Sweet Curry Miso Swami Bowl: Life Alive Remake

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When I remade the Adventurer Bowl from Life Alive, it was the highlight of my day. Heck, it was the highlight of my week!

But sommeonee in the family got a little jealous. “Why do you make all the good food for yourself?…I want that for dinner tonight”


Fine! Easy enough for me. I decided to switch it up and make my dad’s favorite from Life Alive: The Swami. I’ve tried both at the restaurant and the Adventurer is still my go-to. However, the dishes are completely different so to each his own.

20140307-152650.jpg… I should probably stop with all these remakes. I mean is this even legal? Can I get sued by Life Alive for this?

20140307-152657.jpgIt would be worth it.

I think.

Sweet Curry Miso Dressing (1-2 servings) adapted from Andrea Lucas:

1 garlic glove

1 tsp freshly minced/chopped ginger

1 tsp tamari (or soy sauce)

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp water

1/2 tsp curry powder

1/2 tsp honey (or agave)

1 tsp miso paste

The Swami (1 serving) adapted from Life Alive:

1-2 leaves kale

1 cup cooked quinoa & brown rice blend* [3 grains, 1 protein]

1 oz. white/cremini mushrooms (optional)

1/3 onion

1/2 cup broccoli, steamed [1/2 vegetable]

1/2 cup shredded carrots [1/2 vegetable]

1 tbsp nutritional yeast [1/2 protein]

1 tbsp almonds, chopped [1/2 fat]

1 tbsp raisins [1/2 fruit]

1 tsp olive oil [1 fat]

>> Sauté onions, mushrooms, broccoli and carrots in oil. Chop almonds and roast them slightly  in a separate skillet to bring out flavor. Chop Kale and arrange on a dish. Add cooked brown rice and quinoa blend. Top with sautéed vegetables, almonds, raisins, and nutritional yeast. Drizzle the sweet curry miso dressing over everything.

*I used Seeds of Change ready to heat packs, but you can make your own brown rice & quinoa mix.


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.


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!

Chana Masala Tacos

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Yesterday my 18 month old nephew learned a new word. During our Skype call, he kept waddling around the house saying “bbeeeaannz” and cracking up laughing. Who knew the word “beans” could be so entertaining and funny? Here’s a picture of the little guy to put his cuteness into perspective…


Daww! I know I’m biased because I’m family, but he’s definitely one of the cutest babies.

Somehow, this brought me to making a “bean” dish today. Chana Masala Tacos! It took me less than 5 minutes to whip up this spicy goodness!


1 cup chickpeas [2 protein, 2 grain]

1 tsp olive oil [1 fat]

1 small onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tomato, chopped  [1 vegetable]

2 leaves of kale [1 vegetable]

1/4 cup water

1″ freshly grated ginger

4 poppadoms: I used Sharwood’s Red Chilli & Cumin flavor  [1 grain, 1 protein]

SPICES: coriander, cumin, cayenne peper, paprika, garam masala, tumeric

>>Saute all ingredients (except poppadoms) in a skillet. Add spices mentioned above to taste. Heat the poppadoms in your microwave one by one. Quickly remove each and mold into a taco shape while it hardens (this happens in ~ 5 seconds, so move fast). Spoon the chana masala into your tacos. Garnish with plain greek yogurt, lemon, and cilantro.

*This Chana Masala can be eaten over rice if you replace the fresh tomato with 1/2 (28 oz.) can of diced tomato with juices.