Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Power-Up Pudding



There is nothing like tapioca pudding. The traditional pudding contains lots of cream and sugars, both of which just don't agree with me. This recipe captures the taste and texture! I even warmed it slightly in a sauce pan for some extra yumminess!

Ingredients:
2-3 Tbsp chia seeds
3/4 cup milk (cow, soy, almond, coconut, or rice)
1 scoop vanilla Life shake mix
Squirt of honey (or maple syrup)
Sprinkle cinnamon

Directions: 
Blend all ingredients except chia seeds in a blender until smooth (including any added flavors, fruits, or chocolate). Pour into a jar or glass container and stir in chia seeds. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight to let gel. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Top with sliced fruit for a splash of color if desired. Enjoy!

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Garbanzo Bean Salad


This was a recipe we made in my very first cooking workshop!
It was simple, tasty and very simple to make. 
The attendees had a great time measuring and mixing the ingredients. 
They were very surprised that they could whip up such a yummy dish and that just by adding in quinoa it boosted the nutritional value and protein enough to be a complete meal or they could keep as is to use as a side dish or appetizer or in my case typically a light lunch to enjoy with a Shaklee Life Shake!
Ingredients:
Reserve for serving:
1 oz feta cheese, crumbled
lettuce leaves (I recommend romain, makes it easier to handle while eating, or make it into a salad.)
Cut up & set aside:
1 can Garbanzo Beans
8-10 cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded & diced
3-4 black olive, pitted and chopped
Dressing:
3 shallots, peeled and minced (use less if you are not a big onion fan)
1 tsp fresh oregano, minced
1/3 C olive oil
2-3 tbsp white wine vinegar
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
*Optional: add cooked quinoa

Directions:

Place beans, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and black olives into a mixing bowl.  
Whisk shallots, oregano, olive oil, vinegar and season with sea salt and pepper to taste. Combine beans with dressing. 

Place 1/2 cup bean mixture in individual lettuce leaves. 
Garnish with crumbled feta cheese.


Enjoy!



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