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Good for Anything – Smokey Red Pepper Sauce

smokey red pepper sauce
Quick & easy – Smokey & Raw Red Pepper Sauce with basic roasted sweet potatoes & boiled broccoli.

The truth is I live on the edge of overwhelmed. My life is busy and full. I enjoy life and all it’s possibilities. I put myself out there and I like to offer the same opportunities for my kids – as long as they want them. That leaves us short on time but full on adventure. Meals need to be quick and healthy to keep us both going and grounded. This quick sauce is the perfect complement to pretty much anything and makes quick cook veggies feel a little more special. My intention for starting this blog was to record and share healthy lifestyle habits. This recipe was worth taking the time to sit down and write it out;-)

In a blender, whiz up….

  • 1 roughly chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 small tomato (you could also use a couple Tb. of tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup slivered or basic blanched almonds
  • 1-2 cloves of smashed garlic – or – 1 shallot diced
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tb. balsamic vinegar (I’m sure any vinegar would be fine)
  • 1/2 tsp. hot pepper sauce (more if you like it hot)
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. salt

Once veggies are blended…. stream in a couple of Tb. of olive oil with the blender still running to give the sauce volume. enjoy.

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Craving! Bok Choy

basic bok choyMy bok choy cravings began when I was pregnant with my second child. I also craved chicken wings! Chicken wings of all things! I’ve been an off & on again vegetarian my entire life. The only time I have ever enjoyed a chicken wing is when I was pregnant with my little carnivore. I haven’t had a chicken wing since but the bok choy cravings, they stuck around….

I love this recipe! It’s fast, easy, and feels so healthy going down the chute. 

In a saute pan, over med-high heat, add:

  • a drizzle of toasted sesame oil
  • a handful of mushrooms, cut into bite size pieces

Let the mushrooms get warm and cozy. While they sauté, chop the stems of at least two heads of bok choy. This recipe reduces so much – you need to start with a lot. I never make enough. From now on it’s going to be one head of bok choy for each person. 

To the mushrooms, add:

  • the chopped stems and cook down a bit before adding the leaves
  • 1-2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 2 – 3 Tb. soy sauce
  • a small dash of red chili flake

That’s it! Fast, easy, delicious, and super healthy. Enjoy!

I like the recipe as is, but of course, would work well over a bed of toasty brown rice. I also serve a similar bok choy recipe with rice noodles and ginger peanut sauce.

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Summer = Time for Simple Salads (#1 white bean, tomatoes, olives)

Salad with White Beans and Balsamic DressingThere is no time like summer to eat in tip top form! And with fresh ingredients abound you can prep a healthy, mouth-watering meal in no time flat. Here’s a salad with lots of veggie protein so you can skip “cooking” all-together.

Super Simple Lite* Balsamic Dressing
Just whip the following ingredients up in a little bowl:

  • 2 Tb. olive, sunflower, or your oil of choice
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Prepare your salad
In a large bowl, combine:

  • 4 cups of mixed leafy greens
  • 1 can of drained and rinsed white beans
  • 2 diced tomatoes
  • 12 sliced kalamata olives (or more for your taste)*

Toss salad with dressing and you are good to go. Enjoy!

*My amazing hubby has lost 55 pounds in the last year with the Weight Watchers program. So salad dressings always go lite around here. You can add more oil – or add a little water to stretch the dressing further without the extra fat.