Stocking a Vegan Pantry

Sticking to a nutritional  plan and focusing on your health and wellness goals can be a lot of work. I am a huge believer in setting yourself up for success. When following any nutritional plan, be it clean eating, paleo, vegan, etc, its important to set up your kitchen pantry properly. Being fully stocked with healthy food  options will help you from bingeing on junk.

In this video, watch how we stock and set up our vegan pantry. We share some essentials that we keep on hand and what we use them for.

Flab to Fab: What To Eat To Lose Weight

If you are like most people, including me, you have made losing weight a goal for 2018. You may have heard the phrase “abs are made in the kitchen not the gym”, which means that nutrition is an important factor in losing weight. In fact, 75-80% of your body composition is from what you eat.

But where to start? Knowing what foods to avoid and what to eat to nourish your body can be overwhelming with all the new diet fads and trends that we are bombarded with at the start of the year. Seriously, how many times have you seen Marie Osmond on TV this week alone?

In this video, I offer some simple tips to get started on a clean eating nutrition plan. Clean eating is one of the easiest things you can do. Its a not a trendy diet, instead it teachers you a more sustainable way of eating to help you lose weight and keep it off.

Don’t forget to like, comment, share and subscribe for more in my Flab to Fab Weight Loss Journey video series.

The Best Cauliflower Crust Pizza

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When people ask “If you could only eat one food every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?” my answer is always PIZZA! It is absolutely my most favorite food ever. The problem is that it’s not really the best thing to eat when you are trying to eat healthier or lose weight. However, that is where Cauliflower Crust Pizza comes in.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza is a great substitute that is low carb, gluten free and can be adapted to fit many different diets such as Paleo and Whole 30. After years of playing around with it, I think I have finally perfected my recipe. The key is in getting out as much of the water as possible out of the cauliflower.

Ingredients
  • 1 medium head of cauliflower (organic)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of cheese (Preferably organic and from grass fed cows. You can also do lower fat cheese)
  • 1  medium egg
  • seasonings
  • Toppings for pizza – cheese, sauce, veggies, etc
How to Make:
  • Cut up cauliflower and put in food processor. Pulse until its all broken up into smaller pieces similar to cauliflower rice. You can also grate it with a cheese grater but that takes longer.
  • Place cauliflower in a bowl and microwave for about 5 minutes to soften the cauliflower and pull some of the moisture out.
  • Press the cauliflower in a strainer or cheesecloth to get more moisture out and add it back to the bowl
  • Add your cheese, egg and seasonings and mix well until it is a dough like consistency
  • Pat out onto a pan lined with parchment paper into desired shape and thickness.
  • Bake in an oven at 425 for about 20-30 minutes until it is golden brown and crispy looking. A thicker crust will take longer to bake. Baking time will depend on your oven. You want a crispy crust similar to a regular pizza dough crust.
  • Remove from oven and add toppings: sauce, cheese, veggies, etc.
  • Place back in oven and bake another 10 – 15 minutes until toppings are warm and cheese on top is melted.
  • Enjoy!

Paleo Breakfast Casserole

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One of my secrets to being successful in my health, fitness and wellness goals is PREPARATION. Part of setting myself up for success is meal prep. I make most of my meals for the week ahead of time. On Sundays, I make all of my breakfast, lunch and snack meals for the upcoming week. This way I have my fridge stocked full of healthy, Paleo meals that are ready to just be heated and I don’t have any excuse to cheat. No stopping at Starbucks in the morning to grab a sugar laden muffin.

This Breakfast Casserole recipe is super easy to make and so delicious. I have also made these as individual Egg Cups by baking the recipe in muffin tins. I do find that making this recipe in a  casserole dish is much easier to prepare as everything goes in one pan.

I’m listing the ingredients that I used for this batch, but you can get creative with what veggies and other proteins you add to the recipe. I typically use ground beef and season that instead of using sausage. I add spinach, onions and bell peppers, but have also done this with broccoli and other veggies. Go crazy with the veggie combinations.

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Ingredients:

  • 18 whole eggs
  • 1/2 to 1 Pound of Ground Meat (Beef, Chicken or Turkey)
  • 1 Bell Pepper
  • 3 cups of Kale
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • Seasonings of your choice
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Preparation:

  • Grease a casserole pan and preheat the oven to 420 Degrees
  • Dice the green bell pepper and onion (or other veggies you are using)
  • Add the spinach and bell pepper to the casserole pan
  • In a pan add the meat and onion and any seasonings, salt and pepper. Heat the meat through to almost completely cooked.
  • Add the onion and meat mixture to the casserole pan
  • In a separate bowl add the eggs and beat well.
  • Pour the eggs over the veggie and meat in the casserole dish
  • Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes until cooked through and browned around the edges
  • Let cool and then cut into desired servings and place in tupperware
  • For breakfast, place the tupperware in the microwave for about 90 seconds.

Paleo Protein Bites

I have a major sweet tooth and that is not a good thing when one gives up sugar. So I’m always looking for creative ways to have something sweet that is actually healthy, grain-free, sugar-free and dairy-free. In a pinch a Lara Bar will do, but when I have time I like to make my own version. These are perfect when you need a little something sweet or even as a protein source after a workout as they are chock full of healthy fats and high in protein.

These “Paleo Protein Bites” are not only delicious but totally clean and 100% Paleo. Although I call them “Protein Bites” they actually are so delicious that it’s like eating a dark chocolate truffle. Even my chocolate loving husband likes these. So check out the recipe in the video below, and please subscribe to my YouTube channel, as well as like, comment and share the video. Enjoy!

 

Paleo Strawberry Ice Cream

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Last night I was craving something sweet but had nothing on hand as I had recently cleaned out my pantry.

Then in a lightbulb came on.  Frozen banana “ice cream”! I keep frozen fruit on hand for smoothies and happened to have some frozen bananas and strawberries.

Throw into a food processor the following:

* 1 frozen banana

* 1/2 – 1 cup frozen Strawberries

* 10 drops of vanilla stevia

Blend all the ingredients together. You may have to stop several times to scrap down the sides of the food processor. Keep blending until it’s all blended and the consistency of ice cream. Serve and enjoy.