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Quick and Easy Pasta Salad

Quick and Easy Pasta Salad

Hiiii! Wowza, it’s been a long time since I’ve added any recipes to the blog. Oops, sorry guys! I have been focusing a lot on posting quick and easy recipes on my Instagram, so don’t forget to check it out. So0o0o0o, it’s September, how crazy is that? This summer flew by and now it’s time to get back to being a serious a student (*cries). Getting back into studying and going to class also means that healthy and easy recipes are more necessary than ever. My Quick and Easy Pasta Salad is a great meal to take to school/work for lunch or dinner. It’s a portable dish packed with a lot of nutrient-dense foods, ya know, the types that fuel your brain. Most importantly, the dressing is divine! I carefully crafted this dressing to ensure that it not only tastes magical, but also that it’s made with REAL ingredients. Forget those store-bought dressings, this will be on repeat in your household.

Oh my GOODNESS. The dressing. I don’t know what to say, I’m speechless.

Good luck to all of my fellow students 🙂 Don’t forget to take care of yourself, study hard, and also enjoy life outside of school. Also, don’t forget to eat alllllll of the veggies!

Quick and Easy Pasta Salad
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 8 oz noodles ( I used Banza chickpea noodles)
  2. 4 cups broccoli florets
  3. 1 can rinsed and drained chickpeas
  4. 1 can rinsed and drained ripe sliced black olives
  5. 1 red bell pepper cut into small pieces
  6. Sauce
  7. 1/3 cup avocado oil
  8. 3 tbsp plain hummus ( I used Cedar's Original)
  9. 1 tbsp organic stone ground mustard
  10. 2 tbsp filtered water
  11. 1 medium clove of garlic (minced)
  12. Fresh chopped basil
  13. Sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Boil the noodles according to package directions.
  2. Steam 4 cups broccoli florets until tender.
  3. Whisk dressing ingredients in a bowl until a smooth and creamy consistency forms.
  4. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix.
  5. Serve warm or cold!
Notes
  1. Serves 4-6 depending on portion size
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What I Ate in a Day: Weekend Eats

What I Ate in a Day: Weekend Eats

Sometimes the weekend is all about work and there’s not much time for fun, but sometimes it’s all about stuffing your face with your favorite eats and having a great time. Well, I’m trying to make my weekends more full of the latter. My fiancĂ© and I LOVE to go to Ann Arbor on Saturdays and enjoy some delicious vegan eats. He isn’t vegan but he tries to eat vegan food as much as possible for me, which I really appreciate (love you Marky). When I first wake-up, usually I have half of a kombucha. In terms of flavors, I alternate between trilogy, gingerade, lavender, and cosmic cranberry. Kombucha is my favorite drink in the world and it’s unusual for me to go more than a few days without one. Also, I did have a coffee later on but forgot to take a picture of it because coffee in a mug is kind of boring. 

Ah, next up was Fred’s for a late breakfast. The space is seriously gorgeous and it’s aesthetically pleasing with all of the white, gray, and other light colors that compliment natural light. A food blogger’s dream! I got a green smoothie and my man got a chocolate protein smoothie and he loved it! If it’s difficult to get your significant other to emulate your healthy eating habits, encourage them to try smoothies packed with nutrients. Also, I ordered a fabulous veggie burger and it was a beautiful pink color (insert heart eyes emoji). The burger was topped with some kind of avocado sauce and I died and went to avo heaven.

Ooooooh and then I had a raspberry cupcake. It was the best vegan cupcake that I’ve ever had. Vegan cupcakes can be off when it comes to texture, taste, and sweetness, but not this one, it was uber delicious.

Next we did some shopping at cute little boutiques. There are soooo many great shops and fun things to do in Ann Arbor, I highly recommend visiting. After a ton of walking, we were ready for some green juice and in my fiancĂ©’s case, coffee. I got a green juice with no fruit in it. Normally, I order green juice with just veggies to avoid the boatload of sugar that comes in fruit juice. Also, I think that green juice easier to digest. 

Then we walked around some more. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I have quite a large appetite, so it wasn’t long before I was hungry again. This time, we craved salads. Good thing that Salads UP was right down the street from us. We created our own vegan salads that were packed with veggies, tofu, and beans! YUM.

Sadly, there is not a Whole Foods in Toledo, so I drive to Ann Arbor to buy some of my favorites that aren’t available in the 419. The drive is not bad at all and it’s worth it so that I can buy gut shots, quality vegan cream cheese, and dive into the Whole Foods buffet. The random yet amazing dinner that I ate is pictured below. Of course I did not drink that whole gut shot bottle, I just took one little shot before dinner! Ummmm Whole Foods sushi is life and I dipped the pieces in vegan chive cream cheese, UNREAL.

 Thank you Fred’s and Salads UP for accommodating our meals. Have a great week my foodie friends!

 

Lemon Blueberry Healthy Fat Bites

Lemon Blueberry Healthy Fat Bites

Since the weekend is almost here, it’s only right that I post the best snack bite recipe that ever existed. Ladies and gents, I present to you: Lemon Blueberry Healthy Fat Bites made with FRESH bluebz. That’s right my friends, it’s all about real and fresh food, and that’s what upbeetandkaleingit stands for. I refuse to count calories! I’m just making wholesome food with clean ingredients, and Lemon Blueberry Healthy Fat Bites are a perfectly nutritious snack. The coconut chips, coconut oil, and nuts are a healthy fat dream. I’ve been eating more healthy fat lately and I’m loving the results! These beautiful bites are a perfect combination of deliciousness and simplicity. Did I mention they taste amazing? Think about a decadent slice of lemon blueberry cake. Well these bites taste just like lemon blueberry cake, except they’re in a cute little snack ball form, even better!

Hungry? Hangry? Need something sweet? Want something with healthy fat to keep you full? LEMON BLUEBERRY HEALTHY FAT SNACK BITES ARE CALLING YOUR NAME. Sorry for the caps, I just get really excited about these.

Lemon Blueberry Healthy Fat Bites
A delicious, easy, and fabulous snack bite recipe.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup oats
  2. 2/3 cup unsweetened coconut chips (I used Simple Truth Brand)
  3. 7 medium-large pitted dates (organic medjool)
  4. 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  5. 3 tbsp coconut oil (make sure room temp and I used refined)
  6. 1/3 cup almond butter
  7. 1 cup raw cashews
  8. 6 ounces fresh blueberries
Instructions
  1. Process everything but the blueberries in a food processor until everything is combined and a dough forms.
  2. Transfer dough to a bowl and gently fold in blueberries with your hands-be careful not to break them and make sure blueberries are dry.
  3. Form the dough into medium size snack balls.
  4. Stick the snack bites in the freezer for 15-20 minutes before serving and store them in the fridge.
  5. Enjoy!
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1 Hour Healthy Fat Chia Pudding

1 Hour Healthy Fat Chia Pudding

1 hour, 1 bowl, and 1 happy stomach. Woooo, happy Monday! I say that as if we are all thrilled that it’s Monday. Well, whether it’s Monday or Friday, one thing is for sure, a yummy breakfast that includes healthy fat is a great start to the day. I LOVE that this pudding is super easy to make, packed with healthy fat, and quick! 1 Hour Healthy Fat Chia Pudding will keep you full longer and if you need a bit more sweetness, then add more maple syrup to the mix or drizzle some on top. Also, ripe bananas and granola are great ways to incorporate more sweetness without creating a sugar overload.

Fresh sweet berries and some healthy vegan cookies were my toppings of choice. Also, I did add a little extra drizzle of maple syrup for my fiancĂ©’s portion. He has a bigger sweet tooth than I do! Fuel your body with the right things and it will reward you :).

1 Hour Healthy Fat Chia Pudding
Serves 2
A delicious, easy, and quick chia pudding that is loaded with healthy fat!
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Prep Time
1 hr
Prep Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup raw soaked cashews (soak in warm water for at least 1 hour and drain)
  2. 1 and 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk (I used MALK brand and Califia Farms Toasted Coconut Almond Milk is great too)
  3. 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 1.5-2 tbsp maple syrup or however much wanted
  5. 1 tbsp coconut oil (I used refined coconut oil)
  6. 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut chips (I used simple truth brand)
  7. 4 tbsp black chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Blend 1 cup almond milk, soaked cashews, vanilla extract, coconut oil, and maple syrup in a nutri bullet until it's fully combined.
  2. Then, mix in the coconut chips and chia seeds with a spoon.
  3. Cover the bowl or cup with plastic wrap and let it set in the fridge for at least 1 hour (pull out and stir at the 30 minute mark).
  4. When the pudding is ready, add 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk to rehydrate the mixture.
  5. Top with your favorites and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Serves 1-2 depending on how hungry you are lol
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Vegan Pasta With Spicy Peanut Sauce

Vegan Pasta With Spicy Peanut Sauce

TGIF!! Vegan Pasta With Spicy Peanut Sauce is the ultimate Friyay recipe. Everyone needs a little spice in their life, so let me present to you the yummiest spicy peanut sauce with the perfect amount of heat. Personally, I adore hot sauce, and I always look at the ingredient list on the bottles because some of them have questionable ingredients. When I discovered Melinda’s, my spicy little soul couldn’t have been happier because the sauces are AWESOME. No lie, the Original Red Savina Pepper Sauce is the best hot sauce I’ve ever cooked with because it tastes real. Melinda’s comes in different heat levels and varieties, so I was happy to find a heat level that’s right for me. I’m looking at you, Original Red Savina Pepper Sauce! A little bit of this deliciousness goes a long way for me.  


 If you want to win over your fam and friends at a Fourth of July barbecue, bring them this perfectly spicy pasta as a side dish. Warning: this will be eaten quickly and you will not have leftovers. The recipe yields a pretty large serving and my mom, dad, and fiancĂ© cleaned their plates. Next thing I knew, there was nothing left in the pan (insert tears streaming down face emoji).

 

Bok choy, portobello grill caps, and broccoli pair very nicely with the spicy peanut sauce but other veggies would work just as well! The sauce is versatile and it would truly taste amazing on a piece of toast. New avocado toast breakfast recipe? YES.

Thank you Melinda’s for sponsoring this post and showing us what real hot sauce should taste like!

Vegan Pasta With Spicy Peanut Sauce
Serves 5
A delicious veggies and pasta with spicy peanut sauce recipe!
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Ingredients
  1. 8 oz noodles of choice (I used a quinoa corn blend)
  2. 6 oz Portobello grill caps (two huge portobello mushrooms sliced)
  3. 1 head broccoli (cut into small florets)
  4. 1 bunch bok choy (cut into small strips)
  5. 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  6. 1/2 cup water
  7. Sauce Ingredients
  8. 1/3 cup peanut butter (smooth kind)
  9. 4 tbsp coconut aminos
  10. 4 tbsp filtered water
  11. 1 glove minced garlic
  12. 1.5 tsp Original Red Savina Pepper Sauce or however much you want!
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. In a large pan, sauté the vegetables in extra virgin olive oil for about five minutes.
  3. Then, add 1/2 cup water and cook veggies for another 7 minutes (total of about 12 minutes). Stir fairly often.
  4. For the sauce, whisk all ingredients together in a bowl until a smooth and creamy consistency forms.
  5. Combine the pasta, vegetables, and sauce & enjoy!!
Notes
  1. Serves 5-8 depending on whether it's a main or side dish.
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