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Tuscan White Bean Stew

This is a hearty and tasty dish sure to please a wide variety of eaters.  The flavours aren’t too bold but it’s definitely not bland.

This is going to be my lunch for the week.  I’ve continued to eat like a nutritarian but being an emotional eater and a food addict I slowly put on some pounds over the years and was struggling to get rid of them.  I discovered Bright Line Eating and after doing that for a little over two months I’ve lost a nice amount of weight and am feeling very much in control of my eating.

My success has been in planning and prepping my meals for the week and not deviating from the plan.  This has kept me sane and I easily turn down anything that’s not my food because it’s not on my plan.  I know it sounds too good to be true but that’s how my brain works and I don’t need any willpower most of the time…it’s automatic.

I hope you enjoy this recipe if you try it.  To keep the stove free while making other food for me and the family I made this one in the instant pot.

Tuscan White Bean Stew

2 onions, chopped

1 red pepper, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

4 cloves garlic, chopped

1.5 tsp rosemary

1.5 tsp basil

2 bay leaves

2 cubes salt free veggie bouillon

1 large can diced tomatos

3 cans white beans, drained

2 zucchinis, chopped and steamed

1 lb fresh spinach
Set the saute setting on the instant pot to low. Add the onions, carrots, peppers and celery and sautee with water until tender. Throw everything else into the pot except the zucchini and spinach.
Close the instantpot and set to chili/beans and adjust cooking time to 15 minutes. After the pot stops, let sit for 10 mins then release the pressure.
Add in the zucchini and the spinach and stir to combine well.

Tasty Thai Veggie Noodle Salad

With an abundance of zucchini I knew I had to make zucchini noodles or zoodles as some people call them. I also wanted to try the Thai Seasoning from my friends at Truly Organic Foods. This lead me to create a sauce to go with my veggie noodle salad. It was great! I love the sweet and mildly spicy taste of the Thai seasoning. I can see this mix being a great quick add in to veggie stir fries and I love that it has no added salt. 

You may be wondering why I sprinkle just the carrots with salt and drain them. I do this so that the texture contrast isn’t so large. This softens the carrots a bit.

 

Tasty Thai Veggie Noodle Salad

Salad Ingredients

2 medium zucchini, julienned or cut with a spiral slicer

2 large carrots, julienned – sprinkle with salt and let drain a bit, rinse well before using.

1 red pepper, julienned

1 orange pepper, julienned

2 green onion sliced thinly

 

Dressing Ingredients

2.5 tbsp raw almond butter

2-3 tsp Thai Seasoning, to taste

1 mejdool date or some date paste, agave, or honey to taste

1.5 tbsp coconut aminos

Puree or mix the ingredients if using anything other than a date.

The dressing will be thick but that’s ok.
Right before serving smoosh the dressing into the salad and enjoy. 

    
    

It’s summer! Time for refrigerator oatmeal!

I got an order from my friends at Truly Organic Foods and lately at work someone has been eating his version of refrigerator oatmeal that looks like he’s eating a jar of mayonaise…both things got me thinking of refrigerator oatmeal but of course I didn’t want to use yogurt because it’s not something I usually eat.

Truly Organic Foods is a local online store that carries a variety of products that I love and others that are fun to try for a change from my regular nutritarian staples.  This order included some new products I’d never tried before like the dried banana…one taste and I’m sold.  I may have to hide them!

   
 Behold the recipe for Cocoa Banana Refrigerator Oatmeal!

It’s tasty and a yummy treat thanks to the dried bananas and cocoa.  I love that flavour combination and since you make this the night before it’s the perfect grab and go breakfast if you’re pressed for time in the morning.  I can’t wait to show this off in the office! It won’t look like a jar of mayonaise!

Here’s the recipe…

3/4c almond milk

1/2c organic rolled oats*

1/2 stevia packet

1 tsp cocoa powder

1/2 tsp chia seeds

2 raw dried banana spears from Giddy YoYo* cut into tiny pieces

10 raw almonds chopped

1 tsp organic unsweetened cocoa nibs*

Put everything into a one pint mason jar and shake. Set in the refrigerator until morning and enjoy.

* I got these from Truly Organic Foods.  The rolled oats are so big and delicious and the dried bananas taste like banana bread.  I love that true banana flavour over fake banana chips any day and the cocoa nibs have a rich, cocoa flavour and are nice and big chunks…perfect for a little chocolate burst in a healthy package.