Mountain Fuel

This weekend, we aren’t heading up to the mountains until tomorrow, Saturday, so it leaves a whole night to meal prep. Our Silverthorne Condo is a gem and while the dated bathrooms and carpet EVERYWHERE doesn’t bother me in the slightest, the kitchen leaves little to be desired. Not ideal to cook in.

Ski COndo

And it’s certainly not in the same ball park as our kitchen. (The picture above shows our tiny ski condo kitchen compared to ours, below.)

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So, while Mike works late on this Friday night, I will meal prep some mountain fuel to bring up for our weekend of adventure! When planning what food to make, I consider two things. One, what will  be easy to re-heat in our kitchen (with 10 of our friends, plus their guests, it can be a tight squeeze). Two, it needs to be delicious, nutrient packed, and filling. We burn a lot of calories on those slopes!

Mountain Meals

Kidney Bean, Mushrooms & Sweet Potato Enchiladas

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 white onion
  2. 8-10 button mushrooms
  3. 1 tblsp Coconut Oil
  4. 1 tblsp cumin
  5. 1 tblsp chili powder
  6. 1/2 tblsp tumeric
  7. 4 garlic cloves

Sweet potato

Directions

  1. Slice white onion.
  2. Dice Sweet potato.
  3. Heat coconut oil, garlic, onions & sweet potatoes and saute for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add spices and cover with a lid for 8 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes.
  5. While you wait, slice mushrooms and open can of kidney beans.
  6. Add mushrooms. Saute for 1-2 minutes. Add kidney beans. Stir and saute for another 5-8 minutes.
  7. Scoop into tortilla shells

enchiladas

 

Carrot & Quinoa Breakfast Casserole 

Ingredients

  1. 6 carrots, shredded in cuisine art
  2. 1/2 white onion diced
  3. 1/2 tblsp coconut oil
  4. 1 cup of cooked quinoa
  5. 2 flax eggs
  6. 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
  7. Pepper & salt to taste
  8. 1/2 cup of panko flakes
  9. 5 dried dates, diced

Panko flakes

Directions

  1. Make flax seed egg. Put in fridge for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a small pan. Add minced onions and saute for 5-8 minutes.
  3. Add mushrooms to pan and saute for another 3-5 minutes.
  4. Put quinoa in a large bowl and add carrots, garlic powder, pepper and salt to taste.
  5. Add dates, flax egg & panko flakes.
  6. Add mushroom & onion mix to the quinoa mixture and stir.
  7. Get a 9×9 baking pan and line with parchment paper that’s been sprayed.
  8. Cook at 400 for 10 minutes.

Enjoy your adventures!

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Ski Bum Envy Bowl

It’s winter in Colorado – and that means skiing! If you can’t reach me, I’ll be in the mountains, enjoying the slopes, snow and blue bird days.

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Except this weekend, which found us back in the foothills at home, with the boring reality stuff everyone deals with. Cleaning, laundry, taxes, work, investment property tasks, bill paying. You know, the stuff that keeps your life moving forward, no matter how boring it is to partake in.

Today, Sunday, we spent our time with our doggies inside & out, and watched a few extreme sport documentaries: Valley Uprising & Further. Talk about feeling like a fatty, couch potato, loser.

These films showed adventurers, risk takers, thrill seekers, outdoor enthusiasts who took to the forests, rocks, national forests, slopes, mountains with a hunger I envied. These characters were living their lives without the constraints of modern society, without the limitations the work week has. Many didn’t have jobs, spent their nights in tents, in the woods, under the stars. And I couldn’t have be more jealous. Yes, I want to be outdoors more than anywhere else. Yes, I am climbing mountains and skiing and venturing into the wilderness on most weekends. Yes, I want to wonder into the unknown and hear the mountain streams and see clear across the mountain ranges. Unfortunately, not on this particular weekend.

So, lunch rolled around and I became inspired to cook a dish that was ski bum appropriate. A cheap dish, that packs a huge punch, both on the nutritional and flavor scale. And I was wearing my Snowbird sweatshirt, so almost like I was out there with those adventurers.

Enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 4 medium carrots
  • 1/2 head of cabbage chopped
  • 7 button mushrooms
  • 1/2 sweet potato (cooked)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1-2 cups cooked quinoa
  • Topping Ideas: Raw Pumpkin & Sesame Seeds, Dried Figs, left over refried beans, salt, pepper

Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons of Tahini
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons of Almond milk
  • 1/2 can of chick peas

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Directions

  • Heat oil in a pan, adding garlic – 1-3 minutes
  • Chop carrots into buttons – microwave them in 2 tablespoons of water, for 1 min and 30 seconds, so they’re soft
  • Add carrots & cabbage to pan. Add pepper and a pinch of salt. Saute for 5 minutes, stirring till all is covered with oil
  • Add mushrooms to pan and saute for another 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • For the sauce, combine all ingredients in a cuisine art/blender
  • Split the quinoa into two bowls and top with the veggie saute. Add the sauce and toppings and enjoy!

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Meatless Monday: Cauliflower Fried Rice

Welcome to Day 1 of the #Forward21 challenge & the first Meatless Monday of the challenge.

Incorporating more whole foods & veggies into your meals not only boosts you nutritionally (whole foods have vitamins, minerals, live enzymes needed for your health) but helps lesson the carbon footprint we leave. Consuming a plant-based lifestyle takes less water, less land, and less resources overall.

So, today’s Meatless Meal features loads of veggies, good fat and a plant-based protein: Watch my YouTube Video showing you how to make it!

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Ingredients

1 cup of kale
1 small onion, minced
1 cup of carrots
1 cup of frozen peas
1/2 block of tofu, drained & cut into cubes
1-2 handfuls of brussel sprouts, cleaned & cut in half
1 head of cauliflower, chopped
1 tablespoons of coconut oil
2 tablespoons of amino acids
1/2 tablespoon of toasted sesame seed oil
2 cloves of garlic minced
Sriracha (to taste)

Cut head of cauliflower into smaller chunks & put into a food processor and pulse until it’s as fine as rice.

Heat coconut oil in a wok on medium low heat. Add garlic & onions & saute for 3-5 minutes.

Stir and add tofu & saute for another 3-5.Tofu should be browned on one side.

Stir again, then add brussel sprouts and carrots, turning up heat to medium for 2 minutes.

Stir then add cauliflower along with a tablespoon of amino acids. Cover, turn down heat, and let sit for 3-5 minutes to let veggies simmer.

Let simmer, stir again, add the peas along with another tablespoon of amino acids for a minute or two, stirring under medium low heat. Add the sesame seed oil then top with kale and saute another minute.

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Scoop & enjoy (I put a bit of sriracha on mine)!

Happy Monday!