Simple Healthy Taco Salad

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to feeding people I am over the moon thrilled when people like what I have created. Even if they are happy of a can of soup, it brings me joy to see people enjoy a meal.

Thankfully I don’t serve canned soup that often and can rely on places like my local farm stand to make mealtime a little bit more interesting! Tonight I was inspired by the beautiful limes I had picked up and decided that in honor of Taco Tuesday I would create a Mexican inspired feast!

Here is the perfect recipe to serve your family or use for meal prep!

Simple Healthy Taco Salad – feeds 4

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Ingredients

• 1lb ground beef

• 1 cup uncooked rice

• ½ pepper

• ½ small onion

• ½ can black beans (rinsed)

• ½ cup mushrooms sliced

• Romaine or your choice of greens

• 1 small tomato

• 1 lime cut into wedges

• Grated cheese

• Garlic Powder

• Cumin

• Chili Powder

Salt & pepper

Rice

Cook rice according to directions and set aside

Rinse off the black beans and add to the rice.

Mix into rice the juice of ½ the lime, 2tsp cumin, 1tsp garlic, 1/2tsp chili powder, and salt and pepper to taste.

Vegetables

Chop the vegetables and sauté until cooked through. Adding 1tsp cumin, 1/2tsp garlic, juice of 1 lime wedge, salt, and pepper to taste.

Meat

Brown the meat and season with 1½ tsp chili powder, 1tsp cumin, 2tsp Garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside

Sides

While the meat is browning shred the cheese, chop lettuce and cut up the tomato. Leave aside for people to customize salad.

You can also get out other options such as cilantro, hot sauce, salsa, avocado and more lime for seasoning!

Serve with a lime seltzer and you have a refreshing meal for the family or use as a meal prep!

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Quick and Easy Vegan SunButter Chocolate Mousse // Valentines Day

I don’t know about you guys, but when it comes to Valentine’s Day treats the options are endless. The problem is that these options are usually not so much dairy free and gluten free. Plus making something is more of a romantic gesture then a store bought box of chocolates (Not that I will ever say no to them).

So in order to combat the issue at hand my friend and I came up with a gluten, dairy free, chocolate filed and EASY recipe to whip up for your special someone.

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So, now that you know how much you need this recipe in your life this Valentine’s Day, or any day, here it is!

Ingredients

·         1 Cup Coconut (Or Greek ) Yogurt

·         1/4th Cup Creamy SunButter

·         Pinch of Salt

·         2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder

·         Sliced Strawberries

·         Chocolate Chips  

Mix the yogurt and sun butter together and spoon half of the mixture into jars. Add in cocoa powder and salt into the other half of the mixture and mix together. Spoon the rest into the jar and then top with strawberries and chocolate chips. Serve to your special someone, and enjoy!  

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Vegan Sunflower Butter Chocolate Pie

Vegan Sun Butter Chocolate Pie

I’m not sure about you guys, but when it comes to the holidays the most important thing is of course family, but the second most important is always dessert! I always loved making fun new treats, but this became a bit harder to recreate when I went dairy and gluten free. I was determined to remake some boss desserts so that when my healthy treats came out, all else was forgotten.

I have had some really good recipes so far but this one takes the cake. Get it…cake…or pie I guess.

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Anyways, this recipe was inspired by the classic peanut butter pie and I have to say, I ended up liking it better than the classic. SO without further adue here’s the recipe!

Ingredients

Crust

·         1 & 1/2 cup pitted and soaked dates.

·         1 tsp. salt

·         1 cup oats

·         1 tsp. vanilla  

·         2 tbsp. coconut oil

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Sun Butter Layer   

·         1 & ½ cup sun butter

·         2 cups whipped coconut cream ( I used a store bought brand but you can make your own as well!)

·         1 tsp. vanilla  

·         3 tbsp. maple syrup

        Chocolate Layer

·         3/4th cup cocoa powder

·         1 cup whipped coconut cream

·         1 tsp. vanilla

·         1 tsp. salt

·         ½ cup pitted and soaked dates   

·         1/4th cup date water

 

Directions

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For the crust soak the dates in hot water for about 15 minutes or let soak overnight in the fridge. Save the water for the individual layers.

Pulse all ingredients for the crust together and then press into the pie plate. Let set in the freezer while you make the layers.

For the Sunflower Butter layer use a mixing bowl and fold ingredients together until combined. Pour into pie pan and let set in the freezer.

For the chocolate layer blend all ingredients until fully combined. Add in more of the date water if needed to blend but make sure the moisture does not become watery, but keeps a thick and creamy consistency.

Pour in the last layer and let sit in the freezer.


Top with your favorite toppings such as nuts, coconut, chocolate, ice cream etc.

Here I used coconut whipped cream and shaved dark chocolate!

Bring to your next party and watch your guests as they stare in awe of this beautiful creation!

and THEN enjoy.

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Homemade Paleo Chicken Nuggets - Gluten Free

I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes when I get a little ah...hangry at night all I can think about is ordering dominos gluten free pizza without the cheese. I then realize how terrible that actually sounds and I begin to think a little straighter. The problem is that I usually still want to something resembling junk food because it’s quick calories that taste fantastic.

Thankfully in my most recent moment of hangry junk food craving moments, I realized that chicken, gluten-free flour, and ketchup were about to become my best friends.  

This is my recipe for healthy Chicken nuggets. I want to give a shout out to the hunger inside of me to help motivate this nugget of gold.

Ingredients

·         1 lb. chicken breast

·         ½ cup coconut flour or almond flour

·         2 eggs  

·         1 tsp. Turmeric   

·         1 tsp. Onion

·         1 tsp. Cumin

·         1 tsp. Garlic

·         Salt & pepper

THAT’S IT

Instructions

·         Cut your chicken into roughly 1-inch cubes.  

·         Combine coconut flour and spices together.   

·         Whisk the eggs together in a separate bowl.  

·         Dip the chicken in the egg mixture then into the flour mixture.

·         Cook chicken over medium heat with coconut oil until cooked through and outside is crispy.

·         Once your chicken is cooked, grab some of your favorite sauces weather it me BBQ, Ketchup, salsa, etc. and enjoy!

This recipe is awesome, but you might end up with a few crumbles in the pan. You can actually save these and use them for toppings for salads, kinda like informal croutons!

Let me know what you think about the recipe, and what your favorite kinds of junk food that you would like to recreate!

Thanks again for reading!

-Sonya Peacocke

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Tips and Tricks for Clean Eating

I don’t know about you guys, but when it comes to prepping food it sometimes feels like a constant battle I can’t seem to conquer. That is until I get myself organized and realize how easy my life could be if I stayed organized…

Now I am not the best at organizing, so I figured why not come up with a few “life hacks”. So far I think that I have really been able to outdo myself with minimal effort, take it of course that you might know a thing or two and I am just not coming to the realization, but in all honesty I am pretty pumped about these hacks so I will just take my little victory lap here and leave it at that.

So without further, I will let you in on a few foodie secrets of mine to keep healthy habits and clean eating a breeze!

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• Hack #1: Freeze Smoothie components in an Ice Cube tray!

Wait…do what? Okay, so this might sound strange, but hear me out! I love to have a smoothie every morning or at least once a day. They are easy to digest, I can get most of my supplements in and taste like candy…most of the time.

SO the problem with smoothies is that I try to keep them low GI aka not a lot of fruit, but we all know frozen fruit is what makes them so creamy and delicious right...?

What I like to do is add in things like avocado, pumpkin, coconut milk, coconut yogurt, and sweet potato so to make the ingredients last longer I take Ice Cube trays and freeze cubes of whatever items I have on hand that week. This way I can mix and match to make unique flavors and also keep my smoothies creamy and thick without sacrificing taste!

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• Hack #2: Frozen Vegetables

I love every meal except for lunch, part of the reason is that it’s a reminder I have 4 hours left in the workday but mainly because it’s just a pain to think about making it. Not to say lunch is bad or that I don’t enjoy it, but it is so easy to run out of time to make a good lunch if you don’t have leftovers handy.

This is why I but frozen vegetables! I swear it’s like a lightbulb went off in my head last week when I stocked up on about 8 different bags of frozen vegetables and began using them for lunches.

What I typically do is either make a large batch of quinoa at the beginning of the week and vary between that and eggs for my protein. Then in the morning I choose a mixture of vegetables and throw them in a pan with some water, coconut amino, a handful of spinach and spices. I leave them to cook for about 5 minutes while I blend up my smoothie and voila I have perfectly cooked nutrient-dense lunch to look forward to that took basically no time at all!

These are two of my favorite hacks lately that really have been making all the difference when it comes to preparing healthy and nutritious meals to get me through my day!

What are some of your favorite healthy habit hacks to keep you fueled and feeling your best?

Thank’s again for stopping by!

-Sonya Peacocke

Gluten Free Dairy Free Pumpkin Cookie Dough

I don’t know about you guys, but when it comes to cookies I was always more interested in the dough over than the finished product. Lately I have been making quite a few pumpkin recipes and figured that it was suiting to create a gluten free dairy free and CHICKPEA free pumpkin cookie dough recipe.

My good friend Natalie and I pulled together the idea over iced matcha lattes with you guys in mind!

We created this recipe for those who have sensitive stomachs or want to eat more of a whole food based diet. This is why we decided to use ingredients like coconut flour and sunflower butter and avoided any products containing gluten or dairy!

Now, thanks to my good friend Natalie and my husband Daniel here is a irresistibly good allergy friendly pumpkin cookie dough recipe!

·         2/3 cup Coconut flour

·         3/4th cup Pumpkin

·         1/4th cup Maple syrup

·         1/4th cup Nut/Seed butter

·         1 tsp. Vanilla extract

·         2 tsp. Pumpkin Pie spice

·         1/2 tsp. salt

·         1/4th cup Chocolate chips  

·         1/4th cup chopped Pecans

·         2-4tbsp non-dairy milk (as needed)  

Instruction

·         Mix all of the dry ingredients together.

·         Add in the wet ingredients and mix until combined.

·         Fold in the pecans and chocolate chips or any other of your favorite mix-ins!   

·         Scoop into a bowl and eat with a spoon or put it on top of a Pumpkin smoothie that you can find here !

Thank you again for stopping by and I hope you enjoy!

-Sonya Peacocke

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Cheesy Vegan Pasta

Cheesy Vegan Pasta

I don’t know about you guys, but when it comes to pasta, tomato sauce is usually all I need. Last night I faced a predicament where my husband and I only had enough tomato sauce for one plate of pasta. We decided Daniel would partake in the tomato sauce and I had the exciting opportunity to create something brand new. I knew this could go horribly wrong, but I knew it was another golden opportunity to make something fantastic!

Now before I give you the ingredient list don’t judge because it’s a little different and may I remind you this pasta child was born from basically desperation. So here is the final product, and I hope you give it a try!

Ingredients 

·         1 cup Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Quinoa Pasta

·         2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast

·         1/2 cup spinach (or any other green thing available!)

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·         2 Tbsp. almond milk

·         Squeeze of lemon

·         1 tbsp. liquid aminos

·         1 tsp. garlic powder

·         Salt & pepper as needed 

· Directions

·         Follow the directions to cook the pasta.

·         While the pasta cooks take this time to cook up your spinach or any other green thing.

·         Mix everything together in a pan. Add in a bit of pasta water if anything starts to stick!

·          Now don’t wait any longer so plate that baby, eat up, and enjoy!   

Let me know what you think of the recipe and how you might tweak it a bit!

Thanks again for stopping by,

Sonya Peacocke

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Homemade Sunflower Butter

I don’t know about you, but I like to do things my own way. I don’t like to depend on others or follow exact directions and therefore when it comes to blindly going into the grocery store to buy over priced items, I am not the biggest fan. This is not to say I do not buy groceries, but I like to enjoy the little victories off a non-conformist.

My most recent victory, was creating my own sunflower butter! I had grown tired of purchasing $10 jars of almond butter or going the cheap rout and getting peanut butter which I learned upsets my stomach.

Arrivederci Peanut Butter!

Due to my frustration I decided to try out sunflower seed butter. It ended up being cheap and didn’t upset my stomach, but unfortunately they all tasted like off. To add to my frustration the only ones that tasted good had sugar or was 45 minutes away at different grocery store.  

This brings me to my creating the first batch of sunflower butter ala Sonya!

Here’s the ingredient list,

·         Raw Sunflower seeds

Here’s what you need

·         Oven

·         Powerful blender or food processor 

And that’s it…

To make said sunflower butter all you have to do is…

·         Preheat your oven to 350 Fahrenheit.

·         Place the sunflower seeds on a large baking sheet. I use enough to cover the whole sheet, about 1 &1/2 cups to 2 cups. 

·         Place in oven and toast for about 12 minutes.  

SIDE NOTE: You can skip roasting the sunflower seeds if you buy them pre roasted. Just make sure to check the ingredients. There can be added things like canola oil or salt.

·         Let cool for about an hour and then blend away! This should take about 5 minutes depending on the blender.  

·         Place in an airtight container, but don’t forget to take a sneaky taste!

Overall, if I buy my sunflower seeds in bulk I can get about 2 jars of sunflower butter for only $5. Not only is it cheap and easy, it tastes delicious and you get the joy of knowing exactly what’s in your food!  

Let me know how you liked the recipe or if you have any questions!

Thanks and hope you have a lovely time saving money and showing the non-conformist in you some love! 

-Sonya Peacocke

 

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Chocolate Protein Balls

Chocolate Protein Balls

I don’t know about you guys, but do you ever find yourself in DESPERATE need of a pick me up…

…preferably chocolate?

Well this is probably one of the most perfect solutions to that problem. Not only are these a sweet treat, they are packed with healthy fats and protein that will satisfy your cravings, help you to feel full, and provide nutrients in your body. 

 INGREDIENTS

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• 1 cup almond meal

• 6 dates (Pre-soaked in warm water for about 30 minutes)

• 1 heaping Tbsp. Almond Butter

• Fat from the top of a can of Coconut Milk

• 1/4 cup Shredded Coconut 

• 3Tbsp. Cocoa Powder

• Pinch of Salt

• Generous dash of Cinnamon

• 2Tbsp. Chia Seeds

• 1/4 cup Hemp Seeds 

DIRECTIONS
Soak dates in warm water for about 30 minutes until soft.

Blend everything together until everything is combined.

Hand roll into balls and then roll in cocoa powder, cacao nibs, coconut, etc.

Let them set in the freezer for about half hour, store in the fridge and enjoy!

Low Sugar Smoothie

Chocolate Cherry Almond Smoothie Bowl

When I began the candida diet I quickly found out that my sweet tooth was extremely limited. Limited that is, until I found out that you can make smoothies that taste and look like Ice Cream!

Unfortunately most smoothie bowl recipes include bananas which are too high sugar for the Candida diet so of course I had to create my own recipe. My goal here was to keep it lower in sugar while keeping the taste and consistency on point.

So here is the smoothie recipe you have been awaiting for!

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Ingredients

·         1/3rd cup frozen Dark Cherries ( Make            sure they are not sweetened*)

·         2-4 ice cubes

·         1 Tbsp. Almond Butter

·         1 Tbsp. Avocado

·         2Tbsp Anthony’s Pea Protein

·         1 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder

·         Handful of Spinach or Kale

·         2-3 drops of stevia

Top with my Chocolate Granola, Chia Seeds, Cashews, Coconut, etc. & Enjoy!

Best Matcha Latte

Cheers to the best Matcha you'll ever have! 

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If you read my last blog post, you'll know that within the last year I have almost completely given up coffee because it was causing unwanted stress to my hormones and anxiety.

Quitting coffee was not easy, taking some trial and error to find a drink that I would enjoy and give me healthy energy to start my day. I was thankful when I discovered Matcha in the form of lattes at a local coffee shop, but quickly realized that it was full of refined sugar, powdered milk, and other ingredients that shouldn't be sipped in a take-a-way cup..or any cup. 

This is a recipe I created to replace the "healthy" junk with this Matcha made in the comfort of my own kitchen, which not only tastes out of this world with its frothy perfection, but is also great for your health!

·         1 tsp Matcha: Antioxidants & Sustained Energy

·         1 tsp Chlorella: Detoxifying

·         1 Tbsp Collagen: Can aid in the repair of leaky gut

·         Dash of Cinnamon: Lowers blood sugar

·         5 drops Stevia or any other sweetener of choice. 

·         8oz unsweetened nut milk

This drink is perfect hot or cold!

ICED
Blend all of the ingredients and pour over ice.

HOT

Blend together ingredients with 8oz how water and 4oz almond milk.  

Give this drink a go and let me know how you enjoy it!  

Pssst* check out why I quit coffee in the first place here https://www.sonyasopencupboard.com/