Vegan Chili

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I completed a 21 day cleanse a couple weeks ago and ever since completing it, I have been trying to stay on a vegan diet. My body seems to function so much better when I remove animal products from my diet. When my hubby decided he wanted chili one day, I thought it would be nice to find a way to join him, that didn’t mean I had to consume meat.

After searching online for vegan chili recipes, I decided to combine a few together and make it my own. I made a huge pot for a week’s worth of lunches and it’s even more amazing the second and third days!! Here is the recipe for you to enjoy.

Ingredients:
2 Tbs olive oil
1 medium white onion, chopped
1 1/2 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
2 Tbs chili powder
1 1/2 cups each of cooked kidney, black and garbanzo beans (or 1 (15oz) can of each – drained and rinsed. discard the fluid)
6 oz tomato paste
2 28 oz cans crushed tomato
8 oz vegetable broth
1/2 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup frozen edamame

Directions:
Sauté onions in olive oil until tender. Add spices and cook additional 1 – 2 minutes. Add tomato paste and stir for 1 minute. Add remaining ingredients and heat, covered, over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, for about 30-45 mins.

Banana Smoothie Pancakes

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Holy Pancakes!!!
I grew up in Kentucky, home to KFC and four major food groups; meat, carbs, fat, and sugar. When I used to think about becoming a vegan, I found it super overwhelming!! Kentucky is definitely behind the times, so finding good whole foods and animal protein alternatives can be difficult depending on the seasons.

I recently completed a three week long cleanse that helped me transition into more of a vegan lifestyle and I actually found it quite easy! Educating myself on the most nutritious foods and the types that can offer high amounts of protein are probably what made this journey a lot less taxing. I’m very proud of my success so far and I’m excited to see how it goes in the next few months.

Along my journey I came across a lovely pancake recipe. I was sooo delighted because I LOVE carbs. Pancakes used to be one of my favorite breakfast items until I became aware of how horrible they made me feel. Now, I can enjoy them AND get in lots of nutrients from replacing the ingredients I use!

Here is the recipe for these scrumptious breakfast cakes:

Pancake Ingredients:
1 heaping cup of rolled oats (use gluten-free if needed)
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 ripe banana
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Topping Ingredients:
1/2 cup blueberries
2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

Pancake Directions:
1) Combine all pancake ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.
2) Allow the batter to rest for 5-10 minutes. This gives the oats time to soak up the liquid and thicken up.
3) Preheat a pan coated with coconut oil over medium high heat. Once hot, pour in 1/4 cup of batter.
4) Cook for 1-2 minutes or until you can easily slide a spatula underneath. Flip and cook on opposite side for 1-2 minutes.
5) Repeat until all the batter is used up.

Topping Directions:
1) Place blueberries in a small saucepan on high heat.
2) Heat until berries are slightly oosing  with juice.
3) Remove from heat and add in pure maple syrup.
4) Pour over your stack of pancakes and ENJOY!

Happy Eating,
Carmen

Greek Salad

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I’m in my last week of my cleanse and this week it’s all about fruits, veggies, and healthy fats. Luckily everything is super tasty and full of flavor!!
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This Greek salad has been a staple lunch for me during this cleanse and becoming one of my favorites. It is absolutely delicious and keeps me full and energetic throughout my day.
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Greek Salad
-1 head of romaine lettuce
-1 medium cucumber
-1/2 medium tomato
-5-8 kalamata olives
-1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
-1/2 avocado
-2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
-1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
-1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
-Himalayan pink salt to taste
-Sprinkle with basil, parsley, and oregano (optional)

Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!

I am on my cleanse but that doesn’t mean I can’t indulge in a little chocolate covered strawberry action!!! These are completely vegan and completely clean!! Every ingredient (there’s only THREE) are ALL approved by my cleanse!!!
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Here’s the recipe:
-6 Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
-1/2 scoop Vegan Chocolate Shakeology
-12-20 Strawberries
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Combine Shakeology and oil, let thicken, and dip in your strawberries!! Sooooo delicious and provides you with vital vitamins and nutrients your body needs!
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Who wants some Shakeology? Free coaching is included when you start your journey with me!!

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Taco Tuesday: Vegetarian Tacos

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I’m still dreaming about the tacos I had last Tuesday night!!!

As I venture on my 21 Day Detox journey,  I am discovering new ingredients and new recipes that are absolutely DELICIOUS!! Last week, my dinner for day two was a nice plate of vegetarian tacos. When I read the recipe, I thought it would seem kind of bland with all the rice and beans, but to my surprise, this has become one of my new favorite taco fillings!! The ingredients are basic but when put together, it’s like a flavor explosion in your mouth!!

Here is the recipe for the fantastic rice and beans mixture to go inside your tacos. I combined a 1/4 cup of corn kernels with my rice and beans, served on warm corn tortillas, and served with homemade guacamole.
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Ingredients
-1/2 cup black beans
-1/4 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
-1 dash of chili powder
-1 pinch of cumin
-1/4 tsp. coriander
-1 tsp. of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
-Himalayan pink salt to taste
-3/4 cup cooked brown rice
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Instructions
Combine beans, oil, spices, aminos, and salt in a sauce pan. Mix well and heat over medium heat. Cook for 1 or 2 minutes or until heated through. Remove from heat and fold in rice.

YUM!!

Mini Capri Kabobs

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Are you attending a party, a potluck, baby shower, or bridal shower? Need a healthy but tasty dish to share with family and friends? These mini capri kabobs are the PERFECT finger foods for any event!!

Tomatoes are the main source of nutrients in this dish. Tomatoes provide the body with an excellent source of antioxidants including vitamin C and beta-carotene. Need more manganese in your diet? Tomatoes provide a great source of this important mineral, as well as, a tremendous amount of phyonutrients like flavonones, flavonols, hydroxycinnamic acids, carotenoids, glycosides, and fatty acid derivatives.

What does all this mean? It means that tomatoes help reduce the risk of heart disease and cardiovascular failure. The heart and bloodstream are responsible for taking oxygen breathed the lungs and circulating it through the body.  In order to keep this oxygen in check, antioxidant nutrients are needed in an ample supply. So, eat up! This healthy snack could save your life!

Ingredients:
-20 oz. cherry tomatoes (yellow and red tomatoes are shown)
-16 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
-4 oz. fresh basil, stems removed
-1 box of toothpicks
-balsamic vinegar, optional

Instructions:
1) Wash and dry all cherry tomatoes and place to the side.
2) Assemble kabobs by adding 1 tomato, 1 basil leaf, and 1 mozzarella square to a toothpick.
3) Repeat until all tomatoes are used.
4) Serve on a platter.
5) Optional!!! Drizzle balsamic vinegar over top before serving OR place cup of vinegar next to the platter for dipping.