My first real meal in two days

Ugh.  We got sick – the worst kinda sick we had the flu.  Yuck, I know.  Lennox had it first {poor baby}and then it was my turn.  If moms got sick days I woulda taken advantage for SURE!  But, we are back to normal {mostly}.  My appetite is still MIA but I’m sure show up some time soon.  I knew I needed something good for me, but I wanted something to warm me up.  Taking what I had in the fridge I came up with this:

Lunch

First, I sauteed some green onions.  Added sliced yellow squash and some curry powder, cumin, garlic, salt and pepper.  Then some pea pods, grape tomatoes. I covered it all with some baby spinach and let it wilt.  Then I added some left-over tomato coconut soup.  Wah-la.  Lunch is served.

Raw Zucchini “Pasta” Salad

I’ve decided to do a raw challenge…I’m challenging myself to eat at minimum two meals a day raw.  Keeping a raw conscious mindset throughout the day and to eat only raw snacks.  Sounds do-able doesn’t it?  I’m starting with a week goal.  With upcoming travel plans I don’t want to set myself up for failure.  Here’s a yummy raw meal.  Rawr!

Raw Zucchini “Pasta” Salad

1 zucchini

1 tomato

handful of sliced mushrooms

cilantro

apple cider vinegar

olive oil

doTERRA lemon oil

sea salt

pepper

chia seeds

Directions:  Julienne your zuc.  Chop your tomato.  Toss in your mushrooms.  Chop some cilantro. Now mix your dressing – ACV, OO, S&P and doTERRA lemon oil. Sprinkle with chia seeds. Wah la!

Black Rice and Orange Lentils with Avocado Salsa

Lentils are one of my favorites.  I love making a huge pot and eating it leftover meal after meal.  Lentils get better the next day…well at least I think so.  I’ve never tried the colorful varieties so I was excited when I bought some orange lentils in the bulk section at the health food store.  Buying this was is cheap and very non-committal.  You can get just enough for one meal…I love that. I always find that when I buy in bags I have enough for two meals plus a teeny bit extra and I find that annoying.   Because of this the bulk section is my new favorite place in the health food store. It’s the bargain smart way to buy.  Actually, yesterday was all about bargain shopping for me.  My local store gets delivery of their produce on Tuesday’s so I went to get some of the fresh goodies…well, I got there too early and the delivery hadn’t arrived yet.  But, what I did get was great prices on their existing produce – the organic broccoli was still in good condition and marked down to $.99 (normally $3.99).  Awesome, right?  I thought so!  I also bought a handful of vegan carob chips just to try.  They were good enough that I might commit to buying more to try in a recipe someday.  Watch out for that…

Here’s the vitamin packed meal we had last night…PS, orange lentils cook quite fast…I was surprised.

Black Rice and Orange Lentils with Avocado Salsa

Rice:

1 cup black rice (or brown rice)

1 3/4 cup water

1 clove of garlic chopped

salt to taste

Directions:  Combine ingredients in a pan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn down heat to low and cover.  Cook for 30 – 40 minutes.

Orange Lentils:

2 cups orange lentils

5 cups water

4 cloves of garlic chopped

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp black pepper

salt to taste

Directions:  Rinse lentils and discard any funny looking ones. 🙂 Add lentils, water, garlic, cumin and pepper to pot.  Don’t salt yet as it will make the lentils tough.  Bring to boil and then turn down heat to low simmer.  Cook approx 20 minutes or until lentils are done.  Then add salt. (I usually like to add onions to my lentils, but I didn’t have any…they were quite good without)

Avocado Salsa:

1 tomato

1/2 avocado

1 Tbsp chia seeds (for good luck and extra nutrients)

2 limes juiced

chopped cilantro

salt

Directions: Dice tomatoes and avocado.  Combine all ingredients.  I usually like to add chopped radish to my salsa, but I didn’t have any.  You need to make this fresh at every meal as it doesn’t keep.  Especially if you use radish.

Serve over a bed of organic spinach… and enjoy!  PS, Lennox loved the lentils too!

A few reasons why this meal is good for you…

Black rice is high in nutritional value and contains 18 amino acids, iron, zinc, copper, carotene, anthocyanin and several important vitamins.

Lentils are high in protein, dietary fiber, folate, vitamin B1, and minerals.  Serving with rice makes it a complete protein.

xoxo,

Crystal

 

Green Machine Soup

Green Machine Soup

1 zucchini sliced

1 cup broccoli

1 cup cauliflower

1 small onion diced

2 cloves of garlic

Cover veggies with water.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Once cooked, add 2 cups spinach to blender/food processor and add cooked veggies and blend.  Return mixture to pan and add1.5 cups coconut milk.  If desired garnish with tomatoes and pine nuts.  The pine nuts add a nice rich unexpected flavor crunch!to

Enjoy!