Lentil, Quinoa & Kimchi Salad

April 25th, 2018 | no comments

Earlier this week I was doing some serious scrambling for dinner. The refrigerator was full of food but I was empty of motivation. So what did I come up with? Olives, roasted broccoli, and slices of Gouda cheese. Yeah, I know…pitiful, right?

Then I remembered the containers of cooked lentils and quinoa in the refrigerator– these are weekly staples in the Jatsek household, as I like to have them on hand to add as quick nutrition-boosters to salads and even omelets.

I grabbed the jar of Wake Robin Kickin’ Kimchi and what I came up with was a surprisingly tasty and nutritious side salad brimming with protein, fiber, and probiotics! 

Lentil, Quinoa & Kimchi Salad makes for a great side dish or a standalone lunch. I’m sure you will love it! 

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Lentil, Quinoa & Kimchi Salad
Thanks to the addition of just a couple spoonfuls of kimchi, this little salad packs a flavorful punch! Kimchi is a staple in Korean cuisine. A blend of fermented daikon radish, carrot, onion, bok choi, apple, red pepper, ginger and garlic, kimchi is a wonderful source of friendly bacteria, called probiotics. This recipe is vegan, dairy free, and gluten free. 2 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup lentils, cooked
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 1/4 cup raw unsalted pepitas (pumpkin seeds), toasted
  • 1/4 cup kimchi Wake Robin Kickin' Kimchi
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup lentils, cooked
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 1/4 cup raw unsalted pepitas (pumpkin seeds), toasted
  • 1/4 cup kimchi Wake Robin Kickin' Kimchi
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook lentils and quinoa according to package directions. Boil an entire bag of lentils and extra quinoa and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use throughout the week in soups, sauces, salads, casseroles, and omelets!
  2. Toast pumpkin seeds in toaster oven or in a skillet over medium heat until golden brown. Be careful because they can burn quickly!
  3. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix thoroughly until combined. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 285Total Fat: 10 g; Saturated Fat: 1 g; Sodium: 125 mg; Potassium: 195 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 38 g; Dietary fiber: 10 g; Net Carbohydrates: 28 grams; Sugar:  3 g; Protein: 13 g

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Simple Mediterranean Mason Jar Salad

February 14th, 2018 | no comments

OK, I admit…this meal doesn’t look like it could satisfy a mouse, does it? But I have to tell you…it packs a serious punch, without making you feel stuffed. And since most of us want to be productive after lunch, this salad is the perfect solution. 

It gets its “staying power” from the protein and fiber-rich lentils and fat-rich hummus– which is made from chickpeas, olive oil, and tahini (ground sesame seeds).  

Looking for a little extra protein? Add a couple ounces of pulled rotisserie chicken, wild salmon, or tuna. A chopped hard-boiled egg would work too! 

You can easily prepare this salad ahead of time and store in the refrigerator for tomorrow’s lunch. Enjoy!

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Simple Mediterranean Mason Jar Salad
4 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥♥♥
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes (for lentils)
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp. hummus
  • 1/2 cup lentils, cooked
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh berries
  • 2 cups mixed greens
  • 2 tbsp. sliced almonds
  • 5 kalamata olives
  • 2 tbsp. fresh basil, cut into ribbons
  • 2 tbsp. feta cheese or shredded Parmesan/Asiago cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes (for lentils)
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp. hummus
  • 1/2 cup lentils, cooked
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh berries
  • 2 cups mixed greens
  • 2 tbsp. sliced almonds
  • 5 kalamata olives
  • 2 tbsp. fresh basil, cut into ribbons
  • 2 tbsp. feta cheese or shredded Parmesan/Asiago cheese
Instructions
  1. Prepare one bag of lentils according to instructions. Drain and set aside to cool. Scoop out a 1/2 cup portion and mix with balsamic vinegar and salt/pepper to taste. Refrigerate leftover lentils in sealed container and add to your meals throughout the week.
  2. Layer a mason jar in the following order: hummus, prepared and seasoned lentils, berries, greens, almonds, olives, fresh basil, and cheese. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts: Calories: 400Total Fat: 21 g; Saturated Fat: 4 g; Sodium: 625 mg; Potassium: 132 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 37 g; Dietary Fiber: 13 g; Net Carbs: 24 g; Sugar: 8 g; Protein:18 g

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Walnut Taco “Meat”

January 2nd, 2018 | no comments

I don’t love the frozen meat substitute “crumbles” on the market…mainly because they are full of processed soy, sugar (yes sugar!), and corn oil.

When I’m in the mood for a meatless dinner, I try not to rely on frozen convenience foods that purport to be “healthy.” The ingredient list tells an entirely different story.

While on the hunt for a meat substitute recipe to add to my taco salad, I came across this recipe on popsugar.com. I changed up some of the ingredients a bit and the result is quite delicious!

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Walnut Taco "Meat"
The perfect vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free meat substitute for tacos! This recipe requires no cooking- just toss everything in your food processor and pulse until crumbly! You can also season the "meat" with different spices to match different cuisines. 2 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥
Course Dinner
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
1/4 cup servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups raw walnuts
  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tbsp. ground coriander
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos
  • 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
Course Dinner
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
1/4 cup servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups raw walnuts
  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tbsp. ground coriander
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos
  • 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse several times until crumbly. Be careful not to over-blend or you'll get a big pile of mush. 🙂
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Cranberry Apple Tuna Salad Jar

December 26th, 2017 | no comments

Tuna salad is an easy and economical lunch solution…but unfortunately, the mayonnaise that typically dresses it, is full of preservatives (calcium disodium EDTA) and pro-inflammatory omega 6 oil (soybean oil). No thank you!

My version of tuna salad uses a simple five-ingredient homemade Avocado Mayo: avocado, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil, sea salt, and cayenne pepper. I also like a bit of crunch to my meals, so I added chopped celery, apple and red onion. A sprinkle of organic cranberry raisins gives it a nice kiss of sweetness!

I’m a little picky with my tuna too. Safe Catch Tuna is a sustainably caught, omega 3-rich tuna that is tested for mercury content and meets the company’s purity standards— which are even more strict than the FDA mercury action limit.

Instead of bread, I like to serve my tuna salad on Flackers crackers or with a combination of sliced cucumbers, celery sticks, jicama slices, sliced radishes and sweet mini peppers. 

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Cranberry Apple Tuna Salad Jar
Tuna salad is an easy and economical lunch solution. My version uses sustainably caught, low mercury tuna, dressed with a simple five-ingredient homemade avocado mayonnaise and mixed with chopped celery, apple, red onion, and a sprinkle of organic cranberry raisins. Toss it all in a mason jar and lunch is served! 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Course Lunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp. Avocado Mayo (see Recipe Notes below) You could also use Chosen Foods Avocado Oil Mayo
  • 5 oz. can Safe Catch Wild Tuna
  • 1 tbsp. organic dried cranberries
  • 1/2 small apple, diced with skin on
  • 1/2 small celery stalk, diced
  • 1 tbsp. red onion, diced
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
Course Lunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp. Avocado Mayo (see Recipe Notes below) You could also use Chosen Foods Avocado Oil Mayo
  • 5 oz. can Safe Catch Wild Tuna
  • 1 tbsp. organic dried cranberries
  • 1/2 small apple, diced with skin on
  • 1/2 small celery stalk, diced
  • 1 tbsp. red onion, diced
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Spoon into mason jar, secure lid, and store in refrigerator. Serve with a side of Flackers crackers or boost up your Earthfoods and serve with a combination of sliced cucumbers, celery sticks, jicama slices, sliced radishes, sweet mini peppers sliced in half and cleaned. Use the veggies to scoop salad out of jar!
Recipe Notes

Click HERE for Avocado Mayo recipe.

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Sweet Potato Avocado “Toast”

December 12th, 2017 | no comments

 

A lovely sweet and creamy combination with just a touch of salt, makes this one of my fast favorites for breakfast. I like to serve a few of these sweet potato toasts alongside my eggs in place of traditional toast, and when I’m not in the mood for eggs, I slice up the whole sweet potato, top it with avocado and make that my breakfast!

Don’t like avocado? Top your toasts with hummus, diced tomatoes, black beans, and a sprinkle of cilantro, or fresh ground almond butter, hemp seeds, and apple slices. Want a little extra protein? Top it with a sliced hard-boiled egg. Use your imagination…the sky is the limit!

To save time, slice up and toast three sweet potatoes and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Then all you have to do is pop them in the microwave and add your toppings!

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Sweet Potato Avocado "Toast"
A simple avocado toast recipe using mashed avocado, sea salt, and pepper. Feeling adventurous? Try a combination of my suggested toppings. This is so much more nutritious than traditional toast. Nature at it's best! 3 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥♥
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil or melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 large avocado peeled, pitted, and mashed
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional Toppings: Hemp seeds, milled flaxseeds, unsweetened coconut flakes, chopped free-range hard boiled egg, sriracha sauce, balsamic vinegar, fresh herbs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil or melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 large avocado peeled, pitted, and mashed
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional Toppings: Hemp seeds, milled flaxseeds, unsweetened coconut flakes, chopped free-range hard boiled egg, sriracha sauce, balsamic vinegar, fresh herbs
Instructions
  1. Leaving skin on, slice sweet potato crosswise into ½” slices. Brush both sides with oil and run through three cycles in toaster oven.
  2. Allow to cool slightly. Top with mashed avocado and season with salt and pepper to taste.
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Roasted Cabbage “Noodles”

November 22nd, 2017 | no comments

 

Cabbage (along with kale, broccoli, arugula, cauliflower, collard greens, and Brussels sprouts) is a cruciferous vegetable—a super powerful class of veggies that aids in boosting immune function, reducing inflammation, and balancing blood sugar. I make it a rule to get at least one hefty dose of cruciferous vegetables in my diet every day. This recipe can help you do the same!

Originally a recipe for cabbage “steak”, the cabbage, once roasted, took on more of a  “noodle” shape. For me it’s total comfort food, with an aroma reminiscent of my grandma Eleanor’s stuffed cabbage baking in the oven.

Here are some of the many ways you can serve Roasted Cabbage “Noodles”:

  • As a side dish with salt and pepper
  • Folded in your omelet
  • With marinara or pesto sauce
  • Over salad
  • In a giant bowl all by itself!

PS: Roasted Cabbage “Noodles” taste great served cold the day after too!

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Roasted Cabbage "Noodles"
This slightly crunchy, plant-based, gluten and dairy free "noodle" pairs nicely with your favorite marinara or pesto sauce...or just eat a big bowl by itself! It's extra yummy with a few shakes of grated Parmesan cheese on top.
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 head green cabbage
  • 2-3 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil, melted Use refined coconut oil if you don't prefer a coconut flavor.
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 head green cabbage
  • 2-3 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil, melted Use refined coconut oil if you don't prefer a coconut flavor.
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove outer layer and rinse the cabbage.
  2. Slice and remove stem. Then, with stem-side down, cut cabbage into 1-inch slices.
  3. Lay slices on two baking sheets and drizzle with melted coconut oil. Using clean hands, massage into cabbage to coat evenly. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Bake 30-40 minutes. Check at 20 minutes and continue baking until tender.
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The Ultimate Comfort Food!

September 3rd, 2017 | no comments

I don’t know about you, but every once in awhile I get a mean craving for mac-n-cheese! Since I’m all about taste AND nutrition, I prefer to make my own. This recipe is adapted from one that I found while searching for a solution to the traditional boxed variety. Thank you Lindsay from www.pinchofyum.com!

I chose chickpea pasta because of its rich fiber and protein content, making it an ideal solution for those watching their blood sugar. I enjoyed this dish with a nice side of roasted vegetables and leftover organic free range chicken!

 


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Upgraded Mac-n-Cheese
The ultimate comfort food that you can actually feel GOOD about eating!  Made with chickpea pasta, butternut squash, caramelized onions and your favorite cheese.
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Banza shells or elbows, uncooked
  • 1 tbsp. Kerrygold butter
  • 1 cup Red onion, sliced thin
  • 5 cups Butternut squash, cubed (about one small) To save time, purchase peeled and cubed butternut squash!
  • 5 cups Organic chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup Unsweetened nut milk Almond, coconut, cashew, macadamia nut are all good choices.
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt
  • 2/3 cup Cheese I use a blend of Parmesan, Romano and Asiago cheese
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Banza shells or elbows, uncooked
  • 1 tbsp. Kerrygold butter
  • 1 cup Red onion, sliced thin
  • 5 cups Butternut squash, cubed (about one small) To save time, purchase peeled and cubed butternut squash!
  • 5 cups Organic chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup Unsweetened nut milk Almond, coconut, cashew, macadamia nut are all good choices.
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt
  • 2/3 cup Cheese I use a blend of Parmesan, Romano and Asiago cheese
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Prepare pasta according to package instructions, drain and set aside.
  2. Heat butter in skillet on low to medium heat and add onions. Saute for 15-20 minutes until fragrant and brown.
  3. While onions are cooking, remove the skin and seeds from squash and cut flesh into cubes (or purchase already peeled and cubed butternut squash). Bring broth to a boil in a large pot and add squash. Cook for 7 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Drain squash, reserving 1/2 cup of broth. Add squash, reserved broth, milk, sea salt and cooked onions to a blender and process until smooth.
  5. Pour sauce over pasta, stirring to coat. This recipe makes a bit more sauce than you will need. No worries...store in an airtight container and refrigerate for later in the week.
  6. Stir in cheese and mix until melted throughout. Season with salt and pepper to taste!
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