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  • Avocado Peach Salad + Coconut Dill Dressing

    Avocado Peach Salad + Coconut Dill Dressing

    I loooove how easy it is to throw together a gourmet salad in the summer. Stock your kitchen with fresh produce, a big container of greens, and your favorite body-loving salad accessories - and you're golden!

    Avocado Peach Salad + Coconut Dill Dressing

    Salad:

    Plate full of mixed greens I love Organic Girl!
    1 peach, chopped into bite-size pieces

    1 avocado, diced
    1 tablespoon raw sunflower seeds

    Dressing:

    2 tablespoons coconut milk
    1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice

    1 teaspoon EVOO
    1/2 teaspoon dill
    1 teaspoon raw honey
    sea salt and cracked pepper to taste

    Instructions: Fill your plate with greens. Sprinkle with peaches and avocado. In a separate bowl, mix together dressing ingredients until well-combined. Drizzle over salad. Garnish with sunflower seeds.

  • Warm Sweet Potato Spirals

    Warm Sweet Potato Spirals
    Ah, the sweet potato. Love it or leave it, this tuberous root veggie is a nutritional powerhouse, packed with tons of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory goodness. 


    But it's not just good for your body! Its sweet, beta-carotene orange flesh is rich in magnesium, which promotes relaxation, calmness, and a good mood, according to Psychology Today. 


    And don't be afraid to add healthy fats to the mix. Aside from being vital to keeping our bodies functioning optimally, healthy fats (such as olive oil and avocado), when eaten along with sweet potato, help the body to more efficiently absorb beta-carotene!


    De-stress and give your body some love with these simple Steamed Sweet Potato Spirals. This recipe is so super simple, and it works great as a nutrient-packed veggie side or a mini-meal. 


    Serves: 3
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
     
    ​Ingredients:
    Spiralizer (Or something similar. Even a simple veggie peeler will work.)
    1 medium-size sweet potato, peeled
    1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    1/2 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed (More to taste)
    Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
    1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds, to finish
    Avocado, sliced lengthwise (Optional)


    Instructions: 
    • ​Spiralize the sweet potato.
    • Fill the bottom of a large pot with 1/2 of water, place steamer basket in pot, and place sweet potato spirals in steamer basket. Steam on medium-to-high heat for 10 minutes, checking occasionally to ensure desired tenderness.
    • While sweet potato steams, mix EVOO and lemon juice in a separate dish.
    • Once steamed, remove spirals from steamer. Add EVOO-lemon juice mixture, tossing to lightly coat. Taste test: Add more oil and/or lemon juice as needed.
    • Finish with sea salt, pepper, and sesame seeds to taste.
    • Garnish with avocado slices.

    Enjoy!

  • Miso Soup For The Soul

    Miso Soup For The Soul

    Who needs chicken soup when you've got miso?

    This satisfying concoction is ridiculously easy and soothingly delicious.

    But first, let's talk miso. What's so great about it?

    Miso is a traditional Japanese seasoning produced by fermenting soybeans with salt and the fungus Aspergillus oryzae, known in Japanese as kōjikin, and sometimes rice, barley, or other ingredients. 

    Because it's fermented, miso is a natural probiotic, which is super healthy for the gut

    The World's Healthiest Foods recommends choosing certified organic soy miso, since 90% of U.S. soybeans are genetically modified (GM) these days. The "certified organic" seal offers a lower risk of unwanted contaminants. No need to mess with the bad stuff.

    Ok, ready to get cooking? 

    Ingredients:
    2 teaspoons coconut oil
    1/2 onion, sliced thinly
    2 carrots, sliced thinly
    3 cups water
    2-3 tablespoons miso
    2 portabella mushrooms, halved and sliced thinly

    1 broccoli crown, chopped into bite-size pieces
    2 sheets nori, torn into bite-size pieces
    1 avocado, sliced
    sesame seeds, to taste


    Instructions:

    • In a medium-sized pot, heat oil over low-medium heat.
    • Add onions and sauté until just translucent.
    • Add carrots and sauté until just tender.
    • Add water, cover, and simmer for about 5 minutes.
    • Add miso, mushrooms, and broccoli, and simmer for another 5 minutes.
    • Remove from heat. Stir in nori.
    • Add avocado, to taste.
    • Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

    Enjoy!

  • Dreamy Super Greens Salad

    Dreamy Super Greens Salad

    I love a meal that lasts. The kind that you can twist and turn and use a bunch of different ways throughout the week. That peanut sauce I made yesterday, recipe over at Food52, is just that. And it's all real, whole food. Nothing processed. Just DIY goodness that loves you up. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to make it!

    Last night's soba + homemade peanut sauce extravaganza was a success!

    And today, I decided to use the leftover sauce as salad dressing. It worked perfectly! And thankfully, there's still a LOT left. (I can't get enough.) :) My favorite base these days? It's Organic Girl's  SUPER GREENS! mix.  

    Here's the beautiful salad I created today. Really simple, super nourishing, and delicious.

    Creating beautiful, nourishing food is a form of self-love and self-care. And when you do it for others, you're extending that same love and care to them.

    Plus: It's fun to get creative with your food!



    What are your favorite dishes to make that stretch throughout the week? Do double or triple duty? Take a minute to share below!

    Have a great rest of the week, guys!

    LOVE,
    Katie
    XO

  • Avocado Pesto Pasta

    Avocado Pesto Pasta

    This Fourth Of July was lovely!

    Skipped the fireworks and booze and parties to enjoy a peaceful, beautiful day spent with some of my best friends + a homemade meal that satisfied the belly and the soul. All set to a backdrop of motown hits and an open appreciation for the stuff that really matters in life.

    Friendship. Love. Taking care of ourselves. And taking care of others.

    The star of the dinner table was this Avocado Pesto Pasta, the ultimate in summer comfort food. It was inspired by a longing for a pesto I made while at the Academy of Culinary Nutrition last year. Soooo good! Here's a little variation on the original recipe from my mentor Meghan Telpner. 

    Ingredients:
    1 package gluten-free pasta This one's my favorite!
    1 1/2 cups mushrooms, sliced
    1 teaspoon EVOO
    1 bunch basil leaves
    1/2 tablespoon tamari
    1/3 cup sunflower seeds
    1/3 cup olive oil
    4 cloves garlic, minced
    1/2 avocado
    2 tablespoons lemon juice
    1 1/2 cups tomatoes, sliced
    Sea salt and pepper, to taste

    Instructions:

    • Cook pasta according to package instructions.
    • Sauté mushrooms in 1 teaspoon EVOO, until tender. Set aside.
    • Place basil, tamari, sunflower seeds, 1/3 cup olive oil, minced garlic, avocado, and lemon juice in blender. Blend until smooth.
    • Drain and transfer pasta to a large bowl. 
    • Mix in mushrooms, tomatoes, and pesto until pasta is coated and all ingredients are evenly combined.
    • Add sea salt and pepper to taste.
    • Enjoy!

    So what was YOUR favorite Fourth Of July moment? I'd love to know! I hope you had some time to rest and soak up all the love around you. 

  • Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (It's vegan!)

    Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (It's vegan!)

    And you thought eating healthy meant no ice cream!

    Think again, my friends. 

    Eating a whole foods and a mainly plant-based diet can (and frankly, should) be oh-so-delicious! And this recipe proves it. 

    Growing up, my favorite ice cream was always mint chocolate chip. There was just something about that flavor combination that really did it for me. No other variety would do. 

    These days, I'm not so much into the dairy. My body is much happier without its pro-inflammatory ways.

    But I still like a sweet treat from time to time! And this Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is totally hitting the spot.


    THE CHALLENGE

    A few weeks ago - and all thanks to my being a graduate of Meghan Telpner's extraordinary Culinary Nutrition Expert program - I was approached to create a signature dessert recipe for an incredible company called Organics 4 Orphans.

    They're putting together a charity recipe book to raise funds for their cause - which is pretty friggin' awesome, by the way. You can read more about that here.

    But there was a catch!

    The recipe had to include moringa leaf powder.

    I'd been hearing a lot about moringa leaf over the last year or so, so I was immediately intrigued - and up for the challenge.

    But I did have a question...


    WHAT IS MORINGA?

    Welp. It's a powerhouse - is what it is! 

    Gram for gram, moringa leaves contain:

    • 7x the Vitamin C in oranges
    • 4x the Vitamin A in carrots
    • 4x the calcium in milk
    • 3x the potassium in bananas
    • 2x the protein in yogurt
    • an entire multivitamin complex of Vitamins A through Zinc
    • and all the essential amino acids + arginine and histidine (two essential amino acids for infants)

    In addition to my Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, the moringa plant is also used in:

    • cooking oils
    • high protein animal fodder
    • disease prevention
    • ointments
    • fertilizers
    • insecticides
    • herbicides
    • lubricants
    • dyes
    • plant growth enhancers
    • food condiments
    • honey production
    • cosmetic grade oils
    • wind barriers
    • water treatments
    • erosion control
    • and bio-gas production

    AND the list of illnesses that have (thus far) been proven to benefit from moringa include:

    • AIDS/HIV
    • anemia
    • anxiety
    • asthma
    • bronchitis
    • cholera
    • colitis
    • conjuntivitis
    • diabetes
    • diarrhea
    • dysentery
    • eye and ear infections
    • fever
    • gonorrhea
    • high blood pressure
    • intestinal worms
    • jaundice
    • malaria
    • inflammation of joints
    • respiratory disorders
    • scurvy
    • skin infections
    • stomach ulcers
    • tuberculosis
    • and tumors

    (I know!)

    The most amazing thing about moringa, though, is that it probably has the highest nutrient value of any plant in the world - and yet it only seems to grow naturally where there is extreme poverty. 

    Pretty incredible, right?


    MORINGA IS AWESOME! NOW HOW 'BOUT THAT ICE CREAM?

    Okay - I hear you!

    Let's get to the recipe. It's super easy! (The best kind, right?)

    VEGAN MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP ICE CREAM

    Ingredients:

    2 bananas, peeled and frozen

    1 avocado, peeled*

    1 can coconut milk, solid portion only (scoop it out with a spoon)

    2 tbsp maple syrup

    6 drops Peppermint essential oil (Email me if you're curious about my favorite essential oils!)

    1 tsp moringa leaf powder**

    4 tbsp vegan carob chips (I like the "mini" version); or use your favorite dairy-free chocolate chip 

    * Or substitute a third frozen banana for the avocado

    ** Not 100% necessary, but clearly important for this project - and obviously super good for you!

    Instructions:

    1. Combine bananas, avocado, coconut milk, maple syrup, peppermint essential oil, and moringa leaf powder in high-powered blender. Blend to combine.
    2. Transfer mixture to bowl.
    3. Add vegan carob chips, stirring to combine.
    4. Freeze to desired consistency.
    5. Enjoy!

    And there you have it!

    Feel free to play around with proportions, according to taste. This one's just my personal preference.

    And it sure feels good to know I'm supporting an awesome cause AND eating a green superfood in my ice cream!

    I'll keep you posted on the recipe book! XO

  • Taco Night Done Right

    Taco Night Done Right

    Happy Earth Day, guys! Wondering how else you can give Mother Earth a little more love this year?

    I’ve got the perfect thing for you: A totally plant-based, super easy and delicious recipe that you can throw together in minutes. This one is always a winner at our house.

    Now, you might be wondering what this has to do with Earth Day. Actually, quite a lot. According to the Environmental Working Group:

    Americans’ appetite for meat and dairy – billions of pounds a year from billions of animals – takes a toll on our health, the environment, climate and animal welfare. Producing all this meat and dairy requires large amounts of pesticides, chemical fertilizer, fuel, feed and water. It also generates greenhouse gases and large amounts of toxic manure and wastewater that pollute groundwater, rivers, streams and, ultimately, the ocean. In addition, eating large quantities of beef and processed meats increases your exposure to toxins and is linked to higher rates of health problems, including heart disease, cancer and obesity.

    So, if you want to give your mother a little extra love this year, consider taking a look at the foods you consume - and where they come from.

    A plant-based diet (based mainly on eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains) is generally more Earth-friendly than the alternative. Bonus points for paying attention to how far your food has to travel to get to your table. This is super important. Local is best!

    Here's a recipe you can feel good about - that loves you back and is easy to put together fast! 

    Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos

    Ingredients:

    The Filling:
    3 cups sweet potato, diced small

    1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
    1 can corn, drained
    2 avocados, diced
    1/2 cup red onion, diced small

    The Dressing:
    4 tbsp lemon juice

    2 tbsp olive oil
    2 tbsp raw honey (or use agave or maple syrup if you prefer)
    1/2 tsp ground cumin
    1/2 tsp ground cayenne
    1 tsp sea salt

    Tortillas:
    We like to use soft, organic corn tortillas for our tacos.

    Instructions:

    • To steam diced sweet potato, add 1/2 inch of water to the bottom of a medium/large pot, sit steamer basket in the pot, and add sweet potato. Steam, covered, on medium/high heat until tender. (About ten minutes.)
    • While the sweet potato is steaming, place black beans, corn, avocados, and onions in a large bowl. Once tender, add the diced sweet potato.
    • In a separate, smaller bowl, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, raw honey, cumin, cayenne, and sea salt until well combined.
    • Pour dressing over filling, and mix gently to combine well.

    We use a cast iron pan to warm our tortillas. Low-to-medium heat does the trick. The tortillas will soften quickly. Give them a flip to be sure they've warmed throughout. Add as much filling as you like - and enjoy!

    So, what do you think? Easy enough, right? And it does not disappoint. I would love to know what you think – and I’d love to hear what your go-to healthy meal is. Let me know in the comments below!

  • Recipe Review: Avocado Chocolate Mousse

    Recipe Review: Avocado Chocolate Mousse

    This right here is seriously good stuff.
    Chocolate mousse!
    Made out of avocados!!
    Um, yes please.

    I've been seeing these recipes pop up from time to time - but hadn't gotten around to trying any yet. 

    Until last night. When, as fate would have it, we had an unusually large perfectly ripe avocado - but had already eaten dinner. What to do?!

    Make mousse, of course. 

    That's right, dessert that's actually good for you.

    Let's review:

    Raw Cacao is anti-bacterial, immune supportive, an antioxidant, and cardiovascular system-friendly.

    Raw Honey is anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial, a powerful antioxidant, and immune-boosting.

    Avocados is a source of heart healthy fat, great plant-based protein option, rich in Vitamin A, and anti-inflammatory (Vitamins C and E, carotenoids, selenium, zinc, phytosterols, and omega-3).

    The Kitchn to the rescue! Recipe? Right over HERE


    NOTE: I used raw honey (you know how I feel about raw honey, right?) instead of raw coconut nectar. It's what I had on hand. Aaand it's the greatest. I also used my KitchenAid mixer instead of a food processor - just mixed everything together and popped it in the fridge. Worked beautifully!