In the chaos and delight of owning a health food company, I seek serenity, mindfulness, love, rejuvenation, creativity, and health in cooking. This natural gift of understanding flavors, textures, and combinations of food has lead me on a journey to create incredibly healthy food that is easy to make and a delight for your taste buds. The best part is that I love to cook…and Alex loves to eat. He is my #1 taste-tester and the best sous-chef! Join us as we discover new foods, spices, and delectable treats that satisfy hunger, make you healthier, and fuel your need for quick, nutritious, and simple meals. And always remember: THE MAIN INGREDIENT IS LOVE!
*Food for Life makes sprouted breads that are organic and contain 7 sprouted grains! The are not only a great source of fiber, but higher in minerals, nutrients, and tasty! I keep mine in the freezer, then just pop it straight in the toaster and it is PERFECT! The bread contains lots of beneficial enzymes and it contains higher amounts of protein!
One Slice of Food for Life* Sprouted Grain Bread (I like the Cinnamon Raisin)
3 slices of avocado
Tahini (sesame butter/paste)
Sea Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper
Toast the slice of bread to desired toastiness. Spread a thin layer of tahini on the bread and then lay the 3 slices of avocado on top. Add a pinch of sea salt and some freshly ground pepper and enjoy this POWER SNACK!
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium Carrots, pealed and chopped
2 stalks of Celery, chopped
1/4 red Onion, diced
2 small leeks, cleaned and chopped
4 red-skinned Potatoes (about medium-sized), cut into small chunks
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups Chicken Broth
1 (15oz) can crushed tomatoes (with juice)
1 Bay Leaf
1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
1 teaspoon Honey
1 can chopped Clams
1/2 cocktail shrimp, pealed and already cooked
2 filets of Tilapia
-1/2 cup Cilantro leaves
1/2 Lime, cut into thirds
Add the first 7 ingredients to a big pot. Let them cook until slightly browned and tender (about 15 min). Add the broth, tomatoes and bay leaf and let cook for another 15 minutes. When soup is cooking, in a large skillet heat a small amount of olive oil over medium-high heat. Sprinkle suggested seasonings on tilapia and place onto hot pan. Cook for about 2-3 minutes (or until browned) and then flip to cook all the way through (until fish is flakey). Remove fish from heat and set aside. Add the honey, clams and shrimp to the pot of soup and let cook until warm (about 5 minutes). Lightly flake the fish apart to more bite-sized pieces, set aside. Before serving stir in the cilantro leaves and 1/3 of lime, juiced. Ladle into bowls and top with tilapia, fresh cilantro sprigs a wedge of lime and some fresh ground sea salt and black pepper. YUM!
Fabulous Butternut Squash Soup
1/4 cup Olive Oil
2 medium Leeks, cleaned well and chopped
3 medium Carrots, pealed and diced
3 stalks Celery, diced
2 cloves Garlic, minced
2 teaspoons freshly grated Ginger
2 lbs. butternut squash (fresh or frozen), cubed
4 cups Chicken/Vegetable Broth
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 Bay Leaf
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
1-3 teaspoons honey (to taste, depending on the sweetness of your veggies) (optional)
Salt and Pepper
Toasted Hazelnuts, chopped (for garnish)
Chopped fresh Basil
In a large pot over medium high heat add the olive oil, leeks, carrots, and celery. Cook until tender and lightly browned (about 15 minutes). Add the garlic and ginger and sauté for 5 more minutes. Add in the cubed butternut squash, broth, the orange juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 bay leaf. Reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for 30 minutes, or until squash and veggies are tender and soft. Remove bay leaf, using an emersion blender blend soup until smooth (be careful of splattering and working with hot liquids). Taste, add honey if needed. Do not boil soup, just heat enough to serve. Serve with toasted chopped hazelnuts and chopped basil, or with tabasco sauce.
THIS SOUP IS SO GOOD and very easy!! COSTCO typically has fresh, cubed butternut squash, but I have also seen it in the freezer section in Whole Foods. You can also peel and dice a fresh squash (but that requires more time and work). I HIGHLY recommend this soup–honestly I eat it for breakfast because it is THAT GOOD!
10 Large Scallops (or 20-30 small ones)
1/3 red onion, cut into long slices
10 baby bello mushrooms, sliced
3 cups (2 large handfuls spinach)
Rinse the scallops well and dry them with a paper towel to remove all excess moisture. In one large skillet, over medium high heat, add 1 teaspoon olive oil and the onions and mushrooms. Sauté until mushrooms are tender and browned and onions are caramelized (about 5-7 minutes). While onions and mushrooms cook, heat another large skillet over high heat. Let skillet get hot, add 1 teaspoon olive oil and carefully place in the scallops. Sprinkle scallops with salt and pepper--cook about 1-3 minutes per side (so they they brown). Once scallops are flipped to cook the other side, add the spinach to the mushrooms and onions and turn off heat. Stir in spinach until lightly wilted. Serve scallops on a bed of the spinach, mushrooms, and onions. Season with salt and pepper. Enjoy!
Scallops are super high in protein (approximately 15g per 5 large scallops)! They are also high in selenium and magnesium. (Selenium has been proven to show reduced risks of most cancers.) The caramelized onions add a sweet flavor. Cooking scallops is always a challenge, the most important thing it to be sure that they are dried completely. When there is too much moisture they do not brown and crisp. Also, you can add fresh garlic to the veggies when cooking them to add even more health benefits as well as more flavor.
This is so easy and PACKED full of awesome nutrition. It has omega-3 and antioxidant fighting nutrients that are important for your brain, skin, and overall health! SO GOOD! Great for breakfast or for a snack!
Lox with Tomatoes and Capers
-5 slices of Lox
-2 small tomatoes, sliced
-1 tablespoon capers
-1 tablespoon dices shallot
Place Lox on a place and cover with toppings. Add some sea salt and fresh ground pepper and squeeze of fresh lemon. ENJOY