Blistered Turmeric Zucchini

26 Jul

I have noticed many of my favorite food bloggers are posting recipes using turmeric, touting its benefits. Not one to let something healthy slip past me, I started adding the yellow spice to more than just curries. Smoothies, eggs, stir fry, pasta sauce, dips, and now: to season vegetables!

Turmeric’s claim to health fame is through its anti-inflammatory properties. Studies are showing that, when consumed with black pepper, the curcumin in turmeric can balance your mood, heal wounds, reduce aches and discomfort, balance your blood sugar, soothe tissue, help stiff joints, regulate cholesterol levels, prevent ulcers and protect against other stomach ailments. Whew, that’s quite a list! Now, you can take turmeric supplements to really optimize its benefits, but you can easily cook with it.

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This recipe could not get simpler. Sub in any variety of fresh vegetables, or make a medley to serve along with breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Blistered Turmeric Zucchini 

Serves 2

  • 1 tbsp butter or olive oil
  • 2 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Heat butter over medium-high in a sautee pan until melted. Add in zucchini and cook 5 minutes, until the bottom sides begin to blister. Use a spatula to flip over the zucchini and cook another 5 minutes.

Sprinkle in the turmeric, salt and pepper and storage to coat.

Serves hot and enjoy!

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Creamy Black Bean and Carrot Ribbon Salad

21 Jul

Food prep has never been my strong suit. I’m great at planning out food for the day ahead, or bigger weekend events. But a whole week’s worth of meals? Nah, I’ll figure it out later.

But this week it’s going to climb up to 97 degrees here, and without A/C at home, food prep has become invaluable. The last thing I want to do is turn on the oven or even a burner on the stove, and generate added heat in our house.

And that heat is where I drew inspiration for this month’s Recipe Redux theme: get your fruits and veggies in shape! We’ve been challenged to present a recipe featuring a creative way to serve produce. I’ve recently been loving carrot ribbons, or shaved carrot. They’re a great way to get in that kerotene-rich vegetable in a super crunchy and fun way. I’ve put them in wraps and sandwiches, and now, beneath a creamy black bean salad!

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This salad is the perfect hot-weather meal! It’s cold and creamy and doesn’t require any heat at all. Chop, mix, shave and serve and you have a complete meal that’s packed with protein and fiber, without the need to bring anything to boil or bake at 375 for an hour. I’ll save those recipes for when it cools off:)

Even better: make this ahead of time to let the flavors deepen and meld together. Simply shave your carrots when you want to eat this salad, and you’re ready to go! Make a big batch of it and repurpose throughout the week. You could totally add an egg or avocado slices or just pair with more veggies! We enjoyed this while at an outdoor musical festival in one of the local neighborhoods: Chill on the Hill.

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How do you manage meals during hot weather? I’d love to know your tricks & tips!

Creamy Black Bean & Carrot Ribbon Salad

Serves 4

  • 1 C plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 stalks celery, diced1 large jalapeno, seeds removed and diced
  • 2 tbsp chives, chopped
  • 3-4 large whole carrots, peeled

In a large bowl, mix together the dressing ingredients. Add in the black beans, celery, jalapeno and chives. Stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate until ready to eat – either the same day, or within 5 days.

Using a vegetable peeler, shave your peeled carrots to create long, thin ribbons. You could also use a spiralizer.

Cut the carrot ribbons in half so they’re not too long. Layer in the bottom of your bowls and top with the prepared, chilled salad.

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Quick Tempeh Bolognese with Pasta {vegan, gluten free}

19 Jul

Ok, I know that “tempeh Bolognese” is an oxymoron. The traditionally meat-based Italian sauce is meant to be used in a variety of pasta dishes. In fact, it’s the most common sauce I grew up with. Craving a comfort dish, I knew there must be a relatively easy alternative. Enter: tempeh! The block of pressed soy and rice make a perfect faux meat crumble. And when paired with the right flavors, this dish brings back all those memories of the beefy sauce my mother would make for our pasta.

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This version is quick, too. In the time it takes to bring your water to boil and cook the pasta, your Bolognese will be cooked through and ready to toss. It’s a great weeknight meal that will be on your dinner table in 20 minutes. Not vegan? Add a dusting of freshly shaved parmesan, or stick with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast to achieve a similar flavor and texture.

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The fastest pasta sauce ever! Add whichever spices suit your fancy.

Looking for something spicier? Check out this soy chorizo Bolognese, which is sure to turn up the heat!

Tempeh Bolognese

Serves 4

  • 8 oz penne or rotini GF pasta
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 8-oz package tempeh, crumbled
  • Sea salt and fresh black pepper, to taste
  • 1 28-oz can whole Italian peeled tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tbsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut sugar (to cut through the acid)
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Optional: Nutritional yeast or freshly grated parmesan or gouda, to garnish

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook pasta to according to package directions. Drain and return to the pot; set aside.

While the pasta cooks, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large pan over medium-high. Saute the onion and garlic 5-7 minutes, being careful not to burn them – turn down the heat to avoid this if necessary.

Add the crumbled tempeh, salt, and pepper and cook another minute to heat through.

In a blender, combine the can of tomatoes, another tablespoon of olive oil, sugar and seasoning. Puree until smooth. Pour into the tempeh mixture and stir to coat.

Add the bolognese to the pasta in its pot and toss to coat. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes, allowing everything to come together and the flavors to meld. Serve hot and garnish with nutritional yeast or freshly grated cheese if not vegan.

Stitch Fix Review

14 Jul

I received a credit to try Stitch Fix as a result of this promotion. By posting this review I am entering a contest sponsored by Stitch Fix and am eligible to win a prize. I was not compensated for my time. This post contains affiliate links.

When I first learned about it, Stitch Fix sounded too good to be true. Being a tall woman means shopping for clothes is not always the easiest (or most enjoyable) task – most trips to the dressing room have me carrying in the maximum amount of items allowed, and it’s rare that even just one of them fits right and looks good on me. So an online stylist who’s never seen me? I was skeptical.

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But then the Recipe ReDux gave us the opportunity to try it out, and I jumped at the chance! A redux doesn’t always need to be about food, after all! Stitch Fix designed for you to get fashion pieces based on an extensive profile of your measurements, style preferences, pattern likes and dislikes, which articles of clothing you’re looking for, and even what you’re trying to dress for (ex: professional clothes for work, fancy clothes for date nights, casual clothes for every day wear, etc.)

For $20, you’re assigned a personal stylist upon completing your profile. You get to pick when you’d like to receive your Stitch Fix shipment – a collection of five items picked out specifically to match all of your needs and wants. I received mine five business days after filling out the profile – pretty darn quick for someone starting from scratch with what I might like to wear! Over time, as you order more fixes, and return the items you’re not interested in, your stylist becomes better at picking out pieces she’s confident you’ll love.

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So what did my stylist pick out for my first fix? Let’s see:

This adorable 41Hawthorn Sugar Dot Print Dress is SO me. It fits perfectly, and can totally be paired with any of my solid colored cardigans for an easy, yet professional work outfit!

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A lightweight Pixley Wheeler Kimono is a great way to provide a bit of coverage without weighing you down in the warm weather. I layered this over a plain white tank with jean shorts – an outfit I could throw on for Sunday morning brunch on the balcony (sunglasses and Bloody Mary optional!).

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This Pixley Lartia Handkerchief Hem Maxi Dress would be the perfect laidback outfit for farmer’s market visits. There are quite a few near me, on both Saturday and Sunday mornings. It’s fun to check them all out and support the local growers and producers. I found a local artisan single-source chocolatier last month, who I now love!

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Milwaukee has a festival every weekend, and weekdays are populated with free outdoor concerts of all music genres. It’s a great time to explore the city, and this Renee C Radka V-Neck Blouse is just the style to match! Denim shorts, sandals, and my smallest over-the-shoulder purse complete the look for traveling light from festival to festival.

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All the good bars and restaurants have outdoor seating around here, so happy hour is a great time to get fresh air while catching up with your friends. This Le Lis Polli Lace Detail Knit Top is chic yet muted, and goes perfectly with denim shorts or jeans, sandals, and delicate gold jewelry.

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This was such a fun opportunity – a package in the mail is always welcome, especially when it’s a package of clothes picked just for you! It was also a lot of fun pairing my fix pieces with my wardrobe and setting up a fashion shoot around my house. Thanks to the boyfriend for playing photographer!

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Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Black Bean Smoothie 

11 Jul

Over the past few years, I’ve learned to love a variety of  vegetables, fruits, grains and preparations. As a result, my smoothies are often rather interesting. Spinach, kale, peas, chia seeds, rhubarb, cucumbers, celery, and now: black beans.

Yep, black beans in a smoothie! When combined with cocoa powder, strawberries, frozen banana, milk, and a few other ingredients, black beans make for the perfect creamy base to a chocolate-flavored smoothie. They’re full of protein and fiber, so you don’t even need to add protein powder.

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Not sold yet? Give it a shot – I promise you’ll love this breakfast drink! It’s naturally sweet, and will taste so much like dessert, that you’ll forget you added the legumes:)

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Black Bean Smoothie, adapted from the Never Homemaker

Makes 1 smoothie

  • 1 C non-dairy milk
  • 2/3 C black beans, rinsed extremely well
  • 5 large, whole strawberries
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 frozen, sliced banana
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

Blend all ingredients together until creamy and smooth. Pour into your favorite smoothie glass and garnish with a strawberry, shredded coconut, additional chia seeds, or your favorite nut!

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Linking up with Running on Happy & The Fit Foodie Mama, and Confessions of a Mother Runner & A Whisk and Two Wands for #MeatlessMonday! 

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