Brown Rice & Flax Bread Recipe

Good Morning!

I hope your week is starting off well. I have a new recipe to share. Last night during my Sunday prep I decided to make my own version of the popular Ezekiel bread.


First, I don’t have an actual bread pan so I had to use this dish. I would recommend you use an actual bread loaf baking pan for best results. Ideally an 8 x 4 inch pan works best.  I’m going to buy one soon so I can make this again properly.


Small batch 6-8 slices
1 1/2 cup of brown rice flour
1/3 cup of flax meal
3/4 tsp of baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup of cashew milk (almond or dairy could be used)
2 eggs

Large batch 8-12 slices
3 cups of brown rice flour
3/4 cup of flax meal
1 1/2 tsp of baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
2 cups of cashew milk (almond or dairy could be used)
3 eggs

Optional ingredients:
1-2 Tbsp of agave nectar for a sweeter bread
1-2 Tbsp whole flax or chia seeds.

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. In a large bowl whisk together all dry ingredients so they are mixed thoroughly.
3, In a separate bowl whisk together the wet ingredients.
4. Mix wet and dry ingredients together with large kitchen spoon.
5. Oil your bread pan.
6. Bake for 60 minutes.
*Optional: Sprinkle flax seeds on top before baking.
7. Let the bread cool for 20 minutes and then slice.
8. Store bread in a zip lock bag in the fridge for up to a week.

Let me know if you make this and how it turns out. Have a great week!

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Roasted Pumpkin “Mac and Cheese”

Today’s recipe was inspired by my desire to experiment in the kitchen and to not be wasteful of a mini pumpkin sitting in my fridge. This past Sunday my husband and I bought two small pumpkins at a farmers market with the intention of carving them out to use as chili soup bowls. We soon realized the chili would probably taste like pumpkin and we opted for regular bowls. 
To be honest I started this culinary experiment with the idea that I would make pumpkin soup and then changed my mind half way through. 
If you want to try this recipe yourself here is what you will need:
~1 small fresh pumpkin.
~Olive oil
~1 bag of brown rice pasta
~ 1/4 cup of Raw cashews
~Mustard powder
~Chili powder
~Nutritional yeast
~Salt to taste
~Black pepper to taste
~Raw shelled pumpkin seeds to garnish.
**This dish is vegan and gluten free.
*If you have a nut allergy you can simply leave out the cashews and replace it with a little milk.

Steps for preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit. 
2. Hollow out your pumpkin, washing the surface very thoroughly. Remove all seeds from the inside of your pumpkin. 
3.Cut your pumpkin into chunks and place them in an oven-safe dish. NOTE: You do not have to remove the skin from your pumpkin.
4. Pour about 1/4 cup of water over the pumpkin and drizzle a little olive oil over the top. 
5. Roast the pumpkin for 25-30 minutes. You will know the pumpkin in properly roasted when the chunks are soft and tender.  

This is what your pumpkin looks like after it has been roasted. 
6. Put still warm pumpkin into your blender.  
7.Also add about 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup of raw cashews into the blender. 

 8.Blend until smooth. If you need, add more water so everything gets blended well.

 9. Add blended mixture to a sauce pan with the stove temperature set on low to medium-low.
10. Add in 1/4-1/2 cup of nutritional yeast. (depending on your preference)
11. Add in 1 tsp of ground mustard powder.
12. Add in 2-3 tsp of chili powder.
13. Taste the mixture in between adding each of the spices. Add salt and pepper to your desired taste.
14. Cook and drain the brown rice pasta. Add the sauce on top of your pasta and place it in your oven (still set on 350) for 5 minutes. Add shredded cheese on top if you like before putting it in the oven.

 Viola! This is what it will look like. 
15.Sprinkle some raw pumpkin seeds over the top as a garnish. I thought of that after I took this photo. Opps!
You can leave it vegan like this or add shredded cheese on top. You could also add shredded almond cheese on top to still keep it vegan.
I thought it was really tasty so I gave a little sample to my co-worker so she can give me some constructive feedback since this was totally experimental. Let me know if you have ever tried something like this!
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One Minute Smoothie: Healthy Hair and Skin


This morning I made a delicious smoothie so I thought I would share the recipe with you. I also filmed it and posted the video on my YouTube channel. You can watch the video here:

2 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp of coconut oil
2 Tsp of hemp seeds
3-4 Frozen mango chunks or slices
A handful of frozen or fresh spinach
10 oz of  coconut water (you could use almond milk, coconut milk, or regular milk if you like)

Blend it up and enjoy!

Health Benefits Breakdown:

Apple Cider Vinegar: It helps balance your body’s pH levels, promotes a healthy metabolism, and stabilizes blood sugar.

Coconut Oil: It produces lauric acid which can kill bacteria (Acne!) and fight off viruses. It promotes shiny and strong hair. It can even reduce or prevent hair loss.

Coconut Water: This juice is naturally very hydrating and being properly hydrated keeps your hair shiny and skin plump. Staying hydrated is also the number 1 way to prevent premature aging.

Mango: Eating mango can actually unclog your pores and clear up pimples.

Spinach: Greens=glow. It’s that simple. The more greens you eat the more your hair will grow and your skin will glow.

Hemp Hearts: These seeds are high in Omega 3’s and Vitamin E which treat hair and skin conditions.

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Quick and Easy Vegan Quinoa Mac and Cheese

Hey there!
I want to share a recipe I made today for lunch. I don’t know about you but I love mac and cheese so anytime I can figure out a way to make it a teeny bit healthier I will.

Here is the recipe:

~1/2 cup of quinoa pasta noodles. I get mine from Trader Joe’s. You could also use brown rice pasta if you like
~1/4-1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk. The amount really depends on how thick you want the sauce.
~1 tsp ground mustard powder
~1 tsp chili powder
~1/2 tsp turmeric
~ 1 tsp sea salt
~4 tbsp nutritional yeast. I would add in 2 tbsp and then give it a quick taste. If you want it to be cheesier then add in the other 1-2 tbsp. You could also add more than 4 tbsp. It really depends on your personal preference.
~Dried parsley for garnish (optional)

What to do:
1. Cook and drain pasta.
2. In a sauce pan add in almond milk and warm it on low-medium heat.
3. Add in mustard powder, chili powder, and turmeric first, stirring the mixture well.
4. Then add in nutritional yeast.
5. Add the salt in last because depending on your brand of chili powder and nutritional yeast the sauce might already be salty enough.
6. Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle on the parsley.
7. Enjoy and share with others!

Hope you enjoy this recipe and if you know any other healthy spins on the traditional Mac and Cheese please let me know in the comments section!

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Quinoa & Chick Pea Stir Fry

So earlier today I discovered a delicious alternative to fried rice…by accident. 
I was in the kitchen preparing a bunch of meals for the next few days when my stomach started grumbling for lunch. I had some quinoa leftover so I decided to heat it up with some veggies in a pan. I sprayed a little of my favorite Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil cooking spray in the pan along with the quinoa and set the heat on medium-high. Then I heard the distinctive gnawing sound of a bunny rabbit and ran over to find my pet rabbit, Luna chewing on a baseboard. I chased her down, picked her up, and secured her back in her cage with a chew toy. That whole time my quinoa was sizzling away on the stove.  When I came back I stirred it around to find that the bottom layer was now darker brown and a little crunchy. At first I thought I had completely ruined it but after a quick taste test I decided to let the whole mixture “burn” a little. I kept stirring it periodically and added in some chick peas with a little garlic salt. After about 8 more minutes I determined it was sufficiently crispy. I was pleasantly surprised by my little accident and it ended up tasting just like fried rice.  As for the veggies…they ended up being eaten with hummus. 🙂 

Sorry this photo is a little blurry. It wasn’t well planned.

Hope you all have a great day!


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