Jewel toned Antioxidant Quinoa Bowl

This dinner entrée is super delish, loaded with great-for-your-body ingredients, easy to make, and pretty to boot.  Will you look at those vibrant jewel tones?  Love it.

So, what makes this dish so dang good for you?

Its loaded with the following items…

Kale– one of THE best vegetables for your body, period.

Onions– Another top contender for mucho health benefits offered whenever eating this pungent vegetable.  Anti-inflammatory, anti-cancerous, helping to combat and lessen incidence of all manner of diseases.

Scallions-With many of the same benefits of onions.

Cranberries– loaded with antioxidants, helps lower risk of urinary tract infections, also anti-cancerous, they improve immune functioning, and decrease blood pressure.  (Side note: be careful though when choosing dried cranberries.  Often, these are LOADED with added sugar.  Best to try and get some with little to no added sugar).

Quinoa-gluten free, its not a grain but a seed.  Eaten for thousands of years in South America, only now is it garnering loads of hype here in the US.  Its loaded with 11 essential nutrients, is high in fiber, has a low glycemic index which is great for blood sugar control, and high in antioxidants.  You can read more about Quinoa here.

Pesto– it just tastes awesome 😀

Optional though surely delicious additional add-ons to this Quinoa bowl: baked salmon or chicken, shrimp, avocado, sliced bell pepper, broccoli, potentially black beans or kidney beans.

With all of that said, here is how to make this ultra healthy, super tasty entrée:

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Grain Free Decadent Chocolate Cake

Who doesnt love chocolate cake?  Well, certainly a few people 😉 but not many.  For a majority, chocolate cake is a quintessential classic yet routinely craved dessert.  Get excited for this decadent version, topped with a whipped chocolate cream.  Super easy to make, and the best part?  Grain/gluten free, and low in sugar!

Why should I care about not eating grains, you ask?  You can read about that in brief here.

So, this chocolate cake is sweet, satisfying, fudgy and delish, though without the grains and with way less sugar than usual.  To me, if you can eat something that’s far better for you yet tastes just as good as they significantly less healthy original, why not go with the version that’s better for your body?  This one is exactly that.  A sweet treat that’s better for you than the original version, though just as tasty.

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Vanilla Bean and Lavender Rice Pudding

Hello Friendly Foodies,

Though I realize the words “comfort food” and summer do not tend to go hand in hand, skipping down the street with one another (winter being more synonymous and close companions with all things comfort foody), for this dish, I guarantee you will gladly make an exception 😉

This dish can be a breakfast, snack, or dessert.  Its dairy free, with no refined sugar, yet filling, sweet, deliciously lovely.

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The Life Changing Power of Prehistoric Eating: Sugar

Hi all,

To segue off my last post under this umbrella titling (the topic of which was “wheat/grains”), the life changing (as well as health changing, and figure changing) power of eating akin to how humans were originally designed to eat…

Why are so many of us (a vast majority of citizens, with the number continuing to climb) overweight? Perpetually lethargic?  Why nowadays do our citizens have a laundry list of diseases and health problems, from cancer, to diabetes, health disease, high blood pressure, and more.  When back during the early days of humans, diseases were rare to nonexistent.  Why, especially Americans, are we all about fitness, getting “ripped” and perpetually dieting, yet as a collective whole our weight continues to climb and climb?  Why, most of the time when people lose weight, do they eventually gain it all back and then some?  Why do we eat huge meals and then find ourselves starving again just a few hours later?

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The Life Changing Power of Prehistoric Eating: Grains

Hi all,

Why are so many of us (a vast majority of citizens, with the number continuing to climb) overweight?  Perpetually lethargic?  Despite dieting and maybe losing some weight temporarily, continuing to gain it all back and then some?  According to a lot of compelling research, the reason is because there is a major mismatch between our genes and the lives we lead today.

Want to change your body, increase your mood and energy, and alter your life?  Read on.

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Beet, Goat Cheese, & Kale Quiche

This is the best breakfast ever.  Ideal for summer, as its light in calories and light on the stomach (leaving you feeling satisfied but far from stuffed), though its great anytime.  With no crust, its grain/gluten free, as well as sugar free.  Additionally, its also lactose free.  This quiche is super easy to toss together, and loaded with ingredients that boast awesome benefits for your body.  Anti inflammatory, anti cancer, and skin glowing ingredients anyone?  Here you go.

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Healthy Carrot Cinnamon Cookies

Love carrot cake?  And/or moist, fluffy, cinnamon-y cookies?  These are your go-to sweet treats then.  Gluten/grain free, without lactose, and no refined sugar, these are cookies you can feel good about eating, and enjoy to the fullest, zero guilt.  The best part?  They taste AWESOME and are a cinch to make.  Ready in mere minutes.  You can satisfy you craving for something sweet and cakey, while eating something you can feel great about chowing down on!  Woo hoo!

Here’s how to make em, so you can start eating them 😉

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Blueberry Lavender Vegan Ice Cream

Get ready for a Maxx and Brookes Culinary Craft recipe.  This one, split into two entries. This being the first.

(Here is the link to part TWO of this ice cream entry extravaganza).

While dating this fantastic man, one of the many small but interesting shifts Ive seen occurring within myself has included going from neutral feelings towards ice cream, to full out loving it.  Before dating Maxx, sure, I liked ice cream fine and would enjoy if it was around, but never would I crave nor seek it out for myself.  That has since changed.

Sometimes now, finding myself in the grocery store on which a lightbulb going off overhead says, ice cream aisle!  Just go take a gander, the voice whispers.  And more than once, I have left with a new flavor for sampling.  Clutching my sweet treat with the mischievous wide eyed coupled with the death grip of Gollum from Lord of the Rings, complete with mental whisperings of “my precious.”  Yup, I’m a woman transformed.

However, recently Ive been feeling that, while I love it, all this dairy isnt doing my stomach the most kind of favors.  Hence the recipe below.  Ice cream, minus the dairy.  Talk about a sweet solution 😉

This ice cream recipe is bold, while light and lovely.  Its creamy.  Yet, there is no dairy, nor any refined sugar within.  Its sweet, smooth, so delicious.  Summer days and ice cream are, to me, the quintessential pairing.  What better way to enjoy this sweet treat, but without all the heavy ingredients (boatloads of sugar, dairy, cream) than to make your own??

Here is a fabulous, and pretty easy recipe, so that you can do just that!

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Blueberry & Blackberry Lavender Pancakes

Happy Summer, all!  Yes, yet another pancake recipe.  These ones bursting through with berry deliciousness.

In adapting a diet free of refined sugar for the next 3.5 weeks, a personal challenge of sorts (save for honey and maple syrup), I threw together this recipe as the thought of going more than a couple days without pancakes made my heart fall.  These are loaded with juicy berry goodness, laced through with the most subtle floral of lavender.

Gluten/grain free, lactose free, and with no refined sugar.  The most perfect of summer breakfasts with their varied purple and blue colors, along with the use of fresh berries, and their light, fluffy texture.

Enjoy!

So, how to make the pancakes…

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Olive Oil Chocolate Truffles

Who doesnt love a decadent, smooth, rich chocolate truffle??  The perfect serving size, portable, and the timeless taste of this sweet treat, making for a dream worthy dessert.  The best parts?  Obviously gluten/grain free (thats a duh on that one), and with no extra refined sugar added (though, there is sugar in the chocolate bars already of course).

And the combination of chocolate and olive oil?  A longstanding one, with a lengthily line of devotees.  Get ready to hop on in line after sampling these creamy, oh so dreamy, super easy to make treats.  And these Chocolate + Olive Oil truffles in particular?  Bakery quality good.  Dont take my word for it though, try them yourself.  Better yet, serve them to crowd and watch them be wowed.

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