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!

 

 

 

 

 

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!