Carrot Noodles with Vegan Garlic Cream Sauce

Did daylight savings hit anyone else like a brick? Cuz it definitely hit me like one. Between the darkness, the cold, work, and school, I’ve been crunched for cooking time lately.

BUT.

That will never stop me from getting my healthy meals in. Especially when I’ve got this recipe in my toolbelt.

I’m absolutely OBSESSED with making carrot noodles lately because literally all you do is take a giant carrot and peel it up until there’s nothing left. Then, throw it all in a pan, pop the lid on, and a few minutes later: BOOM. Noodles. Anddddd, pair them with this vegan garlic cream sauce (that also takes 2 minutes to make) and you have an instant delicious and nutricious meal. Need I say more?

And who doesn’t love a good vegan cream sauce? I can never pass it up. I always make extra and keep it in a jar in the fridge so whenever I’m hungry but feeling lazy I’ll just pour it on whatever veggie noodles I have on hand that day! Easy. As. Pie.

Enjoy, my peeps, and have a spectacular Tuesday!

Carrot Noodles with Vegan Garlic Cream Sauce

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 8 large carrots, peeled
  • ½ cup soaked cashews
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • pinch paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp tapioca flour
  • sliced tomato and basil (optional)
  • Sliced chicken (optional)

Directions

  1. To make the carrot noodles, I use a carrot peeler and just peel the carrots until I have nothing left to peel.
  2. Heat a large pan over medium heat. Once hot, add your carrot noodles and cover. Allow them to steam and cook for about 2-3 minutes (until tender). Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a high-powered blender, add your cashews, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, nutritional yeast, onion powder, paprika, and salt. Blend for about 30 seconds, until completely smooth.
  4. Transfer the sauce to a pot and whisk in the tapioca flour. Heat over medium-low while whisking until it barely comes to a simmer. It should have thickened by this point. Remove from the heat.
  5. Add your sauce to your carrot noodles and top with tomatoes, basil, and/or chicken if you’d like. Enjoy!

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DF and GF Peanut Butter and Banana Chunk Pancakes

Today my morning consisted of a sprint workout, weights, yoga, laundry, and cleaning my entire apartment top to bottom SO yes I made the most massive breakfast of all time and YES I’m gonna eat every last bite cuz ya girl deserves it.

Breakfast is what motivates me to get through my morning every day (since I don’t eat until noon usually, check out my post on intermittent fasting for more deets on that) so this morning to treat myself I made scrambled eggs with avocado, sliced strawberries, and peanut butter banana oat pancakes. Breakfast. Of. Freakin. Champs. And it did not disappoint.

These pancakes, more specifically, were the actual bomb. I might make them again for dinner because yeah, I deserve breakfast for dinner too! Anyways, they’re tasty, filling, good for ya, and dairy, gluten, and refined sugar free so it doesn’t get much better than that!!

Happy Tuesday my peeps!

DF and GF Peanut Butter and Banana Chunk Pancakes

  • Servings: About 4 Pancakes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 smashed banana, still kinda chunky
  • 2 large organic free-range eggs
  • 1 tbsp all-natural peanut butter
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup gluten-free oat flour (plus more if batter seems runny)
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • a pinch of salt
  • Extra peanut butter and/or banana for on top (optional)
  • Maple syrup for on top (optional)

Directions

  1. Pre-heat a large non-stick pan or non-stick griddle over medium high heat.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, add your banana, eggs, peanut butter, and vanilla together until combined.
  3. In another bowl, combine your oat flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Add the batter in your ideal pancake sized amounts to the pan or griddle and cook until there are lots of bubbles on top (about a minute) then flip and cook for another minute or so on the other side.
  6. Remove to a plate once the pancakes are fully cooked and add your toppings if you choose to. Enjoy!


Fully Loaded Avocado Toast

Loaded Avocado Toast

Would ya just look at it? Absolutely beautiful. I could stare it this toast all day. JK I wouldn’t be able to because I’d 100% eat it as soon as I saw it.

K usually I avoid bread, BUT in this case I made my own sourdough bread from my very own sourdough starter so I knew exactly what I was going to be putting in my body. And let me tell you, it was a lot of work, but ohhhhh baby was it tasty and worth it. I chose sourdough bread because it’s considered to be one of the healthiest breads around (you can find out more about the health bennies of sourdough in my post here) and because who could resist a nice, crusty, fresh piece of sourdough? Nobody. Plus add some creamy avocado, earthy mushrooms, crispy bacon, and a poached egg? Straight irresistible. Just wow.

Now I could ramble on and on about all the amazingness that is this toast, but that would take time that you could be using to make this toast, SO let’s just get right to it. Enjoy!

 

Fully Loaded Avocado Toast

  • Servings: 1 Toast
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 slice of fresh sourdough bread (ideally one made with a sourdough starter, I make my own)
  • ½ ripe avocado
  • 3 cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 large free-range organic eggs
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 slices of bacon, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 tsp hemp hearts
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add your bacon. Cook while stirring occasionally until the bacon is fully cooked. Remove to a paper towel to drain grease.
  2. Keep the bacon grease in the skillet and add the mushrooms, stirring occasionally until they are tender.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large microwave-safe mug or bowl, add about 1 cup water, your white vinegar, and then crack your eggs in. Make sure the water level isn’t too close to the top and cover with a plate. Microwave your eggs until they are poached (my microwave takes about 90 seconds for two eggs, but the times will vary so check frequently to make sure you don’t over/undercook the eggs. And be careful!! The water will be hot!
  4. Toast your bread.
  5. Smear the avocado on your toast, then top with mushrooms, eggs, bacon, hemp hearts, green onions, salt, and pepper. Enjoy!


3-Ingredient Refined-Sugar Free Strawberry Chia Jam

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Anyone out there love a good jam? (Everyone should be raising their hands cuz it’s impossible not to love jam, amiright or am I right?) WELL THEN do I have the recipe for you!!!!

Last week I happened to purchase a very large container full of strawberries that was marked down to 30% off because no matter how hard I try, I can’t ever resist a good sale. Who could possibly eat a giant container of strawberries in a day? Not me. But did I still buy it knowing full well it would be impossible to eat them all before they went bad? You bet I did. Can’t stop won’t stop.

So now I was in a bit of a conundrum. I have all these strawberries. Now what? What could I possibly do with all of them. And then I made some oatmeal and I knew what to do. I love a good PB&J inspired anything so what could be tastier than PB&J oats with homemade strawberry chia seed jam? Mmmmm-mmmmm delicious. I love jam but I always struggle to find a good jam that isn’t super processed or loaded with added sugars. So if I made my own jam I could control exactly what’s going into it and therefore know exactly what I’m putting into my body.

Aaaaaand, the best part about this recipe is you only need 3 ingredients (plus water), one pot, and 10 minutes! Seriously, could not be easier. And oh man is it tasty. There are very few things on this earth that top fresh, sticky, warm homemade jam.

*Droooooooool*

So next time you can’t resist a sale and happen to buy a very large quantity of berries on hand, you’ll know exactly what to do. TIME TO JAM.

3-Ingredient Refined-Sugar Free Strawberry Chia Jam

  • Servings: 1 cup
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 heaping cup of chopped fresh strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup, honey, or other sweetener of choice
  • 1 Tbsp water

Directions

  1. Heat a small pot over medium-low heat. Add all ingredients and cook, stirring occasionally for about 7-10 minutes until your strawberries have broken down and you have a sticky, jam-like consistency.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Store in an air-tight container for up to a week.


Fluffy Low Carb Collagen Banana Pancakes

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Yesterday I realized that I hadn’t been eating nearly enough pancakes lately. I’ve been on such a scrambled egg kick these past couple of months that I had completely forgotten about one of my favorite breakfast foods of all time!

So after running 4.5 miles yesterday (currently training for a 10k for some unknown reason because I am a terrible runner), I thought to myself “GIRL. You just killed it. Your body is starving. You go get dem pancaakkkeeesssss!!!” But after a nice training session like that, I DEF wasn’t going to go negate all my hard work by putting some unhealthy pancakes in this bod. No no no. I have the healthy food tools in my tool belt and I used those tools to make some mighty delicious and well-deserved fluffy banana pancakes. And yes, this recipe makes 6 pancakes. And yes, I did eat them all myself. Normally, however, I would recommend splitting them with another person because i was FULL. Like, I looked 6 months pregnant full.

But anyways. You guys. It’s not even hard to make healthier pancakes, everyone should be doing it! These guys were so fluffy, so tasty, and those warm banana chunks in every bite!?!? HOLY BISCUITS SO GOOD!!! And if you break down this recipe to the nitty gritty (which isn’t hard to do because it’s made of all-natural whole foods, no chemicals or preservatives here nu-uh hunny), you see that all you’re basically eating here is a little oatmeal, some eggs, and a banana. Add in some collagen to keep your cells happy and top that with some fresh fruit and hemp hearts and you have yourself one satisfying and nutritious breakfast! And it’s disguised as delicious pancakes. What could be better?

Also, a fun little tip for you guys, you can make a ton of these babies and freeze them, then whenever you feel like some pancakes you can pop some in the toaster and BOOM instant healthy pancakes.

So get going! In just a couple of minutes you could be eating pancakes! What are you waiting for!?

 

Fluffy Low Carb Collagen Banana Pancakes

  • Servings: 6 medium-sized pancakes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • ½ cup gluten-free oat flour
  • 1 scoop collagen peptides
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 large banana
  • 2 large organic free-range eggs
  • ½ cup fresh raspberries (or your fresh fruit of choice)
  • ½ – 1 Tbsp hemp hearts
  • Maple syrup to drizzle on top

Directions

  1. Pre-heat a non-stick skillet or griddle on medium-low heat.
  2. Add all dry ingredients (oat flour, collagen peptides, baking powder, cinnamon, salt) to a blender and pulse until well combined.
  3. Add the banana and eggs and blend until just combined. I like to just pulse the batter so there’s still chunks of banana at the end.
  4. Pour about ¼ cup of the batter onto the skillet or griddle and repeat until all the batter is used.
  5. Once the tops of your pancakes begin to be covered in bubbles, flip them over and cook for another 1-2 minutes until they are thoroughly cooked.
  6. Remove to a plate and top with your raspberries, hemp hearts, and maple syrup. Enjoy!