Not Your Mama’s Tostones

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Let’s take a moment to celebrate the fact that #1 this isn’t another sweet potato recipe (although I’m going to do one later this week, so ha) and #2 I’m OFFICIALLY DONE WITH MY 21-DAY SUGAR DETOX!!!!

Okay so technically I finished on Monday but I’m really excited that I can eat my millet bread and PASTA. I can’t forget pasta. I did miss sourdough bread and the Challah of Easter Sunday but…I think I can hang without it. For most of the detox I was really hangry (hungry + angry) and really just wanted to say f*ck it, I’m done, this is stupid. But something inside of me gave me a huge push (besides the internal countdown). I realized this was not forever. A sugar detox is not a way to deprive myself. It’s a way to become more aware and mindful of every part of my body. And I dig that.

Wait, so my point was what?

This sugar purge really gave birth to some freakin’ amazing creativity. I pulled recipes out of my utility belt daily and really focused on creating balanced meals (not 100% sure what that is yet, maybe 80% sure and I’m about 80% ok with that).

And that is where this tostones (fried plantain) recipe came from.

AND for my level of this sugar detox (click here to learn more, in case you’re curious), I was allowed extra starchy veg. Sweet potato was already on my list and on the menu prettttttty much errday. So the plantain became my friend.

I’ve had plantains smashed, fried, molded into a sexy mofongo (look it up- it’s amazeballs), made into crunchy chips. I just never made them myself.

The KEY is to have a vibrant, tangy, citrus sauce to dunk these crispy thangs in.

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AVO-HUMMUS: The Only Hummus Recipe You’ll Ever Need

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I feel like hummus is one of those things we see in the store and think, yea I can probably make that at home (for a fraction of the cost) but you just don’t make it.

Guilty as charged.

I LOVE hummus but sometimes I just want to save myself the effort (this is complete bs) and just buy the next best thing. Tribe is one of my favorites (their Everything bagel flavor- heaven) and when it’s on sale, it’s like heaven.

But when you’re lucky enough to have the basic ingredients for hummus in your pantry, why bother going to the store.

You just can’t beat the freshness. I tested this recipe on 3 dudes who are probably not hummus people but the sounds of “mmm” “crunch crunch crunch” and when they ask “wait this is hummus!?” reassures you that you’re doing something good with your life and culinary skills.

Okay, it doesn’t really take much culinary know how to throw some shit in a blender or food processor, but it sure does take some serious mental strength. You have to be like, “okay, I’m going to get up and make hummus. It is not that hard and it is going to be delicious because I made it.”

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Better than Reese’s Chocolate Nut Butter Squares

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Sometimes a candy bar seems like the cure for all of life’s woes. But seriously, sometimes there is immense comfort in the forbidden foods. This is why I don’t make foods taboo and I usually just find a way to make that pleasurable and decadent item WAY better.

A few weeks ago I had a client who noticed that when she was feeling stressed she would go straight for the Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. These were her drug of choice. The moment she bit into that chocolatey peanut buttery cup that melted as she savored each bite, she felt euphoric. It was like nothing else mattered because it was just her and that peanut butter chocolate orgasm.

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Snow Day Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Howdie lovers!

NYC got SLAMMED with snow. Winter was tired of our trash talk and decided to show up, give us some snow (okay, lots of snow about 25 plus inches) then bounce, leaving the city in disarray.

So what do you do with a snow day or two (after you play outside because the roads are closed of course)?

YOU BAKE!

And binge watch Avatar the Last Airbender. Yea, super cheesy but Matt and I love this show. It’s perfect and really helps you tune into that inner child 😉 Oh yes.

 

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Braving the storm to go and play…and dig out the cars! 

 

Beware of the power of these cookies. You will not be able to slow down because they are just so so so delicious. So be sure to hide them in the kitchen, out of reach just so you can savor them a little longer.

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Spicy Corn Chowda’

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I know, I know. I did a vegan version of this soup nearly 2 years ago today. But this soup is just SO DAMN good and I needed to really make this a creamy chowda. And lately many of my soups have involved a LOT of coconut milk and I think I need to play around with some different creamy additions. This recipe combines cauliflower with a bit of heavy cream to balance out the heaviness of the cream and give it a little veggie boost.

But in all honesty if you’re not diggin’ the heavy cream, you can combine coconut cream and cauliflower or make it SUPER vegan and soak some raw cashews in warm water for about 4 hours, blend on high and add the cauliflower for a really nourishing creamy aspect.

If you want the full vegan version of this recipe, check out this recipe here.

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