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Broccolini and Greek Potatoes

I guess I was on a bit of a breakfast/brunch kick for a few days – that and we had leftover potatoes from camping last week. So we searched the fridge, added a few ingredients, and made a fantastic breakfast

This one is hearty, health, AND has big flavor. Plus we got to try a new veggie – Broccolini. Think thinner, longer broccoli stalks.

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Broccolini and Greek Potatoes Brunch:

5-10 gold or red potatoes

2 garlic cloves, minced

½ onion, chopped

½ cup broccolini stalks, chopped

Juice of 1 lemon or 1-2 tsp lemon juice

1 tbsp Greek dressing (or olive oil, red wine vinegar, and Italian seasonings will work)

1 tsp olive oil for pan

Sea salt as desired

Peel and chop potatoes in to 1 inch pieces. Steam until cooked, but not completely soft. Al dente I suppose. Meanwhile, add olive oil, onions, and garlic to a pan on medium-high heat. When cooked, add potatoes and broccolini. Cook for approximately 2 minutes, and then add Greek dressing and lemon.  Add salt as desired.

It delicious, satisfying, and good for you 🙂

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Side note: The hubby added sriracha hot sauce and daiya cheese to his. I preferred mine stright up 🙂

On a non-breakfast note, tomorrow I’ll be back with a fun, super toning Wednesday workout!

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Peace and Love,

Jessi

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Organic Breakfast for Two

Happy green Living Monday! How did you start your week? We started with an organic breaksfast that was                           a-m-a-z-i-n-g!  Even the little ones will love this one. And I’m talking the really little ones – the babies. Because this one is pureed and delicious, topped with super sweeteners and full of super foods. What is this fantastic organic breakfast?

Well it starts as simple steamed carrots.

And it transforms to this…

Carrot Coconut Puree

From boring to fantastic in under 5 minutes.

(Unless you puree by hand or your blender/mixer is super old…then maybe in less than 7 minutes ;)).

These carrots are pureed and blended with coconut oil for a filling, satisfying, and decadent taste. Then they are topped with dates and hemp seed.

Hemp seed is not only drug-free (haha) but it contains BOTH kinds of essential fats: omega-3 AND omega-6. Most of the time, we hear about Omega-3 and all of the nuts, seeds, grains, fruits, etc that we can get this essential fat from. But Omega-6 is quite different.

Now, usually, Omega-6 comes from animal products, which leads us to believe that we shouldn’t have any. And when it comes from animals – it’s kind of true. This kind clogs the arteries more and, if you have too much, can be very bad for your health, as with any animal fat. But it is ESSENTIAL – it’s in the name after all.

So how can you get it if you limit animal fats? Hemp seeds are one fantastic way. Also, safflower oil, sunflower oil, and cottonseed oil as well as pumpkin seeds are sources of omega -6.

And therein lies my reasoning for purchasing hemp seed and making delicious carrot puree for breakfast. It’s filling AND full of essential nutrients.

Plus, its family friendly. From baby all the way to parents – just leave off the topping for the super-youngsters J

A delicious, time-saving, organic meal. Win-win-win.

Oh-Mega!  Carrot-Coconut Puree:

This is one omega-happy meal! This recipe makes 2-3 servings

6 large organic carrots

1 tbsp organic coconut oil

10 dates

2 tbsp organic hemp seeds (shelled)

Steam the carrots until soft. (They can steam while you tend to other things – ahhh the benefits of steaming!) When they are cooked, add carrots and coconut oil to a high-powered blender. Blend until fully pureed.

Scoop into bowls. Top with dates and sprinkle with hemp seed.

Eat and enjoy! It’s simple, filling, but a little gourmet!

And before I leave you for today – check out my recent articles published on eHOW and azcentral – they are all about healthy, balanced exercise. Try them at home and leave a comment if you have any questions.

What is your favorite quick and easy family friendly meal?

What are your burning workout and food questions?

Leave me a comment or email me houseofhealthy@yahoo.com and we can discuss!

Peace and love,

Jessi


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DIY Energy Bars

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What makes these so energizing? AND healthy?

Is it the all-natural protein packed peanut butter? Or the endocrine and hormone balancing maca powder? Or the delicious and naturally sweet dates?

My guess – it’s a combination of all three that make these both energizing and delicious.

Dates are naturally sweet and contain nutrients, which make them a fantastic substitute for white sugar. All natural peanut butter is just that – peanuts being the only ingredient. No added sugar or oils. Just delicious peanutty protein. Maca Powder is a powder from the maca root. Maca is good for the endocrine system and hormonal system – it’s said to be energizing for you AND your libido 😉

Energizing Bars

4 brown rice cakes (pulverized) or the equivalent in brown rice puffs/cereal

1-2 cups peanut butter

2 tbsp maca powder

10 dates, pitted and chopped

½ cup dark chocolate or cacao powder

1-2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Water or almond milk to thin

Add dates, vanilla, and chocolate powder to a blender. Blend until smooth, but not liquidy, adding water or (almond) milk as needed to thin.  You want it to be a spreadable paste consistency. FYI – you can also use the leftover chocolate goop from inside the nut milk bag used to make chocolate almond milk.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together rice puffs, maca, and peanut butter. It gets sticky, so you may need to use your hands. Spread evenly into a lined or greased bread pan. Spread the chocolate-date icing on top.  Place in the freezer for 1 hour to set, then store in the refrigerator (to prevent melting).

It’s easy, no baking involved, and a healthy, delicious treat!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Peace and love,

Jessi


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Vegan Caesar Salad with Tempeh Strips

This is one I thought I had shared a loooooong time ago, but I guess I forgot! It’s ok though, as with all things, there was a reason behind the madness. I must have been “guided” to forget about giving you this recipe so I could give it to you with the lovely, yummy addition of Tempeh.

What the heck is Tempeh? It is fermented soy, sometimes mixed with grains such as brown rice. It is not very pretty to look at – it has some black spots and a white filmy layer. But it is delicious – firm and nutty. It works well in a sandwich or wrap, or as a salad topping. And, because it is fermented, it is full of digestive enzymes and nutrients, which make it easier on your tummy than other soy products.

I threw mine in a sauté pan with some olive oil and O.M.G. it was great on my Caesar Salad.

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Vegan Caesar Dressing and Salad with Tempeh:

2 heads of Romaine, chopped

1 pieces of bread (I use sprouted grain for the digestive enzymes)

1 cup vegenaise

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

1tsp lemon juice

3 tbsp nutritional yeast

2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp olive or grapeseed oil

Water (as needed to thin out consistency)

Salt to taste

1/2 package of tempeh

½ tbsp olive oil, to sauté

Turn broiler on high and place your bread in the oven. Start preparing your tempeh and salad dressing. Remember to flip the bread once it is toasted and brown. Afte toasting, cu tinto cubes – you now have croutons 🙂

Preheat pan on medium-medium high. Add olive oil. Slice tempeh thinly and add to pan. Once browned, flip and cook until brown again. Approximately 2 minutes for each side. You can also add salt or garlic powder if you desire.

In a blender, combine all dressing ingredients. Blend until combined.

In a large bowl, toss romaine lettuce, croutons, and dressing. You don’t have to use all the dressing – make it how you like it. Transfer to two dishes and top with tempeh strips.

Eat. Smile. Be happy.

You won’t even remember its vegan – it’s just that good!

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Peace and Love,

Jessi

 

 


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Wednesday Workout: Prana Awakening Flow

Sometimes, my energy feels zapped. I know it’s in there, but I just can’t seem to find it. Sometimes it occurs as a foggy head. Other times I feel tired. And sometimes I just want to sit and watch a marathon of Buffy (Love it!).  But I know that deep down, my energy is waiting, stuck somewhere, looking to be released.

On these days, I look to my practice to wake me up. In yoga, energy is referred to as Prana, or the Lifeforce. It is constantly circulating within us, but due to physical, mental, and spiritual blocks, sometimes it gets stuck or restricted. If we take an energetic approach to our practice, we can begin to tap into this energy, starting with the spine.

In most aspects of health – Chiropractic, Western medicine, Eastern Chakra system- there are centers along the spine that transport signals, energy, or neural responses into the rest of the body. We can imagine that the Prana travels up and down the spine- balancing between being too grounded aka sluggish, and too energized aka frantic and frazzled – and then reaches out into the limbs. As we move, we can imagine and feel that energy starting to travel and work through the body to awaken our spirit, mind, and body.

In today’s workout (on Pinterest and YouTube), we do just this. It sounds so serious, but this is a very playful practice. Much like a dance. You tune into your needs and move however feels best for you. Give it a try and awaken you Prana.

Move. Live. Energize.

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Peace and love,

Jessi