Tuscan Kale, Balsamic Sweet Potato and Wild Rice Warm Salad – #vegan #getinmybelly

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Okay, so this salad has been my new favorite meal – I like it so much I eat the leftovers for breakfast sometimes. It’s a spin off of my Faux Sweet Green Salad Recipe – and I absolutely love that it’s warm. So it might be a big favorite in the fall but I’m sharing it now as there were many people on Instagram asking for the recipe!! Super easy to make, you can find Tuscan Kale at your local supermarket or preferably at your local farmers market! Try to buy organic where and when possible! I hope you all enjoy it!

What you need:

  • 1 Head of Tuscan Kale, washed and roughly chopped
  • 2 Medium Sweet Potatoes, cubed
  • 2 Cups of Wild Rice, cooked
  • Green Onion
  • 2-3 Garlic Cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of white wine (can use water if you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup (+ more for sweet potatoes) of Balsamic Vinaigrette (this is something that if you buy from an artisan oil and vinegar shop can REALLY transform the dish!) – try to splurge on nice olive oil and balsamic when possible 🙂
  • Salt, Pepper, Red Pepper Flakes
  • Balsamic Drizzle for topping
  • Olive Oil

Directions:

  1. Heat Oven to 400 degree Fahrenheit, place sweet potato cubes on cookie sheet and drizzle olive oil, balsamic vinegar and S&P over them mixing to coat evenly. Cook for 20-35 minutes depending on how cooked you prefer them (I actually like when they are a little charred!)
  2. Meanwhile, cook rice, chop kale, prep other ingredients.
  3. Once rice and potatoes are done, drizzle olive oil in a pan and add the kale and 2-3 stems of green onion also roughly chopped, seasoning with salt and pepper. Turn heat to medium and add the white wine and cover, reducing heat as necessary.
  4. Make sure to keep stirring so the ingredients don’t stick to the pan.
  5. Once Kale looks bright green, add rice, sweet potatoes, garlic and season.
  6. Add balsamic vinegar and continue stirring.
  7. Once the smells are very fragrant and the ingredients have soaked up most of the liquid, plate and serve warm.
  8. I suggest drizzling balsamic glaze, topping with fresh herbs and red pepper flakes…Enjoy!!
  9. For my carnivore readers – this is a great salad to top with grilled salmon or warmed goat cheese!!

Here’s to a healthy and happy you! xoxo

Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies (no cane sugar, gluten free, healthy-ish…)

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Am I the only one who craves something sweet in the afternoon? We made these babies last night and they were sooooo good…they are all gone by the way (ahhh!). These were pretty easy to make. I adapted this recipe from DishingDelish, but I wanted to get creative and change up the white and brown sugar originally required. Next time, I am going to try coconut oil or coconut butter rather than the butter that this requires since I didn’t want to change up the recipe too much. How perfect would these be to bring for your next “friendsgiving”??? As you can see in the pics, Sofia enjoyed stealing all my chocolate chips and kept stealing cookies every time I turned around for ONE second!

***The keys to this recipe is to refrigerate the dough for AT LEAST 20 minutes before baking in the oven, use room temperature butter, AND use parchment paper for an easy removal and cleanup. ***

Hope you guys enjoy baking these, they are definitely on my list to make for Thanksgiving this year. They pair really well with some unsweetened vanilla almond milk…YUM.

What you will need:

  • Organic Pumpkin Puree (1 can)
  • Parchment Paper
  • 1 and 3/4 cup of Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour
  • 1.5 cups of Gluten Free Old Fashioned Uncooked Oats
  • 1 Cup of Coconut Crystals Sugar (this stuff is amazing and you should be able to find at your local grocery store or on Amazon!)
  • 3/4 Cup of Agave Syrup
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 sticks organic unsalted butter softened at ROOM temperature
  • 1 Large Organic Egg
  • 1 cup of mini semi sweet organic chocolate chips
  • 1½ tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp pink himalayan salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit, prepare baking sheet with Parchment paper
  2. In a large mixing bowl add flour, oats, coconut crystals sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and pink salt. Whisk together until well combined.
  3. In a different bowl mix together the egg, pumpkin puree, agave, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, along with butter.
  4. Using a hand mixer or kitchen aid, blend all ingredients together until well combined.
  5. Mix in chocolate chips gently with a large spoon.
  6. Place dough in refrigerator and allow to chill for at least 20 minutes.
  7. When dough is chilled, use a spoon to scoop dough onto cookie sheet, leaving about 2-inches of space between each cookie.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until cookies are golden brown and slightly firm to the touch. Remove and allow to cool…EAT UPPPP!

I hope you enjoy this recipe. If you want to refrain from the butter, use coconut oil/applesauce/or bananas and let me know what you think!!! (this will be on my to do list)

Here’s to a healthy and happy you xo

P.S. I am so grateful for you guys and your support on this blog, thank you.

Avocado, Tomato and Cheese w/ Balsamic Drizzle Sandwich (gluten free, quick and easy)

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Happy Monday! Did you guys see that moon last night? It was HUUUUUGE! We came back from a “Friendsgiving” weekend spent in a Cabin in the mountains and were too tired to cook a meal from scratch so we opted to make sandwiches. Kiril adds smoked turkey or chicken to this sandwich but mine is Vegetarian (obvi.) This is so so so good. The KEY is to use FRESH and Organic Ingredients and to SEASON w/ salt and pepper. It pairs really well with a warm vegetable soup or some sweet potato chips (recipes to come).

Hope you guys enjoy…I have something yummy in the oven right now that I can’t wait to share with you guys soon xoxox

What you will need:

  • 2 Slices of Gluten Free Bread (or bread of your choice)
  • 1-2 Slices of Organic Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 3 Slices of Organic Tomato
  • Organic Mayo
  • Balsamic Drizzle (one without any added sugar!)
  • Pink salt and pepper

Simple ingredients, but tasty sandwich!

Directions:

  1. Toast the bread
  2. Place cheese on bread
  3. Spread Mayo
  4. Add Avocado, tomato
  5. Drizzle balsamic reduction
  6. Season with Salt and Pepper
  7. Eat up!

 

Here’s to a healthy and happy you xo