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Coconut-Lime Rice with Red Beans and Mango

July 22, 2017
Coconut Lime Rice

Coconut Lime Rice

Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook has been around for awhile, but it’s new to us. This cookbook makes vegan cooking more fun and less precious. All of the recipes use ingredients that are inexpensive and easy to find, but the outcome is healthy and tasty! Reading through the recipes can be funny and with all of the expletives, we had to make sure our kids weren’t nearby! Lol!

For this Recipe Friday, we chose Coconut-Lime Rice with Red Beans and Mango. We didn’t have brown rice and substituted barley instead. The barley made the dish really hearty and the brown rice would probably have made it lighter. The flavors were still really good with the creamy coconut and zesty lime. We paired our dish with a Vegan Cesar Salad, also from the Thug Kitchen.

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Coconut Lime Rice

 

COCONUT-LIME RICE WITH RED BEANS AND MANGO

Recipe from Thug Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups short-grain brown rice
  • 2 teaspoons neutral-tasting oil (we used light olive oil)
  • 1 cup diced shallots or onion
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 mango (We thawed out frozen mango from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked red beans
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lime
  • Chopped cilantro or green onions (for garnish)

Method:

  1. Rinse the rice under cool water. Heat oil over medium heat in a large soup pot. Add the shallots or onion and saute until they start to brown in some spots, about 3 minutes. Add the ginger and saute for 30 seconds until everything smells choice. Add the rice and keep stirring until the rice starts to smell slightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Add the coconut milk, broth, salt, and cayenne pepper and bring to a simmer. Give the pot a quick stir, cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for about 40 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. If your rice isn’t done by the time the liquid is absorbed, add a little more broth or water.
  2. While the rice is cooking, chop up the mango into bite-size pieces.
  3. When the rice is tender, fold in the beans, lime zest, lime juice, and mango. Let cook for another minute or so until everything is warm. Serve topped with cilantro or green onions.

 

VEGAN CAESAR SALAD

Recipe from Thug Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup sliced or slivered almonds
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp dijon
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp capers, drained
  • romaine lettuce
  • croutons

Method:

  1. Place the almonds and the hot water in a small bowl, and set them aside to soften, about 15 minutes.
  2. In the mean time, mince the garlic finely. Once the almonds are softened, throw them into a blender with the water they were soaked in. Add the garlic and the rest of the ingredients (except the capers), and blend well until nice and creamy. Taste and adjust seasonings. If the dressing seems too thick, add a little more water and blend again. Finally, add the capers and blend for 5 seconds. Store in the fridge until ready to eat.
  3. To make the salad: wash and spin dry your lettuce. Cut or tear into bite-sized pieces. Place in a big bowl, top with a couple tablespoons of dressing, and toss well. Top with croutons and serve.

 

Enjoy!

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Recipe Friday – Crispy Cauliflower Tacos with Mango Salsa

August 19, 2016

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Meat eaters often talk about what to serve vegetarian guests at parties. But, as a vegetarian who loves to cook and entertain, we’d like to turn the question around. What are your best vegetarian recipes for having non-vegetarians to dinner at your home? In the past, we’ve always provided some meat dishes, but recently, we decided to serve a vegetarian meal that non-vegetarians would also enjoy.

First we decided to look for a familiar dish and we thought of tacos. Then, we found this Crispy Cauliflower Tacos with Mango Salsa recipe by loveandoliveoil.com. It looked so delicious that we decided to test it out. Would our carnivore friends enjoy this meal even though it didn’t not contain any meat?

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These tacos taste just like your crispy fish tacos, but without the fish and the cauliflower is a good choice for all of the same toppings that you normally find on fish tacos.  Did our carnivore friends enjoy the meal? They did! Those that were used to eating meat, admitted that they had some difficulty thinking of the meatless dish as dinner. Everyone thought that the flavor was great but a few struggled with the idea of only eating veggies.

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So, even if we didn’t convert our carnivore friends to vegetarians, we did introduce them to a plant based meal. Here are health benefits of cauliflower and red cabbage:

Cauliflower:

Contains sulforaphane, a powerful phytochemical that turns on the production of anti-aging, detoxifying glutathione in the body & protects against disease-causing chronic inflammation. Primary benefit: bone-building from its calcium & vitamin K, so you can put down that glass of milk! Also contains anti-cancer properties & essential amino acids.

Red Cabbage

The bright pigment in red cabbage comes from anthocyanins which is a phytochemical that is packed with free radical-fighting power. Contains twice the amount of collagen-building vitamin C than green cabbage (and makes food look prettier). Full of Fiber, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6 and silicon (a mineral that protects hair & nails from breakage). Contains glucosinolates, a natural sulfur compound linked to cancers prevention such as breast, colon & prostate.

Crispy Cauliflower Tacos with Mango Salsa

INGREDIENTS:

Mango Salsa:
1 large mango – cored & chopped into 1/2 inch cubes
1/4 cup red onion – diced
1 Jalapeno pepper, seeded & diced (if you don’t like it too spicy add less)
2 cloves garlic- minced
1/2 lime- squeezed
1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro – coarsely chopped
salt pepper to taste
Crispy Cauliflower:
1/3 cup olive oil, divided
1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets (about 6 cups)
6 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs, divided
salt & pepper to taste
For Tacos:
tortillas or large romaine leaves
avocado
squeeze of lime
1 cup finely shredded red cabbage
METHOD:
*Prepare salsa: combine mango, red onion, jalapeño, garlic in medium bowl. Toss with lime juice& fold in cilantro. Season to taste with salt and pepper & set aside.
*For cauliflower: heat 1/2 of the olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1/2 of the cauliflower, stirring occasionally until golden brown, about 7 minutes. Toss with 1/2 of panko & continue to cook until breadcrumbs are golden brown, about 3 minutes more. Transfer to platter to keep warm & repeat with second half of oil, cauliflower, panko.
** cooking cauliflower in two batches allows cauliflower to get more brown & crispy**
*To assemble tacos: coarsely mash avocados with a generous splash of lime juice, add cauliflower, spoonful of mango salsa & handful of shredded cabbage.
So easy, so yummy!

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Mango Revive Mask – DIY

May 24, 2016

MangoReviveMaskIngredientsAs a spa, it would seem that we’d only like for you to purchase the products that we sell. But that’s not exactly the case. Our main goal is to help each of you connect with nature and find your own path to health, wellness, and beauty. Pre-made products are definitely more convenient, and you can rest assured that our spa treatments use only the best, natural, non-toxic, and chemical free products. Most of the products we use are organic and non-GMO, when available. That said, we also try to find ways to incorporate fresh ingredients too, which we feel is the best way to connect with nature.

There isn’t a better way that we know of to appreciate the serene mind-body healing than to create healing and nourishing therapies in your home. We are so excited about our DIY Home Spa series and to share some of our DIY masks and show you how to transform fresh foods into natural treatments. So, when you can find some extra time at home, we encourage you to create your own personal spa retreat and indulge in making some special whole food treatments using only the freshest, organic, non-GMO ingredients.

 

Today, we’d like to share the DIY Mango Revive Mask. This simple mask consists of only 3 ingredients, but the effects are immediate. The mask will leave your skin tingling, super soft and hydrated.  Mangoes contain anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, which help with both anti-aging and sun repair. Mixed with honey, which is hydrating, and lemon, which is exfoliating and helps to fade dark spots this mask will leave your skin glowing!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup mango
  • 2 tbs of honey
  • 1 tbs lemon

Method:

  1. Cleanse Face.
  2. Blend the three ingredients together in a blender or mash together.
  3. Apply a thin layer of the mask to clean face and massage in with fingers so that the lemon juice can lift dead skin cells.
  4. The mask will begin to dry and keep it on your face for up to 20 minutes*.
  5. Wash mask off with warm water.
  6. Apply moisturizer and sun screen (if going out into the sun).

*Note: For sensitive skin, check your skin remove the mask if the lemon gets too warm on the face.

Hope you have as much fun with the mask as we did!

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Recipe Friday – CILANTRO LIME SALMON SALAD + MANGO AVOCADO SALSA

May 13, 2016

Salmon Salad with Mango Avocado Salsa

CILANTRO LIME SALMON SALAD + MANGO AVOCADO SALSA

Lately, it’s hard to escape the sweet smell of mangoes at the spa. We’re not complaining either because nothing reminds us of summers more than like the smell of a freshly cut mango!

Today on Recipe Friday, we’d like to share one of our favorite recipes. And, yes, it includes mangoes! For those of you who know Willow Spa’s philosophy, you know that we believe that our skin is affected as much by what you eat as what products you put on your skin. So, today, we’d like to touch a little upon the amazing mango!

Amazing? Yes, we think the mango is amazing. This fruit boasts some real power for your skin both externally and internally. Used topically, the mango helps skin to glow, treats blackheads and dark spots, and is great for sensitive skin. Mangoes are high in antioxidants, fiber and vitamins A and C. Therefore, mangoes are great at fighting cancer, boosting your immune system, and improving your digestive system. Mangoes also decrease cholesterol, boost your metabolic rate and help to balance your body’s alkaline environment. So, this will help prevent disease, especially diabetes, heart disease, and strokes.

Did we mention how yummy the mango is? But you already know that! So it’s no wonder that we’ve been craving mangoes these days. Plus, summer isn’t quite here yet and this recipe gets us in the mood for the hot summer days and balmy nights yet to come!

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Ingredients

Marinade & Dressing:
  • 1 lb salmon cut into 6 oz filets
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon garlic
Mango Salsa:
  • 1 large diced mango
  • 1 large sliced avocado
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
Method:
First, make up the marinade/dressing | Pour one third out into a shallow dish | Marinade the salmon in that sweet, tangy, cilantro marinade | Reserve the untouched marinade to use as a dressing later.

Next, pan fry or grill your salmon until cooked through. The honey in the marinade will char these slightly

Lastly prepare the best salsa you’ve ever tried in your life with a couple tablespoons of the reserved dressing. Enjoy!

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