gluten free vegan

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta (gluten free, dairy free)

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Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta
(Serves 4)



You. Must. Try. This! It’s delicious and full of plant-based protein.



Ingredients:

1 tbsp Avocado Oil
2 Garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp Arrowroot Powder
1 1/2 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
1/2 cup Sun Dried Tomatoes (drained)
1 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1 tbsp Lemon Juice
8 oz Chickpea Pasta (we love Banza)
1 cup Asparagus (trimmed, cut into bite-sized pieces)
1/4 cup Parsley (chopped)
1/2 tsp Chili Flakes (optional)


Directions:

1. Heat avocado oil in a pan over medium-low heat and add garlic. Cook for 1 minute. Add the arrowroot powder and cook for another minute. Then add the almond milk and stir to combine. Stir until the milk has thickened.

2. Pour the almond milk mixture into a blender along with the sun dried tomatoes, nutritional yeast, sea salt and lemon juice. Blend until smooth and creamy. Add more water to thin if needed. Set aside.

3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and add the pasta back to the pot.

4. In a pan over medium heat, add the asparagus and sauté until cooked through, about 5 to 7 minutes. Once cooked through, add the asparagus in with the pasta. Mix in the sun dried tomato sauce. Divide onto plates and top with parsley and chili flakes, if using. Serve and enjoy!


I mean, enjoying is optional…but why not?!



"See" you next week,
Tara

Spinach and White Bean Soup

How about a new recipe?


This recipe takes just 20 minutes from start to finish but tastes like it’s been simmering all day. You can sub kale, escarole or your favorite “green” for the spinach in this tasty soup! It works well in the warmer weather, too.



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Spinach and White Bean Soup 

(Serves 6) 



Ingredients:
 
2 tbsp avocado or olive oil 
1 small onion, chopped 
2 garlic cloves, chopped 
1 pound spinach, washed and chopped 
4 cups low-salt veggie broth 
1 (15 oz.) can white beans, drained & rinsed Sea salt 
Black pepper 


Directions: 


1. In a large pot over medium heat, heat 2 tbsp of the oil. Add the onion and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. 


2. Add garlic and saute for about 15-30 seconds before stirring in the chopped spinach. Saute until wilted, about 2 minutes. Add the broth and beans and cover to simmer about 5 minutes, until the beans are heated. 


3. Ladle into soup bowls and enjoy! 



In good health,
Tara


P.S. If healthified, always-gluten-and-dairy-free recipes are your jam, you’re gonna love my (free) 3-Day Meal Plan. It’s designed for women looking to lose excess body fat, but if you just wanna download it for all the new, tasty recipes, I won’t tell anyone. ;-)

Greek-Inspired Veggie Balls with Avocado Tzatziki Sauce

Hey guys,

If you are anything like me, having a recipe that doubles-triples-quadruples as a variety of food types (snack, main dish, side dish, appetizer…) feels like a best-kept secret. This recipe has the potential to be that for you, too. Try it out and let me know what you think!

This recipe is plant-based / vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, no added sugar, egg-free, soy-free…but NOT free of flavor! ;-)

Oh, and the tzatziki sauce is really versatile as well.

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Greek-Inspired Veggie-Balls with Avocado Tzatziki Sauce 
Makes 6-8 servings 


For the Veggie-Balls: 

16 oz. lentils, cooked 
3/4 cup onion, finely diced (set aside a little for the sauce) 
2 cloves minced garlic 
1 tsp dried oregano 
½ tsp cumin 
1 tsp coriander 
½ tbsp lemon zest 
1 tsp sea salt 
Ground pepper, to taste 

For the Tzatziki: 

1 ripe avocado 
1 medium minced cucumber, seeds removed. 2 garlic cloves 
1-2 tbsp diced onion 
2 tbsp lemon juice 
1 tbsp fresh dill (if using dried, use ½ tbsp) Sea salt and pepper 

Directions: 

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

2. Mix together the veggie ball ingredients. Form into 2-inch balls, and place them on a baking pan. Bake for 25 minutes. 

3. When it’s time to serve, put all the tzatziki sauce ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until creamy. 

4. Serve and enjoy! 



In good health,
Tara

P.S. If plant-based and gluten free meals are your thing, make sure you grab my FREE 3-day Meal Plan for Losing Body Fat. Not only will you be working on those health & body goals, but you’ll get an arsenal of new recipes to try at the same time!

FAT LOSS and Meal Timing

Fat loss - when the heck should I eat?


It's a common misconception that we need to be eating a million times a day in order to increase our metabolism and burn more fat.


First of all, let's talk about who is looking to burn more fat? If you are looking to lose weight or even just "tone up"…you're looking to decrease the excess fat you have on your body. 


Watch my latest live video (or just listen - you don't need to see my face) as I get into how to tap into your fat stores to use them up as energy. We're discussing meal timing (when and how often) and we nerd out on what insulin is and the role it plays in fat storage and fat loss. It's a pretty unknown concept to most. Definitely worth the 35 minutes if fat loss is on your agenda!


Here's a quick summary:


1) Insulin is a fat-storage hormone that helps us carry sugar into our cells to use as energy. Whatever we don't use gets stored as fat to use at a later time.


2) If insulin remains elevated, our bodies remain in fat storage mode and do not switch over to fat burning mode.


3) Lowering insulin is what allows us to switch over to fat burning mode. We can lower our insulin by focusing on nutrition upgrades and timing our meals properly (hint: eating every 2 hours will not allow your insulin levels to come down for you to enter fat-burning mode).



Watch or listen to the video for lots more details and for the 3 tips I share at the end so you can get going on your fat loss goals right away!!

In good health,

Tara

P.S. If you’d like a (FREE) 3-day meal plan designed to help you with WHAT to eat and WHEN to eat for healthy fat loss, you can grab that right here! Enjoy!