Oven Roasted Tomatoes {For the end of tomato season or to make any tomato taste delish}

I’m in denial that summer came and went. As I’m writing this it’s currently 40 something degrees and I’m wondering if I should have worn gloves or my bubble coat. Not that I have anything against fall, it’s one of my favorite seasons. I say this as I sip this delightfully comforting pumpkin spice chai with almond milk. It’s official. The season of hot beverages isย upon us.

Im not going to lie.

This weather is so confusing. One minute it’s 80 and the next it’s 40 and we’re all messed up. But the best part, the weather gives us the best of both worlds: summer and fall produce. Apples AND tomatoes. Fall squash AND summer squash. Sweet potatoes and peppers. In some places there is still corn. That’s pretty awesome. I’m hoarding tomatoes like a mad woman because they’re pretty delicious and we won’t have really good fresh juicy tomatoes until next summer.

But this recipe just takes tomatoes to the next level. Roasting them enhances their deep tomato-y ness, creating a rich flavor and making them extra juicy. You can store these babies once roasted in the freezer or in a jar with some olive oil. But you’ll probably not be able to keep your hands off of them. Let’s be real, I ate half of the tomatoes I roasted before they made it to our dinner plates. Oops.

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Crunchy Af Asian Persuasion Farmers Market Salad

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Summer is made for salads…at least for the two of us. With the fluctuating and confusing weather going from hot to crazy hot to randomly Fall like, we’ve kept it simple. Basically, less cooked foods besides the occasional roasted veg that happens on those below 70 degree days. I mean, I’m going to have my roasted sweet potato because that crunchiness is not replicated on the stovetop. It’s not the same!!!

To get creative and eat outside the box, salads have become entire meals loaded with everything you could possibly need. Protein, check. Healthy fats, check. Crunchy things, check. Greens, check. Delicious dressing, check check and check. Basically any REAAAAALLLY good salad needs at least something crunchy, creamy, salty, sweet and it needs a really freakin good dressing. It’s a must!

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Hubby and I really love that miso ginger dressing that coats every crevice of lettuce at a sushi spot or Hibachi grill. Besides the actually hibachi veggies, the starter salad is WHERE IT’S AT!

If you don’t feel like making your dressing (it’s okay, this is normal human-ness, sometimes I’m lazy af too), there is a creamy miso ginger dressing over by the sushi section at Whole Foods (it’s so damn good). It’s going to run you about 5-6 bucks but it’s worth it if you’re feeling lazy. Or you can give that Newman’s branded sesame ginger dressing a shot. Easy to find. Easy on that budget too ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Overnight Super Matcha Chia Pudding

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I love breakfast foods but I don’t have a HUGE desire to change things up all the time. I could probably eat one of two things every day for breakfast and be perfectly okay with that. Avocado toast and granola with yogurt. I used to be big on oatmeal but that really changed after a few years of eating that almost everyday (as an alternative to cereal).

I’m at a point where if I’m not hungry after drinking a hot cup of chai with almond milk or some type of crazy a** elixir I make in the morning, I just could go without breakfast altogether. Then there are mornings where I wake up famished wondering if I ran out of my millet bread for avocado toast or if I should pop open a new bag of granola.

I’ve had a pretty serious matcha obsession since giving up coffee in January and I’m always looking for new ways to make it even better besides whizzing it with almond milk, butter, and coconut oil. I mean, it’s a pretty badass way to consume it and it’s rather flawless. If it’s not broke don’t fix it ๐Ÿ˜‰ But aย wave of inspiration led me to give this recipe a try.

Matcha, is actually powdered green tea (the green tea leaves are dried then ground into a sexy powder). This super powered powder is loaded with L-Theanine, an amino acid that helps balance the caffeine content. L-Theanine is known to provide a sense of calm (I can dig that). It’s a great source of antioxidants, improve focuses and concentration while also supporting sexy skin.

When combined with chia (a superpowered superfood all by its bad self) you get a happy, healthy dose of Omega 3’s, high fiber, protein and is a natural mood booster (hello glow) throughout your cycle (if you’re a lady). I’m all about them good mood foods and the combination of calm and clear,ย matcha with mood-boostingย chia is a match made in breakfast heaven.

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The best part of this recipe is you can make it overnight and just grab and go in the morning. Well, I like to add a few things as toppings to make it a little more exciting ๐Ÿ˜‰

Overnight Super Matcha Chia Pudding

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Total time: 1-8 hours (the longer you leave it the better)
Serves 1 hungry human

What you need:

  • 1 heaping teaspoon of matcha powder
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup coconut milk (full fat)
  • 1/2 cup almond/macadamia/rice/soy/cashew milk (your choice)
  • For sweetness: 1 teaspoon coconut nectar or 1 teaspoon of grade B maple syrup
  • Optional add-ins: maca, moringa powder (for an added green boost), coconut oil (best if warmed up and added in after being refrigerated)
  • Toppings: mixed berries, goji berries, coconut flakes, pepitas (the options are truly endless)

How you make it:

  1. Combine coconut milk and other nut milk of choice with matcha (and sweetener/add in’s) in a blender. Blend until incorporated and frothy.
  2. Whisk chia into your mixture and place in a container. Pop in your fridge and let the mixture get acquainted overnight.
  3. Before you indulge, stir your superpowered chia pudding and add a little more nut milk or coconut milk to achieve your desired texture. The sweet spot for me seems to be about 2-4 tablespoons ๐Ÿ˜‰
  4. Top with a few of your favorite things and feel glorious and full.

How do you take your matcha?

Peace, love and NO Beef!

G

 

Easy Peasy Cauliflower Fried Rice

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In case you were not aware, I LOVE working at the farmer’s market. I mean aside from the amazing people, I get my hands on veggies and fruits I normally wouldn’t be able to. Well, I probably could but the fact that the opportunity to try nature’s unique creations. I tried quince for the first time a few weeks ago. I used to just glance at it, ask what it was and just ignore it. Because let’s face it, there was no way I would actually do something with that. But now, that’s all changed.

Last week I got my hands on…purple cauliflower. I mean it’s just absolutely stunning. It’s a vibrant purple that begs to be eaten but in an elegant way. There’s no way this should become a puree, it begs to become something more. It has potential. And the night I realized I didn’t have rice in the house, the purple cauliflower became…rice.

Yes, I said rice. The texture is absolutely perfect. It doesn’t make you miss rice. It holds flavors exquisitely and it really makes you feel good about eating your veggies. I mean, come on! It’s a winner.

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7 Ways to Eat Healthy Without Spending Your Whole Paycheck

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What’s a girl (or guy- but we’re talking about the ladies real quick) to do when it seems easier and ridiculously dirt cheap to pick up a quick meal at the taco spot instead of eating an $11 kale salad!? I know you’re trying to eat healthy, but convenience seems to get the best of you. And that freakin’ sucks. Why does the healthy stuff have to be so damn expensive?! Even though I’m all about eating really really good (high quality may cost some extra dough), I don’t believe in spending every last penny at Whole Foods. You can still eat the good stuff without burning a huge hole in your pocket. Trust me, I have some tips and a look at what I usually spend on a grocery store trip ๐Ÿ˜‰

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