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Cabbage Side Salad

March 17, 2020
Best Cabbage Side Salad

Cabbage is one of those veggies that people usually turn to when they are going on some detox of sorts. That’s because cabbage, along with kale, cauliflower, and Brussel sprouts, are all part of the cruciferous veggie family.

Cruciferous vegetables are a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, while also being rich in antioxidants and sulfur containing compounds called glucosinolates. These compounds have become quite famous in the health community for its support to liver and cell health in general. Hence why detoxes love them.

I don’t know about you, but the thought of starting another diet or detox seems painful, dull, and has zero appeal to me. Instead, I’d much rather enjoy the benefits of veggies and whole foods in a delicious and pleasurable way. That’s always my goal when it comes to cooking – making healthy taste good to me.

And I invite you to do the same! Starting by making an easy and delicious side veggie dish with the famous cabbage.

In my humble opinion, a side dish shouldn’t take too much time to make or you’ll end up spending an entire day prepping, cooking, and doing dishes. As much as I enjoy my time cooking, I’m not one to get excited with the idea of spending all day in the kitchen.

Which is why this cabbage side salad is perfect! It takes max 20 minutes to make and uses minimal equipment. Meaning less pans and dishes to wash – score! Basically, this recipe does everything right in accordance with The Nutrinut standards: simple and fast to make, inexpensive ingredients, nutrient superstar, and tastes really good.

For my gluten-free and vegan friends, you can enjoy this recipe freely. Just remember to use gluten-free soy sauce. The cabbage side salad goes pretty well with just about anything. It’s such a lovely recipe to give a nutrition boost to your dishes.

See you in the kitchen my dear friends. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cabbage Side Salad

Cabbage Side Salad Recipe

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 TBSP filtered water
  • 1/2 TBSP gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1/2 TBSP sriracha
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 TBSP sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 TBSP sliced green onion

Instructions:

  1. In a small pan, add all ingredients (except sesame oil) and cook over medium low heat for about 10 minutes or until cabbage shreds softens.
  2. Remove from the stove and top with sesame oil and extra sesame seeds.
  3. Serve warm.
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Black Bean Burger

March 12, 2020
Black Bean Burger

One of my favorite types of dinners is a delicious salad accompanied by a bean burger patty. Now I do confess that I would typically purchase my bean burgers and hadn’t tried making it myself. It was my way of enjoying a quick but still somewhat balanced meal. And I say somewhat because buying frozen meals can come with a few extra ingredients that we can all live without.

I recently found a black bean burger recipe by Sally’s Baking Addiction and decided to use it as my base. Because you know this girl likes to tweak recipes like nobody’s business.

This one was super easy and fun to make. I love recipes that allow me to mix and mash things with my hands. It’s like being a child all over again. Ten out of ten times, if given the option to use my hands or a food processor, I will without a doubt go for hands. Do I love making messes in the kitchen? Heck yeah! And you should too. We can all use a refresher on what it’s like to enjoy good old fashion playtime.

I made this recipe using black beans. I’m not too sure if other types of beans would work. Probably though. JP just asked me the question why always black beans? And that’s true. Recipes often call for black beans but there are so many other types. Perhaps I’ll explore with other beans in the future. Or maybe you should and let me know how it goes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

To make my black bean burger, you’ll notice that I did keep my veggies not so small. I like different textures and consistencies when biting into a black bean burger.

For my vegan friends, although there’s no egg in the recipe, just an FYI, I did add feta cheese and Worcestershire sauce contains anchovies. And for my gluten-free friends, I used rice crumbs instead of regular bread crumbs and my ketchup is gluten-free. However, not all Worcestershire sauces are gluten-free, so keep this in mind.

Now, are you ready to wow your taste buds? See you in the kitchen my dear friends!

Black Bean Burger

Black Bean Burger Recipe

Yields 7-8 burgers depending on size

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 white onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup rice crumbs
  • 1/2 cup feta
  • Spices 1 TBSP of each: cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder
  • 1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 TBSP ketchup
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Place rinsed beans on baking tray and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and mash beans with a fork. Set aside.
  3. In a small pan, cook in medium high-heat the chopped onion using a little olive oil.
  4. To the small pan, add the chopped peppers with about 2 TBSP of filtered water, cover the pan and allow the peppers and onion to cook well. Once cooked, turn off heat and allow veggies to cool a little. You can add a little salt and pepper in this step.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  6. In a medium bowl, add the cooked beans, cooked veggies, and the rest of the ingredients. Mix all the ingredients very well with a fork or your clean hands.
  7. Shape the bean burger patties with your hands. Use about 1/3 cup for each patty.
  8. Place patties on baking tray covered with parchment paper. Bake each side of the patty for 10 minutes. Total baking time is 20 minutes.
  9. Enjoy with a burger bun or salad bowl.

The Nutrinut Tip: I really enjoyed this bean burger with a slice of melted brie cheese on top. It’s AMAZING!

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Tomato Potato Soup

March 6, 2020
Tomato Potato Soup

The tomato potato soup happened one day that JP was feeling under the weather and I didn’t have a lot of produce in the house.

You know when you have a cold that leaves you without energy and even worse, without appetite? Well, this was were JP was at. When dinner time came, I had to think of something quick. A simple dish that’s loaded in nutrients…soups are always the answer for me here.

But since it was already towards the end of the week, I had already used all of my veggies earlier on the week. The only veggies that I had left were baby potatoes, tomatoes, and celery. So that would have to work.

Now, perhaps potatoes and tomatoes are not at the top of the list when it comes to super nutrition. Typically we associate healthy with greens. But potatoes and tomatoes have a lot more to offer than “fries with ketchup”.

Potatoes are starchy and can give the body energy. Which is exactly what we need when we are feeling down. It also is a source of potassium and if you keep the peel, you get a little dose of fiber. So don’t eliminate potatoes from the menu out of a carb fear.

The other main ingredient here are the tomatoes. Their beautiful red color is an indication of its nutrition. Tomatoes are rich in vitamins (like vitamin C and vitamin E) and antioxidants (like lycopene). And you know how we always talk about the healing properties of nature and food? Well, lycopene has actually been linked to supporting heart health and cell health. Pretty neat, right?

A few other nutrition superstars in this soup is the onion and garlic with their amazing immune boosting properties. I also added a good amount of turmeric, which explains the yellowish color of this soup. Turmeric works as a potent anti-inflammatory and adds a nice flavor kick to soups.

Last but not least, you probably have noticed the addition of canned coconut milk to most of my soups. The thing with soups is that you want to add as much nutrition to the dish to help your body feel satisfied. The coconut milk adds a nice dosage of healthy fat and flavor. Mission accomplished!

And I am happy to report that nutrition beat the cold! So if you are feeling under the weather, make sure to not overlook your nutrition. Simple ingredients like onions, garlic, turmeric, tomatoes can offer your body the strength and boost it needs. And soups are a great way to load up on nutrients when your appetite is not fully there.

Well my dear friends, see you in the kitchen!

Tomato Potato Soup

Potato Tomato Soup Recipe

Serves 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 5 medium tomatoes cubed ( I used Roma)
  • 6-7 baby potatoes cubed
  • 4 celery sticks sliced
  • 1 white onion chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 coconut milk can
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • Spices to season 1 TBSP each: turmeric, smoked paprika, garlic powder, oregano
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Optional: hemp seeds and green onion to top

Instructions:

  1. In a medium pan, cook the onion with a little olive oil for about 5 minutes. Add the fresh minced garlic and cook for an extra minute.
  2. Add the spices, celery, tomatoes, and potatoes. Stir and allow to cook for a couple of minutes.
  3. Now add the water, salt, and pepper. When the water starts to boil, lower the heat to medium low, cover pan with lid and let cook for about 15 minutes.
  4. Check that all the veggies are cooked by poking the potatoes with a fork. If it’s soft then it’s cooked.
  5. Remove pan from stove and blend soup with a hand blender. Be very careful so the hot soup doesn’t splash on you.
  6. Add the coconut milk, stir, and take it back to the stove. Allow the soup to boil and turn off heat. This step is also when you try your soup and tweak seasoning if needed.
  7. Enjoy!

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Creamy Spinach Soup

February 18, 2020
Creamy Spinach Soup

I’ve been in a soup phase lately. Can you tell? When it comes to my wellness routine, I like switching things up to keep things exciting. Recently, I’ve started making soups to enjoy at dinner time. And honestly, this creamy spinach soup is at the top of my list of favorites. Right there with my lentil soup.

Ever since I was a kid, my dinners were smaller and simpler than my lunch. As a kid, I would typically have a simple sandwich and a glass of fresh made juice or milk. After becoming a nutritionist, or what the youngsters call “woke”, I’ve been making tweaks to improve the quality of my dinners.

Some of these tweaks included swapping my juice and milk for water. This is a great way to cut back on the amount of daily sugar. I also started adding veggies to my sandwiches for a nutrient boost. And when my body started reacting to wheat, I changed my bread to gluten-free. But I knew that I could still do better. Especially because gluten-free bread does not equal healthy.

I love soups because they are such a great way to enjoy a nutrient dense and light dish. It’s quite perfect for dinner to be honest. You can go to bed in a satisfied way with little to none risks of experiencing any gut or indigestion issues. So a win-win.

This creamy spinach soup has the added bonus of having tons of spinach. Why is that good for dinner? Well, spinach just so happens to be a great source of magnesium, a mineral that really helps the muscles of the body relax – getting you ready for a perfect night of sleep.

So let’s get ready to do some cooking, shall we? See in the kitchen!

Creamy Spinach Soup
Creamy Spinach Soup

Creamy Spinach Soup Recipe

Serves 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 bag frozen spinach (about 8 oz).
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1/2 white onion (sliced)
  • 5-6 baby potatoes (chopped)
  • 1 leek stalk (chopped)
  • 2-3 green onion stalks (chopped)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • Spices: smoked paprika, nutmeg, garlic powder.
  • Salt and black pepper to taste.

Instructions:

  1. In a medium pan over medium-high heat cook onions (with a little olive oil) for about 5 minutes. Add chopped leeks and cook for a couple of extra minutes.
  2. Next, add all the other ingredients except the coconut milk. Allow water to start boiling, lower heat to medium-low heat, cover pan with lid. Allow veggies to cook for about 15 minutes. Make sure that the potatoes are cooked properly.
  3. Remove pan from stove and blend soup using a hand blender.
  4. Lastly, add the coconut milk and take pan back to stove. Mix well until evenly combined and allow soup to boil. Try the soup and adjust seasoning to taste.
  5. Enjoy!

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Sweet Potato and Beet Soup

February 17, 2020
Sweet Potato and Beet Soup

Lately, I’ve really been into making soups a part of my weekly meal prep routine. This way I can enjoy a nice cup of nourishing soup for dinner every night. Which is why I’ve been feeling extra adventurous and not only sticking to my lovely lentil soup (here’s my lentil soup recipe in case you want to give a go).

Sweet potatoes and beets might not be the first veggie combination that you would find in a soup. And even I was a bit skeptical when I first tried this one. I’m used to eating stuffed sweet potato and raw/cooked beets with my salads separately. But together in a soup, not so much.

Well, I am here to tell you that this soup couldn’t have come out more perfect! I first came across this combination in a soup recipe by Pick Up Limes and I just happened to have beets and sweet potatoes at home. So why not?

I loved this one not only because of the flavor, but it’s a true nutrition dream when talking about all the amazing nutrients you get. It’s rich in fiber, tons of antioxidants, vitamins & minerals, and healthy fats. I can’t forget to mention the circulation boosting properties coming from the beets.

Did you know that beets are a great source of nitrates? Your body then converts it to nitric oxide which is really great for blood vessel health and circulation.

So now, let’s dive into this deliciousness, shall we? See you in the kitchen!

Sweet Potato and Beet Soup
Sweet Potato and Beet Soup

Sweet Potato and Beet Soup Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 sweet potatoes (peeled and cubed)
  • 4 small beets (peeled and cubed)
  • 1/2 white onion (sliced)
  • 4 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 cups water
  • Spices: 1 TBSP of each smoked paprika, chili powder, garlic powder.
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Olive oil

Instructions:

  1. In a medium pan using medium-high heat, cook the onions with a little olive oil for about 5 minutes. Add the chopped garlic clove and cook for a couple of minutes extra.
  2. To the same pan, add sweet potatoes, beets, spices, and water. Allow water to boil, turn down stove to medium-low, cover pan, and cook veggies for about 15 minutes or until potatoes and beets are soft.
  3. Once veggies are cooked, remove pan from stove. Using a hand mixer, blend the veggies into a cream.
  4. Add coconut milk to veggie cream. Take pan back to the stove and mix well until coconut milk is well incorporated into soup. This step is also where you can try the soup and see if it’s missing any seasoning. Allow soup to boil and turn off heat.
  5. Enjoy!

Sweet Potato and Beet Soup
Sweet Potato and Beet Soup

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