Archive for the ‘Lunch’ Category

Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie Bowl (Paleo)

Hello all! It’s been a long time since my last post. For that, I apologize.

Clearly I am not good at keeping promises when it comes to posting.

In my defense though, cooking in Thailand ended up being more difficult than I originally thought. Between traveling on the weekends and teaching during the week, it was hard to find the energy to go to the grocery store and find the correct food items when they were all written in a foreign language. Not to mention, lugging everything back home in 100 + degree weather.

Interestingly, cooking in Thailand is more expensive than just going out to eat (a complete opposite from here in the United States). In fact, most Thai people eat out rather than make their own meals. You can read more about my experiences in Thailand here.

But, as of last week, I am back home in the United States! Meaning, back to home-cooked food.

One of the many things I already miss about Thailand is the fresh fruit. I can’t even describe the freshness… I would often go down the street to the fruit stand and have the fruit lady cut me up fresh pineapple/guava/papaya/coconut/cantaloupe. I couldn’t get enough of the stuff.

Sometimes, I would take the fruit back to my apartment and mash it up with a potato masher to make a fruit smoothie bowl.

And once, when I was visiting Pai in Northern Thailand, I had the most amazing smoothie bowl at a place called Bom Bowls:

Bom Bowl Smoothie - Pai Thailand

Now that I am back home, I have my food processor to do the blending for me (a bit easier than using a potato masher…)

Luckily, I also had the foresight to bring home some hand-made coconut bowls from Thailand. Now I can pretend to be back in Thailand on a regular basis 🙂

Smoothie Bowl

Strawberry and Kiwi Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients:

1 banana, sliced and frozen

7 oz strawberries, sliced and frozen

1 kiwi (I kept the peel on)

1 handful of fresh spinach leaves

1/2 cup almond milk (or coconut water or water)

2 tbsp almond butter

1-2 tbsp honey (optional)

Pinch of salt

Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients in a strong food processor or blender. Pulse until smooth. Pour into bowls and top with a garnish of foods (sliced fruits, dried fruits, berries, oats, nuts, chocolate chips, etc.)

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Brussel Sprout Salad with Tahini Dressing (Grain-Free)

Now normally I avoid posting salad recipes, simply because it’s not something I put a lot of effort into while making. Usually, it’s a mixture of “whatever’s lying around.”

But this salad is absolutely amazing, so I’m posting it 🙂 With roasted brussels sprouts and pine nuts as a base, there’s a little more prepping involved. And do not omit the dressing. It really brings together all the flavors. Feel free to add more or less of any ingredient- my measurements aren’t exact (except for the dressing)- I just kinda eyeball it!

Brussel Sprout Salad with Tahini Dressing (Grain-Free)

Brussel Sprout Salad with Tahini Dressing (Grain-Free)

Ingredients:

Salad

1 lb brussels sprouts

garlic powder

salt and pepper

1 tbsp avocado oil

1 tbsp pinenuts

1/3 cup fresh mango, cubed

1/4 cup raw onion, diced

3-4 tbsp feta cheese, crumbled

Dressing

3 tbsp tahini

3 tbsp water

1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

pinch of salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cut the stems off the brussels sprouts and slice in half. Place on a baking pan and sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Top with oil and toss altogether. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes. Take out, mix in pine nuts and cook for 5 more minutes. Set aside.

To make the dressing, whisk together all the dressing ingredients.

On a nice serving platter, toss together brussels sprouts, mango, onion, and feta. Top with about 3/4 of the dressing (use the rest for another salad recipe). Mix altogether and serve!

Butternut Squash Hash (Paleo)

Yup! It’s butternut squash season again! Representing in fancy brunch idea 🙂

Butternut Squash Hash (Paleo)

Butternut Squash Hash (Paleo)

Ingredients:

1 tbsp ghee

1 onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp cayenne

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

2 packed cups shredded butternut squash (see note below)

1 cup cut-up sausages (precooked)

5 cups fresh spinach leaves

*Note: To get shredded butternut squash, find a butternut squash with a LONG NECK. Only shred the neck to avoid butternut squash “guts” and seeds (just save the round part of the squash for another recipe). Before shredding with a grater, make sure to peel the skin off! 

Directions:

In a skillet, heat ghee over low heat until melted. Add in onions, garlic, paprika, cayenne, pepper flakes, salt, and pepper and cook for 10 minutes, stirring often. Afterwards, add in shredded butternut squash, cover skillet with a lid, and let cook for 5 minutes. Mix in sausage and 1 cup of  spinach leaves. Cover with a lid and let cook until slightly wilted. Add in another cup of spinach and repeat the process. Do this until all 5 cups of spinach is used. Make the final adjustments with salt and pepper and serve!

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry (Paleo)

I really don’t know why I don’t eat more stir-fry for dinner. I really should since it makes for such a quick, filling, and satisfying meal. Plus, they’re so versatile! Not to mention, lunch leftovers for those busy school/work days that make all your friends jealous. Hmmmm, new fall resolution perhaps? Stir-fry at least once a week? Sounds like something I can most certainly stick to 🙂

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry (Paleo)

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry (Paleo)

Ingredients:

2 tbsp avocado oil

1 large onion, chopped

3 garlic gloves, minced

1 tbsp minced ginger

1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

salt and pepper

1 lb organic beef cubes, thawed 

1 large head of broccoli, cut into florets

2 eggs

salt and pepper

Optional: Cauliflower rice

Directions:

In a large and deep skillet, heat oil and add in onion, garlic, ginger, pepper flakes,  salt, and pepper. Let cook for 5 minutes, mixing occasionally. Add in beef cubes and cover with a lid. Let cook for another 5 minutes, lifting the lid halfway through to stir contents. Stir in broccoli, cover with lid, and cook for 10 minutes, again checking every few minutes to stir.

Meanwhile, scramble eggs in another pan. Once cooked fully, add in salt and pepper and chop into small pieces with your spatula.

Once the 10 minutes are up for your stir fry, turn off heat and mix in eggs. Adjust taste with salt and pepper. Serve over cauliflower rice, if desired.

Broccoli and Red Cabbage Cole Slaw

Well, my computer finally came back today!

Pro- I have all my recipes back

Con- My internet problem is still not fixed and I no longer have access to most of my pictures 😦 Ugh, what a mighty headache I now have.

Luckily, I had most of my food pictures tucked away in another file.

Hmmm, maybe third time (at the BestBuy/Apple Store) is a charm?

Anyway, when annoyed, I tend to gravitate towards comfort food. And, as I have mentioned before, cabbage is one of my comfort foods. 

Which means a cole slaw recipe!

I have been making this cole slaw all summer. Usually, I make it on Sundays to eat at dinner and then have it for lunch the entire week.

And no, it never gets old to me 🙂

Broccoli and Red Cabbage Cole Slaw

Broccoli and Red Cabbage Cole Slaw

Ingredients:

2 heads of broccoli, thinly cut

1 small onion, diced

1/2 head of red cabbage, thinly sliced

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1 cup plain whole milk yogurt or sour cream (or a mixture of both!)

3 tbsp white vinegar

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp dried mustard

1/16 tsp stevia

Directions:

Combine broccoli, cabbage, and onion in a large serving bowl. In a different bowl, whisk together the rest of the ingredients to make the dressing. Add and mix in dressing to the broccoli, cabbage, and onion. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.