Coconut Curry Cod and Vegetable Noodle Bowl (Dairy and Gluten Free!)

It’s been far too long since I last posted! I shouldn’t make a habit of that.

So I have an obsession…bowls! Ramen, udon, rice noodle, curry, you name it; I want to make them or try them all. This whole thing started when I found Terakawa in Philadelphia and it’s been bowls galore since then. I honestly can’t get enough of them! I even got my mom hooked so she’s testing out her own skills with these as well lol. Keep it up TJ! You’re doing great and we’re learning from each other!

What you’ll need:

    8oz large rice noodles
    2 Tbls coconut oil
    1/2 red onion, chopped
    2 carrots, chopped small
    4 cloves garlic, minced
    6oz baby Bella mushrooms, chopped
    1 squash (green, yellow or patty pan your choice)
    10 leaves kale, chopped
    4 leaves bok choy, chopped
    3 eats corn, boiled and cut off the cob (or one small can drained)
    1 lb cod filets, no skin and deboned
    2 tbls better than bouillon chicken base
    2 tsp red curry paste
    2 tsp turmeric
    2 tsp ground ginger
    12 oz evaporated coconut milk
    8 cups water
    Fresh ground pepper
    Himalayan people no sea salt
    Fresh cilantro, optional

Here’s what to do:

1. Heat the oil over medium heat until melted

2. Sauté the onions and carrots with a couple dashes of salt for 2-3 minutes

3. Add the mushrooms and squash with a couple more dashes of salt for another 2-3 minutes

4. Add the garlic, curry paste, turmeric, ginger and chicken base and sauté for about 2 minutes, or until fragrant, stirring constantly so it doesn’t burn

5. Add the water, corn and cod with a couple more dashes of salt and turn the heat up to medium high

6. Bring the pot to a bubbling simmer until the fish is completely cooked and flaky

7. While it is heating up, cook the rice noodles according to their package. Set aside.

8. Add the bok choy and kale and stir to combine while breaking up the fish into pieces if it didn’t already do that on its own. Turn off the heat.

9. Serve in a bowl with chop sticks (or fork) and a spoon. Add the soup in first, then the noodles off to one side and garnish with a rough, small handful of fresh cilantro.

Enjoy!

P.S. My awesome husband got me special ramen bowls for my birthday because I made it so much these days 😊

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Earthy, Vegetarian Breakfast Wrap

What makes this earthy? The “sprouted lentils” is certainly it. I accidentally stumbled upon sprouted lentils when I realized I hydrated too many dried lentils for another recipe. I left them in the fridge and next thing I knew there were sprouts! They’ve lasted a couple weeks now. To keep them sprouted, I spray a bit of water and toss them a bit. 

Sprouted Lentils

Since I have no idea what to do with all these I’ve been using them in a variety of recipes as a test. I’ve read that, once sprouted, they are easier to digest because the complex sugars break down. 

As for the breakfast wrap, it was pretty good. You be the judge. 

What you’ll need:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 small soft taco shell
  • 1 Tbls hummus
  • A sprinkle of sprouted lentils
  • Black beans
  • Spinach
  • Hot sauce, optional

What to do:


Green Smoothie

What a great way to start your day! I Dalways say you should start your day off right and this is certainly something to add to your morning routine to make it happen!! 

This recipe yields 4 servings. 

What you’ll need:

  • 1 banana
  • 4 strawberries 
  • 1/2 cup blueberries 
  • Handfull grapes
  • Handfull spinach 
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 2 tsp flax seeds
  • 2 Tbls hemp hearts
  • Handfull cashews 
  • 2 tsp spirulina 
  • 1 tsp wheat grass 
  • Unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • Water
  • Lime wedges for garnish, optional 

What to do:

    1. Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth
    2. Add more almond milk or water to your liking depending how thick you like your smoothies. 
    3. Pour in a glass and garnish with a lime and straw. 

    Enjoy!

    Kale and Purple Cabbage Salad

    I’m on a mission to eat healthier. By healthier I mean increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables, decreasing dairy and decreasing animal protein. Where will I get my protein do you ask? The right kinds of veggies and superfoods. For example, I just started using spirulina (it’s not in this recipe but could have been now that I think of it!) Here’s some info on it if you’re interested. Spirulina info. It’s loaded with more than just protein. 

    Not only is this salad full of veggies and nutritional value, it’s all raw and looks so pretty. The key to eating raw kale and Cabbage, in my opinion, is time. Give it time to soak in however you decide to dress it. Two to three hours and tossing it every 1/2 hour is how I do it. They’re both tough and hearty so soaking them softens them. 

    What you’ll need: 

    • One bunch of kale, coarsley chopped
    • 1/2 head purple Cabbage, sliced thin
    • 1 carrot, shredded
    • 1/2 red pepper, sliced small and thin
    • 1/2 yellow pepper, sixes small and thin
    • 10 dried figs, sliced thin
    • 1/4 cup sliced raw almonds
    • 1/4 cup raw hemp hearts
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • Juice of one lemon
    • 1/2 cup (or more depending how much you like) extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
    • S & P

    What to do:

      1. Prepare and mix all ingredients in a large bowl. 
      2. Cover and refrigerate for a total of 2-3 hours minimum, tossing every 1/2 hour the first 3 hours. 

      Enjoy!

      Prosciutto, Avocado, Spinach, & Heirloom Tomato Egg Scramble | Start The Day Off Right

      Did you ever wake up on the weekend or your day off and think, “I’m going to make a killer breakfast”? However, you don’t have a clue what that killer breakfast will be or what you can throw together that’s in your fridge to make it “killer”. Well…here it is. 

      All you need is a somewhat salty meat (ham, bacon or in my case a slice of prosciutto that I had left over), a variety of veggies, eggs and a spicy sauce if you’re into that kinda thing. In my opinion, the spicy sauce is the killer part. It brings it all together. 

      Serves 2 people

      What you’ll need:

      • 4 eggs, whisked
      • 1 Tbls milk
      • 3/4 avocado, cubed
      • 1 slice prosciutto, finely chopped 
      • 5 grape size heirloom tomatoes, sliced in halve lengthwise 
      • 1 cup raw spinach, chopped 
      • 1/2 Tbls butter
      • Fresh ground black pepper 
      • Garlic powder
      • All season salt
      • 2 sprigs of parsley for garnish

      The spicy sauce:

      • 2 Tbls plain Greek yogurt
      • A few dashes of your favorite hot sauce, depending on how spicy you like it
      • Garlic powder
      • S&P

      I also served breakfast with a lightly toasted bagel, cherries & mini yellow plums that I got from a local farm. They were delicious!

      What to do:

      1. Prep your ingredients and put a large sautée pan on medium heat. 
      2. Sautée the prosciutto for 2 minutes, add the avocado and tomatoes and sautée for another 2 minutes. 
      3. In the meantime wisk the eggs, milk, garlic powder, all season salt and pepper in a small bowl. 
      4. Clear a space in the center of the pan and melt the butter, mix everything together and add the eggs. Top with the spinach, cover and turn the heat down. Make sure the eggs evenly dispurse in the pan. 
      5. Cook on low for 3-4 minutes and gently take large sections of the egg and flip them. It’ll break apart don’t worry it’s ok. Just try to flip as big of a piece as possible. I did it in 4’s. 
      6. Fold over one large piece on top of another for one serving. Do the same for the second serving. Top with the sauce, parsley for presentation and serve with you favorite sides. 

      Enjoy!!

      Teriyaki Chicken Stuffed with Napa Cabbage, Eggplant & Shiitake Mushrooms

      I’ve been feeling a bit creative in recent days but I’m not an artist by any means, except when it comes to food. I decided it was time to come up with a new original recipe and so here is where I landed. 

      I’ve learned that fabulous tasting food takes time…sometimes. This is sometime. There are several steps and it takes a good amount of time and patience to make this dish but I promise it will be worth it. I wouldn’t be able to make this on a work day simply because it would mean we would eat dinner about 8pm and my toddler wouldn’t be to happy with that. This is on top of the prep the day before.

      I hope you enjoy this as much as we did!!

      I also served this with a Cucumber & Cabbage Slaw that I found on Pinterest.

       

      What you’ll need:

      • 6 chicken breasts, pounded thin and/or butterflied 

      Teriyaki Marinade…

      • 1/2 cup soy sauce
      • 2 Tbls rice wine vinegar
      • 4 Tbls sesame oil 
      • 1 Tbls brown sugar
      • 1 Tbls quality honey (see P.S. below)
      • 1 tsp ginger, minced
      • 2 garlic cloves, minced
      • ground black pepper 

      Stuffing…

      • 1 medium eggplant, cubed small
      • 1/2 Napa cabbage, sliced thin
      • 8 oz shiitake mushrooms, sliced thin
      • 2 small chilies, your choice of how spicy, diced very small 
      • 1 medium onion, diced
      • 3 cloves garlic, minced
      • 1 Tbls ginger, minced
      • 1 tsp olive oil
      • 1 Tbls butter
      • ground coriander
      • dried oregano 
      • S&P

      Coating…

      • 6 rice paper wraps or spring roll skins
      • 2 eggs, beaten
      • panko bread crumbs, white or wheat 
      • fresh ground pepper

      Topped with…

      • Roasted red peppers, diced
      • green onions, diced
      • cilantro, optional

      What to do:

      1. Prep the marinade by whisking all ingredients in a bowl. Place in a freezer bag to which you will add the chicken. 
      2. Butterfly and/or pound the chicken and add to marinade. Put in fridge for at least 6 hours and up to 24 hours. 
      3. Later on or next day, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. 
      4. Sautée all the ingredients in the “stuffing” by first heating the olive oil, then onions, mushrooms and eggplant for 5 minutes. Next add the chiles, garlic and ginger for 2-3 min ties stirring constantly. Next add the Napa cabbage (you may need to add a little water to stem for a bit) and cover for 2-3 minutes. Set aside for next step. 
      5. Prep to stuff and wrap the chicken. Take out the chicken marinade, put some water in a shallow plate to rehydrate the rice paper, layer a sheet tray with foil and spray with oil. 
      6. Lay out each chicken breast and layer 1/2 with the stuffing. Hydrate one wrap in water. Fold over the chicken and, once limber but not mushy, wrap with the rice paper. THIS IS DELICATE! Take your time and don’t rip the wrap. Place on the sheet tray. Repeat for each breast. 
      7. Prep the rest of the coating and lay it out. Starting with the breast you wrapped first, dip each breast in egg and then in panko. (The wrap needs time to set and stick to itself. If you do this step too soon the rice paper will come off.)
      8. Bake for 30-40 minutes depending on the size of the breast. The liquid should be clear when done. 
      9. Plate and put on the toppings. 

      Enjoy!


      P.S. This is great quality honey!!!

            Trottole Pasta Salad

            I’m all about pasta this weekend! I used  Simply Balanced Organic Trottole Pasta for this recipe. It’s a fun shape and all the good stuff you add to a pasta salad incorporates well into it. You can pretty much use any type of pasta for this dish if you can’t find this type. Some good alternatives would be farfallepenne or even multi colored radiatore! Remember to always salt your water when boiling pasta!!

            If you want to make this a vegan dish, use a vegan friendly pasta. 


            What you’ll need:

            • 16 oz Trottole pasta
            • 1 medium Eggplant, roasted and diced
            • 2 Carrots, chopped small (I used my Kitchen Aid Spiralizer if you have one)
            • 5 Kale leaves, chopped fine
            • 2 Green Onions, chopped into thin rings
            • 4 oz Tomatoes, grape or cherry, halved (optional)
            • Juice of 1 Lemon
            • 1 Tbls dried Thyme
            • 2 Tbls Garlic Powder
            • 1 small can of sliced black olives 
            • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
            • S & P

            What to do: 

            1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
            2. Begin to boil the water for the pasta. 
            3. Remove some of the skin on the eggplant with a peeler, dice and place on a sheet tray with olive oil and S & P. 
            4. Bake for 15-20 minutes until completely soft, remove and let cool. 
            5. Boil the pasta according to the instructions, drain and let cool. 
            6. Meanwhile, prepare the carrots, kale, onions, tomatoes and lemon juice and add all into a large bowl. 
            7. Add the eggplant, thyme, garlic powder, S & P to the mixture. Combine thoroughly. 
            8. Once the pasta has cooled, add it into the mixture with more olive oil and toss. Put in more or less oil and S & P to your taste. 

            Enjoy!!

                Breakfast Soft Taco

                I have to be honest, this was a throw together meal at the drop of a hat but it was awesome! Breakfast is so versatile and I wish I had more time to put into it some mornings. 

                Here is what you’ll need:

                • 3 large eggs
                • cheddar or jack cheese, shredded (I used organic Monterey Jack)
                • Splash of milk
                • garlic powder
                • cumin
                • coriander, ground
                • S & P
                • butter
                • 4 taco shells

                For topping:

                • salsa verde
                • avocado
                • scallions

                Here’s what to do:

                1. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, cheese, garlic powder, cumin, coriander and S & P. 
                2. lightly coat a small sautée pan with butter on medium heat. 
                3. add the egg mixture and stir continuously until eggs are cooked through completely.
                4. Heat the taco shells for 10 seconds in the microwave. 
                5. Add the eggs to the taco shells. 
                6. Top with the salsa, avocado and scallions. You can also use whatever other toppings you like to make it your own!

                Makes 4 tacos

                Enjoy!

                  

                  Spaghetti Squash “pasta” with sausage, onions, peppers, mushrooms and spinach

                  Spaghetti squash is one of the easiest vegetables to make. It’s also versatile and can be used as the star of the meal, as a side by itself or mixed into any kind of dish. This dish is simple and easy but does take a bit of time. Well worth it though!

                  A tip if you want to do it this way, prep the squash ahead of time and store it in the fridge until your ready to make the dish. 

                  What you’ll need:

                  • 1 spaghetti squash
                  • 1 medium onion, sliced
                  • 2 sweet bell peppers, sliced
                  • mushrooms, chopped
                  • fresh spinach, about 2 generous handfuls 
                  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 
                  • 1 lb ground sausage 
                  • 1 cup beef broth
                  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar 
                  • S & P
                  • Olive oil
                  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

                  What to do:

                  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. 
                  2. Slice the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds. Season with salt and pepper and lightly brush it with olive oil.  
                  3. Roast the squash for 30-45 minutes until soft and let cool. 
                  4. Take the squash out of the oven, shred it with a fork out of the shell and set aside. It should look like spaghetti. 
                  5. While the squash is in the oven, in a cast iron skillet (or your choice of sauté pan), brown the sausage and set aside.   
                  6. Add just enough olive oil to coat the bottom and heat on medium. 
                  7. Add the onions and peppers and sauté for 5 minutes.   
                  8. Add the garlic and mushrooms and sauté another 2-3 minutes. 
                  9. Add the broth and red wine vinegar and simmer for 10-15 minutes.   
                  10. Add the squash and sausage and simmer another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
                  11. Add the spinach, stir to incorporate and simmer until spinach wilts.   
                  12. Serve on a plate or a bowl topped with Parmesan cheese. 

                  Enjoy!!