Kale, Sweet Potato, Chick Pea Dinner

I threw together a dinner tonight and it was so delicious I wanted to share it.  It was simple I had all the ingredients in my refrigerator left over from meals I made earlier in the week.

The measurements aren’t exact and you can add or subtract as you prefer.

Kale, chick peas, sweet potato

Ingredients:

1/3 bunch of Steamed Kale

1/3 can of Chick Peas

1/2 Sweet Potato cut into small cubes

Dash of Cayenne

2-3 Dashes of Turmeric

 

Warm up the Kale, Chick Peas and cubed Sweet Potato in a pan with some water (to keep it from burning).   Add Cayenne and Turmeric to taste.

 

That’s it!  The sweetness of the sweet potato and the spiciness of the cayenne and turmeric work well together, and the kale, sweet potato and chick peas offer plenty of protein and nutrients!

 

 

Ezekiel Waffle Treat!

Generally I eat the same thing every morning for breakfast. oatmeal with blueberries and strawberries on top.  It is good and filling, but today I wanted something different.  I had some Ezekiel 4:9 brand waffles in the freezer, but I find that when I have waffles with syrup, I always want more!  They don’t really fill me up, plus I didn’t want all the sugar from the syrup.  So I added some almond butter for protein, and boiled down some blueberries and strawberries to make a compote.  I added a pinch of maple syrup over the top.  They were delicious!

 

The recipe is simple:image

 

  • Boil 3 strawberries and a handful of blueberries in about 1/2 a cup of water until the water is mostly gone
  • Toast 2 waffles
  • Once waffles are ready, spread with a tablespoon or so of almond butter
  • Spoon fruit over the waffles
  • Drizzle a tablespoon (total) of maple syrup over the waffles

Enjoy!

Ezekiel brand breads and waffles are organic, gluten free and made from sprouted grains.  They are kosher too.  The name Ezekiel 4:9 comes from the bible verse by the same name:

 

“Take also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils and millet, and spelt and put them in one vessel…” Ezekiel 4:9

 

According to the company’s website, Ezekiel bread products are

  • A source of complete protein, including all 9 essential amino acids.
  • They are easily digestible
  • Sprouted grains enable us to absorb important minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc more easily
  • Sprouting also produces vitamin C and increases the amount of B2, B5 and B6
  • And the combination of sprouted grains and legumes provides a high amount of natural fiber

In addition to waffles and breads, you can buy Ezekiel 4:9 pasta, English muffins, tortillas and cereals.

 

 

Recipes and Dumbbells

Last week when I reviewed my New Year’s Resolutions I was surprised to see a few of the little items that I hadn’t gotten to yet.  And so this week I have begun to tackle them!

 

My Vegan Recipe Book —

I am forever saving vegan recipes that I come across on line, and then printing them out to try.  (I have 2014-03-10 14.48.24even made quite a few of them).  The recipe sheets had just got thrown into the front of an old recipe book which made it difficult to find them again!  I had wanted to put them into an organized binder for quite sometime so I made it one of my goals for this year.  I am happy to report that I finished the binder and2014-03-10 14.48.11 now all the vegan recipes I have collected are easy to find.  I also have them in a folder on my computer arranged by type of food — appetizers, soups, main dishes, etc.  And so, if you are looking for something, let me know, I can send you a copy!

Some great resources for vegan recipes are No Meat Athlete, Forks Over Knives, Mind Body Green and I’m sure there are tons more.  Let me know if you want me to add some of your favorites!

 

Weights —

2014-03-10 14.35.44And, I finally managed to move my dumbbells upstairs from the basement to where I will actually use them!  This wasn’t a particularly difficult project, I only have a set of 3 lb., 5 lb., 8 lb. and 10 lb. dumbbells, a few body bars, some weighted balls and a small rack to hold them.  It just was a matter of doing it.  This afternoon I had some free time and so I went down to the basement, dusted off the rack and the weights and brought them up a few at a time.  Even better I then did some rows, arm raises, squats and lunges with them!  One of my resolutions this year is to do something every day, even if it is a couple of sets of biceps curls, so having the weights where I can easily access them should be helpful!

Unstuffed Cabbage Soup

At a recent book club meeting, the hostess made Unstuffed Cabbage Soup.  I modified the recipe a bit to make it vegetarian/vegan and added some cayenne and turmeric, and it was DELICIOUS! You may know by now that I add turmeric and cayenne  to almost everything!

 Unstuffed Cabbage Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 Package Tempeh (crumbled)
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 small head cabbage/chopped
  • 2 (14.5 oz.) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1-2 cups water (to your preference)
  • Cayenne (to taste)
  • Turmeric (to taste)
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Directions:

In a large pan heat olive oil, add tempeh, and onions

Sautee until tempeh begins to turn golden

Add garlic, tomatoes, cayenne, turmeric, salt, pepper, water and cabbage

Bring to a boil and simmer at least 30 minutes or until cabbage is tender.

Recently I threw in about 1/2 a cup of lentils too, mmm…delicious!  I imagine you can even add quinoa,  rice or potatoes too.

Spicy Tempeh Stew

I found an interesting recipe for Spicy Tofu Stew in Vegetarian Times, but as is my habit, I altered it a bit and added a little to it, so here is my recipe for Spicy Tempeh Stew.  If you want to check out the original recipe, it is here.

Spicy Tempeh Stew

1 jar of roasted red peppers, rinsed and drained
2 Tbsp. chili paste
2 cups of low sodium vegetable broth
2 cups water
1 package of tempeh cut into small cubes
1 large pepper (any color), sliced thin
1 potato diced into small pieces
2 cups chopped spinach
1 Tbsp. basil

 

Combine roasted peppers, chili paste, vegetable broth and water into a medium sized pot.  Cook for 5 minutes or so to soften the roasted peppers

Blend with an immersion blender

Add tempeh cubes sliced bell peppers, and potato.  Cook until potatoes are soft

Add chopped spinach and basil and cook for about 5 minutes until spinach is wilted

Enjoy!

I was thinking that some butternut squash cubes would be good in this stew too…next time!