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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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

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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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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The Best (and easiest) Kale and White Bean Soup

Its finally fall, at least according to my calendar. Its still like 90 in LA but whatever SOUP is on my MIND. This is one of my favorite and I’ve been making it for years. Its easy, healthy and delicious. Basically everything we want in soups, right?

The star of the show, at least in my opinion, is the kale. Its a hearty green packed with nutrition. Our bodies LOVE leafy green carbohydrates like kale. They feed our gut bacteria, fight oxidative stress, provide phytonutrients and antioxidants that our body needs to thrive.

Kale also has been scientifically shown to help prevent cancer, protect from free radical damage, support cardiovascular health, is great for pregnant women, our brain and blood pressure.

So you excited to make this soup or what? All you need is 10 main ingredients and 30 minutes. You got this.

 

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Sweet Potato Soup with Brain Boosting Lions Mane

As a lot of you know, medicinal mushrooms and adaptogens are all the rage right now. You’ve likely seen them on Instagram in wellness bloggers bulletproof matcha lattes, in coffee and healthy tonics and elixirs. Literally they are everywhere these days.

BUT what the hell is lions mane?

That is what my family asked when I said thats what I was cooking with this past Sunday afternoon. I was, as you can imagine, so excited to drop some mushroom magic knowledge on them.

Lions mane is really cool and has been found to potentially have insanely beneficial qualities to it. Because of its brain boosting and cancer fighting ways it has been popular in Chinese Medicine.

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80/20 Vegan Plant Based Lifestyle for Health & Balance Plus A VIDEO!

Its been a minute since I’ve posted a YouTube video for you (more like years, not minutes but hey who’s counting, right?)

This video is about my approach to eating and basically everything in my life.

The 80/20 rule aka the Pareto principle states that roughly 80% of the events come from 20% of the causes. It has been adopted in business management stating that 80% of profits come from 20% of clients/customers. Interestingly enough it has been found true in several areas in life, for example 80% of the worlds wealth is in the hands of 20% of the worlds population.

I sort of use it for everything.

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