All posts filed under: Gluten-free

Mistletoe Chia Pudding Parfait

It’s Christmas morning! What better way to start your day than with a Mistletoe Chia Pudding Parfait. A perfect detox from all the holiday party sugar and also a great snack for kids–especially the naughty ones (see throwback below). Chia pudding makes for a fun, low calorie, filling breakfast or snack. It is packed with protein, fiber, anti-inflammatory omega 3s, and probiotics to keep you energized and boost digestion. Feeling bloated? It may even help decrease bloating and abdominal cramping. This recipe is so easy and quick. You can even make it ahead of time and assemble the parfait when ready to eat. With the chia pudding, just mix together the ingredients and store it in the fridge! You can enjoy the chia pudding layer on its own, but I love assembling it parfait style. A must for any parfait is some toasty granola. Since many store bought granola contain honey or high fructose corn syrup, I opt to make my own homemade granola. It’s cheaper, healthier, and only takes 5-10 minutes! Parfait layers make this recipe so versatile. You can customize …

Avocado Corn Salsa

Did you know avocados are a berry, not a vegetable? Here are some quick stats on the lovely fruit: Avocados are high in healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, unlike most fruits which are high in carbohydrates. They are low in saturated fats (unhealthy fat). They contain more potassium than a banana! Potassium is essential for blood pressure regulation. The are abundant in Vitamin K, Folate, Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin E A quick trick to know if your avocados are ripe: Gently peel off the stem and look for a bright green color like below. Then your avocado is ready to go! Ingredients: 2-3 ripe avocados, diced 2 diced medium roma tomatoes or 1 cup cherry tomatoes 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper 1/2 cup corn kernels fresh green chilli, diced (for spicier version) 1/2 cup black beans (optional, but adds a good source of protein!) handful of cilantro 1 tsp cumin juice of 1/2 lemon (or to taste) salt to taste 1-2 tsp paprika How to make: Simply toss all prepped ingredients into a bowl …

3-step Vegan Thai Coconut Curry

Vegan Thai Coconut Curry Behold the mighty coconut. Full of vitality, nutrition, and sustainable practices, coconuts are incredibly versatile from providing nutrition, to fuel and shelter. As the main ingredient of this recipe, coconut milk provides a savory and creamy base for vegan curries (also check out this recipe) and for those who are lactose intolerant. It makes for a great substitute for not only milk, but heavy whipping cream in many soups or Indian curries. You can also try adding a splash into smoothies, oatmeal, or to hydrate chia seeds into a pudding. With just 3 easy steps, create this savory curry in no time! Makes 5 servings Ingredients: 2 cups chopped mixed bell peppers (about 1 medium size pepper of each color: red, yellow, orange, green) 2 cups broccoli 2 cup yellow corn firm tofu cubes (optional) 1 can coconut milk 2 green chili’s (Serrano or Thai) juice from half of lemon freshly ground sea salt and black pepper green chili paste, optional handful of chopped fresh cilantro coconut oil Directions: 1. Heat 1-2 …

Sunflower Soba with Chili Baked Tofu

Sunflower Soba with Chili Baked Tofu Gluten-free? Trying to cut out starchy-processed pasta noodles? Or are you just tired of the same old stir fry? Try using raw “sunflower soba” to replaces regular noodles in stir fry dishes. This dish is a quick fix, totally unique, and nutrient packed! This recipe makes 2-3 servings. 2 cups raw sunflower sprouts 1, 14-oz block extra-firm organic tofu 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil or coconut oil 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce 1 tbsp rice or apple cider vinegar 4 tbsp water 1/2 tsp dried ginger 1/2 tsp Sambal Oelek ground fresh chili paste lemon juice black pepper sesame seeds (black or white) cilantro (optional) jain stir-fry veggies (optional) Drain and rinse the tofu, wrap in in a couple paper towels, and press the tofu by placing a plate and a large can on top of the block so that the extra liquid drains out (20-30 minutes). Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut the tofu into 1-inch cubes. In a separate bowl, whisk together soy sauce, oil, vinegar, ginger, …

Potato-less French Fries

[Jain] Potato-less French Fries Yeah, you read that right—these are potato-less fries. Eating Jain doesn’t mean you have to miss out on fries! In fact, they taste identical, probably even better. Plantains make the best potato substitute for Jain recipes, even in dishes like Paav Bhaji! Simple and quick, this recipe makes a great kick-back snack. I do not deep fry them in order to keep these fries as healthy as possible. You might also try baking them! 3-4 Plantains (the short, fat kind work best) 1-2 tbsp organic coconut oil salt ketchup 1. Remove plantain from skin and slice into strips about 3 inches long, 1/2 inch wide. Finely slice out any seeds or tough white membrane. 2. Heat coconut oil in pan. Toss in plantain slices and shallow-pan fry them for 5-7 minutes.  Make sure you toss them to ensure all sides are browning evenly. 3. Sprinkle salt over the fries and toss again.  4. Serve with Jain-friendly ketchup! (I use the Maggi Tomato sauce)      

Coconut Curried Okra with Plantain Cutlets

Coconut Curried Okra Why eat okra? Okra, a.k.a lady finger/gumbo is high in Vit. C & K, folate, and fiber. The high dietary fiber content of okra supports colon health as a natural digestion aid. Okra also helps stabilize blood sugar, great for diabetes monitoring & prevention. High in folate, okra also can promote healthy pregnancy. Vitamin C rich food has been shown to help relieve respiratory issues like asthma and promote healthy skin. Ingredients: Makes 2 servings 2-3 cups chopped okra 1/2 cup sliced red bell pepper  1/4 cup chopped cashew pieces juice from 1/2 lemon 1 tsp of each: salt, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, zaatar Dash of pav bhaji masala (optional) 1-2 tsp of each: red chili powder, dhania-jeera powder, turmeric powder 3-4 cloves 1/2 can coconut milk 1-2 tbsp coconut oil 1-2 bay leaves Directions: Heat coconut oil in a large frying pan. Add mustard seeds, bay leaves, cumin seeds, cashew pieces, and cloves to hot oil and let sizzle for a few minutes. Add chopped okra and toss. Cook for 5 minutes on medium heat …

Winter ‘Bu Smoothie

Polar vortex is taking over much of the U.S., but here in Malibu, winter is feeling a bit like summer 😉 So whether you are stuck in the snow or have your toes in the sand, kick back with this refreshing, tropical Winter ‘Bu Smoothie. Here is the ‘Bu at dawn: Winter Mali(‘Bu) Smoothie  1 cup natural coconut water 1/2 cup frozen blueberries 1/2 ripe banana 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks 1 cup baby spinach 2 fresh/frozen slices of pineapple 1 tbs chia seeds wedge of lime mint to garnish ice Blend until smooth. Sip to soothe. The ‘Bu during the day: #thebluffs at dusk: #elmatador at sunset: #nofilter