This is a delicious thick alternative to maple syrup. You can eat it on toast, pancakes, french toast and even use it in a lot of different recipes.
Take 1 cup pitted and chopped dates and 1 cup pitted and chopped Medjool dates (sweeter) and add to 2 1/2 cups water in a saucepan.
Bring to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes making sure there is always liquid in the pan. You can add more water if needed.
Put date mixture into a blender or food processor and blend until all dates are broken up and mixture resembles thick syrup. Store in a mason jar in the fridge.
Source : Forks Over Knives The Cookbook
For the Quinoa :
1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed and drained
1 cinnamon stick
salt to taste
For the Apple Compote :
1/2 cup date molasses
1 cup dates, pitted and chopped
4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and diced
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch ground nutmeg
zest and juice of 1 lemon
To Make the Quinoa :
- Bring 3 cups of water to a boil over high heat. Add the quinoa, cinnamon stick, and salt. Cover the pot, bring the mixture back to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, and cook for 20 minutes, or until the quinoa is tender. Remove the cinnamon stick before serving.
To make the Apple Compote :
2. Place the date molasses in a small saucepan and bring it o a boil over medium heat. Add the dates, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon zest and juice and cook for 15 minutes, or until the apples are tender and start to break down.
3. To serve, divide the quinoa among 4 individual bowls and top with the apple compote.
Source : Forks Over Knives The Cookbook Page 38
2 cups tightly packed spinach leaves
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 cup frozen mango chunks
1 small tangerine, peeled and pitted, or juice from 1 lime
1 cup coconut water
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth.
Source : Forks Over Knives The Cookbook Page 39
1/2 cup chopped frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen peach slices (I use canned)
1 1/2 cups unsweetened plant-based milk, plus more as needed (Hubby uses hemp milk but I prefer water)
1/2 cup pitted and chopped Medjool dates, or to taste
Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth and creamy. Add more plant-based milk, if needed, to achieve a smooth consistency.
Source: Forks Over Knives The Cookbook Page 40
1 cup unsweetened almond milk, plus more as needed, or water
2 medium frozen bananas, peeled and cut into chunks
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1/2 cup pitted and chopped Medjool dates, or to taste
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth and creamy. Add more almond milk as needed to achieve a smooth consistency.
I have to admit…I am a Haagen Dazs lover. I can sit and eat a whole tub of vanilla chocolate almond. I just can’t stop at one bowl!
This obsession started with my first pregnancy and got worse with my second. It is one of the reasons I gained 84 and 75lbs while pregnant! Third pregnancy and I was able to cut back. Mainly because I hadn’t had dairy in over a year and could no longer stomach it. With two months to go (summer), I started to crave Pralines and Cream ice cream…and guess what…Hagen Dazs makes it! So I started bribing hubby to run to the store for the tubs of Pralines and Cream. I would eat the whole tub after the kids went to bed…but pay for it the next day.
Well now I’ve found a replacement! The other day, my son asked for ice cream. My kids only eat sugar free vanilla ice cream (I know, still not the healthiest) or an extra thick smoothie. This time he asked for banana ice cream. My kids are always asking for bananas but never eat them so I was a little hesitant. I don’t like bananas either but figured they’re cheap enough to experiment.
So I sliced up 6 bananas…spread them out on a cookie sheet and froze them. After a couple hours I took them out and tried blending them in my Blendtec. I had to keep adding water to not burn out the motor…this made it a little more runny then I wanted. But the consistency turned out perfect for my kids. I added 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract.
Such a simple thing but what a surprise! My kids and I devoured all of it! I made more today and poured it into little freezable containers. This simple banana ice cream is now my new addiction…and oh so healthy 🙂
So, it’s Tuesday after our bad food long weekend.
Both my hubby and I felt rather sick after what we ate. My heartburn came back in full force too! We’re starting fresh today…and trying to simplify things a little.
Breakfast was a Tropical Green Smoothie for hubby. I used romaine lettuce instead of spinach. It was okay…but not great. I had usual Q’ia cereal with granola and coconut milk. Hubby had a carrot and a handful of peanuts for a snack. Lunch for hubby was leftover Warm Black Bean Potato Salad with Arugula Pesto and carrots. I had a toasted Ezekiel english muffin with Cashew Almond Butter.
For dinner, we had Pastore Brown Rice Pasta. Hubby had a homemade pasta (with meat and veggies). I went for an organic Arabiatta sauce that was super spicy! I attempted to make cauliflower garlic breadsticks. I did not include the eggs but did add cheddar cheese. It was delicious but didn’t stick together like it would have with eggs!!! (This is the recipe I used http://ifoodreal.com/cauliflower-breadsticks-recipe/ ) I’ll need to try out some vegan variations!
So far our weekend has been great…our diet…not so great! Tropical Green smoothies for breakfast. We met up with friends at Tim Hortons and the kids wanted Timbits. Hubby got a double double coffee and I had 4 chocolate Timbits 🙁
We took the kids to Centreville Amusement Park after having a nice picnic. Arbonne protein shake for me with cucumbers, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Hubby had some veggie sticks, cucumbers, berries and cheese. Not the most filling but easy!
Centreville was amazing! The kids loved all the rides. It’s a great park for the little ones.
After Centreville, we had a 3 hour drive up to a friends cottage. We were all starving and I was craving a poutine. This made for some terrible food choices! We ended up at Burger King…a large fries and a cheeseburger for hubby and a bacon Whopper and poutine for me. We both felt sick after!
Once we reached the cottage, dinner was waiting for us…chicken, asparagus, stuffed mushrooms (lots of cream cheese). Then we had a campfire…the rest of the weekend went completely downhill 🙁
I’m going to just skip the details…