Zucchini Noodles with Broccoli Rabe and Diced Tomatoes

This is a great summer dish and helps you to cut back on the carbs using zucchini noodles. I added broccoli rabe with diced tomatoes for extra flavor. Don’t forget the seasonings like fresh basil and oregano. Dig right in for a high multi-vitamin packed green dish.

Many people may assume that broccoli rabe is difficult to make. It’s a dark green leafy vegetable and a significant staple in the Italian American dishes. Did you know it’s packed with protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Calcium, and Magnesium?

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First, I put the broccoli rabe in a pot and then boil it until tender. Meanwhile, set aside a non-stick pan lined with olive oil, crushed pepper, and sliced garlic. You can cook until the garlic is slightly brown. Once broccoli rabe is boiled, place in the pan and continue sauteing for about 5 minutes.

You can also dice tomatoes and throw it in your dish for more flavoring. Add a little bit of sauce too. I usually add salt, pepper, and other Italian seasonings to spice it up. You can either boil or fry the noodles, but I prefer to boil them slightly before mixing them in with the broccoli rabe and tomatoes.

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What you’ll need:

  • Broccoli Rabe (1 head)
  • Tomatoes (1 or 2)
  • Zucchini Noodles (Homemade or Store Bought)
  • Olive Oil
  • Seasonings (Oregano, Basil, Salt, Pepper, Crushed Red Pepper)
  • Sauce (Optional)

Get ready for a wholesome meal. You get your greens, your vitamins, and a light meal. Induldge in a guilty-free meal and load up on the “zucch noodles.”

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Southern style cooking

Southern style cooking redefined with more vegetables, beans, and cheese – vegan friendly option of course. I love how southerners invest their time in homemade authentic prepared foods. A few of my favorite vegetarian items are collard greens, beans, cornbread, and of course you can’t forget the biscuits.

I decided to saute broccoli with olive oil and garlic; then add baked beans to the dish with a sprinkle of veggie cheese on top. It’s a light lean meal with just the right amount of protein. For more creations, stay tuned Christa Alexis will be back.

 

DIY 4th of July snacks

It’s that time of the year for grilling, swimming, and don’t forget the patriotic desserts. Make a red, white, and blue fruit kebab that will show you’re true American pride. This Do It Yourself (DIY) snack is healthy and nutritious and totally easy to make!

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What you’ll need:

  • Strawberries, Bananas, Blueberries, or Apples
  • Kebab Sticks
  • Patriotic Plates

DIRECTIONS:

Get a pack of kebab sticks. Slice strawberries into thin pieces or just cut off the tops, you can also use apples which can be both for the red and white flag colors.  Red goes first followed by white aka (bananas or apples) each one can be sliced into semi-small pieces.  Finally, add the blueberries and repeat the pattern.

As you can see above, you can slice more or less depending upon what kind of look you want and which fruits you like the most. 

Cooking with quinoa

Many people have a false impression of quinoa. They think “eww that doesn’t taste good at all” – surprise surprise it’s actually quite delicious and nutritious. You have to flavor it up with seasonings like garlic, Himalayan sea salt, pepper, oregano, and bam you have a hearty meal.

Slice 1-2 tomatoes into small finely chopped pieces. Use 1-2 garlic cloves and chop into tiny chunks. Grab a can of kidney beans drain and rinse. You can add black olives or any other olive of choice to the dish, but make sure you cut them in half. Saute in Botticelli’s extra virgin olive oil until fully seasoned with sea salt, pepper, oregano, garlic and keep mixing to make sure everything gets the proper flavoring.

Add 1 cup of uncooked quinoa to boiling water. Let it cook for about 18 minutes until you see them puff up and become similar to a rice substance. Now, you know it’s ready. Drain the rest of the water left in the pot and add the quiona to your sauteed mixture of goodness.

Serve hot or cold and enjoy!

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Soup for dayz…

Soup is essential for every diet. It’s warm, delicious, and soothes the soul. Below find an easy recipe.

Homemade lentil soup ingredients (feeds 2-4 people)

  • 1 bag of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods (use 2 cups)
  • 2 celery stalks chopped into small pieces
  • Handful of carrots chopped
  • 1 chopped up onion
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • handful of spinach chopped
  • 4 Cups of water
  • Organic vegetable broth
  • Oregano, parsley

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1st pour 1/4 cups of olive oil and let it heat up. Then add celery, onions and carrots and wait 2 minutes until the onions start to turn a bit brown.

Now add your water, garlic, parsley, and lentils. Almost complete.

Let the ingredients simmer for about an hour. Time to enjoy!

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Healthy-Happy-Vegetarian friendly meals!

Watch below as I cook an all natural vegetarian and vegan dish Kung Pao Chicken (VegetarianPlus.com) You can also add more vegetables and rice for a complete meal. It’s perfect for people who love spice!