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Sweet Bean Red Thai Curry

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Eggplants go well with bok choy. Kidney beans go well with sweet potatoes. Everything goes well with red curry. 20140404-222700.jpg

You’ll love this modification to the classic. I didn’t have any coconut milk in the pantry so I made my own version.

The spices in curry, specifically turmeric, cleanse the digestive system and the liver. Here are some quick facts:

  • Red curry boosts the immune system.
  • UCLA studies show a chemical found in turmeric reduces risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Curry spices can help ward off the common cold by triggering the body to produce extra mucus and reduce inflammation in nasal passages. 
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1 tsp vegetable oil [1 fat]

1/2 sweet potato, chopped [1 grain]

2 baby bok choy, chopped [1/2 vegetable]

1/2 japanese eggplant, chopped [1/2 vegetable]

1/2 cup kidney beans [1 grain, 1 protein]

1 shallot

1/2 tbsp red curry paste

1 tbsp plain greek yogurt

1/2 cup coconut water

1/2 tsp cornstarch

chili powder and ground ginger

>> Heat oil in a skillet and sauté the sweet potato. In a separate bowl, combine coconut water, cornstarch, yogurt, and red curry paste. Once the potato gets some color, add the bok choy and eggplant. After about a minute, add the beans and curry mixture. Reduce to a simmer. Add a few shakes of chili powder and ground ginger. Let simmer about 3 minutes until all the vegetables are cooked through. Top with chopped shallot. Serve over rice, with naan, or enjoy as is.

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Coconut Quinoa with Ginger Pears

[2 fat, 1 fruit, 1 grain, 2 protein]
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I’ve had a pear sitting in the freezer for over a month now. It just stares at me and I’m getting annoyed looking at it. This morning I ended the torture!20140330-162608.jpg

Pears are high in fiber and antioxidants. Just one pear has about half of your daily need of flavonols. Flavonols are plant pigments that protect the cells from oxygen damage, prevent excess inflammation, and help protect blood vessels from leakage or breakage. You can read more about the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer properties of pears here.
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1/2 cup cooked quinoa [1 grain, 1 protein]

3/4 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)

3 tbsp egg whites, or 1 egg [1 protein]

1/4 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1-2 tsp sugar

1/2 pear [1 fruit]

2 tbsp coconut shreds [1 fat]

4 walnut halves, chopped [1 fat]

>>Bring the milk to a boil. Add the cooked quinoa and lower heat to a simmer. Add the ginger, vanilla, and sugar. Let everything cook, uncovered, for about 20 minutes or until most of the milk has been absorbed. Add the pears, walnuts, and egg whites. Let it thicken, and then top with coconut shreds.

5 Things I’ll Buy This Week v.2

Last week I posted about 5 foods I was buying and why. This week, I’ve picked out 5 new items to add to my grocery list.

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Recap of last weeks items: Ok I tried making my own version of vegan mac &cheese with the nutritional yeast. I added wayy too much tahini and borderline scarred myself from ever using tahini again. (Kidding, I made sweet potato and red pepper hummus the following day).  Once I perfect that recipe, I’ll be sure to share. The single serve nut butter packets are obviously 1) delicious 2) adorable and 3) 10x better on some Russian Crepes. I’m in the process of reviewing all the flavors and brands, so keep your eyes open for a review coming soon! The Svelte, cottage cheese, and cashews are just about gone since I use those every day.

1) Kale


One of the classic super foods, a nutritional powerhouse. Because of it’s growing popularity, I’ll keep the list of benefits brief.  Kale is high in fiber, iron, vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, antioxidants, and calcium. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and cholesterol lowering abilities. One of my favorite kale recipes is the Adventurer Bowl.

2) Mary’s Gone Crackers


I should start off by saying I’ve never tried these. I noticed they were on sale at my local Whole Foods and they look absolutely delicious so yeah, I’m going to buy them. I want to try the super seed flavor, packed with healthy fats, fiber, and some protein. They are soy free, organic, non-GMO, vegan, dairy free, wheat free, gluten free, whole grain, kosher, and contain no hydrogenated oils or trans fats. At this point they might as well slap on a “Made with Love” label just to add it to the long list. Oh wait…they already did that, haha! I guess we’ll see how much you really love me Mary…

3) Coconut Water


There is a lot of controversy on how “good for you” coconut water is. As with everything, it depends on what your body needs. Here are some situations where coconut water would help:

-you spent a wild night at the bar, you were out with friends, or you stayed in with a nice glass bottle of wine. You’ll need the potassium in coconut water to replenish your electrolytes to help hydrate your body.

-you just hit the gym. Replace your artificial sports drink with coconut water, which has more potassium and less sugar.

-you eat a low-sodium diet. Without getting too far into the sciences, our cells need electrolytes to pass nutrients in and waste out of the membrane.

Other than this, coconut water is a great replacement for juice or soda, and tastes great in smoothies. Be sure to check the nutrition label on the brand you choose. You want to see a good balance of sodium, magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium.

4) Acai Powder


What’s with everyone’s obsession with Sambazon’s Acai Smoothie Packs ? Instead of trying them I’m going full force with the powder. Risky? Maybe. Healthy? Yes. According to Dr.Greger , we know Acai has almost ten times more antioxidants than red grapes, is high in fiber, healthy fats, and amino acids. Acai even made it to Oprah’s top 10 list of super foods. I’ll try to come up with some fun recipes this week!

5) PB2

By now you probably know I have an obsession with nut butter. I eat it every day, with almost anything. At least it’s a healthy obsession…right? Anyways, PB2 is a powdered peanut butter. I love to add it to my (extremely sophisticated) chocolate milk. Two tablespoons has 4g of protein, which is 1/2 protein exchange!

Overnight Oats and Cereal Breakfast

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Yes Kobi, it’s a ruff life. But don’t worry, today for breakfast we will be having some vanilla coconut fig overnight CFOs and cereal and fresh fruit!20140225-165623.jpg

And just like that, Kobi jumped up and ran downstairs!

Just kidding, he stayed laying in bed a little longer as I got ready for my day. Here’s what was served:

1 Coconut Vanilla Fig Overnight CFO  [4 fats, 1 fruit, 2 grains, 3 proteins]

1/2 cup Barbara’s Puffins Cereal [1 grain] 

1/2 banana [1 fruit]

1 cup berries [1 fruit]

1 cup fortified soy milk [1 dairy]

Coconut Vanilla Fig Overnight Chia Flax Oats

4 fats, 1 fruit, 2 grains, 3 proteins

20140225-095557.jpgWow, that title is a mouthful! It does this recipe justice as you will definitely want a mouthful of this! For short, I prefer Coconut Vanilla Fig Overnight CFOs, but is it really that much shorter?

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I never liked the idea of eating a cold breakfast during the winter but recently, I’ve “warmed up” to overnight CFOs. They are gooey but crunchy with so much flavor and texture! It’s a smoothie without the hassle of cleaning the blender. I always leave the blender blades out to dry and end up cutting myself. Especially now that we recently bought a Ninja, I feel like I’m just asking for trouble!

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Anyways, for this recipe I decided to use some of the leftover fig paste from the oatmeal fig cookies I made the other day. BOY what a great idea that was!

Did you know?: According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, figs have more fiber per serving than any other fruit!

“Traditionally, figs have been used to treat constipation, bronchitis, high cholesterol, eczema, chronic skin disease, white skin patches, and diabetes. Topically, its latex has been used to remove warts and treat skin tumors.” – Healthline

In the pictures above, I actually used flax meal instead of flaxseed. When I make it again, I’ll use whole flaxseed as I miss the extra crunch the whole seeds give:

1 tbsp. chia seed

1 tbsp. whole flax seed

1/3 cup oats

2/3 cup water

1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder **

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp. dried coconut*

5 dried mission figlets

>>Blend the dried figs with a tbsp. of water. In a separate bowl, combine all ingredients. Add a spoonful of the fig paste into the bowl and cover. Shake all the ingredients together like a maraca (or simply mix with a spoon). Refrigerate for at least 5 hours (or overnight).

In the morning, top with more fig paste, and add 2 tbsp. coconut shreds. I also added dried goji berries for a color bonus.

*Although this recipe is high in fats, they are healthy.If you are looking to cut back, omit or add less coconut.

**Don’t have protein powder? Substitute water with milk (dairy/nondairy) and add sweetener(agave, honey, stevia) to taste. This will eliminate 2 protein exchanges.

What’s your favorite cold breakfast?