Blueberry Fields Smoothie Bowl

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Summer is in full force here in the Pacific Northwest, and as the temperatures are rising, I'm finding ways to cool off. I decided to go for a dip in bowl full of super-blue-foodie deliciousness, as I was recipe developing for some of my favorite people in Madrid. The result? A lip-smacking good bowl of deliciousness!

What You'll Need

1/4 avocado (80g)
1 1/4 cups fresh blueberries, frozen (125g)
1/4 cup blackberries
1 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon of cashew butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon of coconut flakes
1 cup kale

Optional Toppings: Granola, coconut flakes, blueberries, edible flowers

What You'll Need To Know

Add ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend for 60-90 seconds. 

Mixture should be very thick. Scoop into a bowl and top with coconut flakes, granola and edible flowers (if available).


Valerie Fidan

Valerie is a San Francisco native who gave up the comforts of home to travel the world continuously. Now based in Portland, OR, Valerie is a Social Media Marketing Consultant, helping solo entrepreneurs and small business owners DIY their social media by teaching them the in’s and out’s of SMM. She enjoys health hacking recipes, a good cocktail, yoga, hikes, live shows, puns & dad jokes.

Garbanzo Bean Burger

There a few meals I have that I title as "life-changing" and this one was one of them. Sounds dramatic, doesn’t?

A life-changing burger.

And, not just any kind of burger but a plant-based burger. Trust me, never in my life would I think of describing a burger as life-changing, but it’s happening. I am calling a burger “life-changing.” And it’s happening with a recipe.

It’s gluten and grain free, fully plant-based, nutty, flavorful, and delicious, and solves those Summer dietary conundrums that often have you feeling deprived of anything that remotely resembles crave-able guilty pleasures of Summer fare. Now, you can have that burger, and om-nom-nom your way to happiness. Problem solved, and life changed. See, I told ya so.

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What You'll Need

1/2 cup onion, minced
1 shallot, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1.5 cups garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
2 tbsp avocado oil + more for cooking shallot/burgers
1.5 tsp cumin
1 tsp ancho chili powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
3 tbsp hemp seeds
3 tbsp sunflower seeds
1 lime, juiced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 avocado
Little gem lettuce leaves
green chilis (optional)
Plant-based mayo (optional, i used Just Mayo brand)

What You'll Need To Know

Preheat oven to 359F.

In a medium to large skillet, heat oil and add in onion, shallots, and garlic, sauteeing until soft and translucent. Once ready, transfer to a large mixing bowl and add in garbanzo beans. Using a fork or pastry cutter, mash and mix together. 

Add in cumin, ancho chili powder,  cayenne, salt, pepper, lime juice, hemp seeds and sunflower seeds. Mix together until you have a moldable dough consistency. 

Mold out into 4 even patties. 

Heat skillet to medium heat and add oil. Add two patties and cook for 4 minutes on each side. Remove and add to oven for 15 minutes for extra crispiness. Serve on your favorite bun or lettuce wrap and top with mayo, green chilies, and avocado!


The Best Vegan Plant Based Mac n' Cheese

This has got to be the best Vegan/Plant-Based Mac n' Cheese.

I’m always trying to re-create a dairy-free mac n' cheese and I feel like I finally nailed down a solid good recipe. I'm particularly excited to use basil and Oregon White Spring Truffles from my Portland Farmer's Market haul today. Fun Fact: I'm obsessed with truffles. And, not the chocolate kind. One of my dreams is to go truffle hunting in Alba, Italy.

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What You'll Need

1 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 cup oat milk
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp yellow mustard seed powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 tsp Pink Himalayan salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp basil, finely chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cups quinoa elbow noodles (I used this band)

Optional: Oregon White Spring Truffles Shavings or White Truffle Sea Salt for a mind-blowing boost of flavor and depth. 🤯

What You'll Need To Know

Cook quinoa noodles as directed.

While the water is boiling the noodles are cooking, add to a high-speed blender all ingredients, except basil and blend for 30-60 seconds.

After the noodles have cooked, drain and pour "cheese" all over and mixed together.

Serve and enjoy!


 Pepita Avocado-Lime Sauce

It was several years ago when I found myself first enjoying a fully raw, plant-based meal at Café Gratitude in San Francisco, a plant-based restaurant specializing in gourmet cuisines that later closed in 2011. You can still find CG all over Southern California or in your home through their cookbook, I Am Grateful: Recipes and Lifestyle of Cafe Gratitude.

I remember taking the first bite of a Sundried Tomato Pizza with an olive tapenade and cashew cream sauce. I was blown away at the flavors and how satisfying this all plant-based meal was. And, so began my love affair with this soul-satisfying lifestyle. Yes, of course, I had eaten vegetables in my life – but not like this. This was on another level. The warmth of a bite of flavor-packed forkfuls, layered with a comforting richness, did it for me. This Pepita Avocado-Lime Sauce salad dressing sauce is incredible and takes me back to that first experience.

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Pepita Avocado-Lime Sauce

(Gluten-Free, Vegan, Paleo, Keto)

What You'll Need

1/2 medium avocado
2 cloves of garlic
2 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil*
1/4 cup pepitas pumpkin seeds (I used this brand)
1 tsp cumin
1 lime, peeled and diced
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3/4 cup water
1 tsp White Truffled Sea Salt (I used this brand)**

What You'll Need To Know

Place all ingredients into a food processor or high-speed blender, and pulse until smooth (about 30-45 seconds).

This dressing will be thick and can be used as a dip. Add more water for a runnier consistency (another 1/4 cup).

Keep in an airtight container for at least a week, but 3 to 4 days is best.

* I recommend using California olive oil for it's bright and green with a rich, buttery mouthfeel.

** Optional. You can also use plan sea salt. 

Matcha Latte (Dairy Free)

A calm and warming matcha latte is a comforting drink that is easy to make at home. Here's an easy recipe that calls for matcha powder, oat milk, and honey for sweetness. 

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What You'll Need To Know

1 1/2 tsp matcha powder
1 tablespoon hot water
2 teaspoons honey, to taste
3/4 cup milk

What You'll Need To Know

Sift the matcha powder into a cup. Add the water and stir until no lumps remain.

Stir in the honey.

Heat the milk over low heat for 1-2 minutes.

Pour the milk over the matcha, and serve.

Because I like my matcha frothy, I added the hot milk to a frother

 


Valerie Fidan

Valerie is a San Francisco native who gave up the comforts of home to travel the world continuously. Now based in Portland, OR, Valerie is a Social Media Marketing Consultant, helping solo entrepreneurs and small business owners DIY their social media by teaching them the in’s and out’s of SMM. She enjoys health hacking recipes, a good cocktail, yoga, hikes, live shows, puns & dad jokes.

Cashew Fat Bombs

These Cashew Fat Bombs 👏🏻💕 If you embrace the #keto or #paleodietthan you probably know what fat bombs are. They’re basically energy balls but without the oats, grains, and dried fruit. Instead, they have high-fat nutrient dense, low-carb, low protein ingredients like butter, ghee, coconut oil, nuts, nut butters, and seeds. And these ☝🏼 lil' bites are so good. I added in detox synergy elixir from By Erika Elizabeth for a touch of taste and feel good adaptogens. Totally optional by. 

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What You’ll Need


4 tbsp Cashew Butter
2 tbsp Coconut Cream
1/4 Cup Almond Flour
2 tsp Stevia (Or Erythritol)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp Coconut Flour
1 tbsp  detox synergy elixir (optional)
Unsweetened shredded coconut For Rolling



What You’ll Need To Know

1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, folding it in.

2. Form balls from the mixture, and roll in shredded coconut.

3. Enjoy Chilled!


Burmese Chicken Mint Stuffed Bell Peppers

Sometimes we have moments where we miss the comforts of home, the familiar faces, the places we used to frequent, and the places that we didn’t frequent nearly as much. For me, I have moments where I miss the romantic side of San Francisco and all of its amazing places like Burma Superstar. Last month, while I was at Powells Books, I came across Burma Superstar's cookbook, Burma Superstar: Addictive Recipes from the Crossroads of Southeast Asia and immediately knew I had to buy it. I’ve been having fun these last few days browsing through the pages, wanderlusting over Burma, and drooling over all of the amazing recipes and images.

Today, I decided to re-create their chicken and mint minced meat dish. It is very similar to Thai laap. Loads of mint and cilantro give this minced chicken dish vibrancy. It was a very simple dish to create and was ready in no time. Enjoy it with rice or as a lettuce wrap, this dish will not disappoint! Because i've been making this recipe on repeat, I decided to tweak a few things here and there, and stuff it all into a bell pepper. The resupt? Amazing!

First time making this recipe I used a jalapeno

First time making this recipe I used a jalapeno

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Burmese Chicken Mint Stuffed Bell Peppers

(Keto-Friendly, Gluten Free, Egg Free)


What You'll Need

Mint-Chicken Mix

1 pound ground chicken or turkey
1⁄2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1⁄2 teaspoon black mustard seeds
2 tablespoons sambal oelek
1 tablespoon coconut aminos
1 teaspoon fish sauce
2 tablespoons coconut oil
6 to 8 small garlic cloves
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced ginger
1-2 Thai chiles, sliced
1⁄4 cup chopped cilantro, plus extra sprigs for garnish
1⁄4 cup chopped mint
1 teaspoon sesame seed oil

4 Red or Orange Bell Peppers, halved
3/4 cup cooked quinoa
1 avocado

 

What You'll Need To Know

In a dry wok or skillet, toast the cumin seeds and mustard seeds until the cumin is fragrant and the mustard seeds start to pop, no more than 30 seconds. Transfer to a mortar with a pestle or a coffee grinder used for grinding spices and pulverize into a coarse powder.

In a small bowl, mix together the sambal, coconut, fish sauce, and sesame seed oil. 

In a wok or large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Tilt the wok so the oil pools to one side and add the garlic cloves. (This helps the garlic cloves stay submerged in oil so they fry more evenly.) Fry until light golden and softened, about 1 minute. Use a slotted spoon to remove the garlic cloves. Leave the oil in the wok.

Heat the wok over high heat. When the oil is hot (but not smoking), add the minced garlic and ginger. Stir-fry for a few seconds and add the chicken. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, stir-fry the chicken briefly, then press the meat against the sides of the wok to increase the surface area and decrease how much the chicken steams. (If using a skillet, spread the chicken evenly across its base.) After a minute, give the wok a stir so the chicken doesn’t stick together. Repeat this step until the chicken is light brown in places and pale in others, about 3 minutes depending on the wok and the burner strength.

Stir in the mustard-cumin blend, sambal mixture, fried garlic cloves, and jalapeño. Stir constantly, until the liquid just lightly coats the meat. Mix in the chopped cilantro and mint. Serve with cilantro sprigs and lime wedges.

When ready to plate, in a bowl transfer the chicken mix and mix in 1 cup cooked quinoa.

Scoop and stuff each beller pepper halves and top with avocado slices.  

Tinto de Verano

Fact: Sangria is not a thing in Spain. In some regions of Spain it is common for locals to drink Tinto de Verano while tourists drink  Sangria.

Tinto de Verano is a refreshing drink similar to Sangria. However, there are fewer ingredients in this wine based mixed drink making it much easier and quicker to put together. Tinto de Verano translates to red wine of summer. I recently got the pleasure of enjoying Tinto de Verano on my recent trip to Madrid. It was the first day of 70+ degree weather, people out in the Plaza's enjoying the evening sunshine, while kids played and adults enjoyed a drink and tapas. I was with my friends that had introduced me to this refreshing drink. 

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Tinto de Verano

What You'll Ned

3 oz Spanish red wine
3 oz San Pellegrino limonata (or lemon soda)
1 lemon, sliced 

What You'll Need To Know

Begin by pouring equal parts red wine and limonata into a glass.

Add ice, garnish with lemon and enjoy.

Valerie Fidan

Valerie is a San Francisco native who gave up the comforts of home to travel the world continuously. Now based in Portland, OR, Valerie is a Social Media Marketing Consultant, helping solo entrepreneurs and small business owners DIY their social media by teaching them the in’s and out’s of SMM. She enjoys health hacking recipes, a good cocktail, yoga, hikes, live shows, puns & dad jokes.

Poke Bowls

 ....About the other night. This happened. The start of something beautiful... poke bowls!

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If there is one thing I love and can eat in repeat, it’s poke bowls. And as much as I love Quickfish, my local poke spot, I needed a way to fuel my obsession without breaking the bank.

They are pretty darn easy to make one yourself at home. No matter the style of poke bowl you’re aiming for, they all follow the same basic steps. So let me break it down for you:

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1. The Base

Start by choosing a base for your bowl. Traditionally this is a layer of rice. However, you may choose soba noodles or leafy greens if you prefer. Japanese sushi rice is the best option for rice regarding quality. However, you may opt for coconut jasmine rice, medicine rice, a brown rice, or cauli-rice as a substitute.

2. Protein

Next comes the meat, which should be cut lengthwise working against the grain into 1/2" strips. Then cut across the strips into 1/2" cubes. Usually, the meat will be ahi tuna, fluke, hamachi, salmon or shrimp. For vegetarian poke bowls, tofu is the most popular choice.

3. Sauce

If you’re using a fattier and firmer fish, the dressing can be packed full of rich flavor. For more delicate fish, opt for dressing the fish more simply. Ponzu, shoyu (soy sauce), yuzu, coconut aminos, gochujang and spicy black bean paste, all work well as a starting base to which you can add your unique flavor combinations.

4. The Rest

Creating a good blend of texture, depth and balance means adding a few extra ingredients to the bowl. This can be anything from fresh fruits and vegetables like avocado, shiitake mushrooms, radish and bean sprouts, nuts, seeds or spices. 

Rose Snickerdoodle Dessert Hummus

Snickerdoodle. Dessert. Hummus.

Three things I love and I'm sure an unlikely combination to think of hummus as a dessert. Right? As weird as it sounds, this Rose Snickerdoodle Dessert Hummus is ridiculously delicious. 

Classic, creamy, and bursting with so much flavor, this recipe is a good-for-you-dessert that is gluten-free, vegan, and soy-free! 

You'll love that this recipe also features adaptogens from Ericka and Elizabeth, using the Lunar Bliss blend but also has a boost of Vital Proteins vanilla collagen! This simple but insanely delicious Dessert Hummus is full of all the cinnamon and cookie dough flavor of Snickerdoodles. It's effortless and ready in minutes, perfect for dipping fruits or a smoothie bowl topper! 

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Rose Snickerdoodle Dessert Hummus

Rose Snickerdoodle Dessert Hummus

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free

What You'll Need

2 cups garbanzo beans, canned or cooked dried ones
1/2 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons tahini or cashew butter
2 scoops Vital Proteins vanilla collagens
1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 tbps Ericka and Elizabeth Lunar Bliss blend
¾ teaspoon salt
3/4 cup coconut sugar or 3 pitted & soaked medjool dates
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
Garnish: Dried Rose pedals (optional) 

What You'll Need To Know

Rinse the garbanzo beans very thoroughly under running water then place in the bowl of a food processor or blender.  

Add all of the other ingredients, using 1/3 cup of coconut milk and blend until completely smooth. Leave it running for a good few minutes to get a very smooth consistency. I used my Vitamix for this and mixed for 90 seconds, gradually increasing the speed from 1 to 10. 

Served immediately with fruit or smoothie bowl topper or store in an airtight container. Hummus will firm up slightly in the fridge. Stays good for about a week.

Salmon with Cilantro Cauli-Rice & Avocado Salsa

Salmon with Cilantro Cauli-rice and an Avocado Salsa using an avocado from Imperfect Produce. SO GOOD!

I recently came across Imperfect Produce after they reached out asking if I'd love to try a box. It was delivered to my door with the most delicious produce.

Imperfect Produce's mission is to prevent food waste by delivering the "ugly" fruits and veggies that don't fit grocery store cosmetic standards (but are equally fresh and delicious) to your home for 30-50% less than the grocery stores. Their business model results in a conscientious, convenient and cost-efficient way to enjoy as much farm fresh produce as your household needs as often as you'd like.  Read more about the company here.  


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Salmon with Cilantro Cauli-Rice & Avocado Salsa

Gluten-Free, Paleo, Whole30

Recipe makes 4 servings

What You'll Need

FOR THE AVOCADO SALSA
1 small-medium avocado, diced
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1 tbsp Secret Aardvark hot sauce (or 1 jalapeno, finely diced)
2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
Juice from 1 lemon
Himalayan salt, to taste. 

FOR THE CILANTRO CAULIRICE 
1 small-medium head of cauliflower, cut in quarters
1 tbsp cilantro, chopped  
Himalayan salt, to taste 

FOR THE SALMON 
1 tbsp coconut oil
4 4-6oz salmon filets
Himalayan salt, to taste
 

What You'll Need To Know

FOR THE AVOCADO SALSA: In a bowl mix together 1 avocado, diced, 1/4 cup red onion, diced 1 tbsp Secret Aardvark hot sauce (or 1 jalapeno, finely diced), 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped, juice from 1 lemon, Himalayan salt to taste. 

FOR THE CILANTRO CAULIRICE:  In a food processor, add one small-medium head of cauliflower, cut in quarters and pulse 4-5 times until you reach a rice consistency. Roughly 3-4 cups riced. Heat 1/2 tbsp coconut oil in a skillet over med heat. Add the caulirice and cook for 4 minutes. Add in 1 tbsp chopped cilantro and Himalayan salt to taste and cook for 1 more min. Remove from heat. 

FOR THE SALMON: Heat 1 tbsp coconut oil in a heavy bottom skillet over medium-high heat, add salmon filets, seasoned with the Himalayan salt (to taste), and cook until deeply golden brown to slightly blackened before flipping and repeating for the other side. 

Alternatively, you can bake in the oven at 350F for 12 minutes and finish off on the stove top. On stories, I added lemon slices to mine, baked and finished off on the stove top. 

When ready to plate, add 1 cup cilantro caulirice, salmon and top with avocado salsa!

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Savoring Matcha Moments: Matcha Latte Recipe

By now, you've probably heard many of the health benefits of matcha tea. If you haven't tried it yet, you may want to stock up because it's so good for you!

The wellness community is ever-changing, and there seems to be no shortage of trendy diets and superfoods to try out. But how do we navigate through what is effective and what is nonsense? The science behind matcha, the green powder that people have been putting into smoothies and lattes, has proved that this superfood does indeed have some health benefits.

Read on to learn more about why you should start incorporating matcha into your regime and all of the health benefits of matcha tea that you can enjoy.

Why You Should Savor Matcha Moments

So What Is Matcha Exactly?

Matcha has been used in Japan for centuries as a traditional sacred beverage. Today, you can’t go to a coffee shop or juice bar without seeing it offered on the menu.

Matcha is a green powder made from a particular type of green tea leaf. Matcha differs from regular green tea because unlike green tea, matcha is covered and grown in the shade for up to 20 weeks before being harvested. Living and growing in the shade allows the chlorophyll levels to increase, giving matcha powder a bright green coloring. After 20 weeks, the green tea leaves are dried out and ground into a fine powder, ready to be used in your favorite coffee creation.

Health Benefits You'll Love

The health benefits of green tea have been scientifically proven time and time again, and that goes for matcha as well. Thanks to the antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) found in matcha you can expect:

  • Increased metabolic function
  • Decreased risk of most types of cancers
  • Improved skin appearance
  • Improved brain function
  • Reduced risk of heart disease
  • Decreased risk of diabetes
  • Slower aging process
  • Immune system support
  • Decreased inflammation in the body

It does everything for improved overall health and can even reverse many existing health conditions and diseases. Both matcha powder and green tea possess powerful antioxidants and healing properties, but matcha has a higher potency. Compared to your standard green tea, studies have proven that matcha has up to three times the amount of EGCG!

The Optimal Dosage

You might be wondering how much of the green powder you have to consume to get the greatest benefits. From the research, the optimal dosage is about 100 to 200 mg of EGCG, which equates to about 2 to 5 cups of matcha a day. To get the most out of this superfood, try to drink it as a tea without adding milk or any other ingredients. You can still enjoy a matcha latte in moderation - just try to include other sources as well.

The positives of drinking matcha tea outweigh the negatives, but like most things in life, there are pros and cons. Heavy metals such as lead can be found in many plant products because they absorb them from the soil. All teas, not just matcha, absorb lead at a higher rate, and it’s thought to be higher in matcha because you are consuming the whole leaf, not just what is left after steeping it.

To decrease your exposure to heavy metals in your matcha tea, try to avoid any tea that comes from China. Studies have shown that the pollution in China causes the leaves to contain higher levels of lead. Read the label on your matcha tea and make sure it’s from Japan.


What You'll Need

1 1/2 teaspoons matcha powder

1 tablespoon hot water

2 teaspoons honey, or to taste

3/4 cup hot cashew or almond milk
 

What You'll Need To Know

Sift the matcha powder into a cup.

Add the water and stir until no lumps remain.

Stir in the honey.

Add the milk and serve.


What's your favorite way to enjoy matcha and ways to enjoy them?

Let me know in the comments on Instagram!

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Valerie Fidan

Valerie is a San Francisco native who gave up the comforts of home to travel the world continuously. Now based in Portland, OR, Valerie is a Social Media Marketing Consultant, helping solo entrepreneurs and small business owners DIY their social media by teaching them the in’s and out’s of SMM. She enjoys health hacking recipes, a good cocktail, yoga, hikes, live shows, puns & dad jokes.

Raw Neapolitan Cheesecake

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! I'll be honest, I don’t buy into the Valentine’s Day hype. Today is really just another excuse to eat copious amounts of chocolate, candy hearts and sweet pink treats like this Raw Neapolitan Cheesecake from my friend Leah Boston, aka @fitgirltreats!  

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Raw Neapolitan Cheesecake

(Gluten-free, Plant-Based, Paleo, Vegan)

What You'll Need

 1/2 cups Purely Elizabeth blueberry hemp granola
1/4 cups raw cacao, 1/4C maple syrup, 1tbsp cashew milk.
1 1/2 cups soaked cashews
1/2 cups natural coconut yogurt
1/4 cups lemon juice
2 tbsp coconut cream
1/3 cups maple syrup, 1 tbsp vanilla powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cups filtered water. 
1 tsp pitaya powder (dragon fruit)
2 tbsp rose petals

What You'll Need To Know

Crust: 
1 1/2 cups blueberry hemp granola, 1/4 cups raw cacao, 1/4 cups maple syrup, 1tbsp cashew milk. Blend until a sticky dough forms. 

If batter is too dry add a little more syrup. Press tbsp size amounts of crust into a lined cupcake sheet. You’ll get about 9c and set aside.

Filling: 
1 1/2 cups soaked cashews, 1/2 cups natural coconut yogurt, 1/4 cups lemon juice, 2 tbsp coconut cream, 1/3 cups maple syrup, 1tbsp vanilla powder, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp salt, 3/4 cups filtered water. Blend for at least ten minutes until batter is super smooth. 

Pour half of your batter into a bowl and set aside. 

Add 1 tsp pitaya powder (dragon fruit), 2tbsp rose petals and blend again until well combined. 

Fill the cupcake holders halfway with your vanilla filling and the top off with pink filling. About 1/8 cups of each color. Allow setting in freezer for at least 2 hours before serving and enjoy.


Valerie Fidan

Valerie is a San Francisco native who gave up the comforts of home to travel the world continuously. Now based in Portland, OR, Valerie is a Social Media Marketing Consultant, helping solo entrepreneurs and small business owners DIY their social media by teaching them the in’s and out’s of SMM. She enjoys health hacking recipes, a good cocktail, yoga, hikes, live shows, puns & dad jokes.

Lavender Hibiscus Oak Old Fashion Oats

How do you like your oats? Do you like it with cream and brown sugar? How about raisins and walnuts? Even if you don’t normally eat or care for oats, I have a feeling you will like this one…

Old fashion oats with cashew milk, lavender hibiscus oak bitters from Crude Bitters, maple syrup, topped with blueberries, coconut shavings and Skout Backcountry pumpkin seeds 👌🏻 It was one of those types of mornings, where I needed something nostalgic but with a twist.  

It doesn’t get any easier than this. Here’s what you’ll need to know: Cook old fashion oats in cashew milk (or milk of choice) with a dash of real salt, 1 tbsp coconut shavings, 1 tsp maple syrup, a few dashes of bitters. Top with blueberries, 1 tbsp coconut shavings, 1/2 tbsp Skout Backcountry pumpkin seeds

Just keep in mind that bitters have an alcohol content, so you should only include them if you are cooking oats. Add them at the beginning of the cooking process to ensure that the alcohol cooks off and use a light touch. 

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Lavender Hibiscus Oak Old Fashion Oats

Recipe makes 1-2 servings.

What You'll Need

Oats
1 cup Rolled Oats (I used this brand)
2 cups cashew milk (or milk of choice)
1/4 tsp real salt
3 dashes of Lavender Hibiscus Oak Crude Bitters  
1 tbsp coconut shavings
1 tsp maple syrup (or to taste) 

Toppings
1/4 cup blueberries
1 tbsp coconut shavings
1 tbsp Skout Backcountry pumpkin seeds. 

What You'll Need To Know

Bring cashew milk and salt to a boil on a low to medium heat.

Add old-fashioned rolled oats, coconut shavings, maple syrup, and bitters, reduce heat, and cook 10-20 minutes (depending on the consistency you desire). 
Stir occasionally. 

Cover and remove from heat and let stand a few minutes and top with blueberries, pumpkin seeds, and coconut shavings. 


How do you enjoy your oats?

Share your comments here!

Turmeric Chicken with Zoodles

You're going to love this Turmeric Chicken recipe! It's an excellent source of lean meat for the week. The lightness of white meat turkey mixed with a combination of ground chicken and turmeric creates a tasty and healthy meat dish.

Turmeric's warm flavor, along with its numerous benefits -- it's an anti-inflammatory and can boost norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin in your body. -- makes this dish all the more nutritious and comforting. Plus, the addition of bone broth will add a boost of collagen and help boost your immune system.

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Turmeric Chicken with Zoodles

(GLUTEN-FREE, PALEO, WHOLE30)

Makes 4 servings.


What You'll Need

1 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup onion, minced
1 lb ground chicken
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 tbsp herbs de Provence
1/2 tsp Smoked sea salt
1/4 tsp fresh-ground black pepper
1 tbsp turmeric (I used MRM brand*)
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp coriander
1 tsp garlic powder
1 cup shiitake mushrooms, cut in halves
2 tbsp coconut aminos
4 medium zucchini, zoodled
4 tbsp Pine nuts

 

* MRM brand use promo code 'valerie' for 40% off your MRM order!

What You'll Need To Know

1. Heat coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat and sauté onions until fragrant and translucent. Add in chicken. Break the chicken into chunks with a wooden spoon or metal spatula.

2. Add 1/4 cup bone broth, shiitake, turmeric, cumin, coriander, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and coconut aminos. 

3. Continue to break up the turkey into small pieces as you stir all ingredients together. Cook for 4 minutes. 

4. Add remaining 1/4 cup bone broth, and cook for another 4 minutes.

5. Allow to cool. Plate zoodles and top with Turmeric Chicken mixture and garnish with 1 tbsp pine nuts for each plate.

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Salmon and Apple-Fennel Salad with Pine Nuts

This light and refreshing Apple-Fennel Salad makes the perfect side dish for Salmon or your favorite protein. The best part is that you can easily put this together in under 30-minutes! You'll love the added boot and slight crunch of the hemp seeds and the sweet, subtle flavor of the pine nuts. 

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Baked Salmon and Apple-Fennel Salad

with Pine Nuts

(GLUTEN FREE, PALEO, WHOLE30)

Makes 4 servings.

What You'll Need

Apple-Fennel Salad
1/4 cup unfiltered apple cider
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 large Honeycrisp apple, cored & thinly sliced
1 medium-size fresh fennel bulb, trimmed, thinly sliced
1 cup carrot greens, chopped
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1/4 cup pine nuts
Sea Salt, to taste
Black Pepper, to taste

Salmon
4 - 4 oz pieces of salmon
2 lemons, sliced in medallions
Sea Salt, to taste
Black Pepper, to taste
2 tbsp Olive Oil

What You'll Need To Know

1. Salmon: Preheat oven to 350F. In a baking sheet add salmon, olive oil, sea salt, pepper, and lemon medallions over each salmon filet.

2. Bake for 12 minutes.

Apple Fennel Salad

1. Whisk first 3 ingredients in medium bowl to blend and season with salt and pepper. 

2. Combine apple, fennel and carrot greens in large bowl. Toss together with dressing, hemp seeds, and pine nuts.

3. Plate, serve and enjoy!

Pan Seared Salmon Mango Salad

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I'm craving summer, can ya' tell? The combination of salmon and fresh mango hits the spot! Not only is this fish incredibly healthy, salmon is versatile and delicious. Salmon is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, aka "brain food." It's also packed with vitamin D which is crucial for maintaining your overall health. One 3.5 oz serving of salmon can provide you with a day's worth of vitamin D. Amazing, right? Salmon can also help you sleep since it's an excellent source of tryptophan, an all-natural sedative.

And the nutritional benefits of mangoes are equally beneficial for optimal health. They are high in energy, low in fat, and are an excellent source of calcium and vitamins essential for good health.

A 7oz serving of ripe mango (the equivalent of less than one mango) provides you with up to 3x your recommended daily intake of Vitamin A and Vitamin C. And, we all know that Vitamin C is paramount in protecting the body from infection. It also aids in the formation of collagen, a protein that gives structure to your bones, cartilage, muscle and blood vessels. Think of collagen as food for your skin, hair, and nails!

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Pan Seared Salmon Mango Salad

(PALEO, GLUTEN FREE, WHOLE30)

What You'll Need

4 cups baby spring mix
1/4 red onion, sliced
1/2 mango, peeled or sliced in a mandoline
4 - 3.5 oz salmon (I used Fish Fixe)
2-3 tbsp grapeseed or sunflower oil, for searing
Herbs de Provence seasoning
Sea salt, to taste
Black sesame
1 lime, sliced
1 avocado
Mango-Coconut Sauce:
1/4 cup diced fresh mango
2 tbsp coconut aminos
3 tbsp yuzu (Japanese lime) juice
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tbsp coconut water
sesame seeds

What You'll Need To Know

Mango-Coconut Sauce:
1. In a high speed blender, blend ingredients for about 30-60 seconds, until it is smooth. Pour in a bowl and ddd in sesame seeds and mix together.

Pan Seared Salmon:
1. Remove excess moisture from salmon by pressing it between a couple of paper towels.

2. Season salmon with sea salt, Herbs de Provence seasoning, and black pepper.

3. Preheat a thin layer of oil in a stainless steel, cast iron, or carbon steel skillet over medium-high heat until it starts to shimmer. (This is the most important step.) Just before adding the fish, lower the heat under the pan to medium-low. Add the fish, and press gently but firmly on the back of it with a flexible slotted fish spatula for about 10 seconds to help it retain its shape. Cook for about

4. 6 minutes and flip and cook for 1 minute. Remove the salmon from pan so it does not over cook.

Salad:
1. In a large mixing bowl add greens, red onion, mango, and toss with mango-coconut sauce (to taste) and mix well. Plate, and top with salmon and sliced avocado.

2. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds.


Italian Herbed Cashews

Cashews are my one of my favorite nuts. I get tired of almonds and pistachios, but cashews….yum! 

Creamy.
Crunchy.
I love these guys.

Plain, in nut milk, cashew yogurt, or salad or smoothie toppers. They are so good.

Roasting your cashews and creating different flavor combos is really simple and easy to do. One of my favorite combos is coconut oil, Italian herbs, and sea salt flakes. 

I love eating them while they’re still slightly warm, just a little above room temperature. And, they are as good cooled. 

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Italian Herbed Cashews

(Gluten-Free, Paleo, Whole30)

Recipe makes 8 servings.

What You'll Need To Know

Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a non-stick baking sheet.

In a bowl or reusable bag, mix together cashews and coconut oil until cashews are well coated. Season with spices and sea salt.

Transfer seasoned nuts to baking sheet and roast for 12 minutes, moving nuts around and roast for 3-5 more minutes. Nuts should be a golden brown.

Once done, let nuts cool before enjoying!

What You'll Need

2 cups raw cashews
1/2 tbsp melted coconut oil
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried sage
Sea salt flakes (I used this brand)

 

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More Life Smoothie Bowl Garden

Drake says More Life. I say more smoothie bowls, 'cause they give me more life.

If we’ve learned anything from our Instagram feeds, it's that smoothie bowls are one of the biggest breakfast Summer trends out there. Packed with leafy greens, tropical fruit, or creamy avocado, these bowls are filling, nutrient-packed, and down-right delicious.

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What You'll Need

Smoothie Base
1 handful frozen spinach, organic
1/4 cup microgreens
1/4 avocado, frozen
3/4 cup homemade cashew milk
1 tsp maca
1/2 lime, without peel
1/2 cup coconut meat
1 scoop Vital Proteins collagen peptides
2 dates, pitted

Toppings
Edible flowers
1 tsp Coconut flakes
1/2 tsp Bee pollen

What You'll Need To Know

Add all smoothie base ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend for 45-60 seconds, or until smooth.

Pour in a bowl and top with coconut flakes, bee pollen and flowers.

Sea Veggies Gratitude Bowl (Whole30, Gluten-Free, Paleo)

Sea Veggies Gratitude Bowl (Whole30, Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Sea Veggies Gratitude Bowl filled with mushrooms, baked sweet potatoes, avocado, and smoked salmon makes for a perfect meal. 

When it comes to my favorite meals, they tend to be simplistic and nourishing. Food doesn’t need to be over the top or pretentious. Simple, honest food is where it’s at. Our health is the most precious thing we own. Without it, we cannot enjoy life, our family or friends.

This Sea Veggies Gratitude Bowl is perfect for Winter and makes a great nourishing meal as it gives your body a break from grains and you can make the elements in advance and fill your bowl for a quick grab-n-go lunch or dinner.

You can use different vegetables, too. Salmon is packed with protein so you have a complete, balanced meal. These bowls are best eaten at room temperature but if you’re in a hurry, it’s fine to tuck in while the roasted sweet potatoes are still hot.

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Sea Veggies Gratitude Bowl

(Whole30, Vegan, Gluten-Free)


Recipe makes 4


WHAT YOU'LL NEED

1 package wakame seaweed

1 avocado

12 oz Smoked salmon

Sesame seeds
 
Mushrooms
1 lb mushrooms, sliced in half
3 tablespoons coconut aminos
1/8 cup nutritional yeast
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp salt
½ teaspoons black pepper

Sweet Potatoes
1 185g sweet potato, washed and cubed
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1/2 tbsp dried rosemary
1/2 tbsp dried oregano
1/2 tbsp dried basil
1/2 tbsp coconut oil
sea salt, to taste

WHAT YOU'LL NEEDTO KNOW

Mushrooms:

In a mixing, whisk together all ingredients except the mushrooms.

Add the mushrooms and coat.

Place in a dehydrator and dehydrate for 3 hours at 115F.

Sweet Potatoes:

Pre heat oven to 350F.

Coat sweet potatoes with coconut oil and spices.

Bake for 30-35 min

Once mushrooms and sweet potatoes are ready, plate wakame seaweed, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, 1/4 avocado with sesame seeds and 3 oz smoked salmon.