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!

Vegan kitchen, Kaya’s Kitchen

Located in the heart of the Jersey shore, Kaya’s Kitchen is an organic vegan cuisine with the fresh good quality ingredients. It uses seitan, tofu, and tempeh as protein alternatives in many of their plant-based dishes. You won’t go home hungry. You’ll go home happy.

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Started off with country nuggets served with agave honey mustard and BBQ sauce (Photo Credits: Christa Alexis)

Started off the day with Maine’s cane sugar based root beer (fair trade certified) and panko breaded country vegan nuggets. The agave honey mustard is to die for. It’s flavorful, light consistency, and great for dipping with the country nuggets. Maine root beer was just the right amount of sweetness without any added caffeine. You may want to have two, but beware of the sugar attack.

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Maine Root Beer

And there are so many options for vegetarians and vegans to choose from, you’ll need to look over the menu a few times (Well at least we did). You can get a culturally blended dish or a more traditional one. If you’re in the mood for Mexican, Indian, or American food, you can find exactly what you want. Don’t worry, you can add any type of plant-based protein to your dish. There is so much flavor and freshness in every dish!

Top picks: Happy Buddah (Gluten-free) and Burrito Grande

 

Much love,

Christa Alexis

 

Get your protein fill!

Black bean burgers are loaded with protein and fresh veggies like carrots and onions. Get seasoning with cayenne pepper, chili powder, pepper and salt, turmeric, and cumin to spice up the flavor. You’ll need 1 onion, 2 cans of black beans, 2 shredded carrots, 3 garlic cloves, quick oats and soy sauce.

Start off shredding carrots or buy already shredded carrots (much easier and saves you time in the kitchen) and chop onions into small pieces. Chop garlic cloves too!blackbeanburger.JPG

Heat a pan and add a little olive oil to cook the onions, carrots, and garlic in until sauteed. Don’t forget to add some salt and pepper for added flavor. While that’s cooking start mashing your black beans.

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Once the onion, carrots, and garlic is cooked add it to your bowl of mashed black beans, and add 1/2 cup of quick oats, and tablespoon of soy sauce. Mix thoroughly then form into  burgers.

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Let them freeze for 30 minutes and then take them out to cook whenever you want. Just oil a pan and cook them.

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Credits to Tasty for this delicious recipe! Watch the full video on how to make these protein filled black bean burgers.

Get your non-dairy sweet tooth fill with Endorfin Foods!

Endorfin Foods has an assortment of dairy free, soy free, and uses non-roasted cacao beans. It’s the way chocolate should be made. The chocolates are made with coconut sugar, essential oils, Peruvian pink salt, and with fruits and nuts. I tried the dark “milk” chocolate, pink lotus & coconut mylk and pink walnut, goji berry, and pistachio bark. Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants that are good for your heart and gives you happy “endorfins.” The chocolates are a blend of sweetness and slight bitterness to make for a delicious sweet treat. Subscribe for a monthly chocolate subscription box and get your daily sweet tooth fill.

As the chocolate says on the wrapping, “Food is medicine.”