Monday, May 4, 2015

Mexican Vegetarian Recipes ( GF)


Happy Cinco De Mayo!
It's Cinco de Mayo this week , and I'm joining in the fun by sharing some Mexican Recipes in honor of the celebration! Whether you going to a party and want to bring a dish or you just want to eat some delicious Mexican inspired food for dinner tonight, these recipes will delight you!

The picture of the festive colorful table was taken in a restaurant in Cancun where we enjoyed an authentic Mexican ( vegetarian) meal.

We've been to Mexico ( Riviera Maya) many, many times and always enjoy the local avocado, mango and other tropical fruit, salads,  beans, and mojitos! The vegetarian food is simple, but delicious!

 I'm sharing some of my recipes that I have made over the years after coming back from my trips to Mexico! My real food recipes all are healthy, gluten free , vegan/vegetarian and easy to make.

Our Waiter making some delicious homemade guacamole at our table!

Layered Taco Appetizer - great party dip


Taco Bar for Dinner - fun celebration just fill up those tacos 

Homemade Mango Salsa- Easy and low calorie ( vegan)


Mexican Corn and Bean Bake- One of my favorites- An easy casserole everyone will love


Classic Mexican Guacamole- So Easy and So Tasty- Get out those chips ( vegan)

Frozen Mojito- Virgin or with alcohol it's a really refreshing party drink! ( vegan) 

Avocado Caprese salad- Easy and makes a beautiful presentation ( vegan)

Artichoke Salad - A fabulous salad/appetizer with marinated artichokes and tomato


Black Bean, Avocado, and Corn Salad




I now feel officially part of the Cinco de Mayo Celebration!
I'll be serving my Mexican Bean Bake, guacamole, and artichoke salad for dinner for Cinco de Mayo!

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    Sunday, May 3, 2015

    Best Salad Making Shortcuts



    Want a shortcut to make it easier to make a salad? This method is such a huge time saver !

    Sunday night has become salad night in my house. It is the night I not only make a big colorful salad for dinner, but while I already have all the veggies out, I  also make my salads for the entire week!  One mess 5 salads!. (yes, the salads stays very fresh for the week, and I'll tell you how).

    If you are like me, I love to eat healthy salads but I don't always feel like making them, especially at the end of a long day. Let's face it, it can be messy washing, peeling and cutting all the produce that goes into the salad. I usually don't want to make that mess every night, so I found a really helpful solution.

    I shop on the weekend and on Sunday late afternoon ( or evening) , I wash, peel, chop, etc. all the produce that I just bought. I then make a large bowl of delicious salad for dinner plus I fill eight  16 oz mason jars with layers of salad choppings as well.

    Four of the eight salad jars will be for my lunches - Monday through Friday ( I usually eat out once during the week). The other four salad jars will be our dinner salads ( there are just two of us so I use the medium jars. For a family, you could use a larger 1/2 gallon size Mason jars.

    Mason jars will keep these salads fresh, crisp, green and delicious for up to 5 days!

    Do you know how great it is to open the refrigerator and have a healthy tasty salad already made ready for your lunch or dinner? In addition, I don't have packages of produce that spoil because I waited too long to use them.  All my salad produce is prepped the day I buy it!

    These are my lunch salad jars . 
    In the 4 Mason jar salads that are intended for my lunch,  I  layer in some cooled chick peas, cooked black beans, boiled eggs slices, ( you could do cooked chicken or cooked fish,) etc. This way my lunch is a complete meal. I add salad dressing before I eat it or if I'm taking it with me, I put on the dressing just before I go out.  It is so convenient, healthy, and ready whenever I am. That is the most important part!

    The following ingredients are a sample of the raw veggies I use for my salads.
    Of course you can substitute the veggies that you like in the proportions you like.


    Author: Judee Algazi
    Prep Time: 30 - 40 minutes
    Needed: 8 mason jars

    Ingredients:
    1 bag of organic romaine lettuce ( 3 heads- and I use two of them)
    1/2  small head of red cabbage, washed and chopped
    2 containers of cherry tomatoes, washed
    2 packages of Persian cucumbers ( 5 to a pack) - the small cucumbers, sliced
    1/2  bunch of organic kale - washed and chopped
    1 package of sliced white mushrooms ( raw)
    3 red peppers, chopped
    3 stalks of celery, chopped
    3 orange peppers. chopped
    3 organic carrots ( I grate mine)
    optional: sprouts or fresh herbs like chopped basil, mint, oregano, scallions etc.
    optional: chopped apple, chopped orange, radishes, etc.
    ** I don't add onion in advance- ( add to the jar before eating)

    Directions: 
    Wash, peel, clean all of the veggies. Chop and divide between 8 clean Mason jars and 1 large bowl of salad for dinner for that night. Store Mason Jars in the refrigerator and use within 4-5 days.

    My chopped salad sprinkled with 21 Salute Salt Free Seasoning from Trader Joe's dumped for dinner from the jar

    Whether I go to work or am at home, I am glad to have a prepared salad. I eat my salad right from the jar at lunchtime, or for dinner, I just toss the salad  into a bowl!

    I get my Mason Jars here:

    Ball Mason Jars Wide-Mouth Can or Freeze - 16 oz 12pk

    They are so worth the investment and aside from canning , they can be used for so many things:

    • Storing seeds, nuts, etc. and really keeping them fresh
    • Salad in a jar for a week
    • Cut up fruit and store in the Mason Jars in the fridge
    • Storing soup, freezing soup stock
    • Cut up cucumber sticks, red pepper sticks, celery sticks,  ready for snacking
    • overnight refrigerator oatmeal  ( see recipe and tutorial) 
    • And much more
    Once you have Mason Jars , you won't know how you lived without them,  you can use them for so many kinds of storage and they keep them really fresh! 
    Use a small Mason Jar to make overnight refrigerator oatmeal ( ready in the morning to just grab and go!)

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    Tuesday, April 28, 2015

    The Conscious Parent: Book Review







     Raising children is not always easy.  Do you get into power struggles or just don't know how to diffuse an argument? I just read a book that helps parents learn strategies to keep peace and harmony in their home and in all relationships. Guess who it starts with? The parent .. All of us have our own issues and baggage, hopes and dreams for our kids. It's often our very own expectations, hopes, and fears, that can exasperate relationships.

    I just love the book called The Conscious Parent written by Dr. Shafali Tsabary, A New York clinical psychologist who uses a mix of Eastern and Western philosophy to find ways to explore our relationship with own self so we can ultimately improve all of our relationships-

    Her book deals with one of the most intimate relationships, parenting, but her ideas help us to transform ourselves first -so we can empower our children. No matter what the age of  your kids, you can benefit from this book.

    I watched her video with Oprah and an interview today with Marie Forleo- both were great!
    Dr. Shafali has a spiritual approach to fixing our relationships starting with first understanding our expectations with ourself and  then helping us to understanding why certain behaviors in other people trigger us or make us angry or frustrated.

    I consider it a book in self ( emotional) healing with great strategies to make your relationships work better because you can see where the problem is really coming from within yourself! Makes sense!

    You can read about and buy her book on Amazon : The Conscious Parent ( you can get the kindle edition ) It's worth the read !

                                                                

    Have you read the book or have you heard of it? Let me know what you thought about it.


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