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Fab Natural Cooking Staples

Learning about the hidden sources of MSG in one of my favorite cooking ingredients was very disheartening, but I was determined to find an alternative to what I thought was my alternative to regular bouillon. I scoured the Internet looking for “All Natural” or “Organic” vegetable bouillon with no hidden MSG, but to no avail. Every time I thought I’d found one, I was disappointed by an ingredient like “yeast extract” or “malt extract” which are MSG indicators. After a thorough search I decided to try to make it myself.

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Coconut Mango Green Smoothie

Tastes WAY better than it looks.

I’m always trying to think of new and delicious ways to pack in my veggies. Don’t get me wrong, I was raised in a household where you ate your veggies; my dad is a vegetarian, and my mom, while she is a big meat eater, is definitely pro veggie as well. So I definitely don’t mind eating my vegetation the “regular” way, and I rather enjoy them, but sometimes you just don’t feel like chewing all that roughage. Here is where smoothies save the day! *insert dramatic hero sound effect*

While I really liked the first smoothie recipe I posted, it wasn’t the as simple as I would have liked. It was delicious, but it required too many ingredients, and at this point in my life, simplicity is EVERYTHING. Seriously. I decided I needed to come up with a very simple recipe that is not only delicious, but pretty darn good for you. For me, a good smoothie is not sickeningly sweet, but rather subtly so, with a smooth and creamy texture that goes down easily. But most importantly, a good smoothie is GOOD for you. With this recipe, I think I’ve captured all of the components that make a great smoothie.

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7 Days of Green Smoothies

I love green smoothies because it’s a delicious way to get lots of necessary nutrients and fiber in one meal, and a great way boost your energy every day. This recipe was adapted from Dr. Oz’s Super Energy Smoothie. I loved the original recipe but it makes SO much and preparation is a lot of work. Also, with fresh produce there is a huge risk for spoilage. Another issue is the cost. Fresh fruits and veggies are costly, and this smoothie, because of the huge batch, was no exception. I decided to use what I had at home, and make a couple of changes to suit my taste as well. The changes make the recipe more cost-effective, by making it easier to make it two servings at a time.

This green machine is packed with just enough good stuff. It has hydrating coconut water, a natural energy drink. Raspberries which provide necessary vitamin C and cleansing dietary fiber as well as soluble fiber, which helps to regulate cholesterol. DeliciousĀ cantaloupe is rich in vitamin A, which promotes vision health and helps to fight aging and disease, as well as vitamin C, an essential antioxidant. With 427 mg per cup, cantaloupe is a high source of potassium, which is essential for normal cell function, muscle function, heartbeat and energy regulation.

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Mexican Chocolate Oatmeal

Photo taken from web.

 

I eat oatmeal quite often and I’m always thinking of ways to make each bowl different than the last. Sometimes I eat it plain, made sweet and creamy with bananas, or I’ll toss in chopped apples and slivered almonds. Other times I’ll eat it vanilla almond milk, cashews and raspberries. I almost always add cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger or vanilla and sometimes all three! I just love the versatility of this hot breakfast cereal. One of my absolute favorite things to add to my oatmeal is CHOCOLATE. I LOVE chocolate and this is a deliciously clean way to curb my cravings for the creamy goodness of chocolate without the guilt. I called this “Mexican Chocolate” Oatmeal because of delicate hint of cinnamon entangled with delectable chocolate flavor that makes this breakfast absolutely perfect.

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Sloppy Bhartas

(Curried Eggplant Sandwiches)

I made (assembled) theseĀ  yesterday when I was having a burger/sandwich craving, but was feeling equally tempted to try the Baingan Bharta (eggplant curry) I bought from Trader Joe’s. If you have Trader Joe’s in your area then this recipe will be pretty easy, but if not I’ve found a few Baingan Bharta recipes that are pretty clean and seem to be winners. Continue reading