Kung Pao Tofu
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Kung Pao Tofu

After the failed snowstorm this week, I can’t help but be excited for Spring in the city. Not going to lie, I was extremely stoked for snow, after all growing up in the desert, snow is a rare occurrence (Ski Dubai does not count!!). But, of course, just like the sequester, sNOwquester in the city did disappoint! I did, however, manage to capture this lovely image while the snow/rain was rather heavy – for a total of 20-30 minutes.

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Raw Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse
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Raw Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse

I’m sitting at the airport waiting for my flight, and what better way to spend my time than to blog about food???? (Or watch some 30 Rock on netflix…hmmmmm) I’m also pretty exhausted because I’ve been up recently having a 30 Rock marathon…I can’t believe I have never watched this show before. It’s hilarious. The writing, actors, story line….EVERYTHING is so incredibly funny. Of course I would start watching the night of the season finale. I know I am going to be so disappointed when I finally get to Season 7 and realize that it’s over. No more Liz Lemon on my screen…say it isn’t so : ( (more…)

Spiced Corn Stuffed Mushrooms
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Spiced Corn Stuffed Mushrooms

Q: Why did the Fungi leave the party?

A: There wasn’t mushroom.

-insert awkward silence/laughter here- Yup, I know, that was a mushroom joke, but you gotta admit it was pretty funny. Okay, kind of funny. Just laugh!

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I love mushrooms, and if it was my party, no one would ever tell that joke. Mushrooms are always welcome on my plate. It’s kind of weird that I love to eat a fungus so much…but what’s not to love? They’re like the ‘meat’ of the veggie world and can be used in a variety of dishes and cuisines. If you don’t want to have a meat burger, you can always sub it with a portobello mushroom burger and still be pleasantly satisfied.

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Lemony Garlic Avocado Hummus
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Lemony Garlic Avocado Hummus

I can’t believe it’s been almost two weeks since I last posted…time flies by so fast when you’re having fun. But, I wouldn’t know that…because that’s not the case for me. I’ve been dealing with a lot recently – getting sick, stressed out, and generally overwhelmed with my current situation. Sometimes you just need to take a little break from everything you’ve been doing on a daily basis, and do something new and different. So, what did I do? Read, listen to audiobooks, watch tv shows and movies, and just take time to relax. This has obviously caused me to shirk my blogging duties, and for that I am incredibly sorry.

I have successfully followed my cleanse, and have to note that it ended yesterday. I cannot begin to tell you how much better I feel…I have stopped craving sugary desserts, which is an amazing, amazing feat. I’d rather have some fruit, or a raw dessert as opposed to a processed candy bar. It’s crazy how my body has changed and adapted…I’ve lost 10lbs so far on the cleanse, and I feel the difference in my energy!

I think I will be sticking to the healthy eating even after the 21 days, and be more aware of the foods I put into my body. I am a huge fan of cooking from scratch whenever possible as opposed to frozen meals, and have never been a huge fan of chicken or red meat, so I won’t lose sleep not eating it anymore : )

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A great source of protein to incorporate into a meatless diet would be chickpeas. With a delicious, nutty taste and smooth texture, they are also a great source of fiber, antioxidants like flavonoids, and manganese. In short, you really can’t go wrong eating them. I use them in curries, salads, as a snack, and in my all-time favorite dip: hummus. (more…)

The Perfect Snack: Fresh Pineapple & Corn Salsa
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The Perfect Snack: Fresh Pineapple & Corn Salsa

Day 2 of my cleanse is going relatively well. So far so good! I spent a good part of my morning in the kitchen: making my breakfast smoothie, along with homemade applesauce & granola for the upcoming weeks! Stay tuned for recipes for all of them…I’m finding it quite a lot of fun to create new recipes, and of course, be my own taste tester ; )

In between creating all these other dishes, I managed to find time to make this really quick, healthy and most importantly fresh salsa to have with corn chips. Finding healthy snacks is important for me because I love to snack in between meals. I had just made a bean & tomato salsa the week before, and was looking to create something different and lighter. I was inspired by this recipe, which is a Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa by Knead to Cook.

This salsa is light, easy to make and the ingredients go so well together…sweet & spicy. Nothing could be better!

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Day 1: Black-Eyed Pea Gumbo w/Okra
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Day 1: Black-Eyed Pea Gumbo w/Okra

Yesterday was spent prepping for the food cleanse I am about to embark on! I was at a couple of grocery stores for about four hours. No. Big. Deal. A word of advice: the weekends are not meant to go grocery shopping. Why? It’s so chaotic out there with everyone doing the exact same thing!! Repeat after me: weeknight, weeknight, weeknight!

I never realized just how challenging it would be to find non-processed, free from sugar foods at the store. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love making things from scratch, but sometimes, it’s nice when you can save some prep time by using canned goods instead. Have you looked at labels recently? This shopping trip was definitely an eye opener. A lot of the canned goods had preservatives (duh, it is to be expected), but it’s kinda scary at how many they had. I couldn’t pronounce half of those chemicals: malto dextro, sodium ditrithiWHAT?!

Did you know that some brands of canned beans have sugar added to them?! Yup, that’s right! You would think for beans, you would just have the basic ingredients of: water, beans or salt. But, nope, there might be a surprise too! So, instead of going the canned route, I chose to buy my beans, lentils and grains in bulk, and ended up with: quinoa, green lentils, brown basmati rice, tabouleh, polenta, sesame seeds, garbanzo beans, black beans, and black-eyed peas. I don’t know about you, but it is oddly satisfying to me to know that I can prep&cook the lentils/beans myself rather than having it come out of a box/can pre-cooked.

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