Calming Reishi Tonic

Calming Reishi Tonic

I’ve been incorporating adaptogens in my daily life to increase energy, relieve stress, relax me before I go to bed, and so on.  The list goes on as adaptogens have a myriad of benefits for your body.  So, what are adaptogens?  They are non-toxic plants that have been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions.  They help the body resist stressors and are immune boosting.  You can take them in supplement form or in powder form (my preferred method).

Adaptogens give me the much-needed boost throughout my day.  This Calming Reishi Tonic utilizes Gynostemma tea, a calming tea I drink often before bed time and Reishi Mushroom powder, which increases energy, improves digestion and soothes inflammation.  Reishi can be quite bitter so add your favorite sweetener to the drink.  The Calming Reishi Tonic is creamy and delicious due to the homemade almond milk incorporated into it.  I did a quick soak of my almonds (15 minutes in boiling hot water), drained them and added the remaining ingredients to my blender.  Once blended, you strain the mixture into a medium saucepan and serve immediately.  This tonic is in my hot beverage rotation on most weekends.  I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the additions of adaptogens in my life.  It’s made quite difference.

 

Calming Reishi Tonic//makes 1 serving

Steep 1 tsp loose leaf Gynostemma Tea in 1 1/2 cups water (I used @immortalitea_company)
1/4 tsp Reishi powder
2 heaping tbsp soaked almonds
1 date
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 

Combine the soaked almonds, steeped tea, dates, and spices in a high-speed blender. Purée on high. Strain tea through a fine sieve in a medium pot. Bring to a simmer, being careful not to let the milk boil. Serve warm. 

The BEST Vegan Snickerdoodle Cookies

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The BEST Vegan Snickerdoodle Cookies!

As I write this post, I am on my 3rd and final (I promise) cookie of the evening.  But, what can I say?  They’re chewy, tender and bursting with cinnamon.  Snickerdoodles are my kids’ absolute favorite cookie.  And their mommy’s as well.

These cookies were much needed and much appreciated by my little ones.  School is back in session and now I have a Kindergartner and a 4th grader.  My 4th grader is in a new school, with new teachers, more homework, new class friends, did I say more homework.  While my Kindergartner can breeze through his homework, my 4th grader’s work requires patience, cheerleading, google and partnership with her teacher.  I think I’ve emailed her at least 2-3 times in the last 2 weeks to stay on point.  If you’re reading this my daughter’s awesome teacher (my daughter has told every teacher she has that I have a food blog) you rock and thank you for your patience. 

At the end of the day, making these cookies for them after a hardworking week, gave them that much needed push and assurance that mommy has got their backs.

Enjoy making these cookies and Happy Back to School!

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Vegan Snickerdoodle Cookies//yield 15

Adapted from A Little Sweet Life

I omitted the vanilla sugar, coconut oil and almond extract from A Little Sweet Life’s recipe.  I added White Whole Wheat Flour for added fiber.  Feel free to add your favorite flour especially if you’re gluten-free.

1 cup white whole wheat flour
1/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup cane sugar
1 stick (8 tablespoons) vegan butter (I used this Earth Balance Vegan Butter Sticks)
1 ripe banana
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup cane sugar (for coating)
½ teaspoon cinnamon (for coating)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  In a medium bowl mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside.  Next, in a medium bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the vegan butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add in the mashed banana, and vanilla extract.  Mix until incorporated.  Add your dry ingredients to your wet ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon until a dough forms. 

To make the coating, mix your ¼ cup sugar with a ½ tablespoon cinnamon in a small bowl.  Use a teaspoon or a mini ice cream scoop to form the dough into balls.  Roll n cinnamon sugar.  Place on parchment paper linked baking sheet.  Bake in preheated oven for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.  Do not over bake.  They should still feel soft in the middle.  Remove from oven and let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes.  Move cookies to a cookie rack and cool completely.  Store in airtight container.

 

 

10-Minute Creamy Shrimp Fettuccine w/ Sundried Tomatoes & Arugula

Hello everyone!

I have totally been in a fix it quick and healthy mode lately.  Perhaps it’s the heat, the summer vibes, or a combination of both.  Either way, I want to spend less time at the stove and more time catching those last hours of sunshine getting ice cream with my little ones and/or watching them play in the park.

My 10-minute Creamy Shrimp Fettuccine w/ Sundried Tomatoes & Arugula is dairy-free, bursting with flavor and is super-quick to prepare.  Wait, did you say dairy-free? Yes, I did.  I love a good cream sauce especially paired with seafood, but I also don’t like that weighed down feeling I get after I’ve eaten plate after plate of it.  I just can’t do one plate.  So, I used almond milk as a base for the cream sauce.  I’m relying on the brininess of the shrimp and the intense, tangy, yet sweet flavor of the sundried tomatoes to flavor the sauce.  The remaining ingredients required are fettuccine, garlic, arugula or whatever green you have on hand, vegetable stock and cornstarch to thicken.

I made sure I made enough to have for L & D the next day as cream based pasta meals are a total hit in my household.  So, add this to your week day meal rotation. It is clean eating at its best.  Stay tuned for my summer healthy eats.

Bye for now.

Hello everyone!

I have totally been in a fix it quick and healthy mode lately.  Perhaps it’s the heat, the summer vibes, or a combination of both.  Either way, I want to spend less time at the stove and more time catching those last hours of sunshine getting ice cream with my little ones and/or watching them play in the park.

My 10-minute Creamy Shrimp Fettuccine w/ Sundried Tomatoes & Arugula is dairy-free, bursting with flavor and is super-quick to prepare.  Wait, did you say dairy-free? Yes, I did.  I love a good cream sauce especially paired with seafood, but I also don’t like that weighed down feeling I get after I’ve eaten plate after plate of it.  I just can’t do one plate.  So, I used almond milk as a base for the cream sauce.  I’m relying on the brininess of the shrimp and the intense, tangy, yet sweet flavor of the sundried tomatoes to flavor the sauce.  The remaining ingredients required are fettuccine, garlic, arugula or whatever green you have on hand, vegetable stock and cornstarch to thicken.

I made sure I made enough to have for L & D the next day as cream based pasta meals are a total hit in my household.  So, add this to your week day meal rotation. It is clean eating at its best.  Stay tuned for my summer healthy eats.

Bye for now.

 

10-Minute Creamy Shrimp Fettuccine w/ Sundried Tomatoes & Arugula//serves 4

creamy fettuccine
1-lb fettuccine
2 tablespoons oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
¾ pound large shrimp (about 16), shelled and deveined, tails removed
4-oz sundried tomatoes in olive oil, drained
1 ¾ cups almond milk
1 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon of water
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups baby arugula

In a large skillet over medium high heat, sauté minced garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add shrimp and cook for 2 more minutes, or until shrimp is cooked through.  Remove shrimp and set aside on a plate.  Add the sun-dried tomatoes and stir fry for 1-2 minutes to release their flavor. Reduce the heat, and add the almond milk and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Add the cornstarch and water mixture and stir until thickened.  Add the arugula and allow to wilt in the sauce.  Return the shrimp to the skillet and stir through.  Serve immediately.  Garnish with red pepper flakes and parsley if desired.

In the meantime, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving some pasta liquid.  Add cooked pasta to creamy shrimp fettuccine and garnish with additional crushed red pepper and herbs.