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Recipe Friday – Grilled Pineapple Salsa on Sweet Potato Boats

March 11, 2017
Grilled Pineapple Salsa and Sweet Potato Boat

Pineapple salsa

Spring is almost here and fresh pineapples are available again! We are always trying to find some balance in our lives, and pineapples help us to do just that! Eating fresh pineapple has a plethora of health benefits. It helps with with healing, detoxing, metabolizing, tissue building, synthesizing collagen and improving digestion. It feels so great to put our bodies back in sync again after the recent few months of crazy hot/cold/rainy/dry weather. Plus, pineapples are an effective way to get smooth and glowing skin, which is an added bonus, since our skin has been a little stressed and dehydrated lately.

Health Benefits

Pineapple is high in the enzyme bromelain and in Vitamin C, which are both important in healing. Bromelain helps reduce inflammation, tenderness and pain from bruising, sprains, and strains. Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant that helps to fight colds and infections plus it is vital in repairing body tissues and in synthesizing amino acids and collagen. The higher the collagen synthesis is, the firmer and more flexible your skin will be.

Grilled Pineapple and Salsa

 

Grilled Pineapple Salsa and Sweet Potato Boat

Pineapple salsa and sweet potato boat

Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Two Sweet Potato Boats with Pineapple Salsa

 

Grilled Pineapple Salsa on Sweet Potato Boats

Add a little sweet sunshine to your salsa!

We recommend eating fresh pineapple at least once a week. This recipe is a delicious way to add pineapple into your diet.

Potato Prep 

  • Use any variety of potato, we recommend sweet potatoes.
  • Thoroughly clean and wash potatoes.
  • Lay out aluminium to wrap your potato for baking
  • Coat each potato with Olive Oil
  • Sprinkle Salt and Pepper around the whole potato
  • Wrap in aluminum foil and bake at high temperature until soft in the center

Salsa Prep 

  • 1-2 Large Tomatoes
  • Handful of cilantro
  • 1/3 onion
  • 2-3 Pineapple rings
  • Optional: Jalapeno peppers, green bell peppers, corn nibblets

 

Method 

Grill pineapple rings on the BBQ, a stove top grilling plate or a grilling pan. Let cool and then dice into small chunks. Next chop the tomatoes, onions and cilantro. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.

Cut slightly cooled sweet potatoes in half lengthwise. Use a fork to loosen the potato from the skin. Add a generous amount of pineapple salsa to the sweet potato boat. Enjoy!

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Credits: Author: Jill Uechi // Recipe and Photography: Coco Iv

 

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Recipe Friday – Microgreens with Herbed Quinoa and Chickpea Salad

March 4, 2017
Microgreens with Herbed Quinoa and Chickpea Salad

Microgreens

This month, Eminence Organics debuts some new detoxifying products that contain a Microgreens Complex, which harvests the powerful essence of microgreens into skincare. As we reviewed the health benefits of microgreens, it inspired us to make this salad for Recipe Friday.

What are Microgreens? 

Sometimes the smallest superfoods are the most powerful! Microgreens are the cotyledons of a mature plant. Harvested just 2-4 weeks after planting, these baby leaves contain 4-6 times more nutrition than the mature leaves of the same plant. Since they are planted in soil, as opposed to sprouts, which are planted in water, microgreens also absorb the nutrients and minerals from the Earth.

Health Benefits Microgreens. 

Microgreens have high levels of betacarotene, antioxidants (Vitamins C & E), and Vitamin K. However, different microgreens are loaded with different nutrients. Therefore, it is better to incorporate a variety of your favorite microgreens into your diet.

Enjoying Microgreens

You can grow microgreens indoors. However, you can also find them at the market like we did. Look for dark, vibrant colors, which indicate the high levels of nutrients. Microgreens add flavor and texture to dishes and also make them look a little fancier. We mixed our microgreens with avocado and lemon in our salad below, which was so delicious and simple to make!

 

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Microgreens with Herbed Quinoa and Chickpea Salad

 

Microgreens with Herbed Quinoa & Chickpea Salad

INGREDIENTS
Yields 2 large main dish portions.
Salad
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Avocado-Microgreens Topping
  • 1 large or 2 small avocados, pitted, peeled, and cut into cubes
  • 1 cup microgreens
  • 1 tablespoon shelled hemp seeds
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon braggs aminos
  • Lemon slices, for serving

METHOD

For the quinoa:

  1. Combine the rinsed quinoa and the water in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then decrease the heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook until the quinoa has absorbed all of the water, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let the quinoa sit for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
  2. Add quinoa to a large bowl along with the chickpeas, basil, parsley, cilantro, and mint.
  3. Season with salt and pepper

For the avocado-microgreens topping:

In a medium mixing bowl, gently toss the avocado, microgreens, hemp seeds, lemon juice, and aminos.

To Assemble:

  1. Divide the herbed quinoa between bowls.
  2. Add the avocado-microgreens.

Bon Appetite!

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Recipe Friday – DIY Noodle Jars

February 25, 2017
DIY Mason Jar Noodles

Cup o' Noodle Ingredients

We don’t have to convince any of you what a great lunch instant noodle cups are despite the lack of nutrition. Today we made a healthier version that was really easy!

The idea is so close to the instant noodle cups that you are used to eating, but instead of freeze dried vegetables and flavor packets that are high in sodium and contain MSG, these noodle cups contain fresh veggies and a healthier soup base. Basically, you combine noodles, a bit of vegetable base, some raw sliced veggies, and a few seasonings inside a mason jar. Then you store them in the refrigerator, then when you’re ready to eat, pour hot water over the top and lunch is served.

DIY Cup o' Noodles

Ingredients for Cup o' noodles

DIY Cup o' Noodles

 

DIY NOODLE JARS

INGREDIENTS

  • Vegetables of choice: We used Bok Choy Mui, carrots, mushrooms, sweet peas and green onion. Thoroughly clean the vegetables and trim if needed to fit the smaller mason jars.
  • Choice of noodles: rice vermicelli was used. However, quinoa noodles, zucchini noodles, brown rice noodle will also work.
  • Tofu – small cubed
  • Vegetable Soup Base: Better Than Boullion Seasoned Vegetable Base – 1 teaspoon

 

METHOD

  1. 1 pint mason jars are ideal it gives you just the right serving. However if you would like to pack in more ingredients a larger mason jar will work just fine. As long as you can seal the lid tightly.
  1. Add a teaspoon of vegetable boullion to the empty mason jar.
  1. Add your choice of vegetables starting with the heavier ingredients 1st.
  1. Add 1 cup of noodles.
  1. Then add remaining light-weight ingredients ie. chopped Green Onion.
  1. When you are ready to eat just pour hot water into your jar o’ noodles and stir.
  1. If storing for consumption at another time, simply place the cap back on and seal and store in the refrigerator. It’s now a grab and go meal, just add hot water.

 

Enjoy!

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Credits: Author: Jill Uechi // Recipe and Photography: Coco Iv

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Recipe Friday – Cacao Hot Chocolate

February 17, 2017
Hot Cacao

Hot CacaoJust when it started to warm up, it’s predicted to storm. Since cold winter days and hot chocolate go hand in hand, we wanted to find a healthier hot chocolate to share. Raw cacao is less processed form of chocolate and it is the ingredient from which chocolate and cocoa powder originate. It can be bitter if eaten plain, but brewed into almond milk and sweetened with date paste or Bee Free Honee, the cacao transforms into a dark chocolate drink that is also a superfood with immune boosting properties!

Raw cacao is one of the best sources of magnesium and iron and contains coumarin, an appetite suppressing, blood thinning, and anti-tumor compound. It contains chromium help regulate blood sugar and detoxify the liver. It also contains phenethylamine and anandamide, which helps to support mental well-being and enhance our mood. With an abundance of calcium, potassium, sulfur, zinc and copper, this is a nutrient-dense superfood for sure!

Hot Cacao

Cacao Hot Chocolate

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 3 teaspoons date paste* or honey (use Bee Free Honee to make it vegan)

In a saucepan, whisk together all ingredients and heat over medium-high heat until hot, but not boiling.
Divide evenly between two mugs.

*Date Paste

  • 1 cup of Medjool Dates
  • 1/2 cup of boiling water

Remove pits from dates (if pitted). Soak dates in the water for 5 minutes. Massage dates to soften. Place dates and water in food processor or high speed blender. Store date paste in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

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Credits: Recipe and Photography: Jill Uechi

 

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Recipe Friday – Winter Citrus Salad

February 10, 2017
Winter Citrus Salad

Citrus Salad

One of our recent posts featured a Winter Salad that was so delicious that it inspired us to make a different version to highlight citrus fruits even more. It’s been raining quite a bit here in So Cal, which is great to get us out of the drought, but it’s been a bit gloomier than we’re used to. This salad and it’s bright colors are so gorgeous and uplifting that we feel it just might put an end to any winter blues from the dreary weather.

Citrus is in the height of its season right now and you can find such sweet tasting varieties of grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, and pomelos. The idea is to use any combination of any citrus fruit and adding the honey helps to bring out the tartness of the citrus. To make this salad Vegan, we used Bee Free Honee for the dressing. It’s so delicious and made from Apples!

Bee Free

Citrus

 

Citrus Plate

 

 

Winter Citrus Salad

Ingredients

1 grapefruit

1 blood orange

1 clementine

Slivered raw almonds

Drizzled Bee Free Honee

A sprinkle of salt

1/3 diced avocado

Method

  1. Peel all the fruits and remove as much of the pith as possible with a sharp paring knife. The easiest way to do this is to cut off both ends of the round fruit so you have a flat surface to stand your fruit upright. Then cut as close to the pulp as possible.
  2. Using a serrated knife, slice the fruits into disks.
  3. Arrange the slices on a plate – mix up the different colors for variety!
  4. Add avocado on top.
  5. Sprinkle with the almonds, drizzle the honee (or honey) and lastly add the salt.
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Credits: Author: Jill Uechi // Recipe and Photography: Coco Iv