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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.

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Curried Grain and Lentil Salad

Well…finally a new recipe! As I took the picture I thought “Wow…doesn’t even look like it has curry in it.” and “I need a professional photographer”.

Until I tackle the wonderful world of food photography you’re stuck with my quick photos right before I scarf something down or right after I’ve put it into a container for storage.

I love grain and bean salads in the summer. They are easy and hearty because a girl can’t live on lettuce alone…and of course cooking stews and soups in the summer aren’t always what I want to do. I’m prepping stuff for a camping trip and even though veggie dogs sound appealing right now I really don’t want processed food and bread…it’ll just be too tempting to over eat.

Bread is a huge trigger for me. If I eat it then it sets me off to crave/want more so it’s better for me to just avoid it.

Ok so back to the grain and bean salad. Lots of times I just dump a bunch of stuff into a bowl until I’m tired of chopping and prepping. The basics are grain, bean, veggies and a dressing of some sort.

This one has freekah and lentils but you could use any whole grain you have on hand–brown rice, quinoa, bulgur, wheat berries, mixed ancient grains, farro…anything grainy and whole. Couscous is not a grain folks but if you want to use it, go ahead.

As for beans…I like little beans such as lentils, black beans, black eyes peas, chick peas, adzuki beans…whatever you have and want.

Then comes the veggies. You want something that offers crunch and isn’t too mushy. Today I used carrot, zucchini, red pepper and green onion.

Now the big deal for me was making a dressing that tasted good but didn’t have salt, oil and junk. Below is the dressing I came up with today. It tastes good so I figured I better write it down before I forget what I did!!

Curry Chia Dressing

1 cup water or low sodium vegetable broth
1.5 tbsp chia seeds
4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
sweetener of your choice – date paste, agave, maple syrup, honey – add to taste
2 tsp curry powder (taste the dressing after you add one tsp just in case that’s enough)
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder

Combine the chia and water and let it sit until the chia seeds have absorbed all the water/broth and turned into a gelatinous goo. This may take a while but start with that first then go prep your grain and veggies.

Once the chia is coated in a gelatinous goo or mucilage (yes I love the way that sounds), then add the rest of the ingredients.

It’s ok if the dressing tastes a bit bold…it’ll spread out into the salad and provide a nice flavour once everything is incorporated.

I didn’t bother pureeing the dressing in my blender but you could if you’re using whole dates in the dressing.

For a special touch you could add some chopped dried apricots or other dried fruit.

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