Nori is all rolled up nice and tight take a sharp knife and cut the California Rolls into small/medium slices. Set the California Rolls on a nice plate and add a bowl of either Soy Sauce or Teriyaki Sauce for a dipping sauce.

Enjoy!

Lentil Soup

I love lentils!! I once went through a period were all I ate for dinner was lentil soup, this continued for about a month. It is such a delicious dish and great to eat during the cold winter season especially if you live in Wisconsin. Not only is this recipe delicious it is extremely healthy as well. This legume is high in fiber and full of protein. So don’t feel bad if you have more then one bowl.

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Ingredients:
1 cup Organic Green Lentils (you can also use any other type of lentils such as red or french)
1 large Organic Carrot
2 Organic Celery Stalks
1/2 a Sweet Organic Onion
1 tbsp Organic Extra Virgin Coconut oil cold pressed
4 cups Water (if you want to add more flavor to the dish you can add 4 cups vegetable broth)

Dry Spices:
Celtic Sea Salt
Black Pepper
Paprika
Garlic
Cumin
Oregano

Cook Time:

25-30 minutes

Simply cut up the Celery, Carrots, and Onions and saute in a pot with some coconut oil until tender. Once tender add the water or vegetable broth and bring to a boil. When the water is boiling add the lentils and cook for about 25-30 minutes. If you are using Red Lentils it goes much quicker. While the lentils are cooking add any kind of spices you like to the pot depending on your own personal taste. I also sometimes like to add curry powder. Play around with spices and see what you come up with, you could end up with a pretty amazing dish!

Enjoy!

Strawberry, Raspberry, Blueberry Smoothie

I love waking up in the morning to a delicious, healthy, energizing smoothie.

I drink this amazing smoothie almost every single day it is filled with vitamins and nutrients that makes you feel extremely good! This is so naturally sweet that you won’t need any sugar or honey.

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Ingredients:
1 cup of Organic Strawberry’s
1 cup of Organic Raspberry’s
1 cup of Organic Blueberries
Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and take an immersion blender and blend until smooth.
If you want you can add other fruits such as Bananas or Blackberries.
Enjoy :)