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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!

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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
Food & Drink Friday Recipe

Recipe Friday – Skin Glow Salad for Valentine’s Day

February 3, 2017
Red Cabbage Salad

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We are always looking for ways to slow down premature aging of our skin! The benefits of healing foods are real and when consumed on a daily basis, the results are amazing. This salad combines a variety of whole foods that are tasty and will help to make your skin glow. Plus, the vibrant red and purple color makes this salad a perfect choice for Valentine’s Day.

The foods that you eat everyday can either help to maintain healthy skin or work to destroy it. We are choosing to eat healthy foods that promote radiant skin by proving essential nutrients. Red cabbage is a nutritious and delicious vegetable that is not only great for your health, but adds flavor, crunch and color to dishes. The nutritional benefits of cabbage are almost to many to list, but we will name some of the most important ones below.

Nutritional Benefits of Cabbage

Red cabbage contain essential nutrients including thiamin, riboflavin, folate, calcium, manganese, magnesium, iron, and potassium, as well as vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, dietary fiber, and the B vitamins. It contains a number of antioxidants such as anthocyanins and indoles, which help to prevent diseases, aging, and cancer. Red cabbage has a high concentration of minerals, which helps with bone growth and density and preventing osteoporosis. Finally, red cabbage helps to reduce inflammation and pain associated with ulcers in the gastrointestinal system.

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Red Cabbage Salad

Valentine’s Skin Glow Salad

INGREDIENTS

Salad

1 cup chopped red cabbage

1/2 cup shredded Brussels sprouts

1 medium carrot

1 radish

2 tablespoons of raw sunflower seeds

 

Dressing:

1 tablespoon Dijon

1 tablespoon hummus or Tahini

1/2 lemon juiced

Salt, pepper, garlic to taste

Red wine vinegar to taste

1/4 tablespoon of beet powder of shaved beet (for color & added sweetness)

Add water to get dressing like consistency

METHOD

Mix salad ingredients together and toss with dressing.

 

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Credits: Author: Jill Uechi // Recipe and Photography: Katelyn Guerrero

Food & Drink Friday Recipe

Recipe Friday – Winter Salad

January 21, 2017
Winter Salad

Winter Salad

Winter in California means Citrus! Oranges and grapefruits are everywhere and there are so many varieties to try. Oranges may seem like a boring and all too familiar fruit. However, this super-fruit should not be overlooked! This week we bought some gorgeous blood red oranges that we wanted to incorporate into one of our recipes.  Our goal this January is to reset our bodies and eat a plant based diet. Our recipe contributor, Katelyn, found this winter salad recipe from pinchofyum.com that is packed with anti-oxidants and was easy to Veganize. We were so happy with the result! The tofu was a perfect substitute for the chicken and the mint really balanced out the tanginess of the oranges. Not only is this salad healthy and delicious, it is also a beautiful!

Health Benefits of Oranges:

Oranges are a good source of Vitamin C & A, Folate, and Potassium. They help to alkalize the body and stimulate the digestive system, thereby helping to relieve constipation. The high levels of Vitamin C is well know to help to boost the immune system, but oranges also contain polyphenols, a type of anti-oxidant that helps to reduce inflammation and combat viruses and other bacteria. Oranges also help to fight cancer, prevent birth defects, maintain healthy bones and improve your mood.

 

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Winter Salad Ingredients

Tofu

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Winter Salad

 

Winter Salad

Ingredients

For the Salad:

  • 1 lb. Tofu (drained and sliced)
  • 2 blood red oranges peeled and cut into pieces
  • 1 avocado, cut into slices
  • ½ cup pomegranate arils
  • 2 cups spinach, torn or cut into small pieces
  • 1 14-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • a handful of chopped fresh herbs – we used mint

For the Tofu Marinade:

  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • juice of one half of a lemon
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For the Dressing:

  • 1-2 tablespoons champagne
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, or other grainy mustard
  • salt, pepper

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Whisk marinade ingredients together. Place in a bowl with the tofu, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes (while prepping other stuff).
  • Whisk the dressing ingredients together.
  • Heat the oil in a pan and warm the tofu.
  • Toss all other salad ingredients, including tofu, together with the dressing! Season with additional salt and pepper and maybe a drizzle of good olive oil.

 

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Credits: Author: Jill Uechi // Recipe and Photography: Katelyn Guerrero

 

Food & Drink Friday Recipe

Recipe Friday – Orange Buddha Bowl

December 17, 2016
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One of the easiest and yummiest things to eat is a Buddha Bowl. These bowls are enjoyed with gratitude and packed with pure and simple foods forming a round mound that is reminiscent of a Buddha’s belly. For this Recipe Friday, we created an Orange-colored Buddha Bowl. Orange is one of the happiest colors and we were feeling a bit gloomy with the grey weather and some sick kids in the house. So a happy orange bowl seemed like the perfect way to lift our spirits and boost our immune systems too!

 

Health Benefits of Orange Vegetables:

Eating red and orange vegetables regularly will help you reduce your risk of chronic disease. These bright-colored vegetables contain zeaxanthin, flavonoids, lycopene, potassium, vitamin C and beta-carotene. The nutrients help our bodies in many different ways, from our eyes to our bones. The benefits include aiding in eye health, reducing the risk of prostate cancer, lowering blood pressure and LDL cholesterol, promoting collagen formation, fighting harmful free radicals in the body, encouraging pH balance of the body and boosting the immune system.

 

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Orange Buddha Bowl

SALAD INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 cup orange tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup garbanzo beans
  • 1 medium sweet potato diced
  • 2 cups greens

 

SALAD METHOD:

  • preheat oven to 425
  • Chop sweet potatoes into small wedges coat with olive oil and salt and pepper
  • Chop the bell pepper, julienne slice the carrots and heat up in pan for 2-3 minutes
  • Add tomatoes & garbanzo beans for another 2 minutes

SAUCE INGREDIENTS:

  • 3/4 cup cashews (soaked at least 8 hours)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 water
  • salt to taste
  • dash of paprika
  • dash of chili flakes

 

SAUCE METHOD:

Combine and blend all together

Enjoy!

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Credits: Author: Jill Uechi // Recipe and Photography: Katelyn Guerrero

Detox Food & Drink Friday Recipe Well-Being

Raw Detox Salad

October 28, 2016
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Staying hydrated, eating healthy, light meals, and exercising are things that we are always trying to be mindful of doing daily. And, there have been times when we get really busy and suddenly a few days or a whole week goes by where it seems like we’ve gotten a bit off track. It’s perfectly ok to treat yourself at times and when it’s planned, it somehow feels rewarding. However, when the extra processed foods and missed exercise sessions are from being too busy or just lacking motivation, a Body Reset is in order!

For this Recipe Friday, we are sharing our Raw Detox Salad, which is a really great detox meal to reset your diet. It does require a lot of chopping, but other than that, it’s really easy to make and so scrumptious!

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RAW DETOX SALAD

AKA: ENERGY BOOSTING RESET SALAD

Ingredients:

Salad:

  • Kale
  • Red chard
  • Bell peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Gold beets
  • Radishes
  • Sprouts
  • Garlic
  • Walnuts
  • Cauliflower

Dressing

  • Zest & juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/4 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons of hummus

 

METHOD

Chop, chop, chop! Chop up all of the ingredients. For those who don’t love raw foods, the cauliflower can be soaked a bit in the dressing first and it will soften it. This is also great as a Mason Jar Salad since its hearty it won’t get soggy right away.

This salad is really delicious and nourishing! The fresh veggies are all full of nutrients that will help detox the body, boost the immune system, and aid in glowing skin. It is the perfect meal to get back on the healthy track and best of all, we made extra salad to have a healthy lunch option throughout the week.

 

Enjoy!

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Credits: Author: Jill Uechi // Recipe and Photography: Katelyn Guerrero