If you can tell I’m all about meals that are healthy, quick, and easy to make but most importantly full of flavor! This simple recipe features kale and quinoa which are both key energy foods. Seasoned with a little salt, a pinch of cracked red pepper and lemon juice it’s sure to fill you up and have your taste buds singing. I underestimated it until I took a bite after my taste tester (my ten year old daughter) gave me the heads up that this was a winner. Anytime they ask for seconds you know you’ve done something right!
You know I tweak things a bit. The only thing I did differently was turned this into shrimp and kale quinoa by adding more quinoa. So, in a nutshell, I had shrimp and kale with my quinoa. It was more filling that way in my opinion ;-). As with any recipe I share, add or take away ingredients to your liking! You can even make it as is. Whatever you do, just enjoy!
What makes this a perfect comfort food meal for any day of the week? It’s quick, easy to make, flavorful, and hearty! I tried this recipe this week as a Sunday night meal due to my recipe fail on Saturday. I had to redeem myself and I did because we all loved this tuscan bean soup. I’m quite the fan of tuscan style food. It’s versatile too! You can add some potatoes if you want. You could also make this vegan style by skipping the cheese which would be a great option if you’re detoxing. Soups are detox friendly meals as long as they’re packed with veggies. The crusty bread is a must though unless you’re against bread! There’s something about these hearty soups and crusty bread that help us get through the winter. Perfect for those cold, snowy or rainy winter nights! Enjoy! Recipe here!
Many say “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” but what about a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar which will do that and thensome?
Before the whole acv (apple cider vinegar) craze my mother has been the main pusher of taking acv for EVERYTHING. lol…It’s actually a recurring joke in my household that anytime anything hurts or you get any kind of ailment my mother insists that you “Get the vinegar!” “The vinegar” without a doubt being apple cider vinegar with the “mother” in it. The “mother” is a filmy looking matter that contains enzymes and nutrients that make acv beyond amazing in treating your body good. Over 15 years ago (and beyond) my mother has been such an advocate for taking acv as a natural remedy for everything from high blood pressure to body aches and dental issues. In fact, she is the natural remedy queen so it’s inevitable for me to have become a natural healer myself. What can I say? It’s in my dna!
I can honestly say that for the past six years I have been flu free despite maybe a bout of a cold here and there. When my family gets sick we never take over the counter medicine. We stick to natural remedies that are highly unlikely to cause unpleasant side effects. If I ever do get sick, it’s happens when I haven’t been taking my apple cider vinegar regularly. I went a whole two years during grad school with no illnesses and I was stressed beyond measure. I can only attribute it to my vitamins and acv tea which I drank almost daily during that time. Oh yeah, and I haven’t had a flu shot since I was pregnant with my daughter which was over ten years ago! ACV is a staple in my household for stomach issues, colds/flu prevention and treatment and I’ve also cured a wart my daughter had by using acv topically.
I like variety because I get bored easily so I use it in different ways. The apple walnut salad from yesterday’s post includes an apple cider vinegar based salad dressing. One of my favorites is a tea that I make from 2 tablespoons (1 tablespoon for newbies) of apple cider vinegar with raw honey and cinnamon. If I’m feeling adventurous, I’ll add some ginger and freshly squeezed lemon juice to the mix. I’ve also been brave enough to take a tablespoon of acv straight and chase it with a cup of water but it’s not for the fainthearted. I can attest to many of the health benefits and I’m open to trying other ways to add acv to my daily routine. For more acv info click here , here, and here!
This apple walnut cranberry salad is already packed with flavor but ingredients can easily be altered to your taste. Instead of gorgonzola use feta or omit the cheese altogether. Add honey to the homemade dressing for a touch of sweetness. This salad is perfect alone or served with a main dish. Check it out here!
Yesterday’s recipe called for cod fish along with shrimp in the italian fish stew. Did you realize that cod is pretty good for you? I had no idea of all of the health benefits. I was aware of Omega 3’s because it’s fish and omega 3’s are beneficial to your cognitive health which is why you see that it “protects against alzheimer’s and age related cognitive decline.” Reading all of these health benefits makes me want to find more recipes for cod. I like it fried too to be honest but I prefer it in the stew and baked.
I’ve been indulging in smoothie bowls lately and wanted to share my favorite thus far. Above is my creation. Not as artistic as some others you may have seen but I was in a rush. Anyway, you know how I love my chocolate banana smoothie so I tried it with peanut butter one day, loved it and from there I decided to make a smoothie bowl. The smoothie came out thick like soft serve ice cream so thought I would add it to a bowl. So, instead of drinking my smoothie I eat it just to switch things up a bit. I love the chocolate and peanut butter combo in general but in this smoothie bowl it’s truly heaven in a bowl for my taste buds. This time I added a tablespoon of peanut butter to the mix and the taste is similar to a Reese cup. I think it’s safe to say that this smoothie bowl satisfies my reese cup cravings that I get from time to time. So, I call it a peanut butter cup banana smoothie.
*Quick tip*: For smoothie bowls try to add less liquid than you would for your usual smoothies. It makes for a thicker consistency which you want because it won’t melt as fast.
Peanut butter cup smoothie bowl recipe:
2 frozen bananas (chopped)
2 tablespoons creamy organic peanut butter
1 tablespoon cacao powder
1/2 to 1 cup coconut milk
Blend well. Pour contents into a bowl and add favorite toppings…Enjoy immediately! As pictured above, I used vanilla almond granola, sliced bananas, almonds, and chia seeds. You can also add cacao nibs.
Winter is around the corner, days are “shorter”, Christmas shopping during the week doesn’t allow for much cooking time in the evening but you have to make dinner. You want something healthy but also something with flavor that will fill you up. This soup right here is one of my favorites to have in the fall and winter months especially. Not only is it comfort food but it’s quick and easy to make. Only change I make to the recipe is that I use turkey or chicken sausage instead of pork. Check out the recipe here.