Monthly Archives: June 2015

Vegetarian Korean Bibimbap

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Bibimbap (which translates to “mixed rice”) is a traditional Korean dish of hot, and sometimes crispy rice served in a large bowl and topped with a variety of mixed vegetables, spices, and usually beef and a fried egg. In this recipe, I’ve switched the rice for protein and fiber packed quinoa, and omitted the beef in favor of more nutrient dense vegetables. The quinoa keeps the protein up, while leaving out the beef brings the over all saturated fat content down. Feel free to adapt this recipe and improvise with your favorite vegetables. Bibimbap is the ultimate comfort food bowl perfect for any night of the week!

To view the recipe, visit GeoBlue’s site Healthy Travel Blog, or their site Travel Well Worldwide. 

Easy Entertaining Pantry Staples

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Below is an excerpt of a new piece up on my friend Molly’s fantastic site MollyMy. Check it out for lifestyle tips, style, entertaining, and more!

Nobody likes scrambling at the last minute to pull together appetizers or a meal for surprise guests or company. To prepare yourself for all types of last minute gatherings or celebrations, a well-stocked pantry is your best friend. These staples have a long shelf life, and will serve you well in a pinch, whether you’re making a romantic dinner for a date, a celebratory brunch with girlfriends, or just some light bites to set out with cocktails or wine, these staples have you covered!

If you have the extra fresh ingredients suggested, and a minute more time, take these recipes a step further by adding fresh minced herbs, an extra drizzle of good finishing olive or truffle oil, a dash of hot sauce, a sprinkle of good parmesan cheese or a dollop of your favorite cashew cream. Just a little extra effort will really make these recipes shine! And I think it goes without saying, but no stocked pantry would be complete without a good bottle of champagne chilling in your fridge. You never know when you’ll have something wonderful to celebrate!

Pantry Items:

  • Quinoa
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Whole wheat or quinoa pasta
  • Black beans
  • Olive oil
  • Flaked sea salt and good black pepper
  • Hot sauce

Freezer/Fridge Items:

  • Frozen peas
  • Frozen spinach
  • Bread (freeze it and it’ll last forever! Toast in the oven when you need it)
  • Corn tortillas (freeze these and heat to order in your oven)
  • Eggs
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Vegetable liquid bullion (for instant vegetable stock)

Black Beans:

  1. Who doesn’t love burritos? Sauté black beans with garlic, onion, and your favorite hot sauce, and fold into a burrito with avocado, salsa, or your favorite toppings. Or make tacos!
  2. For a Heat a healthy and satisfying soup , just cook black beans with canned tomatoes, vegetable stock, and your favorite Tex-Mex spices, and puree. Or leave it chunky for a chili-style soup. Take it to the next level with cashew cream, hot sauce, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
  3. Make quick and healthy nachos: Top your favorite chips with black beans, shredded cheese, and tomatoes. Warm until toasty and melted, and serve with avocado and salsa. Perfect for late night snacks with friends!

Eggs:

  1. Make a quick frittata perfect for brunch entertaining. Sauté onions, garlic, and any leftover cooked veggies you have in a deep oven-safe skillet. Whisk your eggs, pour over the vegetables, and bake in a 400-degree oven until firm and puffed, about 15 minutes. Top with cheese for extra decadence, and broil until melted. Finish with fresh chopped herbs.
  2. Scramble eggs with some onions and hot sauce, and make breakfast burritos or tacos. Serve with avocado and salsa, and fresh chopped cilantro to kick it up a notch.
  3. Hard boil your eggs, mash the yolks with low fat mayo and Dijon mustard, and fill for some classic deviled eggs. Top with fresh chopped chives to dress it up a bit.

Bread:

  1. Make a grown up version of the classic grilled cheese. Toast your bread in a pan with olive oil, then top with cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, a spoonful of fig jam, and some fresh arugula if you have it. Add some avocado if you like! Make a sandwich, and toast until the cheese is melted. Any combination of these ingredients would be delicious.
  2. For a super quick and simple appetizer, toast a few slices of bread, and drizzle with olive oil. Slice into toast points, and serve alongside some ricotta with a drizzle of honey and olive oil stirred in. Garnish with fresh chopped herbs if you like, and let your guests help themselves.

xx,

Elizabeth

To view the full post with more ideas and recipes, visit my lovely friend Molly’s site MollyMy. 

Modern Oats Raw Energy Bites

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I recently had the opportunity to try Modern Oats, a health conscious company aimed at bringing old fashioned oats up to speed, and making them convenient and delicious for everyone. “After selecting our whole rolled oats, they are carefully crafted artisanal, delicious blends of fruits (such as mangos, apples, goji berries, and Saskatoon berries), nuts (such as pine nuts, walnuts, and coconut), and seeds (such as flax, sunflower, and chia) for the perfect, healthy, modern meal, anytime, anywhere.  Modern Oats’ convenient  recyclable portable oatmeal cups are the ideal  healthy meal for your on the go lifestyle. Keep one at your desk, or in your bag.”

Gluten free, vegan, non-GMO, and kosher certified, Modern Oats come in interesting flavors that go far beyond the classic cinnamon and brown sugar. Enjoy them simply with hot water for a warm snack or easy meal, or get creative and turn one of their fun flavors into a portable energy bite great for refueling on the go. Feel free to use whichever flavor you love in the recipe below.

Active Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes

Makes about 12-16 bites

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked Modern Oats (one individual package)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup nut butter (try sunflower, almond, or peanut)
  • 1/2 cup hemp hearts
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips or cacao nibs (optional)
  • 1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
  • 1 small pinch sea salt (optional)

Directions:

  1. Stir all ingredients together with a spoon or rubber spatula in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  2. Once chilled, roll into whatever size balls you want. To make this process smoother, wet your hands in cold water before rolling each ball.

Alternatively, you can press this mix into a parchment lined baking sheet, chill in the freezer, and slice into bars.

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How to: Plan the Perfect Wedding Menu

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When I began the wedding planning process this past September, I knew there’d be a clear favorite in my do-to list of planning tasks. As a trained chef, food is my passion, and I knew that planning my wedding menu would be one of my favorite jobs as a bride to be. That being said, there are definitely challenges to planning any wedding menu, especially when you want food to be a focal point. Below are my top five tips to make your wedding menu process go smoothly, and to ensure you and your guests have the best dining experience possible on your wedding day.

View the full article on Robyn Moreno’s site.

This article includes advice and tips from our wonderful wedding planner Corina Beczner, of Vibrant Events in San Francisco. Without her guidance and support, I’m pretty sure we’d still be vacillating and spinning our wheels on all these important wedding details. Be sure to check out her website!

Thai Style Carrot Soup {vegan}

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This healthy carrot soup brings the bright and fresh flavors of Thai cuisine to an easy to prepare weeknight dish. Carrots pack a hefty dose of Vitamin A, which aids in cancer prevention, protects your vision, and gives your skin an anti-aging boost. Ginger acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory, helping to prevent disease and oxidation across the board. Make up a big batch of this delicious soup to enjoy all week long.

View the recipe on GeoBlue’s websites Healthy Travel Blog & Travel Well Worldwide.

Summer Greens Pesto Pasta {vegan & gluten free}

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This light and quick summer greens pesto pasta is the perfect weeknight meal to enjoy all summer long. Both dairy free and gluten free, this is one pasta dish that’ll leave you feeling light and bathing suit ready! Toss in some grilled chicken or shrimp to up the protein for a healthy and well-rounded meal everyone will love.

To view the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s website.