Sunday, February 23, 2014

Winter Favorites

I’ve had a ton of requests to post some of the recipes I’ve been posting on my Instagram (If you have an Instagram and don’t follow me, Fromfattytofit, go follow me and take a look at my journey!). These are just a few of my favorites, however; my diet doesn’t vary much. It’s not because I don’t have options, but because these are the foods that my body can digest without any problems. I’ve recently made some changes in my diet and fitness routine. That post will be up shortly. It’s a bit of a shocker. Anyway, back on track! Here we go.

1) Vegan Quinoa Chili: This shiz is the bomb. Ton of flavor and a crap load of protein.
½ quinoa, rinsed
1c water
1tbs olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, diced
1 large carrot, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 medium zucchini, chopped
2 (15oz) cans of black beans
1 (15oz) can of red kidney beans
3 (15oz) cans of diced tomatoes
1 (15oz) can of tomato sauce
3tbs chilli powder
1tbs cumin
Salt and pepper to taste

1) In medium sauce pan, combine quinoa and water. Cook over medium head until water is absorbed. Set aside.
2)In large pot, heat olive oil over high heat. Ass onion and cook until tender. Stir in garlic, jalapeno, carrot, celery, peppers and zucchini. Cook until vegetables are tender.
3)Add black beans, tomatos, and sauce. Stir in the cook quinoa. Season with chili powder and cumin. Let simmer for about 30 minutes.
4)You can top this with whatever your heart desires. If you eat diary, top it with cheese and sour cream. If you’re like me and can’t tolerate dairy, top yours with some avocado, and crushed up tortilla chips. YUM.

2) Vegetable sauté: This is my go to lunch. Easy, fast and soooo good.

Ingredients: (This is what I use, but you can mix it up)
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
¼ onion, sliced
5 mushrooms, sliced
3 zucchinis, diced in quarters
1 jalapeno pepper
1 garlic clove
1tbs olive oil

1)Heat olive oil in a large pan on high heat. Add garlic and let cook for a minute or so.
2)Throw in all your vegetables and cook until almost done (usually about 5-6 mintues)
3)Add whatever seasoning you like. I usually add a bit of paprika, a large amount of chili powder, salt, pepper  and some cumin. I don’t measure out seasonings. I just add them in until it smells good.
I will sometimes heat up some black beans and put this over a bed of rice or I eat it as is. (Most of the time I eat all this in one sitting)

3) Banana Chia Oatmeal: I make this a head of time. It can be eaten hot or cold. This taste like freakin banana bread.

3/4c steal cut oat ground into flour
2tbs chia seeds
1 ripe banana, mashed
2-3c almond milk
2 tbs pure maple syrup
Cinnamon to taste
1tsp vanilla
Nutmeg to taste
1tbs walnuts, optional
2tbs raisins, Optional

1)In a high speed blender, grind steel cut oats and chia seeds until a powder forms. Remove and place into a medium sized pot.
2)Stir in 2c of almond milk and increase  heat to low-medium. Stir in the mashed banana and 1tbs of maple syrup. Heat for 4-5 minutes, adding milk for desired consistency (I like mine really thick).
3)Remove from heat and stir in your cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Top with 1tbs maple syrup , walnuts and raisins.

4) Chia pudding: This stuff is so amazing. You’ll find me over the kitchen sink eating this out of the jar… Sometimes I have manners and put it in a bowl first, but not very often.

2c Native Forest coconut milk (This shit is hard to find. The only place I’ve been able to find this brand is at New Seasons. If you’re reading this from Pendleton, you’re SOL. Any coconut milk will do)
1/3c chia seeds
1 1/2tbs pure maple syrup

1)Put coconut milk, chia seeds, maple syrup and cinnamon into a jar and shake it up. I add a liberal amount of cinnamon to mine because I’m obsessed with it at the moment.

1)Put in the fridge overnight. Top with your favorite fruit. I think mango compliments the texture and flavor nicely. I eat this for breakfast, a snack or dessert. It’s THAT good. 
This is only a few of my favorites. If I put all of them, this post would be a million miles long. Hope you enjoy!

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