Rainbow Quinoa

Rainbow Quinoa
-1 cup of cooked quinoa
-1/2 red pepper, diced
-1/2 orange pepper, diced
-1/2 yellow pepper, diced
-1 cup of diced carrots
-1 cup of purple cabbage chopped
-3 tbsp of fresh lime juice
-1 tbsp of maple syrup
-1/2 tsp of cumin
-pinch of cayenne
-sea salt to taste

Mix cooled cooked quinoa, bell peppers, carrots and red cabbage in a large bowl. In a small bowl whisk lime juice, maple syrup, cumin, cayenne and salt. Pour dressing over salad and mix together! Enjoy cool!

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❤ Annaleigh

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Banana “Nice Cream”

Banana “Nice Cream”

I can eat this anytime of day! Guilt free! It is my favorite “dessert for breakfast”
2 to 4 (to 6 if you wanna get crazy 😜) ripe frozen sliced bananas
That’s it!! Blend in a high speed blender and enjoy this guilt free dessert anytime of day meal!

But here’s some fun things to jazz it up!

  • Add 1/2 cup of any frozen or fresh fruit! Blackberries or Dragonfruit are my favorite to add. Not even for the taste just the beautiful. Silly I know.
  • Add a spoonful of nut butter, cocoa powder, vanilla extract or maple syrup to change the flavor!
  • Top with homemade oil free granola, steel cut oats, hemp seeds, chia seeds, unsweetened coconut flakes, vegan dark chocolate, seeds, nuts! Whatever you want!

 

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Oil Free Roasted Fries

1-2 Gold Potatoes or Sweet Potatoes (or one of each!)
1 tsp of cumin
1 tsp of curry
1/2 tsp of smoked patina
Sea salt to taste
*Optional – cayenne pepper

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Heat oven to 400 degrees. Peel and cut potatoes while the oven is preheating. Place hand cut potato wedges on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Cook for 30 min flipping half way through. Enjoy alone or with Curry Ketchup!

Curry Ketchup
-1/2 cup of organic ketchup ( I buy Trader Joes!)
-1 tbsp of curry powder

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Mix the two ingredients together and dip those fries! (Store left over dip in a tupperware and throw in the fridge.

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Happy eating!

-Annaleigh

Chickpea Scramble

I’m not always in the mood to cook breakfast, but when I do this is so delicious and easy to make! It’s also a great “breakfast for dinner” type of meal!

Chickpea Scramble
-1 can of chickpeas
-1/2 red pepper, diced
-1/2 green pepper, diced
-1/2 small red onion, chopped
1 garlic clove of garlic, minced
1 cup of chopped mushrooms
1 cup of baby spinach
1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes cut in half
1/4 cup of nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp of turmeric
1/2 tsp of cumin
1/2 tsp of smoked paprika
1/2 tsp of sea salt
1/4 tsp of cayenne (omit if you don’t like spicy food.)

Pulse chickpeas in food processor until mixture looks like scrambled eggs. Add in spices and pulse a couple times so it’s evenly dispersed. Heat non stick pan and add chickpea mixture and add all vegetables (except spinach and cherry tomatoes) cook on medium heat for 5 minutes. (If you don’t have a non stick pan or it is sticking to the pan for some reason add 1 tbsp of water or veggie broth at a time.)  then add cherry tomatoes and spinach until wilted. Serve hot with toast or oil free home fries. Or make a breakfast sandwich with this delicious mix!

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❤ Annaleigh

Orange Cocoa Energy Bites

Energy Bites are my favorite grab and go snack! Sometime I have 1! Sometimes I have 3! No guilt! I’ve made Lemon Spirulina ones and Cranberry Almond in the past, but these Orange Cocoa ones I’m obsessing over lately! I’ve bought these before at cafes for a $1 a pop and it cost me less than $5 to buy a package of dates at Trader Joes. Not to mention that I only need half the package to make the bites! I can form about 20 bites out of the batch. (Of course you can make more or less out of the batch depending on how big or small you want to make these energy filled morsels.) Enjoy!

Orange Cocoa Energy Bites
1/3 cup of steel cut oats
1 cup of dates (don’t forget to take out pits.)
2 tbsp of fresh organic orange juice
1/2 cup of sliced almonds
1/2 cup of sunflower seeds
1/2 cup of almond butter (or any nut butter)
1-2 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until everything is mixed. Then form balls out of the mixture and refrigerate for at least 30 min then transfer to Tupperware containers to store! (Last up to 2 weeks.)

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❤ Annaleigh

Oil Free Roasted Vegetables and Chickpeas

Yes.. Yes you read that right. You can roast  veggies with no oil and they are still delicious! Once you eat vegetables this way you may not go back to the oil!
-1/2 zucchini
-1/2 yellow squash
-1/2 red pepper
-1/2 yellow pepper
-1/2 orange pepper
– 1/2 red onion
-1 head of broccoli
– 1 cup of mushrooms
– 1 can of low sodium organic chickpeas
– 1/2 tsp cumin
-1/2 tsp curry
-1/4 tsp turmeric
-1/4 tsp garlic powder
-1/4 tsp smoke paprika
– 1/4 tsp cayenne
– salt and pepper to taste

Heat oven to 400 degrees. While oven is preheating chop your veggies  and then put all the veggies and chickpeas on a cookie sheet lined with  parchment paper*  (this is your secret to oil free roasting) sprinkle  seasoning over the mix and throw in the oven for 30 min. Half way through take the pan out and mix them around so everything cooks evenly then back  in the oven they go. When the timer goes off enjoy them alone as a meal or  with a side of brown rice! I love to top them with nutritional yeast and hot sauce!

*A silicone baking mat may also work
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🏼<3 Annaleigh
My two cents:  Cooking without oil is really new to me.  When I did 21 day fix last year I was allowed 4 tsp of “oils” so I actually looked at what the calories of oils were.  Olive oil, 120 calories for 1 tsp!  Wow, and 1 tsp is not a lot… now I didn’t douse my pan in oil so divide that by the servings, and I wasn’t getting THAT many calories from oil in my dishes.  That being said, not everyone in my family uses oil sparingly.  It is also important to note we NEED fat in our bodies to function.  It is an essential macro-nutrient, although it does carry the most calories.  1 gram of fat equals 9 calories while 1 gram of protein or carbohydrate equal 4 calories.
According to eat balanced:
“What is fat for?
  • A source of energy – Our body uses the fat we eat, and fats we make from other nutrients in our bodies,  to provide the energy for most of our life-functions
  • Energy store – The extra calories that we consume, but do not need to use immediately, are stored for future use in special fat cells (adipose tissue)
  • Essential fatty acids – Dietary fats that are essential for growth development and cell functions, but cannot be made by our body’s processes
  • Proper functioning of nerves and brain- fats are part of myelin- a fatty material which wraps around our nerve cells so that they can send electrical messages. Our brains contain large amounts of essential fats
  • Maintaining healthy skin and other tissues.  All our body cells need to contain some fats  as essential parts of cell membranes, controlling what goes in and out of our cells
  • Transporting fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K through the bloodstream to where they are needed
  • Forming steroid hormones needed to regulate many bodily processes”

We should stick with healthy fats, and we need at least 20-30% of our calories to come from fats.   If you’re eating a balanced, whole food diet full of eggs, meat, fish, nuts, and seeds, you’re probably just fine.

 

That being said… If you were interested in cutting out oil I found a great site with lots of tips and tricks.  Some of my favorites I listed below and I regularly make my broccoli oil free using the water method and I LOVE it!

Tips from Forks over Knives

Choose Your Oil-Free Cooking Method

  • Sautéing and stir-frying—The most common question I get on this topic is how to sauté or stir-fry without butter or oil. The trick is to use small amounts of water or broth, adding just a small amount (1 to 2 tablespoons) at a time. Do this as often as needed to cook and brown the food, without steaming it. Also, remember to toss and stir the food periodically with a wooden spoon so that it doesn’t burn.
  • Baking—You can use a fruit purée as a healthy (and delicious!) substitute for fats like oil, butter, or shortening. Some of my favorites include applesauce, mashed bananas, and puréed dates. In some instances, nut flour or nut butters can serve as substitutions or additions.
  • Roasting—There’s no need to coat your vegetables or other foods with oil before roasting them in the oven. They might take a little longer, but they will eventually brown and roast nicely. Before placing them in the oven, I like to season my vegetables with spices, herbs, and either a little vegetable stock or a light water-soy sauce mixture.
  • Deep frying alternative—It may take a little getting used to, but I’m confident that you will come to enjoy the not-greasy but still delicious (and far healthier) choice to bake your potatoes and veggies instead of deep frying them. You can even bake up delicious (eggless) breaded patties or veggies by lightly dipping them in a slurry of arrowroot powder or cornstarch mixed with either water or unsweetened, unflavored plant milk, and then coating them with whole-grain bread crumbs or cornmeal. Use nonstick, silicone, or parchment-lined baking sheets to achieve a crispy outer crust.

 

Happy cooking!

Vegan Tacos

This is by far the best “taco meat” recipe! It’s so flavorful! I love this recipe because you can top it on top of a salad, make romaine tacos or fill corn tortillas!!

Taco Meat
1 Cup Walnuts
2 tsp of Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce)
1 tsp of Cumin
1 tsp of Chili
1/2 tsp of Garlic Powder
Pinch of Cayenne
Sea Salt to taste

Put all ingredients into a food processor until finely ground!

Now fill those Romaine Ribs, Corn Tortillas or on top of salad! (Top with salsa, black beans, guacamole whatever floats your boat!)

If you’re feeling up to it you can also whip up some delicious cashew cream!

Vegan Sour Cream
1 Cup Cashews (soaked for 2-3 hours, then rinsed)
1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
1/2 tsp Nutritional Yeast
1/2 Cup Water

Put all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend for a few minutes until creamy! The taste of this is so good and refreshing on top of spicy food! (Lasts up to 2 weeks in the fridge.)

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Happy Eating!
❤️ Anna Leigh

 

Recipe Adapted from Tasty Yummies blog

 

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