Monthly Archives: February 2016

Slow Roasted Tomatoes with Dukkah

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Dukkah is a popular Egyptian spice blend made with a flexible combination of nuts, seeds, and spices. Its easy to make at home, and can be adapted to a wide variety of palates and preferences. Feel free to swap in macadamia nuts, pistachios, cashews, walnuts, or hazelnuts if you prefer. The particular nut/spice combination below includes a healthy boost of protein, manganese, Vitamin E, and zinc, which all help support your immune system and reduce inflammation. This recipe also contains bone-boosting calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids, which help lower bad cholesterol, reduce high blood pressure, and protect your brain health. The tomatoes in this recipe contain a particularly potent dose of lycopene. Cooking tomatoes increases their lycopene content, and lets your body absorb more of the skin protecting, heart healthy, vision fortifying antioxidant.

For the recipe, visit GeoBlue’s websites Healthy Travel Blog & Travel Well Worldwide.

Note: Use up any leftover tomatoes by adding them to a sandwich, tossing them with pasta, or your favorite salad or grain bowl. Any leftover dukkah tastes great sprinkled on roasted fish, hard boiled eggs, or any recipe that needs a kick of spice and texture.

Super Greens Smoothie

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If you’re looking for a quick, healthy, and satisfying breakfast, the antidote to your afternoon slump, or a protein packed post-workout snack, look no further than this yummy smoothie. Super healthy greens give this smoothie its gorgeous green color, but the flavor comes from sweet frozen banana, creamy nut butter, and zingy ginger. Feel free to throw in your favorite fruit, fresh or frozen, to sweeten it up. For a fun brunch option, make up a few batches and serve them in a pitcher.

For the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s website. 

Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup

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This silky, creamy, colorful soup will have you embracing the cold weather with open arms. Kabocha squash is silky, sweet, and so delicious- definitely use it if you can. But in a pinch, butternut squash works great as well. Roasting the squash highlights its sweetness, making sure it’s a hit with the whole family. For a spicy twist, add 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce to the blender for an entirely different taste. Its smoky spice compliments any squash you decide to make this soup with. This soup is perfect for a quick & easy weeknight meal- just roast, blend, and enjoy!

Active Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Serves: 2 as a main course, with some leftovers

  • 1 large Kabocha squash, peeled, seeded and cubed into roughly ¼ inch dice
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 4-6 garlic cloves, to taste, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2-3 cups of stock (vegetable or chicken) added until you reach your desired thickness
  • Sour cream or cashew cream, fresh thyme, and toasted pumpkin seeds to serve (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. On a sheet pan, toss together the squash, onion, garlic, olive oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, and a pinch each of salt and pepper until combined. Spread out in an even layer and roast until tender, 20-30 minutes.
  2. In a high-speed blender, add the whole mix from your sheet pan, and 1½ cups of stock. Blitz to combine, adding more stock until you reach your desired consistency. Season to taste, and serve topped with sour cream or cashew cream, fresh thyme, and toasted pumpkin seeds. Enjoy!

Tip: You can make this soup with whatever squash you have on hand. Try pumpkin for a different spin.

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Creamy Dreamy Vegan Pasta {w/ slow roasted tomatoes & garlic}

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This dish is so downright delicious and deceptively decadent, you won’t believe its made without a drop of cream or butter. Cashews lend a creamy lusciousness to the basil sauce; tricking everyone into thinking they’re eating something naughty. Slow roasting the tomatoes brings even the saddest winter tomatoes back to life, and makes them sweet and juicy. Vegans and non-vegans alike will swoon for this one!

For the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s website. 

Gluten Free Brownies

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Not only are these lightened up brownies gluten free, but they’re full of healthy fats from the avocado and the beans, which will have you glowing from the inside out. Don’t let the lack of butter dissuade you- these brownies are rich, fudgy, and full of intense chocolate flavor so delicious you’ll forget they’re made with healthy ingredients. Make up a batch for your Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day celebrations- heart cutouts optional.

For the recipe, visit Robyn Moreno’s website.

DIY Valentine’s Day Basket for Kids

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Make An Adorable V-Day Basket For Your Little One!

Author & lifestyle expert Robyn Moreno has a super cute & easy DIY for Valentine’s Day for your little ones. Read on below, and click the link to read the full article & watch the video on her site!

Happy almost Valentine’s Day everyone!
Growing up, Valentine’s Day was always one of my favorite holidays! My mom would make me and each of my sister’s special baskets filled with candy and goodies, and it was something I looked forward to all year! Now that I have my own daughter, I’m excited to keep the tradition going, so I am going to make her an extra-sweet basket that she enjoys and remembers, and that shows her how much I love her. Because that’s what Valentine’s Day is all about, right?

You can watch the video and view the full article HERE!

Vegan Cauliflower Buffalo Bites

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These vegan cauliflower buffalo bites are the perfect healthy twist on a classic Super Bowl Sunday favorite. You’ll get all of the flavor and satisfaction, but none of the guilt or fatty food coma. Crispy, spicy, sweet, and saucy, these will be a surefire hit with vegans and meat-eaters alike. Make up a double batch for your weekend celebration, and let the compliments roll in!

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

Faux-Fried Cauliflower Rice

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This faux fried cauliflower rice will satisfy all your cravings for takeout, while still keeping you on a healthy track. Finely minced cauliflower subs in for rice, keeping carbohydrates low but still offering a satisfying and filling flavor. You’ll be amazed at how similar the texture will be! Cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamins C and K, and packs a healthy dose of antioxidants that help prevent oxidative stress in the body. Packed with a plethora of health boosting vegetables, consider this recipe as healthy as a salad but as satisfying as a guilty pleasure takeout meal. Feel free to improvise and modify this recipe to include your favorite vegetables or whatever you have on hand. You can also add shrimp, chicken, or tofu to this recipe to make it a more protein-packed meal.

For the recipe, visit GeoBlue’s websites Healthy Travel Blog & Travel Well Worldwide.