Butternut Squash Curry

It’s the second week of the #forward21 challenge and I’m feeling good, eating tons of veggies and sticking to my goals.

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Last night, Meatless Monday, I whipped up a Butternut Squash Curry that was delightful and super easy. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients

1/2 roasted butternut squash, skinned and chopped (I didn’t use any oil, halved my squash and baked for 35-40 minutes at 375)

1 tablespoon of cumin, 2 tablespoons of curry powder, 1 teaspoon of tumeric, pinch of salt

1/2 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
1 can of chickpeas
1 small sweet potato, cubed
1/2 small onion, minced
1 garlic clove, minced

1 can of lite coconut milk
1 cup of veggie broth

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

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Directions

Heat oil in a pot or deep saute pan and add onion & garlic. Cook 10 minutes, or until brown. Add the butternut squash, spices, and veggie broth. Stir for a minute or two. Add the coconut milk and stir.

Get an immersion blender and blend the mixture until smooth. Some lumps are ok.

Add sweet potatoes, stir and cover over medium heat, for 15 minutes.

Add the cauliflower and stir, turning it down to low and cooking for another 15 minutes.

Add the chickpeas, stir. Serve over brown rice or lentils & top with sriracha!

Happy eating!

Week 2 of the #Forward21 Challenge

It’s been said that it takes 21 days to create a positive habit, but I’m not sure it’s as simple as all that. Positive habits require commitment, repetition, dedication. To package it all up in 21 days seems great, so easy, do-able. And guess what? It’s a start.

Positivity begets positivity and once we start incorporating more of it into our day to day, habits can form. I always say healthy isn’t a fad diet, it’s a lifestyle, so I try to put together challenges that emphasis that. And today we start Week 2 of the #Forward21 challenge!

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Monday, January 18th – Meatless Monday. Try a new meatless meal, chock full of veggies! For inspiration, try to think of a dish you love that contains meat (chili, burgers, skewers, meatloaf) and try to make it with beans, lentils, veggies – whole food! Here are a few amazing recipes I’ve tried for those meaty favorites, sans the meat:

Mushroom Stroganoff
Lentil Loaf
Crispy Orange Cauliflower

I’m going to try a new recipe & will be sure to post a video! What will you make? Post pictures, tag #Forward21!!!

Tuesday, January 19th – Take it to the mat Tuesday. Today, find time to take your troubles, your stress, your thoughts, your anxiety, to your mat. Yoga has such an amazing way of allowing yourself to melt,, going back to your breathe and simply being. Better circulation, released waste from exhaling, increased flexibility, tension and stress release are all major benefits from rolling out your mat and spending time on your health. I’m going to be doing a Yogaglo class!

Wednesday, January 20th – Workout Wednesday. Sometimes you just have to sweat it out! When we work out, endorphins are released along with a feeling of euphoria. Plus, working up a sweat, working the muscles in our body keeps our heart healthy and our weight down. Try heading outside for a jog, lifting some weights, or a circuit workout (50 jumping jacks, 50 lunges, 50 situps, 50 squats, then do it again!)

Thursday, January 21st – Thankful Thursday.

“Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.” Buddha

When is the last time you sat and gave thanks to exactly where you are? To give thanks to all you have, instead of thinking of all you want? Today, write a list of things you’re thankful for in your life. Give tribute to the abundance that surrounds you. Take notice of the simple things and suddenly gratitude fills you. When you have your list, tape it to your fridge or somewhere you will see it regularly. Remember to live with a thankful heart.

Friday, January 22nd – Feel Good Friday. It’s the end of the week, you have two days off (hopefully!) and it’s time to take that Friday feeling to the next level. Today, do the things that make your body sing, that make you feel alive, that allow you to shine. Start your day off with a wholesome breakfast, full of vitamins (a smoothie, avocado toast, chia pudding, or overnight oats). Keep positive thoughts in the forefront of all you do today, creating a positive vibe that follows you wherever you go. Avoid negativity at all costs, excusing yourself from cranky co-workers, changing the subject to uplifting thoughts with a pessimistic friend or family member and focus on your good qualities, instead of negative talk. What makes you feel good? Don’t be shy, ride that good feeling!

Saturday, January 23rd – Sample Saturday. It can be difficult to dive into something new with both feet. That being said, fear of new should never stop you from trying something and variety is the spice of life! Today is dedicated for sampling something you’ve wanted to try. Sample a zoomba or hot yoga class, try a new recipe with an ingredient you’ve never cooked or baked with, or sample a new activity with your family or friends. Sky’s the limit – what will you sample today?

Sunday, January 24th – Sunday Funday. Today’s meal prep day! I usually set aside a few hours to plan a few meals, grocery shop, then cook them. When the week gets hectic, with work, chores, errands to run, kids to cart around. A healthy, simple dinner may be the last thing on your mind (and who has the time!). Try picking out 2 recipes and prepping some vegetables to use throughout the week. Here are some posts about a few meals that keep well in the fridge or freezer: Weeknight Meals & Soups galore.

Share how your week is going on Facebook Group, follow me on Instagram for daily updates and be sure to let me know how you’re doing with the challenge!

Happy Forward21!

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Funday: Plant-Based Game Day Snacks

Happy Sunday Funday!

It’s Day 7 of the #forward21 challenge, a 21-day commitment to goals, commitments and putting your health first.

With the play-offs in full swing, we have spent our weekend between heading out to the slopes and watching football. It’s been the perfect mix of fun and indulgence. But, just because you’re going to be turning the game on, doesn’t mean you have to gorge on fatty, greasy foods or stuff yourself with fried dishes.

Here are 3 awesome game-day treats that are delicious & 100% more healthy than the traditional bar food you may be used to snacking on. Enjoy!

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Sweet Potato Chips

2 Medium sized Potatoes
1-2 Tablespoons of olive oil
Salt & Pepper

Slice the potatoes thin (as thin as you can) and put them in a bowl. Toss them with the olive oil, salt & pepper and lay out on a cookie sheet with parchment paper (if you don’t have parchment paper, spray the cookie sheet lightly with oil). Bake at 375 for 20 minutes, flip and bake 10-15 minutes more, or until crispy.

 

Artichoke & Spinach Dip

2 cans of Artichoke hearts drained & chopped finely
2 cups fresh spinach, chopped finely
2 tablespoons vegannaise (Vegan mayonnaise) 1/4 cup of soy milk (I’ve also used almond)
1/2 cup of tomatoes (I used a can of diced tomatoes)
1/4 cup of cheese (you can use Dayia or mozzarella or Parmesan)
Salt & Pepper

Mix all ingredients, except tomatoes, in a bowl, making sure the spinach & artichoke hearts are covered. Top the dish with tomatoes. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes. Serve with veggies or crackers.

Baked Buffalo Cauliflower with ‘Ranch’

1 head of cauliflower chopped into florets
1/2 cup of whole wheat flower
1 cup soy milk (or almond)
1 teaspoon of garlic powder, onion powder, and chili powder
Buffalo sauce of choice (I used Franks)

Mix the flour, spices and milk until thick as batter. Coat the cauliflower in the batter, covering thoroughly. Put cauliflower on a cookie sheet layered with parchment paper (if you don’t have parchment paper, spray the sheet with oil, so it doesn’t stick). Bake for 15-20 minutes at 375. Take out and turn pieces, so they get brown and crispy on all sides. Bake another 5-10 minutes. Take out and put in a bowl, pouring buffalo sauce all over so they get coated. Return to the oven and bake another 15 minutes.

Ranch dip: 2 tablespoons veganaise, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon dill – mix and serve alongside the cauliflower

Happy Sunday Funday!!! What will you be whipping up? Share your tasty treats!