Tri-color quinoa brings all the flavor!

When I get a craving for Mexican food, I try to think of grains over carbs. Trust me, I am a carb feign; I would eat them all day and night if I could. Nature’s Earthly Choice Organic Quinoa, 32 Ounce“>Quinoa gives you the carb satisfaction factor and the Goya Small Red Beans 15.5 oz“>red kidney beans, onions, and peppers with salsa adds to the flavor factor. Bringin’ back all the flavor with black, white, and red tri-color quinoa blend.

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It’s an easy recipe that only has a few essential ingredients. You’ll be getting your grains and vitamins. Did you know onions are high in Vitamin C, B6, Calcium, and Fiber? Get out of here. Keep slicing. Plus, the garlic will keep those unwanted strangers away and boost your immune system while it’s at it.

Ingredients:

Method:

Saute onions, pepper, and garlic in Palermo First Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 16 oz.“>extra virgin olive oil  until translucent or fork tender. HINT: You can boil the quinoa while you’re waiting for your veggies to saute.  Add 2 cups of water for 1 cup of quinoa. Cook for approximately 15 minutes. Add cooked quinoa (they should have spiraled out) with the red kidney beans and mix thoroughly. I also added a little salsa on top to bring out the flavor.  See below on my insta!

DIY Blueberry Facial Wash

I noticed that my skin seems to be breaking out more than usual  (post-period effects); hence I decided to make my own Blueberry Facial Wash. Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants. They help with blotchy skin and acne problems.  Who knew almond milk is filled with nutrients including vitamin E to help maintain a well balanced look. Hold off on those Vitamin E creams, almond milk has a high level of it. You can have restored skin and reverse the effects of sun damage in just seconds with this DIY facial. Can’t forget the cinnamon! It fights acne, blemishes, and leaves your skin with a glowing youthful complexion. Rice is great for those summer days when you get sunburn. It helps to cool your skin off for flawless skin.

All of the ingredients are beneficial for your skin. Hold off on buying those expensive creams, and make a simple recipe using only 4 ingredients. If you have any extra facial wash, refrigerate it. I recommend using it within 2 days for the best skin results.

What you’ll need:

Method:

Pour ingredients into a nutibullet and blend until desired consistency.

Scrambled, what? Scrambled Tofu!

Looking for an easy way to get your protein. Look no further. We got you covered. All you need is a block of tofu (Trader Joe’s), non-dairy milk, flax seeds (grounded) salt, pepper, turmeric, cayenne pepper, vegan cheese, and onions. Pairs perfectly with sauteed spinach, Ozery bakery’s morning rounds, and Freida’s organic polenta.

First, put the block of tofu in a bowl and add about 2 tablespoons of non-dairy milk (I use Califia Farms). Then, add the grounded flax seeds about 1 tablespoon, a dash of salt, pepper, cayenne, and turmeric and two slices of vegan friendly cheese. Chop the onion into small square like pieces, you should use about half of the onion, and then mix it all together.

Heat your pan with drizzled olive oil and then scoop the seasoned tofu into the pan. Mix thoroughly until the onions are translucent and the vegan cheese is fully melted. Getting hungry? You’re almost done. All you have to do now is scoop into your plate.

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Made and photographed by Christa Alexis

Vegan Chili Warms The Soul

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Made by yours truly Christa Alexis

A perfect dish for a snowy Saturday evening is a bowl of three bean chili. It’s simple to make and will warm your heart. Let’s get to the basics, you know like what you will need to make this vegan chili dish. You’ll need celery, carrots, onion, garlic, vegetable broth, can of tomato sauce, and seasonings (cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, paprika).

Once you have all your ingredients, you can start. Get a big deep dish bowl and line the bottom with a touch of olive oil and throw your chopped up garlic cloves in and saute for a few minutes (be careful you don’t want to burn them!) Season with a teaspoon of salt and pepper.

Chop your celery and carrot sticks (you’ll probably need about 4-6 sticks) into small pieces. HINT: The vegetables will cook quicker if they’re chopped into fine pieces but don’t over chop them either. The onion should be cut in the middle first and then horizontally. You want to fill up your entire chopping board with all of your veggies.

Now, throw them in and stir constantly until they are tender. Mix for a few minutes approximately 5 or so. Don’t worry if the veggies aren’t fully cooked yet, the vegetable broth will boil them for you. Add 2 cups of vegetable broth to the pot. Bring them to a slight boil and add a can 28 fl oz of tomato sauce or crushed sauce to the veggies and broth blend. Add your seasonings now, a teaspoon of cayenne pepper, paprika, chili powder, and garlic powder. Mix thoroughly. Cook on high for 5 minutes until it bubbles then add your beans: black, red kidney, and pinto beans.

Cook on a low simmer for 30 minutes and keep stirring. Now, you can eat a delicious vegan friendly hearty meal. I also threw in Trader Joe’s Beefless Ground Meat for extra protein in case you think you already didn’t have enough.

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Neal’s Yard Remedies

Neal’s Yard Remedies is an organic skincare line that is based out of the United Kingdom. It uses all natural ingredients and better yet everything is fair trade. They have a great assortment of natural aromatherapy beauty products including Wild Rose, Frankincense, Starflower, Orange Flower, and much more. All of the oils are extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant. Neal’s Yard are eco-friendly and great for deeply moisturizing any skin type. I only buy products that I 100%believe in.

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My favorite pick of Neal’s Yard is The Bee Lovely line especially the hand cream; it’s smooth and leaves your hands feeling softer than ever. Don’t worry it is fair trade and organic. Safe for all the bees. Buzz! And it totally uses essential oils like organic orange to leave your hands smelling beerific.

Get the Bee Lovely From Head to Toe set which includes the Bath & Shower Gel, Body Lotion, Hand Cream, and Busy Bee Balm. All for $35!

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Ciao to Divino

Ciao!

Christa Alexis tries DIVINO‘s homemade ciaculli tangerine gelato, a naturally sweetened flavor, wrapped in a cute little tangerine for a flavorful burst. Try all 5 decadent flavors amalfi lemon, diamond plum, ciaculli tangerine, roman kiwi, and apulian peach; they’re all made in Italy to perfection. Inside you’ll find a packaged gelato wrapped inside a fruit, and of course a cute little spoon to eat your ice with. Don’t forget to let it sit out for 20 minutes before indulging. Better yet, Divino’s gelato are vegan friendly, non-gmo, and guilt free. Can you say incredible?

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Special thanks to DIVINO for supplying me with their delicious gelato. ❤

Watch my review on Youtube

Pizza is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Pizza is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Looking for a delicious and hearty meal that will keep you feeling full for hours. Look no longer. Mama Mary’s pizza crusts are amazingly good. First, you’ll need olive oil to brush onto the crust for an extra crispy crust. Then, add your own sauce homemade or jar whichever you prefer and spread it evenly. Save the best part for last, toppings. I added bruschetta and veggie cheese with a touch of pepper, oregano, garlic for an extra savory flavor. Let cook at 425 degrees for about 10 minutes and enjoy!

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Homemade veggie recipes!

As a vegetarian, I often find myself looking for new healthy dishes. I made lentil soup and butternut squash mashed.   You’ll need a few items before you get started.

What you need:

  • 2 butternut squashes
  • almond, cashew, coconut, or regular milk
  • salt, brown sugar
  • lentils (14 0z bag)
  • spinach, corn, celery, carrots, onion
  • small macaroni

Lentil soup

Boil a pot of water (about 6 cups) and add lentils until it’s tender. Let it cook for about 20 minutes on medium heat. I start chopping fresh spinach, corn, celery, carrots, and onions into small pieces.

I saute my veggies before adding them to the soup. First, I oil my pan with extra virgin olive oil and heat it.  Once it’s heated, I add garlic and onions, carrots, celery, spinach (about a handful of each veggie) letting it cook for about 3 minutes. Add salt, pepper, and seasonings for flavor.

Add vegetable broth to the pot, sauteed veggies, and lentils. Let cook for about 30-40 minutes depending on how you like it. ADD macaroni for the last 10 minutes.

Let cool a bit and serve with fresh grated cheese!

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Butternut Squash Mashed

Cut the squash into two halves, scoop out the seeds, and let boil until fork tender.

Once it’s cooked scoop out the inside and place in bowl. Add milk, salt, butter, and a touch of brown sugar for flavor.

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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Move on over…Dolly Moo is here!

Dolly Moo is an independently owned natural and organic company with a variety of skin and body products.  It gets even better all of their products are 100% cruelty free and they have unique scents for everyone. Great for moisturizing dry skin with no added chemicals and simple ingredients.

Find my personal recommendations below.

1) Vanilla oat body dead sea salt scrub 2) Rosehip facial serum 20140405-115104.jpg                                           Vanilla Oat Body                                                (Dead Sea Salt Body Scrubs)

*Leaves skin feeling soft and refreshed with a vanilla scent for a relaxing vibe.

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*Gives your skin a youthful radiant glow to help reduce wrinkles, scars, and red pigmentation.

Be sure to look through their products of dead sea salt scrubs, oils, aura oils, lip balm, butters and salts. They come in several scents including pepperment, lemon, coconut, citrus and many more.  Visit www.dollymoo.com for lovely hand made products!