Friday, February 10, 2012

KICK-ASS BREAKFAST TACOS!

The CEO of my company is comng for a visit and I have been askedto make my crazy potato dish for a breakfast we are putting on for him. He is, like me, into the no-oil vegan diet. I was trying to decide what combo of potato-hash thingy to make and it dawned on me that with the right combo and some warm sprouted corn tortillas, salsa, and hot sauce the potato dish would make some KICK-ASS BREAKFAST TACOS!

PLEASE READ THE ORIGINAL POST ON HOW TO MAKE THE OIL-FREE HASHBROWNS BEFORE ATTEMPTING THIS.

KICK-ASS BREAKFAST TACOS
1 bag frozen hashbrown potatoes
1 can of salt-free black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup of mixed frozen onions and bell peppers (I use the Whole Foods 365 southwest blend)
1 cup of frozen chopped okra
1 cup of frozen chopped kale
1 cup of frozen yellow corn
3-4 tbls of 365 Chili Powder Valle de Sol (accept no substitutions!)
1 tbls of onion powder
1 tbls of garlic powder
1 pkg of Food For Life Sprouted Corn Tortillas warmed
Some good quality salsa
taco sauce or sriracha (optional)

So I mix all the frozen veggies and the beans together in a mixing bowl, add the spices and cook in a covered large non-stick skillet for 7-8 minutes on medium-low heat. I flip using the plate technique.

Then cook for another 4-5 minutes.

 a few of you guys have expressed some frustration with the flipping. Don't be timid. You gotta flip with some confidence. Don't be afraid to spill a little or that it does not all come off the pan perfectly.If some sticks...THAT'S OK! Just scrape it off the pan and add it back to the rest of the potatoes.

A word about frozen veggies-I find that while the flavor is not always as good as fresh the cooking is more even with this dish if everything is frozen. Frozen veggies are already cooked so you are really just browning and heating through. If you are using fresh onions and peppers it can't hurt to saute them a bit on their own and then add them to the mix.

After you cook the potaoes just fold the mix into the tortillas and top with salsa, hot sauce, ketchup whatever floats your boat. Some fresh jalapeno, avocado, or olive slices would be nice too. Just remember the last two items are high in fat so try to show some restraint. If your like me that can be difficult!

To your health!

-benajmin

Monday, February 6, 2012

One super easy way to eat a healthy meal

Some days you want to eat stuff that is good for you but time is not on your side. I try to have a few things on hand in my fridge for just this reason.

On Sundays I cook up 4 cups of whole grain in the rice cooker.

  • Brown Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Barley
  • Brown Rice/Wild Rice mix
  • Farro
When you have these whole grains cooked is easy to quickly cook up your yellow, red, and green vegetables to top them for a tasty quick meal. 

To really make your meal count and give yo long-lasting energy and satiety. To me the long-lasting effect of feeling full is the key to successfully eating healthy. When you are satisfied for hours you are less likely to make poor eating decisions.

If you really want to make a truly filling meal add in some cooked beans or potatoes. How easy is it to have canned beans on hand?

My favorite quick starch lately is sweet potato. When I say quick... you say Microwave! Its really easy. Scrub the outside of the potato under water. Poke holes all around the potato with a fork and pop it in for 4-5 minutes. I usually check halfway through and turn the potato over.

Today's lunch was one of these simple healthy meals.
It started out with a bed of quinoa with half of a sweet potato sliced. On top of that I placed some steamed kale and broccoli with a bit of soy sauce and sriracha. Delicious, filling, super healthy!

To your health!

-benjamin

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Kick-ass oatmeal!

I eat oatmeal just about every other day. Some mornings it's simple rolled oats with cinnamon and other days its steel cut oats with lots of additions. Today was the middle of the road-rolled oats with plenty of additions. It was so tasty I ate 2 bowls. At that point I felt compelled to share its deliciousness with the world.


Enjoy!


KICK ASS OATMEAL!
Serves 3-4


2 CUPS ROLLED OATS
5 CUPS OF WATER
1 APPLE DICED
1/4 CUP DRIED CRANBERRIES
2 MEDJOOL DATES PITTED AND DICED
1 TBL CINNAMON


Heat oats and water over high heat until boiling. Meanwhile add cranberries, apples, and dates. Once the water is boiling lower to simmer. Stir occasionally. Cook for about 5-7 minutes or until your desired consistency is reached. Turn off heat. Add cinnamon and stir. Secure tight fitting lid and remove from heat. Let oatmeal sit for about 10 minutes.


I really like this final step. The oatmeal texture really seems to benefit from essentially steaming for a little while before serving.


Ladle into bowls and add some brown sugar or date sugar if you like it on the sweeter side. Add some soy or oat milk. Serve!

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