Curried Chick Peas and Quinoa

Here is my recipe for Coconut Curried Chickpeas and Quinoa. It’s creamy and savory with a hint of sweetness. This is one of my favorite dishes to make!😋🌱😋🌱😋🌱

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1/2 Cup Rainbow Quinoa

1 1/4 Cup Water

1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

1/2 Onion (roughly chopped)

3 cloves Garlic (minced)

1/2 Red Bell Pepper (chopped)

1 can Chick Peas (drained)

1 Zucchini (quartered and cubed)

2 Campari Tomatoes (diced)

1 can Coconut Milk

1 Tbsp Curry Powder

1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1 Tbsp Brown Sugar

1/4 Cup chopped Cilantro

2 Tbsp Coconut Manna

Himalayan Pink Salt (to taste)

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In a small pot, combine the Quinoa and Water and bring to a low boil. Simmer for 15 minutes (until fluffy). While the Quinoa is simmering, prep your veggies and other ingredients. On another burner, put a large saucepan on medium heat. Add Coconut Oil. When oil is hot, toss in the Onion, Garlic and Bell Pepper. Sautée until veggies are a little soft but still have crunch. Now add the Zucchini, Tomatoes and Chick Peas. Sautée again until the Zucchini is tender but still has crunch. Hit it with a little Pink Salt. Now pour in the Coconut Milk and stir until well combined with the veggies. Turn the heat down to low/med and add in the Curry, Cayenne and Brown Sugar. Stir until the spices are all combined. Now add in the cooked Quinoa and stir. Add in the Coconut Manna and watch it melt; stir in. Add Cilantro and stir once more. Season with Pink Salt to taste. Serve in a bowl over some Brown Rice or on it’s own. Garnish with more Cilantro. Yum! 😘👌

Chocolate Spiced Pumpkin Ice Cream

I scream. You scream. We all scream…because it’s almost Halloween. Well, that and because ICE CREAM! And hey…what can I say? I woke up this morning with ice cream on my mind. “For breakfast”? Well, sure. A nutrient rich ice cream with the flavors of Autumn sounds splendid. “But aren’t you tired of Pumpkin Spice”? Nope. And let’s be straight here, making ice cream is not all that different than making a smoothie either; so file away those “I don’t have time” complaints right now.

It’s creamy, sweet and spicy all in one spoonful! And after you taste this, you’re probably going to want to throw away all those chemical and dairy-laden treats in your freezer; you won’t need them any longer. Escape the carton and enter a new world of wholesome ingredients. Did I mention that we’re adding Vega One to it as well? This is not only going to give it that rich chocolaty flavor but it’s also going to give you 20 grams of premium plant-based protein, 6 servings of greens, 50% daily intake of food-based vitamins and minerals, 25% DV fiber, 1.5 grams of Omega-3s, Antioxidants and 1 billion CFU Probiotics. I don’t know about you, but thats enough to make me want to escape “carton captivity”.

So, why don’t I hate on Pumpkin like everyone else is right now? Because I don’t see it as just a seasonal “flavor” to infuse into store-bought junk food and refined sugar-bomb lattes. Pumpkin is actually a very nutrient dense fruit from the berry family (betcha didn’t know that!). It’s high in Potassium, Fiber and Vitamins A/C and is very heart healthy. The beta-carotene in Pumpkin (as well as the other fruits/veggies of the orange variety) is known to support the eyes and prevent degenerative damage. Also, a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition has shown that beta-carotene can be a beneficial rival in the development of both prostate and colon cancers.

Theres a bunch of reasons for you to go make this recipe and eat it. You can sit here and weigh them all out or I can just scream ICE CREAM! I’m sure that’ll get you up on your toes.

Ingredients
2 Bananas (peeled/chopped)
1 Cup Pumpkin Puree
2 Medjool Dates (pitted)
1 serving Vega One Chocolate Protein
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Ground Ginger
1/4 tsp Nutmeg

Instructions
1. Place Bananas and Pumpkin Puree in a covered bowl and store in the freezer for at least 2 hours to freeze.

2. After Bananas and Pumpkin are frozen, put them in the food processor along with the Medjool Dates. Pulse a few times to begin breaking down and then set to high speed until the mixture begins to get creamy (this step may take a while depending on how frozen the ingredients are). Once it’s smooth stop processing.

3. Now add in the Vega One and dry spices and process again on high speed until combined well.

4. Scrape all of the creamy goodness out of the container and into a bowl. Top with sliced Cranberries and Coconut shavings if desired. Now eat it before it gets too melty! You can also transfer the mixture to the freezer while you clean up to allow it to stiffen a bit.

The Fire Fighter Smoothie

When this time of year rolls around I look forward to Cranberries being in season. But not just because these little, plump berries pack a tart punch and are a tasty tradition around these parts; but also because they are truly medicine in disguise! In fact, Native Americans were using Cranberries for everything from purifying the blood, relieving stomach cramps and fevers, to utilizing it’s dyeing properties for jewelry and clothing, long before we ever commercialized the popular canned sauce as a holiday meal side dish.

Cranberries are low in sugar, calories and boast high levels of vitamin C and fiber. One of my favorite benefits of the cranberry are it’s antioxidant properties which help reduce inflammation. Since I’m a self admitted “Cardio Junkie”, I seem to be constantly in recovery mode from my workouts. I’m always looking for the best combination of nutrients to help ease soreness and inflammation. That said, I came up with “The Fire Fighter” smoothie this morning which combines the power of Cranberries along with other known anti-inflammatory ingredients such as Turmeric, Orange and Coconut Oil. And with a little extra help (with basically every other needed nutrient requirement), Vega One tops this creamy smoothie off with a nice subtle vanilla flavor.

It’s very exciting when culinary and medicinal converge harmoniously. It is this alchemy which we can rely on to not only reverse disease but to ultimately reverse our entire way of thinking!

8 oz Unsweetened Almond Milk
1 Frozen Banana
1/2 Cup Fresh Cranberries
1 Orange (no peel)
1 tsp Ground Turmeric Root (or a thumb size of fresh)
1 Tbsp Unrefined Coconut Oil
1 serving Vega One French Vanilla
2 Tbsp Ground Flax Seed

Blend all ingredients on high until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Creamy Coconut Cantaloupe Smoothie

Today I really pushed myself to get in a couple of extra miles on a morning run and, boy, are my legs feeling it! I’m sure you know exactly what I mean; a mix of energy depletion, dehydration, fatigue and muscle soreness? Yup, you know the score. And if you’re anything like me (age 40+), muscle recovery can take a bit longer than those spry young-guns that seem to zoom past us when we least expect it!

In any case, it’s becoming common knowledge amongst athletes and fitness buffs that a plant-based diet is the way to go in order to achieve quicker recovery times between workouts. I guess I have no choice since I’m vegan anyway 😉 And since I’m pretty active; cycling and running (40/50ish miles a week) I pretty much need to be eating clean, mostly raw, whole foods throughout the day.

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On most workout days, whether they be cardio or strength training, I fuel up with a Vega Sport smoothie afterward. It’s basically got all the components a high performance athlete would need after giving it their all. Those components mainly being: Protein (from sprouted whole grain brown rice, pea, alfalfa, and SaviSeed), Glutamine and Branched Chain Amino Acids. It’s really a “power-trio” of natural, plant-based ingredients that get working on both repairing and building new muscle tissue.

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I curated some other fine ingredients (Coconut Water, Coconut Meat, Banana and Cantaloupe) to aid in hydration, electrolyte replenishment, anti-inflammation and good digestion. Not to mention plenty of good Fat, Complex Carbohydrates, Potassium and Fiber!

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If you’re an athlete seeking out a well balanced post-workout meal…you’re looking at it. Now all you have to do is make it and drink it!

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10 oz Coconut Water
1 Banana
1 Cup Fresh Coconut Meat (or Coconut Manna)
1 Cup Cantaloupe
1 serving Vega Sport Vanilla Performance Protein
2 Tbsp Flax Meal
Ice Cubes

Add all ingredients to blender and blend on high setting until smooth. If desired, adjust texture with filtered water or ice. Garnish with shredded Coconut and Ground Cinnamon (optional). Drink 45 minutes after workout.