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    15 Minute Vegan Meals | 3 delicious recipes that will fill you up!

    November 10, 2018

    Good news, you can make a delicious and filling vegan meal in under 15 minutes! No ninja kitchen skills required! In my last blog post for 5 ingredient vegan recipes, I talked about how I love to cook and to eat, but I don’t always have the time or energy to make a masterpiece. At the same time, I am so spoiled that nothing less than amazing will do. And why not? It’s a crappy myth that vegan cooking has to require skill, time, and patience. On the contrary! I made every recipe for this new video and blog post in under 15 minutes, and you can too.

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    Keep scrolling to get the recipes for all of the 15 minute vegan meals I shared in this video. And don’t miss more 15 minute vegan meals here, and 5 ingredient vegan recipes here and here. Send this video or blog post to all the people in your life who say they can’t go vegan because it takes too much time and effort 🙂

    Korean BBQ Jackfruit Tacos 15 Minute Vegan Meals | @sweetpotatosoulFirst let’s start with the Korean BBQ Jackfruit Tacos. Sounds restaurant fancy, doesn’t it? I bought a tasty vegan Korean BBQ sauce at my local Sprouts grocery store, and cooked some shredded jackfruit in it for 10 minutes, then put it all in a hot tortilla. 15 minutes later I have a delicious meal that is just as great as any you could expect to eat at a restaurant. Sure, you could get even more fancy by serving these with a kimchi slaw, and mango guacamole, but save that for when you feel like spending more time in the kitchen (or buy those things pre-made). These 15 minute tacos will hit all the spots. Add them—along with the other recipes in this 15 minute vegan meal roundup—to your weekly meal plan schedule.

    Jackfruit might sound like a fancy ingredient, but you can actually buy it at your local Trader Joe’s grocery store. I’ve also found it at Caribbean and Asian markets. Look for green or unripened jackfruit in brine in a can. You can also buy it online. If you can’t find jackfruit, you can make these tacos with mushrooms—I especially like doing a  blend of oyster, shiitake, and enoki, but even baby bella will do—other good substitutions might be extra-firm tofu, tempeh, or something like Gardein or Beyond Meat.

    Chickpea Tuna Sandwich15 Minute Vegan Meals | @sweetpotatosoulI’ve shared this chickpea tuna salad on my blog before, and it’s been one of the most popular recipes on SPS for years! I understand why! You can turn to this yummy dish to get all the tasty goodness of a tuna salad without having to eat the body of another animal, worry about toxins like mercury, or consume cholesterol. Win win win!! I love serving this chickpea mash between two slices of my favorite sandwich bread, on top of avocado toast, as part of a Buddha Bowl, as a dip for crudité, or tossed into a massaged kale salad. Serving it in a sandwich is probably the easiest, and most balanced.

    You’ll need a food processor to best make this chickpea mash. A blender will most likely blend the ingredients unevenly, or turn the chickpeas into hummus. The best choice for making this without a food processor is to mash the ingredients together with a fork. Just make sure to mince your celery if you plan on doing it that way.

    Broccolini Linguine 15 Minute Vegan Meals | @sweetpotatosoulI don’t eat pasta often, but when I do it is a treat! Pasta is the epitome of the 15 minute vegan meal. I almost didn’t include it in this roundup because it seems so obvious, until I realized that I may be taking for granted the fact that you can balance out all of that refined flour by adding nutritious broccolini (or other green veggies) and mushrooms. I also really wanted to share this recipe because it utilizes one of my favorite cooking techniques, which I call “the smash”. To speed up the cook time of your vegetables and to get them to quickly caramelize, and to make your mushrooms more flavorful and meaty, cook them on medium or medium-high heat and place the flat lid of a pan directly on top of them. The heavier the lid, the better. “Smashing” them will allow them to more quickly release their liquids, and the result tastes similar to roasting. I learned this technique from a vegan cooking video. If you have two cast iron skillets you can cook the veggies in one, and place the clean bottom of the other one directly on top of your veggies or mushrooms. I swear, you will love the smash technique! If you need a visual check out the video above.

    Read more at: http://sweetpotatosoul.com/2018/03/15-minute-vegan-meals.html

    Sweets

    Golden Coconut Apple Oatmeal

    October 31, 2018

    The key ingredient you need to create this “golden milk” oatmeal is turmeric. We’ve talked a lot about turmeric on the blog before. It’s a powerful anti-inflammatory and I like to include it in my diet regularly to improve recovery.

    To enhance the absorption of curcurmin, the active ingredient found in turmeric, I added some black pepper. I also added ginger, cinnamon and cardamom for that warming, sweet and savoury blend of spices that go so well together. If you’re missing one of those, that’s okay. Just turmeric and either cinnamon or ginger is delicious, cardamom is just a bonus. If you have them all, go for it!

    You can also try turmeric in my Savory Oatmeal with Tempeh and TurmericVegan Peanut Butter Cup Protein Shake or Vegan Turmeric Carrot Oatmeal Cookies.

    Apple Oatmeal with Turmeric, Coconut and Flax

    COCONUT APPLE OATMEAL

    This recipe is easy to make in under 10 minutes. You’ll just need some oats, flax, apple, sweetener, spices and coconut. I cooked mine in water but you could also use a mix of water and either almond milk and coconut milk.

    For more stovetop oatmeal ideas, try my Peanut Butter Banana Blueberry OatmealPeanut Butter Chocolate OatmealVegan Peaches and Cream Oatmeal or Chia Seed Oatmeal with Tahini and Persimmon. For overnight oats, check out my Brownie Batter Overnight Protein OatsCarrot Cake Overnight Protein Oats or Chocolate Chip Zucchini Overnight Oats

    RECIPE NUTRITIONAL DETAILS

    This recipe makes one serving and provides calories, grams of carbohydrates, grams of fat and grams of protein. You’ll also be getting of your dialy iron, of your daily calcium nad of yoru daily vitamin A and vitamin C.

    Read more at: https://runningonrealfood.com/golden-coconut-apple-oatmeal/

    Sweets

    Simple Scones

    October 28, 2018

    OVERVIEW

    Serves: 12

    Difficulty: easy

    INGREDIENTS:

    300g oat flour

    150g plain flour (I use gluten free)

    1 teaspoon bicarb

    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

    200ml almond milk

    200ml maple syrup

    50g coconut oil, melted. Plus extra for lining the muffin tray.

    METHOD:

    Preheat the oven to 180c, fan setting. Line a 12-hole muffin tray with coconut oil.

    In a large bowl, mix together the flour, bicarb and spices. Once combined, add the maple syrup, coconut oil and almond milk and mix until a batter has formed.

    Pour the mixture into the muffin holes and bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden – a knife inserted in the centre should come out clean, if not place back into the oven for 5 more minutes.

    Once cooked, leave the scones to cool for at least 10 minutes in their tin to firm up, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling or serve warm out the tin.

    These scones taste delicious with a big dollop of coconut yogurt and chia jam.

    Read more at: https://deliciouslyella.com/2018/03/29/easter-scones/

    Recipes

    Green goddess spring socca

    October 16, 2018

    Socca is a lovely meal for anytime of year, but for whatever reason I’m always most compelled to make it in the springtime. It’s something about the weather getting warmer: I’m ready to break out of grain bowls and soups for lunch, more eager for flatbreads and toasts and salads. This simple green goddess spring socca is layered with avocado slices and fresh greens, then smothered with the vibrant, tahini green goddess dressing I shared a couple weeks ago (I’ve been putting it on everything lately). It’s so easy to make, and it’s perfect for slicing thin and sharing.

    Green Goddess Spring Socca | The Full Helping

    Sharing is just what I’ll be doing this coming Wednesday. I’m teaming up with the lovely team at Little Choc Apothecary, an all-vegan crêperie in Brooklyn, to host a 5-course vegan dinner in honor of springtime, Earth Day, and vegan community here in New York. This socca is on the menu, along with my minted pea soup, the arugula French lentil salad from Food52 Vegan, and a really delicious vegan dessert crepe with hazelnut praline, dark chocolate, and vanilla cashew cream.

    Little Choc is a woman owned business, and its owner, Julia Kravets, is absolutely tireless. She’s at Little Choc every day, often whipping up crepes while also greeting customers and keeping up with social media. Julia spent ten years in the fashion and modeling industries, until going vegan changed her life and inspired her to go back to cooking school. Now she’s proving that creative, sweet and savory buckwheat crepes can be created without animal products. If you’re in the area and would like to check the dinner out, you can learn more here. I’d love to meet you!

    In the meantime, I’m excited to be sharing one of the highlights of the meal with you. This socca is so simple that at first I wasn’t sure whether it belonged on the menu of a formal, sit-down meal. But if there’s anything I keep learning and re-learning about cooking, it’s that simple food—good bread, a really fresh salad, a perfectly seasoned bowl of soup—is what most of us crave. Embellishment isn’t necessary, especially when ingredients are fresh and appealing.

    This socca is all about contrast: crisp greens, creamy avocado, cool toppings over a warm chickpea pancake. You can serve it with a soup or a nice salad for an easy lunch, or slice it up and serve it as an appetizer or finger food with friends.

    Green Goddess Spring Socca | The Full Helping
    Smoothie, Sweets

    Adaptogenic date shake

    October 9, 2018

    Each year, my now friend Sasha Swerdloff of Tending the Table genius organizes a trip for women in the food world (bloggers, cookbook authors, chefs, nutritionists, photographers etc.) to get together, hang out, share delicious food, and get to know each other beyond a screen (…see? Genius!) This year I actually got to attend – ok truth: I shamelessly invited myself because I wanted to meet this talented troupe of ladies IRL. The group decided to gather in Palm Springs, much to my delight as I needed to escape two kinds of hell: overdue home renovations and Ontario in February.

    The days were magically sunny, delicious, and life-affirming. We cooked a lot, then let our food get cold taking too many photos of it. We swam, we hiked, we yoga-ed, we laughed, and conspired together. Besides all of the heart-warming togetherness, one of the highlights for me, was visiting a date farm just outside the city limits, to understand where our favourite whole food sweetener comes from (and to gorge ourselves, naturally). I had never seen dates on a tree before, and was moved to learn from the passionate farmer himself just how these sweet miracles grow.

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    Dates grow on palm trees, and they fastidiously follow the calendar – you can practically set your watch to a date palm’s seasonal cycle. The first day of spring the tree is in full bloom and the hard work begins, as the farmer pollinates each one by hand. The ratio of male to female trees is about 1 to 30, since the male trees are only necessary to produce the pollen, and the female trees are the ones that produce the fruit. Between the first day of spring and the first day of summer, the tree sets up its entire crop for the year. All the work (trimming, feeding, etc.) must take place during this season, since it’s during this period is when the fruit ripens, turning from green, to yellow, to brown. The dates are ready to eat from the first day of autumn, and then the harvest begins. During this season, the fruit is either left on the tree and protected with cloth bags to prevent rain, birds and insects from spoiling the fruit, or picked when ripe. The farmer told us that the best place for the dates is to remain on the tree for freshness, but if the load is too heavy, it will not bloom as well the following year, thus effecting the trees’ output.

    After decades of date farming, he was as wide-eyed and passionate about his fruit as an eager young man, which really made us all swoon. It is truly one of my favourite things in this world, to see how and where food is grown, and to meet and connect with the people who lovingly produce it. We all left with full bellies and hearts, and of course, our bags bulging with dates.   

    Date shake

    Along the dusty, desert road home we saw so many signs for date shakes, since this is the land where this indulgent treat was invented back in the 1930s. None of us caved and bought one, but my mouth was definitely watering, and I was excited to get back and make one for myself. The original recipe is simple, and calls for dates, vanilla ice cream, milk, and sometimes a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg. I knew this was the perfect makeover opportunity, and high-vibed my date shake with coconut milk instead of dairy, hemp seeds, and adaptogens.

    So why the adaptogens? Well, I felt like the already-pretty-healthy date shake could use a boost, and what better way to make something more supportive than with a dose of stress-reducing, adrenal-loving, hormone-balancing, potions to get you back into balance? Yahs! I had these four choices on hand, but there are a lot of options once you start to dig around the health food store a little. Here is a little about each one and why I chose them.

    Ashwaganda: helps the body adapt to stress and bring us back into balance. It encourages deeper sleep, supports the immune system, and energy levels.
    He Shou Wu: builds the blood, harmonizes adrenal gland function, nourishes hair, skin and nervous system, increases antioxidant activity.
    Maca: increases stamina, elevates mood, helps to balance hormones in both men and women, supports fertility and healthy libido.
    Licorice: balances hormones, helps the body adapt to stress, supports the immune response, and aids learning and memory.

    *Some adaptogens during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and while on medication are not recommended, so check with your natural health care provider before trying any of them.

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    The farm we visited grew seven types of dates, and we loved trying them all. The unanimous favourite was the grower’s very own variety that he created himself, called Black Gold. He also mentioned that this was the best type of date for a date shake, but considering the fact that you maaaaay not get a chance to visit Palm Springs anytime soon, I’ll go ahead and recommend using Medjool dates for the shakes, since they are widely available, and their thin skin blends very easily into a smooth consistency. If you cannot find Medjool, try Deglet Noor instead, or soak your dates in warm water for half an hour before blending.

    Dates are a great source of energy, and provide a generous amount of filling dietary fibre with very little fat. Dates are mineral rich, delivering potassium, manganese, magnesium and copper, as well as an assortment of B-vitamins. Seek out dates that are plump and juicy-looking (if you’re buying from a market, ask to try them first), that their skin is intact, and that they are neither glossy or dusty. I store my dates in an airtight glass jar in the fridge to extend their shelf life, and protect their flavour and nutrients. Kept this way, dates will last up to six months. Outside of the fridge at room temperature, dates will last about a month and a half, or you can freeze them for up to a year.

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    The banana in this blend up is totally optional, and I actually really liked the version without, even though it was less thick and “milkshakey”. If you want to add more dates for sweetness and flavour, live it up. I found that this amount, about 3 Medjool dates, was just perfect for me, even without the banana. The spices are also optional, but help to disguise any strong flavours from the adaptogens, which admittedly can sometimes taste like the inside of a barn, or everyone’s favourite: feet? Mmmmm. Right. Let’s cover that up.

    All in all, this is a delicious and filling way to start your morning, or the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. It’s creamy, smooth, sweet and totally balanced. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!   

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    Read more at: https://www.mynewroots.org/site/2018/05/adaptogenic-date-shake/

    Smoothie, Sweets

    Vegan Love Shakes!

    October 1, 2018

    We usually don’t do a big thing of Valentine’s Day so I’m not sure what happened here. Maybe it was because we recently got married or because Elsa has been drawing and folding Valentine gifts (for us!) for the past week. Perhaps it was because Noah slowly has been starting his kindergarten training so we are finally getting a few moments together again without any kids around. Or was it perhaps simply because we have always secretly been dreaming of creating a big American-style ice cream shake topped with whipped cream, meringues, chocolate and the full shebang. Yup, that was probably it.

    Luise mentioned the idea of a shake this morning and a few hours later we found ourselves in our living room window, looking at these two shakes overloaded with toppings and surrounded by a million small pieces of nuts, crushed meringues and chocolate spread. As naughty as they look, these shakes are made with real ingredients. They even has beetroot in them. And they are entirely vegan.

    The base is a deliciously thick nice cream made with frozen bananas, frozen raspberries, dates, nut milk ice cubes and beetroot. Because we wanted it thick, you need a strong blender or food processor to get it smooth. But you can also just replace some of the frozen ingredients with thawed to make it more like a smoothie and easier to blend. We top it with vegan meringues (which we happened to have at home), whipped coconut cream, melted dark vegan chocolate, chopped hazelnuts, raspberries and a dusting of cacao powder.

    So you know what you need to do tomorrow. Whip these babies up for your partner, parent, friend, pet or someone else you love. We shared these with our kids. Their eyeballs almost popped when they saw them and as soon as the first layer of topping was gone, we filled up with more. As shall you.

    Big love!
    David, Luise and the gang

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    Love Shake
    Serves 2

    It’s easy to make vegan meringues using aquafaba but if you are not vegan, you can of course just buy or make regular meringues. Or skip them.

    Raspberry & Beetroot Nice Cream
    50 g /1/2 cup grated raw beetroot

    225 g / 2 cups frozen raspberries
    4 soft dates
    2 frozen bananas
    1/2 tsp freshly ground cardamom
    5 coconut milk ice cubes  (or other nut milk)

    Topping
    100 g / 3 1/2 oz dark chocolate
    3 tbsp hazelnuts
    250 ml / 1 cup whipped coconut cream (instructions here) or regular whipped cream
    a handful fresh (or frozen and thawed) raspberries
    1 tsp cacao powder

    4-5 vegan meringues or regular

    Melt chocolate over a water bath and chop the hazelnuts finely. Dip the rim of two glasses in the chocolate and then in the nuts. Place the glass in the freezer so the chocolate will set while preparing the smoothie.

    Add all nice cream ingredients to a high-speed blender or food processor. Mix and mash using the tamper until everything is smooth, thick and creamy. Add an extra splash nut milk to the blender if needed to loosen up. Drizzle melted dark chocolate inside the glasses and spoon in the smoothie/nice cream. Top generously with whipped coconut cream, raspberries, chopped nuts and more melted chocolate. Sprinkle with cacao powder and crush a few meringues on top.

    Dive in!

    If you are in the mood for more vegan chocolate treats, check out this aquafaba chocolate mousse that we just posted on our youtube channel.

    Read more at: http://www.greenkitchenstories.com/vegan-love-shake/

    Health

    24 healthy groceries you need to try from target

    September 29, 2018

    Doing something different today, guys! Today we are talking food products, grocery shopping, healthier eating, and Target.

    I love where this is going already.

    A few disclaimers:

    1. This is a total nerd superfan (not sponsored or affiliated) post.
    2. In my little story in the text below where I talk a lil bit about going sugar free and how to grocery shop for that lifestyle, we have affiliate links to the program we participated in.
    3. While I bought all of these groceries at my SuperTarget (which just happens to literally be the first Target store of all time – I feel extra Target-Cool), keep in mind that the products that you find from store to store will probably vary depending on your location.

    So I know it might sound a little weird, but friends, I adore grocery shopping at Target. And let me specify that to SuperTarget.

    I grew up in a small Minnesota town that got a regular Target when I was, like, twelve, and it was the best day of my life. Eventually, I moved into the BIG CITY (ahem, suburb of Minneapolis) and I had at least 900 Targets within driving distance of my home. But even more importantly, I discovered this magic place called SuperTarget where you can buy everything you’d ever need in your whole life because it’s a regular Target with a Target grocery store inside of it. And usually a Starbucks. ♡♡♡ I am such a cliche right now.

    After several years of grocery shopping at various stores throughout the Twin Cities, I’ve realized that, against all odds (or maybe after succumbing to the power that only Target can have?), SuperTarget is currently my go-to for groceries. In addition to having a soothing aesthetic and a huge selection of awesome products that are NEW and health-conscious and beautifully packaged because these are the things that make me smile, it’s often the place where I can get the best prices. Cartwheel app? REDcard? Yeah. You get it.

    The thing about grocery shopping while trying to eat better is that IT IS HARD. I recently finished a 60-day refined sugar free challenge that a) was really awesome and feel-good, and b) made grocery shopping extremely challenging. We all know it, but the reality of practical grocery shopping when trying to eat better is rough — there is refined sugar in almost EVERYTHING on the shelves of the grocery store.

    But there is still light! Over the last few months, I have found 24 healthy groceries at SuperTarget that fit with my 60-day refined sugar free challenge and that were totally delicious and awesome.

    To see the groceries I love, scroll on! And to see the refined sugar free program we participated in, check out Go Sugar Free. Jacqueline is a great mentor and there is a spring session starting soon. Check it out or read about how Bjork and I took on the sugar free challenge and made it work for us in this post.

    Onwards to food!

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    1. MARANATHA ALMOND BUTTER

    Almond Butter.

    Why I like it: If you’ve ever looked at the labels on peanut butters and beyond, you know how many nut butters in the world have added sugar. Enter MaraNatha and a handful of other brands which you can buy at SuperTarget – I’ve been buying MaraNatha for almost a year now because their both their Raw and Natural varieties of almond butter have no added sugar.

    2. SIMPLY BALANCED QUINOA

    Grocery Shopping at Target - Quinoa.

    Why I like it: My regular SuperTarget has many varieties of quinoa, but this one is usually the most affordable and the most “regular” – no pre-added flavors or quinoa-blend type things in the mix. Just straight up, uncooked, unflavored quinoa.

    How I use it: Crockpot Quinoa Chicken PrimaveraHerbed Quinoa Garden Veggie Salad, or Creamy Chicken and Quinoa Broccoli Casserole

    3. SEEDS OF CHANGE QUINOA AND BROWN RICE

    Grocery Shopping at Target - Quinoa and Brown Rice.

    Why I like it: Okay, now that I’ve sung the praises of the plain, uncooked quinoa, let’s move to the quickie quinoa and brown rice packet that is pre-cooked and garlic-loaded and secretly awesome. Seeds of Change: making weeknight home cooking realistic. Thumbs up for that!

    How I use it: 10-Minute Veggie Fried Rice

    4. THAI KITCHEN RED CURRY PASTE

    Grocery Shopping at Target - Curry Paste.

    Why I like it: Lots of pre-made sauces are loaded with sugar and other unmentionables — which is why red curry paste is always always ALWAYS on my list of pantry staples. When you make your own curry halfway from scratch using a paste like this, you can control what actually ends up in your curry sauce (think ginger, garlic, and coconut milk).

    How I use it: Red Curry Lentils AND the best ever Red Thai Curry Sauce. Get on it.

    5. CURT’S SPECIAL RECIPE MEDIUM SALSA

    Grocery Shopping at Target - Salsa.

    Why I like it: Anyone else seen this around lately? Seems like I’m seeing it everywhere, which is awesome because it’s REALLY yummy with chips, veggies, enchiladas and tacos, just… everything. In the last year or so, I’ve just gone ahead and permanently added salsa to my grocery list because, I mean, SALSA. And out of all the brands I’ve sampled over the years, this one is the current winner.

    6. LUNDBERG ORGANIC BROWN BASMATI RICE

    Grocery Shopping at Target - Brown Rice.

    Why I like it: With the whole less-sugar-and-fewer-refined-grains thing, I’m trying to eat brown rice when I can, but the one rice that always gets me is Basmati rice. How do you even eat Indian food without that steaming pile of white Basmati rice? You don’t. Unlesssss you have THIS brown rice version of Basmati that they sell at my beloved SuperTarget which is delicious without sacrificing any of that perfectly fragrant Basmati essence. Annnnd I just said essence.

    7. SIMPLY BALANCED ORGANIC WHOLE WHEAT SPAGHETTI

    Grocery Shopping at Target - Spaghetti.

    Why I like it: Okay, truth be told, my very first preference for whole wheat pasta would be DeLallo brand. But I’m still waiting for SuperTarget to stock DeLallo products (are you listening, Target?) so when I’m making a Target grocery run, I always pick up some of their Simply Balanced brand whole wheat pasta.

    How I use it: Garlic Butter Spaghetti with Herbs and I feel happy about life.

    8. SAN MARZANO WHOLE PEELED TOMATOES

    Grocery Shopping at Target - San Marzano.

    Why I like it: How to even express the love for these tomatoes? For some reason, I can’t find them at all grocery stores, but they are always at my ST. They work beautifully in just about any recipe that calls for canned tomatoes and their taste is the riches, juiciest, and most delicious of all the canned tomatoes.

    How I use it: Simple San Marzano Pasta e Fagioli

    9. TERRA MEDI OLIVE OIL

    Grocery Shopping at Target - Olive Oil.

    Why I like it: I’m not necessarily super picky when it comes to olive oil (I’m still developing my ultra food snob palate, okay?) but this is the brand of olive oil I’ve been buying lately. I use it in all my homemade dressings because IT JUST TASTES BEAUTIFUL. Like, really beautiful. Drizzled over everything. You’re welcome.

    10. SILVER HILLS SPROUTED BAKERY SQUIRRELLY BREAD

    Grocery Shopping at Target - Bread.

    Why I like it: With that whole fewer refined grains thing going on, I thought I’d see how this health nut bread performed as morning toast. And I’m happy to report it was my almond butter and banana’s perfect pair. This bread is two thumbs up, both in taste and in ingredients.

    How I use it: Poached Egg and Avocado Toast magic.

    11. SEVEN SUNDAYS MUESLI

    Grocery Shopping at Target - Seven Sundays Muesli.

    Why I like it: No, for real, though – how much do I love this stuff?! It’s so seriously delicious AND it’s made by a Minnesota company! Represent. I’ve been eating the Ginger Pear Macadamia Nut muesli soaked in hot water and topped with sea salt, a spoonful of flax meal, and a tiny bit of maple syrup as my breakfast for a few months straight now and I’m still not sick of it. No refined sugar and full of wholesome things. It’s a happy breakfast!

    12. TAZO REFRESH MINT TEA

    Grocery Shopping at Target - Tazo.

    Why I like it: So I’ve been serving this as our post-dinner treat at my Dinner Club with all my friends, which is a little random, but you guys – it’s always a hit. It’s like people forget about how awesome peppermint tea is until they have it again and then – BOOM. We all sit around sipping our peppermint tea in a state of lovely zen. It’s the perfect cozy, calming, good-for-you, end-of-day treat.

    13. ORGANIC COCONUT OIL

    Grocery Shopping at Target - Coconut Oil.

    Why I like it: I’ve been buying and trying lots of brands and types of coconut oil over the last six months and still haven’t settled on one particular brand, so this isn’t necessarily the one I would recommend as the ultimate, but I just wanted to point out that you can buy coconut oil at Super Target.

    How I use it: Favorite Coconut Oil Granola is in your future.

    14. BOB’S RED MILL WHOLE GROUND FLAXSEED MEAL

    Grocery Shopping at Target - Flax.

    Why I like it: To add to smoothies, oatmeal, baked goods, sauces, and everything in between. I keep a bag of this in the fridge at all times and put a scoop in our green smoothies every morning because I really like the texture and also: all the nutrients.

    How I use it: Oatmeal Flax Blueberry Muffins, anyone?

    15. KIND BARS

    Grocery Shopping at Target - Kind Bars.

    Why I like it: I first got turned on to Kind bars when we did our 60-day sugar free experiment. Technically they have some sweeteners in them (think honey or maple syrup) – and since we started buying them, I’ve seen more varieties crop up that don’t necessarily hold to the original Kind 5 grams of sugar or less rule, but nevertheless, these have significantly less sugar and more good things going on than your average granola bar. These are a MUST in our house. My favorite is the Maple Glazed Pecan and Sea Salt.

    If and when you want to find these in your SuperTarget — I don’t know why, but these are only stocked in the health foods section near the weight loss shakes and all of that, so don’t get sad if you don’t see them in your granola bar aisle. They are probably there, just hiding in amongst the health foods.

    16. LARA BARS

    Grocery Shopping at Target - Lara Bars.

    Why I like it: Made with dates, nuts, and sea salt. So, so, so, so, so good for an on-the-go real food treat. For me, it’s usually second breakfast or dessert. I’m going to get bossy for a second here, but both Bjork and I agree that the Peanut Butter Cookie is by far the best – don’t even mess around with the other flavors.

    Same health aisle location tip applies to these!

    17. BAI5 ANTIOXIDANT INFUSIONS

    Grocery Shopping at Target - Bai5.

    Why I like it: You already know how much I am loving this new line of drinks, right? What makes me love it even more is that they now sell this at my SuperTarget. I mean, come on. As if that isn’t the best news everrrr. I like the Molokai Coconut the best and it makes for the perfect addition to a green smoothie.

    How I use it: Simple green smoothie. Also – I stocked up on the lemon lime a few weeks ago when I was sick and I was looking for a liquid diet that involved good things (antioxidants! hi) instead of refined sugar. Perfect!

    18. SOMERSAULTS PACIFIC SEA SALT

    Grocery Shopping at Target - Somersaults.

    Why I like it: This is a really random snack that I tried on a whim on one of my grocery trips scouring the store for healthier munchies – and guess what? Delicious. They’re made with all natural, good and wholesome ingredients and they are SALTY and ultra-crunchy. ♡

    19. WONDERFUL ROASTED AND SALTED PISTACHIOS

    Grocery Shopping at Target - Pistachios.

    Why I like it: I’ve been having a moment with pistachios lately. They are really, really good and I think I sort of just forgot about them for a few years. I wanted to mention them because unlike most of the other grocery stores I frequent, SuperTarget sells these big bags of pistachios that are shelled. Meaning you can use them in recipes or for snacks without needing to break all those shells off first. Thank you, SuperTaret, for making the good things in life (pistachios!) more simple!

    20. BOOM CHICKA POP SEA SALT POPCORN

    Grocery Shopping at Target - Boom Chicka Pop.

    Why I like it: On the one hand, this is totally ridiculous. Why would you buy pre-popped popcorn when you can make it in your own microwave? Mostly because it’s really good and it makes for the best lil’ Friday night snack when sipping on Grapefruit Mojitos and watching The Vow with your sisters and mom. Just saying.

    21. DREAMING COW HONEY PEAR YOGURT

    Grocery Shopping at Target - Dreaming Cow Yogurt.

    Why I like it: This yogurt! This yogurt. This yogurt is so super good. It’s creamy and rich but much smoother and a lot less gloppy than most of our other usual yogurts. The flavors are delicious and unique. My favorites are the Honey Pear and the Blueberry Cardamom. Grass-Fed Cream Top Yogurt at SuperTarget?! What is this world coming to.

    22. HORIZON ORGANIC HALF AND HALF

    Grocery Shopping at Target - Half and Half.

    Why I like it: As a more whole, refined sugar free swap for flavored coffee creamer, which I have been known to drink straight from the bottle, we’ve been buying organic full fat dairy for coffee in the morning. It’s the perfect match for my super strong Starbucks Espresso blend and it’s also really good in recipes. So long, Candy Bar Coffee Creamer in a bottle! I can and do love my coffee without you.

    23. AMY’S ORGANIC MEXICAN CASSEROLE BOWLS

    Grocery Shopping at Target - Amy's Organic.

    Why I like it: We don’t do a lot of frozen meals, but we do a lot of Amy’s. So maybe we do do a lot of frozen meals. Amy’s is a lifesaver. As a food blogger, you’d think that I would love cooking all the time 24/7 forever, but that would be wrong. Sometimes all I want to do is pop something in the oven or microwave that will give me a yummy real food meal super fast without any work on my end. This is that! And this variety – the Mexican casserole bowl – is THE BEST. Perfect with chips and salsa (see #5).

    24. SIMPLY BALANCED FROZEN ORGANIC FRUIT

    Grocery Shopping at Target - Frozen Fruit.

    Why I like it: Confession: I’ve been a frozen fruit hog lately, which miiight be why all the Simply Balanced organic frozen fruit shelves at my SuperTarget are empty? I dunno anything about that tho. We use frozen fruit for green smoothies every morning – my favorites are peaches and mangoes, and Bjork’s all about the berries. And I just love that the in-store brand at SuperTarget (Simply Balanced, formerly known as Archer Farms) packages ORGANIC frozen fruit. Thank you thank you thank you!

    How I use it: Simple Coconut Green Smoothie – I’m telling you, it’s a must for healthier, fruit-and-veggie-loaded mornings.

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    So that’s it! Those are the 24 healthy groceries that I buy at SuperTarget and that I really think you will love.

    If you’re looking for more interesting and helpful information about grocery shopping at some of the hot spots, check out these fun posts from my sweet food blogging friends around the blogosphere.

    Read more at: https://pinchofyum.com/24-healthy-groceries-you-need-to-try-from-target

    Recipes

    Summer chipotle chicken cobb salad with cilantro vinaigrette

    September 19, 2018

    Summah summah summahhhhhhtime!

    I kinda can’t believe it since here in Minnesota we were all “April Blizzard” a minute ago, but you guys, it’s totally here. And I totally had it for dinner last night.

    Here’s what it tasted like:

    • juicy strawberries
    • crisp salty bacon
    • sweet green lettuce
    • bursts of sweet corn
    • creamy avocado chunks
    • and smoky chipotle grilled chicken! REPEAT: GRILLED!

    What's Gaby Cooking Everyday California Food cookbook.

    HEYA! FYI, BOOK LINKS ARE AMAZON AFFILIATE LINKS.

    This dream team of ingredients better known as a Summer Chipotle Chicken Cobb Salad is coming to our hearts today from the What’s Gaby Cooking Cookbook.

    Remember when I published those BEST EVER chicken tinga tacos and told you about my friend Melissa’s amazing book and then talked about how I hardly ever promote books? But then I turned around and told you how great THIS one was, too? LOL to me. It’s just dumb luck that both of these came out when they did.

    We’re not paid for any cookbook promotions – I just like to show you the ones that we like and give you a sneak at their best recipes.

    And this one is one that I like. And this might be one of its best recipes. Tied with the cilantro vinaigrette, which I couldn’t not use again for this salad. I know Gaby says to use the champagne vinaigrette with this salad, but GABY COME ON YOU CAN’T TEASE US LIKE THAT. One good lick of that cilantro dressing and you’re done. Goodbye. This is your life now.

    Cilantro Vinaigrette in jar with spoon.

    Okay, salad ingredients. As mentioned, there is a lot of fresh summery goodness going on here, and it looks like so:

    Ingredients in bowls for Summer Chipotle Chicken Cobb Salad.

    The more “involved” part of the recipe (if you can even call it that) is just plopping your chicken in some spices and a few chipotle peppers and letting it marinate for a while before grilled.

    WORTH IT, you guys! So worth it.

    Also probably more normal to take a picture of the grilled chicken rather than the raw marinated stuff, but who said anything about normal.

    Raw chicken in a bowl with seasonings.

    Bjork and I ate this salad on the deck on a random Tuesday night and we both mega-loved every lip-lickin juicy bite.

    It’s a little spicy, a lot crunchy, and those bites of sweetness in between are so super rewarding.

    Closeup of Summer Chipotle Chicken Cobb Salad.

    Thank you, Summer Chipotle Chicken Cobb Salad, for making all our dreams come true.

    Read more at: https://pinchofyum.com/summer-chipotle-chicken-cobb-salad-with-cilantro-vinaigrette

    BBQ

    Turkey Menchi Katsu Burger Recipe

    September 11, 2018

    If you love all things deep-fried, you’re gonna love this Japanese menchi katsu burger: a super juicy deep fried turkey patty, mustard, cheese, and tonkatsu sauce on a toasted brioche bun.

    Turkey Menchi Katsu Burger Recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com
    Turkey Menchi Katsu Burger Recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

    Have you guys ever had menchi katsu? It’s kind of tonkatsu’s (that oh so crunchy panko-crusted deep-fried pork cutlet that is a must eat Japanese dish) cheaper, younger, more chill vibes cousin. It’s true Japanese B-cuisine: laid back, casual food that doesn’t cost and arm and a leg. When you’re in Japan, you can usually find menchi katsu at grocery stores or food halls, where they sell them for people to take home for dinner.

    Turkey Menchi Katsu Burger Recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com
    Turkey Menchi Katsu Burger Recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

    There’s also a very famous meat shop in Kichijoji called Satou that sells a very famous beef menchi katsu. Satou is a steak house as well as a butcher so they happen to have a lot of extra cuts of meat that they use for minced meat. Their menchi katsu is incredibly juicy  – to the point of juice dripping down your hands if you’re not careful. The crunchy panko outsides are a delicious foil to the piping hot, soft and juicy insides. They’re worth the long line up!

    Turkey Menchi Katsu Burger Recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

    But, of course, if you’re not in Tokyo and you have a menchi katsu craving, why not make your own? And why not use turkey in a tiny effort to be just the littlest bit healthy. Summer is coming after all. Gotta work on that summer body, am I right?

    Menchi katsu is pretty easy to make. All you need to do is mix up ground meat with onion, panko, egg, and a bit of milk, much like a meatball. Shape them up, do a classic breading station of flour, egg, and panko, a dip in hot oil for a deeply golden crust, and you’re done.

    Turkey Menchi Katsu Burger Recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com
    Turkey Menchi Katsu Burger Recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

    I paired the menchi patties with karashi mustard (Japan’s version of yellow mustard), tonkatsu sauce, a toasted buttered brioche bun, and cheese because cheese makes everything even better. Cheese is like a VSCO filter, but for food. It was SO GOOD. Incredibly juicy, crunchy, and perfectly paired with the soft and fluffy brioche. Probably one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever made.

    Turkey Menchi Katsu Burger Recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

    Read more at: http://iamafoodblog.com/turkey-menchi-katsu-burger-recipe/

    Recipes, Soup

    Spicy Instant Pot Taco Soup Recipe

    August 30, 2018

    This is a recipe for the laziest nights. No joke. If you can bring yourself to chop an onion, along with a couple cloves of garlic – the rest of this taco soup creation is dump-and-stir. And it’s delicious! Here’s the deal – you can make it in an Instant Pot. You can make it on a conventional stovetop. It’s also occurring to me that it’s probably a perfect slow cooker stew as well.

    Spicy Instant Pot Taco Soup Recipe

    The soup? It is a hearty melding of beans, and corn, and taco spices, and quinoa. I bring the creaminess and crunch factor in via the toppings – toasted pepitas for the later, ripe avocado, and a dollop of yogurt for the creamy.

    Spicy Instant Pot Taco Soup Recipe

    For reference, this is the Instant Pot I used for this recipe: Instant Pot DUO Plus 6 Qt 9-in-1

    Spicy Instant Pot Taco Soup Recipe

    If case you’re interested, here is where all the Instant Pot recipes live.

    Spicy Instant Pot Taco Soup Recipe

    Read more at: https://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/spicy-instant-pot-taco-soup-recipe.html