Black Bean & Butternut Squash Burrittos

blackbean butternut squash burrtiosSo, I have been trying to eat a plant based diet this week and I came across this gorgeous burritto recipe that I found at Oh She Glows, it is Black Bean & Butternut Squash Burrittos! This is a delish marriage between the black beans and butternut squash that is immpecable! Here is the recipe below! let me know what you think and let Oh She Glows know too!

Yield: 4 burritos or 3.5 cups of filling

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, cubed, & roasted
  • 1/2 cup uncooked short grain brown rice (yields: 1.5 cups cooked)
  • 1-2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
  • 2 tsp ground cumin, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • One 15-oz can black beans (about 1.5-2 cups cooked), drained and rinsed
  • 4 tortilla wraps (large or x-large)
  • Toppings of choice: (avocado, salsa, vegan sour cream, spinach/lettuce, cilantro, etc)

 

 

1. Preheat oven to 425F and line a large glass dish with tinfoil. Drizzle olive oil on squash and give a shake of salt and pepper. Coat with hands. Roast chopped butternut squash for 45 mins. or until tender.

2. Cook brown rice (for directions, see here)

3. In a large skillet over medium-low heat, add oil, onion, and minced garlic. Sautee for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Now add in salt and seasonings and stir well.

4.  Add chopped red pepper, black beans, and cooked rice and sauté for another 10 mins. on low.

5. When b’nut squash is tender remove from oven and cool slightly. Add 1.5 cups of the cooked butternut squash to the skillet and stir well. You can mash the squash with a fork if some pieces are too large. Add Daiya cheese and heat another couple minutes.

6. Add bean filling to tortilla along with desired toppings. Wrap and serve. Leftover filling can be reheated the next day for lunch in a wrap or as a salad topper.

CocoBerry Green Smoothie

CocoBerry Green Smoothie:

* 2 handfuls organic spinach

* 1/2 cup organic strawberries {frozen}

* 1/2 cup blackberries {frozen}

* 1/2 cup coconut water {I used Vita Coco, infused with pom & acai}

* 1/2 cup spring water

* 1-2 wheatgrass ice cubes {optional}

Blend everything up!

I used a Nutribullet for this recipe. My Ninja blender is so big and bulky and sometimes I just hate getting it out. Yesterday while shopping on black Friday I was able to snag a Nutribullet for $50! Great deal. I was a little worried that it wouldn’t work as well as “they” say it will. However, it’s a little easier on the bullet if your frozen fruit is slightly thawed, just a little. Also adding almost enough water or liquid to cover what you have in really helps. I put in whole spinach leaves and it shredded them until there was no trace of any solids of the spinach or anything. The seeds from the berries is still there; which is fine of course. The smoothie also came out extremely creamy and very well blended. Honestly it is just about comparable to a Vitamix; almost. But the consistency was perfect for me. If any of you have used a Magic Bullet and didn’t like it; try out a Nutribullet; it’s high power is so amazing and is truely an amazing machine. It’s bigger than the Magic Bullet, but fits perfectly on the counter and isn’t all that bulky. What kind of blender do you use to make amazing superfood powered smoothies? Let me know!

Best Wishes & Live Beautifully!

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Superfood Mocha Smoothie

 

Superfood Mocha Smoothie:

* 2/3 Cups Cashews
* 1 TSP Vanilla Extract
* 2-3 TBS coconut palm sugar
* 2 TBS Cacao Powder
* 2 TSP instant coffee powder
* 1 TBS Cacao Nibs
* 1 1/4 Cup Coconut Water
* 2-3 Cups Ice
Blend all until smooth and yummy!!

Amazing benefits of Chocolate, true chocolate in it’s purest form; cacao. Antioxidants are preserved in the raw cacao; dark chocolate doesn’t contain these like raw cacao does. The bad things commonly associated with chocolate are driven from the processed, sugar laden chocolate. Health benefits of raw cacao are: weightloss, cavities prevention, regulation of blood sugar, benefits the heart and entire cardiovascular system as a whole. Cacao is the highest whole food source of magnesium, which happens to be the most deficent mineral in the diet of modern cultures. Cacao is also clinically proven to dissolve plaque buildup in the artiries; which help in reversing heart disease and naturally lower blood pressure.
Contains:
* Vitamin A, B (1,2,3,5,6), C, and E
* Magnesium
* Copper
* Calcium
* Zinc
* Sulphur
* Iron
* Chromium
* Phosphorus
* Omega 6 Fatty Acids
* Saturated Fats
* Amino Acids
* Soluble Fiber
* Enzymes
* Phytonutrients

Enjoy all!
xoxo,
Heather

Superfood Salad

I love salads! They are so delish and light and refreshing! I came across this recipe on www.iowagirleats.com . I changed a couple things from the original, but nothing major. I hope that you will enjoy this light salad that is sure to hit the spot as much as I did.

Superfood Salad with Lemon Vinagrette Dressing:
Serves 5
Salad:
* 1/2 Cup dry Quinoa
* 1/3 Cup red onion, chopped
* 1 Orange, peeled, and segments chopped
* 1 avacado, chopped
* 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
* 1 Cup Pomegranate Arils (about 1 pom)
* Salt and Pepper
Vinagrette:
* 2 Lemons, juiced (need about 1/4 cup of juice)
* 2 garlic cloves, minced
* dash of honey or other sweetener
* Salt and Pepper
* 6 TBS Organic, EVOO

1. Cook Quinoa to package directions
2. Combine ingredients for vinegrette; mix well with whisk
3. Combine cooled quinoa with other salad ingredients; pour dressing over, mix well to coat and combine. Top each serving with about 3-6 shrimp or 4 oz chicken breast!

This is a goodie that you will love!

Best Wishes & Live Beautifully!

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Classic Spinach & Hot Bacon Dressing

Dont’ you just love a good ole’ spinach and hot bacon dressing salad? I know I do, here is a healthy version of one, that just happens to be Paleo approved!

Ingredients:
* 2 cups fresh, washed baby spinach
* 1/4 cup, organic cherry tomatoes
* 2 TBS organic diced red onion
* 1 hard boiled, organic, free-range, egg
* 2 strips, organic, nitrate free, bacon
* small grilled chicken breast
For the Dressing:
                                                            * 2-3 TBS of bacon fat from your bacon for salad
* 1/4 cup EVOO
* 1/8 cup red wine vinegar
* touch of honey
* salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Cook your bacon, save the fat. Cook chicken breast and boil egg. When chicken is done, cut up into pieces, and peel and chop egg. Mix all ingredients for your dressing and let set for 20 minutes if able to incorporate flavors; toss and coat with sald and other ingredients and arrange on 2 plates or take the extras for lunch! Enjoy!

Benefits of Spinach:

 

Best Wishes & Live Beautifully!

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Detox of the Tropics Smoothie

Detox of the Tropics Smoothie:
* 2 cups frozen mango
* 2 tbs lucuma powder
* 2 tbs wheatgrass powder
* 1 cup organic orange juice
* 1/2 almond milk
* 1-2 tbs lime juice
* 1 c. chia gel (learn how to make below)

To make chia gel:
* 1-2 tbs chia seeds
* 1 cup water
mix together, let set for a few minutes for the chia seeds to gel up.

**Mix all ingredients of smoothie in blender and enjoy**

I love smoothies! They are a quick and easy solution for any meal when you are in a pinch. I love them even more when they are loaded with superfoods and nutrient rich foods to keep you fueled and the health benefits soaking into your body. This delish Detox of the Tropics smoothie is sure to keep your going and your energy level elevated! I hope you enjoy it!! Oh, and this does contain wheatgrass powder,which will make it green, but with the fruit in it you will not be able to taste it! Trust me!!

Live Beautifully!

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Superfood Acai Bowl

Acai Bowl:
* 1 Samazon Acai Pack (at health food stores)
* 1/2 Frozen Strawberries
* 1-2 Ice cubes Wheat Grass
* 1/2 Cup Organic Applejuice
* 1/2 tsp Maca Powder (helps hormonal balance)
* 1/2 tsp mesquite powder ( helps manage blood sugar)
  * 1 TBS Chia Seeds (AMAZING)
  * Goji Berries
* Cacao Nibs or Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
Mix everything in the blender and make sure it is thick like ice cream. Scoop into a bowl and top with a couple Goji berries and cacao nibs and a few pieces of frozen fruit! This is so yummy! Makes a perfect breakfast, meal, or divide into 2 or 4 for a yummy superfood packed dessert!
Benefits of Acai Berries:
* Heart Health: extremly high in antioxidants that help lower cholesterol in the blood stream. Rich in plant sterols, which provide cardio-protective benefits to cells. Prevents blood clots, improves blood circulation & relaxes blood vessels.
* Antiviral, Antibacterial, and AntiParasetic Agent: Can help fight both viral & bacterial infections
* Aids in weightloss: Help us loose weight as well as maintain a healthy weight
* Promotes Healthy Skin: Acai oil is in alot of modern beauty products for its’ known antioxidants; when taken internally acai berries with give your skin a healthy glow from within. Brazilians have been eating acai berries for centuries to treat skin conditions.
* Helps Digestion: Keeps digestion system clean and functioning properly. Powerful detoxification properties & well known source of fiber!
* Anti-Allergenic: contains anti-inflammatory properties that may prevent inflammation with allergic reactions
* Prevent Cancer: known to help prevent cancer, its high levels of Vitamin C give your immune system a super boost, fighting off unwanted cancer cells
* Anti-Aging: Acai Berries have the highest level of antioxidants that any other plant known on the planet! 1 berry has 10 times more antioxidants than grapes and 2 times more than blueberries!
*** Boost in Energy, Better Sex (espically in men), and Improved Mental Function
*** Can’t go wrong with these frisky little berries! Make sure you are using certified organic acai berries, the Sambazon brand and company are a very reliable source! Enjoy Photo Credit: www.lindawagner.net/blog I can’t find my camara!!!!!
Best Wishes & Live Beautifully~
xoxo, Heather

Fancy Chocolate Chia Puddin

Fancy Chocolate Chia Puddin’

Fancy Chocolate Chia Puddin’:

* 1/4 Cup Coconut Milk
* 1/4 Cup Almond Milk
* 2 heaping tbs Chia Seeds
* 2-3 tbs cacao powder
* 1 stevia packet or raw honey to taste
* 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
* 1/8 – 1/4 Pomegranate Arils
Add milks, cacao powder, stevia or honey, and vanilla extract in a blender to incorporate flavors, pour over chia seeds in a bowl, mix throughly. Cover and place in fridge for 30 minutes. After that, take out and top with pom arils; you can add some more almond or coconut milk if you want it a little less thick!

Benefits of Chia Seeds:

1. Highest known plant source of essential fatty acids of Omega-3’s and Omega-6’s!!
2. Stabilizes blood sugar; slows down the rate in which complex carbs are digested then sent throughout the body. The fiber helps stabilze blood glucose
3. Did you know 1 TBS of chia seeds can sustain you for 24 hours? Well…at least that’s what they say. The Mayans used chia seeds for strength and actually “chia” is from the Mayan language meaning strength; they used the seeds to sustain energy, strength, and hunger!
4. The Omega-3’s helps lubricate joints and aids in inflammation
5. Chia seeds can help aid in weightloss and maintain a healthy weight. The chia seeds have the essential fatty acids that boost your metabolism and “bulk up” when wet and keep you fuller longer!
6. Chia seeds can help with detoxification and elimination; the swelling affect the chia seeds have in the body helps cleanse and soothe the colon and absorbs toxins; which are then eliminated
7. Chia Seeds contain 20% higher protein than many other grains
8. Chia seeds contain more antioxidants than blueberries and the antioxidant oils in chia seeds helps them from going rancid giving them a long shelf life!
9. Excellent source of protein, fiber, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, iron, and the essential fatty acids of omega 3 and 6
10. Can help improve brain function in memory and concentration!
11. Helps cut food cravings
12. Adds an awesome texture to your food!
13. Easily added to any recipe! Mix them up in smoothies, make puddin, add to cereal, soups, salads, stews, baked goods, and more!

Best Wishes & Live Beautifully