Acai Bowls

This breakfast/dessert/diner whatever you want to call it has been on repeat in my house. Look at the pic again, can you blame me?

It’s gotten to the point that when my son Ezra hears the food processor start churning he comes running.  #dinner bell.

Originating from Brazil, these babies are only now getting popular in western culture. #betterlatethannever

The pulp is sold a few different ways. I prefer with no added ingredients. Sometimes they will already have the protein included or something like strawberries mixed in. Nope, I go for the straight up organic pulp. They come in packs of 4 usually. The one below I scored for less than $5.00 locally.

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As most know by now Acai is a superfood packed with antioxidants it’s been linked to several health enriching factors. Weight-loss, memory enhancing, anti-cancer, and anti aging to name a few.

Honestly, I love to load up on berries or most foods of dark rich purples/pinks before and during my periods because they’ve been linked to having anti-inflammatory properties as well. I swear it helps with the bloat. See for yourself. However that’s not the case right now, I swear.

Here is the recipe:

2-4 Tablespoons of oatmeal (optional)

If I include the oatmeal, I’d pulverize it first in the food processor right now. Then add the following ingredients one by one processing. This step makes it easy to incorporate all of the ingredients 

2-4 Bananas depending on the size.

2 Packs of Acai (this recipe is for 2 servings)

1 Scoop of plant based protein

1/2 -1 Cup of plant milk, I’m on the hemp milk tip, been there a while (it’s packed with omega 3’s, especially good for growing baby brain development)

 

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If you want to be basic, then you are done. Being extra means you’d start tossing in the hemp, flax, maca, yeast or whatever other powders you use.

 The last step is to drizzle your milk in. Once you see the blades pick up speed and move the ingredients well you can check to see if you need more. I like the consistency of my bowls dense, so I really watch this step to prevent a runny bowl. 

Serve and top with your favorites. Coconut, mango, diced berries and fruit. Have at it.

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Easy Lemon Pancakes (VEGAN)

1.25 C of Flour (I used organic non bleached artisanal flour, use what you have)

1tsp of Salt (I eyed it)

1/2 C  or less of a preferred sweetener (I also eyed this)

Lemon Zest ( I used half a lemon-1 lemon, I squeezed the lemon into it as well, yes I abuse)

Combine ingredients above. I make the neat egg, then in a small pan warm up the following ingredients. I do this, because they incorporate better. I start heating up the gridle at this point. 

1 Flax egg (make this in a cup, I use neat egg)

1.5 C of Plant based milk (I prefer hemp)

2 Tbsp Vegan butter

Combine both liquids and solids and spoon onto griddle, cooking each side until bubbly then flip,

 

 

 

 

Pressure Cooker Summer Veggie Pasta

This is a go-to recipe for dinner in my house that my family loves.  I grate the veggies because it’s an easy way to sneak in nutrients that no one ever notices.  If you’re familiar with 2 year olds, anything green often weirds them out. I know there are a lot of vegan 2 year olds out there doing their thing with no problem, so shout out to all of their parents on a job well done! #Parentgoals. But until then, my angels are getting grated in veggies everywhere.

Please feel free to substitute whatever vegetables you like or with a nice chop, but grating them is key for all those picky eaters.

1-2 Zucchini yellow or green, you pick (grated)

1 Eggplant (grated)

6 Mini portobellos sliced and diced (or however many you like)

1/4 Onion sliced or diced (your preference)

2-4 Cloves of garlic (most recipes never call for enough)

1 package of pasta- (I use Felicetti Biologica, 1.1lb in animals/bowtie shapes)

1 Box of vegetable broth low sodium 32oz

Salt & Pepper to taste

4 spoons of your favorite vegan cream cheese (I use tofurtti chives and onions)

As you begin your prep work, turn the pressure cooker to saute mode to prevent delays. Go for the the garlic and onions first, they go into the pot first and get a nice saute going before you dump in the veggies.

Grate all the vegetables and toss into the pot. Toss in the pasta, pour the vegetable broth in to where it’s comfortably covered. I used almost the entire box. Include whatever salt or pepper here, you can also do bay leaves, or some like mustard and vegan butter.

Turn off saute mode, put into manual at 4 mins close and lock lid and seal. Once the timer sounds, do a quick release and turn off. Open lid, and do a few stirs to incorporate all the liquid. It may look like a lot, but after a few stirs, it will be fine. This is the part where I add in the “cream cheese”.

I usually serve this buffet style on the table because the kids often go in for seconds.

If you have any feedback to the recipe hit me up,  I’d love to here from you!

Adulting Hack #1- Pressure Cooker

Miguel and I were having a conversation the other day, and were unsurprised to find out that we both, since childhood have been obsessively analyzing how to do everyday tasks/chores more efficiently. Obviously if you vacuum a house or sweep, naturally you will be more efficient at it. However, we scrutinize how to improve random tasks. Such as putting on a t-shirt, washing hands, meal prep. This constant need for efficiency or improvement is not exclusive to us or any novel idea, but it has resulted in what I think our generation calls the modern day “hack.”

My first adulting hack I’d like to share with you is the Electric Pressure Cooker. This isn’t my hack per se, ( I didn’t invent it) but it’s a hack I and several others use to make every day adulting, or parenting that much easier.

It works just like a normal pressure cooker, but uses electricity. So the volatile awareness that pressure cookers blow your head off, is a bit lessened here. You could probably still blow your head off, but if your read the handy dandy manual and join a few FB groups you will prevent any mis-steps and be on your way to expert level 1000. You can also reach out to me through DM, and I’ll be happy to walk you through on how to use one.

So here goes the “why”: I dump the food in, I press a few buttons, it cooks, it turns off, and defaults to the warm setting on its own. Standing above the hot stove,  babysitting. You free up all that time to do the stuff that matters to you or them. Like taking a shower, making coffee, or drinking your coffee hiding in the shower so your kids can’t find you.  Whatever it is you like to do, it’s your time!

You may be asking yourself, “how is this any different than the crock pot?”  Bottom line, cooking time. I will illustrate below:

Rolled Oats- 12 mins, White Rice- 7 mins, Brown Rice-  22 mins, Steamed Veggies- 4 mins, Lentils- 35 mins, Sweet Potatoes- 17 mins, Pasta- 4 mins. Aaaand the list goes on…

As a working mother of 3, healthy & fresh eating has never been easier. After my 2nd child, I stumbled upon this hack from my Bay Area Mommies Group from California (shout out to the great mamas who share great advice there) and never looked back.

If you don’t own one, do. Invest the $100+ in this home appliance, and realize for yourself how easy it is to prepare wholesome food for your family. Buying this appliance however will not guarantee you will eat better. But we can write another post about that later.

Edit: I’ve included a some sites to get your inspired here 20+ Instant Pot Vegan Recipes

 

I am in no way affiliated with Instant Pot, nor do I get paid to advertise for them.

A girl can dream tho… 

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