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Roasted Garlic Broccoli Quinoa

Throughout my childhood I remember eating “white spaghetti”. It is still a favorite of mine; chopped broccoli, garlic, olive oil and spaghetti noodles with some salt and pepper. Mmm hmm! But lately I’ve been trying to eat less pasta and replace it with more “green light” items such as quinoa. I strive to eat clean 80% of the time and for me, quinoa is a staple! I believe in a green, yellow and red light system of eating which truly helps me stick to my goals of an 80% clean lifestyle.

Tonight I decided to replace the noodles with quinoa and it was as delicious as the usual dish! I was so HAPPY. My sons absolutely loved it as well!

 

Ingredients:

1 cup quinoa

2 heads of broccoli

4 tablespoons cold pressed extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon lemon juice

7 garlic cloves

Garlic Powder

Salt & Pepper

 

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 while you’re chopping your broccoli into small, even pieces.Smash and mince 4 garlic cloves. Once done chopping broccoli and garlic, mix together with two tablespoons of EVOO and one tablespoon lemon juice. Cook in the oven for 20-30 minutes. (Mine took about 25 minutes). While the broccoli is roasting, cook quinoa according to package instructions with salt, pepper and the rest of the garlic cloves to your quinoa when cooking it.

Once the broccoli is done cooking, put it and 2 tablespoons of EVOO in a food processor or blender and process until the broccoli is the size you’d like it. I enjoyed mine minced. Add the broccoli to your cooked quinoa and adjust salt and pepper flavors as necessary. You may find another splash of lemon juice is tasty!

 

Cheers to happy, healthy eating!

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Chocolate Quinoa

Quinoa! I’m sure you’ve heard about it before; but did you know it is a seed? It is also gluten free. It’s actually considered to be a close relative to the spinach family. Crazy, right?
One of my obsessions right now is chocolate quinoa in the morning. My kids love it too; which is super great, because hello nutrients! Quinoa is a complete protein. Complete proteins are REQUIRED for every human being. There are 9 essential amino acids (what protein breaks down into) that our body cannot produce so we MUST get this from our food intake! So it is a protein power house; but let’s not forget, it also has a high amount of fiber, omega 3 (think heart healthy) fatty acids, folate and magnesium—this is a small snapshot of the rocking nutrition quinoa has to offer!

So a little FYI about my recipe here…I LOOOOOVE chocolate. I’m talking raw cacao powder here, not the milk sweet chocolate we all grew up on. This can be bitter to some folks. (You know who you are, lol) It doesn’t taste bitter to me anymore because I eat it 24/7. So if you’re just starting on this raw cacao powder journey, start slowly. Taste. Add more. Taste. Add more. Same goes with the honey or maple syrup. This is how I love it and have made it for friends, so tell me what you think if you make it!

Look at your quinoa package before you make it by the way, mine requires 2 cups liquid, 15 minutes simmer after a boil. That’s what the following recipe is based on. Read your directions! It may be different 🙂  ps. Totally forgot I was making it this morning and all the water boiled away, hahaha. Motherhood…oyyyyy!
Ingredients:

1 cup quinoa

2 cups non sweetened vanilla almond milk (or non dairy milk)

3-4 tablespoons raw cacao powder (I do 4)

2-3 tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup (being honest, totally do 3. I love honey)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of sea salt
Directions to this chocolate goodness:

In a medium sauce pan, let your 2 cups of non dairy milk come to a boil. Add 1 cup quinoa (if yours is the same as mine! Read your label). Add ONLY 1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder, the 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and the pinch of sea salt. Let simmer for 15 minutes.

Once done, add the rest of the raw cacao powder and the honey or maple syrup. Best to add small amounts at a time until it’s sweetened to your preference.
If you’re like my husband and I, I add more raw cacao to my bowl and he adds more honey, HA!

Other toppings: granola, fruit, chocolate chips, coconut flakes or perhaps dried fruit! Coconut flakes sound delicious right now. Note: add to grocery list 😂

FYI, I like cooking the quinoa with one tablespoon of the cacao powder because it takes on a rich chocolate taste. If I do not add it, it doesn’t taste as strong as it does when it cooks with the cacao. Quinoa will always take on the flavor of the seasonings or powders you cook it with. So that’s the big secret, cook it with some cacao powder and vanilla milk! I wait to add the rest of the raw cacao powder at the end so I can get the benefits of raw cacao powder without cooking most of those nutrients out 🙂
Cheers to happy, healthy eating & drinking!
With gratitude,
Nichole

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An Attitude of Gratitude Is The Foundation Of Happiness

 

You’ve heard me say it before; gratitude is everything. You may know it, but do  you understand it? Do you practice it?

I think gratitude is so important because the world gives us what we concentrate on–aka, the law of attraction. The law of attraction doesn’t care if you only speak negatively to yourself and are positive to everyone else; the law of attraction doesn’t know the difference! This is the key to gratitude and abundance. If you’re not grateful for what you have in your current life, chances are you are missing opportunities for growth, expansion and abundance because you’re busy in the wrong state of mind. If you are consistently negative, angry or coming from a victim state of mind, this is what life will hand you because this is what you are attracting. Pause, take a deep breath, think…how do you show up in this world?

Are you a victim? Are you always defensive? Or…Are you a superstar? Do you light up the room?  Does everyone gravitate towards YOU? You know those people who always have a smile on their face, who warm your heart when you see them and provide an instant boost of energy for you?? Have you always wanted to be like them?

Well, do NOT feel shame if you’ve played a victim role, or if you have been defensive. CHANGE. CHANGE RIGHT NOW.  This is your opportunity! Before you read anymore; out-loud or in your head, state 3 things you are grateful for. Become a thriving survivor by being the change you wish to see in the world. 

 

I am grateful for my sons health and happiness.

I am grateful you are reading this.

I am grateful for my coffee maker and blender.

 

Start seeking out the positive by starting a gratitude journal. The dollar store has notebooks, or simple printer paper will do. There is literally no excuse, I know people who use their phones as well! It doesn’t matter how you do it, but start writing down what you are grateful for in the PRESENT TENSE.

 

You know, I’ve noticed a trend among myself and other mothers; especially those who have chosen to stay at home or who have put their life on hold to raise their children. (Which is 99% of mothers, isn’t it?) We tend to become bitter, negative, resentful of others. Mostly our husbands or partners. It is sooooo easy to do. A year ago I sat back and watched my husband leave and go into adulthood everyday and leave me at home with two little boys. See? Doesn’t that statement scream VICTIM? Leave me at home?! It was my choice to stay at home with our kids. Once I shifted and started becoming grateful for everything he does for our family and the amount of work and passion he has I realized  how blessed we truly are. His job no longer became an annoyance to me, I realized how much his partner showed how much he cares about us and our children and I also realized it had been there all along but for 5 years I was in the wrong state of mind. I can tell you, my marriage, my life, my friendships–EVERYTHING—has gotten better. I am not perfect, I am a human being, but 80% of the time I am positive, I am happy. This is a huge improvement for me.

Reach out if you need help! I would love to help you achieve the same things. This is my passion, this is what gives me energy, this is what makes me jump out of bed every morning.

This is all it takes. A small, gentle step for HUGE positive results. Try to start your day out on a positive note by filling up a page or two in your gratitude notebook. I guarantee you will feel better about yourself and your life. After all, it is easy to be grateful and notice these opportunities when we are happy and experiencing abundance–but, it has to start somewhere, doesn’t it? Start now!

 

Thank you for reading ❤ 🙂

 

 

 

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