Summer Chickpea Salad

 

This is one of my very favorite recipes, especially in the summer when almost all the ingredients can be picked up at my local farmer’s market. Full disclosure, this is not my own recipe, but reblogged from one of my very fav food blogs, How Sweet Eats. Jessica recommends the salad be enjoyed on bread but I love it so much, I eat it as a lunch salad by itself. It also maintains extremely well in the fridge as I usually make it on Sunday & enjoy throughout the week.

Summer Chickpea Salad with Honey Garlic Lime Vinaigrette

yields: serves about 4                          total time: 30 minutes

What You’ll Need: 

3 cups chickpeas (or 2 (15-ounce) cans, drained and rinsed)
4 green onions, thinly sliced
2-3 ears grilled corn, cut from the cob
1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons fresh chives
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1 lime, juiced and zested

The How To:

In a large bowl, combine the chickpeas, onions, corn, tomatoes, basil and chives. Toss well with the salt and pepper. Separately, in a small saucepan, add the oil, vinegar, honey, garlic, lime juice and zest. Heat over low heat and whisk until the mixture is warm and garlic cloves are sizzling a bit.Pour the liquid over the chickpeas and and toss well to coat. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Check out How Sweet Eats for this recipe & many fantastic others!

Cheers!

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Spiced Hanger Steaks with Spring Quinoa Salad

Happy Wednesday!

I know I mentioned on my last post that I was so happy to be back but I spoke a little too soon, came down with a nasty bug and it knocked me off my feet for a few days. Glad to be back and share this incredible recipe with you guys. Let me first mention that I hadn’t even planned on sharing this recipe but as I made it, realized I couldn’t keep it to myself. I actually stumbled upon this recipe when I could not make up my mind what to have for dinner the other night. After some random Google searches, this recipe thankfully popped up from Buzzfeed. I quickly snapped what is probably the worst iPhone photo ever but I was so hungry, I couldn’t wait!

Spiced Hanger Steaks with Spring Quinoa Salad

Serves 4

Total cook time: 20 minutes

What You’ll Need:

¼ small red onion, thinly sliced (2 oz)
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
salt & pepper
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 pound hanger steak, cut into 4 pieces
1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
1 ½ teaspoons ground coriander
2 tablespoons, plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup sugar snap peas, sliced (I actually added more,I love snap peas!)
2 ounces feta, crumbled

The How To:

  1. Toss the red onion, vinegar, and 1 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Let sit, tossing occasionally, until softened, about 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the quinoa in a pot of salted boiling water until just tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Fluff with fork. Note: When cooking quinoa, I like to use half water, half stock to add a little flavor. In this recipe, the cup of quinoa calls for 2 cups liquid, so I used 1 cup water & 1 cup beef stock.
  3. As the quinoa cooks, make the steak. Season the steak with the cumin, coriander, and 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the steak registers 130° F, 4 minutes per side 
for medium-rare. Let rest for 5 minutes then slice.
  4. While the steak rests, add the peas, feta, cooked quinoa, and the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the onions and toss. Serve the steak over the quinoa salad.
  5. Enjoy!

via Buzzfeed

I promise you guys will LOVE it!

Cheers!

Italian White Bean Basil Soup

Happy Monday! Today I’ll be sharing this wonderful vegan soup recipe that I whipped up on a whim yesterday and cannot wait to make again.

Italian White Bean Basil Soup

What You’ll Need:

7 cups low sodium vegetable broth
1/2 cup dry long grain brown rice
6 cups low sodium vegetable broth
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
4 large garlic cloves, minced (a heaping tablespoon)
3 Roma tomatoes, roughly chopped (about 2 cups)
1 tablespoon & 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
salt (1 1/2 teapsoons) and pepper (1/4 teaspoon)
2 15 oz cans white beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil

The How To:

1. In a sauce pan, bring 1 cup of the veg broth to boil. Add rice and reduce heat for 20 minutes (once completed, place off to side for later use.)

2. While your rice is cooking, chop up your vegetables.

3. In a large soup pot, add 6 cups of veg broth, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, onion and garlic. Bring to a boil then allow to simmer for 10 minutes.

4. Now add tomatoes and allow to cook on medium for about 10 minutes.

5. Finally add basil, beans and cooked rice. Stir and bring back to a roaring boil and allow to cook on high for 5-10 minutes.

6. Enjoy!

This soup made my apartment smell incredible while simmering on my stove and tasted even better. Best when made with fresh ingredients, I promise it will not disappoint.

Cheers!

Divulging on Detox

Whether you’ve been over indulging on the weekends or just looking to be healthier overall, a great way to “restart” is finding ways to detox. Whenever I hear the word I used to immediately assume it meant starving yourself and drinking a witch-like concoction, something with cayenne pepper, lemon and like..dead man’s toe (Hocus Pocus, anyone?) But there are actually many ways to detox your body that aren’t heinous.

1. Oil Pulls. I use organic, unrefined coconut oil. It is best to aim for 20-25 minutes but it’s definitely a different feeling so it may take some getting used to. If you can start by pulling for 15 minutes, your body will start to release the toxins. Make sure to spit the oil (never swallow) into the trash because it can clog a sink once it hardens again.

2. Fermented Foods. Foods such as such as yogurt, kefir, kimchi and kombucha are full of healthy and full of probiotics. that help your gut! Probiotics strengthen your insides so if you should happen to eat something that’s spoiled, it will be able to defend itself.

3. Detox Bath. Add epsom salt and lavender to a bath.  Just make sure to drink lots of water afterward!

4. Dry Skin Brush. I personally have yet to try it but from what I’ve read it has a lot of positive qualities. Brush before a shower in circular motions toward your heart. Click here for more on dry brushing from Mimosa Saturday.

5. Keep Moving. Incorporating at least 30 minutes of activity into your day is essential especially if you sit at a desk for the most of the day.

6. Teas. Okay, there are drinks that are helpful in detoxing. I like this tea because it’s simpler than some of the the others.

7. Fruits and Veggies. Duh!

8. Hydrate. Again…duh! Water has a plethora of benefits. Look what it did for this woman!

9. De- clutter. Keeping your space organized is proven to lessen stress.

10. Purify Your Space Naturally. Adding an air purifying plant to your home is a great way to combat pollutants especially in the winter months when our doors and windows are locked up tight. You can choose from aloe vera, rubber plant, peace lily, bamboo, golden pothos and rubber plant.

 

Cheers!!

 

 

 

 

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Three Thrills

Whew! What a week! This week has been a whirlwind and it’s only picking up speed into the weekend.

Here are my three thrills for this week:

1. This kid is apparently still my favorite internet sensation. His appearance on Ellen is seriously the best.

2. Sex and the City has been dishing up relationship advice for years- as far as relationships, it’s all you need to know. Yesterday, one of my besties sent me this buzzfeed about 50 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Sex and the City. I mean really, if SJP couldn’t be any more fabulous… 3 million an episode!?

3. I’ll finish with the best news…EVER! Researchers have found that drinking a glass of wine is better than going to the gym. Let that sink in a moment. Drinking wine is better than going to the gym.

And with that… Cheers!

 

 

 

 

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Just Peachy

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. This weekend was full of fun, college football and celebrating at a friend’s baby shower (awesome pics at Mimosa Saturday). Today I wanted to share a smoothie recipe that I made over the weekend. I found the ripest, sweetest peaches at the farmer’s market so I had to find as many uses for them as I could. As you can tell, I’m still holding on to the last few days of summer. This strawberry peach smoothie is a great way to start your day.

This what you’ll need:

2 peeled, sliced peaches
1 cup strawberries
heaping spoonful of vanilla greek yogurt
a few ice cubes to chill

This drink is so tasty, it makes me feel like I’m on vacation…even on a Monday morning.

Cheers!

No Bake Energy Bites

Happy Monday, friends! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. It was fairly dreary here (Ohio–surprise, surprise) but I took advantage of the rain as an opportunity to rest up after my marathon of week last week.

The recipe today is great because not only is it a perfect sized bite of sweet, its great for an energy boost. Plus, it’s quick- no baking involved! Think of one of those Chewy granola bars… but better!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup old-fashioned raw oats
1/2 cup ground golden flaxseed meal
2/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted and cooled**
chocolate chips (up to you)

** To toast the shredded coconut, just place on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

1. Combine the peanut butter, vanilla extract and honey and stir.

2. Add your oats, flaxseed meal and cooled coconut and mix. You can choose to add the chocolate chips here as well, I just like to push them in as I’m forming the bites.

3. Once it’s all mixed together, let it cool in the refrigerator.

4. After the mixture’s cooled, form into small bites. I’m not a huge fan of packing these with chocolate chips, so I just pressed 1 or 2 into each bite.

Enjoy!

Cheers!