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You and I want three things at dinner: meals the whole family will get excited about, light, healthy recipes, and something quick and easy after a long day. This collection of 10 vegan dinners under 300 calories fits the bill effortlessly.

 

It’s a jungle out there.

Between work, school, kids sports and lessons, family pets and day to day obligations, just putting food, real food, on the table at the end of the night can be a daunting task. Whether it’s just us and our hubby, or it’s the whole family, we value sitting down together (when we can actually wrangle them up at the same time.) We recognize the importance of shutting off the electronics and looking each other in the eyes. It’s not possible all the time, but when we can do it, we do.

We realize our families need to be eating healthy, and we’re always trying to lose the last few pounds, so we like to think LIGHT. But light doesn’t always mean tasty. The worst thing EVER is finally getting everyone together, taking the time and making the effort to put something healthy on the table, and then someone is complaining that they don’t like it.  So I put together some of my most flavorful recipes so your family will be racing to the dinner table!

One of the best tips I give my students in my Cleansing Life Diet Reset Program for life after the program, is to have two weeks of recipes on hand with simple ingredients, so on those nights we aren’t feeling creative, we don’t have to think. That is one of the biggest challenges to living a healthy lifestyle. Coming up with an idea at the end of the day, when we’re so tired, we can’t think. It still happens to me all the time, so I keep my two week list close at hand, and try to add fresh recipes to it every now and then to keep things interesting.

My hope with this collection is that it will help you get started with your list of 10 meals for those nights you’re tired and have great intentions, but are eyeing the phone and contemplating take out. Instead, let’s make a pact together to plan on making a few of these during the week – not only will our pocketbooks thank us, but so will our families and our waistline.

Check out the infographic for ideas, scroll down below for the descriptions and links to each recipe and then I’d love to hear from you!

Do you like these recipes? Do you have any light, go-to favorites that you have on your list each weak? I ADORE hearing from readers – so be sure to tell me what you think in the comments below!

 

10 Vegan Dinners Under 300 Calories

10 Vegan Dinners Under 300 Calories


List of 10 Vegan Dinners Under 300 Calories

Greens Spanakopita

This Easy & Delicious Vegan Spanakopita Recipe has a healthy little secret. Within that oh-so light and flakey crust, it is stuffed with savory, seasoned greens and tangy sun dried tomatoes nestled inside. My whole family enjoyed each bite!

Roasted Carrots with Lentils and Sunflower Seeds

Roasted Carrots with Lentils and Sunflower Seeds is both delicious and satisfying; coarse sea salt, aromatic cumin and sweet carrots pump up the volume on your taste buds, and hearty lentils keep you fuller, longer.

10 Minute – 5 Ingredient Black Bean Burgers

Ten Minute – Five Ingredient Black Bean Burgers are simple enough to make any weeknight, and the whole family will love them!

Outrageously Cheesy & Creamy Mushroom Spinach Alfredo Lasagna

This outrageously cheesy and creamy Mushroom and Spinach Alfredo Lasagna is healthy, naturally vegan and gluten free. It will blow your mind!

Teriyaki Tempeh Lettuce Wraps

My Teriyaki Tempeh Lettuce Wraps are as simple to make as they are delicious. Whether you put them in a tortilla to make a taco, or chop the tempeh and throw it over some salad – this is a versatile, filling and scrumptious meal.

Quinoa Florentine

Savory Quinoa Florentine is a simple and elegant dish with sautéed tomatoes, caramelized onions, aromatic garlic and wilted spinach.

Grilled Tempeh with Raspberry Horseradish Mustard Sauce

This quick and easy recipe will knock your socks off. The sauce does double duty as the perfect dressing, as well as a sweet/savory sauce – though it’s pink it is not overly sweet. The flavors of horseradish and mustard hold their own in counterbalance to the fresh raspberry.

Upside Down Lentil Pot Pie

This four-ingredient recipe is quick enough for any weeknight, but delicious enough to offer to company. With all the comforts of home, this Upside Down Lentil Pot Pie will everyone at the dinner table.

Garlic Balsamic Mushroom Pasta

Garlic Balsamic Mushroom Pasta is a fusion of tangy, and sweet flavors with the savory umami of mushrooms that offer a nice hearty bite. Pair this with a nice crisp glass of wine for an intimate dinner for two, or make it a family meal by substituting mixed vegetables for some, or all, of the mushrooms. For a heartier feast, top with some seared tofu or tempeh.

Feisty Vegan Taco Salad

Crunchy chips, creamy avocado, fresh salsa and a hearty seasoned mixture of walnuts and barley with the kick of cayenne in this Feisty Vegan Taco Salad are perfect to satisfy any Tex-Mex craving.

**For anyone that doesn’t like heat, simply leave out the cayenne!


Do you have a light, go-to meal during the week? If so, what is your favorite?

 

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By now you’re aware that sugar is in everything – you get it. You need some creative ways to get the stuff out of your diet and out of your kids’ diet.

I’ll show you how to help you and your family get rid of sugar addiction and share a recipe to help you on your way!

Get Rid of Sugar Addiction

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One of the toughest things for me when I learned about the dangers of sugar, was to figure out ways to eliminate the majority of it from my family’s diet. I was on board. My family – eh, not so much. Getting off it cold turkey was out of the question.

As I became aware of it and started reading labels, I realized how hard it is to avoid. At Valentine’s Day I cringed when my daughter brought Airheads, Dumdums, Starburst, Skittles, jelly beans and Jolly Ranchers home from school and wanted to eat it all. People look at me like I have three heads when they offer my child candy or sweets and I tell her she can’t have it – she can have something else at home. As if I’m causing her to denounce her birthright to sugar. I mean, it’s not Halloween without candy right?

What’s a mom to do?

Every time I look at this crap I picture the genetically modified sugar beets they are made from, the inflammation and acidity, the health risks of diabetes and obesity, and the fact that sugar usually rides along with other nasty stuff, like caramel coloring that has been linked to cancer, and petroleum based dyes, like red 40, that may contribute to ADD, ADHD.

Though I haven’t been able to completely eliminate it – I am fully aware of it’s power.

I can see a change in my daughter’s behavior and my own behavior when I eat sugar. She immediately starts talking more, and faster. Once she has had a little, she wants more and is unrelenting in wearing me down. I redirect her to think of other options. For me, if I start eating sugar at a certain time, my brain is instantly rewired to desire it at that time, every day. It is that powerful. I redirect myself by having whole fruit handy, such a mixture of berries, and plan to eat it at that time.

It’s all about the redirect.

Sweet and Sour Tofu and Cabbage

Tips:

1. Buy reusable water bottles: Instead of fruit juice, sports drinks or flavored drinks for kids, get them a fun, reusable water bottle with their favorite characters or a sleek one for teens. Fill it with fresh, filtered water and a squeeze of orange. The kids at school will be jealous of their new accessory, and your kids will be more open to new and fresh changes from you. Not to mention you’ll be saving the environment by reducing waste!

2. Let go of the guilt: Shift your mindset. Sending in a fruit salad as a treat is a wonderful and caring thing to do. It’s ok if the treat is not gummies. Your child is not being deprived. For older children, if you can’t redirect instantly, begin to add smaller portions of the sugary snacks and add fresh fruit, slowly change the ratio to increase the fruit and decrease the sugary snacks until you eventually stop buying them.

TALK to your kids about the dangers of sugar.

3. Step down process:  Start replacing sugar with other naturally sweet foods that are lower on the glycemic index than sugar and slowly start decreasing even natural sugars. Maple syrup, agave and coconut nectar and coconut palm sugar are more natural options, but still contain high amounts of calories and have low nutritional value. Start there as the first step, and then move to dried fruits, such as dates, and finally move to fresh fruits and fruit salad.

4. Start reading ingredients (or start reading them more closely): There are many hidden names for sugars – some of the main ones to avoid are caramel, cane sugar, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, malt syrup, sorbitol, sucrose, cane sugar, cane crystals, dextrose, corn syrup, ethyl maltol, maltose, lactose. Ack! It’s too much! Actively seek out products that don’t contain sugar, and begin rewiring the neuropathways in your brain.

5. Mix in some fats: Sometimes adding some nuts or natural nut butter helps conquer the sugar craving by stabilizing blood sugar and satisfying the pleasure center in your brain – your brain needs fat to function!

Hey I get it. This isn’t an overnight process. Not if you don’t want to hear the screams from your family about why you brought some nasty natural peanut butter home or why their toaster strudel isn’t in the freezer.

It’s not about deprivation.

It is about adding foods into their diet (and your diet) that everyone enjoys. No one wants their husband to spit their food back on their plate and go make themselves a peanut butter and jelly with Jiff. (Yes, that actually happened in my house.) I promise, if you make little changes, over time you will help your family make healthy changes. You CAN do this. On the days you are tired and slip, it’s ok. Just get up and keep going the next day until you have an arsenal of foods they love that aren’t sugar filled.

Remember – the most important thing to do is lead by example.

My Sweet and Sour Tofu & Cabbage is the perfect example of an easy step down recipe. I cut the sweetener WAY down – from 1 cup white sugar in most recipes, to 3 Tbsp of coconut palm sugar. Not perfect, but MUCH better. The balance of flavors, sweet, salty, savory and sour – but not TOO sweet or sour. My 6-year-old does not like acid or sour flavors and she loved this dish.

Sweet and Sour Tofu and Cabbage

Sweet and Sour Tofu & Cabbage

Serves 4
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe

Tofu
1 block extra firm tofu
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp liquid aminos or tamari, divided
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1-2 cups shredded cabbage (red, white or a combination)

Sweet and Sour Sauce
2 Tbsp arrowroot
1/2 cup water
1 Tbsp unsweetened ketchup
3 Tbsp coconut vinegar (or rice vinegar)
1/2 tsp minced ginger
3 Tbsp coconut palm sugar

Optional
Asian hot sauce, to taste
Sesame seeds (black, white or combination)

Directions

1. Wrap tofu in paper towels and press between two plates to squeeze out the water; crumble or cut into cubes.

2. Combine olive oil, 1 tablespoon of liquid aminos, cumin, chili powder and garlic powder in a small container; pour evenly over tofu, toss to coat and set aside to marinate.

3. Dissolve arrowroot in water over medium heat; stir in ketchup, remaining 1 tablespoon of liquid aminos, coconut vinegar, minced ginger, coconut palm sugar and hot sauce, if desired. Simmer until thickened about 10 minutes.

4. Heat skillet over medium high heat; add tofu and brown on one side about 5 minutes; stir, top with cabbage, cook 5 minutes; stir a final time and cook until cabbage has wilted; pour sweet-and-sour sauce over evenly, stir to combine; sprinkle sesame seeds, if desired. Serve with cooked quinoa or jasmine rice.

Nutrition Facts
4 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 201.8
Total Fat 10.6 g
Saturated Fat 1.5 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.1 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 569.2 mg
Potassium 363.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate 17.9 g
Dietary Fiber 1.7 g
Sugars 7.7 g
Protein 13.5 g

Vitamin A 2.4 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 5.5 %
Vitamin C 25.1 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 2.3 %
Calcium 14.2 %
Copper 11.1 %
Folate 12.3 %
Iron 13.1 %
Magnesium 22.2 %
Manganese 58.9 %
Niacin 2.7 %
Pantothenic Acid 1.4 %
Phosphorus 19.7 %
Riboflavin 4.0 %
Selenium 19.0 %
Thiamin 5.3 %
Zinc 9.2 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Don't Give Up...

Don’t Give Up…

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These All Natural Chocolate Chip Cookie Mini Muffins are flourless, nut free (made with sunflower seed butter), vegan, and contain only 79 calories!

I had to wrestle them out of my 6 year daughter’s hands.

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These soft, warm, little muffins are a cross between a soft baked chocolate chip cookie and a muffin. Though there is no peanut butter in this recipe, the marriage of nutty flavor from the sunflower seed butter, and sweet richness from the chocolate is a match made in heaven.

These are perfect for school lunches or an afternoon snack.
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The “flax egg”, instead of a traditional egg, adds a dash of fiber and a nice texture. These don’t puff up quite as much as the egg-filled version, but they are still mouth-wateringly delicious. Be sure to let the flax egg set for at least five minutes. A “chia egg “or egg replacer would work nicely here too.
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All Natural, Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Mini Muffins

Serves 16-17
Vegan, Gluten Free
Inspired by Averie Cooks
Printable Recipe

Ingredients

Coconut oil for greasing and gluten free flour for dusting
1 medium ripe banana, peeled
1 Tbsp ground flax + 3 Tbsp water, mix in a small bowl and set for 5 minutes
Heaping 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter
3 Tbsp coconut nectar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp baking soda
Pinch salt, to taste
1/4 cup mini dairy free, grain sweetened semi-sweet chocolate chips (Such as Enjoy Life brand)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400F. Prepare mini muffin pans greasing with coconut oil and dusting with gluten free flour.

2. Blend banana, flax egg, sunflower seed butter, coconut nectar, vanilla extract, baking soda and salt in a Magic Bullet or blender until smooth; about 1 to 2 minutes.

3. Stir in chocolate chips by hand.

4.Scoop about 1 rounded Tbsp per muffin-about 3/4 the way full.

5.Bake for 10-11 minutes, or until the tops are set. Remove from oven and let cool completely before removing. Store in the refrigerator for a few days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts
17 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 79.7
Total Fat 5.0 g
Saturated Fat 1.1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.7 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 31.7 mg
Potassium 27.7 mg
Total Carbohydrate 7.8 g
Dietary Fiber 0.6 g
Sugars 4.6 g
Protein 1.9 g

Vitamin A 0.2 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 4.4 %
Vitamin C 1.1 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 0.1 %
Calcium 1.5 %
Copper 7.1 %
Folate 4.7 %
Iron 3.7 %
Magnesium 7.3 %
Manganese 8.3 %
Niacin 2.1 %
Pantothenic Acid 5.4 %
Phosphorus 5.6 %
Riboflavin 1.6 %
Selenium 0.1 %
Thiamin 1.8 %
Zinc 2.7 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Dining Out is Easy with My 3 Top Tips for Eating Out and Traveling on a Vegan or Plant-Based Diet.

Before you leave, load up your body with nutrients – enjoy my fresh, sweet and creamy pre-travel smoothie.

Pre-Travel Smoothie

Dining out while attempting to eat a healthy diet is hard. Eating out and traveling on vegan or plant-based diet can be even more challenging.

You just want to know how to seamlessly eat out with your friends and family, and how to survive travel. I’ve got you covered.

My first tip will save you some eye rolls and comments from carnivore friends and family about being on that diet. With the second two tips you might need a bit thicker skin, but I promise, they will help you stick to your healthy eating habits.

Who knows, when you lead by example, others may follow. Have confidence that you’ve made the right decision to live this lifestyle, for your health, for animals, and for the environment. And remember, it’s not about being perfect. If you slip up, it’s ok!

Tip 1: Pre-plan.

Doing a little pre-planning is the best way to enjoy a carefree meal when eating a vegan diet – especially if you are new to plant based eating.

Check the restaurant’s on-line menu. Think about what your options are, and even write down what you want to order so when you get there it is seamless and you can order with confidence. The next time you dine at this restaurant you won’t have to do as much thinking. The work will be done and you can enjoy yourself.

Second plan of attack. Call them ahead of time and see if they have a vegan menu, discuss options and inquire whether they can make you something special or suggest something delicious.

Here is an example. My family likes to go to a Tex-Mex restaurant called Tijuana Flats. I checked out the on-line menu and noticed they have a salad with guacamole, a variety of toppings, and a choice of salsa or dressings. When I got there, I already knew what I wanted, and it made ordering so much easier. I went with the wheat bowl – not so I could eat it, but so that I could forgo the plastic container – stuffed with lettuce, guacamole, salsa, jalapenos, black beans, a little rice, no cheese and no sour cream. It was DELICIOUS, and now I have somewhere my family can go and enjoy our time together. Because the guacamole is so creamy and feels like a “cheat” food, I don’t miss the sour cream or cheese.

 Tip 2: Wing it-armed with some common substitution possibilities.

(A little riskier if you are new to plant based eating and don’t mind the back and forth from the waiter on whether they can substitute.)

When you arrive scan the menu for dishes with the most plant based options. Sometimes I’ll order a salad and add grilled vegetables or beans and rice off the sides to create a new meal. Sub foods you enjoy for the cheese and meat, like sundried tomatoes, avocado, walnuts or pine nuts.

I’ll give you an example. We love going to a restaurant where before the meal they bring out a basket of fresh bread and butter. I really wanted a piece of bread that day so I asked her for balsamic vinegar, balsamic vinaigrette or a balsamic reduction instead. She brought out a balsamic reduction that was even more delicious than butter. As I scanned the menu I happened to find the only thing that wasn’t 100% animal based was a Mediterranean salad with feta. I asked if she had sundried tomatoes instead – something I like just as much as feta. They happened to have them and since I was able to sub with something I love I didn’t feel deprived.

Tip 3: Bring your own supplement foods.

Order off the menu, but add something you brought from home. You will feel a little weird at first, but so far I haven’t had any problems from various venues, and though I endured a few family eye rolls at first, now they’re used to it.

Sometimes I bring my own walnuts, pine nuts or even oil free homemade dressing if I know the choices are buttermilk or ranch. If I want coffee at breakfast I bring some coconut milk in a little container.  As long as I’m buying the main portion of the food from the venue, they have been completely fine.

Try making your own non-dairy creamer. Here are two simple ones.
Raw Almond Milk Coffee Creamer from Kitchen Treaty
Or
this fast Vanilla Coffee Creamer from Peanut Butter and Peppers.

Traveling

Pre-planning in this case is also essential. Look up the location you are going to before you pack your bags. Seek out restaurants that source fresh, local and plant based options.
Check http://www.happycow.net/
And look for Slow Food supported options.

On your way there it will be difficult, if not impossible, to find anything to eat that you’ll enjoy in airports or at fast food restaurants along the highway.

Pack a cooler before you go.

Here’s what I like pack in my cooler.
Carrots, celery and hummus
Sugar snap peas
Fresh fruit
Almonds or nut butter
Gluten free or dehydrated crackers
Pickles (I know, a little unconventional, but I love snacking on them.)
Grilled tofu
Trail mix
Granola bars, homemade or purchased, such as Larabar.


What are your best tips for dining out on a plant based diet? We would love to hear from you!


Before leaving on a trip, I always front load some nutrient dense foods by enjoying a fresh smoothie each morning.

This is my FAVORITE pre-travel smoothie. It is so refreshing, a tad bit sweet and creamy.

Pre-Travel Smoothie

Pre-Travel Smoothie

Serves1
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe

Ingredients

1 tsp chopped fresh ginger
1 cup chopped kale
1/3 cup fresh parsley
2 beet greens
1/3 cup plain, unsweet non-dairy yogurt (I used a homemade coconut yogurt)
1/2 frozen banana , cut into chunks
2 Tbsp chia (I use Mila)
Filtered water

Directions

1. Blend all ingredients.

Estimated Nutrition Facts
1 Serving
Amount Per Serving

Calories 215.8
Total Fat 6.2 g
Saturated Fat 0.4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 76.8 mg
Potassium 678.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate 33.0 g
Dietary Fiber 9.7 g
Sugars 12.5 g
Protein 8.7 g

Vitamin A 319.1 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 20.2 %
Vitamin C 129.2 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 7.6 %
Calcium 109.8 %
Copper 12.7 %
Folate 14.2 %
Iron 20.1 %
Magnesium 54.4 %
Manganese 27.7 %
Niacin 5.3 %
Pantothenic Acid 2.8 %
Phosphorus 115.4 %
Riboflavin 9.3 %
Selenium 2.1 %
Thiamin 6.7 %
Zinc 4.0 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Go After What you Want

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Get ready NOW for spring and summer. Only four days left until signups open for the Cleansing Life Diet Reset Program to cleanse your way to a lighter, more balanced you, naturally.

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Plant Protein Power is my newly launched vegan cookbook based off a compilation of my delicious recipes with a focus on protein.

Vegan Cookbook ~ Plant Protein Power

We all know a whole foods, plant-based diet is the gold standard of health; the healing power of plants cannot be denied. The difficulties come with the pressure of perfection, dealing with labels such as “vegetarian” and “vegan”, and deciphering what that means.

Everyone who has attempted to eat a cleaner, plant-based diet inevitably gets the question, “Where do you get your protein and/or calcium?”

This vegan cookbook is my way of helping you answer those questions.

Though not all the recipes contain over 20 grams of protein—you will notice that they ALL do contain protein; dispelling the myth that you must eat animal foods to obtain this macronutrient.

Too much emphasis is put on this single aspect of nutrition—there are many theories as to why; however, the recommended allowance is minimal when compared to suggestions from many dieticians, fitness experts and medical practitioners. The best thing about plant protein is that it also comes with healing antioxidants, enzymes, fiber and tons of vitamins and nutrients that animal foods just can’t compete with.

Contents Plant Protein Power

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This all natural banana pancake bread is warm banana bread and comforting pancakes all rolled into one.

And just so happens to be gluten free, vegan, and no one will ever know there’s not an ounce of butter or a gram of refined sugar.

Banana Pancake Bread

My dad used to carefully craft his pancakes.

He would mix the batter, measuring out the flour in exact proportion, stir in the remaining ingredients and gently fold in fat, sweet, juicy blueberries. They grew BIG up in the Northeast.

One particular camping trip in Stow Vermont at the Mountain View Campground he had created a particularly fine batch.

Everyone was sitting at the wood camp table, adults on one side, kids on the other, napkins tucked into their shirt collars, forks and knives in hand banging them on the table. “We WANT pancakes. We WANT pancakes!”, we shouted. Ok maybe that’s an exaggeration, but we were hungry.

In the center of the table sat real Vermont maple syrup – our mouths salivating like Pavlov’s dogs at the thought of fluffy pancakes dripping with rich syrup.

He had finally finished his masterpieces – perfectly round and equally sized, fluffy blueberry pancakes. As he carefully walked to the table, he placed them in the center of the table and walked around to the side next to my mother.

BAM! The table fell backwards, catapulting the perfect, drool worthy pancakes directly into the faces of my parents, all over their clothes  and onto the ground as they lay there, with their new purple-y delicious ensembles.

(To clarify for my mom’s sake, I’m not saying my parents were big people – it was just a weight distribution thing.)

To this day I don’t remember if we were laughing or if we all turned to my dad with wide eyes waiting to see what his reaction would be. All I know is that we’ve gotten lots of mileage out of that story as we repeated it over the years. Every time I think of pancakes, I think of the story of the flying blueberry pancakes.

This banana pancake bread is hit-you-in-the-face good. But in a better way. Where you actually get to eat it.

Banana Pancake Bread

It’s all warm, moist and banana-y on the inside and crackly on the outside. We enjoyed a slice at breakfast and another at dessert. I did notice that we had a few people stopping by more than usual and the bread disappeared rather quickly.

When banana pancake bread is involved, you suddenly have more friends. Strange how that happens.

(p.s. As a variation, it would be perfect with blueberries in the summer or with some toasted walnuts or pecans.)

Banana Pancake Bread

Banana Pancake Bread

Inspired by Minimalist Baker
Serves 8
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe

Ingredients

3 medium ripe bananas (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp chia & 3 Tbsp water
3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup organic coconut palm sugar
2 Tbsp coconut nectar or maple syrup
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup almond or non dairy milk
1 1/4 cup almond meal
1 1/4 cup gluten free pancake mix
1 1/4 cup gluten free oats

Directions

1.Preheat oven to 350 and grease a loaf pan with coconut oil.

2.Mash banana in a large bowl. Add all ingredients through almond milk and whisk vigorously to combine. Last add almond meal, gluten free flour blend and oats and stir.

3.Bake for 60 minutes or until firm and golden on top.

4.Let cool completely, for at least 15 minutes, so that the bread doesn’t crumble.

Store leftovers on the counter for a few days or wrap tightly and store in the freezer.

Nutrition Facts
8 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 341.9
Total Fat 14.5 g
Saturated Fat 2.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.4 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 367.9 mg
Potassium 199.3 mg
Total Carbohydrate 53.3 g
Dietary Fiber 5.6 g
Sugars 14.1 g
Protein 7.9 g

Vitamin A 1.6 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 12.2 %
Vitamin C 6.5 %
Vitamin D 2.3 %
Vitamin E 27.2 %
Calcium 15.5 % (from the almond meal and milk!)
Copper 2.4 %
Folate 2.0 %
Iron 10.3 %
Magnesium 18.6 %
Manganese 5.1 %
Niacin 1.1 %
Pantothenic Acid 1.1 %
Phosphorus 2.9 %
Riboflavin 3.4 %
Selenium 0.7 %
Thiamin 4.4 %
Zinc 0.5 %

*Percent Daily Values for Pancake Banana Bread are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

 

Life begins.....

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How to detoxify with food – in 3 easy steps.

You and I are people that eat pretty healthy already. But we’re not perfect. No one is. Instead of judging ourselves, let’s make a pact to wake up each day and spend some time learning, growing and getting better. We all know what’s bad – yet sometimes we still eat and do the things we shouldn’t. I, for one, have a tough time giving up the wine. What about you?

The one thing I know for sure is that if we help each other – we will all grow together. So I’ll share what I have learned with you, and you share what you have learned with me. Deal?

When it comes to cleansing and detoxing there is so much confusing information.
What detoxes should we do? What supplements should we take? What foods should we cut out? Every time it gets overwhelming I go back to my personal philosophy. Cleanse the body through food first. Intuitively this just feels right.

I HATE deprivation. When someone tells us we can’t have something – what happens? We want that exact thing we can’t have right?

So screw deprivation.

Let’s focus on additions. Additions will naturally crowd out the crappy foods we shouldn’t be eating anyway – without having to mentally tell ourselves we are cutting them out.

Get back to basics.

How to Detoxify with FOOD
(In 3 Easy Steps)

How to Detoxify in 21 Days with FOOD (in 3 Easy Steps)

Simplicity.

Identify the Essential. Eliminate the Rest.

 

Week 1) Alkaline the body with alkaline foods.

Alkaline foods are those that cause you to move out of an acidic state. This douses inflammation and will get your body running cleaner.  Think of it this way. An alkaline body is like a cool, lubricated engine that purrs like a kitten. Maybe like the new Tesla my friends Dave and Kimberly bought. Now think of an acid body like a broken down old jalopy on the side of the road, hood up, engine smoking – smog belching out the tailpipe. Ug!

So let’s start with breakfast.

ADD:

Lemon
Raw apple cider vinegar
Cayenne pepper
Nutrient dense chia (Preferably from farms along the equator – where chia likes to be grown and can suck up tons of nutrients in the dense loam.)
Lots of filtered water
Raw fruit and veggies at every meal. Even breakfast – sometimes it’s ok to have savory. Cook up some quinoa and throw over raw spinach to wilt and “cook down” without actually being cooked.

Extra Credit: Slow burning whole grains, nuts and seeds. Some beans are on the acidic side; however, they are full of fiber and protein and are a valuable asset to a detox plan.

“No disease, including cancer, can exist in an alkaline environment.” ~ Otto Warburg 1931 Nobel Prize Winner for Cancer Discovery

Week 2)  Add different kinds of milks – other than dairy.

Nut milk, yogurt and cheese is YUMMY. I really enjoy it – if you aren’t drinking/eating it, you’ve gotta try it in week 2.

And….Knowledge is Power. Here are some links about diary that helped me over the, “but I LOVE cheese.” Remember we are ADDING nut milk here.

Dairy isn’t as great as the dairy industry tells us it is. It IS good for baby cows, but that’s about it. Don’t listen to me though. Research the stance of Harvard Medical. There are some smart people up there in Cambridge. See how Harvard Medical’s healthy plate compares to the USDA’s “My Plate”. 

“The Healthy Eating Plate is based exclusively on the best available science and was not subjected to political or commercial pressures from food industry lobbyists.”

And their stance on calcium in dairy.

“Calcium is important. But milk isn’t the only, or even best, source.”

ADD:

Raw Almond or Cashew Milk – soak raw almonds or cashews & blend with water, dates and a pinch of salt.
Banana – blend with cashew milk or water.
Cashew cheese – soaked cashews, apple cider vinegar, lemon, salt – blend the bejesus out of it.
Tofu Feta  - tofu and herbs.
Unsweet soy or almond yogurt and fresh fruit.

Inhale the Now, Exhale the Past.

Week 3) Body & environment – Move your body every day to dislodge toxins and flush them away.  And cleanse your environment.

Exercise: The secret key: Don’t just gut it out. Find something you ENJOY. This sort of goes along with the no deprivation thing.
You may need to test a few activities out. Like me – you probably already enjoy something  – add something new and confuse your muscles a bit.

Environment: Go buy a big bottle of white vinegar, some baking soda, and throw in some essential oils for additional antibacterial power and aromatherapy and get to cleaning. No toxic fumes, crystal clean home, and environmentally friendly. Here’s my guide to organic oils.


Do you have any favorite detox foods or recipes? If so please share in the comments section, I’d love to see them!


 

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Raw Collard Fiesta wraps are a delicious way to fill up and burn fat.

Raw Collard Fiesta Wraps ~ Florida Coastal Cooking

“What are the top three topics you’d like me to cover?” I asked in a recent facebook post.

Best foods for fat burning, was an answer that came back to me.

This is a topic that will always be relevant – great pic Jenny!

Here are my top fat burning foods:

Cinnamon increases your metabolism and stabilizes blood sugar.
Try sprinkling some over oatmeal, in a cup of peppermint tea, even try it over black bean chili for an interesting twist.

Cayenne, similar to cinnamon, is also excellent to speed metabolism, stabilize blood sugar and alkaline the body. It is also very healing with many anti-inflammatory properties and  is a natural pain reliever!
Add two capsules to your morning regimen and try adding an extra pinch to the raw collard fiesta wraps in the recipe below.

Green Tea, with it’s powerful antioxidant powers, is the perfect addition to this list. It’s gentle caffeine content aids in appetite suppression and stimulates brain function.
Enjoy a cup in the morning or afternoon with lemon and warm, but not boiling, water. Be sure to forgo sugar or other sweeteners.

Veggies, the obvious choice, are a great aid for weight loss – packed with vitamins and nutrients, low in calories and high in fiber. Fill up on LOTS of organic vegetables.
Chop up a bunch of fresh veggies for a delicious snack or make a batch of these collard wraps and enjoy.

Nuts, a more surprising choice, are actually a great snack to assist with weight management. Nuts pack lots of fiber and a satisfying amount of fat. Be sure not to overindulge because of the calorie content.
Nut “Meat” is an excellent alternative to animal proteins and is, in my opinion, even more delicious. Try it just about anywhere you would use meat. (And, of course, the most delicious ingredient in these wraps.)

Fat Burning Foods ~ Florida Coastal Cooking

 


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These raw collard wraps are by far my new favorite recipe. Inspired by Kimberly Snider’s Beauty Detox book, these are absolutely crave-worthy. I find myself thinking about them at lunch and run to the garden to snip a few collard leaves. The mixture of healthy, satisfying fats, rich spice profile and crisp veggies is a winner. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.

Raw Collard Wraps

Raw Collard Fiesta Wraps

Serves 6 appetizer size wraps or three meal size wraps
Inspired by Kimberly Snyder’s Raw Gorilla Wraps, Beauty Detox Foods
Vegan, Gluten Free, Raw
Printable Recipe

Ingredients

3/4 cup raw walnuts
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground cumin
Dash of chili powder and cayenne pepper
1 tsp Liquid Aminos
1/4 cup chopped sweet bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
Handful of fresh sunflower seed sprouts
3 collard green leaves

Directions

1. Pulse walnuts in food processor until broken down but not ground; mix in a small bowl with coriander, cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper and Liquid Aminos.

2. Cut bottom two inches of stem out of the collards – leaving the leaf in tact. Turn collard so green side is down. Top each with 1/3 walnut mixture; 1/3 bell pepper, 1/3 tomatoes and 1/3 of the sunflower seed sprouts. Roll, fold sides (burrito style) and continue rolling. Flip so seam sides down; cut in half and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
3 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 214.3
Total Fat 20.3 g
Saturated Fat 1.8 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 14.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.8 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 114.3 mg
Potassium 218.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate 8.0 g
Dietary Fiber 3.6 g
Sugars 1.4 g
Protein 5.9 g

Vitamin A 34.3 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 10.8 %
Vitamin C 17.9 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 7.3 %
Calcium 7.2 %
Copper 25.4 %
Folate 18.1 %
Iron 7.2 %
Magnesium 13.6 %
Manganese 56.5 %
Niacin 4.5 %
Pantothenic Acid 2.9 %
Phosphorus 11.5 %
Riboflavin 5.3 %
Selenium 2.7 %
Thiamin 8.6 %
Zinc 6.8 %

*Percent Daily Values for Raw Collard Wraps are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Quiet People

 

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Exclusive Healthy Food Tips for Camping, Backpacking and Outdoor Lovers.

Camping

There is something about the excitement of planning a camping trip. So many of us spend much of our days hunched over a computer, driving in a car with a cellphone attached to our ear, or parked in front of a TV – forgetting that there is a whole world out there to explore and connect with. Once we finally wake up and say hey – I’d like to get back to nature, game on.

The outdoors is in my blood.

It started way back with my parents. Their first date was camping in the deserts outside San Diego, California. During my childhood growing up in the North East we rotated between tent camping and camping in slide-in campers that sit on the bed of a truck.

Three times we tent camped in the deserts of Arizona for two weeks at a time – what experiences to remember.

Once I moved to Florida, camping was a whole different ballgame in the summer. Namely the HEAT. If we wanted to camp year round I would need to figure something out to make it bearable. So I got this little beauty and restored her. Now my 6 year old daughter has been camping more times than we can count – starting when she was 8 weeks old.

Princess the Camper

But enough about me.

You’re here for the tips.

Keep in mind – these won’t really help if you plan to throw a couple of hot dogs on the fire and call it a day. I’m trying to keep you healthy here.

Camping Food Tips ~ Florida Coastal Cooking

1. Plan your meals. Tossing a bunch of food in the cooler and expecting to come up with a brilliant plan upon arrival doesn’t work. Trust me. I tested this one out. Give yourself some time beforehand and think about what you’d enjoy given the time of year.

If it is hot out, the worst thing is slaving over a camp stove. Think sandwiches and fresh foods. When it is cold, there is nothing better than a warm soup or chili and you’ll enjoy the warmth of the fire.

5 Exclusive Healthy Food Tips for Camping, Backpacking and Outdoor Lovers

2. Prep most of the food before you leave. Want to bring along some whole grain rice or beans? It is sort of a bummer if you’re stuck sitting at the fire for 45 minutes while everyone else is off doing a scavenger hunt. Try cooking the rice or beans first and freezing it in zip top bags proportionate to serving size. By the time you get to the campground it will be thawed in a cooler and you can just reheat. Same thing with veggies. Wash, dry and chop before leaving. You can store them in zip top bags with a few paper towels to keep the moisture in but stop them from getting mushy. (Remember to recycle your bags and not throw them out.)

3. Seek out farmers markets in the area you’ll be camping near. One of our favorite campgrounds is Skidaway Island near Savannah – through the Slow Food network I found the Forsyth Farmers Market. It. Is. Awesome. And anything we are missing, we can pick up there.

4. Reuse empty small bottles for condiments and spices. My family loves to go out to breakfast so I make everyone save their syrup bottles for me to put mustard, ketchup, vinegar, hot sauce, salt, pepper etc.

Tiny Bottles  - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

5. Buy some super-awesome, healthy pre-made food.

AH. Now we’re getting to the best tip. The real meaning for this post is to introduce you to a company with values that surpass most others in the realm of convenient food. I think you are gonna love it as much as I do!

Outdoor Herbivore launched it’s website in 2010. Owner, Kim, started the company after seeing a real need for healthy food on the backpacking trails and found a solution.

Outdoor Herbivore

On one fateful trip she landed in the town of Damascus that was hosting a festival/reunion for backpackers. There she overheard many fellow backpackers talking about the lack of healthy and convenient food options and the idea for the company was born.

Coincidentally, during the festival she stayed in a little bed-and-breakfast where a strange machine was running. It was a dehydrator! At that point she put two and two together and realized she could learn to dehydrate and create healthy meals for backpackers across the US. She quit her corporate job and three months later she had her business up and running.

Healthy. What impresses me most about her business model is her commitment to whole, healthy and high quality foods and the variety of plant based meals.

She focuses on obtaining the majority of her ingredients from inside the United States so that she can verify sourcing, thereby processing as minimally as possible.

Dehydrating is one of the oldest and most healthful methods of preservation. It is used by many raw food enthusiasts because dehydrators work at such low temperatures that the enzymes stay intact.

Switchback Soup from Outdoor Herbivore

Convenience. Many of her delicious meals are no-cook or only need hot water.
Some of her tasty options are:
Appalachia
Blueberry Maple Crunch
Sunrise Tofu Scramble
‘Cheddar’ Mac
Basil Walnut Penne
Chickpea Sesame Penne
Lemongrass Thai Curry
Switchback Soup & Stuffer

They are reasonably priced at around $5.99 for 1-2 meals. The average non-backpacker can easily get two meals out of these.

Although I haven’t done backpacking as of yet, it is definitely in the plans. I am a camping lover and saw so many different uses for these meals that I ordered five to start.

They are perfect for any outdoor activities such as camping, biking and boating.
If you are traveling, they are great to pack in your suitcase or travel bag.
For kids in sports, bring some along for a long day at the field.

Please note: Outdoor Herbivore in no way endorsed or paid me to do this post. I simply stumbled across her site and fell in love with her food.


Are there any healthy eating camping, backpacking or outdoor tips that you live by? If so, please share in the comments below.


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