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Full flavor and food philosophy

9 Feb

My food philosophy… what I eat is healthy, tastes great and gives me the energy I need for future activities. In other words when I prepare meals I make sure that they are nutritious, bursting with flavor and won’t put me in a food coma after I’ve eaten them. From time-to-time I eat strictly for flavor, but for the most part this is it folks and most of what you’ll be seeing from now on is food prepared with this intention.

Eating this way has gotten me in tune with my body and what it needs. I look at it as tapping into survival instincts, well modern-day survival instincts. I don’t eat huge portions so it’s important for me to eat every couple of hours otherwise my body starts to get tired and my mind slows down. Those are both no-nos in a fast-paced corporate environment since I want to move ahead and be productive.

Yesterday’s lunch was no exception to my philosophy. This shrimp, navel orange and quinoa salad kept me full and full of energy. It was a party for my taste buds and treat for my body. It does look festive, doesn’t it?

Shrimp, navel orange and quinoa salad

Shrimp navel orange and quinoa salad

Ingredients:
1 tsp coconut oil (or preferred cooking oil)
4 raw jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder

1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup raw spinach, lightly packed
1 peeled navel orange, sliced
(if you can get your hands on an heirloom navel orange, DO IT!)
1 small bunch walnuts
2 small colored beets, sliced

Step 1:
Drizzle lemon juice over shrimp. Then sprinkle with paprika, garlic powder and chili powder. Let stand for 5 – 30 minutes.

Step 2:
Heat oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Sautee shrimp for approx. 3 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. The shrimp will turn pink. Remove from skillet, set aside.

Step 3:
In a bowl or plate place quinoa at the bottom of the dish. Layer spinach on top until quinoa is covered. Add the rest of the ingredients and top with shrimp. And enjoy!

Do you notice a difference in energy levels depending on what you eat? Which natural foods are your favorite energy boosters?

Quinoa Scrambler, Resolution Approved

13 Jan

I’m always looking for ways to eat more vegetables. For breakfast it’s pretty easy to get some veggies in with my breakfast burritos. But for the beginning of this year I wanted to create something new for breakfast. Mostly I’ve been eating oatmeal with fresh fruit so I’ve been missing my morning veggies. Not any more, this morning I whipped up “The Quinoa Scrambler”.

Quinoa Scrambler

Quinoa Scrambler

Quinoa is naturally high in protein and has a bit of a nutty flavor, once I add the eggs and vegetables I get a vegetable-packed breakfast with plenty of protein and a great taste.

Ingredients
1 TBS coconut oil (or oil of your preference)
1/2 cup copped red peppers
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp chipotle chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp flax seed
1/2 tsp sesame seeds
3/4 cup cooked quinoa
2 eggs 0r 4 eggs whites
1/2 cup raw spinach
1/2 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice

Step 1
Heat a medium-sized skillet over medium – medium high heat. Put onions, red peppers and all ingredients through sesame seeds into the skillet. Sautée for 5-10 minutes depending on how soft you want your vegetables.

Step 2
Add quinoa to the mixture. I like to make multiple servings of quinoa and leave it in the fridge for the week. Mix with vegetables until warm, about 3-5 minutes.

Sautéed red pepper, onion and quinoa

Sautéed red pepper, onion and quinoa

Step 3
Next add eggs and mix until eggs are cooked to desired level of ‘done-ness.’ Turn off heat and mix in spinach until wilted. Place into a bowl and top with sliced avocado and coat with lemon juice.

I’m looking forward to mixing it up with different types of vegetables for the rest of this winter.

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