Mexican Fiesta || Eating When I’m Board Ep. 3

Errbody else is all “pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin” but I’m feeling Fiesta! Two week countdown til me and my crew are in Puerto Vallarta . I cannot wait for ocean views, ice cold beer and all the tacos I can eat. To get my squad in the mood, I tossed together this Mostly Mexican board, shook up some margaritas and let the vacation warm up festivities begin!

You can easily assemble this board in true lazy cook style. Most of the items can be store bought, just heat and eat. I did include recipes for a kick ass coconut ceviche, mockamole (not everyone can eat avocados, raise yo’ hand if you have a food allergy) and a spicy quinoa + black beans.

All plant-based, all super yum.

Coconut Ceviche
 
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Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 2-4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 young (Thai) coconuts
  • Juice of 1-2 limes
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • ½ small red onion
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 1 cup jicama, diced
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican seasoning
  • Maldon salt
Instructions
  1. Drain coconut water (reserve for a refreshing beverage later) and remove coconut meat. I use aCocoJack type tool.
  2. Slice coconut meat into 1.5 inch strips place in a medium bowl.
  3. Add the green onions, red onions, tomatoes, jicama, jalapeño, cilantro, olive oil, sea salt.
  4. Gently mix to combine.
  5. Refrigerate 1-2 hours to allow flavors to combine.

Quinoa + Black Beans
 
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Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 2-4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ sweet yellow onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons Mexican seasoning
  • 2 Massel chicken-style bouillon cubes
  • ½ cup tricolor quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 stalks green onions, thin sliced
Instructions
  1. Sauté onions and garlic in a medium sized sauce pan over medium high heat for 2 minutes.
  2. Add Mexican seasoning, quinoa, tomato paste, water and bouillon to the saucepan.
  3. Cover and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until liquid has been absorbed.
  5. Fluff quinoa with fork. Add black beans.
  6. Garnish with sliced green onions.

Mockamole
 
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No guac for you? Try this creamy alternative made with edamame and cashews!
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Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • I cup shelled and cooked edamame
  • ¾cup soaked cashews
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup salsa verde
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 teaspoon miso paste
  • 2 teaspoons Mexican seasoning
  • ½ cup red onion, minced
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender.
  2. Blend on high speed until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add salt to taste.
  4. Refrigerate 1-2 hours to allow flavors to develop.
  5. Garnish with cilantro + lime

Jalapeno Poppers
 
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Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 8 jalapeños, halved and seeded
  • 1 cup KiteHill cream cheese
  • ½ cup Follow Your Heart Pepper Jack Cheese, sliced into 1 inch shreds
  • 1 sweet yellow onion, sliced thin
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican seasoning
  • 2 cups GF Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup plant-based milk
  • ½ cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cups non-gmo canola oil or your preference for high heat frying oil
Instructions
  1. Add olive oil and onions to a small pan on medium high heat.
  2. Caramelize the onions, stirring occasionally, about 8-10 minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese, pepper jack cheese, Mexican seasoning and caramelized onions.
  4. Stuff jalapeño halves with the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Set up a dredging station: arrowroot power on a plate, plant-based milk in a shallow bowl, and GF panic on a separate plate.
  6. Dredge stuffed jalapeños in arrowroot, dip into plant-based milk, and coat in panko bread crumbs.
  7. Heat frying oil on medium high heat and fry stuffed jalapeños for 2-4 minutes, or until golden brown.
  8. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately.

 

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5 Tips for Cultivating a Calm Weekend + Natural Vitality Giveaway

After a mind rattling week filled with project deadlines, travel planning and interpersonal family discord, I’m ready for a weekend of quiet calm. This is my time to dial it back, bring everything back into focus and prepare myself for the week ahead with more clarity and balance. Here are my top 5 tips on how to cultivate calm.

1. Start the day with a green drink. I can achieve a much deeper state of relaxation if I’m not suffering from digestive issues and bloating. This combination of mint, cucumber, fennel, ginger and apple goes down smooth! Get the green smoothie recipe in the free Calmful Balance eGuide.

2. De-clutter your space. I spend 10 minutes organizing my desk, scanning receipts, and filing away loose ends from the previous week before I hunker down in full weekend chillax mode. Clear space = clear mind

3. Practice Progressive Relaxation. Tense the muscles, one body part at a time, to achieve a state of calm. Inhale, squeeze, exhale, release. Repeat.

4. Aromatherapy. Nothing can transport me from chaos to calm faster than fragrance. Currently, I’m obsessed with lavender essential oil spritzed on my pillows for instant tranquility.

5. Take a magnesium + calcium supplement.  All of my stress manifests itself in the form of a physical cramp or pain. Most commonly, I’d wake up in the middle of the night with restless leg syndrome. To help calm my nerves and relax my muscles, I’ve been taking Natural Vitality Natural Calm plus calcium. Mix 1 teaspoon of the raspberry-lemon flavored vegan, gluten-free drink mix into 8 oz. water. This has been a lifesaver on many sleepless nights. I usually get relief from cramps about 30 minutes after taking Natural Calm.

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Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by Natural Vitality. The opinions in this post are my own.

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Red Lentil Coconut Curry Soup

I have a soup muse. My Uncle Jim, aka The Most Interesting Man in the World, was a fan of Chuck Todd’s “White House Soup of the Day” segment on The Daily Rundown. If one of the soups intrigued my uncle, he’d call me up and ask if I had a recipe.  We started with Carrot Dill Soup and Gazapacho over the summer but I was saving this rich, creamy bowl of  Red Lentil Coconut comfort for cozy Fall weather. It’s officially sweater weather here in the PNW, so bust out the soup pots and fire up the burners!

Red Lentil Coconut Curry Soup
 
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Quick cooking red lentils make this soup perfect for healthy weeknight meals. You get big, rich flavors but it's super easy to whip up.
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 2 small carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup red lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon ghost curry powder (more to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha sauce
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat coconut oil in a large pot over med-high heat
  2. Add onions, ginger and garlic, sauté for 1 minute
  3. Add carrots, season with salt & pepper
  4. Add curry powder, stir until fragrant.
  5. Add vegetable broth, stir and scrape any brown bits off the bottom of the pot
  6. Add red lentils. Cover pot and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes
  7. Add diced tomatoes,Sriracha and coconut milk, mix well.
  8. Cover and cook for 20 minutes on medium heat
  9. Taste the soup and adjust seasonings
  10. Blend half of the soup mixture until smooth, return to pot and mix well.
  11. Garnish with chopped cilantro

 

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My Photo Shoot with ZE Photography

 

Name: Geoff Souder
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ZE Photography exists because: I wanted to show the non-vegan world that vegan food consisted of more than grass clippings and wood chips. I figured that if I could show how delicious vegan food is then maybe I could get some people to eat vegan for a meal or two a week.

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