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Wellness Wednesday: 3 Recipe we ALL can agree on

These recipes are simple, nutritious and perfect for anyone avoiding –
gluten, dairy, sugar, eggs, grains or legumes 
(almost paleo, however I used sweet potatoes – apparently our paleolithic ancestors cooked meat but not potatoes. whatever.)

Simply omit the animal protein and double the portion size for a deliciously healthy Vegan or Vegetarian variation.

You know what?  I’m shifting the perspective here… Whether you’re avoiding certain ingredients or not –  these are just delicious recipes I know you’ll love, and will leave you feeling nourished, energized and satisfied (not bloated and heavy)!

The common thread here is WHOLE, SEASONAL, ORGANIC ingredients…

MENU:
  • Honey Harissa Salmon ~ Roasted Root Veggies ~ Jalepeno Lime Chimichurri
  • Thai Shrimp Skewers ~ Rainbow Veggies & Cauliflowre “Rice” ~ Sweet&Spicy Almond Sauce
  • Pecan Crust Chicken ~ Zucchini “Spaghetti” ~ Vegan Kale Pesto
Honey Harissa Salmon ~ Roasted Root Veggies ~ Jalepeno Lime Chimichurri 
Recipe:
Combine harissa, lime and honey to taste.  Marinate over salmon.  Cook flesh side down for a few minutes in a skillet.  Flip and cover the pan with a lid and continue to cook for 3-5 minutes.
Chimichurri:  Blend: Cilantro, lime and jalepeno with olive oil and a bit of honey – season with s&p.
Toss with roasted root veggies like sweet potatoes, beets and carrots
Thai Shrimp Skewers ~ Rainbow Veggies & Cauliflowre “Rice” ~ Sweet&Spicy Almond Sauce
Recipe:
Sweet&Spicy Almond Sauce: Blend Almond Butter, Lime juice, hot sauce, red thai chili paste, honey, rice wine vinegar and hot water.
Cauliflower “Rice”:  Finely chop cauliflower and steam.  finely shred rainbow carrots, snap peas, bell peppers and cabbage.  Saute with ginger and scallions.
Pecan Crust Chicken ~ Zucchini “Spaghetti” ~ Vegan Kale Pesto
Recipe:
Kale Pesto:  Blend Kale, Nutritional yeast, lemon, pine nuts, almonds, olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
Zucchini “Spaghetti”: using this amazing Julienne Peeler to make zucchini pasta and saute with coconut oil and pesto.
Pecan Crusted Chicken.  Coat Chicken strips in egg whites and finely chopped pecans – bake on parchment paper lined baking sheets – 400 for 10 minutes on each side.
 

Baja Road Trip & My New Home

Hola! It’s been awhile, eh?

I’ve just embarked on the next beautiful chapter in life….

Not exactly sure how to start.  Ok, off we go…

This is me: My passion is creating naturally nourishing meals accessible to all while inspiring and educating people on the art of living healthy and well.  My cooking style is beyond simple to the point I feel a little silly when I post a recipe as basic as this here.  I cook with with familiar ingredients from the earth, I can’t follow a recipe with more than 5 steps, I’m intimidated by kitchen gadgets (though I love people who aren’t!) and I’m a bit embarrassed to admit I’ve never made a galette.  I am not a chef by any means, I’m just a gal who loves chopping with the seasons and cooking for health.

So, here I am:  “Rabbit” as some call me.  A produce-loving, natural-believer who hopped upon an organic farm on a beach in Todos Santos, Baja last May (see here).  A dream come true for a Rabbit!  So it is here on an organic farm where I will be for awhile, living and learning.

Doing what I believe: I feel this is my opportunity to fully embrace what it takes to have 100% control over what goes onto my plate and into my body.  From seed to soup and slaughter to skewer, I’m here to learn and experience first hand what it means to live the “farm-to-table” life.  With access to all the resources and knowledge any farm girl could imagine, I’m so excited to share with you what I learn!  From planting, cultivating, picking, hosting sunset soirees and wellness retreats, I’m beyond excited for this opportunity.  And being in a beautiful place surely helps…see here

Keeping it real: Without the pretentiousness and snootiness that comes with the organic and local-food scene in the Bay Area, Todos santos offers true, raw, authentic farming and dining.  There is no middle man making millions off your Whole Foods purchases, and as Logan’s family would say, “we are ethically producing and providing produce to all”  (too many P’s? I like the sound of it though. Bumper sticker, right!?)

Day 1 on Farm:  Gettnig dirty putting up a green house and hoping to gain the respect of the hard workers.   Logan said, “They’ve never seen a girl working on the farm, let alone a gringa.”  You’ll be buying this basil in Whole Foods in January.

Therapy: First morning run…at the end of my dirt road lies this…

The Journey: Now for the exciting Part!  My dear friend Morgan (our business Performance-Foods) and her fiancé joined me on our 5 night adventure down highway 1! I traded in my old convertible for a truck, loaded it up with pots and pans, and off we went.  We stopped only to sleep and fuel up on roadside tacos and gasoline.

Numbers on the map are as follows.

1) “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” Confucius

2) Driving to Ensenada
 
3) A magical night in Valle de Guadelupe… baja’s wine country.  Our second wine tasting turned into a 6 hour dinner until 12am with a family on their vineyard…fire pit, bbq, kids running around and bottles of wine being poured with out even their label on yet! Truly an unforgettable night… hint, we’ll be in Travel & Leisure (in towels :)
4) Sunrise Shot on Highway 1
 
5) Staying the night at Catavina (so small, didn’t even take a picture.  One hotel in the town run on a generator)
6) Morning Taco
 
7) Staying the night in Loretto
 
8) Beautiful Drive and Bay
 
9) We make it to Todos Santos! first thing’s first: Celebratory Margaritas and Chips and Salsa!
Before pulling away from my home, I was feeling a little uneasy and my mom say:
 Thank you Momma (and dad!) for always believing in me, supporting me and being my biggest cheerleaders!