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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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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Good Mood Food: Cashew Alfredo Pasta with the Goods

Heyyy guys! I’ve been in LA the last couple of days enjoying the energy of the city. Its really unlike any other place I’ve been. You know when things just feel right, like you can’t necessarily put it into words but you somehow feel in alignment with your self and what you are up too? Thats how I have been feeling the last few days and months even.

I’ve been paying a lot of attention to the food I have been eating as a way to boost my mood.  Good Mood Food I’ve been calling it. Last week, I posted about how changing up my diet and lifestyle helped curb depression and anxiety symptoms.

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Asian Inspired Buddha Bowl Featuring Lotus Foods

I am naturally drawn to an Asian flavor profile. Nearly everything I make when not following a recipe or aiming for something specifically of a different cuisine uses tamari, sesame oil, coconut aminos or rice vinegar. So naturally when creating a buddha bowl using rice I chose to encorporate those ingredients and flavors. They are bright, tangy, umami aka savory which I love. If you have a palete that prefers savory then you might love this dish as much as I do.

If you are new to Lotus Foods then I am so excited to introduce you to them, they make some of the best rice I’ve ever had and I’ve had alot  of rice. They also make insanely good gluten free nooooodles. I am so excited to be partnering with them for this recipe. Be sure to check it out on Instagram here and here!

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Thai Red Coconut Curry w/ Chickpeas & Shrooms

Chickpea Coconut Curry Caras Kitchen

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind. Honestly this whole year has but thats a different story. Between a transformative yoga retreat, a painful break up with a man I loved, a school load exponentially increasing, starting a new business with a soul sister I’ve never met IRL and finally deciding to move back to LA for good (just not yet), its safe to say my feet haven’t really been on the ground. The thoughts in my head up with the clouds.

This warming curry has me all figured out though. It just gets me.

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