Holistic Saturdays: Orange Chickpea Buddha Bowl (V, GF)

This recipe is from Eat With Clarity. I subscribe to emails from Vegan Bowls, which is where I found the recipe. I was shocked at how good it was. Eat it with avocado and green onions (also known as scallions) on top. I didn’t include them in the picture, but they add even more flavor to an already great recipe.

I only slightly adapted this. I used clementines instead of oranges because that’s what I had available. I use Braggs Liquid Aminos instead of soy sauce or tamari. The green onions are a must.

This is awesome. Seriously. I never would have paired a citrus flavor with chickpeas. This is a winning dish.

Recipe is here: https://eatwithclarity.com/orange-chickpea-buddha-bowl/

Holistic Saturdays: Corn, Avocado, and Tomato Salad. (V, GF)

Adapted from Forks Over Knives Online Meal Planner.

Ingredients

  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • 1 scallion, chopped. (Use the white and green parts)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
  • dash of sweet paprika or regular paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a bowl, toss all ingredients together. Serve right away.

The original recipe calls for lettuce and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. I like it better this way. Feel free to add cooked black beans or pinto beans, cucumbers, jalapeno pepper, red bell pepper, or anything else you like. It’s an easy-to-make recipe. Let me know what you think.

Mocha Angels 365. Day 66.

“In all situations we need self-restraint, honest analysis of what is involved, a willingness to admit when the fault is ours, and an equal willingness to forgive when the fault is elsewhere.

We need not be discouraged when we fall into the error of our old ways, for these disciplines are not easy. We shall look for progress, not for perfection.” — Step 10, pg 91.

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions by Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous

As a friend of mine once drilled into my head, when a situation is going south, check yourself first. Watch your language. Watch your tone. Practice self-restraint. If you are wrong, admit it promptly. If you are right, then forgive promptly. Anger and resentment are the fastest pathways to addiction.

Holistic Saturdays: Strawberry Red Pepper Smoothie (V, GF)

Strawberry Red Pepper Smoothie

  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 red bell pepper
  • 1 apple
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Water

Blend until smooth.

One medium-sized red bell pepper provides 169% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of Vitamin C, making it one of the richest dietary sources of this essential nutrient. One cup of strawberries has 149% RDA of Vitamin C.

So add more bell pepper and/or strawberries if you like. Cayenne pepper gives it a kick and opens your sinuses. This is a great smoothie to drink if you have a cold. Let me know how you liked it!

Holistic Saturdays: Blackberry Smoothie (V, GF)

Blackberry Smoothie

  • 1 cup frozen blackberries
  • 1-2 bananas
  • 1-2 tablespoons agave (optional)
  • Water

Blend in a high speed blender until smooth.

This is super simple to the point that perhaps it shouldn’t be called a “recipe.” It’s so good though.

This is probably my favorite smoothie. Make it without the agave to see if it’s sweet enough for you. If not, add the agave one tablespoon at a time.

Blackberries do not get the love they deserve. This smoothie is a great way to enjoy them. Let me know how much you enjoyed this smoothie!

Holistic Saturdays: Mixed Berry Smoothie. (V, GF)

Mixed Berry Smoothie

  • 1.5 cups frozen mixed berries
  • 2-3 clementines, peeled
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • water
  • any leafy green (optional)

Blend until smooth.

Note:

You can always use fresh berries. Frozen berries are much cheaper, which is why I always use them in my smoothies.

Smoothies are a great place to add any leafy green. Spinach works well here because it’s a sweet green that doesn’t interfere with the taste. I didn’t add it here because frankly the original recipe makes for a prettier picture. 😊

It’s yummy. Let me know what you think.

Holistic Saturdays: Vanilla and Chocolate Milkshakes. (V, GF)

Years ago, when I was raising my kids vegetarian, my parents had come for a visit. I gave my soul food loving father this vanilla smoothie to drink. He tried it. He looked at me and said, “I see my grandchildren are not suffering.” I found that comment hilarious. He drank the entire milkshake and asked for more.

Both of these shakes are long-standing recipes in my house. You know how you sometimes make the same thing over and over again? Not for a lack of imagination, but because it’s just that good. And this is super simple too.

Vanilla Milkshake

  • Three frozen peeled bananas
  • Two cups or more unsweetened vanilla or plain non-dairy milk – I use plain almond milk
  • Two packets stevia or two tablespoons agave
  • Cinnamon powder to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, less if you use vanilla non-dairy milk

For the chocolate milkshake, just add three tablespoons of chocolate powder to the vanilla recipe. I use Hershey’s Cocoa.

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender.

Tip:

Keep frozen bananas in your freezer so you’re always ready to make a milkshake. I wait for them to get ripe, full of brown spots. Then I put them in my freezer whole and unpeeled. When I make a milkshake, I run the bananas under hot water to easily remove the skin.

You can also peel and chop them. Store peeled bananas in a freezer bag.

Using frozen bananas is the difference between a banana smoothie and a vanilla milkshake.

Let me know how you like them!