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Quick and Easy Pizza Bake

Pizza-Bakes

If you grew up in an Italian household like me, you know the importance of sauce.

If you didn’t grow up in an Italian household, let me fill you in.

Sauce is the Holy Grail of all foods.

It is something to be mastered. Simmering for hours on the stove. Adding the perfect proportion of spices. It’s an instinct. You know the taste so well that a recipe isn’t even needed. You tweak and perfect it until it is ready to be served over a heaping plate of pasta.

But sorry, Mom.

This recipe isn’t about spending hours perfecting the ultimate sauce.

It’s a quick and easy Italian dish that you can whip up in less than 20 minutes.

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Quick and Easy Pizza Bake

Ingredients

  • 2 cup of a grain (quinoa or rice or a mix. In this picture I have the Sprouted Rice & Quinoa Blend from Costco). Prepare according to package directions.
  • 1 cup tomato sauce (Also from Costco. Yet again, sorry Mom)
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • meat (optional)
  • parmesan cheese (optional)
  • fresh herbs (optional)

Line the bottom of a casserole dish with your already prepared grains.  Add the tomato sauce and herbs and mix. Top with optional meat and cheese.  Place in oven to bake at 350 for ~20 mins. Remove from oven and top with optional fresh herbs (basil, parsley, oregano). Serve and enjoy!

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Eat This On The Next Full Moon: Full Moon Chocolate

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The full moon is a time of reflection and letting go.

It’s also the perfect time to celebrate our connection with the wild women who came before us, those who were totally in tune with the moon cycle.

Making this chocolate treat for yourself (or to share with others) on the full moon is a great way to tune in with the wise women of the past, the source of what you’re eating and connecting with what fuels your body.

Raw cacao (chocolate) has a vibration that replenishes the third eye chakra. If you tend to be an over thinker, chocolate may be exactly what you need to replenish your third chakra reserves!

In terms of color, food with dark pigments (brown, black, purple) increases longevity. And it just so happens that chocolate is the number one longevity food.

So whip up this recipe on the next full moon to celebrate the nourishment that comes from the Earth and the sweetness that you deserve in your life.

Click here to get the recipe!

As featured in elephantjournal

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Superfood Frappuccino

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Growing up, there was a Second Cup Coffee right around the corner from my high school.

I loved going there to order a Chillate- I mean just the name sounds totally cool, right?

(Interestingly they have renamed this “cool-sounding” drink to Frappe, very similar to Starbucks Frappucinno).

All this to say, whipped up coffee-chocolately drinks have been a part of my life for a long time… but…

Now I make my own deliciously cool drinks.

Here’s why. Take a look at Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino Ingredients:

Water, Milk, Coffee flavored Frappuccino Syrup (Sugar, Water, Salt, Natural and Artificial Flavor (ugh why?), Xantham Gum, Potassium Sorbate (preservative), Citric Acid, Caramel Color (fake color= my pet peeve)), Sweetened whip cream (Heavy cream, vanilla flavored syrup (Sugar, Water, Natural Flavor, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Caramel Color (stop with the color!)), Hydrated coffee (water, Frappuccino roast soluble coffee), hydrated mocha powder (Water, Sugar, Cocoa, artificial flavour (again)).

Why is there so much artificial flavours and colours when we can get this taste from actual Real Food?!

(This is kind of a rhetorical question- I’m sure the answer has to do with money $$- it’s probably cheaper to use fake stuff…)

But the good news is…

We have the capability to replicate these Franken-food drinks with Real Food!

Real Food for the win!

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Basic Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee (however you like it- medium roast, decaf, organic, fair trade, etc…) Pro tip- brew extra coffee and store it in the fridge to use later in the week.
  • 1/2 cup thick liquid (cream, milk, almond milk, etc…)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla (what I use)
  • Pure maple syrup (to taste- depending on how sweet you want it)
  • Handful of ice

Superfood ingredients:
these are not necessary to add, but if you want to pack in the nutrition, then go ahead!

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend. That’s it. Easy Peasy.

Wishing you lots of nourishing frappuccinos over the course of this summer!

Healthy Slow Cooker Meals for the Entire Week

What would your life be like if you walked into your kitchen at around 6pm and dinner is already cooked?

And it’s not because you forked out the big bucks and hired a personal chef (although that would be lovely)…

Instead, it’s your trusty slow cooker that has filled your house with delicious smells all day long and allows you to kick your feet up for the evening.

As you can imagine, I love slow cookers.

They are amazing for giving you an evening “off” in the kitchen and for making a bunch of leftovers.

Click here to see  the slow cooker I use.

I’ve compiled a list of some of my go-to healthy slow cooker meals that I know will help you with making fast & delicious dinner (not to mention amazing leftovers).

Choose one and commit to making it this week. Let me know in the comments which one you plan to make!

 

1. Pulled Pork

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Photo from 100 Days of Real Food

Click here for the recipe.

2. Chicken Tiki Masala

Photo from Popular Paleo

Photo from Popular Paleo

Click here for the recipe.

3. Minestrone Soup

Photo from Our Paleo Life

Photo from Our Paleo Life

Click here for the recipe.

4. Chicken Bacon Chowder

Photo from Peace, Love & Low Carb

Photo from Peace, Love & Low Carb

Click here for the recipe.

5. Mexican Quinoa

Photo from Chelsea's Messy Apron

Photo from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Click here for the recipe.

6. Cabbage Rolls

Photo from Stupid Easy Paleo

Photo from Stupid Easy Paleo

Tastes better than it sounds. Promise.

Click here for the recipe.

7. Balsamic Braised Short Ribs

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Photo form Joyful Healthy Eats

Click here for the recipe.

Remember- choose one and commit to making it this week. Let me know in the comments which one you plan to make!

Bon Appétit.

Top 5 One Pot Meals

One pot meals. They’re simply the best.

And so, these are the top 5 recipes I choose from on those nights where I just want something quick and easy to make/clean up.

Bon Appétit!

1. Pumpkin (or Tomato) Soup

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Photo from Holistically Engineered

The original recipe calls for a can of organic pumpkin puree, but if you’re more so in the mood for a tomato soup, simply replace the pumpkin with a can of diced tomatoes!

Click here for the recipe. 

2. Roasted Salmon & Asparagus with Lemon Oil

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Photo from Fine Cooking

This is a simple recipe that is as healthy as it is delicious. Easy Peasy.

Click here for the recipe.

3. Avocado & Chicken Salad

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Photo from Food Renegade

To make this recipe even easier, omit the mayo and brown mustard. It tastes delicious without it (trust me I make it all the time).

Click here for the recipe.

4. Taco Night

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Photo from Savory Lotus

This might be my favourite dinner of all time. And admittedly, when you chop up all the toppings you will be using more than one pot. But in terms of cooking the meat, only one pot is needed. So chop chop chop and enjoy!

Click here for the recipe.

5. Leftovers Frittata

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Photo from Real Food RN

This recipe is from my girl Kate at Real Food RN.

Scan the leftovers in your fridge, add some eggs, and voila. Dinner made

Click here for the recipe.

Have a favourite one pot meal? Eating something deliciously good for you? Let me know by using the hashtag #foodsavvy!