5 Minute Sesame Carrot Salad and Some Whole 30 Updates

 

Hiiii!

How is everyone’s 2018 going? Gosh is it going. We are through the first half of January and I feel as though time is just flying bye, bye, bye.

At the same time, I am doing Whole 30 and I do sort of miss wine, chocolate and toast so another 14 days without them sort of feels like a looong time when I look at it that way.

You know what I mean?

That said I am inspired and excited to continue with this journey because of my commitment to strengthening the connection between the foods I eat and how I feel. Hello BODY WISDOM!

As a Holistic Health Coach, I believe that having personal experience using different tools allows me to be more of service to the people I work with. It’s why I tried Intermittent Fasting last year and why I am trying this elimination diet right now.

Knowledge of these tools to change your health and relationship with food is valuable but actual hands on experience experience is worth tenfold which is why I am trying things out for myself.

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Lemongrass, Ginger and Coconut Zoodle Soup

It hasn’t fully hit me yet that it is 2018. This is the year that I turn 30 and all my life 30 seemed like this far away land that was so very much off in the distance future.

Growing up, I felt like I was sold this dream or idea about what life was supposed to look like at this age. I would have this fabulous career, a handsome af husband, a fancy home and probably a kid or two. That life seems very much off in the distance future too.

And although my life does not resemble the above I am still A-ok to be turning the big three-oh. Getting older doesn’t occur like a bad thing to me even though our society idolizes the youth, or at least looking youthful.

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Anti-inflammatory Golden Cauliflower Soup

 

oh hello babes! Can you believe that 2018 is just a couple days away? like woah.

Anyways, I’ve really been loving turmeric recently. Anything anti-inflammatory but specifcally turmeric. Not only do I like the way it tastes and love the color but it has loads of health benefits.

Turmeric contains a compound known as curcumin that has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.  Although acute short term inflammation helps the body fight off invaders, long term chronic inflammation does not. It can wreak some serious havoc on us human beings.

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Quinoa Vegetable Soup Recipe

This time of year I can not get enough soup. It is an easy way to eat a ton of vegetables without eating a salad and they tend to be really easy to prepare.

If I am being honest I can be lazy in the kitchen from time to time. Since soup is generally a one pot meal it means less clean up so I am generally on board with that.

So on board in fact that the other night my boyfriend specifically asked if we could eat something other than soup. Ugh.

Sorry buddy. Soup is whats for dinner.

Recently, I have been thinking a lot about what I am up to these days…, On this mission to serve others and trasform their relationship to health, food and their bodies.

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Easy Spiced Lentil Soup

Well if it isn’t just a big ol’ bowl of cozy right up in there.

I can basically see my boyfriends eyes roll and hear him tell me I am such a weirdo for writing that sentence above. But ya know what? I don’t care. This whole writing in the way that I talk thing has made writing so much more fun. And one of my closest girlfriends called me the other day and told me that she is loving my blog lately because she can “literally hear me” through my writing.

I think that’s pretty dope. Because it was realllllly intentional.

I was listening to a Skinny Confidential podcast and it was all about finding your voice and how important that is for building community in the online space. Lauryn said that all that really means is to write the way you talk.

Since then I have made a conscious effort to not sound so perfect and put together…. to just write the way I speak in person. That’s why there are so many curse words now. Sorry mom.

But what is easier for me then to sling the F word around is making soup. That is part of the appeal, atleast for me any way.

Generally, all that is required is some chopping and then tossing everything in a pot. Other meals have complex steps or cooking techniques but not soup. Soup is simple, straight to the point. Sometimes thats all we need from our food.

I served this along side some quinoa, kale and micro greens. It kept well in the fridge for a week and would freeze well if you wanted to bulk cook it and save some for later.

xo C

simple spiced lentil soup 

INGREDIENTS:

¼ cup avocado or coconut oil

1 medium onion, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

4-5 garlic cloves, minced

2 tsp ground cumin

1 1/2 tsp curry powder

½ tsp fresh thyme

1 28-ounces can tomatoes

1 cup brown lentils

6 cups vegetable broth

pink salt

Pinch red pepper flakes

black pepper

1 1/2 cup chopped kale

Juice of 1 lemon, to taste optional

3-5 drops stevia optional

DIRECTIONS:

Warm the coconut oil in a large pot over medium heat.

Once the oil is hot add the onion and carrot and cook until the onion has softened, about 5 mins.

Add the garlic, cumin, curry powder and thyme.

Stir for 30 secs. Pour in the tomatoes and cook for a few more minutes, stirring often.

Pour in the lentils and broth. Add salt and red pepper flakes and black pepper. bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 30 minutes.

Transfer 2 cups of the soup to a blender. Blend and then pour back in soup. Add kale. Add lemon juice and stevia if using. Taste and adjust seasonings. boom.

inspired and adapted by the lovely cookieandkate.com

15 Minute Marinara Sauce

Hi Franzzz!

Today I have a super quick and fun recipe for you.

Its a 15 minute marinara sauce for a lazy fancy meal and it is right up this girls alley. I just don’t always have the time or desire to spend all day in the kitchen whipping up something or letting a sauce simmer.

Not only has it been really warm in LA the past two weeks and leaving the stove on makes the house hotter, I have been consciously aware of the utlities bills. Letting a sauce simmer on the stove all afternoon would just rack up a higher gas bill and well I am just not made of money. So this quick sauce saves time and dollar dollar bills ya’ll.

I can get down with that.

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The Best 10 Minute Lentil Salad. Like Ever.

Lentils are kind of underrated, no?

They sort of get a bad rap for not being delicious. I don’t know many people that are like, I looooove lentils, but I am starting to really get a soft spot for them.

I mean, that curried lentil soup I made last week on Instagram Live was so good I seriously made it 5 times in about 8 days and I made it for the dinner I co-hosted with Kitchen Table App, too. 

High in magnesium and folate, these guys are heart healthy supporting blood flow, moving oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. Folate is super important for pregnant ladies because it supports brain development in babies. And they are really high in protien for a plant based food and high in fiber so they are great for digestion, energy, balanced blood sugar and support a healthy weight. They help keep cravings for sugar low as well.

Plus they are freaking cheap. Like dirt cheap.

If you are on a budget skip the pasta and opt for the immensely healthier option of lentils. Just an idea.

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Microgreens Are More Than a Garnish. Here are 3 Recipes to Prove it! Featuring Arizona Microgreens

About two years ago in January of 2016 I moved from Los Angeles to Phoenix. To this day quitting my big girl corporate job to open a cute little cafe was one of the riskiest and scariest things I have ever done.

Before the move I had a lot of preconcieved notions that the restaurants were all going to suck, there wasn’t going to be organic food anywhere and the farmers markets would surely be sub-par.

I was mostly wrong about everything.

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Life Changing Butternut Squash Pasta

INSERT Life changing bowl of comforting pasta. That might seem like an overstatement but this really was life changing and comfort food on crack.

Believe it or not, I had never had butternut squash pasta before even though I have seen it over the blogsphere many times. I was genuinely blown away with the complexity of flavor but simplicity of the cooking process. No matter your skill level you can make this pasta dish and WOW your dinner guests. I promise.

Think sweet butternut squash, creamy coconut milk/cream, herbecious basil, red pepper for some bite, kale for some texture all over gluten free pasta noods. I mean….

Another bonus is that it kept really well in the fridge over night so it would be a great potluck item for any fall dinner parties or friendsgivings you got coming up this holiday season. I made it for #nationalboyfriendsday for my man and my roomie. Both of them agreed it was really really good.

Make this seasonal gem, it is 100% a party in your mouth.

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