Fit Fathers Fall Butternut Squash and Kale Soup

Eating clean is our daily theme. So before a 4-mile run we prepared this Fall Butternut Squash and Kale Soup and an organic Kale Salad with seasoned tofu chunks. The soup requires kale, potatoes, onions and butternut squash which you first sauté and season in a pot. Then add water and simmer until soft. Next pour the contents into your Vitamix for blending. Pour back into the pot and continue seasoning to your liking. There’s nothing like healing foods that energize!

5 Reasons To Power Up With Plant-Based-Proteins

Around the world, most traditional diets are rooted in healthy plant-based meals. Just take a look at the Oldways MediterraneanAfricanAsian, and Latin American Pyramids—all of them feature fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and legumes as their foundation. Yet today, plant-forward meals can raise a common concern among diners: is it possible to get enough protein on your plate without meat? The answer is a resounding yes!

To prove it, Meatless Monday is partnering with the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. Their#PlantPowerProtein campaign shows that meatless meals are part of a healthy and balanced diet. What do we mean by “plant protein”? An abundance of beans, vegetables, nuts, and seeds fall into this category. Read on for the top five reasons to make room for them on your plate!

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The Kids Cook Monday: Cannellini Bean Veggie Meatballs

These meatless balls pair perfectly with pasta and are a fun alternative to regular meatballs. Cannellini beans and walnuts provide protein while shallots, garlic and fresh herbs pack in tons of flavor. This recipe comes to us from Maria of Hälsa Nutrition.

Serves 4-5

Cooking Tip of the Week: Keeping your hands wet will help to keep the veggie ball mixture from sticking to them. Try having a bowl of water nearby you can dip your hands into as needed! [Read more…]

Chickpea Caesar Salad

This superpower salad takes the classic Caesar and turns it into a celebration! For a crunch without standard croutons, this recipe uses delicious and protein-packed crispy chickpeas. And this homemade Caesar dressing will blow the store-bought stuff away!

Recipe from the Blue Zones Meal Planner. [Read more…]

SESAME BUDDHA BOWL

From Blue Zones: This Buddha bowl from Sharon Palmer, RDN, the Plant-Powered Dietitian, is inspired by tempeh—the traditional fermented Indonesian soy and grain cake. It’s filled to the brim with brown rice, crunchy radishes, baby kale, asparagus, mushrooms, and peppers. And topped with a tahini ginger dressing for bold flavor. [Read more…]

Spring Oatmeal & Veggie Reboot

Only about 3% of Americans meet the daily recommended requirement for fiber. So this little mix we conjured up should set you straight. Plus it will increase your vitamin and mineral intake. Join us starting Monday, April 2nd for 7 days of purity. However, the reboot can be repeated any given week.

Oatmeal and fruit (mostly berries) for morning meals, raw veggies for lunch such as a leafy green salad (no creamy dressings) and steamed veggies for dinner (or raw again if you choose). Only water and decaf herbal teas for liquids. No fruit juices please.

Choose cinnamon, almond milk or bananas to enhance your oatmeal. No raisins, whole nuts or sugars please. Enjoy!

Visit Gracias Madre in West Hollywood, California

After a cadre of recommendations from business associates while visiting LA it was a must that we visit Gracias Madre in West Hollywood for some delicious Mexican vegan food. The jackfruit tacos were our main choice and came with barbecue jackfruit, cashew cream, pickled cabbage, crispy onions, and black beans. They were absolutely amazing. Additionally, the crowd was eclectic, the vibe super chill, and the music trendy. Enjoy!

 

Vegan Buffalo Wings Recipe


Ingredients

1 12-ounce bag cauliflower florets
1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill gluten free baking blend or AP four
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 tablespoons Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer + 6 tablespoons water
4 cups crushed corn flakes (for breading)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
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Kids Cook Monday: Curried Quinoa Cakes with Minty Pea Dipping Sauce

These fun, dippable cakes feature not only the protein-packed super grain quinoa, but also nutritious chickpeas and flavorful curry powder. This recipe comes to us from our friend Chef Hollie of JoyFoodly.

Serves 4

Cooking Tip of the Week: Fresh peas are usually only available in the spring, but frozen peas are a fine substitute. Just let them come to room temperature before blending them in this recipe. [Read more…]

Bean, Corn & Pumpkin Risotto

Brimming with fall’s freshest flavors, this Southwestern spin on risotto is a cozy treat for your next Meatless Monday meal. This recipe comes to us from Jenn at Veggie Inspired Journey.

Serves 6 [Read more…]