Tuesday, November 26, 2013

SUPER FAST SPROUTED QUINOA & RICE SUPER BOWL



The feedback that I get most often from my friends about my food recipes is that although they look delicious and healthy, they simply look too elaborate and complicated. I guess it can seem that way, but they truth is that most of the things I throw together don't take more than 15-20 minutes. Most of the times I will look in my fridge and pantry, grab a few things and then try to make them work. I don't really plan my meals way ahead of time. I have a few staples , which I try to keep on hand at all times. If you want a post about what they are, comment down in the description box, and I can write one.

Today though, I thought I'd share with you a quick and easy recipe to make - but don't let it's simplicity fool you, it is delicious and nutrient packed! I'm going to call this the Sprouted Quinoa & Rice Super Bowl - and there are many, many variations of this that you can make, it is easy to modify (add your own fave veggies, change the dressing, use hummus instead of beans, etc.)













SUPER BOWL

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of  sprouted rice & quinoa blend from Tru Roots (you can use regular quinoa, or rice)
  • half a cup of canned corn 
  • 2 medium tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 zucchini (spiralized)
  • a handful of cilantro
  • 2 tbsp of organic balsamic dressing
  • 1 scoop of beans (you can use the canned ones or make a batch of them during the weekend and either freeze them and use as you need)
  • a small avocado
  • 1 tbsp of salsa

Steps:
  • cook the rice/quinoa
  • in the meantime chop/dice/spiralize your veggies
  • once the grains are cooked layer your bowl as you like - there really is no 1 way to do it, have fun and do your won thing
  • the balsamic and salsa are really all the condiments you need, but if you need to add anything else feel free to do so!
*note: If you won't use up the whole cup of rice/quinoa, keep the rest of it in the fridge and cut your time in half next time you make your bowl!



























That's it you guys, a simple, quick, easy, but super nutritious, healthy and delicious meal idea. I'm thinking that I might pack this in a mason jar for tomorrow lunch. Yum :)

So what you think? What are some of your favourite on-the-go meals, let me know!

Till next time,
Lorena


CREAM OF MUSHROOM SOUP






Winter weather is here, and there is nothing like a hot bowl of creamy soup to warm and cozy up the soul. After becoming lactose intolerant, I stopped being able to have my favourite types of cream soups -  until now that is. I was looking for a quick, creamy alternative to my mom's amazing cream of mushroom. Although still not perfected, this recipe comes quite close.


CREAM OF MUSHROOM SOUP

Ingredients:
  • 9-10 baby portobello mushrooms
  • 3 portobellini mushrooms
  • half of a small onion
  • 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsps. of nutritional yeast
  • thyme, pepper, nutmeg & salt to taste
  • a cube of vegetable bouillon (I use the one from Celifibr)
Steps:
  • Throw everything except the 3 portobellini mushrooms and a small piece of onion into your high speed blender and bed till smooth
  • Dice the portobellini mushrooms into medium sized cubes and do the same with the small piece of onion you saved
  • In a medium sized pan add a bit of oil and caramelize the mushrooms and onion 
  • Then pour the blended mushroom mix, lower heat and let simmer for a bit - this is a good time to taste for salt and spices - add as you need to.
  • Serve and enjoy!


What is your favourite type of cream soup?! Let me know!

Love,
Lorena


CHOCOLATE-BANANA PROTEIN PANCAKES






When mom asked me to take care of breakfast this morning, I knew immediately that I wanted to make my gluten-free, vegan chocolate-banana pancakes (I know, long name.)




I've made these delicious and super nutritious babies before but as you all know, I suck at writing recipes because I never measure ingredients. This morning I made the tedious conscious effort to measure each ingredient... it only added a few hours to the preparation (haha okay fine, not hours, but it was still annoying - but you guys are worth it!)


These pancakes have a sweet spot in my heart because they are the first thing I ever cooked for my now boyfriend at the beginning of the weekend where we both fell for each other... magical pancakes maybe? Haha, who knows...









Anyhow, without further ado, here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of chocolate almond milk
  • 1 1/3 cup of  unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 scoops of chocolate Vega One powder
  • 2 cups of Wild Roots gluten-free pancake  mix
  • 1.5 cups of apple sauce
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 tsp. of organic maca powder (optional)
  • 2/3 tsp. of organic vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of vegan chocolate chunks

Steps:

  • Throw the milks, Vega One, flour, apple sauce, bananas, maca powder, and almond extract in your blender and mix.
  • Pour mix into bowl 
  • Coat cooking pan with your favourite butter alternative - I use Earth's Balance traditional spread
  • With a ladle, pour some of the mix unto the pan, and drop a few chocolate chunks 
  • When the bottom side is cooked, flip it over and cook the top until it's nice and ready!
  • Serve with your choice of toppings: strawberries, coconut flakes, maple syrup, honey, agave, etc. (I used organic blue agave syrup and strawberries, oh my, so good)
  • Enjoy!!!





I hope you guys like this recipe, because I sure love it. It is nutritious, filling and oh so delicious! Let me know what you think!

Love, 
Lorena

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

My 30 DAY JUICE FAST - DAY 14: THE TIDE IS HIGH BUT I'M HOLDING ON


Hi friends, I don't have a happy, cheery, positive Vlog for you today. Just a whole lot of realness.
Love you,
Lorena




Tuesday, November 12, 2013

MY 30 DAY JUICE FAST UPDATE: DAY 9


Hi friends! Today is day 9 and I am super excited to say that I have been able to stick to this juicy adventure for more than 3 days hahaha! This week has been no walk in the park but I'm thankful to have made it through it!

Lorena



Thursday, November 07, 2013

MY 30 DAY JUICE FAST VLOG - DAY 4: THE CRAPPIES ARE STARTING


It's day 4 you guys, some of the detox crappies are starting, so I'm drinking lots of water and doing lots of deep breathing. I'm excited to know that my body is responding to the detox and I'm looking forward to the next 26 days!

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

30 DAY JUICE FAST - DAY 3


I thought I'd make my juice fast vlog early on today. Today is day 3 of my juice fast and I am feeling goood! I keep cringing at the poor quality of these vlogs, but I have to keep my perfectionism in check somehow hahaha!
Have a blessed day and don't forget to glow!!!
Love, Lorena

"Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start."

-Nido Qubein


Tuesday, November 05, 2013

30 DAY JUICE FAST - DAY 2


Day 2 guys! Nothing major, just sharing with you daily updates (because I said I would.)


Let's continue to connect! 


Love, Lorena

STYLE POST: FALL & WINTER COAT INSPO


So it's that time of the year in Canada - our magical sun tans are fading faster than we can say eh, and our days are getting shorter & colder. Fall is not my favourite season because in my mind it is the sad prequel to months and months of snow, frost, and brutal cold. Even I have to admit however that there is beauty in it - the way leaves change give us a spectacular show of color before the trees go into hibernation.

Another favourite this season is the fall style! The colors, textures and layers... I love, love, love it - A month ago I had already packed up my summer clothes and brought out my favourite coats, boots & scarves. If you're like me, you probably did the same. Let fall come, winter pass and pretty please bring me spring soon. For now, I'll enjoy cozying up in my favorite ugly sweater and best-loved oversized coats & scarves!























WHO AM I & WHY I LIKE TO GLOW


Recently my friend Roya who runs the Queens Quay Running & Health Club asked me to write a post to share with her readers about who I am and what the Glowing Diaries is all about.

I tried to sit down a couple of times to write but I was having a hard time putting words together. So I decided to make a video instead. Queens Quay folk, this one is for you!

Love,
Lorena




Monday, November 04, 2013

JUICE FAST VLOG 1 - I'M AN EMOTIONAL GIRL


Guys,I realize I need a lot more accountability than just one video per week so I'm going to start Vloging - also I'm starting over... (I know, but just watch and see why. I promise this is the last time!) 
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
The Glowing Diaries 2015. Powered by Blogger.
Designed By Boutique-Website-Design