Month: April 2015

Ginger Sesame Roasted Veggies (Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Vegan)

I was looking for a way to vamp up one of my side dishes. I love making roasted veggies, because everything is cooked together on one baking tray. I also really enjoy the flavour that roasting veggies has. Most of the time I will just add oil and my spice mix to veggies.

I wanted to try something different and mix in some ginger sesame dressing. Oh my, what a great flavour! Mix and match your veggie combinations to match your family’s likes.

Ginger Sesame Roasted Veggies

Veggies pictured with Honey Garlic Chicken

Ginger Sesame Roasted Veggies (Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Vegan)

4 c. various veggies chopped into approximately 1 inch pieces **

1/3 c. ginger sesame dressing

**If adding zucchini, then don’t add it in until requested. I have used onions, carrots, sweet potato, peppers. Use your imagination and see what kind of wonderful combinations you can come up with.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Ginger-Sesame Roasted Veggies

Mix chopped veggies and dressing together. Place onto parchment paper lined baking tray. Bake for 30 minutes, then stir. Bake for another 15 minutes, then stir and if adding zucchini add now. Bake for 15 additional minutes or until veggies are tender.

Shared On: Healthy Vegan Fridays, Tasty Tuesdays, Waste Not Want Not, Allergy Free Wednesday, Gluten Free Wednesdays, Gluten Free Fridays

Pineapple Mango Smoothie (Paleo/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free/ Vegan)

Loving the smoothies lately!!!! Being able to put fruit, veggies (don’t tell hubby, lol), protein, a healthy fat, and flax or chia into the blender and have a super easy breakfast is great! It keeps me full for hours and I can even make it the night before if I know I’ll be too busy in the morning.

I love adding in veggies now, that my hubby doesn’t know about. As long as I make it sweet enough for him, he’ll drink it happily! Remember that the veggies are our little secret!

Note: So since I actually wrote this post about a month ago, I have realized something. I bought a Vitamix a few of months ago and have been having an awesome time enjoying raw soups, smoothies etc. Unfortunately, I thought that my too much fruit/sugars problem had gone away. You see, for the past five years, I’ve had to really watch my intake of fruit and goodies. I had been limiting myself to maximum two servings of fruit and some goodies. Since getting the Vitamix, I have been having a smoothie every morning, my two fruits and goodies (Yes I have a major sweet tooth). I have been having yeast infections and headaches over the past month. Over the Easter weekend I also consumed far too much chocolate (albeit¬†dark chocolate). I finally clued in on Sunday night, (yes sometimes it takes a baseball bat to the back of the head-my headache to realize) that the source of of problems were probably too many sugary snacks. So now I am on a sugar clean. No smoothies, fruits, treats of any kind for two weeks. My headache finally left late Monday, but my cravings were crazy yesterday. Wish me luck. Today is day three… After the two weeks I will go back to having my smoothies, but then have no other fruit and far less goodies.¬†

Pineapple Mango Smoothie

Pineapple Mango Smoothie (Paleo/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free/ Vegan)

1 c. pineapple chunks

1 c. mango chunks

1 c.spinach (shh, don’t tell my hubby)

1 Tbsp. coconut oil

1/4 c. hemp hearts

1 c. unsweetened coconut milk (or desired milk alternative)

1/4 c. ground flax or chia

1/2 c ice cubes ( or 1/3 c. water if any fruit is frozen)

Place all the ingredients into the blender and puree until smooth. Makes 2 servings.

Shared On: Fat Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday, Allergy Free Wednesday, Waste Not Want Not, Gluten Free Wednesdays, Gluten Free Fridays, Real Food Recipes, Savoring Saturdays, Healthy Vegan Fridays

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