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Home and Family

It has been one of my dreams to have either my own show about food, family, fashion and fitness. I decided to enter in the Home and Family contest for the Home Cook challenge.

I am going for it because I have always been passionate about food. This is where I show my love for family and friends through putting my energy into the food I create.

Please like, share, comment on my post so that I have the opportunity to be a finalist.

Thank you,

LADASKA

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Meal Prepping Mama

On the go! Whew! No worries, I have you covered for the perfect meal you can prep and cook in ten minutes. 

Last week, my daughter went on a field trip and I forgot to make her lunch the night before. There was only 15 minutes left before she needed to leave for school. I had no idea what I would make for her so I started grabbing things I knew would combine well together. 
I grabbed this ancient grain pasta, Kamut. Threw it in a saucepan and boiled it. While it was boiling, I grabbed a handful of spiralizer sweet potatoes (yams). Grabbed a skillet and drizzled some Grapeseed oil in there with the sweet potatoes. As that was saut√©ing on high, I roughly chopped spinach. Threw it in there and stirred it right on up. It started to smell oh so good. Then I added cinnamon and paprika in there because I love adding those two spices to sweet potatoes. 

My next thought was, “okay, she needs some beans,” so I added Blavk beans in there for her lunch. Now that was a good choice! I mixed all of those ingredients together then added chickpeas to the mix and sea salt. 

I was salivating over that and it wasn’t mine. Oh! But after a sample bite, I knew I needed to make more because just a sample bite was not enough for mind. Once I tried it, I wanted more but I had to quickly remember, this food was not mine. ūüėĀ

I mixed it up some more. Then I added some tomatoes in there, drained the kamut pasta and added it into the skillet. Cooked it or a few more minutes and my daughters lunch was done in 8 minutes with time to prep her snack as well. 

I had to give myself a pat on the back. For quick thinking and ability to put something together for my daughter to eat. 

She was soo excited about her food. Once she returned home from school, she had to tell me about how delicious her lunch was. 

Prepping Actual lunch

RECIPE
INGREDIENTS:

2 cups Kamut pasta

1-1 1/2 cup Spiralized sweet potatoes

1 cup chopped spinach

1/2 cup black beans or Kidney beans

1/2 cup chickpeas

1-2 Roma tomatoes

1/2 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp Cinnamon

1 tsp sea salt 

1/4 cup pasta water  

DIRECTIONS:

  • Start to boil your pasta as directed (6 minutes)
  • While pasta is boiling, saut√©e sweet potatoes in oil on high
  • Add spinach. Stir approx 30 seconds. 
  • Add cinnamon and paprika. Stir. 
  • Add chickpeas. Stir. 
  • Add black beans or kidney beans. Stir. 1-2 minutes
  • Add tomatoes. Stir. 
  • Add 1 1/2 cups cooked pasta. Stir. 
  • Then add sea salt. Stir. 
  • Add pasta water. Stir
  • Cover approx 1 minute. Then remove lid. Stir. 

School lunch

This easy breezy meal is done! This is the perfect meal for parents on the go or who don’t have much time to slave over cooking a meal. 
Nowadays, it’s easy to buy fast food but fast food hit you hard and fast in your 40’s and 50’s. We have options. Here’s an alternative. 

Revised Dinner w Kidney beans

Lentils & Okra

When you’re hard at work, whether it be on a spiritual, physical or mental level, feeding your body the minerals it needs to keep it sustained on life can be quite a challenge if you don’t know the health benefits and factors of foods that will literally give you life. Recipe for today are lentils and Okra. 

Because Lentils have a great source of folate and contains a good amount of copper, creating a simple dish was a vital way to fuel the body with alkaline food of the earth. In addition to their health benefits, lentils are filled with iron, manganese, potassium, protein, vitamins B1 and B6. 

My overall goal is to make life and cooking simple without spending hours in the kitchen. So creating meals for my hectic schedule which include kids sports practices and games, running a household, running two businesses and homeschooling my kids. I don’t have much time any longer to cook for hours in the kitchen. However, I still want to provide nutritious meals for my family so now I break my meals down to 20-30 minute cooking times but mostly under an hour including prep time.

Below, you will find the simple recipe to add protein and import vitamins and minerals to your vegan, vegetarian, or carnivorous diet. 

ENJOY!

RECIPE:

1 cup raw green lentils

4 cups water

1/4 cup fresh parsley-chopped

1/4 cup fresh basil leaves-chopped

1 tsp sea salt

15 okra pods- sliced in half or thirds
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Rinse lentils.  Add hot water to saucepan
  2. Boil lentils on high heat approximately 30 minutes
  3. Turn heat down to Med heat and add herbs. Stir. 10 minutes 
  4. Add sea salt and Okra pods. Stir. Approx 10 minutes. (When you notice okra starting to sweat, stir) then Simmer on low heat covered. 

Muddy Green Smoothie

Replenishing and rejuvenating your cells is an important ritual that we should focus on when it comes to overall health. Just by adding 1 superfood per day will help to get you on the right track when it comes to heart health, your blood flow, and digestive trac.

The Muddy Green smoothie is a combination of leafy greens and a mix of cherries and berries. Because getting a good amount of nutrients¬†and minerals in my body, I’ve been creating various¬†smoothie recipes that are simple, quick and affordable to make.

This smoothie helps to relieve stress in your cells and help to support a healthy digestive system. the lime helps to relieve constipation, improve heart health, joints, supports healthy blood sugar levels and assists with regulating your temperature.¬† With the added parsley, it¬†increases the strength of vitamin K which promotes bone strength and assists with limiting neuronal brain damage. You may be wondering what is neuronal brain damage. Neuronal brain damage is a condition where there’s inflammation in the brain in addition to a break down of the blood-brain barrier.

Benefits: Loaded with Vitamin A & C, B-6, Protein, Fiber, Magnesium, potassium.

RECIPE:

1 cup coconut water

4 collard green leaves

2 parsley sprigs

1 cup cherries

1/2 cup blueberries

1 lime

 

DIRECTIONS:

Blend all ingredients until desired smoothness. Approximately 2-3 minutes

T 25 Weightloss Journey

Starting a new journey to anything is always hard. Whether you’re  moving, starting a new school, a new job, a new workout plan or a new meal plan. 

My journey to health, healing and happiness started with having my daughter. In the beginning, change was rough and patchy but I moved through it. There have been many ups and downs and in and outs but I am still here moving through the daily struggle of being a mom of 3, a fashion designer, an author, a wife. 

In this 3 year journey to weight loss, I have lost weight, gained weight, had fibroids, lost weight, gained a little, hit plateaus, maintained at 170, gained 20lbs and now I’m getting back into my routine to working out. 

Eating clean in the past 4 years has not been a problem but being consistent with my fitness level has been a struggle, my weakness. So last week was my first week of doing T25 with Shaun T. 

Because my sons play baseball and my oldest made the District team, my schedule surrounds his practices and games. I don’t have much time to drive to the and I don’t like working out at home because I need my space to clear my thoughts and having kids run around while trying to focus on me for an hour is a struggle. 

T25 allows me to wake up at 8 am and workout before the kids even eat breakfast. With No interruptions, I can sweat hard with minimal time and still do everything I can within the time I have to work with. 

My only problem with T25 was the 5 day fast track meal plan. As you know I’m 93% vegan and 7% vegetarian. Every once in a while, I will have a thin crust cheese pizza with vegetables. The meal plan was not my standard of eating so I created a plan similar to the plan included in the package. This week, I will be posting my 5 Day Vegan fast track meal plan. 

Follow my 5 day journey to T25. 

Simple Snack

Life is Simple and so are our bodies. The snacks, fruits and vegetables do not need to be difficult to digest and stored or expelled. So my goal is to make life a little simpler by sharing some of my easy breezy meals, smoothies, snacks to your kitchen table.

Here’s a simple Finger snack to munch on for the kids after school.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 1 cup dry oats
  2. 5 medjool Dates sliced
  3. 1 ripe banana
  4. 2 Tbls Sunflower Seed butter (any seed/nut butter)
  5. 1/2 cup almonds or walnuts (roasted-option)
  6. 3 Tbls Agave
  7. 1/8 tsp Sea Salt

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Slice Medjool Dates and remove seeds
  2. Whisk Banana until smooth
  3. Add seed/nut butter of choice
  4. Add dates
  5. Stir
  6. Add nuts, Agave, sea salt
  7. Stir
  8. ENJOY?
  9. or create round balls and place on cookie sheet
  10. Preheat oven on 250 degrees F
  11. Mix makes 16 rounds
  12. Place in oven for 7-10 minutes
  13. Let cool and Enjoy!

 

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