Colorful Detox Salad

I was inspired to create in the kitchen late this afternoon, following the promptings of my body. I’ve been craving dark green veggies. Healthy cravings are indicators that my body needs something, as opposed to addictions, such as to sugar, when my body wants something. I’ve been eating a healthy plant based diet long enough to have eliminated the food addictions. When my body desires something now, I can trust that it is going to be good for me. 

Colorful Detox Salad
Browsing through Pinterest recipes, I found this colorful detox salad, from Eat Yourself Skinny

Colorful Detox Salad

Colorful Detox Salad

Colorful Detox Salad
I processed the veggies in two batches, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and kale first, and then the red cabbage, carrots and parsley.  A food processor made quick work of finely chopping the veggies and almonds. 

Colorful Detox Salad
I added the chopped almonds and sunflower seeds and then whisked together the ingredients for the salad dressing. I omitted the fresh ginger, since I didn’t have any, and increased the raw honey to 4 teaspoons. 

Colorful Detox Salad
Colorful Detox Salad
The recipe creates a beautiful salad, full of fresh ingredients and healthy benefits. 

Broccoli is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, full of vitamins, minerals and fiber. It supports the immune system, fights diseases including cancer, and aids in digestion and detoxification. 

Brussels Sprouts are a great source of protein, vitamins and minerals. They have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, support heart health and lower the risk of cancer. 

Kale is high in protein and fiber, vitamins and minerals. It too supports heart health, lowers cancer risks and aids in digestion, and can even reduce pain. 

Red Cabbage is one of the most powerful disease fighting foods avaiable. High in vitamins and minerals, red cabbage heals the gut, and maintains eye and bone health. 

Carrots are a good antioxidant root vegetable, full of vitamins and minerals. They reduce the risk for cancer and slow down the aging of cells. 

Parsley alkalizes the body, driving out acidity, which creates an environment for disease to occur. This herb pulls herbicides and pesticides from the body. 

Almonds and Sunflower Seeds not only provide a satisfying crunch to this salad, they also have antioxidant properties and healthy fats. 

This colorful, health boosting salad was so delicious and satisfying. I like that rather than containing a lot of lettuce filler, the salad is made up of vegetables, nuts and seeds, all of which help to stave off hunger. 

I am grateful for the inspiration that came from my own cravings, leading me to search for the perfect combination of foods. The recipe makes a large bowlful of goodness and I am grateful for that as well. I will be enjoying my chopped veggies with honey dijon mustard dressing all week! 

Colorful Detox Salad
This is the food processor I use, making food prep fast and easy!
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Apricot Bars: Healthy 4 Ingredient Treat

I am enjoying trying out the healthy, plant based recipes in Anthony William’s book, Life Changing Foods. For each of the 50 life changing foods that Anthony writes about, he includes a wealth of information plus a mouth watering recipe. Tonight I sampled the Apricot Bars.

Apricot Bars: Healthy 4 Ingredient Treat
This simple recipe has only four ingredients and using a food processor made preparation quick and easy.

Apricot Bars

1 cup apricots, sulfur-free

1/2 cup dates, pitted

1/2 cup almonds

1/4 cup shredded unsweeted coconut

Combine ingredients in processor and process until well blended. Line cookie sheet eith parchment paper and press mixture into a large flat rectangle, approximately 1/2 inch thick. Chill in freezer for 30 minutes. Cut into bars and store in refrigerator for up to a week. Makes 4 servings.

Apricot Bars: Healthy 4 Ingredient Treat

Apricot Bars: Healthy 4 Ingredient Treat
This recipe was so simple to make, and took less than 5 minutes to prepare. I used organic, sulfur-free apricots. Dampening my hands with water made shaping the mixture easier as it didn’t stick to my fingers.

After chilling, the mixture cut readily into bars. I tried one immediately. Naturally sweet and chewy, these bars are the perfect treat. I’ve grabbed Lara bars in the past, treats made with a few wholesome ingredients and sold in grocery stored. These apricot bars are even better and I can make them myself.

Apricot Bars: Healthy 4 Ingredient Treat
Apricots are high in amino acids and minerals. They help cleanse the digestive tract and lower the risk for many types of cancer. In addition, this fruit stabilizes energy, boosts the growth of red blood cells, strengthens the heart and nourishes the brain. Those are powerful benefits in a small package. And sulfer-free dried apricots tend to hold all of their beneficial qualities.

I love having a healthy option if I feel like a treat,  And I like knowing I am contributing to my healing rather than than feeding disease with sugar laden desserts. I’m looking forward to sampling each of the recipes in the Life Changing Foods books. It is creative, and delicious, play with long term benefits that go way beyond having something good to eat.

I am inspired to create lasting health.

Apricot Bars: Healthy 4 Ingredient Treat
Check out Life Changing Foods for info about 50 amazing foods and delicious recipes for each one.

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Spicy Lentil Chili

Super Bowl Sunday is tomorrow, and across the US people will gather to watch the game and enjoy food and drink. While I am not a big football fan, this is the one game I do watch. I enjoy the commercials and I attempt to pay attention during the game. I’ve always prepared an array of snacks and hearty foods such as little smokies and a pot of chili. 

This year, in accordance with my plant based lifestyle, I am forgoing the meat laden dishes and sweet treats, and dining instead on new favorites such as roasted potato wedges, homemade hummus with veggies and veggie pizza on a gluten free crust. I wanted to include a pot of chili that was tasty as well as good for me. I found a recipe, from littlebroken.com, that I tried out tonight. 

Spicy Lentil Chili
I love lentils. They are inexpensive, easy to prepare and packed with protein. This simple recipe appealed to me immediately. 

Spicy Lentil ChiliSpicy Lentil Chili
I added 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes for a little kick. Less could be used, or none at all, for a milder chili. I also didn’t feel that the chili needed thickening, so I skipped the last step. 

Spicy Lentil Chili
In thirty minutes, the lentils were tender and I had to sample this fragrant chili tonight. I couldn’t wait until tomorrow. It was delicious, with just the right amount of heat for me. This recipe definitely goes on my favorites list. 

As I chopped veggies this evening and sautéed them in a little olive oil, I recalled how many times in the last three years I have expressed a desire to cook more, and have creative fun in the kitchen. All that longing to learn new recipes and improve my cooking abilities has found an outlet. Switching over to a different way of eating has necessitated a flurry of fresh cooking techniques and opportunities to learn. 

The ways of the Divine make me smile. 

I am loving this journey. 

Spicy Lentil Chili

Vegan Nori Rolls with Spicy Tahini Sauce

Before switching to a plant based lifestyle, I loved eating sushi. Granted, I preferred California Rolls, which were primarily veggie based, however I also enjoyed sushi with fish, crab or shrimp. I have saved several vegan sushi and nori roll recipes on Pinterest. When I found vegan, non GMO sushi rice and nori wraps at Sprouts in Broken Arrow, OK, I purchased them so I could make my own healthy rolls.  

Vegan Nori Rolls with Spicy Tahini Sauce
I felt inspired to try this first today, making my own nori rolls for lunch. 

I prepared the sushi rice according to the package directions. While the rice cooked, I sliced several veggies…celery, carrots and green pepper…into thin strips. I cut up an avocado as well. That’s the beauty of creating my own nori rolls. I can use whatever vegetables or fruits that I have on hand. 

Vegan Nori Rolls with Spicy Tahini Sauce
As the timer counted down on the sushi rice, I made the spicy tahini sauce, adapting a recipe I found on Pinterest. 

In a blender, I combined 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon joice, 1 tablespoon mashed chickpeas (from a can), 1 tablespoon tahini (purchase at health food store or find in international aisle of larger grocery stores), 1 garlic clove, minced, 2 dates, and 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper. I slowly added 2 teaspoons of water as the ingredients blended, to create a smooth sauce. 

The tahini sauce was so delicious! It would make a great salad dressing or dipping sauce for veggies. 

Vegan Nori Rolls with Spicy Tahini Sauce
I covered a nori wrap with a thin layer of sushi rice. Near one end, I arranged the slices of veggies and avocado and drizzled on the spicy tahini sauce. After sprinkling with sea salt and coarse black pepper, I carefully rolled up the wrap, keeping everything inside! 

These rolls were not difficult to make, however I need to cut back slightly on the amount of veggies that I used as filler. They turned out great, if a bit messy, and the taste was so satisfying! 

Vegan Nori Rolls with Spicy Tahini Sauce
I am connected with an amazing and supportive group of people on Instagram who are improving their health and well being by way of wholesome, nutrient rich foods. Many are healing from inflammation and diseases. Some have chosen a vegan or plant based lifestyle for their health and also for the health of the planet. 

Daily I am inspired by their pictures of colorful, healthy meals. One Instagram friend, who goes by the name of Geoff the Vegan Dad, posts his daily lunches. More than meals, Geoff’s creations are works of art. I appreciate how beautiful his lunches are and I learn a lot about preparing nutritious meals as I follow his journey. 

He has fun, creating a different lunch from scratch each day and sharing the results. I realized that’s so important, to have fun creating in the kitchen. It is playing really, quite literally playing with food, while experimenting with flavors and seasonings. 

I played today. And then I savored. 

Vegan Nori Rolls with Spicy Tahini Sauce