Vegan Tacos Recipe

I may have just found my new favorite food…. vegan tacos!!

Recipe:

About 6 or so mushrooms ( I ued baby bella muhrooms from Costco), sliced

1 zucchini, diced

1 red bell pepper, diced

2 clove garlic, chopped

1 can of organic black beans, rinsed and drained

about 1 cup of corn

Smoked paprika

Cumin

Sea Salt

Green Onions

Cilantro

Lime

 

saute veggies in avocado oil until tender, add black beans and corn to veggies. eaon generously with paprika and cumin and salt. Heat corn tortillas through and add veggie mix. top with green onions, cilantro and lime juice. ENJOY!!!

 

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The week I went vegan. Day 1

Day 1 of vegan week. Sunday, April 24 2016

 

Pre-breakfast: Fresh juice. Almost a full quart. Kind of made a lot. (1 cucumber, a couple handfulls of spinich, a lot of carrots maybe 15, i piece of ginger maybe about an inch worth)

 

Breakfast: Chia seed pudding.

3 cups almond/coconut milk combination

1/2 cup chia seeds

1 tablespoon maple syrup (barely tasted it)

fresh fruit (Strawberries, blueberries, mangoes)

Mix the chia seeds into milk and let sit for at least 1 hour. Better if overnight. add fruit and serve. makes 3-4 servings depending on size.

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Snack: 1 pack of roasted seaweed chips

Lunch: Spinich and pea salad and wild rice mix

Recipe for pea salad:

Fill a big bowl with spinich (tear the leaves if they are too big), add 1 can of peas (drained), add about a half a bunch of cilantro, add several stalks of green onions, mix it up, drizzle with a healthy oil (I used avocado oil) and add vegan mayo to taste. Salt to taste.

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Snack: Raspberry flavored coconut milk yogurt, cup of green tea with a teaspoon of honey, and 1 slice of sprouted wheat and honey bread with butter on top. I know, butter and honey are not vegan, but I used raw honey and I know it’s healthy and I used Irish grass fed butter. It’s a healthy fat.

 

Dinner:  Quinoa salad. VERY VERY GOOD.

1 cup quinoa (I think it doubles in size after cooked, so I probably had about 2 cups cooked quinoa)

1 large tomato, diced

1 cucumber, diced

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

1/2 white onion, diced

2-3 cloves garlic, chopped real small

1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped

1 yellow bell pepper, chopped

1 orange bell pepper, chopped

1 cup frozed corn, thawed

mix all together in a big bowl. Season generously with lemon juice, lime juice, avocado oil, salt, pepper, and cumin

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I drank 5 out of 8 cups of water

Pavlova with lemon curd, a love story

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Happy Spring!

Yesterday was the first day of Spring, and to celebrate this annual joyous day, I made a light and tangy (and sweet!) dessert. I finally made a treat that I have been eyeing for years now, but never made; the Pavlova! And oh my, what a treat! It’s essentially the child of a meringue and marshmallow. Light as air, lightly chewy, and just sweet enough. Now, I’ve seen a whole lot of recipes for pavlova, because like I said, I’ve been meaning to make this for at least a couple years now. It seems the usual way to serve it is with fresh sliced fruit and maybe some whipped cream on top. After tasting my end result, I can see why. I think the next time I make it I may do the same for a little less sweet dessert. The curd that I used was, no doubt, the best tasting lemon cream on this earth, but paired together with the Pavlova, may have been a bit too much. Although so very delicious, and I ate the whole dessert.

 

So, lets get started with the recipe. Here are the ingredients that I used for the Pavlova:

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That’s right, it’s pretty simple!

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I put the egg white into my stand mixer, and start mixing on a low setting. I know it’s tempting to turn it on bull blast right away, but just have patience. once it gets lightly foamy, like it shows in the picture, add the vinegar and salt. Now, turn it onto medium speed.

 

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This was the pinch of salt that I used

 

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What the whites looked like after about a minute or so on medium speed. No turn it on all the way, and slowly add the sugar just a bit at a time.

 

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What the whites looked like after about 3 or 4 minutes of mixing full blast. at this point the mixing is all done, so I turned the mixer off, and slowly folded in the cornstarch.

I put them by the heaping tablespoon on a cookie sheet and put them in the oven. Meanwhile…. let’s start the lemon curd!

 

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That’s right, this is easy too!

Mix the yolks, sugar and lemon in the mixer.

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We want lemon curd, not scrambled eggs. So we need to cook it over a very gentle heat. I put some water it a saucepan and brought it to a boil…..

 

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and put the mixer bowl over the boiling water, creating a double boiler effect.

Cook the lemon egg yolk mixture on mediu, heat for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. After 10 minutes, take the bowl off of the sauce pan and add the butter one piece at a time, and stir to incorporate. Then add the salt. At this point, The curd was done, so I put it in a container, and into the fridge overnight. After 1 hour, I turned the oven off, and opened the stove door just a crack and let the Pavlovas cool in the oven.

I compiled the treats this morning……

 

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This is a ready Pavlova. Sitting and waiting like a little cloud…..

 

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I put a spoonful of lemon curd right into the center. At this point, I basically took apart the egg and put it back together = )

 

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I thought it looked a bit plain with just the lemon curd, so I heated some frozen blueberries in a saucepan with a bit of sugar, and after it cooled I drizzeled some over the reconstructed egg. Then, I added just a bit of lightly whipped heavy cream. For texture balance and of course, taste = ) All set! Ready to eat…

 

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and it was good!

Ingredients for Pavlova:

  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • pinch of salt
  • Bake on 230* for 1 hour
  • Grease pans or use parchment paper

Ingredients for Lemon curd:

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • pinch of salt

 

That’s it folks! I hope y’all enjoyed this post! Have a great week!!

Meal planning

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Hi there!

 

First off, I’d like to say I’m so sorry for missing last weeks post! I had a busy week and weekend, and I could’t find the time to sneak in some writing = )

 

Now, on to this weeks post! This weekend I found myself in the kitchen. I’ve been wanting to do freezer meals for quite some time, but I’ve never gotten further than pinning a few ideas on Pinterest. Well, that maybe a bit of a lie, last summer right before I had Baby M, my wonderful mother came and stayed at our house with us to help out with the adjustment of a third child, and she put some meals in the freezer which helped out soooooo much!! But this is the first time that I’ve done it just for the week, with no baby or guests on the way.

 

So if you’re not familiar with freezer meals, let me break it down for you:

*Plan out some meals that are freezable, and have similar ingredients. You can plan up to however many meals you want, but to make it easier on the first try, pick out maybe 4 or 5 different meals. The most fantastic place to get ideas for this is of course on Pinterest! A really really great list that I used this week, (and printed out for future use, it’s that good!)  is from New Leaf Wellness giving you 10 different ideas of chicken. Like I said, I’ve printed it out and I’d like to try it with beef or lamb next time,

*Once you’ve established which meals you are going to make and freeze, make a shopping list of all the ingredients you’ll need. I mean EVERYTHING! Nothing worse than forgetting something on the list, and not being able to make the dish that you planned. Don’t forget, these are freezer meals. Make sure that whatever is in the recipe would be good once thawed and cooked.

*Prep is super easy! In each gallon size freezer bag, add your meat, veggies, and spices, and into the freezer it goes! Move a bag from the freezer to the fridge the night before you plan to eat it, and in the morning – stick it in the crockpot!!! I can’t believe I’ve been married for almost 10 years without doing this! I think I heard angels singing as I put my beautiful ready to thaw and cook meals into the freezer =) and the kitchen smelled soo good! I also    made some quick meatballs for the freezer and a quick soup as well. Here is the proof:

 

 

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I made three flavors off the list. From left to right: Garlic Ginger (with green beans), Spricy Orange (with bell peppers) and Tomato Basil (with zucchini)

 

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The Garlic Ginger chicken. This made my kitchen smell so good, I loved it! I put 2 chicken breasts (each cut in half) per bag. The list calls for 2 pounds per bag, but for me and the kids, 4 pieces is the perfect amount.

 

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Spicy orange chicken. I’m so excited to try this because I love orange chicken, and I can’t wait to see how home made tastes!

 

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Tomato Basil chicken. Instead of using fresh green basil, I used dried purple basil that I had, which is the purple ingredient seen in the picture.

 

Onto the fantastic meat balls:

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The ingradients for my incredible meatballs!

 

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I used 2 packs of ground beef (each pack 1.34 pounds, from Costco) and 1 pack ground Bison (1.25 pounds, also Costco)

 

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Crack 4 eggs into a bowl

 

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Beat the eggs before adding to meat

 

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Then pour them in!

 

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Add 1 cup Italian breadcumbs

 

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1/2 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped

 

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1 white onion, blended

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Added the onion and 2 tablespoons parmasan cheese, and 2 garlic cloves, chopped, and 2 tablespoons mayonnaise. 2 tsp salt, and 1 tsp black pepper

 

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All mixed up. Smelled wonderful!!!

 

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I used about a tablespoon of meat per meatball. I baked them on a cookie sheet on a 400* for 15 minutes.

 

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All baked. Turned out better than I even thought they would.

 

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Up close and personal. Sorry about the steam =)

 

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Now, onto the soup. These are the ingredients that I used. Except the peas. I forgot to add them at the end. Sorry, peas =)

 

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In a 6 quart pot, I aded about 4 quarts of water, brought to a boil and added a huge heaping tablespoon of the chicken bouillon, and let it dissolve into the water. I turned it down on low and moved on to the veggies.

 

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I opened the can of tomato paste, and put it in a bowl….

 

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Added a bit of the hot broth…..

 

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and wisked that right up until it was smooth. (Thank you Papa for the awesome wisk!!) Then, I added it to the broth.

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1 red bell pepper, 1 green bell pepper, 2 zucchini, 4 celery, 1/2 white onion…….

 

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…into a saucepan with 4 tbsp of butter. Saute on medium high heat for about 5 minutes. Then, add to the broth!

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I forgot to take a picture of the pot of soup cooking, but it looked beautiful! After I added the veggies, I added 4 diced carrots (roughly 1 cup) and 2 cups of green string beans cut into about 1 to 1 1/2″ pieces. Then I added 1 (15 oz, rinsed) can of black beans and 1 (15 oz, rinsed) kidney beans, and 1/2 cup of Orzo noodles.. I let it cook until the veggies where tender (I forgot to time it, but I’d say 20 minutes?) To serves, I put a few of the meatballs into a bowl (already cooked), pour soup over it, garnish with italian parsley and cheese.

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Just look at it! Isn’t it beautiful =)

 

Well, that’s it folks! I’m so glad to be able to share all of this with you =) If you have any questions, or want any more details, please let me know! Until next time, have a great week!

 

Mama N

 

 

 

Office, ogranized!

If there is any room in the house that I spend more time in than the kitchen, it’s the office. I’m in here at least 5 days out of the week, and at least 5 hours a day. I think that means I spend more time in here than the kitchen. So you’d think with all the time spent in here, I’d at least have it mega organized and everything in its place, right? Well not really. My home away from home has been over-stuffed and under-organized for at least the last 6 years. It’s kind of un-avoidable, you know? The growth of the buiness means more paperwork, more folders, more electronics – but the same room size! I’m a strong believer that being organized does not mean that you have to throw everything away, or not have any stuff. Of course, the less things you have is better, but still, that’s not the issue. So this last week, I’ve decided to go through every room in the house and organize it. Of course I’m a little-itsy-bitsy-just-a-tiny-little-bitty-not-too-much scatterbrained, and getting organized for me seemed a bit overwhelming. Too many details, I thought. Well, I started out very simply. I walked up to my dry erase board and drew this out.

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My very professional whiteboard teaching = )

 

So as you can see, I divided the upstars and downstairs, and then listed the rooms that are on each story. Then, I put a number indicating the urgency level of each room. The office was the most important room, so I put a 1 next to it. The kids room is definetely the next room I need to tackle, so I put a 2 next to it. You get the point =) So I did that until all the rooms had a number next to it. Next, I took a piece of paper, wrote a line down the middle to separate the page into two parts, and titled one half “Must Have” and the other half “Wish List”. In case you haven’t already figured out what that means, the side that was titled Must Have, I wrote down some things that I really needed the room to have after it was made over, and on the Wish List side, I wrote down some things that I really wanted, but not so much needed.

So for the Must Have side, I wrote down dry erase board, kid friendly, certificates up on the wall, and a few other stuff that I needed to see. On the Wish List side, I wrote down bright colors, a place for my sewing machines, and a few other things that I would be happy with. I also planned a budget, because I’m not building a house, I’m just organizing!

 

So here are some “before pictures”. Mind you, the room wasn’t cleaned up yet, so it was a bit messy, but all the more dramatic effect for the after pictures I guess =)

 

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I KNOW!!! IT’S HORRIBLE!!! I wasn’t joking when I said it needed to be organized! And I don’t know what’s worse, the messy room, or the horrible quality of the pictures! My next post will definetely have better pictures. I’m sorry, just bear with me here =)

 

So after some cleaning, tossing, organizing, sweeping and painting, this is what the office looks like now!

 

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I moved the table, so now I have room to walk around!

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The printer in off of the desk, on moved on to some plastic shelving that I’ve had for a while already.

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I took the top half of the plastic shelves and made room for my sewing, so I was able to mark that off my wish list!

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I painted to old table that I had in the office, and moved it to the closet. I took the boxes out of the closet and some I put in the garage, but for the most part I was able to declutter and organize down to the couple of plastic boxes under the table!

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I got my dry erase board! I really need it for jotting down notes. I was using waaay to many sticky note, and sometimes they would get lost. I also framed a few certificate that we had, and I’m able to display them now. I also have a mail sorter that is so cute off to the left….

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My desk is now much much cleaner! And as you can see, there is now more room in the office even enough for me to put baby M’s bouncer, so there is my kid friendly requirement checked off my list =)

 

 

So that’s it for this post. Like I mentioned, my next post will have clearer pictures. If you have any questions or want any more details, Just leave a comment below, I’d more happy to answer! Thank you and have a great week!!

 

 

  -Mama N

My first post!

Hi y’all!

So this is my first post! I’m excited for this website! There are a few reasons as to why I started this blog. First of all, I love trying new things and always have new ideas, and this will be a great way for me to put them all in one spot and be able to look back on them, from anywhere! Also, I have all you friends and family with whom I’d like to share all my tips and fails with, and this is the best way to do so! I will be posting ideas, picture, tips and tricks from my personal experience, and any articles that I may find interesting and want to share! So welcome aboard – bookmark or favorite this site and check back often! As of now, I’m hoping to put out at least one post per week – let’s see how this goes! Here are a couple of yummy things that I’ve made and want you to see = )

 

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