I haven’t done a smoothie post lately. I’ve pretty busy with a school project. So, I wanted share my smoothie for today. I used fruit and veggies.
Fruits: Kiwis, Blackberries, Strawberries, Cranberries, and Bananas.
Veggies: Kale and Collard Greens.
I added 1/2 tsp of flaxseeds
Hello everyone! I have not posted any food post lately. I wanted share a very delicious vegetarian pasta dish I made last week. Here’s what I used:
Gluten-free rotini pasta, mushrooms, alfredo sause, 3 garlic cloves, and half a bell pepper sliced into thin pieces. I used cajun and creole spices.
I cooked the pasta, drained it, and put in in a casserole pan. I added the sliced mushrooms, alfredo sauce, the bell pepper slices, and minced garlic. I added the spices last. I mixed everything and added some soy milk to make the dish creamier.
I baked for about 30 minutes at 300 degrees. I made sure that the bell peppers were tender.
Here’s the finally product.
I wanted share another smoothie that I made. I used fresh kiwis, blackberries, bananas, kale, and a teaspoon of flaxseed. This smoothie tasted really good. I am enjoying trying out different smoothies.
Hey everyone! I have been doing a lot more cooking and experimenting with veggies. I have recently added kale to my menu. I wanted to share what I came up with in my exploration of kale.
My first adventure with kale was cooking it with other greens like collards, mustards, and turnips. I am a fan of collard and mustard green. It is a southern dish that is usually cooked with pork (or turkey). Last spring, I search the internet for a vegetarian friendly version of cooking greens that still had the southern flavor. I found a recipe that I actually liked. After that, I took that recipe and changed it up a little made it my own. I took the butter element out and now it’s vegan friendly. By the way greens are gluten-free.
Last week cooked some greens using the following ingredients:
Not pictured is my olive oil and fresh onions.
The green were really delicious and tender.
My next endeavor was kale chips. I heard nothing but great reviews on how tasty kale chips are and I heard that they were easy to make. I made some this past Sunday using olive oil and salt. I have to say that they were okay. Not nasty or super delicious. I am a fan of potato chips, so I am kinda comparing. The chips are super thin and crispy. I let my parents try the chips out and they loved. I may try them again using other spices and seasoning.
On yesterday, I made a kale, strawberry, and banana smoothie. I added 1/2 teaspoon of flax-seed and some apple juice to help the frozen fruit blend well. I didn’t add my raw sugar.
I have to say that the smoothie was really good! I have tried spinach and other veggies before but I like how kale blended with the fruit I had. I will be trying kale out with other veggies and fruits in my smoothies.
I just wanted to share my kale experience. If anyone has any tips or ideas please share!
Back in 2013, I adopted a vegetarian lifestyle for a about five months. I never intended to become a vegetarian, it sort of happened as a result of fasting for a few weeks of eating only fruits and veggies. I really enjoyed eating fruits and veggies and I liked how my body and spirit responded to the change. Even after I incorporated meat back into my diet last year, my life was changed due to my vegetarian experience. I wanted to share how being vegetarian has changed my life. Before I begin, I have decided to go back vegetarian because I function best eating that particular way. I will be transitioning to this lifestyle. So here I go.
- I have learned how to be creative with meals and snacks. Smoothies have been a go to options for me since my schedule can be full and hectic. I normally freeze fresh fruits or buy frozen fruits. I started adding veggies to my smoothies as well. I purchased a Magic Bullet to make my smoothies.
I also like mixing fruit. Strawberries are my favorite.
I like eating fruits for late night snacks. Here one my favorites-strawberries, kiwis, and bananas.
Here are some lunch options I used when I first went vegetarian.
I got different variations of these veggies trays for lunch and snacks from Wal-Mart for $1.97. They also have fruit trays similar to this.
- I began to be more proactive about researching foods that are not good for my asthma. I learned a lot through trial and error. I discovered that dairy is not the best for asthma and allergy sufferers. I started using soy milk because I like milk and it’s diary free. It’s been almost two years. I use different vegetable oils instead of butter. I’m not 100% dairy free because I may use cheese occasionally for salads or when I go out to eat.
I also found out that gluten sensitivity is common for individuals with asthma. I realize that I am gluten sensitive. After I took gluten out of my diet I noticed big change with my digestion. I buy gluten-free pasta, cereals, and other products. I found gluten-free cake mix.
Gluten-free pasta mixed with fresh broccoli and peppers.
- I found new, healthier ways to cook my favorite dishes without meat. I like flavorful dishes. I like cooking spaghetti. I started adding mushrooms and spinach instead of meat to my spaghetti. I also use gluten-free noodles. I’m a southern girl and I like soul food. I liked greens. Normally, greens are cooked with pork for seasoning. I found a recipe that uses fresh garlic, onions, and other spices that taste amazing. I tested the recipes with my family and they love it. My mom loves these recipes. I like making homemade vegetable soups with mushrooms instead of meat.
- Going vegetarian opened my eyes to trying out vegetarian/vegan restaurants and new dishes when I go out to eat. Some dishes are not good and some are not so good.
A Vegetarian dish from UNO’s
I enjoy veggie pizzas.
I was at R. Thomas Deluxe Grill in Atlanta, GA trying an organic smoothie.
- I learned that even if you are not vegetarian you can incorporate the diet into your eating routine. For example, I would eat strictly vegan for a week or two to reset my system. Also, you can go meatless for a day or for a meal.
- Being vegetarian helped me to be more discipline this is why I am choosing to eat this way.
I just wanted to share my experience. I will also be sharing my experiences from here on out as I learn and grown in my nutrition. Talk to you soon!