This week I am sharing recipes from my cookbook, Set the Table with Love. I hope you enjoy these recipes and share them with your family and friends. I had so much fun doing this shoot with my friends and eating all the yummy food afterwards. Photography credit: ROB POLANCO. Art Design by: KEEGAN LEIBA. Love you guys!
Who doesn’t love good recipe for guacamole, well I have one for you. It’s simple and refreshing, because it’s stuffed in these zucchini cups. I love using this recipe for when I having a small dinner party or just for a nice afternoon snack. A lot of my wellness clients are looking for ways to incorporate more veggies into their diet and this is a great way to do. I hope you enjoy this recipe and remember before the plates, glasses, silverware and candles, Set the Table with Love. 🙂
Stuffed Zucchini Cups
2 tbsp. cilantro finely chopped, and enough leaves to garnish to top of the cups
1 tbsp. fresh lime or lemon juice
1/2 red onion, minced (about 1/2 cup)
2 ripe avocados
1/2 – 3/4 cups red bell pepper, diced
1/2 tsp. of sea salt and a dash of black pepper, to taste
1. Cut zucchini into 2 inch thick slices, discarding ends. Use a sharp spoon or melon baller to hollow out a cup in each zucchini slice, leaving just over 1/4 inch of zucchini flesh. Be careful not to get too close to the skin or the cups will leak the guacamole.
2. In a medium bowl, mash together the avocados, lime juice, and salt. Mix in onion and cilantro. Stir in salt and black pepper. Fill each cup with guacamole. Top with red bell peppers and cilantro.
Tuesday is my day to get refueled from the weekend and a super busy Monday. Mondays are one of my busiest times of the week, very rejuvenating but I am moving from one thing to the next.
I have an early morning Life coaching and Reiki session and right after, I teach my yoga class and then I am off to do B’Tyli Natural Skin Therapies work, plus other things that my Creative Marketing Director, Kristina Millsaps has on the agenda. So, let me tell you when Tuesday rolls around I am ready to go and set in my yoga teacher’s studio and her peaceful presence, for 1 hour and 30 minutes and receive my healing and bliss. Tuesdays, also calls for a little work. I really don’t consider this a work day, because I get to make raw food and let out some creative energy. I love making raw foods for my clients, because it sends healing to them and I always make enough for leftovers for me. 🙂
Today was all about the carrots. I juiced carrots for a yummy raw carrot and ginger soup, this juice also was used to make a raw carrot and ginger dressing for a beautiful cruciferous salad. Cruciferous salad?
Cruciferous vegetables have risen in popularity recently due to their apparent cancer-fighting properties. This large group of plants is diverse, each providing strong, unique flavors. It is named after the Latin word for crucifix because the blossoms of these plants resemble a cross.
Cruciferous vegetables include:
Cruciferous vegetables are low-calorie, and rich in folate, vitamins C, E, and K, and fiber. Fiber is an important nutrient to incorporate if weight loss is the goal, as it helps keep you fuller longer.
But, hmm… what to do with the all the carrot pulp. I decided to make these yummy Raw Carrot Cake bites. I shaped them like Easter eggs, because I thought these would be so pretty on the table at Easter. Raw vegan or not, you will love these little bites. They are very versatile, you can use your favorite nut, add your favorite spices, like cinnamon, nutmeg, and pinch of clove. Also raisins or dates will work just find in this recipe. I did not use nuts for this recipe. I love nuts, but sometimes we can have a love hate relationship and today my body said, NO NUTS! 🙂
I hope you enjoy this recipe and maybe add it on your table for Easter or any day of the week. Happy Easter Everyone! Enjoy setting your table with love.
1 cup gluten free rolled oats
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 shredded unsweetened coconut, set aside 2 tbsp for garnish
3/4 cup dried raisins
1/2 cup carrot pulp
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp cloves
¼ cup water or more if needed
Blend oats, sunflower seeds, 1/2 cup coconut in vitamix (food processor should work too) until you get a fine consistency like flour.
Add in dried raisins, pulse a few times to break them up then add carrots pulp, maple syrup, vanilla and spices.
Slowly add in water. You looking for a consistency of nice slightly wet cookie dough
Roll dough into balls, like the shape of Easter eggs and cover in shredded coconut if you want.
I know. I know. I do a million things, but one of the things I love the most is teaching people how to look and feel great, through nutrition, exercise and a healthy mind. Today was a busy work day. I got up and taught my yoga class, the class mantra today was, ” I release what doesn’t serve my greater good.” Very powerful class. We hold onto to so much in our lives that doesn’t serve us, God or the ones we love. Why not just let it go with lovingkindness. When we clear up space within in ourselves the right stuff comes in naturally.
Here is where my personal chef bliss comes into play. I love my clients, because they want to know how to Set their Tables with Love by eating and feeding their loves ones with natural, organic whole foods. Today I took one of my clients to Sprouts to shop for quick, easy whole food meals for two. We bought food for snacks, breakfast and lunch/dinner. I created meals for her that are all natural, organic and whole and they will last her family for over a week for a little over a hundred bucks.
You can do this. You can shop local and buy what is in season and it eat homemade gourmet meals on a budget. The reality of it is this, foods that are in season and local are cheaper and much healthier for you. The best part you are supporting our local farmers and community.
Today we made several meals she can freeze and prep easily since she has a three month old gorgeous son.
I made and prepped her dinner for tonight and for tomorrow.
Here’s her menu for the week:
Turkey Tuscan meatballs, Spicy White Bean and Kale Soup, Organic skinless chicken thighs ( grill these for salad or just keep them whole), Fish two ways, Lemon Pepper and Parmesan Crusted and she loves to snack we made Dark Chocolate Chip and Cranberry Coconut Granola Bars from scratch. We used freezer bags to separate the meals.
The soup and granola bars were so good I made some for myself.
Dark Chocolate Chip and Cranberry Coconut Granola Bars
2 cups gluten free oats
1 cup dark chocolate chips
3/4 cup cranberries
1/3 cup dehydrated coconut flakes
1/3 cup brown rice flour
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt ( to taste)
2 organic eggs
1/4 cup organic honey
3 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
Preheat oven to 350.
Add all the dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix together. In another bowl add all the wet ingredients, eggs, honey, coconut oil
( make sure oil has cooled before adding eggs). Add the dry to the wet and stir until the mixture is easily crumbly. If it is too sticky add a little more brown rice flour. If it is too dry add a little water.
Once you have the mixture well incorporated. Pour the mixture into a 13×9 baking pan coated with cooking spray. Press the mixture into the baking pan. Bake 15-18 minutes, until edges are golden brown. Score surface with shallow cuts to make bars. Cool on wire rack then finish cutting into bars. If you need more sweetness drizzle them with honey after they have cooled.
Spicy White Bean and Kale Soup
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup of red bell pepper
1 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups of chopped kale
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth ( low sodium)
1 can (15 ounces) white beans, (cannelloni beans)
1/4 cup Campanelle pasta ( or any hearty pasta you prefer)
1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
1/2 tsp of dried basil
1/2 tsp of oregano
1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and bell pepper
Sauté, stirring, until onion is tender and transparent. Reduce heat to medium-low.
Add kale and garlic; cover and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes. Add remaining
ingredients; cover and cook for 20 minutes, until vegetables are tender.
This recipe and many more like it can be found in my cookbook, SET THE TABLE WITH LOVE on Amazon.com