Zoodles Recipe

Who here likes to cook? If I had the time I would love to spend hours preparing and making every meal that I eat. Unfortunately, time is tough to come by when your busy. Meal planning, prepping and cooking doesn't have to take up a ton of time! Planning your weekly meals can take 15-30 minutes and those meals don't have to be extravagant! My meals take 30 minutes MAX to make. Here is one of my go-to quick and easy dinner recipes that everyone seems to love! Plus it is a great way to get vegetables into your kid's diet (and husband's) without them even knowing.

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ZOODLES RECIPE

Zoodles = Zucchini noodles. Zoodles are SO delicious and SO easy to make. 

Tools to Use

I use a spiralizer attachment for my KitchenAid but you can purchase a very inexpensive hand held spiralizer from almost anywhere. If you don't want to purchase a spiralizer, a julienne peeler or mandolin works great as well! Before spiralizing, make sure you wash your zucchinis first! Cut off the ends and get to spiralizing.  

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How to Cook Zoodles

I like to steam my zoodles on the stove but you can eat them raw, boil, sauté, or bake them.

Final Touches

You can eat zoodles any way that you would like. I like to throw some of my favorite organic (no sugar added) pasta sauce, mushrooms and spinach on them. For protein I typically add chicken or meatballs. You can top it with some cheese or nutritional yeast flakes (dairy free) if you'd like. Use your imagination. How do you like your pasta? Prepare it the same way you would your favorite pasta dish. 

ENJOY!

 

Lisa Catherine Kenny

www.LisaCatherineCoaching.com

Lisa@LisaCatherineCoaching.com

Matcha Pistachio Protein Bites

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY! 

Even though I am not Irish, I do love St. Patrick's Day! Nobody is ever in a bad mood on St. Patrick's Day (it may be because they have had a little too much to drink but that is besides the point). So in lieu of the holiday, I have concocted some healthy, DELICIOUS, green protein bites for you! 

You may be asking, what is matcha? Matcha is a Japanese green tea.

Amongst its many health benefits, matcha…

  • Is packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg
  • Boosts metabolism and burns calories
  • Detoxifies effectively and naturally
  • Calms the mind and relaxes the body
  • Is rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins
  • Enhances mood and aids in concentration
  • Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
  • Prevents disease
  • Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar

Matcha tea is an easy and simple way to add powerful health benefits to your everyday diet.

Source: matchasource.com

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Matcha Pistachio Protein Bites

¾ cup unsalted, raw cashews

¼ cup raw pistachios

3-4 Medjool dates, pitted (adjust depending on sweetness)

¼ cup shredded coconut, unsweetened

2 tsp matcha powder (or I used matcha tea leaves_

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 serving of Organic Sotru Protein & Green Vegan Superfood Powder

 

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend. You may need to add a tiny bit of water to the mix. Scoop out small portions with a spoon and roll into tiny balls. Refrigerate and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy these energy bites. Please comment below if you decide to make them! I would love to hear your thoughts!

Have a fantastic St. Patrick's Day!

 

XOXO

Lisa Catherine

Lisa@LisaCatherineCoaching.com

www.LisaCatherineCoaching.com

 

This recipe was inspired by The Longevity Book's Matcha Pistachio Bliss Balls

Healthy Shamrock Shake Recipes

It is that time of year again. McDonald's has come out with their notorious Shamrock Shake. There are lines out the door on Saint Patrick's Day just to buy this green milkshake. But do you know what this shake is made of? Well let me tell you.


1. VANILLA REDUCED FAT ICE CREAM

Ingredients: Milk, Sugar, Cream, Corn Syrup, Natural Flavor, Mono and Diglycerides, Cellulose Gum, Guar Gum, Carrageenan, Vitamin A Palmitate.

2. SHAMROCK SHAKE SYRUP

Ingredients: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Water, Sugar, Natural Flavor, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Yellow 5, Blue 1. May contain small amounts of other shake flavors served at the restaurant, including egg ingredients when Egg Nog Shakes are available.

3. WHIPPED TOPPING

Ingredients: Cream, Nonfat Milk, Corn Syrup, Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Contains 1% or Less: Mono-And Diglycerides, Carrageenan, Polysorbate 80, Beta Carotene (Color), Natural and Artificial Flavor, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E) to Protect Flavor. Whipping Propellant (Nitrous Oxide).

4. MARASCHINO CHERRY

Ingredients: Cherries, Water, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Malic Acid, Citric Acid, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Red 40, Sulfur Dioxide as Preservative (Contains Sulfites).

5. GREEN SUGAR CRYSTALS

Ingredients: Sugar, Yellow 5 Lake, Confectioners Glaze, Blue 1 Lake, Carnauba Wax.


Basically to sum this up, this entire shake is just sugar in a plastic cup, along with some other awful ingredients that do nothing but harm your body. A large McDonald's Shamrock shake has 115g of sugar in it!! That is INSANE!! You are basically eating 29 tsp of sugar!!! That is almost five times the recommended amount of sugar you should have in a day. So why harm yourself by adding all of these awful ingredients into your precious body?? It may taste good for about 5 minutes but is it worth it?? I hope not. So instead of lining up at McDonald's for a sugar buzz, here are a couple recipes that are just as delicious, if not more, as a McDonald's Shamrock Shake. 

 

Healthy Shamrock Shake Recipes

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1 cup almond milk, cashew milk or coconut milk
1/4 avocado, pitted
1 handful fresh baby spinach
1/4 teaspoon pure peppermint extract or about 10 leaves of fresh mint
5-6 soft Medjool dates, pitted
handful of ice

Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. Adjust sweetness to taste, if necessary, and serve immediately.

Source: Detoxinista

 

Serves: 1 large or 2 small smoothies

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • handful of fresh baby spinach, about 1 cup packed
  • ¼ cup fresh mint, about 10 leaves
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 ice cubes
  • ¼ teaspoon good vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup Almond milk, cashew milk or coconut milk

Instructions

  1. In a blender, combine the banana, spinach, mint leaves, almond butter, ice, vanilla and milk. Blend until smooth. Add more milk as needed for desired consistency.
  2. Pour into a glass and serve.

Source: Love & Lemons

 

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!!

 

XOXO

Lisa Catherine

Lisa@LisaCatherineCoaching.com

www.LisaCatherineCoaching.com

Coconut Butternut Squash Chili

I was really craving a good chill the other day but I was not in the mood for meat. I have been wanting to put my crockpot to good use so I searched some vegan, gluten free crockpot soup recipes and this delicious masterpiece popped up. I have to say that this chili is one of the most delicious soups I have ever had! Even my fiancé loved it and he doesn't even like coconut! It is a fantastic soup for those cold dreary days (like today). Okay I will stop raving about it and give you the recipe. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Coconut Butternut Squash Chili

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Total Time: 6 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Serving Size: 1 and 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 medium apples, peeled and diced
  • 2 cups of peeled + diced butternut squash
  • 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely minced (or 1 tsp of garlic powder)
  • 1 medium can of black beans, drained + rinsed
  • 1 medium can of chickpeas, drained + rinsed
  • 1 can (400ml) of low-fat coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons of chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cooked basmati rice (optional)
  • chopped fresh cilantro, parsley or chives (for garnish)
  • shredded unsweetened coconut (for garnish)

Method

  1. Place all ingredients except the garnishes/rice in a slow cooker. Cook on high heat for 4 to 6 hours (or on low for 8 hours). During the last hour, taste the chili and season with salt and pepper. Add more chili powder as desired. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper if you like chill on the spicy side. In the last 45 minutes of cooking, open the lid to allow the chili to thicken. If the chili looks a bit dry, add a bit more vegetable broth.
  2. Serve over basmati rice. Garnish with fresh herbs and shredded coconut.
Source: https://thefigtreeblog.com/2012/11/slow-co...