Asian Almond Butter Broccoli

Sounds interesting, right?  Well…it was!  Kind of fun and strange and wonderful!  I never would have thought of putting almond butter on a veggie…other than dipping carrots in it, of course.  That is addicting…

But almond butter and broccoli?!  Yes, yes….it works, and I am thankful for the genius of Abel James, The Fat Burning Man, for coming up with the idea!  For this recipe, I left the ingredients alone, just because the recipe was so out of the box for me that I didn’t want to try something and mess it up.  HOWEVER, I did change how I cooked the broccoli!  See…originally it was intended to be grilled!  However, our days around here are struggling to stay above zero degrees.  So I didn’t feel right about asking the man to go outside and grill.  Plus…I have heard in those temperatures that often times grills won’t be able to heat up enough to cook your food anyways!  So I went with my favorite method of cooking veggies.  Oven roasted, crispy, and delicious!

Which reminds me.  We must pause so I can rant.  What.  The.  Heck.  Is the deal with restaurants boiling their veggies?!  SUCH INJUSTICE!  I mean, come on!  Mr. Rodgers and I splurged on a fancy dinner two nights ago.  The steak was delicious.   His chicken parm was bigger than my head and oh so crispy!  The Shamrock martini was amazing.  Atmosphere…awesome.  Candle lit.  Delicious.  And then you get to the pile of veggies.  Tasteless.  Squeaky.  Rubbery.  Boiled.  WHY?!  It makes me want to cry.  THIS IS WHY SO MANY AMERICANS HATE VEGETABLES!  Because people like you mistreat them, fancy restaurant!

Okay.  Rant over.  I’m sure they have their reasons.  Sigh.  Poor little broccoli never had a chance.

Eh hem.  Back to our fun ROASTED broccoli recipe 😀  Let’s get down to it!

 

Here is what you need:

  • 1 Large Head Broccoli
  • 2 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar (Mr. Rodgers’ favorite!)
  • 2 Tbsp Tahini (I used my daddy’s home made version)
  • 3 Tbsp Almond Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Raw Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Aminos
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt and Pepper

 

And here is how you do it:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425*
  2. Chop your broccoli into florets.  Toss in a bowl.
  3. Add first 2 Tbsp of Sesame Oil and salt and pepper to taste.  Toss so that broccoli is coated.  Dump on a foil covered cookie sheet and slide into oven.  Roast until crispy on the outside but becoming tender, turning at least once.  Should be 15-20 minutes.
  4. While waiting for broccoli, create your “dressing.”  Combine the rest of the ingredients in a bowl.
  5. When broccoli is done, dress it with the almond mixture, and enjoy!  Yay!

 

Peectures!

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Chop your broccoli into florets and place in a bowl.

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Add first 2 Tbsp of sesame oil, salt, and pepper and toss to coat.

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Dump onto a foil lined baking sheet and plop in your 425* oven.  Roast until crispy and tender…15-20 minutes.  Turn at least once for even browning.

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Meanwhile, dump the rest of the ingredients in a bowl.

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Whisk together till creamy!

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Broccoli is done!  (Honestly…this was so good I could have eaten it as-is!)

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Put it on a plate and dress it!!

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Bam!!

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Sweet, tangy, protein-y, delicious!!  Let me know what you think!  What would be another great vegetable to use almond butter with?!

 

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“Ezekiel” Bread Crumbs – A Healthier Alternative!

In my journey to health I have found healthy…or at least healthier…substitutions for almost everything that I find questionable.  But when it comes to bread crumbs…I was lost.  Sometimes I use oatmeal, which works alright but obviously isn’t the same.  I’ve tried gluten free bread crumbs, but let’s all just be honest with ourselves…gluten free does NOT mean healthy!  A lot of recipes can be worked out…but then there are just those few meals that will simply not work without them!!  A few of which I will mention in later posts!!

Now that I have FINALLY figured this out it has opened a whole new world of recipes I can make and still feel good about!!  What’s the secret?! Ezekiel Bread!!!

What is Ezekiel bread you ask?! Well…it’s delicious…and it’s organic, sprouted, healthy grains.  Hard to find these days, cause even “whole wheat” bread in the stores is usually crammed with crap.  But Ezekiel Bread is from a company called “Food For Life.”  Just the name goes to show their standards in health!  And apparently, the combination of grains they use turns the bread into a complete protein, which I think is amazing!  Anywho, I don’t know all the deets…but if you want more info, click here

 

So, here’s what you need:

  • 4-5 Slices Original Ezekiel Bread, preferably stale
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • Italian Seasoning to taste (about tsp)

 

And here’s how you do it!

  1. If you have the time, I would leave the slices of bread out over night to let them get a little firm and stale.  Sounds weird I know, but it’s just the truth of how bread crumbs work.  If you don’t get a chance to do that (or just forget like I did), lightly toast the bread in the oven or a toaster.
  2. Rip the bread into pieces and place in a food processor.
  3. Pulse until you have small crumbles.  Add your sea salt and Italian seasoning and pulse a couple more times.

WABAM!  YOU’RE DONE!!  How easy is that?!  And now you have enough bread crumbs for a few different meals!!!

 

Ezekiel Bread Crumbs 1Lay your bread out over night and let it get a bit stale, or toast it lightly in the oven or toaster.

Ezekiel Bread Crumbs 2Rip the bread into pieces and place in a food processor.

Ezekiel Bread Crumbs 3Pulse until you have small crumbles…add salt to taste, along with about a tsp of Italian seasoning.  Taste and adjust!!

 

Now make your meat loaf, or top your casserole…you’re welcome!!  Yay!!!!

 

CocoGinger Chicken Soup!

So, my husband has been reading this book called Perfect Weight America by Jordan Rubin.  I’m learning so much just from the little things he has shared with me! And it has just confirmed my feelings that health is not based on a number, but instead what you are putting in your body and how you are taking care of yourself!!

So, feeling much inspired, we have gotten a free membership on http://perfectweightamerica.com (you should check out the website!) and as of yesterday started a 16 week detox diet plan. At first I was devastated that my blogging career would end so quickly, since I would have to be eating gross pre-planned food.  Then last night I ate this meal.  And changed my mind.  SO YUM!! And perfect to eat after trudging through piles of snow to get in our car and gather groceries! Mmmm.  Let me share this gem with you!

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These flavor combinations are stinking fantastic! It hits you in waves of warm coconut, lime, ginger, and rich green onion!! Ah! I’m getting too excited, so I’ll just tell you how to make it so you can share my enthusiasm!

Just one note before you move on: the Perfect Weight America plan has you eating organic, seeing as everything else ends up with chemicals in it.  Because of this I labeled everything organic, but if you are an average Joe like us Rodgers’, organic may be out of the price range.  Just do what you can and get as much organic as possible, that’s what we did!!

What you need:

  • 3-4 free range chicken breasts, depending on size or just how “meaty” you like your soups, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1 bunch green onions, organic, sliced
  • 1 T ginger, organic, paste or peeled and chopped (I used the paste that you can get in the produce section by the herbs…its easier to deal with and is made with organic ginger!)
  • 3 jalapenos, or 2 serranos, organic, seeded and chopped real small
  • 6 Cups Organic, Free Range Chicken Broth
  • 1 1/2 C coconut milk, organic
  • 4 T lime juice, organic
  • 1 C cilantro, organic, chopped

Here’s what to do:

  1. Get your big soup pot, and put it over medium heat! Melt your coconut oil.
  2. Add in your onions and saute for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.  It should start smelling real good before too long!
  3. Toss in your chicken and brown it slightly.  This isn’t 100% necessary but I usually brown my meat before letting it simmer and cook in soups!
  4. Add the ginger and jalapenos/serranos and give it a good stir to get everything evenly coated.
  5. Add lime juice, coconut milk, and chicken broth.  Stir it up and bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat and let it simmer for an hour or so, letting the chicken cook and the flavors meld together!
  7. Top with cilantro! Yummy! Enjoy a guilt free evening knowing that you satisfied your taste buds and your body isn’t in distress cause of your meal 🙂