#tacotuesday is a big deal, at least in my house. We take that shit very seriously.

We also take our pasta very seriously. So when Taco Tuesday came around and we didn’t have any shells, well, we had to re-invent the wheel.

And it was awesome!

Let’s just dive in, shall we?

vegan vegetarian pasta healthy comfort food

  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • Splash of coconut oil
  • 2 large portobello, cleaned and sliced
  • 2 handfuls of choice bell peppers, sliced thin
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 1.5 cups chopped broccoli
  • Taco Seasoning ( I use a mixture of cumin, cayenne, chili powder, garlic powder, garlic powder, paprika, S+P)
  • Avocado, smashed up
  • 1 package of rice noodles
  1. Heat your skillet to medium and cook up your diced onions in coconut oil
  2. After a few minutes add in sliced portobellos
  3. While that is cooking, boil a pot of water and make your rice noodles
  4. Add sliced bell peppers, black beans and then chopped broccoli
  5. Sprinkle on your fave homemade taco seasoning
  6. Cook for 5 mins
  7. Drain and rinse noodles and add to skillet
  8. Mix it all up, top with smashed avocado and forget all about not being prepared with taco shells

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My friends, I think we have known each other long enough that I don’t need to remind you of my love affair with mushrooms?!

I probably eat mushrooms every day. I’m obsessed and I’m not afraid to admit it.

And these little gems might be my new favorite. They are so creamy and versatile.

vegan vegetarian snack healthy comfort food

You can put them on toast.

You can bake them in some phyllo pastry.

You can serve them over brown rice with some fresh herbs.

You can eat them as they are.

You can eat them on veggie burgers (or real burgers, if that’s your thing)

There are possibly hundreds of ways to eat them….send me your faves!

  • 1 pack of baby mushrooms, washed and trimmed if needed
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 can of full fat coconut milk
  • 3 TBSP tomato paste
  • Hot sauce of choice (how ever much your mouth can handle, I usually do a squirt or two)
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • S+P to taste
  • Splash of coconut oil
  • Handful of chopped fresh parsley
  1. Heat your cast iron pan on medium-low and add a touch of coconut oil
  2. Add you onions and mushrooms and cook for 5 mins
  3. Add garlic and keep stirring for about 3 mins
  4. Pour in the coconut milk, tomato paste, hot sauce, nutmeg and S+P
  5. Keep cooking until the mixture is completely blended and a nice rich creaminess is achieved
  6. Top with fresh parsley

 

 

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vegan vegetarian healing soup comfort food recipe

It’s currently summer and I get that hot soup isn’t always what people are craving, but can I just say… soup is the shit.

I would eat soup anytime time of year. There’s something so comforting about it. And especially on those days where you just need a little bowl of hugs. And this soup, my friends, this is the hug you’ve been looking for!

There a gorgeous kick to this that keeps your body warm and fuzzy and then throw in some delicious healing veg and you are on your way.

(please excuse the messiness of the recipe details, it’s just so simple I couldn’t bring myself to write it out in detail)

  • 2 small potatoes
  • Enough broth, water or mix of both to cover, boil about 7 mins
  • Add 2 handfuls of chopped cauliflower + 1 cup chopped onion, boil another 5 mins
  • Add in some minced garlic, hot sauce, tamari, thyme, s+p- stir it all up (amounts are up to you and your mouths preference)
  • Add a few stalks of chopped celery and a couple handfuls of chopped kale and cook another few mins
  • Make a cashew cream (1/4 cup soaked cashews blended with a small bit of coconut milk) add to soup and stir it up
  • After a couple mins the soup is good to devour
  • Serve with delicious crusty bread

You can, of course add whatever else suits yer fancy

 

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Want to know a super kinda gross fact? Our bodies are more bacteria than human! Kinda gross right?!

There are up to 2,000 species of micro-organisms in our gut. Things like bacteria, viruses, parasites and yeast have built tiny little cozy homes in there and let me tell you, they like it. So how do we keep those little buggers under control? Well, probiotics are a great tool.

And what are probiotics you might ask? Probiotics are live micro-organisms and are often referred to as the good bacteria. Probiotics promote a healthy digestive tract and really support the immune system. And since 60-80% of your immune system is in your gut, well it’s a no-brainer to add probiotics to your daily routine.

Ok so what’s the best way to add probiotics to your diet? Well, you can add fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi, miso and tempeh and even kombucha. (side note: prebiotic foods such as ocean-based plants like chlorella, blue-green algae and spirulina provide nourishment to the existing bacteria in your gut and therefore improve your digestive health)

Genuine Health Advance Gut Probiotics-Goodness MeAnother fantastic way to ensure you are feeding your gut in the best way is by taking a probiotic supplement. Genuine Health, one of my favorite companies, recently released their new Advanced Gut Health Probiotic Supplements. So when I was offered a chance to give them a try I jumped at it. After all, Genuine Health is the leader in Gut Health so I knew these babies would be incredible. (I also LOVE adding the Genuine Health fermented vegan protein+ to my morning smoothies…the CHOCOLATE is incredible!!!!!!)

One thing that I really love about these probiotics, besides the 15-strain formula for maximum impact, is that the capsule is vegan and plastic free! You’d be so surprised at how much plastic is in those little pills you take on the regular. You know what else is awesome about these probiotics?

  • Vegan
  • GMO-free
  • Gluten & Soy free

I also really like that these caps don’t need to be refrigerated so that I can take them with me when I travel, which is typically when the body is at it’s highest level for stress and unbalanced nutritional state.

It’s been almost 3 weeks now and I can honestly say the 50 billion CFU’s are doing my body good! I’ve really noticed a smoother morning routine and a lot less in the surprise department. But the biggest change I’ve noticed is bloating, or lack of. I almost always have bloating by the end of the day no matter what I am eating and it has been significantly less lately. I typically just pop one in the morning with my breakfast and i’m set for the day. Once I’ve completed this advance round and whipped my gut into shape, i’ll be switching over to the 15 billion CFU daily tabs.

So overall, I am super excited about these little caps of bacteria and my gut is most definitely in love as well!

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