Fake Away: Mongolian Beef with Sesame Cauli Rice

I made this Fake Away a couple of weeks ago, and after some tweaking it’s finally ready to share! I am quite obsessed with cauliflower, can you tell? I use it in everything, even in smoothies when I don’t have an avocado or banana on hand, it adds a thickness.

This is a quick and delicious alternative to the traditional take away.

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Mongolian Beef

Ingredients:

Serves 3

1 lb flank steak (buy in strips or slice; I bought in cubes), or replace with mushrooms or tofu

1/4 cup cornstarch or flour

1/3 cup of soy sauce or coconut aminos

2 tbsp coconut oil

1/2 white onion, diced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1/2 cup water

6 tbsp honey

1/2 tsp grated ginger

mix of bell sliced bell peppers

Method:

In a measuring cup or small bowl, whisk the soy sauce, ginger, honey and water until well combined.

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Pour the soy sauce mixture into the sauce pan. Let it come to the boil, then add your cornstarch or flour. Continue to whisk until the mixture thickens, this should take about 2-3 minutes.

Add the meat, being aware not to overcrowd the pan and pieces of meat. Cook through. Then add your vegetables. Serve over Sesame Cauliflower Rice.

Sesame Cauli Rice

Ingredients:

1 head of cauliflower

1/2 of white onion, diced

1 clove of grlic minced

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

1 tablespoon vinegar

Method:

In a food processor, blitz a head of cauliflower until flour like consistency.

In a pan, sautee onion and garlic in a tablespoon of coconut oil. Add sesames seeds. Then add cauli rice and sautee until slightly golden. Pour in vinegar and stir. Top with Mongolian Beef.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Pineapple Lime Salmon and Lime Cauli Rice

This week marks teaching at Burn Pilates SIX MONTHS! It’s been a whirlwind and it really does feel like six months, yet it also feels like I just started. It is truly inspiring to see client’s transformations(mentally and physically), and lately, maybe it was the Rihanna vs Beyonce Playlist I had for them today, but clients have been PUSHING! Like 150%. So if you’re a Burn client and have been to my class, THANK YOU for working hard!!

I really have been feeling inspired by my clients/classes to stay on track. Not only does staying healthy give me the energy I need to teach, it allows me to perform better when I attend fitness classes. Working out makes me feel strong and clears my mind, while eating right is my fuel.

After teaching my Sunday double, and doing a home workout, I needed some refuel. This is the perfect balance of sweet, savory, spice, and packs a BIG NUTRIENT DENSE PUNCH!

PINEAPPLE LIME SALMON AND LIME CAULI RICE

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Ingredients:

Serves 1

Salmon filets (1 per person)

Fresh pineapple chunks

1/2 clove of garlic minced (use 1 whole one if cooking for more than one)

1/2 teaspoon paprika (more for an extra kick)

1 teaspoon of roughly chopped parsley

1 lime

1 head of cauliflower

2 tablespoons white onion, diced

 

Joy Loops Hot Pepper Mix

Pinch of Himalayan salt and pepper

Method:

FOR SALMON:

Preheat oven to 400F. Tear of enough foil to wrap around salmon filets.

Zest the lime(you may only end up using a little bit, but why not put some in your Paddy’s Day cocktail later this week?!). Then cut in half. Using one of the halves, cut three slices. With the other half, juice it. unnamed-3

Lay foil flat on baking tray, and drizzle a little bit of oil(olive or avocado). Play two slices of lime. Then place two slices of lime. Top with your salmon. Add two pinches of lime zest, paprika, salt and pepper, garlic, pineapple, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Drizzle with a tiny bit more oil.

Wrap up the foil and bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes, or until salmon is flakey.

 

FOR CAULI RICE:

In a food processor blitz the cauliflower until rice like consistency. I only used about less than half a cup of cauli rice, feel free to use more or less! Store the rest in fridge, for the recipe coming up next!

In a sauce pan melt two teaspoons of oil or butter of choice, I used Earth Balance Vegan Butter. Then saute the onion until translucent, add in the cauliflower for about 2 min. Stir in lime juice(pan will sizzle) and 3 big pinches of zest, season with salt and pepper, and BOOM! Cauli rice in under 5 minutes that is flavorful!

PLATE UP: Just top a bed of the cauli rice with the salmon, serve with a side of greens, and drizzle a tablespoon of Joy Loops Hot Pepper Mix! Enjoy!

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Healthy No Bake Red Velvet Cookies

Last week I gave a food demo, my second one, at the San Francisco Public Library. It was a Valentine’s Day themed demo, with “Heart Smart Treats”.  I took classic desserts and put a healthy spin on them. Each dessert is packed with nutritional value including protein, antioxidants, and vitamins. You could pretty much eat each for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

The first dessert was a tofu based Cheesecake. Dish number two was a beet based No Bake Red Velvet Cookie Dough. And lastly, an avocado based Chocolate Mousse. I am going to split the desserts up into three blog posts.

The first one I’m sharing is No Bake Healthy Red Velvet Cookie Dough! I ditched process sugar, flour and food coloring to give you this good for you doughp dough! Beets are a great source of antioxidants, potassium(essential for nerve and muscle function), an anti-inflammatory, and so much more.

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1 beet (*see below)

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups oat flour (*see below)

3 tbsp coconut/almond flour

Method:

  1. Roast the beets, no oil, no seasoning. (So there is a little oven use, but if you do this on a meal prep day, you can roast a couple of beets and use throughout the week in salads/other main dishes!)
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients. When the beet is done, let cool. Add to the food processor with about 2-3 tablespoons of water, and puree until smooth.
  3. In a smaller mixing bowl, combine wet ingredients and ONLY HAlF A CUP of the beet puree!
  4. Add the wet ingredients to dry and mix with a wooden spoon(or use your hands and get a bit dirty!) until throughly mixed until it is the consistency of cookie dough. You can also do this step in the food processor!
  5. On a sheet of parchment, roll dough out to 1/4 inch. Using cookie cutters, make different shapes!

*Slowly add more than the half of a cup of beet puree for a raw cookie dough texture

** Slowly add more than the 2 cups of oat flour for more of a shortbread texture

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IdealFit Protein Bars

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I used the IdealFit Vanilla Protein Powder, but the Cake Batter or Chocolate Brownie flavor would be just as amazing. Shop here for all IdealFit products: bit.ly/2trHGG3

Now, you can also go and buy cashew and almond butter and mix the butters and protein powder together in a bowl-but I like making everything from scratch when I can!

Ingredients:

2 scoops IdealFit protein powder

1 cup cashews

1 cup almonds

Teaspoon of maple syrup or honey

Teaspoon of vanilla extract

(have ready a few drops/tablespoons of almond or soy milk)

handful of dark chocolate chips, dried fruits or shredded coconut

Method:

In a food processor, blitz the cashews and almonds until smooth. Add the protein powder, and blitz until mixed. You might need to add a few drops of soy or almond milk so that the dough does come together. Shape dough into bars or balls. Press the dark chocolate chips, or fruit(like cranberries or goji berries) or shredded coconut onto the top of the bars. Keep sealed in the fridge until you want to eat them!

 

Carrot Cake Bliss Balls

I’m a big sweet tooth(most of my recipes on here are on the sweeter side), and at night is when my sweet tooth really starts to act. Rather than reach for a bar of chocolate, I like to make protein/bliss bars.

Growing up, carrot cake was just one of those things I did not like! I always preferred chocolate cake. It was only in the last couple of years I really started to like carrot cake. Below is a much healthier version-and it really does taste like a dessert! I like to make these on a Sunday and have them for the week-as a post workout or TV snack.

 

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Ingredients:

1 large carrot

3/4 cup oats

6 Medjool dates, pitted

1/2 cup of cashews

1/2 walnuts

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp of hemp heart seeds

Method:

In a food processor, shred the carrots. Remove and put into a bowl. Then pulse the oats and nuts together until very fine. Also remove and into the mixing bowl with the carrots. Then blitz the dates until they form a paste.

Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor, also adding the carrots and oat nut mix. The mixture will come together like a dough. Quickly form balls and place in freezer. Once frozen, top them with a tablespoon of Cashew Buttercream!

I usually take them out of the freeze about 20 minutes or so before I eat them; I usually enjoy one or two as a snack. They keep for a couple of weeks in the freezer.

 

I’m an IdealFit Brand Ambassador!

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I have been a Brand Ambassador for a couple of months now, so I’m not sure WHY it’s taken me so long to write this post!

I really had no knowledge of supplements: protein, preworkout, and BCAA shakes. But it’s more than a shake or vitamin- it’s fuel for my body. Idealfit has shown me what my body is really capable of. As I’ve gotten stronger, I don’t want to wear and tear, or exhaust my muscles and joints. By implementing Idealfit products into my day to day eating habits, I can give every workout my all and feel fantastic.

Besides making me feeling amazing, the taste is GREAT(as someone who’s always around food, it gets a big thumbs up from me!)! I tried a couple of different protein shakes, and Idealfit really does stand out. There’s no bloating, and there’s no gross chalky texture. I LOVE the Cake Batter and Chocolate Coconut Protein Powders.

Being an Idealfit Brand Ambassador has been so exciting and rewarding! The community of IdealFit has been so supportive and I have learned A LOT from other ambassadors, from workouts to nutritional tips! They have so many delicious recipes on their site, which I’ve been putting my own spin on, which you can find on my Instagram @cookinwithcarmel. I’m actually just about to start one of their FREE workout challenges this weekend, which you can find on their site.

Go check out all the deals(there’s always a great offer) at http://www.idealfit.com, and use CARMEL10 on your order! Or just click my quick link: http://bit.ly/2trHGG3

Spinach Arugula Walnut Pesto

I’m a sucker for bowls of pasta! When I first started working out and resetting my body, I thought I had to give up my favorite foods. And I sort of do, as processed foods no longer agree with my stomach. So, I experiment and turn my favorite foods into nourishing dishes, that help fuel my workouts and keep me feeling great.  Instead of traditional flour spaghetti noodles, I like to spiralize veggies into pasta noodles! Recently, I purchased a box of Edamame Noodles and LOVE them! The noodles are just made from Edamame, which hold so many benefits, and big bonus, they only take four minutes to cook!

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I’ve been using these noodles with some of my favorite sauces. Last week I made a Lentil Bolognese, and honestly as a meat eater I didn’t even notice a lack of ground beef! I’ll share that Lentil Bolognese later this week, right now I want to share a quick pesto that has some pretty big benefits. A typical pesto usually calls for parmigiano cheese, but I ditched that and used NUTRITIONAL YEAST; and I went with avocado oil instead of olive oil.

Spinach Arugula Walnut Pesto

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups of washed spinach and arugula

1/2 cup of walnuts

2  cloves of garlic

1/4 cup of nutritional yeast

Big pinch of Himalayan salt

Roughly 1/3 cup of avocado oil

Method

In a food processor, blend all the ingredients EXCEPT  the oil until it’s a paste. Then slowly add the oil.

Enjoy tossed in your favorite pasta or salad!

 

Beat the Bloat Berry Smoothie

Bloating sucks! It’s a really uncomfortable feeling, so I like to get rid of it ASAP! My secret weapon: APPLE CIDER VINEGAR! I drink a tablespoon of it a day, either right when I wake up or about a half hour before I go to bed. But I also like to put a big splash in my midmorning or lunchtime smoothie.

I do like to drink this smoothie a couple times a week, it’s refreshing, and I do find it helps with the bloat. If I’m making this after a workout, I like to add a scoop of protein powder.IMG_3999.JPG

Ingredients

8 ounces of liquid (I like to do half water/half coconut milk)

1/2 avocado

1 banana

1/2 cup of frozen berries

1 tablespoon hemp heart seeds

1 tablespoon ground flax meal

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Optional: a tablespoon of nut butter/a scoop of your favorite protein powder

Method

In your food processor, blend until smooth! You might need to add a little more water as you go! I like to put my smoothies in a bowl, so I like when smoothies have more of a sorbet/ice cream texture.

 

 

 

 

Saintly Layered Reese’s Tart

A year ago you would have found me eating bars of chocolate like Cadbury’s or Hershey’s  was going out of business! I ate out of stress, boredom, and portion control didn’t even cross my mind. My weakness was a big bag of Galaxy Minstrels(yikes!) or a tray of three Reese’s(yikes, again!) and Barry’s Tea at the end of the day. While I still have a sweet tooth, I like to experiment with ways chocolates and sweets can BENEFIT you. And making sweet treats at home allows me to omit sugars and use raw/all natural ingredients.

This Reese’s Tart came A LOT of Date Caramel that I used in a quick snack: Date Caramel Apple Nachos.

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Ingredients

1 cup mixed almonds and cashews

1 cup Date Caramel

1/2 cup mixed walnuts and almonds, roughly chopped

1 cup dark chocolate

Method

Line an 8 inch round baking tin with parchment paper or plastic wrap(the paper or plastic wrap just makes it easier to remove and slice).

In a food processor, add the one cup of almonds and cashews. Pulse until VERY fine. Press into the bottom of the tin. Pop it into the freezer to set for about 7-10 minutes.

Pour Date Caramel evenly over the base, and smooth out. Sprinkle on the roughly chopped walnuts and almonds. Pop it into the freezer for a second time. for a couple of minutes

While the tart is setting, melt the chocolate! You can do whatever is easier: microwave or stovetop. Make sure it totally melted and smooth. Pour the chocolate over the tart, and yep, pop it back into the freezer for about 12-15 minutes or until chocolate is just a little hard.

Slice it up and serve it!